Dec 08 2010

He Scaled Everest ... With A Blind Man!

 

Scaling Everest is an amazing, death-defying feat ... how about doing it while guiding a blind man?!  That's exactly what skier, climber and mountaineer Eric Alexander did when he guided Erik Weihenmayer to the summit of Everest - making Weihenmayer the first and only blind man to make it to the top of Everest!

Defying the odds and naysayers, Eric Alexander says that helping someone else achieve their dreams provided the motivation to complete the 2-and-a-half-month long climb.  And in the process, he was able to achieve his dreams.

In addition to being a mountain climber, Eric tours the country as a motivational speaker (he also has upcoming appearance on the 700 Club on January 4) - For more on Eric, check out his site www.highersummits.com

 

Dec 01 2010

World AIDS Day - Kay Warren

World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

Today, Kay Warren joins us to talk about what the church can do and how we all can pray and do something when it comes to HIV/AIDS.  In fact, today, Kay and her husband Pastor Rick Warren will be hosting a special live virtual event on the web - you can check it out HERE

Nov 19 2010

What's In the Bible? The Latest From the Makers of Veggie Tales

What’s in the Bible? is a new DVD series from VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer designed to walk kids and families through the entire Bible.  They are not only educational, but FUNNY! 

 

Phil was kind of enough to offer up some cool resources for you and your family to check out - go here

 

Nov 16 2010

The Pieces Fit ... Stephanie's Story

If you ever had doubts about how much God loves you ... or if God is in the details ... and if God can really heal and transform ... read Stephanie's amazing story of hope and restoration ...

Here is my awesome WOW story in which GOD truly spoke to me about my marriage. This happened about a year ago:

My husband and I were going through a very rough moment in our marriage. He hurt me in a way that I never expected, and I was questioning our future. So much that I had him go stay at his brothers so I could get my thoughts together. I have always believed in God, but am closer to him now more than ever, thanks to my church. So I decided to give it to God. (Which is a new concept for me, I tend to try to control everything myself and be strong willed) But I realized this was much bigger than I could handle on my own, so I gave up control of the situation and just prayed and waited.

On Saturday I went to church at 5:15 at Toledo campus, and it was a service in which each person was given a piece of a puzzle, which related to the message that week. (Which, by the way, spoke to me immensely). Well my husband, decided to go on Sunday to the Perrysburg campus at 10:45.

Sunday afternoon, he came home briefly to cut the grass, and to talk. I had set my puzzle piece on my dresser. In passing by my room later that day, I noticed another puzzle piece attached to mine. It fit together!! I was so shocked! I must have stared at it for about a half hour in amazement. It turns out it was his piece that he had gotten from the service he went to.

Later, during one of our many discussions, I asked him about it. We were both in such awe! I told him that was definitely a sign from God that spoke so loudly, that we just "fit" together and we would be OK. I've held on to that through all of this and we are taking the steps to building our marriage stronger than ever now. It is still a daily battle, but I have forgiven him, and now it is framed in our house as a constant reminder to our covenant to each other, what God promised us! (That if we lean on Him, and if it is HIS will, all will work out for the better, in HIS time)

I was later told that they had purchased 3 of the same puzzle. totaling 4,500 pieces!! We had gone to two separate service on two different days, two different times and two different campuses. What are the odds?

Stephanie would later share with us that even though they've had some ups and downs the past year, God has done some incredible things in their lives and marriage - including blessing them with them a baby girl in the past couple of weeks, Alayna Grace .