Jo Bender

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Sometimes we might feel like God is not finished with us yet, or that we are too broken to be of use to Him. No matter what stage we are in, God has crafted us to bring Him glory. 

 

God wants to use our stories to reach others with His love, grace, and truth. But all too often, we get in our own way and limit what He is trying to do in and through us. This week on Connecting Faith, Jo spoke with author Holley Gerth on the importance of sharing our stories with others.

 

Click HERE to listen to the podcast of Jo's interview with Holley Gerth. Listen to Jo every Friday at Noon on AM 900 / 90.7 FM on Faith Radio Network / KTIS

 

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Many of us don’t have a problem with talking, but listening might come as a challenge. 

This week on Connecting Faith, Jo spoke with author Becky Harling about how listening can help us build stronger relationships and deeper connections with our loved ones.

 

Click HERE to listen in as they discuss How to Listen So People Will Talk: Build Stronger Communication and Deeper Connections

 

Catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

 

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Will simply talking about our own faith help our children to better understand theirs? How can we best equip our children to embrace their faith?  

 

This week on Connecting Faith, Jo spoke with Natasha Crain about how encouraging our children to know God on a personal level help is the first step to lasting faith. 

 

Click HERE to listen in as they discuss Talking with Your Kids about God: 30 Conversations Every Christian Parent Must Have.

 

Catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

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Think you have nothing to offer? Or that choices from your past prohibit God from using you? No one knows that storyline better than Rahab. 

 

This week on Connecting Faith, Jo spoke with Aaron and Elaina Sharp about how God is in the business of redemption. Click HERE to listen in as they discuss The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God's Love and Redemption.

 

Catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

 

 

 

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Did you know that even in your darkest days, Jesus pursues you?

 

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with author Kelli Worrall on her book, Pierced and Embraced.  Worrall says that Jesus spoke to and with women differently and that He still does today. 

 

 

Click here to listen to a podcast of Jo's conversation with Kelli Worrall or catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

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Are you ever overwhelmed with the challenges of parenting? 

 

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with best-selling author Gary Thomas on his book, Sacred Parenting.  Thomas says that while God is helping us to raise our children, He is also raising us along the way. 

 

Click here to listen to a podcast of Jo's conversation with Gary Thomas or catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS 

AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

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Rejected. Unloved. Failure. Outcast. Whether we realize it or not, the names that we call ourselves have the power to shape our identity and form our beliefs.

Do you believe the truth about yourself? Or are you believing the lies?

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with author Allison Allen about what it means to find our identity exclusively in Christ. She tells us how exchange the false names that we have believed about ourselves for the true names God has given us. 

Click here to listen to a podcast of Jo's conversation with Allison Allen or catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. on Faith Radio Network / KTIS 

AM 900 or online at myfaithradio.com

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Do your thoughts sometimes turn destructive?

 

We can’t control every thought that comes into our minds, but we can control what we choose to do with those thoughts when they come our way. This week on Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with Donna Gibbsas she shares helpful advice as a board certified Christian counselor on how to take destructive thoughts and replace them with the truth of God’s Word.

 

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo's show, or join Jo live every Friday afternoon at 12 noon on Faith Radio Network on AM 900 KTIS.

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Is it possible to commit to sexual purity, even in today's world? This week on Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with Abby Ludvigson on how to remain sexually pure until marriage.

 

Abby is an author, speaker, and teacher who discovered she had a deeply rooted desire to better understand the issues bombarding our young people today and a passion to be an active role model for sexual purity. In 2015, she produced a film series entitled Sex by Design and is a contributor to the book by Dr. Juli Slattery Sex and the Single Girl.

 

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo's show, or join Jo live every Friday afternoon at 12 noon on Faith Radio Network on AM 900 KTIS.

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There’s no real way to avoid conflict in marriage.  It is possible, however, to properly resolve disagreements as they arise and actually build a stronger relationship.     

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with author and Christian psychologist Dr. David Clarke about how to best address conflict in marriage.

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Dr. David Clarke. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

 

 

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It is possible for our students to stay a Christian in college today? As parents, we can help them develop a game plan to avoid the spiritual pitfalls and stand firm amidst opposition. 

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with author and radio host David Wheaton about how we can prepare our students to continue their strong faith and convictions during college and beyond. 

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with David Wheaton. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

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As I breathe in the last few weeks of summer, I am reminded of one truth a wise mom shared with me when I was struggling with a couple of toddlers. “The days are long," she said, “but the years go fast.” At the end of each summer, I feel the truth of this statement weighing down on me. The years have gone fast, and they show no signs of slowing.

 

I cannot help but begin counting down the summers I have with my eldest child.

Just three.

I’m forced to recognize the numbers of summers I will still be in my forties.

Only one. (Yikes!)

I’m reminded of the summers I will still have with both of my parents still living. 

Hopefully many.

 

I am a summer girl. I love the sunshine, the green grass, the lake, and lazy afternoons. I love sitting on the dock with my feet in the water. I love popsicles, watermelon, and corn on the cob. I love watching baseball outside and feeling the sand in my hair after a day at the beach. I love golf and waterskiing and watching the sail boat races from our back deck. I love time with friends and staying up late.

 

But when August hits, I feel the relaxing tide begin to turn. I start thinking about preparing for classes, my kids start practicing for fall sports and start panicking because they haven’t yet made it through their summer reading list. The sun sets a little sooner and the weather feels a bit cooler. I stop watering my hanging baskets, and I start thinking about shopping for school.

 

 

My son saw the Sunday circular out on the table with the pictures of brightly-colored school supplies and his mood shifted. He grabbed the paper, crumpled it up, and threw it into the trash can with a vengeance. “Summer is NOT OVER,” he shouted.  You know what? He was right.

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What does it really mean to not be anxious about anything? Philippians 4 claims victory over our circumstances, but sometimes true peace is still difficult to find. 

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with professor and author Dr. Heather Holleman on how she struggles with anxiety, but finds peace in knowing that Jesus is not only with her, but protecting her heart from being riddled with fear.

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Heather Holleman. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

 

 

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Ever feel like throwing in the towel on this season of life? Though we may be tempted, we don’t have to quit. God will give us the strength to finish strong in every area of our lives. 

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with author and speaker Nicki Koziarz  of Proverbs 31 Ministries on how to reach out for Godly wisdom, counsel and direction, especially as seasons are changing in our lives.

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Nicki Koziarz. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

 

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Great leaders encourage, inspire, and challenge us, but those leadership skills must be developed. Do you have what it takes to be a great leader?

On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with Dr. Hans Finzel about the key success factors of influence, and the positive traits that all of us should master in oder to lead well. 

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Dr. Hans Finzel. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

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On this week's Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talks with Brian Barcelona, founder of The Jesus Club. He tells us how God is working to bring about a revival in our nation’s schools and shares how we can be a part of it.

Brian Barcelona answered the call to start ‘Jesus Clubs’ in public schools to help high school students find and develop a relationship with Jesus Christ. He shares examples of how students' lives have been changed as a result of hearing the gospel message for the first time.

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Brian Barcelona. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900 / 90.7 FM. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

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Even when we are going through difficult life circumstances, we can still experience happiness. Author and Bible teacher Lisa Harper reminds us that happiness doesn't depend on life's circumstances, but is more dependent on the posture of our heart towards God. 

Click here to listen to the podcast of Jo Bender's interview with Lisa Harper. Or, join Jo live every Friday at Noon on AM 900 / 90.7 FM. Listen to previous podcasts of Connecting Faith on myfaithradio.com

 

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Do you struggle sharing your faith with others? What if it were more about having a conversation and asking questions than memorizing a script.  Author and Missions Director Holly Melton, of Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ), reminds us that it's important to God for help, and trust that the Holy Spirit will equip us with the words to say. 

 

Click here for a link to the podcast of Jo Bender's show. Or, catch Jo live every Friday afternoon for Connecting Faith at 12 noon on AM 900 / 90.7 FM on Faith Radio Network/KTIS. For more podcasts of Connecting Faith, Live the Promise with Susie Larson, Living on the Edge with Chip Ingram, and more, go to myfaithradio.com

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Are you a good listener? This week on Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talked about communication with relationship experts Mark and Susan Merrill. According to their research, one of the top mistakes that husbands and wives make is that they don’t always listen well to each other. This often leads to communication barriers and hurt feelings. 

 

You can listen to the podcast of Jo's show by clicking here, or catch Jo live every Friday at 12:00 p.m. CST on KTIS' Faith Radio Network AM 900 / 90.7 FM 

 

 

 

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Sometimes the trials of life steal our energy to the point of total exhaustion. But in the midst of carrying heavy burdens, we can still cling to the promises of God.

This week on Connecting Faith, Jo Bender talked about pain and suffering with authors Kristen Wetherell and Sarah Walton, who each suffer with chronic pain and disease. Their shared experience with pain also has a shared hope in the goodness of God. 

You can listen to the podcast of Jo's show by clicking here,or catch Jo live every Friday at Noon on KTIS' Faith Radio Network AM 900 / 90.7 FM 

Today Jo is interviewing Hans Finzel about the Top Ten Ways to be a Great Leader. Listen in at 12 Noon CST.

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