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God is writing a great big story and you have a standing invitation to be a part of it. Every week, host Meridith Foster sits down with a guest to share their chapter in God’s Unfolding story.
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Page 53: Suzanne Happs
Why does God lead us into hard valleys? Suzanne Happs had already been through a really tough season of life, and it seemed that God had led her to that place. Just as she got her footing, they received devastating news – their son had major health challenges and they had no health insurance. It’s a story about learning to trust that God will make a way when there seems to be no way.
Jul 3, 2020
Page 52: Rechab Gray
How does the shyest, most introverted guy respond to a call to be a preacher? Rechab Gray decided to run. He couldn't see how God could use him. He was petrified at public speaking, even having conversations with an acquaintance made him sweat. Rechab found you can run from God's call, but you cannot hide. )
Jun 26, 2020
Page 51: Randy and Monica Zachary
Randy and Monica Zachary had been married and in ministry for 10 years. As a pastor and pastor’s wife, they did what they had always done – put on a happy face and pretend that everything was okay. But it was not okay. Secrets of alcoholism, deceit, and infidelity were killing their marriage. It would take a supernatural force to bring them back from the brink of divorce.
Jun 12, 2020
Page 50: Dianne Leman
When the only thing in the world you want is a baby, hearing a doctor say your chances are slim is devastating. Dianne Leman always knew she wanted to have a big family. But she and her husband Happy struggled with infertility for years. Their desperate search for help led them on a journey that radically transformed not only their family, but their faith and future.
Jun 5, 2020
Page 49: Mandisa
Mandisa is best known for singing powerful, upbeat songs of faith. When her close friend Kisha was diagnosed with cancer, Mandisa was confident God would heal her. When He didn’t, she fell into a deep depression that nearly claimed her life.
May 29, 2020
Page 48: Jeanie Thomas
How do you live out your faith in relationship with a child who rejects it? When Kevin and Jeanie Thomas' daughter announced she was leaving home and leaving her faith, they were stunned. They had done their best to lead their kids to Jesus. What followed was an incredible journey of loving their daughter, even through the valley of the shadow of death.
May 22, 2020
Nobody sets out to be a failure. But what if failure is exactly what we need? Dallas Jenkins is the director of The Chosen. The first-ever multi-season show about Jesus. But long before The Chosen, Dallas wasn’t interested in making faith-based films. He dreamed of making it big in Hollywood. What God taught Dallas through failure became part of the incredible story that led him to creating The Chosen.
May 8, 2020
Page 46: Jo Saxton
Jo Saxton is one of those people who seems naturally gifted to lead. She’s an author, speaker, podcast host, and leadership coach. But the early years of her life were filled with experiences that fed a deep insecurity. Her gifts and talents were buried beneath the weight of the baggage she carried. If you’ve ever questioned whether God could use even you, you’ll want to hear Jo’s story.
May 1, 2020
Page 45: John Karakian
John Karakian has never really thought of himself as an evangelist. He’s just a guy who really loves his dog and his neighbors. John and Buddy met thousands as they walked the streets of suburban Detroit for 12 years. John had no idea that God could use something as simple as a chocolate lab to connect searching people with genuine hope.
Apr 24, 2020
Page 44: Joy Sheehan
How do you keep going when you’ve lost someone you love? Joy Sheehan has experienced the unthinkable. She has walked through the valley of grief, and what she’s learned will give you hope and maybe even help you find gratitude in the process.
Apr 10, 2020
Page 43: Dean Braxton
What if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that heaven is real and you could spend eternity with Jesus? If you could see it with your own eyes, would that change you? Dean Braxton was a normal guy, living a pretty normal life, when he had an out of this world experience that changed him forever.
Apr 3, 2020
Page 42: John Brock
One of our fears about the coronavirus is that someone we love will get sick. What would happen to our health, our family, our faith? In February 2019, Coach John Brock traveled to France to work with a ministry. Stories of the spread of the coronavirus were just beginning, so John and his wife were very careful. It wasn’t until John returned to the United States that he realized something wasn’t quite right. Hear his story of beating COVID 19, and how God gave him hope and peace, even in the hardest moments.
Mar 27, 2020
Page 41: Dave Butts
Is it possible to have peace regardless of your circumstances, even when facing coronavirus? Dave Butts was in the middle of writing a book about peace when he learned he had Stage IV cancer. Hear Dave’s story plus an update to our original interview, sharing how you can have peace even in the midst of Covid 19.
Mar 6, 2020
Page 40: Sarah Derocha
As a Level 1 trauma nurse, Sarah Derocha had been trained to handle life and death situations. On a medical mission trip to a remote area of Bolivia, she was critically injured in a bus accident. Because of her experience, she knew her chances were slim. The only way she could survive would be if God intervened.
Feb 28, 2020
Page 39: Jessie
For decades Jessie believed that what happened to her as a teenager was her fault. The secret shame she carried was like a chain around her neck, dragging her down and affecting every relationship in her life. Drugs were a way to mask the pain, and eventually, addiction took everything- her kids, her relationships, and her career.
Feb 21, 2020
Page 38: Kellie Penn
What happens to your faith when life doesn't follow your plan? Kellie Penn has always been a planner. She had a vision for what her life would be like, and she was confident God would be on board. But beginning in her childhood, life took a detour. What unfolded was a story that she would never have chosen- an unexpected journey through heartache to joy.
Feb 14, 2020
Page 37: Michele Cushatt
Michele Cushatt spent her life checking boxes, doing what good Christian girls do.Then one thing after another went horribly wrong and she was left wondering if God was real, and if He cared at all about her suffering. How do you hold onto faith when it seems like God Himself is gone?
Feb 7, 2020
Page 36: Habeeb Habeeb
Adversity can destroy us or make us stronger. As a child, Habeeb Habeeb was painfully shy and sheltered. Then a war stranded him thousands of miles from his family and far outside his comfort zone. The only thing he had left to hang on to, was his faith.
Jan 31, 2020
Page 35: Kari Bollant
Kari Bollant’s life changed when she experienced God’s love. The woman who once had been paralyzed by fear became willing to go anywhere God directed – neighborhoods, college bars, strip clubs and beyond, just to share God’s love. If you long for a more adventurous life, you’ll want to hear her story.
Jan 24, 2020
Page 34: Gina Copeland
Growing up with a toxic father had distorted Gina Copeland’s view of God. If fathers get angry, drink too much and abandon you, why would you ever trust them? It would take a relentless pursuit, and an overwhelming love of God to change her heart and her view of fathers.
Jan 17, 2020
Page 33: Trent and Lydia Hol
It’s hard to surrender our lives to God. It’s even harder to surrender our kids. When their daughter was diagnosed with cancer, Trent and Lydia Hol were faced with the reality that they couldn’t control their world or their daughter’s healing. All they could do was surrender.
Jan 10, 2020
Page 32: Kenji Gallo
How does a kid from southern California end up in the mafia? Kenji Gallo soon realized that “the life” wasn’t the glitz, money, and glamour he had imagined, and there seemed to be no way out. When the FBI offered him a fresh start, he thought that would change his life. But it wasn’t until he encountered Jesus that he finally experienced hope and freedom.
Dec 20, 2019
Page 31: Angels
You can’t read the Christmas story without bumping into angels. Zechariah, Mary, Joseph and the shepherds all encountered them. Do people still encounter angels today? That’s the question we asked, and the stories we share will fill you with wonder and hope.
Dec 13, 2019
Page 30: Valena Claiborne
When someone you love is in the throes of drug addiction, there is a cost. For Valena Claiborne, her mother’s drug use brought a high price. She lost her job, their home, and most of their possessions. But the even bigger cost for Valena was the loss of love, trust, and respect- Not just in her mom, but in God.
Dec 6, 2019
Page 29: Eltricia Lindsey
Eltricia Lindsey only wanted to try drugs. She never wanted to get addicted. She just wanted to do things her way. Her journey to humility included pain, prison, and eventually an encounter with God that set her free.
Nov 22, 2019
Page 28: Laura Story
What happens when a detour in life turns into a permanent, unwelcome journey? When Laura Story's husband was diagnosed with a brain tumor, they prayed for healing and a return to their hopes and dreams. But God's vision for their life was a different plan, including finding unexpected joy in surrender.
Nov 15, 2019
Page 27: Micah Tyler
Sometimes God gives us the choice to sacrifice something, and then trust that He is going to provide what we need. Micah Tyler is a singer and songwriter whose career started when he and his wife decided to give up safety and security and trust God to provide. That experience taught them a deep confidence in God’s faithfulness that has sustained them through literal and figurative storms.
Nov 8, 2019
Page 26: JK Wilson
For years JK Wilson locked away the traumatic experience that led to the birth of her son. After giving him up for adoption, she believed that part of her story was over. But God has a way of making beauty from ashes.
Nov 1, 2019
Page 25: Jason Gray
Have you ever felt like the foundation of your faith was crumbling? It's a hard experience for anyone, but especially if you are an artist who has built your career on songs of faith. Jason Gray share his story, his journey back to faith, and a new song in this episode of The Unfolding
Oct 25, 2019
Page 24: Megan Thompson
Thirty years old with stage 4 cancer and a treatment plan that doesn't seem to be working - that is the unwelcome journey for Megan Thompson. How can you face such physical hardship and bitter disappointment, and not get angry with God? And if you do feel angry, can you still have faith?
Oct 18, 2019
Page 23: Darren and Sarah Clare
The Unfolding has been bringing stories of actual people that have been a witness to the mighty power of our God! Listening to the people come forward with their experience of what God can do in everyone's lives is so uplifting!! Reality!! Praying and believing is more powerful than any kind of drug/alcohol ever created by man. Believing that our father is real and alive can transform anyone's life!!
Oct 11, 2019
Page 22: Carl Parks
When Carl Parks lost his son in a tragic accident, he was desperate for two things: to know that C.J. was in heaven, and that God would somehow use this tragedy for good. God kept his promise and brought good out of the heartbreaking.
Oct 4, 2019
Page 21: Carl Parks
When Carl Parks was young, he didn’t care about anyone, not even himself. Knee deep in drugs and alcohol, he was on his way to self-destruction. But a simple, unlikely act of kindness changed his heart and his life.
Sep 20, 2019
Page 20: Brittany Frost
Have you ever been afraid that God might call you out of your comfort zone? Brittany Frost had always tried to do things by the book. But a Bible study on the Holy Spirit challenged her to pray, “God, whatever you want, I’ll do it.” God lead her on a journey far outside the comfort zone, to the other side of the world, and radically changed her home. (key words: miscarriage, adoption, orphan care)
Sep 13, 2019
Page 19: Julia Wilson
When Julia Wilson's son came home from Afghanistan, she breathed a sigh of relief. But not long after he arrived, she began to see symptoms of PTSD. She had no idea of the depth of his struggle, and no idea how much she would need God to help her through the days ahead.
Sep 6, 2019
Page 18: Samuel Worden
When Samuel Worden was 14 his life tragically changed in an instant. It devastated his family and his faith. Why would a good God allow this kind of pain? The hurt, sadness, and anger seemed like an impossible barrier between him and Jesus. But when he desperately needed a father’s love, Samuel had an encounter that changed him forever.
Aug 30, 2019
Page 17: Kim Kidd
Kim Kidd didn’t think she needed God until she was facing a 50-year prison sentence. She couldn’t imagine spending the rest of her life in jail, so she asked God to take her life. But God had another kind of freedom in mind for Kim, including transforming her life from cocaine dealer to the first woman to receive clemency in the state of Indiana.
Aug 23, 2019
Page 16: Darren Mulligan
Stubborn, selfish, angry, adulterer. All words that Darren Mulligan uses to describe who he was as a young adult. Although he indulged every desire, he was miserable. When his girlfriend told him she had met Jesus, Darren wasn’t happy for her, he was actually angry. But her transformation was the beginning of a life-changing journey for Darren- one that would lead to him sharing the Gospel with thousands as lead singer of We Are Messengers.
Aug 16, 2019
Page 15: Brenda Nevitt
How do you trust God when your dreams are shattered? Brenda Nevitt was devastated when her husband B.G. was killed in a motorcycle accident. But she knew God would get her through. She had experienced His faithfulness first-hand when she walked through an unthinkable tragedy less than a decade before. No matter what your loss, Brenda’s story will give you hope and encouragement.
Aug 9, 2019
Page 14: Jason and Sallie Hanson
For Jason Hanson being a Christian wasn’t about being transformed by God. It was more about believing he was better than other people. After pushing away doubts and questions for years, he finally told his wife Sallie he was an atheist. He began a journey to find out what was true. What he discovered changed his mind, but it would take God to change his heart.
Aug 1, 2019
Page 13: Elisha Kearns
One of Elisha Kearns greatest desires was to have a baby. Doctors told her she had a 3% chance of conceiving because of PCOS. The journey of infertility brought her to a place of desperation and leaning on God in a way she never had before. How do you wait for what God promised when your arms are empty?
Jul 26, 2019
Page 12: Dave Butts
Dave Butts was in the middle of writing a book about peace when he found out he had stage 4, incurable cancer. For most of us, that news would rock our world and challenge our faith. But God had been teaching Dave about the gift of peace that He wants to give every one of us- A peace that doesn’t change with our circumstances. If you ever struggle with worry or anxiety, you’ll want to hear Dave’s story.
Jul 19, 2019
Page 11: Robert Nabulere
Robert grew up in the poorest part of rural Uganda. For perspective, he got his first pair of shoes when he was 14. His father told him if he would just get a good education, then he would find a fulfilling and happy life. Miraculously, Robert made it to college, but once he was there, he realized education would not be his savior. He set out on a journey to find a higher purpose in life, and boy did he. You will love hearing this joyful, miraculous story.
Jul 5, 2019
Page 10: Kacy Harris
When Kacy Harris found out she was expecting a child, the whole family was excited. But then they learned their baby might have Trisomy 18 and likely would not survive. Although she had been a Christian for more than 30 years, this was the first time Kacy felt God next to her, carrying her through.
Jun 28, 2019
Page 9: Jim Eisenmenger
Control seems like such a good thing, but God calls us to let go and let Him direct our path. For Jim Eisenmenger, that was tough, particularly when his wife felt called to something that seemed so risky. That’s when God used a Christian music festival to change Jim’s heart and loosen his grip on control.
Jun 21, 2019
Page 8: Michelle Lewis
What do you do when God calls you to let go of your dream, but hold on to Him? That was the painful place Michelle Lewis found herself. And it’s also the place where she found a hope stronger than anything she’d ever experienced.
Jun 14, 2019
Page 7: Mark Schultz
Mark Schultz had always felt a drive to succeed. As the only adopted child in his family, it seemed to be a way to guarantee his adoptive parents would know they had picked the right kid. If he was the starting quarterback, the pitcher on the state championship team, the singer and songwriter who got standing ovations – that surely meant he was special. It wasn’t until Mark held his own adopted daughter that he finally had a revelation about God’s love for him.
Jun 7, 2019
Page 6: Kevin and Jamie Crosier
If your goal in life is to be happy, what do you do when your marriage makes you unhappy? For Jaime Crosier, the answer was to move on. When Kevin and Jaime met, their life of partying together was nonstop fun. But after marriage, a child and an affair- happiness was long gone. It would take a movie and miraculous intervention to change their path toward divorce.
May 31, 2019
Page 5: Kathy Garrison
Kathy Garrison’s dream of a safe and simple life radically changed when God broke her heart for orphans. She thought adopting a child would be their family's big leap of faith. It turned out only to be the beginning.
May 24, 2019
Page 4: Clay Harrington
For Clay Harrington, being a stutterer meant a childhood of teasing and humiliation every time he spoke in front of the class. That experience made him certain of one thing - he would never be a public speaker, and certainly not the preacher that his mother said he would become.
May 17, 2019
Page 3: Tina Zimmerman
Long after Tina Zimmerman gave up on her father, her mother continued to pray that one day he would be saved. There was no earthly reason to believe it would happen. He was too far gone. But then God did something stunning.
May 10, 2019
Page 2: Steven Curtis Chapman
From a very early age, Steven Curtis Chapman felt compelled to fix what was broken- to keep the peace, avoid conflict and make people happy. So what do you do when your family’s heartache is so deep, it can’t be fixed this side of heaven?
Apr 24, 2019
Page 1: Joe Buchanan
What if you grew up believing you were unlovable? What kind of person would you become? Many people believed Joe Buchanan would end up in prison, on drugs or dead. It would take a supernatural act of love to change his path.