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The Gathering Church Podcast
The Gathering Church Podcast provides sermons, special audio messages, and all-new conversations with members of the congregation aimed to help you live the Abundant Life Jesus promised.
6 days ago
A Heart of Worship with Jared Nepute
The Gathering Podcast will be focusing on ministry leaders from the church this month. The first is Jared Nepute, The Gathering's Worship Leader. Jared shares a little about his testimony, how he got into music, and by extension worship. He also shares some plans he has this year to help develop a Heart of Worship within the congregation.
Dec 28, 2021
Impact Launches Now with George Clerie
In the 1980s, the founder of Horizon Christian Fellowship here in San Diego decided to expand the mission of the fellowship and start a discipleship school focused on making missionaries to help reach the world lost. That man was Mike Macintosh, and he invited our very now Pastor, George, into the program in the late 80's. That program was called HSE, and it was influential in George becoming a missionary. After a decade plus of missions work, George was then invited to take oner the program as director. This episode is all about the Genesis of HSE, how it let to Impact 195, and how that is leading to Impact today. Lately, the episode explores what the new Impact program will look like, who it is for, and how you can get involved. This is the final episode in our 100 days to Impact series.
Dec 20, 2021
Christmas Announcement from The Gathering
We hope to see you this Friday for our Christmas Eve Service starting at 4PM at The Gathering Church at Grace Chapel. We will finish our our 100 days to Impact Series with George Clerie next Tuesday.
Dec 14, 2021
Marijuana to Ministry with Alanna & Aeron Sullivan - Part II
This week on the Gathering Church Podcast we continue our journey of 100 days to impact by exploring stories and testimonies from those who attended and who served at HSE and Impact195. Today our host Peter Varberg interviews Co-Host, Alanna Sullivan, and The Gathering's Podcast Editor, Aeron Sullivan. In 2016 Alanna and Aeron's world was rocked when they came to faith, found God, and were led to Impact. The title of this Podcast says it all. We hope you enjoy part II of II.
Dec 8, 2021
Marijuana to Ministry with Alanna & Aeron Sullivan - Part I
This week on the Gathering Church Podcast we continue our journey of 100 days to impact by exploring stories and testimonies from those who attended and who served at HSE and Impact195. Today our host Peter Varberg interviews Co-Host, Alanna Sullivan, and The Gathering's Podcast Editor, Aeron Sullivan. In 2016 Alanna and Aeron's world was rocked when they came to faith, found God, and were led to Impact. The title of this Podcast says it all. We hope you enjoy part I of II.
Nov 29, 2021
Minister, Missionary, Marketplace with Nick Yates
Today our host Peter Varberg interviews Nick Yates. Nick has an amazing energy I think you’ll enjoy, and an even more amazing journey and testimony, being part of the one and only class to participate in Horizon School of Evangelism and Impact 195. You’ll hear about Nick serving in many capacities from missionary to college pastor, as well as the high’s and lows that have come with his walk with Jesus. Ultimately, Nick offers some insight from the vantage point of someone who is now in marketplace ministry about how identity and purpose transcend the ministerial or pastoral titles we sometimes wear as we partner with God in his Kingdom.
Nov 16, 2021
Impacting Haiti Through Hope, with Jen Law
Jen Law helped found a non-profit called Hopestart with Frederick Clerie. If you have been around Impact or The Gathering, you have probably heard about Hopestart. Today, our host Alanna Sullivan interviews Jen Law about how the Lord used Impact to lead her to Hopestart, its impact on the children and families of Haiti, and finally, how you can partner with Hopestart. It is also a wonderful testimony to how the network of relationships created at Impact has helped build Hopestart.
Nov 9, 2021
A Lasting Impact with Renee Keven
Today our host Alanna Sullivan interviews Renee Keven on her experience with Impact over 10 years ago. No journey with the Lord is direct, and Renee vulnerably shares her very real story that shows us that Impact continues to make an impression on the lives of graduates well after they graduate. Special Announcement: The Gathering Church is hiring two full-time positions. The first is for a Communications Manager who will be responsible for all outgoing and internal communications at The Gathering. Think of it as a hybrid position (50% Marketing & 50% Volunteer Coordination). The second is for a Impact Manager who will be responsible for driving operations and pastoral care at Impact School of Discipleship Launching in January.
Nov 1, 2021
Love & Impact with Greg & Janet Baker
We are on the journey of 100 days to impact by exploring stories and testimonies from those who attended and who served HSE and Impact195. Today, our Host Peter Varberg dives into Greg & Janet Baker’s story of how they ended up at Impact, the impact it had on them, and how it even helped lead to their love story. Special Announcement: The Gathering Church is hiring two full-time positions. The first is for a Communications Manager who will be responsible for all outgoing and internal communications at The Gathering. Think of it as a hybrid position (50% Marketing & 50% Volunteer Coordination). The second is for a Impact Manager who will be responsible for driving operations and pastoral care at Impact School of Discipleship Launching in January.
Oct 25, 2021
The Story of Impact with Scott & Dina Wessell (Re-Release)
Scott and Dina were both catapulted into their life with Jesus through Horizon School of Evangelism (HSE), and then were brought into the ministry that came out of HSE, Impact 195. Hear the story of Impact, and more about what Impact offered its students. The Gathering is looking to launch a discipleship school, like Impact, later this year, and this gives you a foretaste of what may be to come!
Oct 19, 2021
Story: Impacto with Cisco Villasenor
Impact school of ministry relaunches in less than 100 days. And we're doing 100 days of testimonies and stories around impact leading up to its launch at the end of January. Today we hear from one of the original impact team members, Cisco. Cisco talks to Peter Varberg about joining Horizon School of Evangelism, and then going on to help found Impact, and then later Impacto, a discipleship school modeled after Impact, but planted as a mission down in Oaxaca, Mexico. This is an inspiring journey of faith, trust, obedience, and abundant life.
Oct 12, 2021
Story: Impact, Marriage, & Prison Guards Part 2 (Feat. Becky & Peter Friberg)
In this episode, Alanna Sullivan completes her interview with Becky & Peter Friberg. we hear the happy ending to the epic story of Becky & Peter's wild ride through the season around Impact. They also share a little about Impact who it might be valuable for, and what kind of fruit you can expect from attending.
Oct 5, 2021
Story: Impact, Marriage, & Prison Guards Part 1 (Feat. Becky & Peter Friberg)
Over the next 100 days we will be exploring amazing testimonies from graduates of Impact as we prepare for Impact to launch in January, 2022. The first testimony we explore is a powerful one. Alanna Sullivan interviews Becky and Peter Friberg on their individual experiences in Impact, and how it worked in their lives together. Becky attended first, followed by Peter, but Impact was intertwined in their collective story of redemption and restoration.
Sep 27, 2021
Conversation: Hope Leadership Academy with Willie Briscoe
Peter Varberg interviews Willie Briscoe, Founder and Director of Hope Leadership Academy. Willie Briscoe had first-hand experience of growing up without a father in the home and desired to fill that gap in homes across San Diego County. HLA is a year-round comprehensive youth ministry that seeks to ensure that youth from fatherless homes in underserved communities receive support, guidance, and a plan to break the cycles of divorce, poverty, and hopelessness. HLA will be the focus of the October Serve First Sunday at The Gathering. Learn more at HLA.Org
Sep 19, 2021
Conversation: Rest vs The Illusion of Control with Aeron Sullivan
What's up with rest and sabbath? Is this just about Netflix and chill, or is there something more? Why did God place keeping the Sabbath holy next akin to not murdering people in the Ten Commandments? In this episode of The gathering Podcast we explore the discipline of Sabbath and will help you discover why rest is such a big deal to God.
Sep 14, 2021
Story: The Discipline of Community with Peter Varberg
When Covid first hit in 2020 community was virtually torn out from underneath people. Peter Varberg interviews four unique members of his own Home Gathering Community that reflect on this time and use it was a way to explore the concept of community: its value, it's fruit, and the discipline it takes to foster it.
Sep 7, 2021
Conversation: Journaling with God (Feat. George & Brittany)
Hear from two conversations on the spiritual discipline of Journaling. Peter & George discuss the basics journaling, and how it can be used as a practice on its own or to reinforce other spiritual disciplines. Second, you will hear a conversation between Alanna and Brittany Pendleton (Formerly Atterbery) on how to combine journaling with creative arts to accelerate the process of hearing from God.
Aug 31, 2021
Conversation: Prevent Suicide w/ Michelle Madden
This week we launch Season 2 of The Gathering Podcast. Peter Varberg interviews Michelle Madden, a chaplain from the Rock Church who specializes in Suicide Prevention and Suicide Loss. This is a powerful and extremely helpful episode for anyone in God's family who may encounter someone contemplating suicide, or walking with someone close to another who is. This is in preparation for the Serve First Sunday this week, the Mental Health Resource Fair.
Jun 28, 2021
Story: Father Lost / Father Found with Tim Whitcomb
This month we have explored both the highs and lows of fatherhood from members of our congregation, and today we hear from Tim Whitcomb about the tragic story of his own Father, and how his father's sin led to a life defined by loss, abandonment, and grief. Yet, this is a story about God, and so Tim's story becomes one defined by hope, redemption, forgiveness, and love. This will be the final episode of our series on fatherhood and the last in of season one. It’s one of the most powerful testimonies you’ve heard on the podcast yet. Except for Serve 1st Podcasts, the Gathering Podcast will return in late August. Have a great summer.
Jun 22, 2021
Story: The Challenges of Fatherhood with Miguel Morton
Hear an amazingly vulnerable and real testimony about the challenges of fatherhood from one of our very own stay-at-home-dads, Miguel Morton. Miguel shares a little about how he became a father and then dives in deep about the real struggles of fatherhood. Struggles many fathers have experienced, but often don't talk about, let alone share. Miguel's bravery, courage, and humility shine through in this awesome conversation between Peter and Miguel.
Jun 15, 2021
Story: Abba Father with Sebastian Matthews
Hear the amazing testimony of Sebastian Matthews as he shares about his relationship with his father, his relationship with his children, and the redemptive relationship with his ultimate Father in Heaven and how God has knitted it all-together into a beautiful story of hope and love.
Jun 8, 2021
Story: Package Deal with Sam & Ali
Ali found more than just a husband in Sam, she found a father for her son, Uriah. Sam took on more than just being a new husband to Ali, but a father all in one. Experience the story as told by Sam and Ali as they explore the journey of an unconventional courtship, marriage, and adoption through their story of falling in-love.
Jun 1, 2021
The Matter of Life with Tracy Robinson
Listen to an interview between Host Peter Varberg and Director of a groundbreaking new documentary "The Matter of Life." Go behind the scenes on the story behind the story, as well as get a sneak peak to some of the topics and stories the film explores. The Matter of Life is an Open and thoughtful discussion about abortion. The film takes you on a journey to unravel the complexities of the abortion debate by addressing the issue through science, philosophy, history, and powerful personal stories. The film answers hard questions and provides hope for the future. https://www.thematteroflife.org
May 25, 2021
Story: Motherhood Lost with Lisa Thompson
This month, we're focusing on topics that relate to motherhood, both those lived and those lost. In this episode, Lisa Thompson shares a powerful story about an abortion she had when she was young, and the battle with shame and guilt she's endured most of her life. It is also a testament to God's healing power, Christ's victory in our lives over sin, and the redemptive power our stories can bring to the world. This testimony took a lot of courage to share, and we hope you feel the power of her vulnerability, her authentic and undeniable trust in God, and the freedom that can come when shame is broken. This a must listen and is also the final episode on motherhood this month.
May 17, 2021
This month, we are focusing on topics that relate to motherhood, both those lived and those lost. Today, you’ll hear a conversation with Dina Wessell, Marty Reneau, Marta Ortiz, and Alanna Sullivan about their experiences with miscarriage. They talk about the deep pain, how they leaned on God through the heartbreak, and now how their testimony may help others find healing.
May 9, 2021
Conversation: Staying Home with Mom
Today's episode features a panel of three stay-at-home mothers interviewed by Alanna Sullivan. They cover both personal and parental challenges of staying home full-time, as well as some of the joys and opportunities to experience God through full-time motherhood! Features: Jane Racuya, Abrey Kamp, and Sarah Doria Music By Jared Nepute
May 4, 2021
Story: A Story of Single Motherhood with Allie Sterner
This is the first of four Podcasts throughout the month of May focusing on different aspects of motherhood. This first installment comes just after May's Serve Sunday, which was focused on serving single moms in our community. The Gathering congregation put together gift baskets with encouragement, gift cards, and treats for single moms, and received inspiration about how Jesus redefines the meaning of family for us, including welcoming single moms and their children into our own families. Today we hear from Allie Sterner, who shares her powerful story as a single mother of 4 and God’s redemptive love that took her from the verge of suicide to a mother alive in Christ.
Apr 27, 2021
Conversation: Jesus has Risen! So What & What Now?
This week host Peter Varberg and Aeron Sullivan discuss the resurrection, and more specifically, how we respond to the news of the resurrection? This is the final episode of this month where The Gathering Podcast has been focusing on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Music by Jared Nepute & Poor Bishop Hooper
Apr 20, 2021
Conversation: Jesus, Kingdom, & Cross (Part 2)
Welcome to Episode Two of a discussion on Jesus and the Cross. This first episode dives into the Biblical Story from the perspective of the cross. What is Jesus going to accomplish by going to the cross? In this episode, Host Peter Varberg and Aeron Sullivan help explore exactly how Jesus does accomplish all the Biblical expectations, but in a way no one expected. Music by Poor Bishop Hooper.
Apr 13, 2021
Conversation: The Setup - Jesus, Kingdom, and Cross (Part 1)
Welcome to Episode One of a two part discussion on Jesus and the Cross. This first episode dives into the Biblical Story from the perspective of the cross. What is Jesus doing? What is he accomplishing through the cross? We hope this discussion between Host Peter Varberg and Aeron Sullivan help shed new light on how everything happening from Pages 1 and 2 of the Bible culminate in Jesus, and ultimately in the cross. Music by Poor Bishop Hooper.
Apr 5, 2021
Conversation: The Rebellious Entry with George Clerie
This week listen to Pastor George and Peter discuss the Rebellious Entry, or what is oftentimes referred to as the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. Jesus enters Jerusalem as king, but not in the way almost anyone was expecting. Music by Poor Bishop Hooper
Mar 16, 2021
Conversation: Take your next step of faith with Mike Ortiz
Mike Ortiz grew up in the church, but the typical culture swept him away until God. God stepped in to save him from some health problems and then took Mike Ortiz on a series of steps from simply attending a Bible Study, to a Discipleship School, all the way to the far end of Haiti where he served as a missionary for 2-3 years. Mike and his Wife Marta now serve as Shepherds at the Gathering. This is a great story on how small steps of faith can lead to a big life of impact.
Mar 8, 2021
Conversations: Returning Home To Serve with Fredrick Clerie
Fredrick Clerie left Haiti when he was young in pursuit of education, and after turmoil and political upheaval made the hard choice to not return... until the Lord called him to return to his childhood home of Haiti to help serve those most vulnerable. Listen to a powerful testimony of how God is working through Fredrick and the Non-Profit Ministry he leads, Hopestart International, to bring help and hope to our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Mar 2, 2021
Conversation: Serving the Homeless with Estreanda Yates
This week, The Gathering is partnering with the San Diego Rescue Mission to help serve those who currently do not have a home. The conversation today is on this very topic and will help provide perspective and prepare our hearts to serve San Diego's homeless, or as our guest likes to say, our neighbors. Estreanda Yates led a homeless ministry within the Rock Church for over 10 years, but her story with the homeless started much younger. Today, host Alanna Sullivan has a conversation with Estreanda about her very own personal testimony as it relates to homelessness and the powerful ministry work she did with our neighbors.
Feb 22, 2021
Story: Growing with the Lord & Growing with Each-other featuring Pam & Tim Whitcomb
Today's episode focuses on Tim & Pam Whitcomb, who have been married for nearly 30 years. They both met a little later then some, which also coincided with them meeting the Lord. It is a unique story and closes out this month focus on marriages and relationships. They tell us about how they met, and also the challenges and beauty that came with them coming into their relationship with the Lord at the same time. They grew together with the Lord, and together with one another at the same time. They also provide some great advice that any couple at any stage should really take to heart. We hope you enjoy this final installment in this month's series.
Feb 16, 2021
Story: 34 Years & Counting with Bill and Leah Impey
Today's episode focuses on Bill and Leah Impey, who have been married for 34 years. It covers a little about them, and how their lives both set a course of Bible College where they met and quickly fell in-love. They reflect on some of their early victories and struggles, as well as share some timeless wisdom that any couple at any stage of their relationship can incorporate into their life to be a better husband or wife.
Feb 8, 2021
Story: New York to New Life with Jared and Kelsey Nepute
Today's episode is the epic origin story of our very own Kelsey and Jared Nepute. They talk about they found each other, how Kelsey found God, and then how God used a girl to get to Jared. They discuss their experience growing in their relationship with God, which, no surprise, grew the relationship between one another. They talk about conflict, grace, and provide some great practical advice for any marriage, but especially for those entering the early years of their own marriage and relationship. Enjoy!
Feb 2, 2021
Story: A long-distance love story with Marylou Villegas and Samuel Impey
Todays episode is a love story about a young couple who developed a romance over YouTube and Instagram. Samuel Impey, son of Pastor Bill Impey, and YouTube music artist, Marylou Villegas, developed a relationship online before ever meeting in real life. The couple's story kicks off an entire month focused on relationships. The two have been dating for over 3 years, including a long-distance relationship strained by not just distance, but closed borders amidst a global pandemic, but they have come out the other side stronger for it. It's a wonderful story and is capped off by music by Marylou Villegas herself. We hope you enjoy!
Jan 25, 2021
Story: When Pain Meets Purpose with Peter Varberg
*Overview: *Today’s podcast features one of your hosts, Peter Varberg, as the guest on the show. Peter shares a powerful story about how God has worked in his life as he has struggled with depression over the last 8 years. This will be the last installment during our monthlong focus. Peter is interviewed by Aeron Sullivan. *First Struggles (0:00-13:00) *Peter shares about a traumatic event in his early-adulthood that brought him into his first struggle with depression and what that taught him that still sticks with him today. *Identity, Worry, & Anxiety (13:00-27:00) *Peter shares about his work as a missionary overseas, and discusses depression and anxiety that accompanies his return home and quest to find work, and then struggling with whether the work was meaningful. *Journey to Today (28:00-37:00)* Finally, Peter talks about how those experience shave been used by God. He talks about a simple acronym people can use as they struggle with anxiety and depression, and ultimately g…
Jan 18, 2021
Conversations: Identity Formation & Reclaiming Biblical Identity with Bessy Holdren
*Overview* On today’s podcast, Bessy Holdren, a marriage and family therapist, talks with Alanna Sullivan on Identity formation, what true Biblical Identity looks like, and how to use a simple acronym PBC (Prayer-Bible-Community) to stay rooted in a Biblical Identity during challenging times. *Identity Form: 0:00 - 13:00 *Bessy talks about her own identity formation growing up as an immigrant child from Honduras. *Identity Formation: 14:00-19:00* Bessy talks about factors that typically influence identity formation and how Covid has been a catalyst in exposing these early formational challenges. *Identity Formation: 19:30-30:00 *Bessy talks through Biblical identity and a simple acronym to root us in Biblical identity during challenging times (PBC). * Prayer * Bible: * Community: *Bonus: 17 Bible Verses to Remind You of Your Identity in Christ* * *John 1:12* ~”Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of…
Jan 12, 2021
Conversations: Vulnerability as a Path to God with Celeste Garcia
*Overview* On today’s podcast, Celeste Garcia talks with Alanna Sullivan about how vulnerability is a key to unlocking deeper community and creates a path to growing closer to God. Celeste is a trained Psychologist that currently works with at-risk youth within San Diego County. *Shame & Vulnerability: 0:00 - 12:00* PartI: Celeste shares about her own experience with shame and vulnerability as a child and also as a Christian young in the faith. She shares how deep community in home gatherings helped her to be vulnerable accelerating her relation with with the Lord. She also covers some of the basics of shame and vulnerability.* Biblical Connections: 12:00-22:00* Part II: Celeste covers biblical connections to the importance of vulnerability and carrying one another’s burdens. She also covers some practical advice with the congregation around how vulnerability, both as a one who enters into vulnerability, but also as one who bears it for another is of the utmost importance in…
Jan 5, 2021
Welcome to The Gathering Podcast in 2021!
*Overview* On today’s podcast, Hosts Peter, Alanna, and Producer Aeron talk a little about The Gathering Podcast, why and how it got started, and also what to look forward to in 2021. * The first half (through minute 16) focuses on the podcast, how and why it got started, as well as what to expect from it in 2021. * The second half (through minute 30) focuses on Peter, Alanna, and Aeron, a little about them in the context of the Podcast, as well the sharing of a Google Form where you can share your own feedback, thoughts, or recommendations for the podcast! FEEDBACK FORM
Dec 29, 2020
Conversations: Hearing God's One Word for You with Pastor Bill Impey.
*Overview* On today’s podcast, Pastor Bill Impey talks with Peter Varberg about exercising wisdom this year as we transition from 2020 to 2021 to take a pause and try to hear from God about what he may be speaking to you personally at this time of transition. *Introduction to Hearing from God: 0:00 - 16:00 Common reasons you may not be hearing from God: 16:00-26:00 Lesser-Known reasons may not be hearing from God: 26:00-60:00 How to find your one word: 60:00-85:00 Resources* Inner Healing & Prayer Guide Practicing the Presence of God My One Word The Promise Principle* *
1 hr 15 min
Dec 15, 2020
Story: Ministering to the Marginalized with Debbie Roller
*Overview* On today’s podcast, Debbie Roller, a member of the Gathering and longtime missionary, is interviewed by Alanna Sullivan on her work in the Philippine. We also talk about how her own testimony and witness to God’s redemptive work in her life brought her out of similar circumstances to those she ministers today. *Debbie's Child Testimony: 0:00 - 9:30 Debbie's Adult Faith Testimony: 9:30-19:30 Debbie's Growing Faith and Heart for the Marginalized: 19:30-27:00 Debbie's Missionary Work 27:00-47:00* * Starting her school * Ministries she supports * How to get involved & support *Faith Moves Mountains*
Dec 8, 2020
Conversations: The True Meaning of Christmas with George Clerie
*Overview* In the eighth episode of The Gathering Podcast, you will hear from Pastor George Clerie interviewed by Peter Varberg on the topic of Christmas. George and Peter discuss the impacts of Covid on our Christmas traditions, and the opportunities it affords us to hit reset this year. 2020 is an opportunity to refresh our understanding of Christmas, and what we allow to take our attention in relation to Christmas. It's a great discussion you don't want to miss. *Intro Discussion - 0:00 A Russian Christmas - 4:30 Christmas Texts - 8:00* * John 1:1-5 & 14: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. * The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the…
Dec 1, 2020
Conversations: Cultivating Healthy Habits with Ray Pigeon
*Overview* In the seventh episode of The Gathering Podcast, you will hear from Ray Pigeon interviewed by Peter Varberg on the topic of cultivating healthy habits. Ray is a medical doctor who specializes in internal medicine. Ray speaks from both a biblical and medical perspective as he discusses healthy habit building with Peter. *Intro Discussion - 0:00-6:00 * Ray talks a little about his past and how his family seemed destined to enter the medical field. *Taking Care of Yourself With Diet 6:00-24:00* *Taking Care of Yourself Physically 24:00-34:00 Taking Care of Yourself Emotionally & Spiritually 34:00-49:00* *Resources: *http://www.lowcarbmd.com www.dietdoctor.com/
Nov 23, 2020
Conversations: Experiencing God's Healing with Jeff Doria
*Overview* In the sixth episode of The Gathering Podcast, hear from Jeff Doria, interviewed by Peter Varberg on the topic of healing, and how to experience healing with God. Jeff shares his experience as a clinical chaplain on the topic of healing, as well as help us to understand healing by defining it. *Intro Discussion - 0:00-13:00 * Jeff talks about three areas of healing: * Physical Healing * Emotional Healing * Psalm 147:3 "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." * Divine or Spiritual Healing * Matthew 8:17 "This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.” * James 5:14-16 "Is anyone among you sick? *Scriptural Flyover - 13:00-40:00* Jeff covers healings as found in the scriptures. He also shares about his own personal experiences of healing through ministry work, and also as a benefactor of healing through his family's experience with medical challenges with his daughter(s).…
Nov 16, 2020
Conversations: Overcoming Fear & Anxiety with Ali Kaun
*Overview* In the fifth episode of The Gathering Podcast, hear from Ali Kaun, interviewed by Alanna Sullivan on the topic of fear and anxiety. Ali shares about her personal struggles with stress and anxiety and how God walked her through a physical, emotional, and spiritual healing process that took over a decade. *Discussion* 0:00 - 8:00 Ali introduces her first experience with anxiety while doing overseas missionary work in Asia, which ultimately brought them home. 8:00 Ali talks about her second big bout with anxiety after her husband Devin was hit by a drunk driver just after becoming new parents. She walks through God's faithfulness in healing her from anxiety through that experience and draws a correlation with the story of Naman in Kings. *The Remedy - 14:00 *Ali outlines three major areas that God healed over many years before she was able to leave crippling fear and anxiety behind her. * Physical * Emotional * Spiritual *Lasting Peace - 25:00-35:00* Finally, Ali go…
Nov 9, 2020
Conversations: Choosing CALM with Pastor George Clerie
*Overview* This is the fourth episode of The Gathering Podcast. Today’s “conversations with the congregation” episode is a conversation between George Clerie and host Peter Varberg around the topic of stress, what it is, and some practical tips on how to let God lighten the load and take care of it for you. *Discussion* 0:00- 10:00 George explains what Stress is, and introduces scriptural passages that address stress, and how they offer us practical wisdom to apply in our own lives, today. 10:00- 35:00 George introduces the acronym CALM. C - Choose to rejoice... in God's sovereignty, providence, and mercy. A - Ask for help L - Learn to be thankful M - Meditate on good things 35:00-40:00 George offers the congregations a few more tips and emphasizes the need to be in community as one of the primary ways to combat the sources of stress in our lives.
Oct 31, 2020
Conversations: Practicing the Presence of God with Scott Wessel
*Overview* This is the third episode of The Gathering Podcast. Today’s “conversations with the congregation” episode is a conversation between Scott Wessell and host Peter Varberg around the history, concept, and practice of God's Presence. *Discussion* 0:00- 11:00 Scott explains what joy/happiness are and why they seem so elusive. 11:00- 23:00 Scott explains how to learn to experience consistent joy and happiness by understanding where joy comes from and how to “choose joy.” They also talk about Isaiah 26:3 23:00- 30:00 Scott explains the Nehemiah ch 8:10 “the joy of the Lord is my strength and what it has to do with choosing joy. He explains what to do with inappropriate emotional responses. 30:00-38:00 Scott explains how the act of focusing on something raises the importance of the thing you are focusing on. 38:00-42:00 Scott explains his favorite spiritual practice and how it helped him deal with lies he had been believing since his childhood. 42:00- 52:30 Scott e…
Oct 23, 2020
Conversations: Spiritual Gifts with Bill Impey
*Overview* This is the second episode of The Gathering Podcast. Today's "conversations with the congregation" episode is a conversation between the host Peter Varberg, and pastor Bill Impey. *Discussion* 0:00 - 9:00 Peter introduces the conversation and Bill sets up the context at the Corinthian Church in which Paul's letters concerning spiritual gifts take place in. 9:00 - 25:00 Bill shares a testimony around his own spiritual gifts and some practical stories around identifying and experiencing the gifts. 25:00 - 44:00 Bill takes listeners through 1st Corinthians Ch 13. and provides a Biblical perspective on the spiritual gifts. 44:00 - 49:00 Bill shares some practical advice to our congregation on how to think about spiritual gifts, their purpose, and their benefit to the church. *Extra Resources* If you would like to learn more about spiritual gifts, check out these resources below! Experiencing the Spirit - By Henry Blackaby Renovation of the Heart - By Dallas Willard Di…
Oct 18, 2020
Conversations: Vocation Over Profession with Aeron Sullivan
*Overview* This is the inaugural episode of The Gathering Podcast. Today's "conversations with the congregation" episode is a conversation between the host Peter Varberg, and a member of the Gathering, Aeron Sullivan. Aeron lives in PQ with his wife, daughters, and mother and has been attending the Gathering since it was originally planted in 4S Ranch. He serves on the board of the Gathering and also leads product and growth at BibleProject, a Christian EdTech ministry. You can find more about them at BibleProject.com *Discussion* 0:00 - 12:00 Introduction & sharing of Aeron's testimony as it related to work. 12:00 - 25:00 Peter and Aeron talk through Ecclesiastes and provide commentary on the problem with Work in America today, including problems Christian's experience in relation to work and identity. 25:00 - 43:00 Aeron takes us back to Genesis to discuss identity and vocation and reclaims the Biblical perspective on Vocation. 43:00 - 50:00 Aeron provides the congregation som…