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Living Room Worship

Living Room Worship

By Christal Luster
Back to the basics of worship in the comfort of my living room with the Word, a journal, a guitar and a heart longing to experience God in a real way.
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Let’s Talk About Sex, Baby
Guest Yanni Brown has helped so many women, including myself, in understanding their sexuality and intimacy in oué marriages. In today’s episode, we will discuss how church jacked us up (yep I said it) in the sex department, how we can unlearn those concepts and some practical ways we can embrace our identity as sexual beings created by God.
51:19
February 12, 2021
Beauty For Ashes
God makes all things new, even old rags. 2020 was ROUGH to say the least. There was so much consistent loss and grief, it’s hard to imagine what life will be like without the dark gloom of the pandemic. Where do we find the strength to look forward and dare to anticipate something amazing?
15:50
February 8, 2021
No Matter What
God wants us to pray all the time and be cheerful and thankful...no matter what. How do we do that when we are hurt, depressed, sick, lonely, etc? Where’s our hope?
25:45
November 23, 2020
First Things First
How do we navigate the rituals of sanitation amid a global pandemic and not lose sight of the most important thing—to love God and His people? Let’s talk about the priorities God wants us to have in everyday life.
20:08
October 26, 2020
How Are You?
To be honest, I’m amazed at how infrequently I’m asked that simple question by people who really mean it. So I want to ask you...how are you doing? If you’re struggling today, this episode is for you. Light on the corny jokes (😂), heavy on the encouragement ❤️. I’m here if you need an ear.
21:48
October 12, 2020
Judas Ate Too
Could you imagine asking your enemy to walk with you, be your best friend, pouring into them everything you are, just so that they can betray you in the end? And to do it with a compassionate heart? This one is rough and deep. Let’s talk about it.
30:42
September 28, 2020
How to Love Yourself pt. 2 - Flaws
Whether it’s mental or physical, big or small, we all have flaws. But what happens when we shift our perspective to understand that it didn’t happen to us, but instead, for us? Let’s talk about it.
35:07
September 14, 2020
How To Love Yourself pt. 1
This one goes out to all the people who are struggling to love themselves for whatever reason. I’ve been there. Let’s talk about it.
28:13
August 24, 2020
Faith & Fire
Looking at the three Hebrew boys in the book of Daniel, I’ve learned that there’s a difference between having faith in what you think God will do vs. trusting in God whether He does what you want or not. How do we respond when the fires of life get really hot?
27:44
August 10, 2020
The Purpose of 30
I’m turning 30 in a couple months 😱 I’ve been feeling so concerned about what’s next in my life and now I understand why. Let’s talk purpose.
24:38
August 3, 2020
Cast Your Cares & Leave Them
You ever been so frustrated that something didn’t work out and you start pacing the living room floor? That’s where I am today. How do we get from pacing to placing our frustrations at the feet of Jesus? Let’s talk it out.
20:50
July 13, 2020
My Living Room Was Dirty
What happened to your host? 😩 Life yall. Life happened. The world has literally been on fire and I couldn’t figure out what to say to you. But as I started cleaning up, I learned some things I want to share. Let’s talk.
31:40
June 29, 2020
Black & Tired
Between quarantine woes and more lifeless black bodies, I’m tired. We have the awesome Pastor Sam Hamstra talking from the unique perspective of a white male pastor of a multicultural church and the father of a biracial son. How can we find peace and purpose in this corner of the living room?
41:05
May 18, 2020
The Struggle Bus
All aboard lol. Life is tough right now. Can we talk?
25:42
May 4, 2020
Squad
Christians, let us be the kind of friends that pray, speak wisely and offer to run amok if need be. (Listen for clarification) 😌
34:12
April 27, 2020
Laughter Rx
The Bible says that laughter is medicine for the heart. I don't know about you, but I NEED some meds this week. Join me for a lighthearted convo about funny church signs. 
27:35
April 20, 2020
CoronaSilence
The life that we regarded as "normal" is over and we are faced with many questions to consider about ourselves, our lives and the world around us during this eerie silence of Coronavirus. I've got some questions for you. Let's talk.
38:30
April 13, 2020
My Last Nerve: Injustice
I HATE it when injustice happens. I was doing everything I was supposed to be doing and someone swoops in and disrupts my flow, taking away something that belongs to me. Vengeance is mine or nah? Where’s Jesus in all this?
42:06
April 6, 2020
I Got 99 Questions...
This wildcard episode is bringing out some intriguing questions for me as a woman of faith. Both serious and silly questions are a go. Let’s dive in.
28:12
March 30, 2020
Love Wins...
LOVE really does win when we learn to embrace, serve and disciple God's people, no matter who they are or where they've come from. Author and host Laurie Krieg joins us to discuss how the church can love AND disciple the LGBTQ+ community more effectively as the Church. Learn more about Laurie at https://lauriekrieg.com
46:32
March 23, 2020
Thank My Therapist
Too often people struggle with real battles of the mind and get turned away with a prayer and good "God Bless." The church needs to be better about showing the love of Jesus to people who have mental health challenges--advocating for prayer and therapy. LCSW Celina Cantu joins us as we celebrate Women's Month & Social Work Month and talks about the need for education, implementation and overall support of mental health in the church.
01:06:25
March 16, 2020
A Balancing Act: Faith + Entrepreneurship
Mompreneur branding guru Aaja Corinne joins us to discuss being a boss and a woman of faith and how to balance it all. Inspiration, ambition and sensitivity to God’s voice. Let’s dive in.
53:43
March 9, 2020
Imma Boss
Everybody wants to be the boss but why? Is it for money and clout? Is it for a God-given purpose? What do we do when it gets hard? Let’s talk about it.
38:22
March 2, 2020
“The Photograph” Isn’t Real Love
**Spoiler Alert** I saw film The Photograph and I was disappointed 😕 Is this what love looks like today?
44:46
February 24, 2020
With Love, From The Boynes
A candid convo of love and relationships with Sam & Christal Boynes. From practical lessons learned in singleness, to biblical principles applied in our love story, tune in to learn about love from a man and woman’s perspective. This episode is seriously magical 😂
54:32
February 17, 2020
Stupid Cupid
Valentine’s Day 2020 is almost here and people all over are longing for that special love. Chocolates, roses and intimate exchanges with the promise of real love. But where does God fit in? Is it possible to date and still honor God? Join me and special guest Candace Armour (founder of EpicFabGirl) as we discuss all things love, dating and Jesus. Find out more about Candace at https://instagram.com/candacejunee?igshid=vum88l03bgcm
01:06:11
February 10, 2020
The Mamba Mentality
Last week 9 people died in a tragic helicopter crash. The world lost one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Kobe Bryant was known for many things, especially his “Black Mamba” alter ego. Mamba Mentality says “kill everything.” How can this be applied in faith?
43:06
February 3, 2020
New Year, New Me?
It’s a new year and everyone has all these resolutions that they’ve proclaimed to stick to this year. But what is a resolution? And where does faith fit in with it?
25:01
January 27, 2020
Living Room Worship Trailer
Going to church can be an amazing experience! You leave feeling so charged and changed for the better. And then, Monday happens. You head home on a Monday evening after work to unwind from a long day. Where’s that inspirational message? Where does Jesus fit in among the “real life” stuff that goes on? Is Jesus just for Sunday’s? Is Worship just a slow song at church? My name is Christal Luster and I’m the host of living room worship! This podcast was born out of a need to find an intersection between real life and real relationship with Christ. The living room is often the room that sees us in raw form. We laugh, we cry, we argue, we eat, we Netflix and chill in the living room. What would it look like if we invited Christ to be involved in our real lives outside of the church walls? Join me on Mondays at 5pm to discuss different facets of life and where Jesus fits in with it all. Whether Jesus is your homeboy or someone you used to know, we’re gonna take it back to the basics on an approachable and non-religious way and figure out what Worship looks like after Sunday service. Season 2 has some special guests coming to bring their thoughts on entrepreneurship, dating, politics and more and how we prioritize faith in the midst of it. Grab your spot on the couch and let’s talk about it! See you soon.
01:30
January 24, 2020
“Stress Is A Choice” with Sam Hamstra
For a lot of people, the holiday season is usually synonymous with intense and increased stress. But why? Isn’t it supposed to be a time of celebration and reflection? Could we be adding this stress to ourselves unnecessarily? Let’s talk about practical ways to eliminate holiday stress. This season finale features my good friend Sam Hamstra, pastor of CLC Hammond.
33:52
December 16, 2019
Holiday Blues
Holidays can be a real pain when people are dying and having hardships. What do you do when the cheerful music and twinkling lights make you want to just punch someone in the face? Let’s talk about it in this brief (bonus) episode.
15:15
December 9, 2019
Show Me The Money 👀
Tithing is usually a sore spot for most believers and unbelievers, especially around the holidays (sure would be easier if Santa did magically make gifts appear, huh? Lol). So where does this whole tithing thing fit in with our pursuit of Jesus in everyday life? Does God really want our money? What does tithing have to do with worship and relationship? Let’s talk about it.
43:42
December 2, 2019
When You’re At Odds...
Conflict is not an easy thing to deal with. It’s exhausting being offended all the time, and it’s embarrassing being the constant offender. Why should we resolve conflict? How can we pursue Jesus in the middle of conflict? Let’s talk it out.
39:10
November 25, 2019
"Righteous & Ratchet" Part Three with Serena Boyd
I'm joined by the host of "I've Got Something To Say" Serena Boyd! We are wrapping up the the "Righteous & Ratchet" talk, discussing how the meaning of ratchetness has changed over time, the balance of the two concepts and the beauty of the wildness in being ratchet.
49:25
November 18, 2019
"Righteous & Ratchet" Part Two - We're All Ratchet
When looking at the definition of "ratchet," I think it's safe to say we can all find ourselves in the phrase "righteous and ratchet." Let me explain...
33:40
November 11, 2019
"Righteous & Ratchet" - Part One with Pastor Dezimon Alicea
Many people struggle with living in a posture of worship and not feeling like they can't be themselves....human and sometimes (or all the time ratchet). Is it possible to love Jesus and listen to hip hop? If you live in worship, are you allowed to have a busy lifestyle or are you expected to lay on the floor praying day and night? Join me and Pastor, entrepreneur, husband and father Dezimon Alicea for part one of the discussion on Righteous & Ratchet. Learn more about Dezimon Alicea and Move Church at https://www.facebook.com/Movechurchgary/posts_to_page/. You can find out more about Christal Luster at www.christalluster.com.
46:40
November 4, 2019
Living Room Worship LIVE - Session 1
It's a party! I invited some amazing people to join me in my living room and do a live recording of an intimate discussion about worship. We touched on relevant topics and sent up a spontaneous worship as friends...
41:23
October 28, 2019
Have You Seen Me?
Feeling lost? Maybe you aren’t on the back of a milk carton, but it’s pretty easy to feel lost in life, especially these days in such a complicated world. What can we do about feeling lost? Where does worship fit in? Let’s talk about it.
29:18
October 21, 2019
When We Suffer...
Sometimes life sucks and things are hard. Those are facts. But where does worship fit in with the hard facts of life?
23:56
October 14, 2019
Why Living Room Worship?
What in the world are we doing worshipping in the living room? It's all about understanding what worship is and being in a completely comfortable, vulnerable, and real place where we can encounter God's presence in the midst of everything going on in our lives. Join me in my living room and let's talk it out.
25:44
October 7, 2019