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Embracing Abundant Life

Embracing Abundant Life

By Dr. Avis Sparks

God is interested in every aspect of our lives and wants us well, equipped, and victorious in all of it. Inviting God into every aspect of our lives makes it more abundant. It is our responsibility to seek knowledge, wisdom, and invite Him into our experiences.
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Perfect Storm with Sarah Nelson
Perfect Storm with Sarah Nelson
Perfect Storm Sarah Nelson shares her journey of turning the storm that brought many unanswered questions and stressful situations into a testimony that brings hope and encouragement to the lives of others. She encourages us to recognize the stressful moments and acknowledge the weight of all that we are taking, being sure to give ourselves the space for self-care. #PerfectStorm #Comfort #StressManagement #EmbracingAbundantLife #Christianlife #ASparkministries #ChristianPodcast Sarah Nelson Writer and Speaker Social Media: @SarahNelsonBlog
Web site: www.SarahNelsonBlog.com Perfect Storm: Devotionals During Crisis available on Amazon For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request.
33:23
January 20, 2022
Journey to Healing
Journey to Healing
Kim Russell shares how she had to confront her fear and the past events to surrender to God’s healing. Then, we discuss her book Journey to ChiYah, a story of the woman's journey as she discovers what she needs to heal truly. Finally, Kim speaks of her revelations of her healing process and nuggets of hope as she shares parts of her overcomer story. Kim Russell Author Social Media: @SharingHopeThroughWords 
Web site: www.kimberlykrussell.com Journey to ChiYah available on Amazon. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions.
32:12
January 13, 2022
Getting Unstuck with Sue Bowles
Getting Unstuck with Sue Bowles
“Getting Unstuck.” (Trigger warning: this interview contains a conversation about childhood sexual assault, eating disorders, and grief.) As we go through life, disappointments, tragedy, pain, and unfair situations will stop us in our tracks. God doesn’t want us to discount or ignore what we have been through. He cares about us and the weight of what we experience. He is there to empower us to move beyond the mentalities, habits, and darkness that keeps us from experiencing and enjoying this life with the peace, joy, grace, and strength He provides. If you are stuck, God wants to help you get unstuck and see the hope for your now and your future #unstuck #hope #Christianpodcast #EmbracingAbundantLife #Overcomer #EALPodcast #ASparkMinistries Guest Sue Bowles author, survivor, speaker, life coach Website Suebowles.com The Spaces Between Social Media FB @ SueBowlesCoaching For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request.
40:42
December 09, 2021
Moving Forward
Moving Forward
Moving Forward The number of upsets and struggles we face can discourage us from moving forward. However, we can have hope because God is faithful. So, move forward knowing God loves you. Guest Melissa Moore Christian writer, speaker, and podcast host Podcast: Faith Hope Love with Melissa Moore FB. @moorefaithhopelove Instagram @moore.faith.hope.love For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #movingforward #Preservance #KeepyoureyesonJesus #neverforsaken #Loved #christianpodcast #EmbracingAbundantLife #Asparkministries
31:26
November 18, 2021
Start Where You Are
Start Where You Are
The goals and dreams you have may seem daunting and even impossible. But you will never get there are see what is possible unless you start. The process will not always feel good, but the results are worth it. We are called to be good stewards of all the things God has given us. So whatever we have slacked on, let’s leave it and get committed or recommitted and starting again. #Start #startagain #process #showyourselfgrace #Stewardship #christianpodcast #EALPodcast #EmbracingAbundantLifePodcast #Christianpodcast Kate Muesing Christian Health Coach Insta @yourchristanhealthcoach https://linktr.ee/katemuesing For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals.
32:31
November 04, 2021
Butterfly Blueprint with Stephanie Miller
Butterfly Blueprint with Stephanie Miller
Butterfly Blueprint Many things in life will cause us to struggle and even halt. However, through self-reflection and surrender, we can find the beauty of leaning on a God who cares and can help us with the things facing. Transformation can be painful and uncomfortable, but it brings a new level of growth, awareness, and strength. Stephanie Miller Certified Personal and Spiritual Growth Coach, Author, and Speaker https://butterflybeginnings.net/ The Butterfly Blueprint Social Media FB and Insta: @StephanieMillerCoach For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #ButterflyBlueprint #Transformation #Surrender #Community #EmbracingAbundantLife #Christianlife #ASparkministries #ChristianPodcast
33:40
October 28, 2021
Take the Mask Off
Take the Mask Off
Show Notes We do not need to wear a mask for God. The mask only hinders us from letting God help us deal with our real issues. God sees and wants to help us when we are hurting, hiding, and struggling. He loves you and wants to help you establish in your life hope and a future. So let’s take the mask off and deal with the real and heal. For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11(NLT). Guest Diana Winkler Singer, Songwriter, Podcast Host https://dswministries.org/ Email: diana@dswministries.org  Social media links: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DSW-Ministries-230135337033879  Twitter: https://twitter.com/DswMinistries  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxgIpWVQCmjqog0PMK For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request.
33:44
October 22, 2021
Don’t Stop with Tyler Feller
Don’t Stop with Tyler Feller
Tyler Feller pastor, author, podcast host https://www.tylerfeller.com/ Instagram @Tylerfeller Podcast: Don’t Stop Show Notes Our past situation and even our present circumstances do not dictate what is possible. When God gives you a glimpse of the possibility, don’t doubt let Him guide and prepare you for purpose. God is faithful concerning His promise. Let us be faithful and not stop pursuing what God has placed before us. Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. 2021 Outreach Initiative To contribute and be a part of the go to Asparkministries.com/Outreach and find out how you can receive an A Spark Impact t-shirt. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #DontStop #Impact #Overcomer #Community #EmbracingAbundantLifePodcast #christianlife #ASparkministries #ChristianPodcast
31:30
October 14, 2021
Soul Grit with Ann McNiece
Soul Grit with Ann McNiece
Guest Ann Taylor Mc Niece, MA Family and Marriage Therapist http://www.soulgritresources.com FB and Instagram: @soulgritresources Soul Grit The ability to endure and overcome are not just born in us but developed. At times it takes digging a little deeper to find the root of the issue so that you can heal and overcome it. But we must not forget to address the physical and surface things that can change our perspective and energize us to handle what is around us, like exercise, sleep, eating, or a hobby. Coping is something we all do while we are dealing with difficult circumstances and stress. So, let’s choose those skills that will establish wellness in our lives, not lack. Let learn how to get through the trail of life and finish healthier, more whole, and better than we started. Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/embracing-abundant-life/id1548327346 https://podcasts.google.com/search/Embracing%20Abundant%20Life https://open.spotify.com/show/2WaUGTIqTbdNOKUOr4NO3A 2021 Outreach Initiative To contribute and be a part of the go to Asparkministries.com/Outreach and find out how you can receive an A Spark Impact t-shirt. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #SoulGrit #Coping #Resilience #Overcomer #EmbracingAbundantLife #christianlife #ASparkministries #ChristianPodcast
31:33
October 07, 2021
Adding Value
Adding Value
Guest Greg Whitfield "I want to add value to people's lives." Pastor of DP Nation located at 810 Division St, Biloxi, MS Website: www.summertakeover.com Social Media: FB @GregWWhitfield Insta: @eldergregwhitfield Show Notes When adding value to others, we may have to overcome fear and rejection. Those are not easy feelings to manage; however, it is worth the possibility of the light, deliverance, growth, and accomplishment resulting from those interactions. Sharing the love and purpose of God is beautiful, enlightening, and life-changing. When we share these truths, they empower others and strengthen us. So let's move beyond the what if's and obstacles and create the impact we are purposed to make and see and meet the needs of others. Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. 2021 Outreach Initiative To contribute and be a part of the go to Asparkministries.com/Outreach and find out how you can receive an A Spark Impact t-shirt. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #AddingValue #Impact #Overcomer #Community #EmbracingAbundantLife #christianlife #ASparkministries #ChristianPodcast
40:48
September 30, 2021
C’s of Wellness
C’s of Wellness
Show Notes We maintain wellness and continue our healing and growth by staying anchored. Jesus lets us know that we cannot bear fruit, grow, or live an abundant life apart from Him. Connection is our source and key to wellness, and we nurture our connection with God the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit through Communication, Community, and Commitment. Our healing, growth, and transformation starts with Connection with God through Jesus Christ and the other C’s nurture and support us in staying anchored and growing healthy and strong roots. Jesus showed us different practices and principles that nurture these three C’s, and they allow us to deal with the struggles, temptations, and pains of this world and sustain a state of well-being. The some of the disciplines Christ left us to grow our connection to Him in the Body of Christ are: prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship, giving, service, witnessing, fasting, and meditation. The three C’s position us to get our needs and desires. It situates us to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. They place us at the feet of Jesus receiving all the promises and blessings that God has for us. Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life is a book that addresses the mindsets, attitudes, theologies, struggles, and doubts that keep us from walking in wellness and receive the abundant life Christ died for us to have. Get your copy of Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com. The Study Guide is available on Amazon and is an excellent resource to enhance your study time. It can be combined with the book to guide small group study or Bible Study. Healing the Body of Christ Study Guide Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/embracing-abundant-life/id1548327346 https://podcasts.google.com/search/Embracing%20Abundant%20Life https://open.spotify.com/show/2WaUGTIqTbdNOKUOr4NO3A For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #connection #wellness #communication #prayer #community #commitment #SoulCare #fruitful #Firstlove #EmbracingAbundantLife #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
52:14
August 13, 2021
Let’s Talk
Let’s Talk
Our lives are gardens that we need to continue to cultivate and nurture. Nature (sin nature) is always trying to reclaim and claim new ground and our lives. We need to keep it in check. By repenting, learning, growing, transforming, and disciplining ourselves. We are responsible for the weeding, pruning, watering, fertilizing, and planting. We must tend to our lives in whatever way the season calls for, not relinquishing it to the negative and sinful things that want to establish themselves take it over. Our grass is greener, healthier, and manicured because we tend to it. Our plants are fruitful because we give to God and allow Him to give the increase. The Song “Breathe” by Maverick City https://youtu.be/CnuE6sbYtfo Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life. Get your copy of Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com. The Study Guide is available on Amazon and is an excellent resource to enhance your study time. It can be combined with the book to guide small group study or Bible Study. Healing the Body of Christ Study Guide Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/embracing-abundant-life/id1548327346 https://podcasts.google.com/search/Embracing%20Abundant%20Life https://open.spotify.com/show/2WaUGTIqTbdNOKUOr4NO3A For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #Steward #Gardener #SoulCare #fruitful #Firstlove #FirstthingsFirst #EmbracingAbundantLife #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
43:04
August 06, 2021
Prepared
Prepared
Show Notes The mercies of God are new every morning (Lamentations 3: 22-24), and we can prepare ourselves to walk in them. We can plan to approach the day from a victorious stance no matter what discomfort, disposition, deception, or disappointment we face. God has given us tools to help us deal with obstacles and struggles. God has created us for a purpose. And He did not leave us without the tools we need to plant, water, prune and harvest the seeds that contribute to our abundance. He wants us to receive all the blessings, utilize all the tools, and fulfilling all the works He planned for us before He even created us (Ephesians 2:12). We are created with work to do, and God provides what we need to succeed in it. We need physical resources to fulfill our purpose and spiritual tools to support us mentally and emotionally. We gain access to all the physical, spiritual, emotional, mental things we need when we set ourselves to seek His Kingdom and live righteously. "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." Matthew 6:33. When we set our minds to seeking God and living righteously, we are positioning ourselves to nurture the things God has placed in us through His Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) enables us to face and overcome the obstacles of life honoring God and edifying others. We also learn how to stay clothed in the armor of God (Ephesian 6:10-18) and use them as the lifesaving, mind preserving, and atmosphere setting tools they are. We can be prepared to tackle the ups and downs of each day and still give glory to God when we set our focus on the one who can help us handle it all. We believe that topics discussed in this "Healing" Series give us an understanding of how God wants us to live a life of growth, transformation, and wellness. If you enjoy these discussions, check out the book that they come from, Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life, written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com The Study Guide is available on Amazon and is an excellent resource to enhance your study time. Individuals and Churches can combine the Study Guide with the book to facilitate a small group study or Bible Study. Healing the Body of Christ Study Guide Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #Prepared #FruitoftheSpirit #Mindset #ArmorofGod #EmbracingAbundantLife #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
27:38
July 30, 2021
Influencer
Influencer
"Influencer" Show Notes We are created to make an impact. We should not only care about nurturing our relationship with God but influencing others. Our lives and the things we share impact others. We should share seed and water with our friends, families, community, and the nation that helps them form and nurture a relationship with Christ. Our lives should leave an imprint on people that directs them to Christ. As Christian (Christ-Like) influencers, we are to: * • Contend for the faith * • Support the Body of Christ * • Promote Unity and Harmony Each one of God's children is to be influencers. And we must make sure that we are living lives that shine and help those around us. The big gestures of faith are incredible but consistent acts of faithfulness are sustainable. Our faithful acts of love, kinds, sharing the word, and forgiveness are the seeds and water that create gardens that glorify God and edify believers and non-believers. We are to shine a light that reveals the deception, heartache, bondage, and punishment found in the dark. We are to illuminate people on the promises, provision, and deliverance of God. As the Body of Christ, we are to be the salt in a tasteless world, letting people know of the love and sacrifice of God that transforms our present and sets us up for blessed eternity. The topics discussed in this "Healing" Series come from the book Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com The Study Guide is available on Amazon and is an excellent resource to enhance your study time. Individuals and Churches can combine the Study Guide with the book to facilitate a small group study or Bible Study. Healing the Body of Christ Study Guide Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #Influencer #Contendforthefaith #BothersKeeper #Sisterskeeper #EmbracingAbundantLife #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
32:31
July 22, 2021
Soul Care
Soul Care
Show Notes Our Soul is the essence of who we are and is the part of us that makes the discussion and processes our emotions. And as stewards of God's temple, we must take care of ourselves, not just the physical and the Spirit but our souls. We must understand that even in our role as created beings with a purpose to glorify God that we are not just cogs in a wheel but invaluable to God. He has deemed us worthy and goes about redeeming us each day if we allow Him. Just as He designed us to be and have "good" when He created humanity initially, He wants "good" for us now. Through His word, provision, and guidance, He continues to work in our lives, establishing in us and our present state "good." He values and cares for us, and we should and, in turn, care for and value ourselves. To work on Body dynamics, we must first understand the source that empowers us to be dynamic, to be in a state of constant growth, activity, and progress. As in the human body, it is true in the Soul; we must allow the life source to follow throughout the body to stay healthy, vital, and functioning. In our physical bodies, the life source is blood in our souls; it is the Spirit of God. God is our life source. When we allow Him to flow through every area of our lives, we can be dynamic. It is tempting to compartmentalize our lives and sections and leave Him out of a lot of them. However, if we genuinely want to be dynamic and diligent, living our lives to the fullest, we must invite God into every area of our being. It is a trick of the enemy when we rationale compartmentalizing God in our lives. However, I encourage you to take down the "Do not Enter" signs in your life and unlock the doors so that God can flow through every area crack in your life, bringing life, healing, deliverance, hope, and strength. The topics discussed in this "Healing" Series come from the book Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com The Study Guide is available on Amazon and is a good resource to enhance your study time. It can be combined with the book to guide small group study or Bible Study. Healing the Body of Christ Study Guide Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/embracing-abundant-life/id1548327346 https://podcasts.google.com/search/Embracing%20Abundant%20Life https://open.spotify.com/show/2WaUGTIqTbdNOKUOr4NO3A For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #SoulCare #Firstlove #FirstthingsFirst #EmbracingAbundantLife #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
29:46
July 15, 2021
Agenda
Agenda
We are given the freedom to choose whose agenda we will line up our life up with. God allows Satan and His camp to pursue their agenda under His omniscience (all-aware, all-knowing) and omnipotence (all-powerful) rule. As humanity we must decide by whose agenda, we want to govern our lives. Isaiah 59:19 lets us know that the enemy will comes in like a flood, but the Spirit of the Lord left up a standard against Him and drives Him a way. As children of God the Holy Spirit claims us as God until the day of redemption. However, each day of our lives we must mirror the Spirit of God lift up a standard and our lives declare that not only we are God’s but that our lives are. And we life up this standard and run the enemy off by live our lives in a manner that honors God. To stay in the mind frame day after day and year after year as the enemy opposes us we have to remember who is the Lord of our life is and yield to what He is calling us to. He is love and He is calling us to Him (1 John 4:7-9). The overarching commands for Our Father God is to love Him and love others (Matt 22:37-40). From the love God showed us through His Son is birthed the good that overcomes (Romans 12:21) the enemy in our hearts, lives, homes, and communities. The topics discussed in this "Healing" Series come from the book Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request.
41:56
July 08, 2021
The Cycle
The Cycle
"The Cycle" Thank you for joining us as we discuss "The Cycle." This topic brings about a lot of reflection. We pray that it helps equip and strengthens you to break some cycles in your life and encourages you to journey from glory to glory. Continue with us on our Healing journey as we tackle Agenda next episode. Show Notes: We go around in circles when we stop looking and focusing on God. We have been delivered from the cycle of humanity (pride, sin, and penalty) through salvation and empowered to journey on the linear upward path from glory to glory. In the Cycle: * • We reject our purpose, trying to substitute it with other things. * • We walk in pride, believing we or someone else knows better than God about how and why we live our lives a certain way. * • Our choice to reject purpose and walk-in pride leads us to consequence and brings us in need of redemption. Humility: * • Humility keeps us on purpose and a linear path from glory to glory. James 4 is a great chapter to view humility and see how it contrasts with pride. * • Humility keeps us in God's will, looking to Him for direction and provision. Knowing without Him, we are nothing. Pride: * • Pride is double-edged. It causes us to pull away and devalue God, and it has God to oppose us. * • Pride is a vehicle that houses and promotes other sins. * • In pride, we ask for and seek things that promote self and feeds into separation from God. • Pride causes us to pervert and misuse blessings, looking for ways for them to service us, not glorify God. Conviction: * • Conviction is God's mercy and compassion, giving us a ramp off the cycle of sin and consequences. * • Receiving conviction and answering with repentance is the way to escaping the o destructive and hurtful cycle * • God convicts and disciplines us because He loves us. He sees the hurt and pain our pride and other sin causes us and those around us, and He calls us to stop so that we can be healed and restored. * • God wants us to get back on the path, receiving the grace needed to embrace abundant life through Christ.  Plan of Redemption: * • When we exit the linear upward path from glory to glory, God never leaves us but calls and encourages us back on the righteous path where we have a close relationship with Him. * • Of course, life brings with its hardships, but we must remember that God is always there to give you the grace to keep going forward and upward in purpose. The topics discussed in this "Healing" Series come from the book Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon.com Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request. #TheCycle #Pride #Humility #Redemption #seed #harvest #fruitful #EmbracingAbundantLife #sow #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
31:04
July 01, 2021
The Struggle
The Struggle
“ The Struggle ” We have been created with a great purpose to grow in relationship with God and impact the world around us to enhance it and bring glory to God. Our objective is powerful, noble, and beautiful, but it doesn’t make it easy. As believers, we must embrace the struggle, stand our ground in God, and persevere in the face of all the circumstances that try to hinder us from being fruitful and walking in abundant life. The struggle doesn’t change our purpose. The introduction of sin nature into our beings and this world naturally opposes God’s will, purpose, and character. Yet, God did not modify or change why He created us. He stuck with His original plan for us. He made us for a relationship with Him and to steward the rest of creation through our authority, enhancing, managing, and multiplying it. Sin makes our purpose more challenging but not impossible with God. Everyone struggles. We struggle triumphantly through our relationship with Christ. Jesus lets us know, we are going to face hard times, but he also invites us to put down the way of struggle that our culture has taught. He wants to teach us how to struggle well and be successful in honoring the relationship and fulfilling purpose (Matthew 11:28-30). Our culture and the enemy will give us tools to manage the trials, opposition, and pains of life, but God gave us other tools. His Spirit empowers us with love, power, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) The struggle refines us. Fredrick Douglas is noted for say “Without struggle, there is no progress.” The struggle has a purpose. It strengthens, teaches, and prepares us for the task of life at hand (James 1:2-4). It challenges us and calls us to reach beyond ourselves to a loving God who wants to teach us how to grow through the struggle and maintain peace, joy, and hope for the present and future. Scriptural Review: Purpose: Genesis 1:28 (stewardship), Genesis 3:8 (Relationship), John 15:5 (Source of Success) Technique: Matthew 11:28-30 (Learn and grow in Christ) 2 Timothy 1:7 (Use the tools God gives) Refinement and Strength: James 1:2-4 (produces perseverance and leads to maturity and being fully equipped Thank you for joining us as we talked about “The Struggle.” This topic and others from the “Healing” Series come from the book Healing the Body of Christ: Embracing Abundant Life written by Avis Sparks. Get your copy by visiting Asparkministries.com/store or Amazon Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. For other inspiring content, visit ASparkMinistries.com. While there, you can subscribe to receive weekly encouraging newsletters and devotionals. If you enjoy the resources provided, you can offer your support by sharing our ministry with others and purchasing A Spark Merchandise through the A Spark Ministries website. Any of these methods of support are greatly appreciated. We want to hear from you, email avis@asparkministries.com with your ideas, comments, questions, and prayer request #ChristianPodcast #Healing #Asparkministries #Christianbooks #ChristianAuthor #BibleStudy #RealTalk #TheStruggle #Purpose #EmbracingAbundantLife
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June 24, 2021
Seed (Bonus) “Healing” Series
Seed (Bonus) “Healing” Series
We must be willing to plant a seed to expect a harvest. Christ came to give us the means and way to an abundant life. It is our job to receive it and walk in it. We have to acknowledge the seeds that He has given us and embrace the way He wants to increase our lives. And the increase began when we take what He has given and plant. We activate the process for growth, development, and with time fruit when we began to plant what we have been given. Does more seed mean more harvest? What matters when you plant? Where does the seed come from? God wants to guide and teach us in all of it. For us to embrace abundant life we must be wiling to learn how to be good stewards. It is necessary for us to accept that all of it is His and He has a plan for it. He wants to direct us in increasing and protecting what is His. We are more inclined to partner with Him allowing Him to be guide our step when we know that His plan has us with Him not on our own trying to figure it out and make it happen. Stewardship takes diligence, work, integrity, and commitment, but do now the harvest that is coming is well worth the effort. Scriptural Review: Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” 2 Corinthians 9:10 “ Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:8 “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Get your copy of the “Healing the Body of Christ” Book by visiting Asparkministries.com/shop or Amazon. Are you enjoying what you are hearing? Then, be sure to subscribe, review, and share this podcast. #seed #harvest #fruitful #EmbracingAbundantLife #sow #inspirational #Christianity #christianlife #ASparkministries #seedtimeandharvest #ChristianPodcast
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June 16, 2021
Education: Catalyst to True Change
Education: Catalyst to True Change
Education: Catalyst to True Change Practical Living Series When we want to be a catalyst of actual change, we must be willing to "Meet People where they are." Education is a door to opportunity, but it hard to encourage someone to walk through something difficult or low on the survival totem pole if they do not first feel like you care about them. Our Guest this week is Dr. Tiffany Fisher. She has been an educator for 14 years. She has experience as a middle school science teacher, high school science teacher, college science instructor, and administration. Dr. Jones-Fisher has recently started an independent education consulting firm, 1280 Forward Education Consultants. Dr. Jones-Fisher is committed to being a catalyst for true change. Dr. Jones-Fisher is the oldest of four children, married to Jason Fisher, and has a daughter, Cameryn. She is also a lifelong resident of Clarke County. To reach out to Dr. Tiffany Fisher by following her on social media Facebook: Tiffany Jones-Fisher, IG: @iwearacape, Twitter: @1280Forward Take the time to subscribe to the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast so that you will automatically get updates on new inspiring and encouraging episodes. Go to Asparkministries.com to find devotionals, videos, and other encouraging material. Email avis@asparkministries.com to share your topic ideas, questions, or request prayer.
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May 06, 2021
Stress and Food
Stress and Food
Practical Living Series Food can be the answer to many of our emotions. We use it to celebrate, commiserate, and even to pass the time. With the role that food plays in our lives, it is essential to take the time to take note of it. What are we putting in our bodies, and how is it contributing to our moods and how we physically feel? Melissa Rohlfs is a certified holistic health and life coach helping busy women break free from sugar and stress/emotional eating so they can be calm, confident, and in control. Around food. Around sugar. In stressful situations. In their bodies. In their life. She is committed to empowering women to break free from dieting, emotional eating, and self-image issues so they can ditch the diet
mentality, and feel empowered in their skin and be free to be who God made them be. She graduated from the Health Coach Institute as a Holistic Health and Life Coach in 2018 and is the proud owner of Free 2 B Coaching. She is a proud Boilermaker alumna living in Tucson, AZ, with her husband, Chad, and two kiddos. Learn more reach out to Melissa Rohlfs by visiting her website, social media pages or contact through email: www.free2bcoaching.com www.facebook.com/MelissaRohlfsCoach https://www.instagram.com/free2b_coaching/ melissa@free2bcoaching.com For other inspirational podcast episodes, videos, memes, or devotionals, visit: ASparkMinistries.com Inspirational and encouraging videos can be found on YouTube https://youtube.com/channel/UC5UP4qNGKqlTVse4_7HlGkg Be sure to like, review, subscribe to, and share the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast found on most podcasting platforms. If you have questions, comments, prayer request, or topic ideas, email: avis@asparkministries.com
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April 29, 2021
Household Finances
Household Finances
House Finances Episode 114 Practical Living Series Finances can be be daunting and stressful however managing it well is a part of being faithful with the many blessings we receive and an area we can not afford to ignore. When dealing with budgeting we must be honest with ourselves and be okay with making adjustments when needed. Good money management is not only for adulting but a principle that children can learn. This week’s guest Layci Walker truly believe that everyday is another opportunity to do better than the previous day. For other inspirational podcast episodes, videos, memes, or devotionals, visit: ASparkMinistries.com Be sure to like, review, subscribe to and share the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast found on most podcasting platforms. If you have questions, comments, prayer request, or topic ideas, email: avis@asparkministries.com
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April 22, 2021
Run Your Race
Run Your Race
Thanks for continuing to join us for our “Practical Living” Series A race can seem daunting, especially if you haven’t prepared for it. We need to condition ourselves for the race of life that Paul talks about in Hebrews. Hebrews 12:1b-2 encourages us to “run with perseverance the race marked out for us fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” God has set a path before us, and we will go through and face a lot of things on this earth before we see eternity. Staying focused on Christ and utilizing all that He provides is crucial. We can run our race with joy, looking for the reward awaiting us at the finish line. Guest Mrs. Anna Williams is the mother of two adult children. She considers them to be her most significant achievements in life. Anna received her MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education in 2008. She utilizes her knowledge and skills as Health Ministry Leader at Bountiful Blessings World Fellowship in Little Rock, Arkansas. She is also an avid marathoner, having completed 20 full-marathons and several shorter distances. Anna enjoys encouraging others to engage in physical activity daily to help keep their weight under control and maintain good heart health. Check out her Physical Activity Journal: Perpetual Journal for Tracking Running and Any Physical Activity Follow Mrs. Williams on social media: www.facebook.com/annashealthandlife; www.healthyxpert.com; instagram.com/ajpw333/; instagram.com/annaslifeandhealth.com For other inspirational podcast episodes, videos, memes, or devotionals, visit: ASparkMinistries.com Be sure to like, review, subscribe to and share the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast found on most podcasting platforms. If you have questions, comments, prayer request, or topic ideas, email: avis@asparkministries.com
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April 15, 2021
Growing in Purpose
Growing in Purpose
This week on the Embracing Abundant Life podcast, we are talking about "Growing in Purpose" with Guest Taurus Smith. Does your purpose require growth? Yes, we are living beings, and God created us to go from glory to glory. That transition calls for development, transformation, growth. Don't let the questions about your season, reason, or purpose stop you from flowering. Instead, look to God for direction and means for growth. Ephesian 2:10 "For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set] so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]." Taurus Smith is a native of Illinois and now resides in the Naperville area. He is an audio engineer and owns Christian Cut Records. He is also an evangelist and computer instructor. Contact: ChristianCutRecords@gmail.com We appreciate you sharing, subscribing, and reviewing Embracing Abundant Life Podcast. Here are some links to various platforms this podcast is found: Apple Podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/.../embracing.../id1548327346 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/2WaUGTIqTbdNOKUOr4NO3A... Anchor anchor.fm/embraceabundantlife
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April 01, 2021
Journey to Wellness
Journey to Wellness
Most of us have want to be well and healthy mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Still, we can feel as if we lack the ability, confidence, or even desire to continue on the journey. In those moments, we have to be reminded that God cares about our desires and wants to help and empower us (Psalm 37:4, Philippians 4:13). God also let us know when He begins a good work in us, He will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6). Guest Amanda Mims, MPH, is currently the Director of Patient Services and the Deputy Director of Billing for Jackson Hinds Comprehensive Health Center in Jackson, MS. Amanda received her B.A. in Political Science from Tougaloo College in 2003 and her Master of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2009. She also currently holds a Medical Billing Specialist certification. Amanda Mims, MPH, is a proud and active Tougaloo College alumna and was recognized in Tougaloo’s Inaugural Class of 40 Under 40 in 2016. She currently serves on the TCNAA Membership Committee and has utilized social media for increasing alumni membership, awareness, and overall transparency. Additionally, Amanda has served in several capacities within the Washington Area Tougaloo Alumni Chapter (WATAC), where she has held membership since 2015. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amanda-s-mims-mph-4345591c For more inspirational material and devotionals, visit Asparkministries.com. #EmbracingAbundantLife #Podcast #JourneytoWellness #Youcandoit #Godiswithyou Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday, March 23, for free. For more information or to register go to Asparkministries.com/events
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March 25, 2021
Legacy
Legacy
We all leave a legacy, and it is beneficial to seek God on how to make yours a positive, impactful, and lasting one. Legacy is shared through more than words or money, but modeling our beliefs, principles, and character for others to see. Guest Mr. James and Mrs. Natasha King are native Mississippians with more than 14 years of experience in their respective fields of education (Natasha) and graphic design and ministry (James). In 2013 transitioned to full-time entrepreneurship and homeschool education for their son, James III. Since they have published nine books, produced a magazine, and spoken domestically and internally. James and Natasha desire to keep God the center and love people. The byproduct of that desire is to impact, inspire and initiate purpose in the lives of 10 million people while promoting and being evidence of Positive Mississippi. FB/Twitter @officiallythekings Email: mr.mrs.gratitude@gmail.com Be sure to share, subscribe and review. For more inspirational and encouraging devotionals, videos, podcast, and memes, visit ASparkministries.com Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday, March 23, for free. For more information or to register, go to Asparkministries.com/events
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March 18, 2021
Influence and Leadership
Influence and Leadership
Leadership is not a title but the ability to influence those around us. Character and growth are  crucial in the mission, and in those that follow, but it is also paramount in those who lead. Jesus showed us that a leadership position is more than accomplishing an agenda but serving and uplifting those around. Guest Chris Davis is an associate pastor at City Church of NOLA and a graphic designer. He is a Louisiana native with a passion for leadership and teaching. Chris understands the power of influence and encourages others to use it wisely and positively impact the individuals around them.  He is married to Dr. Lauren Davis, and they reside in New Orleans with their two adorable children. We appreciate your sharing, subscribing, following, and reviews of the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast. Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday, March 23, for free. For more information or to register, go to Asparkministries.com/events For other inspirational material, go to Asparkministries.com
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March 11, 2021
Facing the Pain
Facing the Pain
We all face grief, trauma, and pain in various times and different levels in our lives and we can get beyond them with God. There can many obstacles to confronting our pain and healing, but there are also many healthy ways to cope and address those obstacles.  Dr. Ken Regan is a counselor at Crossroads Counseling center and pastors Heritage Height Baptist Church, located in Laurel, MS. Like many of you, Dr. Regan has experienced heartache, disappointment, brokenness, and at times even despair. However, He has also experienced what it is like to have a broken heart mended and hope restored. He has a passion for helping the hurting. To contact Dr. Ken Regan email kregan@crossroadscounselingms.com, call 601.939.6634, or website https://www.crossroadscounselingms.com/ken-regan We appreciate you sharing and subscribing to the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast.  Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday March 23 for free. For more information or to registration go to: Asparkministries.com/events For other inspirational material go to Asparkministries.com
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March 04, 2021
Faith and People
Faith and People
What does it looks like to love our neighbors as ourselves. Loving diversity and being a good neighbor to those around us is made even more difficult when we do not take the time to know or understand. Can following Jesus’ mandate be as simple as treating others as you want to be treated? Guest Pastor Othell Adkins founded Bible Way Baptist Church in 2002 and has served the community of Gulfport and Saucier, MS through ministry most of his life as a preacher’s kid then as a pastor himself. Pastor Adkins is married to the former Angelia Daniels and they are rearing three God fearing children Angel, Amari and Othell Jr. Churches Facebook Link: https://m.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-Center/Bible-Way-Baptist-Church-Gulfport-MS-101789044558512/ We appreciate you sharing and subscribing to the Embracing Abundant Life Podcast Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday March 23 for free. For more information or to registration go to: Asparkministries.com/events For other inspirational material go to Asparkministries.com
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February 25, 2021
Growth and Self-Reflection
Growth and Self-Reflection
Growth is an integral part of being alive and an active part of the Body of Christ. We must own who we are now to fully function how God is blessing us. We continue to grow and build from where we are not from where we were or want to be. Growth is work, however, it also takes place during times of rest and enjoyment. Guest Hayley Patterson Jones County, MS native, and lives there with her husband and two daughters. She has a bachelor’s degree in history, a law degree, and a master’s degree in political science. Although She has practiced law in downtown Laurel early in her career, she recently focused on working in the oil and gas industry. For other inspirational material go to Asparkministries.com Register for the online "Healing the Body of Christ" Bible Study starting Tuesday March 23 for free at Asparkministries.com/events Be sure to participate in the February #Igniteasparkgiveaway by posting on social media and adding #Igniteasparkgiveaway or email avis@asparkministries.com with your testimony of what has encouraged you to look to God.  We appreciate you sharing and subscribing.
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February 18, 2021
Community and Justice
Community and Justice
Community and Justice Guest Garien Gatewood, Program director of Illinois Justice Project, breaks do the layer of the justice system, the influence of economy in justice, and how one can go about making a difference in their local government and justice system. The justice system in this nation is complex with many layers and it takes asking question and getting involved to identify the best way to go about making effective and lasting change. For more educational, encouraging, and inspirational material go to ASparkMinistries.com. 
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February 11, 2021
Faith and Stewardship
Faith and Stewardship
God has placed many resource and responsibility in our lives to support the purpose and build vision and make an impact. We must walk in faith and diligence to manage our lives and visions well. Let’s pray for and nurture the character and people we will need to manage our blessing and vision properly. Guest: Anicia Bonds Hill, Co-Pastor of Agape Church in Laurel, MS and Director of Laurel’s Farmers Market. For more information visit Theagape.church. For other inspirational and encouraging material and devotionals check out Asparkministries.com
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February 05, 2021
Faith and Mental Health Ep 103
Faith and Mental Health Ep 103
We are more than physical and spiritual beings. We have a mind (soul) that processes all that is going on around us. This part of us shapes and determines how we view and handle life. God wants us to see to the care and wellness of it just as we do our physical and spiritual health. As believers, we should be mindful of other peoples' mental load and handle them with understanding and consideration. Go to Asparkministries.com for other inspirational content. Email avis@asparkministries with topic ideas, questions, and the like.
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January 28, 2021
Planning and Expectation Episode 102
Planning and Expectation Episode 102
As we put work toward our plans, in hope and with patience we wait for our harvest. Romans 8:25 “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait eagerly for it with patience and composure. ASparkministries.com contact: avis@asparkministries.com
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January 21, 2021
Purpose and Planning Episode 101
Purpose and Planning Episode 101
As you live and learn to share the burden of your life with Christ don’t lose hope and expectancy in His promises and help. Plan your life with God’s purposes for you in mind. God is interested in our lives and has a lot to say if we are willing to listen. Acknowledge Him so He can help guide and prepare you for purpose.
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January 14, 2021