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Inspire Hope

Inspire Hope

By Inspire Hope

Welcome to the Inspire Hope podcast where we’re planting hope for Kingdom growth. There's nothing more inspiring than God being at work in people's lives through their stories.

Do you have a story that will inspire others? We'd love to hear it! Write us at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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Questioning God's Goodness in Family Tragedy

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What Happens When Good Christians Fail
What Happens When Good Christians Fail
Did you grow up in the church and in a Christian home, but have walked away from your faith and never looked back? Do you feel you are too far gone? Do you think God could never use you because of all the mistakes you’ve made? Janise Somer was a pastor’s daughter, attended Sunday School and youth group, sang in the church choir, went to Bible college, married a Christian, and even worked on staff at a large church in Calgary. But things changed when her husband of 18 years left her with two little girls under the age of 7. She felt abandoned by her husband, the church, and by God. She found herself bitter and angry and began partying and looking for acceptance and validation in all the wrong places. In her rebellion against God, she even re-married and got divorced … again! In this podcast, Janise will talk about the mess she made of her life, but how God didn’t forget about her and how he is now fulfilling the promise in her life, “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.” Do you have a story to share with us? Email us at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com. Please share our podcast with your family and friends, and leave us a review. We greatly appreciate your support!
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November 25, 2022
The Cost of Freedom
The Cost of Freedom
Today we remember and honour our soldiers who have sacrificed their lives or a part of their lives in service to our country so that we might continue to live in freedom. They protect our families, our values, and safety. Thank you to all active service members, reservists, and veterans. Thank you as well to all of the families and friends who support the soldiers as well.  We appreciate the peace we can have because of the price our brave men and women have paid for our freedom. We understand war does immense damage and that soldiers more often than not are greatly affected by this. Today, we want to remind you that there's always hope! Someone understands the price you've paid and how to heal your deeply marked wounds. Listen to the episode to find out more.  Do you have a story to share with us? Email us at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com. Please share our podcast with your family and friends, and leave us a review. We greatly appreciate your support!
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November 11, 2022
What Are You Carrying?
What Are You Carrying?
The Devil can be sneaky. He has a way of manipulating truth to convince you parts of the Bible don't apply to you, both good and hard. How do you recognize his voice apart from God's? Can you have victory over the enemy? Hear what lie Rachel didn't know she was believing until it was exposed. We pray her story will help you find truth and freedom in yours too.  "I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly, see, I do not keep my mouth closed as You know, LORD. I did not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I spoke about Your faithfulness and salvation; I did not conceal Your constant love and truth from the great assembly." - Psalm 40:9-10 (HCSB) Do you have a story to share with us? Email us at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com. Please share our podcast with your family and friends, and leave us a review. We greatly appreciate your support!
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October 28, 2022
One Miraculous Easter Story!
One Miraculous Easter Story!
God cares about every single detail of your life. As the old saying goes, "When one door closes, another opens." Kelvin and his wife, Lorie, were faced with the deep grief of a miscarriage and loss of another friend on April 16, 2005. As they were working through their sorrow, the Lord showed up with a miraculous and perfectly timed gift exactly one year later, on Easter, April 16, 2006. Tune in to find out what happened! Kelvin Thiessen is the Director of Admissions at Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, SK. He is married to Lorie and they have four children, John Calvin, Janessa, David, and Caleb. He spent his childhood in Roseau River, Manitoba, the youngest child of John and Rose Thiessen. Kelvin enjoys reading, cheering for the Riders (be kind it’s been a rough year), and traveling to new places during his time off. During the summer he loves to take a week to share the good news at Bible Camp. He appreciates the words that John Newton is quoted as saying, “I am a great sinner, But Christ is a Great Saviour!” We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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September 16, 2022
Surprising Gifts Given During Tragedy
Surprising Gifts Given During Tragedy
Brad and his sister Marcia were close as kids. As they grew older, God led each of them into Christian service. This meant they lived far from one another and led busy lives which made it difficult to stay connected. Despite this, every time they were together, they were able to pick up where they left off. In the midst of raising four adopted children and supporting her husband in pastoral ministry, Marcia was diagnosed with cancer. The following years were deeply painful and tragic as Marcia fought to live but ultimately lost the battle to cancer.  In this episode, Marcia's brother Brad shares about his family's journey to Marcia's funeral and how God's provisions along the way provided not only evidence of His goodness in an hour of darkness, but hope as he continued to process a complicated grief afterwards.  Are you on a journey with tragedy and grief that feels complicated? Do you struggle to reconcile the truths of who you believe God to be with your life's experience? As you listen to this episode, consider what evidence of God's goodness He has provided in your life which has carried you through your own sorrows.  We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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September 02, 2022
Special - Waiting on God
Special - Waiting on God
Are you stuck in an uncomfortable situation that you want out of, but God doesn't seem to be giving you any direction? Are you looking for work without any results? Are you tired of being sick with no end in sight? Have you been grieving a loss of something and the emotions aren't letting up?  Waiting on God can be very challenging. However, it's in the waiting that you learn so much about Him. This in turn become an anchor for you to hold onto until the Lord is ready to reveal your next steps.  Listen in as Sammy and Rachel share what they've learned in their seasons of waiting.  We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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August 19, 2022
When Nothing Else Satisfied...
When Nothing Else Satisfied...
Jamie lived a pretty good life from the perspective of those around him. He was happily married, had three sons, and a reputable career in law enforcement. But something always seemed to be missing. Discontentment grew until he found himself at the brink of death. Jamie had fractured his ankle which led to a pulminary embolism that almost took his life. With a long recovery ahead of him, and plenty of time to sit and think, Jamie faced the reality of where his life was headed. What would he do? Jamie is husband to Brenda, father to three adult sons, and grandfather to 12 amazing grandchildren. He is retired from 40 years of law enforcement. He is passionate about the things of God and facilitating the ongoing transformation of both mind and heart in Christian men seeking a deeper understanding of what the Bible teaches us. He holds a BA Degree from the University of Waterloo, a Graduate Certificate of Theological Studies from Heritage Theological Seminary and is currently enrolled in the C. S. Lewis Institute 2022-2023 Fellows Program. He is the Chair of the Board of Impactus I Promise Keepers Canada and active in his local church. We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people’s lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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August 06, 2022
Victory Over Darkness
Victory Over Darkness
How exciting! You've just had a baby! You should be thrilled right? Reality is, many women struggle with hormonal imbalances and exhaustion after a baby is born. When other situations life situations hit, it can be way more overwhelming than normal. What do you do when you should be enjoying this stage of life but it's a challenge to get out of bed and face another day? The enemy tries to create a stronghold of shame around the idea of post-partum depression. He is a joy stealer. However, by the power of God's word, His community, and the right support, you can overcome it and find peace and joy again.  Bethany blesses us with her story of staying committed to Christ in spite of the weight that post-partum held on her. She shared with others in her time of need, was courageous in seeking help, and is now a light and gift to many others as she coaches people in how to have a God-honouring, disciplined, and healthy life.  We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people's lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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July 23, 2022
Obeying God Even When it Means Great Sacrifice
Obeying God Even When it Means Great Sacrifice
There is a cost to following Jesus, but God is always faithful to provide. That’s something David witnessed growing up. Most recently, with the current health and political climate, David came to learn this lesson again. He was pastoring a small rural church in Manitoba when, after studying the Bible, he became convinced that the church must gather in person. At that point, he had to decide what to do – either go along with the leadership or stand upon his biblical conviction. Listen to today’s episode to hear what David did and how God provided. We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people's lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
26:21
July 08, 2022
Lord, Where Are You?
Lord, Where Are You?
Julie's life was turned upside down at the young age of 27. A month after she married her best friend, Julie got in a serious bicycle accident. She was admitted to the hospital for emergency open head surgery. After many tests, she received the diagnosis that she had suffered brain damage, and was sent to a rehabilitation program. She was told that her life would never be the same again. This left her facing an unknown future; her dreams and hopes shattered.  Now, almost 24 years of living with this disability, hear how God has saved Julie's life in so many ways, and how her life is full of joy and hope!
20:55
June 24, 2022
How Do I Know What My Calling Is?
How Do I Know What My Calling Is?
Rachel was in her young twenties when she flew to Haiti. She knew she had an interest in mission work, but was unsure where her future was headed. Her parents were recently divorced, she had left school, and was feeling lost. Until God showed up in one simple moment and gave her a profound vision for her future. She desired to see God's plans accomplished, but felt lost in the pursuit of it when every attempt failed. It wasn't until years later that she would discover the purpose in the waiting and where her true calling resided.  Are you struggling to find your way with Jesus? Is there an idea He's given you, but you're not sure where to start? Perhaps you've had it for years but aren't seeing any results. Let today's episode inspire you on your pursuit of, Character or Calling.
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April 05, 2022
Questioning God's Goodness in Family Tragedy
Questioning God's Goodness in Family Tragedy
Sammy adored his sister.  They were like 'two peas in a pod'. Growing up in Haiti had its challenges, which bonded them deeply as they learned to support one another in all they faced. An opportunity came for Marie to move to the United States, and Sammy received a scholarship to attend a Bible college in Canada. Though miles apart, they continued to grow their relationship through technology. Marie was enjoying life's beautiful gifts of a year long marriage and tiny baby when she received devastating news. She had stage 4 cancer with a few short months to live. Sammy did whatever he could to help her and take in every moment he could before she passed. Marie left Sammy with a freeing message before she passed. Listen to today's podcast to hear Marie's words of truth. Are you or someone you know going through the grief of losing a loved one? Do you know someone fighting for their life? Are you confused and questioning how a good God could allow such tragedy to happen? Be sure to tune in today! We love to hear stories of how God has worked in people's lives. Do you have a story that you feel will inspire others toward hope? Let us know at inspirehopepodcast@gmail.com.
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April 05, 2022