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Here We Are So Here We Go

Here We Are So Here We Go

By Mark Holmen
A podcast from Pastor Mark Holmen and occasional friends focusing on how to apply faith to our everyday life. New episodes will be released on every Tuesday and Thursday covering a myriad of topics and occasional guests will also join the podcasts providing great thoughts, ideas and practical wisdom. All support for the podcast will be split 50/50 between the Crosslake Log Church and Faith At Home Ministries.
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Home Makeover 5: The Extended Family

Here We Are So Here We Go

Teaching Your Children About Sex
Even though most parents did not receive healthy Biblical sex education from their parents, all studies show that the more positive, healthy, sex education taught from home, the less promiscuous and confused our kids will be. In this episode, Brian Siewert talks with parenting expert Jim Burns about how to teach our children the Purity Code and what to teach our kids from age 3 through the teen years.
November 26, 2020
Perspective on Doing Life With Your Adult Children
If you have an adult child, you know that parenting doesn’t stop when a child reaches the age of eighteen. In many ways, it gets more complicated. Both your heart and your head are as involved as ever, whether your child lives under your roof or rarely stays in contact. In this podcast Brian Siewert talks with parenting expert Jim Burns to gain perspective on how to navigate the toughest and the most rewarding parts of parenting grown kids.
November 23, 2020
Perspectives On Grandparenting
In this episode Pastor Mark interviews Larry Fowler who is the founder of the the Legacy Coalition ( which has become a powerful movement that is helping grandparents across the US and world to become more intentional with a renewed purpose for their role as spiritual influences in the lives of their grandchildren.  This episode will inspire, motivate and and equip grandparents with grandchildren of any age, stage or walk in life.  
November 19, 2020
Perspectives On Racism
In this episode, Pastor Mark interviews Ralph Berry, counselor from Teen Challenge in Brainerd, MN to get his perspective, as an African American, Christian, husband, father and counselor on racism.  In this compelling interview listeners will hear a very unique and informative perspective that will challenge and convict people of all races.  Friends, racism is something we must discuss and address with one another and this podcast episode will help you do that.   
November 12, 2020
The God I Wish You Knew - Giver of Hope
The world offers us hope with a question mark...meaning hope that is optimistic but not certain.  I hope I will win the lottery.  I hope the pandemic will end soon.  But the God I know wants to give us an unwavering hope.  He wants us to have hope with an exclamation point that we can be certain in.  In this episode Pastor Mark will share with us the things God has given us to put our hope in that will give us unwavering hope no matter what comes our way.  
November 10, 2020
The God I Wish You Knew - A Constant Reminder
How is your memory?  Have you ever forgotten something important?   We are all forgetful people and throughout the entirety of Scripture we see God continually reminding His people of things they have forgotten.   So, when we say we don't know God, maybe it's more that we have forgotten who God is and that He is the greatest reminder of all time and the greatest forgetter as well.   
November 5, 2020
The God I Wish You Knew - A Voice You Can Trust
Many people wonder where God is and if He can truly speak to them in ways others say he does.  How do we hear the voice of God?  How do we know the voice we are hearing is God's?  In this episode Pastor Mark will discuss how God speaks to us and what we need to do to hear him because He is a voice we can trust.  
November 3, 2020
The God I Wish You Knew - A Giver of Grace
In today's world we tend to struggle giving grace to one another and many of us have never experience true grace in our lives.  How can we understand God's grace when we have never experienced it in our own lives?  In this episode Pastor Mark will share some very personal experiences that helped him understand God's grace and how an understand of God's grace can truly be life changing for all of us.  
October 29, 2020
The God I Wish You Knew - Good Good Father
Many people have seemingly valid reasons for not trusting or believing in God based on experiences they have had in life.  Yet when they are asked to describe who God is to them, the responses usually lead me to say "If that's who God is, I wouldn't trust or follow Him either."  In this episode I will be discussing the God I wish you knew as a good, good, father.  Sadly, our earthly experiences with fathers has tainted our understanding and appreciation for who our God really is as our good, good, father.  
October 27, 2020
Home Makeover 6: The Church Makeover
God didn't intend the local church to be a drop-off centre for your children.  Church is to be a partner in helping understand how to do a better job of equipping your home to be the primary place where faith is nurtured. 
October 22, 2020
Home Makeover 5: The Extended Family
Who is part of your extended family?  God made the family as a multigenerational unit for a reason.  Everyone needs the wisdom and counsel of godly elders who may be family members or "familiar" people.  Do your kids have an extended family?
October 20, 2020
Home Makeover 4: The Child Makeover
Parents want what is best for their children.   We all want our kids to avoid drugs, alcohol, violence, gangs and promiscuous sexual activity.  We want them to get good grades and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  What part does FAITH play in leading them to make good choices and how can we be most effective in doing this as parents?
October 15, 2020
Home Makeover 3: The Parent Makeover
As parents, we pass on things to our children every day.  They're watching us, learning from us and emulating us.  The question is not ARE we passing things on - but WHAT are we passing on to our children.
October 13, 2020
Home Makeover 2: The Basics
Your family needs a makeover.  The first step in any recovery program is to admit that you have a problem. All families have problems and can benefit from a makeover.  Let's begin construction on your Home Makeover!
October 8, 2020
Home Makeover 1: Faith Begins at Home
In whose footsteps will your children follow?  God designed the home to be the primary place where faith is nurtured and lived out, but how do we make this happen.  Join us for a six part discussion based on Mark Holmen's engaging book, Faith Begins at Home
October 5, 2020
Is it true that God will never give you more than you can handle?
In this episode, Pastor Mark will unpack the commonly used phrase, "God will never give you more than you can handle?"  Is that true?  Is it Biblical?  You might me surprised by what you find out.  
October 1, 2020
Followership Law #4 - Remain
Followership requires continually choosing to remain a follower.  When you stop following, you are no longer a follower.  What are the habits required to remain a fully devoted follower of Jesus?  And you might be surprised to learn that remaining will lead to movement rather than stagnation.  
September 29, 2020
Followership Law #3 - The Law of Imitation
Followership requires imitation and the law of imitation can be seen everywhere.  We are all imitating someone, the question becomes who are we imitating?  This episode will look into the habits required to be better imitators of Jesus.  
September 24, 2020
Followership Law #2 - The Law of Connection
Followership requires sustained connection to the leader.  The weaker the connection the more difficult it becomes to follow.  This episode will explore the things we can do to stay connected to God?  
September 22, 2020
Followership Law #1 - The Law of Buy In
In this episode Pastor Mark discusses the first law of followership - the law of buy in.  Followership begins and ends with the conscious and willing choice to buy in to following and being a follower.  This law requires us to have humility, respect, knowledge and trust.  Are you a bought in follower of Jesus?  
September 17, 2020
The Case For Followership
Pastor Mark makes the case for why we should be pursuing followership over and against leadership.  Could it be that in our pursuit of leadership we have forgotten that walking with Christ is about followership?  
September 15, 2020
Everything Happens For A Reason
Listen to this powerful message that Pastor Mark gave at a funeral for a 54 year old man who died suddenly.  This message addresses the commonly misused statement "Everything happens for a reason" with the truth that "In all things God works for the good of those who love Him" from Romans 8:28.  This episode is great for anyone who is struggling with why bad things happen.  
September 10, 2020
The Pandemic's Impact on Mental Health
Pastor Mark shares the recent CDC findings on how the pandemic is affecting mental health and what we can do to help.  
August 22, 2020