A podcast from Pastor Mark Holmen and occasional friends focusing on how to apply faith to our everyday life. New episodes will be released every 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.
Pastor Mark interviews a very special guest (you'll just have to listen to find out who it is) about singlehood. What is it like being single in today's world? How do you deal with questions on God's will and singlehood? Is church a comfortable place for people who are single and what can be done to make it more comfortable? How, as a single person, do you keep envy from your heart and what are some misunderstandings people have about single people?
Pastor Mark interviews Bill and Ann Parkinson who have all sorts of great wisdom and insights to share about parenting and grandparenting and especially how to maintain healthy relationships with your grandchildren as they become teenagers. Bill has been one of the pastors at Fellowship Bible Church in Little Rock, Arkansas for 30+ years and he also serves as the Pastors Division Director for the Legacy Coalition.
Many moms feel the pressure and guilt that comes from chasing perfection - having a significant effect on home relationships. Amy Rienow joins Mark Holmen on this episode to offer encouragement and hope to build healthy relationships and feel joy. Amy is the author of several books, including today's topic, “The Not So Perfect Mom.” Amy’s experience as a counselor and mother of seven shines through with honest and practical parenting advice. Amy and Rob Rienow lead Visionary Family Ministries (www.visionaryfam.com).
Based on his book, Impressive Parenting, Pastor Mark shares what the Bible shows are the most important things a parent can do to lead their children to have faith in Christ. As parents, we are leaving impressions on our children, the question becomes are we leaving the type of impression that will lead them to want to know, love and follow Jesus themselves? To purchase either an E-book, or printed copy of Impressive Parenting go to https://www.faithathome.com/resources.html.
Mark Holmen talks with Wayne Rice about how to bridge the mile gap with your grandkids. Wayne Rice is a parenting and youth ministry expert, lover of bluegrass music, prolific author and most importantly a grandpa five times over. Wayne and Mark discuss how to turn the excuses and obstacles of long-distant grand parenting into OPPORTUNITIES. More information about Wayne's pioneering work with the Legacy Coalition or ordering his latest book called "Long-Distance Grandparenting" can be found at www.legacycoalition.com
Special guest, Brad Bullock, joins Pastor Mark and shares his compelling and convicting perspective on teens and what they need most from their parents. As a 15 year youth ministry leader, who has worked with thousands of teenagers and their parents, Brad shares some insights that only someone with his experience has and it will bless all parents, and even grandparents, who listen to this episode.
Most of us know someone who has been deeply hurt by church, or have been so wounded ourselves. Pastor Mark speaks from the heart to the hearts of this who have been damaged by the church. Listen in if you feel you want to stay away from church, if you are frustrated with organized religion, or if the church has left you confused about God, His love for you, or the ways He wants to work in your life.
In this episode I share what God has put on my heart in relation to the events of January 6 in Washington DC and the overall 2020 Presidential election. Please know these are my personal thoughts and feelings and do not necessarily represent the elders or staff of the Log Church. Essentially, where the Lord led me was... "Where's Our Focus Been? Where's Our Focus Gonna Be?"
Whether it is depression, anxiety, or addictions, discussing mental health is something long overdue in Christian circles. Join speaker Brett Ullman as he shares his personal journey and steps to wellness - while still struggling. Brett Ullman is a conference speaker on topics like parenting, media influences, pornography, men's issues, mental illness and how the church can respond. Brett's latest book, Parenting: Navigating Everything is available now. To find out more, go to www.brettullman.com.
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
What is the story behind Faith At Home Ministries? What is faith at home about? What is it's mission and how has God been working through it over the past 15+ years to impact churches, parents and grandparents all across the world?
Pastor Mark shares some random thoughts and truly inspirational stories that will help people, and provide some good practical ideas we can implement, in the midst of this pandemic Christmas season we find ourselves in.
Pull up an easy chair, a cup of hot chocolate, a paper and journal as we take a moment to consider Christmas and the past year with 4 everyday moms. Write down your own answer to these questions:
What will Christmas be like for you this year? Who will be there?
What is the best thing to come out of Covid-19 for your family?
What is your family's favourite outdoor Christmas activity?
What is your favourite non-healthy Christmas food?
What is your favourite HEALTHY Christmas food?
What is your favourite Christmas song?
What is a favourite Christmas Bible verse and why?
God places a high priority on sibling relationships and Satan wants to destroy them. In this episode Brian Siewert talks with parenting expert Rob Rienow about how parents can help their children heal from conflict and become best friends in Christ. GET A COPY OF ROB'S LATEST BOOK! LIMITED BOOK GIVEAWAY: email Rob@visionaryfam.com with the subject line BOOK GIVEAWAY - HEALING FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS.
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.
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.
In this episode Pastor Mark interviews Larry Fowler who is the founder of the the Legacy Coalition (https://www.legacycoalition.com/) 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.