A Place of Refuge – August 4, 2019 - The mission of Abba’s House is to be a safe community of healing for refugee women and their children. Abba’s House seeks to provide a season of safety, healing, and stability that propels their guests forward to becoming productive members of society. By meeting their physical needs, modeling basic life skills, and making progress toward dealing with the trauma they have experienced, Abba’s House shows the love of Jesus. Join host Matt Popovits as he speaks with Michael Meissner, Executive Director of Abba’s House, and Christine, a refugee from Uganda.
The Power of Forgiveness – July 28, 2019 - Chad Bird is a celebrated author (“Night Driving”, “Upside-Down Spirituality” and more) and Christian teacher. He’s also a full-time truck driver. After serving as a pastor and seminary professor, a season of sin and self-destruction caused him to lose everything. In the darkest moments Chad began driving a truck, seeking to rebuild his life and it was there, on the road, that Chad discovered the true depth of God’s love for sinful people. Join us for a discussion on sin, grace, and the power of the words, “you are forgiven."
Bringing the Message of Salvation to India – July 21, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Rushita Benjamin, who along with her husband Peter bring a message of hope to their non-Christian peers in Bangalore, India. Through their television and social media ministry they “live out a life for Jesus and the word of testimony” to a nation thirsting for God’s grace.
Finding the Love of Jesus in an Unbelieving World – July 14, 2019 - Host David Schultz welcomes Rev. Srinivas Naik who grew up in a devoutly Hindu family in India but became a Christian as a young adult. Despite being scorned by his family and persecuted by people in his home district and state, his faithful witness has carried him and his wife through the tragic loss of their three children. He continues to carry the message of Christ’s love to all those he meets.
LCMS Youth Gathering – Real.Present.God – July 07, 2019 - Join host Matt Popovits as he welcomes three on-stage participants for the upcoming LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis. Youth pastor Jake Allstaedt and former NYG attendees A.J. Vega and Emilie Stooksbury discuss the profound impact attendance at the event had on their spiritual lives as the eternal love of Jesus was proudly proclaimed among their peers.
Capital Punishment: A Biblical Perspective – June 30, 2019 - Host David Schultz welcomes Pastor Tim Carter for a discussion of what the Bible says about capital punishment. Carter, currently an associate pastor at Salem Lutheran Church and author of “The Executioner’s Redemption”, is a former Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison guard who once served on the execution team at the Huntsville Prison.
Breathing Life into Christian Leaders – June 23, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Pastor Steve Wiechman of Breathe Life Ministries, a program designed to assist full-time pastors who find themselves in need of aid and comfort. Pastors who are relied on to provide strength and stability for their parishoners often find themselves without a single close friend to confide in or talk to. Breathe Life Ministries offers them a Christian setting in which they can be redirected, renewed and recharged.
Father’s Day – June 16, 2019 - Join host Matt Popovits as he welcomes Pastor Jeff Doria with his reflections on being a Christian father in a rapidly changing world. He will focus on how to instill a strong faith, devotion to family, and good values in your children. The highest calling of fatherhood is following God and teaching your children to also follow Him.
From Muslim to Christian – June 9, 2019 - Salim is the founder of Samuel Ministries, which seeks to equip churches in outreach to the Muslim community by teaching about Islam and offering tools and tips for sharing the Gospel. Raised in Pakistan, Salim himself is a convert to Christianity and shares his powerfu story of believing the Gospel and the cost he paid to follow Jesus. He offers insight on why outreach to Muslim neighbors can be difficult, as well as practical tips on how Christians can easily befriend and begin dialogue with the Muslim community. Matt Popovits hosts.
The Attack on Mothers and Children of Rape Conception – June 2, 2019- Juda Myers, Choices4Life, once again joins host David Schultz with her insightful and poignant points of view concerning children of rape conception. The barrage of attacks on mothers and children of rape conception, and the injustice and prejudice experienced by these mothers who chose life for their children is her calling and purpose. Restoring honor and dignity to mothers and children of rape conception is the mission of her organization. choices4life.org
The Role of the Church in Governmental Affairs – May 26, 2019 - Join David Schultz as he hosts the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz, Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. With a solid understanding of the Lutheran Church’s Two Kingdoms doctrine, Dr. Seltz is uniquely qualified to make the LCRL a permanent voice for confessional Lutheranism in Washington, D.C., and to ignite a uniquely Lutheran response to increasing intrusions, limitations, and challenges by the government in the life of the Church.
Mother’s Day – May 12, 2019 - Join Pastor Matt Popovits as he welcomes Diane Bahn and Maggie Doria for a discussion of the rewards and challenges of being a Christian Mom in our changing world. The world is full of hurts and hang-ups, but being anchored in Jesus helps us recognize that God’s message of love and forgiveness is life-changing.
Envy & Jealousy: Taming the Terrible Twins – May 5, 2019 - Do you know the difference between envy and jealousy? When you want something that someone else has and you covet after it, that’s envy. When you have something that you are fearful you might lose, that’s jealousy. Though common emotions to all, they can be equally damaging to us and our relationships. Join June Hunt, founder of Hope for the Heart, a Biblical counseling ministry, and host Matt Popovits to learn the underlying causes of envy and jealousy, and how to eliminate them as we discover how Christ alone is the source of true and lasting contentment.
Touch Me and See – April 28, 2019- Host David Schultz welcomes Pastor Jeff Doria who emphasizes the reality of the resurrection. The risen Jesus came and stood among His disciples and urged them to experience this reality by touching and seeing that He was indeed alive. Through our faith, we can believe the words of St. Paul who wrote, “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.”
Thirsting for the Souls of People – April 28, 2019 - Join Pastors David Schultz and David Leeland as they discuss the spiritual thirst of people today. “Everyone has a hole in their heart for God and they’re looking for what they need to make them complete. Jesus thirsts for you to experience Him and we need Him to offer God’s fullness.
The Reality of the Resurrection – April 21, 2019- David Bahn, Sr. Pastor of St. John Lutheran Church in Cypress, TX, tells us that Jesus’ resurrection provides proof that Jesus is the Son of God and that his death is sufficient to cover the entire sin of the world. When the stone was rolled away from the empty tomb, it became clear that He was who He said He was: the resurrection and the life.
Save the Storks – April 14, 23019 - Victoria Robinson is Director of External Relations at Save the Storks. Save the Storks exists to revolutionize the meaning of pro-life by empowering and supporting Pregnancy Resource Centers through creative solutions. This ministry provides innovative, non-political, non-combative approaches that support PRCs across the United States, and equips them with powerful tools and training to more effectively connect with abortion-vulnerable women in their communities. Join host Dave Schultz for Victoria’s timely, thought-provoking and powerful message.
Fine-Tuning the Church Culture – April 7, 2019 - Lutheran pastor and psychologist David S. Luecke, PhD, is the missions pastor of a large church in the Cleveland area, where he has served for 25 years. His earlier careers included teaching organizational behavior in business schools and church management at Fuller Theological Seminary. Currently, Dr. Luecke is identifying practices in vibrant, vital congregations to help determine effective church leadership in the next generation. John Cain hosts.
LGBTQ---The Alphabet of Our Era – March 17, 2019 - LGBTQ, it's the alphabet of our era, but is it adequate to define the human person? If we added an "S" (for straight) or any additional letters to include every sexual persuasion, would it then be enough? Is identity founded on sexual behavior, sexual attraction, or gender identity? Where does Scripture point us? How does a robust theology of creation affect identity? Why should you care? Join Pastor Jonathan Conner and host Matt Popovits for these questions and many more.
Mirror, Mirror – March 10, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he welcomes Kristin Martinez of Sarai's Mirror, encouraging and empowering women to discover their true sense of worth through a deeper understanding of God's grace, love and power. Learn how through workshops, speaking engagements, and personal coaching sessions, Kristin inspires women to accept themselves as wondrous creations of God. saraismirror.org
Well Done, My Good and Faithful Servant – March 3, 2019- Join host Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Ken Hennings, who recently completed 12 years of service as president of the LCMS Texas District. Pastor Hennings challenges us to ask ourselves daily, “How am I living out the faith that I have in Jesus Christ and how can the church continue to proclaim the Good News?”
Teen Life Center on the Move – February 24, 2019 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he hosts Jennifer Simpson, Executive Director of the Teen Life Center, which has recently expanded to three locations in the Houston area: Brookshire, Klein, and Cypress. In its mission to bring Christian assistance to teen moms, TLC is motivated by the values of resisting judgment, being intentional, encouraging honesty and integrity, and breaking the cycle of teen pregnancy. theteenlifecenter.com
Equipping Men for Victory – February 17, 2019 - After spending 34 years in education including 11 years of classroom teaching and coaching along with 23 years in administration, Jeff Springer founded the Suit Up Ministry. This ministry helps men redefine the meaning of being a man, building relationships and establishing foundation in the biblical sense of what it truly means to be called Dad. The ministry's foundational Bible verse is from Romans 13:12, "The night is almost over...the dawn is almost here...so put away the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light". Join host David Schultz and learn of the transformational principles of Suit Up.
His Eye Is on the Sparrow – February 10, 2019 - Micah Gamboa, Executive Director of Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms, is a modern-day abolitionist working to shift a hyper-sexualized culture. Elijah Rising and Kendleton Farms seeks to end sex trafficking through prayer, awareness, intervention, and restoration in Houston. Recently Micah experienced a medical emergency, but God in his grace restored Micah to continue to serve Him and care for her family. Join host David Schultz as we learn of Micah’s conviction to end sex trafficking and her confidence of God’s care in her life.
From a Mess to a Message – February 3, 2019 - After an encounter with God, at the age of 30, author and speaker Denise Mountenay changed her life. She overcame her addictions and began to publicly share her passionate testimony from a MESS to a MESSAGE. Her mess included being raped at 13, teen pregnancy, abortions and substance abuse. Her message is bringing hope and healing to those hurt and broken. Join host David Schultz in this candid interview and learn how Denise took her deepest pain and is using it to help others.
Salvation in a Notebook – January 27, 2019 - Randall Mooney and his wife have experienced the tragic loss of two sons in 18 years. But it did not launch them into times of depression, but rather, helped them find a place to serve the Lord in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Shortly after writing the book “The Homeless Church”, Randall decided to find a place that was desperate for the Word of God. He found it through a friend in Nigeria. God provided the message in the Gospel of John for Randall to put in the form of a notebook. He distributed 2,500 copies of the notebook, “Finding Hope in the Words of John”, in Nigeria. Join Randall and host Dave Schultz to hear of this amazing outreach of hope in Nigeria.
Abortion - Denial of the Gospel? How So? – January 20, 2019 - Program Part A- / Program Part B.Science can't tell us where life comes from, why we're here, or what makes us special. We rely on God's word to tell us about the sanctity of human life. The church’s failure to oppose and end abortion is a denial of the Gospel of Christ. We've given in on sexual immorality, divorce, and “alternate” gender choices, etc. In a world where anything goes abortion will remain a practical necessity. How can the unbeliever accept the credibility of anything we profess if we remain conforming cowards? Join host Matt Popovits as we hear from Pastor Larry White in this special Sanctity of Life Sunday back-to-back programming of Engaging Truth.
The Sanctity of Life – January 13, 2019 - Juda Myers, Founder of Choices4Life.org, joins Pastor David Schultz to talk about children conceived in rape and her fight to save the lives of these children and their mothers. The fundamental goal of Choices4Life is to educate the world about the value of every human life conceived.
God's Hand Guiding the Darrington Seminary Junior Class – January 6, 2019 - Brian, Robert and Gy were all surprised when asked to consider seminary training at Darrington Prison. Gy didn’t know what it entailed but couldn’t wait when asked. He is thankful for the training in preaching, teaching and tier walking. Robert was overwhelmed at what he found at Darrington, a peaceful, God-influenced atmosphere where he could serve the Lord with his gifts. Brian is greatly affected by the thorough education he is getting and anxious to see where the Lord will use him next. One of their mentors, Roderick Sweet, supports their enthusiasm and joy in their seminary training. Host Bill Prewitt.
Prison Ministry from the Top – December 30, 2018 - When a man’s life of crime is stopped, and he is incarcerated for life as a result of it, that’s one issue. But when his life is transformed by Christ to be a “new creation”, that’s altogether different. This is what is happening to the seminary students in the Darrington maximum-security prison, 35 miles south of Houston. Christ is transforming them to be new creations willing and ready to serve other inmates as field ministers in another prison setting somewhere in Texas. Join us as we hear from Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick of an incredible story of spiritual transformation. Dave Schultz hosts.
When God Visited the Earth and Stayed a While - December 23, 2018- As many are preparing to observe Jesus' birth this Christmas, let's take some time to think about how God prepared this world for His birth into human flesh. The result of God's action is humanity's salvation. Join us as we hear Pastor John Cain's Christmas presentation and reflect on the Reason for the Season.
Prison Reform and Texas – December 16, 2018 - Join host David Schultz as he talks with Texas State Senator John Whitmire, an unapologetic advocate of prison reform and a force behind the Southwest Bible College seminary at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Darrington Unit. Describing what he calls the miraculous success of the program, Whitmire said, “Early on, we didn’t do a very good job of characterizing inmates – those who we were afraid of versus those who we were mad at.” But now, he says, “I understand public safety and accountability, but I see the value in a closed, safe situation allowing people to grow in their faith.”
Thriving in the Wake of the Washing of the Holy Spirit – December 9, 2018- Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor Jeffrey Willey, whose Christ United Church has survived two devastating floods as well as denominational upheaval. “God has raised up people across the nation to bless us so that we might be a blessing to others,” Pastor Willey said. “We are about discipleship and how to feed ourselves from The Word and teach others to do that as well.” The faithfulness of God has never abandoned those who seek Him.
Focusing on the Mission – December 2, 2018 - Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor John Davis, transitioning to his new position as Texas LCMS Area "D" Vice-President. Pastor Davis tells us “God’s workers need encouragement because they’re facing challenges now they’ve never faced before. My ministry is to help clear the way for those coming after me who have excellent spiritual gifts and are forging new approaches toward mission in the 21st century. We do these things so that God’s house may be glorified.
The Role of Gratitude in the Life of a Christian – November 25, 2018- Join Pastor David Schultz as he interviews Pastor Matt Popovits on the topic of gratitude. The gospel is a “gratitude magnifier”, a valuable tool for expanding our joy and appreciation of all things, but that gratitude does not come easily for us. In fact, the more we are blessed, the less inclined we are to be grateful to the One from Whom all blessings flow. The more “my cup overflows” the greater my urge to gripe about the size of the mug.
Driving Hope – November 18, 2018 - Cancer patients face a long road to recovery. While patients must undertake a difficult journey to ﬁght the disease, many will ﬁnd it even hard to ﬁnd a suitable ride to and from their treatment hospital. The right kind of transportation is especially important because the treatment procedures often leave the patient weak and disoriented. Driving Hope of Texas aims to provide safe, comfortable, and aﬀordable non-emergency long-distance transportation for cancer patients living in underserved communities in Texas. Join host Dave Schultz as he speaks with Phil Hohle of Driving Hope of Texas on how prayer, meditation, and encouragement are all a part of the ride.
Vision for Gospel Movement in Texas – November 11, 2018- Join Texas District President Michael Newman as he reflects on his new role, the feedback he’s receiving, and the vision for a Gospel movement to develop in the Texas District and beyond. How can a district partnership be vibrant and vital? What has he been noticing as he’s traveled around the district so far? Pastor John Cain hosts this thought-provoking, lively discussion.
Word Alive! 52 Selected Sermons – November 4, 2018 - The Rev. Dr. Dale Meyer is the President of Concordia Seminary, a position he has held since 2005. He has been a pastor, professor, a vice president of our national denomination and the speaker of The Lutheran Hour worldwide radio program. In each place, Meyer's gifts as a communicator have been a blessing. Through all the changes, the core message is always the good news of Jesus. Now an author, (again) Meyer has a book of 52 sermons. Join us as we hear about this new resource. Rev. John Cain hosts.
The New Voice of The Lutheran Hour – October 28, 2018 - The Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler is the new speaker of the worldwide broadcast called The Lutheran Hour. The Lutheran Hour is the longest running Christian broadcast in the U.S. Starting in 1930, and broadcasting continuously ever since, The Lutheran Hour has grown to over 1,800 stations each week. Now they have expanded into Bible studies and other printed faith helps. His background includes being a former Air Force officer, educator and pastor. Let's meet this powerful voice for living with faith in an often-contentious world. Rev. John Cain hosts.
Does God Care About America – October 21, 2018 - With the mid-term elections a few short weeks away, our guest, Rev. Dave Welch, Founder & President, of the US Pastor Council, will speak about the concerns and involvement Christians should have in local state, and national government. Does God care about who serves in positions of judicial authority, or any position of governing authority? What relationship to the Gospel does voting and government have? Am I investing my life in things that have eternal value in reaching people for Jesus Christ? David Schultz hosts this timely discussion.
Same-Sex Attraction - To There and Back – October 14, 2018 - This week on Engaging Truth, guest Pastor Mike Goeke will speak with host Dave Schultz about his struggle with same-sex attraction, his acceptance of a gay identity and his redemptive journey home. But it was not without struggle. And why? Mike says it like this, "Sexual behavior is the end of homosexuality. It all begins with deep confusion, isolation, pain, and search for identity." He says that we might be able to keep a gay person from acting out, and that might make our world a little "neater", but that it does nothing for the heart and soul of the person struggling with same-sex attraction. Mike concludes, "I used to think that Jesus died for me in spite of my struggle with same-sex attraction, but I've come to understand that He died for me BECAUSE of my struggle. He knew me when He hung on the cross and knew that I would be powerless to live beyond my struggle without His sacrifice. Make it a point to join us for this heart-felt discussion.
Called, Equipped and Sent – October 7, 2018 - Join host David Schultz as we hear from Lutheran Laymen’s League-Lone Star District out-going President Gary Rohloff, reflect on the changes he has seen within the league and Lutheran Hour Ministries during his 41-year participation. We will also hear from president-elect Barry Samsel on engaging a new generation through podcasts, social media conversations, (thred.org), and video-based Bible studies.
Expanding the Kingdom Of God – October 7, 2018- Rev. Jon Braunersreuther, Mission and Ministry Facilitator, Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, Texas District, joins host David Schultz to highlight the strong outreach-oriented DNA within the district. Demographics indicate there is much work to be done. The district’s church planning movement and the initiative to train lay evangelists to reach out with the gospel are important components to strengthening and building congregations to reach the lost, disciple the saved, and to care for people.
Inside Lutheran Hour Ministries – September 30, 2018 - Occasionally we have the pleasure of interviewing people from Lutheran Hour Ministries in St. Louis. Just recently, at the Lutheran Laymen’s League Lone Star District Fall Convention, we had interviews with two people actively involved in the inside work of the ministry. Jeff Craig-Meyer, LHM Vice President, Constituencies, shared the incredible outreach of the Gospel ministry that now reaches over 50 million people weekly world-wide. Polly Gregali, Ministry Resource Manager, provided insight into her responsibilities of making sure that those places in the nation and in the world that request resources get them in a timely manner and in their language. Dave Schultz hosts these informative interviews.
With Love from Pakistan – September 30, 2018 - Today we welcome Julie Aftab of POBLO Ministries. Julie’s early life was not easy. At 12 years old she began working in a factory in Pakistan to help her parents support their family. It was in her labor there that she was approached by one of the owners of the factory about her wearing a Christian cross. She said, “because I am a Christian”. Money was offered for her to leave her Christian faith and become Muslim. She refused three times, and on the fourth visit, she was severely injured and left for dead. But she did not die. It was God who stepped in with friends to help bring her back to health. Join Julie and host Dave Schultz as they discuss the “end of the story”, and where that has brought Julie in her faith walk today.
God’s Faithfulness – September 23, 2018- Using the stories of the travelers on the road to Emmaus, and Daniel and King Darius, guest Pastor Chris Singer offers encouragement and insight into God’s faithfulness to His people. The travelers on the road to Emmaus were so absorbed with the loss of their prophet and leader that when they were joined by a fellow traveler they were unable to see the real Jesus. Daniel, an exile who came to greatness under the rule of Darius, was scorned by his Babylonian peers and subjected to a condemnation of death for worshiping God and not Darius.
Message to College-Bound Students – September 23, 2018- This current group of college-bound students grew up under the shadow of terrorism but have been liberated by technology. They carry the hopes and dreams of making a difference in their communities and they despise the world’s brokenness. But, no matter our age, we are all sinners and all need a Savior. The mission of the church is to bring the Good News of Jesus to all the world, so we send out our students as Paul sent Timothy and remind them, “You are not the church of the future but the church of right now.” Join guest Pastor Chris Singer as he reminds us that as parents we may worry and stress, but Jesus loves our children more than we do. They are His first and ours second.
Reshaping the Prison Culture– September 16, 2016 - Join us as we visit with Brian, Chris and Shad, a trio of sophomore students from the Bible college at the Darrington Maximum Security Prison Unit near Houston. Not only has this vital program had a transformation impact on the students themselves, but it is helping to reshape the culture among the general prison population.
Who Can Forget 9/11? – September 16, 2016 - Most of us can remember where we were, who we were with and what we were doing at 8:48 a.m. on 9/11/01. The sadness of that time still grips us, especially as we think of the children whose parents were in one of the Twin Towers when they collapsed. Those children would never see their parents on this earth again. They were gone into eternity. So, we think this week not only of the 2,970 people in the towers who lost their lives, but the 343 first responders who lost their lives as well. We need to still be in prayer for their families. Join Bill Prewitt and Pastor Dave Schultz in a provocative discussion of what happens among God’s people when fear grips the heart and mind, and the providence of God in such unexplained tragedy.
Finding Hope: In the Words Of John - September 9, 2018 - When Pastor Temi Akran returned to the U.S. from his trip to Nigeria, he told his Friday morning men's group about his time in Lagos, giving away Bibles and writing tablets. Nigerians love to receive Bibles, and love to have pencils and notebooks to write on. Author Randall Mooney was so inspired by Temi's story that he asked, "What if the Bible and the notebook were the same book?" And that's how it started. Over the course of that year, Dr. Mooney worked on a version of the Book of John, that could be read by Nigerians in their own country, and have that book also be used as a notebook. This new book would be distributed throughout Nigeria and Africa, helping people find hope in the words of John. Host David Schultz will speak with Dr. Mooney about the words that restore hope and peace and words that have the power to transform lives.
Revisiting Friends of Engaging Truth – August 26, 2018 - Engaging Truth continues to showcase ministries and participants from the recent Texas District Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. This week we reconnect with past guests who were at the convention including, Steve Cohen of The Apple of His Eye Ministry, a mission to bring the gospel message to fellow Jews; Jeff Frosch, Director of Alumni Relations at Concordia University in Austin; Becca Jones, Executive Director at Texas District Church Extension Fund; Herb Keistman of the Lutheran Heritage Foundation, which gives books of the Lutheran faith to people around the world in their own languages; and Jerry Kieschnick, former president of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, now with Legacy Deo.
Multi- Ethnic Ministries – August 19, 2018 - This week Engaging Truth will spotlight several multi-ethnic ministries from the recent Texas District Convention of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Among the participants is Rev. Naveen Nischal, Executive Director of Reaching Indians for Christ and Director of the Lutheran Student Center at UT Arlington, speaking about reaching the immigrant Indian population; Solomon Yadossa, also passionate about reaching immigrants for Christ; and Yvette Moy, Glocal Mission Coordinator in the Washington Metro D.C. area, who ministers to the homeless, Hispanic, and Muslim communities.
Ministries Serving Both Large & Small Communities – August 12, 2018 - The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Texas District Convention was held in July. Join us as we interview convention participants from various ministries that serve both large and small communities. Interviewees include Gerry Harrow of Fortress, a ministry that serves the world’s largest military installation; Brenda Segovia of RioMAC, a missional network across the Rio Grande Valley; Pam Daw and Amy Tilt of Alamo Hills Lutheran Church in San Antonio; Keith Lund of Lutheran Outdoor Ministries of Texas; and Kathy Smith of Driving Hope of Texas, a ministry that provides transportation for cancer patients to treatment centers in Texas.
Why Does Suicide Seem Epidemic? – August 5, 2018 - There was a time when a victim of suicide was buried without funeral services because it was a violation of God’s command, “thou shalt not murder.” The grave was located beyond the fences of the churchyard. At best, a pauper’s grave. All of that has changed because society and its ideals have drastically changed. Studies today show that depression is the major cause of suicide in all age groups. Geriatric suicide also includes “rational suicide” and physician assisted suicide. Moreover, suicide in young people has tripled over the past 45 years and is the 3rd leading cause of death in that age group. Join our guest, Sandy Bond, MA, LPC, as she shares her thoughts on the predictors of successful suicide, the “borders between thinking, acting and doing”, and how they are more tenuous than any of us would like to believe. Dave Schultz hosts.
Life Changing Ministries – August 5, 2018 - The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) Texas District Convention was held earlier this month. Join us as we interview participants from various Lutheran ministries that advocate for child and life issues. Katie Evans of Acts of Love on child care for teen parents, Nikki Kueck of Faith Lutheran High School, Dan Zieschang with Upbring on breaking the cycle of child abuse, and Barbara Geistfeld with Lutherans for Life.
Support and Encouragement for Teen Moms – July 29, 2018 - Today's teens seem to live in their own world, more dependent on each other and their electronic devices than those who can provide for them. But where do they go when tough times hit? Is there a community that will take them in to help when they are desperate? Yes. In Houston there is the Teen Life Center. TLC specializes in care for pregnant teens. It provides a safe place for them to bring their child into the world; it provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for those who have special need for love, mercy, and hope. Join TLC Executive Director, Jennifer Simpson, as she speaks boldly about the Teen Life Center with Host Dave Schultz. You will be blessed by her passion for teen moms and TLC's commitment to creating a positive community that supports and encourages teen moms.
Traversing the Hills and Valleys of Hurt – July 22, 2018 - Some of the valleys we traverse in life can cast some disappointing shadows, but as a friend once said, “shadows don’t hurt anyone.” When life takes a strange turn, and it often does, it creates an atmosphere of darkness that in some cases never seems to go away. But faith anchored in Jesus Christ, who not only has made provision for our future, but provides strength for the day with the promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you”, the anchor holds firm. Join our guest Judy Noyola and Pastor Dave Schultz in a challenging conversation on hurt and hope that is anchored in Jesus Christ, crucified, and risen for us.
The Word Goes Forth – July 15, 2018 - Engaging Truth continues to highlight the participants of the recent convention of the Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and their viewpoints concerning reaching millennials. Harry Smith, associate pastor at Our Redeemer in the Dallas area and a worker in the field of multi-cultural ministries, tells us that many millennials feel a loss of safety and that they long for a sense of direction and security. Our task is to seek our areas of commonality and with God’s help come together in the faith. Pastor Stephen Demik of Cypress Chapel discusses the need for a spiritual life based on relationships. The importance of the Gospel is certainly the foundation of faith, but younger people now are looking for faith in action. Participation is important in drawing people into a rich spiritual life, where people are experiencing the joy of a life filled with Jesus. Steve Misch is a long-time pastor who currently serves as Mission and Ministry Facilitator for the Texas District, and has two sons who also have been called to ministry. Today’s young people want someone to genuinely listen to their concerns and ideas and not just pour out advice on how they should be living their lives. He also cautions that the Gospel is not necessarily a safe space, and that we are called to be courageous in our statements of faith in a world that often rejects that message.
Voices from the Convention – July 8, 2018 - This week Engaging Truth continues to spotlight The Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod’s recent district convention. We will hear from Pastor Matthew Harrison, President, of the synod discussing the challenging cultural situations facing the church, including the overall decline of church attendance due to declining birth rates, and the importance of taking better care of our young people. The church loses an enormous number of our young people between confirmation and adulthood. President Harrison reminds us that the task for all our churches and all our members is to be prepared to preach the Gospel. From Texas District President-elect Michael Newman concerning the movement of the Gospel. We plant, we water, and God gives growth and “at the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow.” From host and former Houstonian Pastor John Cain about the move from Houston to Nacogdoches, where he now pastors a smaller congregation. The 60-year-old congregation includes a wide variety of congregants from the agricultural, rural, and academic communities. People there seem to have more time for interpersonal relationships than at larger, generally suburban, congregations. The dynamic of a boom town tends to age congregations prematurely, with each generation moving outward from the center.
Ministries that Make a Difference – July 1, 2018 - The Texas District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod recently held their 61st district convention. Join us as we hear from participants of the convention discussing relevant issues concerning the church and the mission of proclaiming God’s Word. From Pastor David Bahn regarding connecting millennials more effectively; from LWML President Debbie Curry about building relationships centered around a desire to serve our Lord; from Becca Jones, Executive Director for Texas District Church Extension Fund, of the importance of telling “impact stories” to inspire a younger generation; and from Diane Bahn, how the Pastoral Leadership Institute seeks to help women and men discover their God-given purpose and grow as leaders and influencers in His mission.
Blogging & Sharing the Gospel – June 24, 2018 - Pastor David Leeland, Assistant to the Pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church, started blogging on Facebook with the Advent Season of 2017 and continued blogging through Easter, 2018. As he took a few days off, his heart was burdened with the thought of Easter being the season of the Resurrection and that now was the time to blog even more than before! The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the one essential and central point of the Christian faith. Without the Resurrection, there is no faith. David continues to blog almost every day. Send him a friend request and join his growing group of readers! David Schultz hosts as we hear of Pastor Leeland's technique and passion in sharing the Good News of Christ's Resurrection.
Missionaries in America? – June 17, 2018 - Along with the general flow of immigrants, God is sending new missionaries to America. What is a missionary, and how are they different from pastors and teachers? What does the Bible say? Who are these new missionaries? What brought them here? Host John Cain speaks with Dr. Robert Scudieri, President of Mission Nation Publishing, about these and other fascinating questions regarding missionaries in America.
Translating the Message of the Church to a 21st-Century Audience – June 10, 2018 - While ninety-percent of people in the United States still believe in God, fewer than twenty-percent claim a strong connection with a church. Younger generations are expressing disillusionment with the organized church. Even within the Christian Church, a sense of helplessness in the face of a changing culture is creating frustration and fear. What is the pathway forward? You will be sure to hear some surprising answers as we join host Rev. John Cain and guest Rev. Michael Newman, Mission & Ministry Facilitator, LCMS-Texas District, as they discuss translating the message of the Church to a 21st-Century audience.
Serving on a Non-Profit Board – June 3, 2018 - Evangelical Life Ministries is the non-profit corporation of “Engaging Truth”, heard each Sunday night from 6:30-8 p.m. on KKHT 100.fm. The ELM board of directors provides counsel and direction to facilitate media outreach of the “Engaging Truth” programming. During this past year, Bobby Goerner was added to the board. Bobby’s past includes seminary training, Bible class teaching, and supporting outreach of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. Host Dave Schultz welcomes Bobby in this lively discussion about the mission and ministry in his heart and life.
Heart of The LWML – May 27, 2018 - Jan Brunette, Vice President of Christian Life, Lutheran Women's Missionary League, Texas District, joins host Dave Schultz this week as we hear of her passion and desire to show others the true heart of the LWML. Her vision is to connect and encourage all LWML women throughout Texas to share their differing cultures and backgrounds so that they are enabled to receive and grant blessings through their shared love of Christ.
Church Extension Fund-Texas District LCMS – May 20, 2018 - God in His grace has called a gifted woman, Becca Jones, as the new CEO of the Church Extension Fund to lead the team of God’s stewards and to assist in outreach ministry in the Texas District. How does such a team determine the true worthiness of the ministry partners? And when the willing investors to the Church Extension Fund provide dollars to be used for outreach ministry, how is a fair return on their funds determined? What happens when a ministry does not perform to pre-determined expectations? And where is prayer in the process? Join Becca and host Dave Schultz as these and other intuitive questions will be answered.
Sharing the Gospel in Texas Prisons – May 13, 2018 - Join host Pastor Dave Schultz as we hear from Alvin, George and Michael, senior seminary students at the Darrington Maximum Security Penitentiary in Rosharon, TX. As George says, "Even in our situation, God hasn't given up on us." You will hear of their changed lives and of their faith in Christ Jesus as they study to become field ministers/evangelists, eventually sharing the Gospel to the 155,000 adults in Texas prisons.
Being in Leadership at Darrington Penitentiary Seminary – May 13, 2018 - Serving in leadership is not only stimulating but can be very trying at times. Dr. Ben Phillips, our guest this coming Sunday night, shares some inspiring, but also difficult times. Sharing the Gospel with “spiritually hungry” students can be exciting, but wondering, upon graduation, if they have all the necessary tools to serve as field ministers in other Texas maximum security penitentiaries is trying. Join Dr. Phillips and Pastor Dave Schultz in the lively discussion of the development of integrity among the students, tier walking (what it is) and his greatest joy in serving as Director of the Darrington Penitentiary Seminary.
Board Member and Businessman – May 6, 2018 - Guest Michael Steele, principal owner of IHS Insurance Group, is Evangelical Life Ministries’ newest board member. Often a business owner may need to look or lean on their religion to deal with the hurdles of their business. Join host David Schultz as we learn about Michael and how his faith has shaped his life and the impact it has on his business.
Understanding the Need for Prayer in Spiritual Warfare – April 29, 2018 - The Bible says: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour”. From this, we can see that Satan is always by our side trying every means possible to entice and tempt us, to make us fall into mischief and sin. Host David Schultz will speak with Pastor Tim Carter, about spiritual warfare and overcoming the temptations of Satan by coming before God to seek His will and to pray for His help.
The Meaning and Confidence Jesus’ Resurrection Provides – April 22, 2018 - We hear Him say out loud to us and for all to hear “IT IS FINISHED”. At that cross Jesus finished or accomplished what the Father had sent Him to do...to save us from our sin. Everyone who heard about it thought it was a lavish story made up like so many other “tall tales.” Is it just foolishness or does Jesus’ resurrection, indeed, give us new life and confidence? Be with us this week as Pastor Chris Singer, Trinity-Klein Lutheran Church, confirms the truth that if you want a hope that cannot be extinguished…then Christ Is Risen!
Witnessing the Hand of God in Penitentiary Seminary – April 15, 2018 - As the Southwestern Seminary at Darrington Penitentiary prepares for their fourth graduation this May, Grove Norwood, Founder and CEO of The Heart of Texas Foundation, visits with host Pastor Dave Schultz on the impact the seminary graduates, Field Ministers, are having in Texas prisons. Grove will also share updates regarding the Texas Women’s Prison Seminary in Marlin, TX, as well as the literacy program begun this past January at Darrington where Field Ministers are teaching illiterate and semi-literate inmates to read.
Walking Through Grief – April 8, 2018 - Going through times of grief are a 'given' in this world. Whether it's the loss of a parent, a sibling, a child, a spouse, or even a job...we will ALL grieve during our lives at one time or another. We will mourn the loss, but as Christians who believe what Jesus said, WE will be with HIM in heaven when we die. With heaven to look forward to, we can stay the course here in this broken world. Join host David Schultz and guest Brian Foutz, author of "From Misery to Ministry" to hear how David and his wife relied upon the promises of God when their only son died.
New Creation – April 1, 2018 - The resurrection of Jesus Christ is more than a subjective dream and surpasses a whimsical wish. Jesus' resurrection is the first evidence of more to come. His resurrected corpse is the first installment, the opening solo of the New Creation symphony. In Christ's death and resurrection, all is redeemed, and everything becomes perfect once more, according to God's original plan. Listen in as Pastor Al Doering offers this special Easter message.
Listening to Jesus – March 25, 2018 - One of the most difficult things for us humans to do, when in conversation, Is to LISTEN. Even to the point of cutting off conversation...to interrupt...when the person talking is not yet finished. Learning to listen is an art. It comes with endless practice. That's why one of the solid legs of Stephen Ministry is listening. That is why when Peter, James and John saw the dazzling countenance of Jesus in the Transfiguration, God the Father spoke from Heaven, "This is my beloved Son, LISTEN to Him." Join Pastor David Schultz as he explores what listening to Jesus means; listening to what He says about creation, forgiveness, repentance, grace, salvation, and eternal life.
He is Not Here, For He Has Risen – March 18, 2018- In just a short time we will re-tell the final week of Jesus' life, from his entry into Jerusalem to his triumphant exit out of the tomb. Much like the narrative of Christmas, we could probably sit around a campfire and recite the events of that Thursday and early Friday. His final words from the cross have been engrained into our memories, just as the statement of the angel on Sunday morning gives us great hope. Join us as our guest, Rev. Stephen DeMik, gives us new insight into the story we know so well and encourages us to share this good news.
Walking Dead or Living Alive – March 11, 2018 - Are you walking dead or living alive? The Bible states that when Jesus was raised from the dead that first Easter, many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were also raised. The reality of the resurrection changes everything and only God has the power of life and death. Join in as our guest, Pastor Jeff Doria, leads the discussion on the cornerstone of Christianity, forgiveness of sins, and life eternal.
Seeking God's Will – March 4, 2018 - Sometimes we pray, "Thy will be done," because we don't know what is best and we believe God knows what is good for us. Other times, we pray this prayer knowing God will be leading us on a difficult path. We are able to pray Jesus' Gethsemane prayer, "Nevertheless, not my will but your will be done," because we believe God has our best interests at heart. This is a prayer of faith. When we do so, we also proclaim God's faithfulness, trusting in Him in every situation. Be with us as Pastor David Bahn guides us as we hear how to seek God's will in everything we do.
Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus – February 25, 2018 - Guest Kori de Leon will join host David Schultz this week on Engaging Truth. Kori is an author, a speaker, teacher, conference leader, and Director of Adoring Christ Ministries. Kori's latest book, "Age of Crowns: Pursuing Lives Marked by the Kingdom of God" will be released in April. Kori will help us understand why we often find ourselves unfulfilled. Too often our focus is on a world that is passing away. Jesus calls us to dream beyond the stars to the far greater things coming soon. God will shake us out of complacency, discouragement, and anxiety when we set our minds on the coming King.
Heisman Trophy Winner, NBA Player Who Loves the Lord – February 18, 2018 - Charlie Ward is a retired NBA basketball player and a college football Heisman Trophy winner. Charlie won a national championship as quarterback for Florida State, reached the Sweet Sixteen three times as a point guard for his school, and then went on to become a starting guard for the New York Knicks. Today he is committed to helping student athletes, leaders, organizations, and families better understand and embrace the process they must go through to find success while focusing on God's truth and His plans for their lives. David Schultz hosts.
Same-Sex Attraction - To There and Back – February 11, 2018 - This week on Engaging Truth, guest Pastor Mike Goeke will speak with host Dave Schultz about his struggle with same-sex attraction, his acceptance of a gay identity and his redemptive journey home. But it was not without struggle. And why? Mike says it like this, "Sexual behavior is the end of homosexuality. It all begins with deep confusion, isolation, pain, and search for identity." He says that we might be able to keep a gay person from acting out, and that might make our world a little "neater", but that it does nothing for the heart and soul of the person struggling with same-sex attraction. Mike concludes, "I used to think that Jesus died for me in spite of my struggle with same-sex attraction, but I've come to understand that be died for me BECAUSE of my struggle. He knew me when He hung on the cross and knew that I would be powerless to live beyond my struggle without His sacrifice. Make it a point to join us for this heart-felt discussion.
Serving the Lord With Gladness – February 4, 2018 - Lutheran Women in Mission, LWML, through their Mite Box contributions, have funded tens of millions of dollars in mission grants during its 75-year history. The LWML welcomes and encourages all LCMS women to use their unique God-given gifts to support the global ministries and missions of the church. Join guest Debbie Curry, President, LWML Texas District, and host David Schultz, as learn how this group, in fervent love, serves the Lord with gladness.
Acknowledging God's Plan for Your Life – January 28, 2018 - Shawn, Daniel and James are in year three of their seminary studies and, as Daniel says: "The more I delve into God's word the more I realize the depth of his wisdom. I was missing it all my life, trying to lean on my own understanding." Join hosts Bill Prewitt and David Schultz as we hear from these members of the Darrington Prison Seminary Junior Class as they learn to acknowledge God's grace and restoration in their lives.
Could It Really End? – January 21, 2018 - Could the time come when the abortion industry would no longer exist in America? If we look at statistics, in 1980 there were 29.3 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies; in 2016, there were 14.6 abortions per 1,000 pregnancies. Incrementally, that looks promising. But the reasons for abortions are still the same--25% say they are not ready for a child, 23% say they can't afford to raise a child, and 19% say they don't want the responsibility. The issue is really the attitude of the heart. Until the heart of those bringing children into the world know and confess Christ, and that the child they are bearing is coming from God, nothing will change. Is that not our job as people of Christ to provide that information, whatever it takes? Join Pastor Larry White with host Pastor David Schultz as they walk through the "real possibilities."
Seeking the Face of God Through Prayer – January 14, 2018 - We have all learned something of prayer from a parent, grandparent, or someone who loved us. Those first prayer attempts may have been clumsy, disjointed and even non-sensible. But we learned, that "God hears." As prayer became more than just "speaking to some cosmic indifference", we began to see treasures from Jesus like, "Ask and it shall be given you" or from the Apostle James, "You receive not because you ask not". Join our host, Rev. David Schultz, to explore the wonderful promises of God in and through prayer.
The Church of 2050 – January 7, 2018 - When our great grandparents came from Prussia to America in the 1800's, they wanted a pure "Lutheran teaching" among them. They were told that the only real enemy among them were the Methodists. But it did not take long for them to realize as pilgrims to this new land called America, that their real enemy was Satan, the world and their own sinful flesh. So, the early Prussian pilgrims began to plant church communities, first in Lee County, then in Houston and surrounding areas. Their search for other Lutherans, arriving from Germany, was the first effort of evangelism. Join guest Dr. Jerry Kieschnick, former President of the Texas District, LCMS, and more recently, the Past President of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, and host Pastor Dave Schultz for this relevant look to the past with hope for the future.