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Now you can listen to John's weekly radio show, Wake Up To Purpose, or access his archive of preached messages on this page. While some of the archived messages are from a few years back, they are still relevant as you seek to find your purpose and do God's will. Check back from time to time for updates and new material.

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June 20, 2015 - John is joined by Chad Johnson, who lives in Pittsburgh where he serves as chaplain for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Los Angeles Dodgers. Download Audio

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June 13, 2015 - The tables are turned on John today as Gregg Hughes interviews John about his purpose work. Download Audio

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June 6, 2015 - Mark Pie rejoins John on today's show to talk about his latest venture combining ministry and art, and that is his course or class for children that is perfect for Sunday School, summer camp or school settings. Download Audio

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May 30, 2015 - Dr. Keir Thelander and Pastor Sheldon Williams do their second show in two weeks, this time talking about the ministry in Gabon with which Dr. Keir is connected and what it was like for Pastor Sheldon to visit Gabon a few years ago. Download Audio

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May 23, 2015 - Pastor Sheldon Williams rejoins the show and brings along his friend, Dr. Keir Thelander from Bongolo Hospital in the west central African nation of Gabon. Dr. Thelander and his family have been in Gabon for nine years and talks about his call to medical missions and specifically his work in Bongolo as a surgeon. Download Audio

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May 16, 2015 - Pastor Tim Blanarik from Reach Community Church in Beaver Falls rejoins John on the show to report on the progress the church is making and how their strategy to reach children is helping the church grow. Download Audio

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May 9, 2015 - Janet Hansom and Karen Bailey are regular travelers to Kenya as part of John's team. They recently started their own nonprofit organization called AfricaBookBagz. Janet and Karen join the show to talk about their new work and how listeners can be involved with what they do. Download Audio

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May 2, 2015 - Janet Helms rejoins John as his guest to talk about her work in Kenya and her call to mothers everywhere to pray for the children of the world. Download Audio

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April 25 2015 - John once again goes solo on the show, this week talking to Dan about his lead role in the show Godspell and then discussing the concept of creativity. Download Audio

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April 18, 2015 - John is back live on the air after an 8-week streak of pre-recorded shows. On this show, John updates his listeners on what he has been doing the last 8 weeks, which includes trips to Kenya, Guyana and his daughter's wedding. Download Audio

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April 11, 2015 - John is joined by another John, in fact another John Stanko as his son is a guest on today's show. Father and son talk about their latest venture called Urban Press, a publishing company designed to help people tell the stories of life and work in the city. Download Audio

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April 4, 2015 - Judy Bannister and her entire family recently went on a family missions trip to the Dominican Republic. Judy and her two daughters, Dominique (11) and Brook (15), join John to talk about that life-changing experience. Download Audio

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March 28, 2015 - Dave Sevick is founder of a unique ministry called Computer Reach, an organization that refurbishes computers for missionary distribution around the world. Dave joins John to talk about his work and his partnership with John's organization, PurposeQuest International.od section of Pittsburgh. Pastor Smith visits with John to talk about the work being done in that particular community. Download Audio

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March 21, 2015 - Pastor Tim Smith pastors Keystone Church as well as heads Center of Life community center in the Hazelwood section of Pittsburgh. Pastor Smith visits with John to talk about the work being done in that particular community. Download Audio

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March 14, 2015 - Marv Nelson is the Young Adults and College Pastor at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. Today he joins John to talk about the campus church at the University of Pittsburgh called Aletheia. Download Audio

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March 7, 2015 - Diana Scimone is once again a guest to update listeners on her anti-trafficking organization called Born To Fly. Download Audio

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February 28, 2015 - One of John's student, Val Faust, joins the show to give listeners an update on her ministry to young women called "Blossom and Flourish," a part of an organization called Inta-Great. Download Audio

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February 21, 2015 - John talked with Judge Dwayne Woodruff, who is running for state Supreme Court justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You don't want to miss this interesting and informative interview with a man of integrity who will bring justice to the Supreme Court. Download Audio

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February 14, 2015 - John is joined by Sheldon and Faye Williams who are Valentine's Day guests to talk about their pursuit of a marriage counseling Master's degree, marriage in general and how they keep love in their home after 20 years of marriage. Download Audio

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February 7, 2015 - Priscilla Ortlip is the director of counseling ministries at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. She joins John on today's show to discuss the Christian Couselor's Collaborative that she has founded, along with trends and challenges in counseling ministry today. Download Audio

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January 31, 2015 - Dr. Todd Allen, founder of The Common Ground Project, joins John to talk about the Returning to the Roots of Civil Rights Tour that occurs June 13-21, 2015. John is signed up to go, and Dr. Allen gives him the scoop on what he can expect on the Tour. Download Audio

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January 24, 2017 - John's guest today is LaToya Johnson-Rainey, founder and owner of A Hair Boutique and author of "The Hair Commandments" who tells the moving story about how an accident that led to her hair loss sparked the idea to help other women in the same situation. Download Audio

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January 17, 2015 - On this show, Tim Blanarik revisits John to talk about his children's ministry REACH and his new church plant in Beaver Falls, REACH Community Church. Download Audio

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January 10, 2015 - Toye Starver joined John on the show to talk about her work in HIV/AIDs education among faith-based organizations as well as her life and death situation she encountered with deadly bacteria in 2014. Download Audio

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December 27, 2014 - John continues his celebration of Christmas that includes more music of the season along with a surprising rendition of Auld Lang Syne. Download Audio

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December 20, 2014 - On this second Christmas show, John shares his favorite carols, some creative renditions of traditional Christmas hymns and the stories behind them all. Download Audio

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December 13, 2014 - In this of first two Christmas shows, John focuses on Handel's Messiah and its implications for the listener's own creativity during the holiday season. Download Audio

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December 6, 2014 - Bret Taylor called John through a mutual friend and requested to be on the show to share his testimony. Bret was once incarcerated but today lives a productive, focused life as a free man. After Bret shares his story, John helps him set some goals for 2015 during the interview. Download Audio

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November 22, 2014 - Sheran White is a regular guest on the show and joins John again today to talk about her latest venture - a nonprofit organization she founded called the Five James Foundation. Download Audio

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November 8, 2014 - Kate Wadsworth returns to Wake Up To Purpose to talk about both her work at Light of Life Rescue Mission in preparation for their Thanksgiving meal and her life of purpose. Download Audio

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November 1, 2014 - Jeff and Cheryl Bradbury just returned from a three-month missionary stint in Gabon, Central Africa. The Bradburys join John on today's show to talk about their experiences and what they learned on their trip. Download Audio

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October 25, 2014 - Emmanuel Ike joins the show to talk about his recent trip to Nigeria, Ebola, ministry and his work in Uganda. Download Audio

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October 18, 2014 - Maggie Johnson, founder of Jazzspace, joins John once again to talk about her journey as a jazz musician as it relates to her PurposeQuest. Download Audio

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September 27, 2014 - Janet Helms is back on the show for the second week in a row, and this time she brought with her a special guest from Kenya, Pastor Qampicha Wario. Pastor Qampicha is in town for Janet's ministry dinner on October 3 and took time to talk to our listeners about his work in Kenya that includes a school. At the end of the show, John surprised Janet and Qampicha with a special gift. Download Audio

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September 20, 2014 - Janet Helms is back on Wake Up To Purpose, this time to talk about her recent trip to Uganda and Kenya. While she was there, she taught leaders about the spiritual and emotional damage from being orphaned and trained them how to minister to those with that wound in their lives. You can learn more about Janet's work at her ministry website. Download Audio

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September 13, 2014 - John celebrates his second anniversary on the air with an interview with Tom Lemmon, the station's general manager. While he is at it, John gives away a number of books to those who called in. Download Audio

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September 6, 2014 - John has a return guest, Bill Rhoades, who is men's case manager at Light of Life Mission, a PurposeQuest International board member and John's longtime friend and purpose protege. Download Audio

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August 30, 2014 - Doug Sprague was guest host. His topic is "Purpose as a Christian Single" and his guests are fellow life coach, Heidi Gilcher Sadecky and Sheran Zellous. Download Audio

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August 23, 2014 - John uses the time to talk about leadership issues, and is joined by Doug Sprague who calls in to ask a question and talk about his show next week when he will guest host in John's absence. Download Audio

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August 16, 2014 - John just returned from Kenya and this time he took some of his family with him. John's daughter, Deborah, joins the show to talk about the trip and the impact living with the purpose message has had on her life.al and today tells the story of how spared his life. You don't want to miss this gripping story of tragedy and triumph! Download Audio

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August 9, 2014 - Shawn Kinney is a young man who was shot four times in a case of mistaken identity. He went on to spend 11 months in the hospital and today tells the story of how spared his life. You don't want to miss this gripping story of tragedy and triumph! Download Audio

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August 2, 2014 - Pastor Andrew and Helen Jackson join John once again to talk about their work at the Webster Avenue C&MA Church and to update the listeners about the latest in their marriage enrichment program, The Marriage Works. Download Audio

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July 26, 2014 - John opens the phone lines and Pastor Rick Thornhill from New Hope Community Church in Ambridge - a past guest on the show - called in to talk about purpose. Download Audio

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July 19, 2014 - Terrell Johnson and his wife Saundra join John again for part two of their discussion about his 17-year incarceration for a crime he did not commit. In this session, they talk about the nonprofit organization called POOR Law, which was formed while Terrell was still in prison. Download Audio

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July 12, 2014 - Terrell Johnson spent 17 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. He and his wife Saundra come to Wake Up To Purpose to talk about the ordeal and how he came to win his release - PART ONE Download Audio

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July 5, 2014 - John is joined by another John Stanko on this show and this John Stanko is his son, john Stanko III. They talk about life, sky diving, creativity and beer on this show. Download Audio

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June 28, 2014 - On today's show, John is joined by his friend and fellow Kenya worker, Janet Helms. Janet discusses her upcoming trip to Uganda and Kenya, as well as her ministry fundraising dinner on October 3. Download Audio

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June 21, 2014 - John's guest was not able to call in, so John continued this teaching and discussion on creativity. Download Audio

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June 14, 2014 - Today John talks to his listeners about creativity, and his own personal journey to accept and cultivate his creative tendencies. This included overcoming many obstacles in his own head that hindered his creative expressions. Download Audio

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June 7, 2014 - Mike Logan is a retired Steelers player who is now working with youth and football in the Pittsburgh community. Mike and his new wife Jennifer join John to talk about their relationship and their ministry. Download Audio

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May 31, 2014 - John goes solo on today's show as he talks to and teaches listeners about creativity and its role in your life. Download Audio

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May 24, 2014 - John is joined by his senior correspondent, Judy Michael, to discuss creativity and Judy's recent rejuvenation in her art career. Download Audio

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May 17, 2014 - Anna Hollis, the director of Amachi Pittsburgh, joins John to talk about Amachi's work with children of incarcerated parents. Download Audio

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May 10, 2014 - Emmanuel Ike revisits Wake Up to Purpose to give an update on his missions luncheon and the work of the African Christian Fellowship. Download Audio

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May 3, 2014 - Val Faust, founder of an organization that helps develop adolescent female leaders, joins John on the show to discuss her company called Blossom and Flourish. Download Audio

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April 26, 2014 - Kathy Coder is John's guest to talk about her work with the organization she founded called Inta-Great. Download Audio

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April 12, 2014 - Rick Thornhill pays a return visit to Wake Up to Purpose to talk about the progress of the church he pastors in Ambridge, PA - New Hope Community Church. Download Audio

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April 5, 2014 - John is joined by another member of his 2014 Kenya team, Sue Kantz. Sue shares her story of how she decided to go on the trip, what she learned in Kenya, and then plays some of her music for all the world to enjoy - especially her grandma who was listening. Download Audio

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March 29, 2014 - Emmanuel Ike is the president of the local chapter of the African Christian Fellowship in Pittsburgh. Emmanuel comes to Wake Up to Purpose to invite John's listeners to his ministry luncheon on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Download Audio

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March 22, 2014 - On his first show after returning from Kenya, John has Emily Quinn as his guest. Emily , only 26 years old, was part of the team that went to Kenya and shares her story of a near-death experience and how God used that to direct her to take the trip. Download Audio

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March 15, 2014 - While he is away in Kenya, Rev. Helen Jackson steps in to host Wake Up to Purpose for John and does a terrific job! Download Audio

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February 22, 2014 - John is joined by Matt Harding, a young man who quit his job to open The Shepherd's Door in the Bellevue area of Pittsburgh, which is a resale shop that also offers programs for those in need in the community. Download Audio

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February 15, 2014 - Jim Skal revisits the show to talk about his purpose of staying fit and sharing nature with others. Jim shares how one encounter with John woke him up to the power of purpose. Download Audio

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February 8, 2014 - Dave Sevick, founder of Computer Reach joins the program to talk about his ministry to recycle computers for nonprofit and missions use. Dave recently converted 20 computers for John to take to Kenya. Download Audio

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February 1, 2014 - John kicks off Black History Month with stories of his involvement in urban communities. He also includes some leadership profiles of African Americans that highlight urban leadership stories. Download Audio

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January 18, 2014 - John is joined by Nancy Scimone Bash, his sister-in-law, who sang The Messiah at The Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington DC over the holidays, fulfilling a lifelong dream to do so. Download Audio

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January 11, 2014 - John hosts Pastors Andrew and Helen Jackson to talk about their new initiative called The Marriage Works and their pastoral duties at Webster Avenue Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. Download Audio

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January 4, 2014 - John kicks off the new year by talking with Pauline George, who has her own personal development training company. Pauline talks about her journey that led to her company and shares her profound insights into the issue of purpose and productivity. Download Audio

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December 28, 2013 - John talks with Bruce Binkley, his friend from Dallas, Texas. John and Bruce have worked together in Zimbabwe and discuss their mutual interests in purpose and Africa on today's show. Download Audio

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December 14, 2013 - John hosts one of two shows featuring Christmas music and the story behind and his impressions of the music he has chosen. In this show, John focuses on the more contemporary sounds of Christmas. Download Audio

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December 7, 2013 - Since John's guest called off sick, John takes the opportunity to brief his listeners on his goals for 2014 and urges them to set their own goals for the coming year. John also shares insights from the story of the Christmas Magi. Download Audio

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November 30, 2013 - John's good friend, Bill Hobbs, calls in for this show from West Palm Beach, Florida. Bill shares his journey from being a golf pro to founding and leading one of Florida's most dynamic inner city ministry. Of course, John and Bill talk about purpose and its impact for both their own lives and those of the youth Bill is reaching. Download Audio

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November 23, 2013 - On today's show, John is joined by Kate Wadsworth, director of PR for the LIght of Life homeless mission in Pittsburgh. Kate shares her journey that brought her to Pittsburgh, her husband and to Light of Life. She also shares what's going on at Light of Life for the Thanksgiving holiday. Download Audio

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November 16, 2013 - John welcomes a very special guest in Jim Adkins, whom John met while he worked in prison ministry in Florida. With candor and openness, Jim shares his story of God's redeeming power in his life. Download Audio

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November 9, 2013 - Diana Scimone is the show's guest to discuss the progress of her anti-trafficking work around the world, called to Born to Fly. Download Audio

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November 2, 2013 - Rick Thornhill, pastor of the Foursquare Church in Ambridge, PA joins John to talk about his conversion and call to the ministry. Rick says his church targets the broke, busted and disgusted and by all accounts is growing rapidly. Rick has a lot to say, and you don't want to miss any of it. Download Audio

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October 26, 2013 - Judy Michael joins John again to talk about creativity and her revival of interest in painting and art. Download Audio

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October 19, 2013 - On this show, John discusses his work in Kenya and how he got started. He also discusses his most recent trip there and how he spent his time. Download Audio

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September 28, 2013 - John has another fellow worker in Kenya join the show, Niecy Dennis has founded the Workforce Development Global Alliance to promote economic self-sufficiency through peace and employability of disadvantaged youth in Kenya. Niecy talks about her work and upcoming benefit dinner in Pittsburgh. Download Audio

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September 21, 2013 - Gregg Hughes is a videographer, which means he produces video material for Allegheny Center Alliance Church. He also hosts a popular online radio program called 'Magnify,' which he discusses on the show. Download Audio

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September 14, 2013 - Tim Blanarik revisits the show but this time brings his wife, Debra, so they can talk about their recent trip to Cambodia and their Stateside ministry to children called REACH. Download Audio

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September 7, 2013 - This show is the first anniversary show for Wake Up To Purpose. Lindsay Hargrove, aftercare coordinator for the prison ministry at Allegheny Center Alliance Church, joins the show to discuss his personal journey to his current life's purpose work. Download Audio

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August 31, 2013 - Janet Helms visits the show once again to talk about her benefit for banquet and current work in Kenya. John discusses his plans to help Janet plant a library at the school she helped found in Sololo, Kenya. Download Audio

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August 24, 2013 - John's longtime friend, Father Michael Pacella, joins the show to talk about his journey that will soon take him to Cambridge England and a long-awaited PhD. You don't want to miss this inspiring purpose story. Download Audio

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August 17, 2013 - Doug Sprague did such a super job on his last appearance that John invited him back to talk about how to get unstuck creatively if you're stuck, along with some other purpose topics. At times, Doug interviews John! Download Audio

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August 10, 2013 - Bill Rhoades, PurposeQuest board member and Men's Case Manager for Light of Life Ministry, joins John to talk purpose, Africa, cognitive learning principles and a whole lot more! Download Audio

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August 3, 2013 - When John's guest fell ill, John filled in and taught about the theology of creativity and asked listeners to answer the question, "What makes you tick?" Download Audio

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July 27, 2013 - Kevin McCarthy is a Pittsburgh native who resides in Orlando and has written several best-selling books on purpose. Kevin joins John and gives some great advice and tips on finding and fulfilling purpose. Download Audio

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July 20, 2013 - John has been working in Kenya since 1997 and has taken many people with him to experience life and ministry there. Two women who have gone with John, Rita Sessoms and Kathy Rae, join John on this show to discuss their trip to Kenya and how it changed their lives. Download Audio

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July 6, 2013 - On this show, John finally was able to connect with Irene Mureithi from Kenya, whom John calls his best student in the world. Irene discusses her transition from a bank teller to a full-time purpose coach. Download Audio

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June 29, 2013 - John hosted Doug Sprague to the show to talk about purpose, Doug's popular blog and Doug's experience as a life coach as certified through Duquesne University's coaching program. Download Audio

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June 22, 2013 - John invited Maggie Johnson back to the show to discuss her latest purpose expressions as executive director at the Father Ryan Arts Center in McKees Rock, just outside Pittsburgh. Download Audio

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June 15, 2013 - John has had Diana Scimone on the show to talk about writing and publishing. This time she joins John to talk about her work and ministry to combat child trafficking called Born 2 Fly. Download Audio

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June 8, 2013 - John pre-recorded this show with Doug Sprague. On this show, Doug interviewed John about his purpose journey and some tips on finding and fulfilling purpose. Download Audio

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June 1, 2013 - John is joined by creative cartoonist, Mark Pie, to talk about creativity and humor. Download Audio

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May 25, 2013 - John invited Ed Glover, founder and president of Urban Impact Foundation, to visit the show to talk about UIF and the upcoming ManUp Conference in Pittsburgh. Download Audio

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May 18, 2013 - Bill Rhoades, John's friend and purpose protege, joined the show in studio to talk about purpose, his master's of organizational leadership degree experience and other interesting topics. Download Audio

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May 11, 2013 - Producer Dan had the day off and his substitute experienced some 'rookie' problems as Sheran White, Faye Williams and Loleda Moman called in to discuss motherhood and their relationship with their mothers in honor of Mother's Day. Download Audio

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May 4, 2013 - John was expecting Irene from Kenya to call but, when she did not, Karla Byrd, executive director the show's sponsor - The Center for Urban Biblical Ministry - called in and they ended up having a grey conversation about going back to college later in life. Download Audio

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April 27, 2013 - John is an instructor in Geneva's Masters of Organizational Leadership program and is joined by the program's founder and director, Dr. Jim Dittmar to talk about leadership and the program in general. Download Audio

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April 20, 2013 - John is joined by his guest Bob Priganc who discusses his recent fascinating trip where he retraced the steps of American soldiers in World War II to Guam, Saipan and Okinawa. Download Audio

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April 13, 2013 - Janet Helms joins John to talk about her work in Kenya called the Kenya Christian Education Partnership, her upcoming fundraiser in Pittsburgh, and is joined by Rob Martin and Pastor Qampicha from Kenya. John surprises his guests by committing to start a library at the school in north Kenya in a town called Sololo. Download Audio

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April 6, 2013 - John goes solo on this show and talks about the book of Revelation, his book about Revelation and how to interpret this fascinating but confusing book. Download Audio

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March 30, 2013 - John's guest is Bob Phelps, principal at the Pittsburgh Urban Christian School in Wilkinsburg. Bob wanted to alert listeners to the availability of the Educational Improvement Tax Credit and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit, through which businesses can get state tax write-offs for helping local schools. Download Audio

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March 23, 2013 - Faye Williams joins John to talk about purpose, but also got into a discussion about healthy marriages in the African American community. Download Audio

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March 16, 2013- Kentice Tikolo from Kenya is this show's guest as she talks about the impact the purpose message has had in her country. Download Audio

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March 9, 2013- John spends the show talking about the basic principles of time management and how to release your faith on a daily basis for time. Download Audio

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March 2, 2013 - John talks about purpose and time management and how to be more productive. Download Audio

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February 23, 2013 - Dale Harper is John's guest as they talk about Dale's work in Africa and China. Download Audio

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February 16, 2013 - John talks to Krista Mueller, a young lady who works in the children's ministry at Allegheny Center Alliance Church. Download Audio

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February 9, 2013 - Joy Ike joins John to talk about her latest album, song writing and musical purpose. Download Audio

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February 2, 2013 - Diana Scimone is John's guest and they talk about what it takes to write a book. Download Audio

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January 5, 2013 - Doug Sprague is John's guest to discuss purpose and life coaching. Download Audio

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December 29, 2012 - John hosts Cheryl Bradbury, Sheran White and Rick Cotter to discuss their work with John in Kenya. Download Audio

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December 22, 1012 - Tim Blanarik shares his purpose to reach and equip all children for Him. Download Audio

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December 15, 2012 - Jim Skal talks about how he embraced his love for the outdoors after a purpose meeting with John. Download Audio

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December 8, 2012 - Leslie Moore joins John to discuss her children's book, Hey Dude, Know Your Scripture. Download Audio
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November 24, 2012 - Cindy Richey and Sally Powers from Treasure House Fashions talk about their resale shop concept and how they are fulfilling their purpose in the process. Download Audio

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November 17, 2012 - John is joined by Charmaine Moore, his first ever cohost, as they talk about purpose. Download Audio

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November 10, 2012 - John honors veterans with a show featuring Paul Dordal, a chaplain at the local VA hospital. Download Audio

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November 3, 2012 -- Sheran White joins John to talk purpose in her life after losing more than a few loved ones. Download Audio

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October 27, 2012 - Judy Michael joins John to talk about her PurposeQuest in her senior years. Download Audio

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October 20, 2012 - John fields several calls to talk about Purpose. Download Audio

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October 13, 2012 - John reviews the Purpose Assessment on his website to help you determine your purpose level in life. Download Audio

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October 6, 2012 - John talks to Bill Rhoades to discuss Bill's PurposeQuest after he lost the use of his arm in a motorcycle accident. Download Audio

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September 29, 2012 - John discusses purpose and asks for call ins to hear the purpose of other people. Download Audio

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September 15, 2012 - Join John on his first how as he discusses the reasons for starting the show Wake Up To Purpose. (Part 2) Download Audio

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September 15, 2012 - Join John on his first how as he discusses the reasons for starting the show Wake Up To Purpose. (Part 1) Download Audio

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Missions

A Bias for Action: John gave this message in a local church for a missions emphasis Sunda. Starting in James 2, John makes his case that faith without practical action is not complete. He then goes to Matthew 25 where Jesus separates people like sheep and goats and commends the sheep for putting their faith into action. John makes the point that God Himself has a bias for action and you should too.

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A Tale of Two Donkeys: In this message, John focuses on two donkeys in the Bible: one that Balaam rode and one that Jesus rode on Palm Sunday. John contrasts the heart and attitude of the two riders and then encourages you to ride your own donkey into the will of God.

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Leadership

A White Guy Looks at a Black Guy’s Dream - A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King: John uses a Sunday before Martin Luther King Day to pay tribute to this great Civil Rights leader and man of God. Join John as he humorously and honestly shares his own journey from segregation to godly reconciliation.

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Agony of Victory: This message was originally given in a prison setting, but the lessons apply to anyone, anywhere. John takes you through the price that Daniel had to pay for victory and part of that price was the agony of suffering.

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Appointing the Anointed: There is only one way to get anointed results and that is to find out what you and others do that God anoints and then to go and do whatever that is. John shares practical insight into how to build an effective team, whether in or out of a church setting.

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Cliffhanger Faith: In this message, John highlights the story of Jonathan and his armor bearer in 1 Samuel 14 and shows how faith enabled them to do great things. He then describes how to have that same kind of faith in your own life.

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Daniel in Babylon: Delivered at the Action Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe where the theme was “Relevance,” John shares the price that Daniel paid to reach his generation and culture. This tape is must listening for anyone who is called and positioned to serve society in a non-church position or as a missionary.

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David's Greatest Challenge: David's greatest challenge wasn't Goliath. It was dealing with King Saul and his treacherous ways. Learn how to relate to the authority in your life so that you can have the authority that comes with leadership.

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Daylight on the Night Shift: John looks at the Christmas story from the perspective of the shepherds in the field and then ties that story to finding your life purpose.

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Doing the Unexpected: If you want to go where you’ve never been, then you’ve got to do something that you’ve never done. Come with John as he takes you up the cliff with Jonathan and his armor bearer in 1 Samuel

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Effectiveness - Functioning in Your Purpose: Listen to what John has to say about discovering and defining the God-given purpose God has for you. As you walk in that purpose, you will then operating at maximum effectiveness in the kingdom of God!

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Efficiency – Maximum Output From Minimum Input: With so much to do and so little time, it is easy to be overwhelmed. In this practical session, John shows you how to set priorities and stick with them…every single day.

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Ears to Hear, Eyes to See: John starts at Proverbs 20:12 and then goes to 2 Kings 6, where Elisha prayed and his servants eyes were opened to see the unseen. You need to have the same thing happen in your life and John describes how it can happen!

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Entrusted to the Lord: The Apostle Paul knew Him to whom he had entrusted so much of his life and ministry. Do you? Starting with 2 Timothy 1:8-12, John takes you to the book of Ruth and challenges you to trust the Lord for those things that only the Lord can do.

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Goals

Excellence - When Good Just Isn't Good Enough: Good can be the enemy of the best. You will find yourself motivated and encouraged by this appeal to Biblical excellence in this message. You'll also discover how setting realistic goals can help you achieve your personal best.

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Extenders not Defenders: The church has proved what it is willing to do to preserve truth. John asks what you are willing to do to spread the truth. John makes a case that God needs extenders and not defenders and encourages you to extend the truth that you have.

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Faith - Learning to Trust God for More: Hebrews 11:6 states, "Without faith, it is impossible to please Him." This message will show you how to be both effective and achieve excellence in ministry while operating in God-pleasing faith.

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Faith, Hope, and Prayer: John starts in Luke 18 with the parable that encourages you to pray and not give up. From there, he goes to the life of Hannah and shows what God is after in you when He withholds His promise s from you.

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God is Able: Drawing on personal experience and the story of Peter and Herod in Acts 12, John exhorts you to pray for great things because God is able to do immeasurably beyond anything you can ask or think!

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God’s Got You Coming and Going: The Lord calls you to come into His presence and then tells you to go. In that sense, He has you coming and going. Looking again at 2 Corinthians 4, John talks about the tension between that “come and go” dynamic in the life of every Christian.

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Creativity

God’s Zoo: John looks at the incident in Genesis 2 where Adam named the animals. He show that the creativity present when Adam did that is also present in your life. You are a creative person made in the image of the Creator, so go create!

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Faith

Godspeak: It is easy to fall into a habit of talking to God in religious terms, repeating His name and your favorite prayer phrases. John calls this “Godspeak” and urges you to be mindful of that habit and address when present in your own life.

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Purpose

Have Yourself a Mary Little Christmas: John looks at the Christmas story, this time from Mary’s perspective and highlights faith lessons relevant for your purpose and productivity today.

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Faith

How to Break the Siege Mentality: When things get tough, you can develop a survival mindset that is hard to leave behind. Drawing from the story of the four lepers, John shows you the way out of this thinking so that you can believe God again for abundance.

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Creativity

How to Creatively Order Your World: Creativity and organization need not be at odds with one another. In a humorous and practical way, John shares some basic organizational skills that will actually enhance your creativity!

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Faith

How to Keep Your Deliverance: John explains that sometimes it’s easier to get deliverance than to keep it. Reading from Matthew 12:22, John outlines seven steps to help anyone keep the freedom that God provides.

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Leadership

How to Survive Working in the Local Church: Many people stumble over the imperfections in the local church. In this seminar-type presentation, John points out the most common causes for offense in the local church and how you can guard against their dangerous ramifications.

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Leadership

Joseph in Egypt: Delivered at the Action Conference in Harare, Zimbabwe, John vividly portrays Joseph as a man of relevance. John clearly and forcefully shows the price that must be paid if you are to make a difference in your world.

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Faith

Let It Go, Let It Go, Let It Go: Drawing from a difficult time in his life and ministry, John brings new life to Psalm 46 and points out that God certainly is an ever-present help in times of trouble.

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Fasting

Life in the Fast Lane: John talks about the need and practical steps to prepare for a spiritual fast. Download Audio

Leadership

Mentoring Workers: John speaks to a group of church leaders and addresses how to raise up leaders for the next generation. He responds to a question about succession of leadership in any organization and that leads to a lively discussion of that crucial topic.

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Faith

Out With the Old, In With the New: Focusing on Acts 19, John teaches how to make room for a new move of God in your life. Learn from the church in Ephesus what you can do to see the Lord do new things in your life!

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Faith

Part of the Solution: Looking at an obscure passage in 2 Samuel 21, John shows how God can use you to solve a problem not of your own making. He then ties this to the need today to reconcile people to the Lord and to one another.

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Faith

Peek-a-Boo, I See You: Ever been in a situation where you thought maybe God wasn’t “watching” because He wasn’t doing anything to change things or help? Drawing from the life of Hagar in Genesis 16 and 20, John helps you to open your eyes to see the Lord who in turn is in truth watching you.

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Leadership

Personal and Corporate Vision: Friend or Foe? Addressing a leadership gathering in New Jersey, John asks whether personal and corporate vision can get along with one another. The key, John points out, is for every individual to join and work for an organization where his or her personal vision is compatible with the corporate vision.

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Leadership

Pour Me Another Drink: Referring to the drink offering as described in the Old Testament, John takes you to Philippians 2 and talks about what it’s like to be a drink offering for the Lord. From this message, you will realize that the Lord wants to pour you into situations that are desperate for a refreshing drink.

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Faith

Preparing for Deliverance: Drawing from his experience in seeing people set free, John shares some practical steps to help you prepare for deliverance. He poses the question: “What price are you willing to pay to see you and your family set free from demonic oppression?”

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Leadership

Raising Money for the Ministry: John draws on his experience as a fundraiser to outline what it takes to raise money for the ministry in today’s world. Starting with a Biblical overview of giving that goes beyond tithes and offerings, he then gives you a plan to begin raising money for your ministry opportunities.

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Faith

Resurrection Sunday: So What? Join John for this Easter Sunday message where he reminds you that the resurrection is not only to be a historical fact, but a daily reality in your life. He reminds you that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you and that means that God is able to do great things in and through you.

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Leadership

Right Hand, Left Hand: Drawing from the story of Joseph’s sons, Mannasseh and Ephraim, John shows how to let the Lord help you forget so you can find new areas of fruitfulness.

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Faith

Rise and Go: Join John as he shares at a Thanskgiving Day service in his home church. John focuses on the ten lepers in Luke 16 and points out that our thanksgiving isn’t quite complete until it finds its way “out there” where people need to hear your testimony concerning what God has done for you?

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Leadership

The Essence of Servant Leadership:John outlines the basic components and characteristics of a servant leader, using both biblical and secular sources.

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Leadership

The Kingly Function of Church Structure: In the Old Testament, the prophet said who would be king and then allowed the king to “run” the kingdom. John outlines his vision for Godly administration in a church or ministry setting in this thought-provoking tape.

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Leadership

The Price of Leadership: There is a price you must pay to lead. From his own experience and by studying examples from the Bible, John outlines principles that will help you pay the price that will make your leadership all God wants it to be.

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Faith

The Principle of the Grace of Giving: John delivers a message to his local church as they launch on a special giving program, focusing on 2 Corinthians 8:7.

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Faith

Touched by an Angel: Once again, John addresses his home church on a missions Sunday. This time, he begins with the call of Elisha the prophet and then goes to the short epistle of Philemon. John’s objective in this message is to help people recognize the role of “free will” as they volunteer to do the will and purpose of God.

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Faith

What You See is What You Get: When Jesus told his opponents in John 8 that Abraham saw His day and was glad, what did Jesus mean? To help understand that, John turns to the story of Abraham sacrificing Isaac in Genesis 22 and then makes the point that what you see is what you get in the Lord.

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Missions

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go: John takes a fresh look at Matthew 28 and the Great Commission, and explains that where missions is concerned, when you gotta go, you just gotta go!

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Leadership

Whistle While You Work: Too many people tolerate their work or dream of another job or retirement. Again drawing from personal experience, John relates how important your work is today and how it prepares you for spiritual authority and for the age to come!

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Leadership

Winner and Still Champion: Jacob was a man who wrestled with God and prevailed, but was changed in the process. Learn how your own wrestling with God in prayer is part of the preparation process for your success!

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Missions

You Smell: Starting with the fragrant offerings from the Old Testament, John shares that you are an “aroma” to the Lord. You also carry that “smell” to others; for some it’s pleasant and for others it’s not. Focusing on 2 Corinthians 2:14-15, John relates your smell to your call to missions, whether it’s across the street or around the world.

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Faith

Your Inheritance: Sight, Fight, Delight: John returns to a common theme of the Lord opening the eyes of those who serve Him to see the unseen. In this message, John reminds the listener that God wants to take you out of your circumstances so that you can see, fight for, and delight in your God-given inheritance.

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