Blake Gillihan: New Life Through God’s Grace

On Good Friday, Christians around the world reflect on the Crucifixion of Jesus, remembering how He took the punishment we deserved by dying on the cross. Even those who do not follow Jesus, are overwhelmed by the story of the Crucifixion ~ an innocent man’s sacrifice, giving his life for another. Blake Gillihan shares his story of how God used the words of a hymn “Before the Throne of God Above” written over 150 years ago to lead him to a new life in Christ.

“Before the Throne of God Above” Original words by Charitie Lees Bancroft (1841-1892), music and alt. words by Vikki Cook. © 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). All rights reserved. Used by permission.www.SovereignGraceMusic.org performed by Shane & Shane, is shared with special permission from Shane & Shane https://shaneandshane.com/ and Wellhouse Entertainment https://wellhouseentertainment.com/ 

Phil Luckett's Russia Story

Phil Luckett is a man who has led an exciting, adventurous, jam-packed life. Most people would have been content to have a good paying job as a federal employee. And most people would have felt they won the lottery to work as an NFL referee for 16 years. But Phil Luckett is definitely NOT most people. The desire of Phil’s heart was and still is, to make himself available to God and to follow where ever the Lord leads him. So, not only did Phil have a full career as a federal employee and as an NFL official; he has also been part of a national speaking tour, led 20+ mission trips to Russia and has been an instructor to people around the globe. And yet, the highlight of Phil’s career and what has been most important to he and his wife Shirley and their daughter Ginger, is the addition of their 2 daughters & Ginger’s 2 sisters, Mary and Daria. Here are links to a couple of the ministries Phil mentioned in his Russia Story for you to learn more about the work they are doing.

Bridges for Peace https://www.bridgesforpeace.com/  

And the speaking ministry: UnveilinGLORY https://www.unveilinglory.com/  



Coveted Conversations with Dr. Shailendra Thomas, Marilyn Randle and Jennifer Smith

What an honor to introduce you to our guests Marilyn Randle, Jennifer smith and Dr. Shailendra Thomas they are co-authors of 2 books Coveted Conversations and their children’s book entitled Image Bearer and currently have a 3rd book in the works.

In this episode we give you a glimpse into the lives of 3 gifted story tellers and the deep and abiding friendship the share with one another. Their honesty, wisdom and transparency are so refreshing and encouraging. In their books, they address most of the challenges we all face at one time or another, offering words of comfort and hope.

Coveted Conversations and Image Bearer may be purchased online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To learn more about Coveted Conversations, please visit their website at https://www.covetedconversations.com

Catherine Norman: Choosing Faith Instead Of Fear

As a stroke survivor, Catherine Norman has become passionate about supporting and encouraging other stroke survivors. This passion has led her to become the first “peer supporter” at Texas Rehab Hospital ~ they could not have chosen a better person to help launch their new program.

When Catherine isn’t volunteering, working out or cheering at her son’s baseball games, you will find her at her day job. Catherine Norman is a practicing lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas, where she and her husband Blair are the principal attorneys in their law firm. Norman & Norman, P.C. is a boutique law firm practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration. To learn more about their firm, here is a link to their website. www.normanestatelaw.com

Our God Provides: A Wedding Story with Dayna Thompson and Taylor Aldridge

This story about an entire community, joyfully sharing from their hearts, giving to the Thompson family who has spent their lives giving and pouring out the love of Christ into an entire city, is reminiscent of the final scene in the movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” where George Bailey is surrounded by all the people whose life’s were made better because of his life. His family, friends and neighbors all rallying together to help their friend whom they love. That is what Jesus commands us as believers to give to one another ~ LOVE.

That is exactly what a community of believers did for Taylor & Ryan and for Jace & Dayna. Don’t you know that Jesus was the last one to leave the celebration beaming with joy and satisfaction.

To read more about the wedding ceremony here are 2 great articles with photos from the wedding! https://dailysimplegrace.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/our-wedding-a-story-of-extravagant-love/

https://www.stylemepretty.com/2012/10/18/fort-worth-wedding-at-mainstay-farm-from-smitten-photography/

And check out Taylor’s business Timber and Jane on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/timberandjane/

To learn more about Aledo and Fort Worth Young Life you can visit there site at https://www.FWyounglife.org

Arianna Luther Finding God's Strength & Joy Through The Pain

Arianna Luther is a strength and conditioning coach at Texas Christian University. She has always been “the strong girl”, but when an injury removed her strength and independence, Arianna’s inner joy and faith in Jesus was able to shine to the most important person in her life. Click on link above to listen to her story as told at a Wonderful To Tell recording session. And here is a link to watch Arianna’s YouTube video to hear more of her story & see her in action lifting weights https://youtu.be/4teeYcXNFjk

Matt Jones, Peter Korinek & Slovakia

Matt Jones shares his experience of being a young college baseball player who happened to go on a short term mission trip to play baseball in Eastern Europe, a trip that would eventually lead him back to the small country of Slovakia for 2 more years that would grow and change his faith forever. Matt is now married to his lovely wife Jen and they have an adorable little girl Jubilee. When Matt isn’t busy making signs (and podcast logos) he can be found on stage all around the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex with his band Songbird Jones. To learn more about Matt’s music visit www.thesongbirdjones.com

Peter Korinek is on full time staff with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) in Slovakia where he focuses on helping high school students grow in their faith. He is married to his lovely wife Zuzana and together they have 2 precious preschoolers. If you have interest in participating in a short term mission trip to Slovakia or helping support Peter, here is the link to his support page https://give.cru.org/2860109 And here is link to a great article about Peter and his work in Slovakia with CRU https://www.cru.org/us/en/communities/locations/europe/slovakia/the-missing-part-of-ministry.html

Valentine’s Love Story ~ Sara Joseph Artist

Sara Joseph is a sculptor and visual artist, who sculpts in polymer clay and paints in oil, watercolors, acrylics and mixed media. Her artworks are in numerous corporate and private collections around the world. She also enjoys working with words and is a published author, whose books can be found on Amazon and at other online retailers.

Born in India, her early art training exposed her to the artistic traditions and rigor of the East.  A former co-owner of Artists' Showplace Gallery in Dallas, Texas, she is currently the web author of Christian Artist Resource, an online resource for Christian artists internationally, as well as a changing gallery of her own contemporary Christian art. To see more of Sara’s pieces of art, please visit her website at www.christian-artist-resource.com 

Terrence Butler Words Of Hope

Terrence Butler is the Director of Community Relations for Rivertree Academy. Prior to joining Rivertree Academy Terrence worked as Assistant Director for the HOPE Farm Como Location. He began mentoring children with Dr. Randy Brown and his Mighty Men over 10 years ago. Terrence is the grandson of Rev. R.M. and Ressie English, who moved to Como in the 1950’s. To learn more about Rivertree Academy visit their website below.

www.rivertreeacademy.org

Jamaal Johnson ~ Be Ready To Extend God's Grace

We are so happy to introduce you to Jamaal Johnson as he shares his story about forgiveness and God's grace.
Jamaal serves as the Student Services Coordinator at Rivertree Academy in Fort Worth. Jamaal has led an interesting life, willing to follow wherever God leads. He has worked as a counselor for troubled teens at a Christian boarding school and is also a former Fort Worth City police officer.
Jamaal is married to his lovely wife Sarah and loves spending time with her and their 3 adorable children. To learn more about Rivertree Academy, visit http://www.rivertreeacademy.org

Christmas Episode: Global Nomad

Merry Christmas! As our gift to you, we at Wonderful To Tell are happy to introduce to you our friend Susan, a self professed Global Nomad. In Susan's story, she shares about God's gifts to her. How in very practical and personal ways God has provided for her needs. As we celebrate God's greatest gift to us ~ the birth of our savior, Jesus ~ it is amazing to realize that God, the creator of the universe, delights in US and cares for us intimately. We hope you enjoy this gift from Wonderful To Tell to you!

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Emily Williams - His Ways Are Not Our Ways

Emily and Garrett

My name is Emily Williams. I grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. I studied education at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN where I received my masters. I then went on to teach in a Title I school in Nashville for a few years. After that, God gave me a desire to serve children in Uganda. Therefore, I moved to Kampala, Uganda where I worked for Sixty Feet, a ministry that provides immediate relief and long-term restoration to children living in prison. I had several roles with Sixty Feet, including Social Media manager, Finance Director, Interim Director, and Homeward Bound Project Coordinator. For Homeward Bound, my main role was seeking to remove children from incarceration and place them back in their families or in foster-care families. After working in Uganda for 2.5 years, I moved back to Fort Worth, where I started working at Rivertree Academy. Rivertree Academy seeks to educate children living in Como to live life well by following Jesus, thriving academically, and transforming their community. I am now the principal at Rivertree, where we serve approximately 80 children in PreK through 5th grade. I got married in June 2018 and love being back in Fort Worth with family and having the opportunity to serve the city where I grew up.    

Here is the link to Emily’s Blog Post: Let The People Rejoice and a link to Rivertree Academy

https://www.sixtyfeet.org/2015/05/04/let-the-people-rejoice/

http://www.rivertreeacademy.org/

Jace Thompson is All In

Jace Thompson has lived his life "ALL IN" 
Have you ever wanted to step out in faith, but just been too afraid to take that first step? Then, this is the Podcast you don't want to miss. Jace Thompson didn't just step out in faith 35 years ago - he jumped off the cliff and experienced first hand Jehovah Jireh ~ God Will Provide.
 
You want to know more about Young Life? you have just 24 hours left to RSVP for the Fort Worth Young Life Annual Banquet! http://www.fwyounglife.org/

Ronnie Baker Running to Win!

Ronnie Baker, a 2 time NCAA 60 Meter Champion, the 2017 National Indoor 60 Meter champion, and Bronze Metal Winner in 60 Meter Dash at the 2018 World Indoor Championships. He is also a Grant recipient from the USATF Foundation for Elite Athlete Development.

On August 11th in the midst of winning races and setting personal best times throughout the year, Ronnie took the time to share his story.

Words that best describe Ronnie – strong, determined, humble and friend. He is not only running to win 60 meter and 100 meter sprints. He is also a man running after God with all his heart.  Follow Ronnie on Instagram @ronnie_baker14

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Abide With You Survivor

Jennifer Kieta is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston.  She graduated from Texas Tech University and has lived in Fort Worth since 1996.  She is a wife, mom of two daughters, fitness enthusiast, writer for a local magazine and blog, as well as a worship leader and speaker.  These various platforms have allowed her to express her hope and faith in Christ Jesus, now more than ever, since she overcame breast cancer in January of 2018.  Her heart's desire is for people to understand God is real, He is faithful, and we can do nothing apart from Him.  In or out of struggle, He is our strength!