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March 17, 2017 12:17 PM PDT

Much of what passes for news today plays on people’s fears. It appeals to their personal desires and agendas. And yet in Matthew 6:27-33, the Lord Jesus says, “ Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’For the Gentiles (or pagans) eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Even as Christians, our prayers are often dominated by our personal concerns and fears. But according Jesus, this is the way pagans pray. On the other hand, He taught us to pray and focus on a different priority. The Kingdom. “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

That is the focus of our conversation this installment of Marketplace Kingdom.
This is our second episode with Charles Kim, diversity coordinator for Christian Reformed missions, prayer leader, and director of Prayer Summit 2017. Charles is back with us to continue our conversation on prayer for such a time as this. Prayer that rises from a heart that cries “Father, thy kingdom come…thy will be done…”

March 14, 2017 11:43 AM PDT

In discussing strategies for understanding and engaging our world biblically, one theme that comes up over and over is the centrality of prayer and the presence of God. As Christians, there is no part of life that doesn’t need to be bathed in prayer. There is no area that cannot be redeemed and transformed by the power of Christ and the present work of the Holy Spirit.

Charles Kim shares this vision in a big way. Charles is a former pastor, church planter, and director of Korean ministries for the Christian Reformed Church, and is currently moving into the role of diversity leader for the denomination’s combined home and world missions agency. Charles’ efforts organizing and leading prayer summits over the last five years has placed him in the forefront of awakening a passion for prayer in churches and regions all across north America.

He joins us on this episode to talk about that passion and about the national prayer summit being held in Los Angeles on March 27, 28, and 29. We hope you’re encouraged by our conversation on “Passion and Prayer for Such a Time as This.”

February 17, 2017 06:53 AM PST

This is a special FIRST ANNIVERSARY edition of MARKETPLACE KINGDOM! In this unique episode, we're bringing you something of a retrospective.

We decided to review some of the recurring themes that have come up again and again in our podcast conversations over the past year...and the ways they tie together to point us toward a bigger picture. It seemed appropriate, after a year, to spend some time looking back in order to move forward.

We're delighted to include you in this conversation.

February 13, 2017 06:34 AM PST

Sometimes our greatest opportunities are the ones closest to us, and the "divine appointments" we've been praying for are actually staring us in the face. In this conversation, we talk about some of the ways that believers in various locales are recognizing and acting upon opportunities that are right in front of them. Opportunities to be Christ’s love and light in their own communities in real practical hands-on life-to-life ways. This episode is about prayer and action and listening to the call of the Spirit in this moment…living with eyes and hearts wide open.

January 13, 2017 02:09 PM PST

Our guest on this episode is our friend Jamie Muller, talking with us about an essential ministry that’s not always visible or recognized by the broader church. One on one, life on life, praying for and encouraging those in our immediate circles of influence as an integral part of our daily interactions can be a “hidden ministry”, to use his words. But it can also be one of the most potent and vital. And it’s the way in which the Lord will most likely use all of us…if we’re willing…right where we are.

December 31, 2016 12:22 PM PST

For our final episode of 2016, we wanted to invite you to eavesdrop on a recent conversation between co-hosts Dave Huizenga and DJ Swanger as they recap the last ten months of Marketplace Kingdom and the emerging Seven Mountain Alliance. They share what the Lord has been doing with the podcast and with them, where they sense Him leading for 2017, and how YOU can get more intimately involved.

December 06, 2016 02:59 PM PST

Everyone, in every sphere of life, goes through wilderness times at one point or another. Times when the path ahead seems to disappear and no direction seems right or wrong. It may be a health issue, family crisis, a financial setback or a career upset. Whatever the cause, it can be difficult to really experience God in wilderness places, yet sometimes those are the very places where He can be found most profoundly. Burning bushes and hope in the desert.

This episode’s guest, Carol A. Brown, is a writer, story-teller, intercessor, educator, counsellor, and lover of broken people. Her latest book is “Through the Wilderness: Finding God’s Presence When All Seems Lost.” Listen in as she shares honest compassionate insight and biblical wisdom drawn from her own story of being “sidelined”…by the onset of multiple sclerosis…and her journey back into the Presence of God in the midst of a life turned upside down.

Note: We experienced some challenges with the quality of this recording in some brief sections. Nevertheless, we believe the value of the content far outweighs those flaws. Please accept our sincere apologies in advance and bear with us as we salve our wounded pride and pursue the necessary upgrades to our equipment and our technological wizardry. Thank you.

November 19, 2016 07:10 AM PST

We all want to be effective representatives of God’s heart and God’s Kingdom as we go about life in the world. We want to recognize the needs of those around us and speak and live the truth in loving and practical ways. We want to be like King David’s wise advisors, understanding the times and knowing what to do…right where we are.

We acknowledge that Jesus is Lord, and believe that He wants to extend his lordship in practical ways into all the various areas of our lives and activities, yet we sometimes still wonder what that looks like in the details of 2016.

How do we listen for His voice and direction as it pertains to our particular situations? Our passions. Our vocations. Our finances. Our relationships and conversations with friends, family members, and even casual aquaintances. The stranger on the street. The cashier at the gas station. The teller at the bank.
How do we recognize His voice and receive His word for our day to day lives?

With these questions in mind, we’ve put together this special podcast… “Hearing from God Today and Receiving Your Word”.

November 14, 2016 01:28 PM PST

We have an incredible opportunity in this moment. An opportunity to be the hands and feet and heart and voice of our Lord to the people around us. To pray and listen to the Spirit. To love courageously and fall on our faces before God in intercession for our families, our friends, our nation and our world. And to speak the truth of the Kingdom of God breaking into human life one heart at a time.

“HOPE AND A FUTURE: Awakening and Healing the Soul of the Nation” is a moving time of conversation and prayer about prayer...for the revival of Christians and the awakening of our country. Our guest and friend Randy Hekman of Grand Awakening shares his heart for bringing real healing and transformation to lives and communities by crying out together in united prayer and creating a landing strip for God’s presence and power right where we are.

You’ll definitely want to listen to this episode again and again. And pass it on to your friends.

November 01, 2016 09:26 AM PDT

Leadership and Change are hot topics. In the news. In the church. In the coffeeshops and on social media. And everybody has an opinion, backed by their own cadre of experts. But what if real leadership looks more like one to one influence, and real change starts at the bottom instead of the board room?

By common standards, Ron Jimmerson was the last person the world would expect to be changing the shape of a city and its neighborhoods. An ex-offender with a prison earned GED stepping into a field dominated by so-called experts with masters’ and doctoral degrees, he had passion and a vision for transforming lives in ways that ran directly counter to the most established approaches. Ron’s game plan was disturbingly simple. Listen to God and listen to the people at the bottom. Really listen! Then do what works.

Ron is our guest on this episode of Marketplace Kingdom. Our conversation on “Leading Change from the Ground Up” is serious, funny, challenging, and full of street level biblical insight that you can apply immediately.
Listen now or download it for later, but don’t miss out on meeting Ron and “Leading Change from the Ground Up.”

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