Walking Free
It may be time to "stop talking and start walking" as the brand new creation you are in Christ! At Grace Ministries International, we are all about listening to our clients and talking through issues, but at some point, we may need to encourage them (and perhaps you) to "stop talking and start walking" free by God's grace. Ask yourself this question, "what does my next step of faith in this unique situation look like"? Now, by God's grace and in His timing, consider taking that step.
Can I do whatever I want?
May 10, 2022 • 30 MIN
Vernon and Michelle talk through 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and touch on eating, sex, body image, and the incredible spiritual union we have in Christ. We also discuss some often misunderstood topics including the question some may ask, "can the believer do whatever they want?"
Relationship vs. Rights
May 3, 2022 • 38 MIN
**Note** This episode touches on some themes near the end that you may not want young listeners to hear! Vernon & Michelle talk through 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 and discuss lawsuits, rights, and touch on our true identity as a believer.
Network 220 Convention 2022 Highlights
April 26, 2022 • 31 MIN
Vernon & Michelle Terrell walk us through a few of the Network 220 "Grace Upon Grace" Convention highlights. From brokenness to "good" to unashamed...lots to talk about! The convention led by Dr. Andrew Farley with some amazing communicators just wrapped up last weekend (April 23, 2022). Don't miss the next one in Dallas, Tx next year!
Making the hard call
April 12, 2022 • 30 MIN
Vernon takes us through 1 Corinthians 5 where Paul had to make the hard call regarding an issue in the "assembly" of believers. There was a pretty obvious issue that was affecting the whole assembly but no one was taking any steps to correct it. Perhaps there is a hard call you need to make? Ask the Father for His wisdom and then make the call with "sincerity and truth".
Are you tired yet?
March 29, 2022 • 34 MIN
Vernon talks with Kendall Flowe, Owner and Director at Hidden River Counseling in Roswell, GA. Kendall tells us his story after years of success and performing the Christian "walk" for the applause of others, after getting so tired and worn out trying to live up to his and everyone else expectations, he asked God this question, "is this all there is"? Well, Kendall found the answer. It may be the answer you need to hear. You can find out more at https://hiddenrivercounseling.com
Valley Life: Finding God in the midst of your pain - Part 2
March 22, 2022 • 33 MIN
Vernon continues the discussion with Yolanda Stith James, author of the book "Valley Life: Finding God in the Midst of Your Pain." Born and raised in a Jewish family, Yolanda is open to God yet partying away in her early years until she found faith and hope through Jesus Christ. Through triumph and tragedy, Yolanda discovered the faithfulness of God. Come along for this second part of the journey. You can find her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Valley-Life-Finding-Midst-Your/dp/1949021823/ and find out more at https://www.newheartliving.com/
Valley Life: Finding God in the midst of your pain - Part 1
March 15, 2022 • 32 MIN
Vernon talks with Yolanda Stith James, author of the book "Valley Life: Finding God in the Midst of Your Pain." Born and raised in a Jewish family, Yolanda is open to God yet partying away in her early years until she found faith and hope through Jesus Christ. Through triumph and tragedy, Yolanda discovered the faithfulness of God. Come along for this first part of the journey. You can find her book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Valley-Life-Finding-Midst-Your/dp/1949021823/ and find out more at https://www.newheartliving.com/
Blessed in all the mess
March 8, 2022 • 24 MIN
After challenging the folks at Corinth, Paul reminds them in 1 Corinthians 4 he is a regular guy who is working hard, has no real place to call home, and he feels like others see him as the scum of the earth! How can that be "blessed?" He also tells them to imitate him, but not his financial or career prowess, but his "ways in Christ."
Is your building up to spec?
March 1, 2022 • 27 MIN
Vernon challenges us in 1 Corinthians 3 to understand and choose carefully how we are building on the foundation of Christ. What materials are you using to build? The fire is coming and it will test the quality of your work, and that is a good thing!
Wounded in battle - one marine's journey back to faith
February 22, 2022 • 31 MIN
Vernon talks with Woody Whitley, a staff member at Grace Ministries International, about his journey after being raised in a Christian home, turning his back on God while laying wounded in the middle of a battle in Vietnam, and then, after many years, how God brought him back home to faith.
So you want to go deep?
February 15, 2022 • 30 MIN
Vernon talks through 1 Corinthians 2 on Paul's focus and his strategy for going deep in the faith. Why not give it a try!
Money is not evil
February 8, 2022 • 25 MIN
Vernon talks about the real evil, and it is not money. Paul the Apostle wrote Timothy a letter and painted a grim picture of how folks will behave and how they will relate to money and resources in "the last days". Do you see yourself in one or more of those word pictures? If so, you may want to rethink your view of money and, better yet, get to the root issue of why money or material resources are so important to you. Perhaps Grace Ministries can help you in that journey at https://gmint.org
How are you "wired" when it comes to money?
February 1, 2022 • 39 MIN
Vernon continues the discussion with Mike Haswell, founder and president of Storing Treasures. In this episode, we explore in a bit more detail the 4 unique personality types that Mike uncovered over his years of ministry working with individuals, couples, and families. You can discover more about Storing Treasures from their website at https://StoringTreasures.com
Grace and money, can you even mix the two?
January 25, 2022 • 33 MIN
Vernon talks with Mike Haswell, founder and president of Storing Treasures, on his journey helping individuals, couples and families experience freedom in their finances in this first of two episodes. Find out more: https://StoringTreasures.com
Clarity over Cleverness
January 18, 2022 • 34 MIN
Where do you look for power and victory? Vernon takes us through a discussion on God's power in your life that can come only through the cross. Paul talks about it in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.
Don't overthink it...start walking!
January 11, 2022 • 28 MIN
Vernon talks through 1 Corinthians 1:1-17 and untangles this idea of being called, and then shares what all those who accept the call have in common, and it is pretty spectacular. Now that you know, you can stop trying so hard to get what you already got! Don't overthink it, start walking!
Don't just "resolve", plan your path by God's grace
January 4, 2022 • 31 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Michelle Morris talk about New Year's resolutions and why we often don't keep them. Listen in for a few tips on setting goals for the new year.
When secrets are exposed - a husband's journey
December 21, 2021 • 44 MIN
A follow-up episode with Elizabeth Bowman, author of the book, "Encounter. Your Personal Guidebook For Inner Healing". In this episode, Elizabeth's husband Chris fills in the details after his secrets were exposed. Chris lays open his heart with an honest, straight-forward discussion around his journey to discover freedom.
Betrothed, Betrayal, Brokenness, and Beauty
December 7, 2021 • 40 MIN
Vernon talks with Elizabeth Bowman, author of the book "Encounter, Your Personal Guidebook To Inner Healing". Elizabeth shares her journey where she first encountered Jesus Christ, walked through the valley of sexual betrayal and trauma, and discovered the path to inner healing by God's grace. Check out her website https://unlockinghearts.com. You can purchase her book on Amazon.com.
Step back and give thanks
November 30, 2021 • 25 MIN
Vernon talks about this idea of giving thanks versus blessing my agenda and taking time to "pause", step back, reframe and refocus on Christ and all He has given to us. In addition, finding the joy and finding the good in the midst of our circumstances and relationships.
Reaction episode: When drugs take a life
November 16, 2021 • 25 MIN
Vernon shares a few thoughts on a funeral he just attended of a young, 18-year-old girl (and friend of the family) who unintentionally lost her life after a battle with drug addiction. Comfort? Encourage? How do you do that when there are no words? Hint: if there are no words, don't use any words.
The miracle stair lift is gone, but keeps on giving
November 9, 2021 • 30 MIN
Vernon reminds us of what was an undeniable provision of God over six years ago that “coincidentally” is a miracle for another family. You decide if it is coincidence, providence, or just plain luck. God is always at work in and through each one of us, even in the middle of our sometimes crazy and messy lives.
Bitterness - it affects more than just you!
November 2, 2021 • 38 MIN
Vernon and Torben (discipleship counselor and staff member at Joni and Friends) talk through the destructive force of bitterness and outline God's solution as defined in the New Testament. You do not want to let bitterness take root and effect your life or the lives of those you love.
Set free from drugs and the homosexual lifestyle
October 26, 2021 • 44 MIN
Vernon speaks with James Rimmer who was caught in the homosexual and drug scene for many years. James would title his story, "God's Unconditional Love Transformed Me". Jump inside the mind of James Rimmer to see how all this started, and perhaps learn how you can experience freedom and even help others who may struggle.
How do you experience God?
October 19, 2021 • 34 MIN
Vernon Terrell talks with Torben Jensen (Disciple Counselor at Grace Ministries International and on staff at Joni and Friends) asking, "how do you experience God?" So many Christians shy away from the one, sure-fire way to experience God in their life. You can actually experience God in every season of your life, but this particular season is where the sense of His presence seems to be most evident. What? Why? How? ...let's talk about it with Torben.
Hearing from the Lord
October 12, 2021 • 37 MIN
Vernon talks with Torben Jensen about hearing from God. What does it look like? Does God REALLY speak to us?Torben is a Grace Ministries International Counselor and is currently serving with the organization "Joni and Friends" in Nashville, TN - https://www.joniandfriends.org).
"Wait on the Lord"...what does that even mean?
October 5, 2021 • 32 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Michelle Morris talk about this idea of "waiting", or "waiting on the Lord". In our culture of "get it now" and almost instant information anytime, anywhere, is "waiting on the Lord" even relevant? You make the call.
More insight from Solomon
September 28, 2021 • 33 MIN
Vernon continues the discussion of life and work learning from the wisdom of Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes 4 - 5. Remember, Solomon had it all and did it all and can save you and me from a bunch of heartache.
Where someone has gone before...Solomon!
September 21, 2021 • 27 MIN
Vernon takes us through the first few chapters of Ecclesiastes where Solomon is wresting with what life is all about. He has been there and done that and we get to peek into his thinking process and hear some of the conclusions he has drawn along the way. Hear from the ultimate mentor and learn from his personal experience in life.
Grace and the Enneagram?
September 14, 2021 • 34 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Tammy Rivenbark explore the Enneagram. What is it? Origins? Why is it so popular? Does it play well with "grace"? Let us know if you want to hear more specifics around this topic. If you want to take the Enneagram test, check out Beth McCord's "Your Enneagram Coach" site and take her free testing at https://assessment.yourenneagramcoach.com. Also, please let us know your top 3 challenges to walking free: https://vernon.responsesuite.com/q/walkingfreetop3
God is always speaking to and loving YOU
September 7, 2021 • 33 MIN
Vernon Terrell talks with Cheryl Snead (on staff at Grace Ministries International) about her journey to hear from God after the tragic death of her mom when she was 12 through today. God is always speaking and always loving in every twist and turn of our life. Please let us know your top 3 challenges to walking free: https://vernon.responsesuite.com/q/walkingfreetop3
Brokenness - God's tool to set you free
August 31, 2021 • 35 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Scott Brittin discuss the concept of brokenness, an often misunderstood idea that is the subject of some debate, even in grace-based Christian circles. It is our hope this episode will help you understand how we use the term at Grace Ministries International. God does NOT want to break YOU. He actually likes the new you in Christ, but He does want to set you free and break away whatever you are depending on for life.
Phoebe and friends
August 24, 2021 • 26 MIN
Vernon takes us through Rom 16, which is full of encouragement around finding your people, loving on those who are serving (they need encouragement too), and connecting with others.
Two-Faced Christian Caught and Changed
August 17, 2021 • 37 MIN
Vernon Terrell of Grace Ministries International talks with Jimmy Snead, business owner, speaker, counselor, long time Tres Dias mentor and communicator, and a Grace Ministries contributor and friend.
Walking through loss - Part 2
August 10, 2021 • 40 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Tammy Rivenbark of Grace Ministries International share their stories of losing a spouse to cancer and talk through tough questions, conflicting emotions, and offer a few practical suggestions.
Walking through loss - Part 1
August 3, 2021 • 28 MIN
Vernon Terrell and Tammy Rivenbark of Grace Ministries International share their stories of losing a spouse to cancer.
So what does walking free actually look like?
July 27, 2021 • 29 MIN
Vernon Terrell, Pam O'Gwin, Lori Sargent, and Michelle Morris discuss what walking free actually looks like in real life.
From Jerusalem to Illyricum
July 20, 2021 • 23 MIN
Vernon continues his solo act continuing the discussion from last week taking a look at Romans 15.
Meat or no meat, is that really the question?
July 13, 2021 • 19 MIN
Vernon goes solo looking at Romans 14 where Paul really hits us hard with walking versus talking in the context of our relationships.
Processing emotions when life hits you hard
July 6, 2021 • 22 MIN
Learning to process emotions with Michelle Morris (one of our Directors at Grace Ministries International).
Walking Free, a new podcast...
July 3, 2021 • 11 MIN
An introduction to our new Grace Ministries International podcast "Walking Free". What is this podcast all about? Vernon, GMI staff, and other guests help you take steps to experience the reality of Christ in you, or said differently, helping you walk free in each area of your life. “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:4) “for we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7) “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10) “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called,” (Ephesians 4:1) Please let us know your top 3 challenges to walking free: https://vernon.responsesuite.com/q/walkingfreetop3