• 01:03

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Linda Gilden & Frances Pasch

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott interviews two authors.

    Linda Gilden loves to share a great story and help you share your great stories. A frequent radio and television guest, Linda’s words of encouragement help you grasp the tools you need to make your writing and publishing dreams come true. A wife, mother of three, mother-in-law of two, and grandmother of four children and two dogs, Linda has many wonderful sources for writing and speaking material. Her greatest joy is spending time with her family. See more at: http://www.lindagilden.com/about/#sthash.zvTEZGek.dpuf.

    Frances Gregory Pasch's devotions and poetry have been published hundreds of times over the past thirty years in different denominational Sunday school papers, magazines, and book compilations. Her book, Double Vision, Seeing God in Everyday Life Through Devotions and Poetry was released December 12, 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. It is a double eye-opener—two ways of looking at the same spiritual truth. Frances enjoys encouraging other writers, and she has been leading a women's Christian writers' group for the past twenty-two years. You can read some of her writing on her website: www.francesgregorypasch.com.

  • 01:07

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Edie Melson

    in Social Networking

    Edie Melson is a leading professional in the writing industry. She’s a sought-after writing instructor, and her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others.

    Edie is a prolific writer, publishing thousands of articles over the years, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. She is the Senior Editor for Novel Rocket and the Social Media Mentor for My Book Therapy, as well as the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine.

    In keeping up with the leading edge of all things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on Twitter, Facebook, and all forms of social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her bestselling eBook on this subject has recently been updated, expanded, and re-released as Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers.

    Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home When Your Soldier Leaves for Battle, is Edie’s heart project. This devotional book for those with family members in the military debuted on Veterans Day, 2011. She's also the Military Family Blogger at While They Serve on www.Guideposts.org.

    Edie is a member of numerous civic and professional organizations, including Blue Star Mothers, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, and American Christian Fiction Writers. Connect with her through Twitter or Facebook.

    If you know someone who would be a great guest on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! contact Scott@christiandevotions.us.

  • 01:13

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Don Moen

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when host Scott McCausey welcomes renown Christian recording artist, Don Moen.

    Ask Don Moen what he does, and the answer might surprise you. He won’t say he’s a songwriter, even though he’s written more than 100 songs. He won’t say he’s a worship leader, even though he’s led worship on every continent but Antarctica and recorded numerous albums. He won’t say he’s a businessman or producer, even though he has produced and directed hundreds of successful projects. If you ask Don Moen why God put him on this planet, he’ll tell you, “To be an architect who designs products and events that help people experience God’s presence in a new and fresh way.” And in more than three decades of ministry, he’s had lots of opportunity to fulfill that purpose. His discography reflects his passion to create resources for the church that lead people into an honest and intimate relationship with the Lord.

    Don has also received a Dove Award for his work on the musical God With Us and has received multiple Dove Award nominations for his songs, CDs, and choral resources. In addition to his writing and recording, Don makes time to tour domestically and abroad, and has performed with artists such as Chris Tomlin, Twila Paris, Sara Groves, and Paul Baloche, to name a few.

    Today, Don is President of Don Moen Productions in Nashville, Tennessee, where he resides with his wife Laura and five children.

  • 01:05

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Melody Green

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when host Scott McCausey brings on the wife of the late Keith Green to discuss the continuing ministry she and her husband started, Last Days Ministry.

    Melody is probably most loved for the songs she’s written.  “There Is a Redeemer” is found in church hymn books around the world, and reports of it being sung in villages in Africa and Asia are plentiful. She has also composed many other standards including, “Make My Life a Prayer To You”, “You Are The One,” “Rushing Wind,” and “The Lord Is My Shepherd.”

    Melody’s life is an adventure that just keeps unfolding. Besides writing songs, she is also known internationally as an author and a minister.  She is fearless when it comes to tackling difficult issues and bold in her travels.  She has been to over thirty nations to speak at retreats, conferences, and church services, as well as ministering to men and women in prisons, refugee camps, remote villages, leper colonies, underground churches, and those living in war zones.

    Her best-selling book, No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green, has become a must-read classic, translated into numerous languages. To learn more about Melody, her book and ministry, visit www.lastdaysministries.org.

  • 01:02

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Allison Flexer

    in Women

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! as host Scott McCausey shares a fulfilled dream of his guest and Boot Camp graduate, Allison K. Flexer.

    Allison Flexer is passionate about encouraging single women in their journey of faith and communicating the love of God to others. As a single woman, she fought her share of lies and learned to replace them with God’s truth. Allison’s first book, Truth, Lies, and the Single Woman: Dispelling 10 Common Myths (Beacon Hill Press), is designed to combat common lies that destroy the joy and confidence of single women. As each myth is dispelled with truth from God’s word, readers are challenged to deepen their faith while accepting their value as beloved children of God.

    Allison was a contributing writer for Devotional Ventures (Regal Books, 2006), and a contributing writer for Fulfilled: The NIV Devotional Bible for the Single Woman (Zondervan, 2014). She has also published articles in the Wesleyan Publishing House periodical, VISTA: Journal for Holy Living, and on Crosswalk.com.

    At the age of thirty-eight, Allison was thrilled to experience answered prayers and long-held dreams coming true as she married the love of her life in November 2013. She and Michael grew up in the same hometown and lived a few houses apart on the same street. Michael and Allison now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • 01:02

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Torry Martin

    in Comedy

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! as laughter and an encouraging testimony take center stage as Scott interviews Torry Martin.

    Although Martin has a long list of accomplishments as an actor, author, storyteller, and a stand-up comedian, he prefers to use his gifts for laughter, writing, and entertaining to bring serious messages to audiences through the softening blows of humor. After telling a typical “Torry Story” revolving around his own blundering and misfortune, Martin pulls in the spiritual lesson in a sometimes subtle way. “If I can keep them laughing while they’re learning, it doesn’t hurt their brains as much.”

    Martin was a stand-up comic and actor in Los Angeles before he became a Christian. After finding the Lord, Martin moved to Alaska and lived in a remote cabin with a friend who was studying for ministry. He gave up acting and comedy for two years and studied the Bible while becoming grounded in his faith. After being encouraged by some friends at his church, Torry began writing comedy sketches which he entered into the national competition sponsored by the Gospel Music Association called Christian Artists, now called Seminar in the Rockies. He won the grand prize two years in a row and now returns annually as an instructor. Martin has written for Adventures in Odyssey, a children’s radio series produced by Focus on the Family. For this self-proclaimed “hippie-for-the-Holy-One,” the melding of talent and faith has also resulted in the release of several books, including Under the Circumstances, and What a Character. Both are collections of comedy sketches about Christian life.  

  • 01:03

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Zena Dell Lowe

    in Writing

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott shares the life of Zena Dell Lowe.

    Zena is a screenwriter, producer, and filmmaker based in Bozeman, Montana, and one of the owners of the Mission Ranch and Mission Ranch Lodge (www.missionranchbeef.com and www.missionranchlodge.com). As an actress, Zena worked successfully in Hollywood for over thirteen years in theatre, independent films, and national commercials.

    In 2000, Zena transitioned to the writing and filmmaking side of the business when she attended the acclaimed Act One: Writing for Hollywood Program, which led to her first paid writing gig for the short film The Haunted Heart, for which she won a Silver and a Telly Award. Soon after, Zena was honored to become the Associate Director of Act One and began teaching at writers’ conferences around the country. In 2005, Zena moved back to Montana to help take over the family ranch after her mother’s untimely passing. Today, Zena helps run the family businesses, writes, produces, and directs full time. She also teaches classes on screenwriting and playwriting as an adjunct professor at Covenant College in Georgia, performs with the acclaimed Vigilante Theatre Company around Montana, and is the director of theatre arts at Journey Church in Bozeman. 

  • 01:03

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Sharon Leaf

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott brings in world traveler and author Sharon Leaf.

    Sharon Leaf is the author of Lady and the Sea, a novel based on her adventures as a volunteer aboard WWII ship MS Restoration in the 1990s, secured for a hazardous mission to rescue Russian Jews from Sochi, Russia to Haifa, Israel. Born in South Carolina and raised in Southern California, since turning forty Sharon has traveled to over eighteen countries, lived in Sweden for a year while attending an international Bible College, and traveled to sixteen cities on the Trans-Siberian Railway. At the age of sixty she received a degree in theology, proving that it is never too late to fulfill another dream. Sharon and her husband now enjoy their southern lifestyle in South Carolina.

  • 01:02

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Tim Shoemaker

    in Family

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! for a very innovative speaker and defender of family values.
    Tim Shoemaker speaks at churches, and para-church organizations such as: Focus on the Family, Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conferences, International Network of Children’s Ministry, and the Moody Pastors Conference. He also speaks at men’s retreats, women’s groups, couples’ retreats, youth worker conventions, and homeschool conventions. He conducts Family Devotion Workshops all across the country.
    Tim is the author of eight books, including: Smashed Tomatoes, Bottle Rockets and Other Outdoor Devotionals You Can Do With Your Kids, Dangerous Devotions for Guys, Reboot Your Brain: Byte Sized Devotions for Boys, and Code of Silence.
    He’s been happily married to his wife Cheryl for over thirty years and is blessed with three grown sons and two daughters-in-law. 

  • 01:01

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with Sarah Loudin Thomas

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when Scott brings in a Boot Camp graduate with an exciting new book, Sarah Loudin Thomas.

    Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014. Married, with one dog, she now lives in Western North Carolina, which is almost as beautiful as West Virginia.

    She is a fund-raiser for a children's ministry who has also published freelance writing for Mountain Homes Southern Style and Now & Then magazines, as well as The Asheville Citizen-Times and The Journey Christian Newspaper. She holds a bachelor's in English from Coastal Carolina University.

    Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency. You can visit her at www.SarahLoudinThomas.com.

  • 01:01

    Christian Devotions Speak UP! with JR Duren & Sandra Merville Hart

    in Christianity

    Join us this week on Christian Devotions SPEAK UP! when host Scott McCausey brings on two LPC authors.

    J.R. Duren is an award-winning journalist from San Diego, California. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in 2007 with a Master of Divinity. He and his wife Heather live in Barcelona, Spain, where they plan to open a faith-based community arts center. Living Like Lions: 20 Influential Christian Men Past and Present is J.R.'s first published book. You can discover more about him and his ministry at http://www.jrduren.com.

    Sandra Hart loves to visit places where significant historic events have taken place. These places and the people who lived through the events, often inspire her and spark her imagination. She most often writes inspirational historical romances and especially loves the American Civil War period. In fact, her debut novella, A Stranger on My Land, is set on Lookout Mountain where the Battle Above the Clouds took place. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes historical articles. She is also Assistant Editor at the Barn Door Book Loft website.

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