In Conversation: Singer/Songwriter John Berry

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john berryIn today’s special edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we talk with Grammy® Award-winning singer/songwriter JOHN BERRY. Perhaps best known for his No. 1 country hit “Your Love Amazes Me,” Berry is back on the charts after 22 years with the theme song for an upcoming faith-based film BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN. In an intensely personal and candid conversation, he discusses the beautiful life-affirming song, his rise to country music fame, his own faith journey, and his childhood in small-town South Carolina.

The podcast is available for listening and download free on iTunes, Spotify, Podbean, Stitcher, Soundcloud and other streaming platforms.

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Checking Our Info-Age Priorities

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is: his good, pleasing, and perfect will. — Romans 12:2 (NIV)

In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we ask ourselves this question: With instant access to information via the Internet and especially via social media, what are our priorities? The average person spends about two hours every day on social media, about FIVE YEARS out of every lifetime. How much of what we encounter on social media is positive and uplifting? How much of it glorifies and honors God, and how much of it could we honestly do without?

This podcast is available free on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and other online sources for podcasts.


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Faith vs. Science. Are They Mortal Enemies?

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. — Genesis 1:1 (NKJV)

dr-don-deyoung-resizedIn this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we talk with author and physicist Dr. DONALD B. DeYOUNG, chair of the Department of Science & Mathematics at Grace College in Indiana. Dr. DeYoung discusses the basics of “creation science” and the question of whether faith and science can peacefully co-exist. We challenge him on the creationist view that the Earth is only thousands of years old and why creation scientists reject the notion of evolution.

This podcast is available for streaming on iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, TuneIn, Soundcloud and other streaming services.


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In Conversation: Immigration And The Church, Part 2

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In this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, our conversation continues as we dig deeper into the question of immigration and the church. Our guest, Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for WorldRelief, discusses his new book. Welcoming the Stranger, co-written by Jenny Yang, explores how the Christian church might see immigration as public policy and what it means in real human terms.


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In Conversation: Immigration And The Church, Part 1

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares — Hebrews 13:2 (ESV)


Today, the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST explores the question of immigration and the church, with Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for WorldRelief. Soerens discusses his new book, Welcoming the Stranger, co-written by Jenny Yang, which digs deeper into why the Christian church needs to talk more about the question of immigration.

The podcast is available FREE for download on various streaming sites, including iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, Soundcloud and more.


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Friday’s Cottage CareCast, 7/13/2018

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: I do not treat the word of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. — Galatians 2:21 (NLT)

Hopeful Cottage carecastIn this edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE PODCAST, we introduce the Hopeful Cottage CareCast. It’s a periodic visit with Christian counselor TIM FITZGERALD, who serves as Counseling Pastor and Care Ministries Director at Cedar Creek Church, a multi-site ministry based in Aiken, South Carolina. He discusses the centuries’ old tradition of care ministry in the church and how theology, spirituality and psychology merge in Christian counseling.

The podcast is available free for download on iTunes and Podbean and free to listen on Spotify, Stitcher and TuneIn.


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Miracle? Yes, Children Are Miraculous Gifts

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TODAY’S VERSE TO PONDER: Whoever receives one little child like this in My Name receives me. — Matthew 18:5 (NKJV)

In this latest edition of the HOPEFUL COTTAGE podcast, we celebrate the “miracle” of the dramatic rescue of 12 children and their soccer coach in Thailand from a flooded cave. Yes, it was a miraculous rescue by compassionate, sacrificial public servants (using divinely-inspired science) and a reminder that God has a special place in His heart for children — and calls us to be “like children” in our faith.

The podcast is available FREE on  iTunes, Podbean, Spotify, TuneIn, Soundcloud and other streaming services.


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