With great humility and humor, Chip Skowron shares vulnerably and transparently about his transformative time in Federal prison and the impact of community on his experience. He describes how NCS fellowship brought him through the period leading up to prison, how God orchestrated extraordinary fellowship with his fellow inmates while he was there, and how NCS fellowship is helping him with the difficult transition of coming home. Chip also shares amazing stories about how the Holy Spirit moved within the prison and about some of the ways God exhibited His faithfulness time and time again by showing up miraculously at just the right times.
Coach Nava shares the supernatural journey that took him from being a fitness coach to becoming a Kingdom coach. Don explores Biblical truth about evil and describes the extraordinary power of the Holy Spirit that lives within those who have committed their lives to Jesus. He also explains the debilitating impact of childhood wounds and how we can find freedom from those wounds.
Bill Blezard shares the extraordinary faith journey that ultimately led to the founding, growth and success of Packaging Technology Group, Inc., a “Kingdom” class developer of thermally engineered, transport packaging solutions for the biotech and biopharmaceutical industries. PTG is a Christian faith-based company with its core values centered on faith, relationships, courage, and creativity.
In addition to recounting highlights of his personal life story, challenges and faith walk, Blezard describes the numerous acts of faith and obedience and the miraculous events that allowed PTG to achieve profitability in its first year of operations, exceeding revenue projections by nearly 1000%. He also shares how PTG’s faith-based culture serves, and has opened doors to prayer and transformation in, PTG’s employees, suppliers and customers.
Paul Michalski transparently shares his amazing faith journey and the lessons he has learned about ambition, priorities and identity. He talks about a life of performance, achievement and control that had to face the reality of a marriage crisis in 2003 and near-divorce in 2004. Paul explains the promises of God that he leaned on through that crisis, the way that his life priorities were perfectly upside down, and the stages that eventually culminated in a miracle reconciliation in 2004 (chronicled in Eric Metaxas’s book “Miracles”).
The next turning point in his journey came in 2009 when he felt God’s prompting to leave his prestigious Wall Street legal practice for “a different plan”. Paul discusses what he believes to be a critical identity choice for every follower of Jesus–whether you see yourself as “what you do” or “who you are”. He also shares the implications of that choice in the workplace. Paul’s ensuing nine-year journey since 2009 has included helping NCS in its transition from a regional to a national organization and, most recently, has led to the formation of Integrous LLC (integriosity.com)–an advisory and legal practice helping faith-inspired leaders integrate their work into their faith by pursuing “Integriosity”.
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Click the link below for a PDF of the chapter “God and Marriage” from Eric Metaxas’s book Miracles.
A. T. shares some lessons learned from his upbringing in communist Poland, including the prophetic words of a grandfather who was introduced to the Bible in a Russian gulag in Siberia–what we see in the world is an illusion, and only Scripture allows us both to see the world accurately and see the path forward. A. T. suggests that in order to fulfill God’s purpose in our generation like David, we must have an understanding of the times like the mighty men of Issachar “who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do”. A. T. also talked about efforts in the area of artificial intelligence to create “Humanity 2.0”–a promise of eternal life without God. This is proceeding with the resources of Google behind it. A. T. posits that technology is attractive because it provides optimism, albeit optimism based on an illusion. Christianity has a bigger and better story, but many Christians don’t know it or don’t know how to tell it. That bigger story is a four-part Gospel (rather than the two-part Gospel of sin and redemption) that starts at God’s creation of a beautiful world and goes past sin and redemption all the way to God’s restoration plan for his Kingdom. A.T. urges us to stay faithful, to keep each other accountable, not to fear what is coming because our God is in charge, and to learn to tell the bigger and better story.