The Kingdom and Its Stories

A Podcast hosted by

Bob Moffitt

That’s somebody’s son or daughter

Wendy Schops is a mom, a biker, and a formerly rebellious woman who has been changed. “What’s your story?” Wendy asks of others with the biker persona.  Wendy says, “Growing up, we never knew who would be at our breakfast table… my dad would pick up hitchhikers.  Our house was a revolving door.”  Wendy says, “Don’t look at somebody and put them in a box.  No matter what you wear… we have a conversation and share the love of Christ and how much God loves us.”  Wendy continues, “We open the door, that person opens up, we plant the seed. And I say, ‘God, go with that person so they will grow!'”

That’s somebody’s son or daughter
Published January 18, 2021 6:30 PM


Accepting not only their ideas, but what is most important to them

Laurel Pritch, Teacher of Arts Education in Northern Canada with children ages 6 to 12, explains the creative work of the Spirit, about “getting down on their level and really accepting not only their ideas, but what is important to them; that changes hearts and lives.”  “It’s one way that Jesus is alive and well in the secular classroom.”  Laurel continues, “Does what we do in the world matter? Yes!” Laurel tells stories of giving the dignity of our attention, “making a difference in one person at a time, and one conversation at a time.”

Accepting not only their ideas, but what is most important to them
Published December 21, 2020 6:30 PM


How would you like to sew dresses for God?

Linda Hollinshead, collection coordinator for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child at their church in Chandler, AZ, shares about how needy children around the world, receiving a shoebox at Christmas time, get to know Jesus. “We’ve heard from many who have gotten boxes… their pictures are up in our room at church.”  Linda shares, “It isn’t like we just send this vessel with the gospel message and wonder if anything ever happened. We have so many children accept Jesus through that gospel message.”  Linda also tells the story of one of the 14 empty nester volunteers who this year helped make 670 dresses for girls, ages 6-9, “It’s just amazing how much joy it has brought her.”

How would you like to sew dresses for God?
Published December 14, 2020 6:30 PM


They came up with their own ideas, based on a Biblical truth

Scott Allen, President of Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA), shares a story of how impoverished communities begin to flourish through the application of Biblical truth, demonstrated in love. After the reformation, “Christians for the first time opened up their Bible and they began to do their farming and their banking and all these different things on the basis of Biblical truth.” “If God exists, and he created everything, then the Bible speaks to every area of life.” Scott says truth and love are two sides of the same coin. “I’m going to seek your good, even if it requires great sacrifice on my part.” Scott tells the story of a colleague working with an indigenous group in Guatemala, that, when they heard Biblical truth about having dominion over creation, helped them solve a problem using their own ideas. “Within a year, almost all of their crop was stored, and their children began to come out of poverty.”

They came up with their own ideas, based on a Biblical truth 
Published December 7, 2020 6:30 PM


Can I go with you?

Munkhuu from Mongolia shares his experience of staying with nomads, helping them, cleaning their felts, going after their horses and sheep to assist them in their daily lives. “Can I go with you?” Munkhuu asks of a nomad while visiting. “I helped him with his animals”,  Munkhuu says about his stay. “Along the way we talk about faith and life.” “Come for them, do for them. Just obey; I believe this is the process that the Lord wants me to go on, and I’m just going.” “We love to have a relationship with them. We give the results to God.”

Can I go with you?
Published November 30, 2020 6:30 PM


This is the first day that I’ve ever been loved

Ron Friesen, Sr. Chaplain for Ecumenical Chaplaincy for the Homeless in Phoenix shares simple stories of working among the homeless. Ron says, “I believe that we’re transformed to give.” Ron asked one lady who found herself homeless due to a mental health breakdown, “Do you know that God gives back the years the locust ate?” He prayed and believed with her that God would give her back her life! Ron says that many homeless are hungry and thirsty for physical needs, as well as spiritual needs, and they ask the question: will someone nurture my spirit? Practically, Ron shares a question he asks homeless people, “Do you have a State ID?” Most homeless people have lost these documents. He points them to Homeless ID, an organization that helps the homeless replace about 9,000 documents a year at no cost.  And second, “Would you like a job?”, and Ron shares about St. Joseph the Worker, which provides jobs after a one-hour orientation.  Of one man who Ron provided the gift of anointing, along with prayer and a hug, the man responded, “This is the first day that I’ve ever been loved.”

This is the first day that I’ve ever been loved 
Published November 23, 2020 6:30 PM


You do belong. You are loved. We celebrate your life

Ryan Thurman, International Director of Antioch Network, shares his personal stories with A2J, relocating into a neighborhood that had real, tangible needs near the homeless shelter and the Arizona State Capital, to learn what it means to love God and love your neighbor. “We really believe that the early church and the Acts-like living in community can be done today.”  What our homeless friends “needed was a family where they could belong. Before they could completely understand the gospel, understand a loving God, they had to experience the love of God by a family.” Ryan shares Sally’s story, a homeless lady whose life was completely changed because Jesus entered in and invited her to life with him, a life that looked completely different than her first 40 years. “God is very clear that people experience love through people.”

You do belong. You are loved. We celebrate your life
Published November 16, 2020 6:30 PM


Learn to love one another; by this shall all men know you are my disciples

Rev George Miley returns to share his bottom line: be available to Jesus and ask Him to show you what he wants you to do, particularly in reconciliation. George shares a story of coming to the cross, repentance, telling the truth about acts, words, and things that have not been with the keeping of the teachings of Jesus, and then looking for opportunities to build friendships with those of other religious traditions.  George says, “Telling the truth about my sin doesn’t dishonor me; in fact, it frees me to receive His forgiveness, His healing, and His restoration.”

Learn to love one another; by this shall all men know you are my disciples
Published November 9, 2020 6:30 PM


His way is not retaliation. His way is forgiveness

George Miley explains the supernatural power of God to love one another. What would happen if two parties who were locked in bitterness were to kneel together before the cross and say, “Lord Jesus, we both have sinned, we both are wrong, we both have treated each other with anger, contempt, and bitterness. We don’t have the power to overcome this.  We bring it to you on the cross.  And we pray, Lord, that in your grace, that you will break the power of sin in our lives. And give us the supernatural power to love one another.” George continues, “Our first responsibility is to choose to tell the truth.  And secondly, we choose to trust him. And when we do that, he supernaturally transforms us.”  “Jesus is not here to condemn us. He’s here to free us, to heal us, to transform us.”

His way is not retaliation. His way is forgiveness
Published October 19, 2020 6:30 PM


I was not in a situation to help him, but God talked to me

Pastor Julian Gibb interviews Dr. Bishnu Regmi, Pastor of Himalayan Community Church in Phoenix, AZ; Bishnu shares about a time when he was in seminary and on that day, he was not in a situation to help someone, but God talked to him. Bishnu recalled the teaching of Jesus, love your neighbor as yourself, and says, “Even though you don’t have anything, you should go and listen to his problem.” Bishnu says that you can share the gospel without using words, by serving; he shares about serving churches and refugees in Phoenix and encourages people here in the USA that if they’re not able to go out of the country to serve, there are “many people in their backyard. The entire world is here.”

I was not in a situation to help him, but God talked to me
Published October 13, 2020 6:30 PM


The first step was to ask God for His help to forgive

Hanna Zack Miley shares her personal journey, starting at age 6, of her experience as a Jew in Nazi Germany, one of 10,000 children who were sent by train from Germany to Britain. She would never see her parents again. She speaks about unbearable unforgiveness and anger. “I thought my parents had abandoned me. But instead it was an extreme act of sacrificial love.” In her mid-20’s, at a Billy Graham event, she says, “I had a persona as a school teacher.  I didn’t want to reveal that I had needs. I had a little battle going on.” She came to Christ, and says, “the first step was asking God for his help to forgive. I felt a sense of God’s help.” Later, in Bonn, Germany with her husband, speaking to a man whose grandparent was a guard in the SS concentration camp, he said, “Will you forgive me on behalf of my grandparents?” Hanna said to him, “I forgive you” and they embraced.  Hanna says, “The things we do in places affect the people around us.”

The first step was to ask God for His help to forgive
Published October 5, 2020 6:30 PM


The best opportunity to love people comes at the worst moments

Corey Kasperson, Pastor of Young Adults at Redemption Church Tempe, tells his own story about how life to the full is living sacrificially for others. “When we love our brothers and sisters and neighbors who don’t know Jesus, we’re representing who God is to the world.  When we’re living under the rule of Jesus, the reign of love, we’re actually giving the world a picture of what this world was created to be… a preview of what life will be like when Jesus’ rule and reign is fully acknowledged on earth.”  He tells an experience of when he cried out to God, “Lord, give me a story of love”. And how he met Dean, eventually asking him, “Dean, what can I do for you?” “God is trying to interrupt me so I can give His love to somebody, then take the steps of faith; that’s where it starts.”

The best opportunity to love people comes at the worst moments
Published September 28, 2020 6:30 PM


Be open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to do things you never would have imagined

Chris Croswhite, Director of the Rescue Mission in Salt Lake City, says “I believe we are joining God in God’s ministry.” Chris encourages us to ask, “How is my path intersecting with what God is doing?”  Chris continues, “Most days of the week, I have this sensation that I can’t do this. In my weakness, He’s made strong. I do the best I can, and what I can’t do, God will do the rest.”  “All people are created in the image of God. All people deserve love, respect, opportunity and redemption.” Chris says, “The things God wants us to know, He’s written them down in His Word.” Chris and his team come alongside the poor and help these men and women to be what God intended them to be: God dependent, self-sufficient and a contributing member of society.

Be open to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to do things you never would have imagined
Published September 21, 2020 6:30 PM


We have learned to speak the words of Jesus, words of hope to orphans & widows

Ruth Orlale, herself a widow and the Assistant Director of Ebenezer Life Center in Kenya shares how – with the Word of God and some partners – her team cares for widows and nearly 1,000 vulnerable children. “As a widow, you are treated as a foreigner; dispossessed and disinherited. We begin to talk about the Word of God and this brings back self-esteem, and we help them with meaning in life by involving them in working and microfinance.”  “We teach children how to read and interpret the Word of God for themselves.” “Yes, it is possible for those who believe in God. We have seen the Lord raise widows from sick beds to be beautiful women again. We have seen children go from vulnerable situations to be men and women who are now getting married. This is a miracle.”

We have learned to speak the words of Jesus, words of hope to orphans & widows
Published September 14, 2020 6:30 PM


My own sons spontaneously gave everything to a widow with two sons

Eduart “Eddie” Demo, Director of the Illyricum Movement in Albania, says we can either waste our lives or we can invest it into the lives of others. He tells the story of his own sons, 10 and 13, who spontaneously got together on their own and gave their savings, everything, to a widow with two grown, disabled sons, and through that, they came to know the Lord.  Eddie says by fulfilling the needs of the mostly Muslim people in the area, they come to know Jesus and they disciple them and train them. Through teaching English, guitar, piano and drama, and by coming alongside families and teaching them how to raise children, how to have a better marriage, and helping people find jobs, this is how they bring the gospel. “We have a saying that people get discipled before they get evangelized.”

My own sons spontaneously gave everything to a widow with two sons
Published September 7, 2020 6:30 PM


Can I meet your need beyond just praying for you?

Tyler Johnson of Redemption Church and one of the founders of the Surge Network talks about discipleship – how we change as we try to do the things Jesus told us to do. Tyler shares several stories as he addresses the question, “What does it mean to be the church?” and adds, “Always meet needs in proximity, and when the need surpasses the proximity, go to a wider network of relationships.” Tyler gives an example how several churches, together, have helped meet broader needs in the community.

Can I meet your need beyond just praying for you?
Published August 31, 2020 6:30 PM


You just need to be available with a heart to serve

Tammy Abernathy, CEO of Hope Women’s Center, shares how she cares for women who are hurting, in pain, and have experienced difficult situations. “To see how God draws in the lonely, lost, the least, and how they get first priority in His Kingdom, at His table. That gives me expanded vision and hope.”  Tammy shares what it looks like to walk alongside a hurting woman.  “Make a human connection. I want to have a relationship with you. I don’t have an agenda. Your story matters. I want to hear your story.” Tammy says, “It’s not about your skills or your experience. It’s about your availability. Being available, being sensitive, and aware.” Tammy says to ask God to make needs around us known to us, and ask God how to serve those immediately around us. “I see her transform, which affects her children, and her family and ultimately her community as she becomes a change-maker in her community.”

You just need to be available with a heart to serve
Published August 24, 2020 6:30 PM


If you love me, you have to demonstrate it in a way I can see it

Simon Nziramakenga, Bishop in Rwanda, shares his story. After the genocide, 25 of his relatives died, 87 of his wife’s relatives died, and God impressed on him, “Go back and minister to those who have killed your relatives and your friends.”  He shares stories of forgiveness and reconciliation — how 2 tribes who were once enemies, killing husbands, wives and relatives — have repented and demonstrated love and care for one another, and are now walking together in Christ.

If you love me, you have to demonstrate it in a way I can see it
Published August 10, 2020 6:30 PM


We started out with 7 kids and one Dad, which created a ripple effect

22 year old Julian Wahl describes starting out as one of 7 boys at the age of 14 who wanted to serve a very small number of people in his community. He talks about the ripple effect, serving with no stipulations, and how one of the most valuable things a person gains in serving those with needs is perspective; the Burrito Boys has now grown to serve over 300,000 homeless in downtown San Diego. Julian says, “Even if you’re making a difference in one person’s life, you can’t underestimate how big of an impact that’s going to have.”

We started out with 7 kids and one Dad, which created a ripple effect
Published August 3, 2020 6:30 PM


People are interested in seeing your life as a model

Madan Shaw, former Hindu, now a follower of Jesus, says, “People are interested in seeing your life, seeing the model.”  “God has blessed you so much to be a blessing for someone else. Jesus has set a good example by sacrificing himself on the cross for our sins”, showing us how to sacrificially love someone.  Madan gives several examples to illustrate what can be done to build a relationship between the local church and the local community.”

People are interested in seeing your life as a model
Published July 27, 2020 6:30 PM


I try to put a rock in their shoe

Beth Weise explains how she trusts the Holy Spirit, and then instead of closing the spiritual deal, just being a friend. Beth continues, “I’m learning to ask questions and listen to people, and then I try to put a rock in their shoe.”  One lady in her Airbnb responded with, “Maybe you can help me.”

I try to put a rock in their shoe
Published July 20, 2020 6:30 PM


Can I share with you the love of Christ?

Asfaw Bekele, Pastor of El-Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church, shares how he prepares his people to practically express the love of God in the community, sacrificially and with personal connection.  “As I give a ride to people, I express my love and they see Christ in me.”  Some Sunday’s we close the church to express God’s love and help the homeless.

Can I share with you the love of Christ? 
Published July 6, 2020 6:30 PM


Think of people as more than souls

Michel Duarte, Pastor of a new church plant that reflects diversity from all tribes, nations and tongues, shares about being present relationally, meeting people where they’re at – as Jesus did with the woman at the well – and loving neighbors whether or not they decide to follow Jesus.

Think of people as more than souls
Published June 29, 2020 6:30 PM


How can we help ourselves and others grow & develop in ways that Jesus grew?

Linda Morris trains Pastors and church leaders on how to personally develop and help others to develop in the ways that Jesus grew by asking questions about their community, “Lord, show me an area where I need to work in, or serve in”, as well as, “What scripture tells me to do this?”

How can we help ourselves and others grow & develop in ways that Jesus grew?
Published June 22, 2020 6:30 PM


A vision that the world is longing to see: unity in the midst of diversity

Pastor Josh Prather from Redemption Church explains the great equalizer – benefiting from relationship around the table as Jesus did – how black and white, poor and rich, healthy and disabled, national and international can learn from one another and be formed in those moments.

A vision that the world is longing to see: unity in the midst of diversity
Published June 15, 2020 6:30 PM


Are followers of Jesus called to give up their rights for the benefits of others?

Chuck Foreman, Senior Pastor of First Christian Church in Phoenix, AZ, shares stories of how we model the attitude of Christ, giving people an opportunity to serve the most vulnerable in our community, and how the community responds when we put up with inconveniences for the benefit of others.

Are followers of Jesus called to give up their rights for the benefits of others?
Published June 8, 2020 6:30 PM


Have you linked to your community?

Misael Cruz tells stories of how he and his church have linked to their community through showing the gospel – growing and distributing food, providing necessary services, teaching English to teenagers, and fitness to senior women. And people are seeing Jesus Christ.  Misael distinguishes between manipulation to get people to come to church, vs. serving the community.

Have you linked to your community? 
Published June 1, 2020 6:30 PM


In later life, what can I engage in doing to be a companion to others?

Are senior years more than endless leisure and entertainment? In later life, what can I engage in doing with my time to be a companion and create camaraderie? Do I need to know exactly how to do something to be the hands and feet of Jesus? Phil Burgess celebrates the lives of people who are doing interesting, important and life-giving things in their later life.

In later life, what can I engage in doing to be a companion to others?
Published May 26, 2020 6:30 PM


Police, politicians and Hindu’s interested in Jesus?

Caleb Premanandam shares a story with Bob Moffitt of how 3 local churches started meeting the needs in the community by feeding 50 migrant workers on the road, and how this increased to feeding 280, with the appreciation of the mostly Hindu police and politicians who were once opposed to the church.

Police, politicians and Hindu’s interested in Jesus?
Published May 18, 2020 6:30 PM


The Kingdom & It’s Stories with John on May 11, 2020

John coaches many leaders in China; John discusses how followers of Jesus are responding during this time of lockdown, serving neighbors through the delivery of food, masks, as well as providing comfort in person-to-person conversations to help neighbors with feelings of shame, fear, and anxiety related to the virus.

The Kingdom & It’s Stories with John on May 11, 2020
Published May 11, 2020 6:30 PM