Heather Smith was a wife and mother of two small children when she got a call from the local ER. Her husband was a patient there -- because of a drug overdose. That call was Heather’s first introduction to the fact that her husband had been living with a drug addiction. On today’s show, Heather shares how her faith helped her survive.
Christian singer Kaylee Keller may be young, but she's experienced some difficulties in life -- including intense bullying and stalking during high school. On today's show, she shares about her musical career, but also about how she clung to her faith when even the police were concerned about her well-being. Tune in for Kaylee's message of positivity and endurance as well as two musical performances from her latest album, "Rubies."
Michelle Moore shares her experiences mothering her two boys. Then Angel Richardson shares what it's like to be the mother of not one, but two cancer survivors.
Author Marie Armenia's mother, Molly Bruno, was a powerful praying woman who had a close connection with the Lord. Visit MarieArmenia.com to learn more about Marie and "The Audacious Molly Bruno."
Sue Duffield is a singer, speaker, author, and an "unfiltered saint." In this episode, Sue shares insights and stories from her latest book, "Suebiquitous." You can learn more about Sue at SueDuffield.com.
New York Times best-selling author Lisa Bevere visits Bridges to share the message of true bravery with her newest book, "Lizzy the Lioness." Inspired by a true story and by her own granddaughter, Lisa Bevere wrote the book to help children understand that sometimes the bravest thing they can ever do is ask for help. Then children’s author Rebecca Klar Lusk shares the story behind her series, “It’s All About…”
Author and parenting expert Hettie Brittz shares parenting strategies and philosophies from her book, "Growing Kids with Character."
Eager to build a better relationship with her daughter Lauren, Andrea Booth suggested they start sharing a journal. Eventually, the mother-daughter pair's private doodlings became the inspiration for a book to help other mothers and daughters around the world. The Booths are now the authors of Paper Conversations, a journal for sharing thoughts and prayers between a mother and daughter.
Author Cynthia Cavanaugh survived some of life's worst storms by trusting in the love of Jesus Christ. Her new book, "Anchored: Leading Through the Storms," tells the story of how she relied on God to lead her through it all.
Valerie Faulkner fell in love with and married a church-going man, only to discover he was secretly using drugs. This is the story of how Valerie learned that loving an addict doesn't mean enabling an addict. Learn how God stayed with Valerie and her husband throughout a tumultuous journey to recovery and victory in Christ on this show.
Authors and pastors Ashlee & Clayton Hurst spent more time planning their wedding than their marriage -- and it cost them. On Bridges, they share about how there's always "Hope for Your Marriage."
Garrett Booth is the pastor of Grace Houston Church and the author of "Today and Tomorrow." Together, Garrett and Monica discuss what it looks like in daily life to embrace God's plans for your future.
On this Mother's Day special, mother-daughter writing duo Andrea and Lauren Booth share the inspiration and the blessings of their book, "Paper Conversations."
This Mother's Day, Michelle Moore shares her experiences mothering her two boys. Then Angel Richardson shares what it's like to be the mother of not one, but two cancer survivors.
Doris Courtney, one of the co-founders of Branches Counseling Center, shares her story. After years of struggling with her marriage and trying to forgive her husband for his three affairs, Doris turned to forgiveness and counseling to help her adjust her perspective and claim a stronger relationship with Christ.
Candace Payne became a viral sensation when she put on a Chewbacca mask and decided to stream her laughter live. Now she's an author and a joy evangelist, sharing the message of Christ and how you can trade shame for defiant joy. On today's show, Monica interviews Candace via video conference about her book, "Laugh It Up."
Karen Whiting is an author and speaker who specializes in writing for women, families, and children. On this show, Monica interviews Karen about her cookbook and devotional book, "The Gift of Bread." Then Monica interviews Shelley Jefsen, author and creator of AFamilyMeeting.com, a blog site dedicated to preventing mommy burnout and helping moms raise capable, confident kids.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and today on Bridges, we open up the discussion about child abuse, how to spot the signs, and what you can do to prevent it. First, Monica interviews Keith Edmonds, child abuse survivor and founder of the Keith Edmonds Foundation. Then Monica is joined by MJ Lucas, a child abuse survivor and radio host, who tells her story and how her faith sustained her through it all.
On today's show, Diane and Tyler Mereness share how they found new meaning in the phrase, "God with us," as they faced challenges and struggles raising their two children. It's a sneak peek into how God blesses us even in adversity and rewards obedience and faithfulness.
Singer and songwriter Natasha Owens lost her father in a tragic accident, and the loss devastated her. Then a pastor encouraged her to begin leading worship at her church. Now, she's a successful musical powerhouse. Today on Bridges, she shares her story and then takes the stage with her band to sing.
Clinical psychologist Dr. Juli Slattery is the author of "Sex and the Single Girl," a book devoted to encouraging holy sexuality in young Christian women. Then Monica interviews Jeremy Myers of Jeremy Myers Ministries. Jeremy shares his personal testimony of overcoming homosexuality and maintaining purity in his courtship of his wife.
Crystal and Steven North prayed for a baby for fourteen years. In 2017, Crystal finally became pregnant and delighted in sharing the news with all of her family and friends. In Part 1 of this three-part series, we’re following Crystal and Steven’s pregnancy and getting a special sneak peek into the life of their brand-new little one. In this episode, Crystal and Steven tell their story of faith and infertility. Then Chris Troutt, a Christian family therapist, discusses how couples with infertility can cope and thrive.
What should unity in the body of Christ look like? How can modern churches follow God’s will by serving together despite all the petty “minor” arguments and struggles that so often separate churches and church members? In today’s episode, Monica Schmelter and Pastor Corey Trimble of Experience Community Church engage in a candid discussion of church unity and God’s will for the church.
Jennifer McGill was a child star and a member of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1990s. Today, she’s a musical recording artist, worship leader, speaker, and a devoted Christian. In this episode, she shares the stories and testimonies behind several songs on her new album, Unbreakable. Stay tuned for her new music video, “Unbreakable.”
Lyle Haywood is a gifted physical fitness trainer and a Christian. Lyle uses his special gifts to help individuals with spinal cord injuries to achieve mobility and build strength. In this episode, learn about Lyle's work at Beyond Aquatics with Eric Murray and Kelsey Bullington, two amazing individuals who suffered spinal cord injuries and are working towards their goals of walking again with Lyle's help.
Marriage & family therapists Jay and Tammy Daughtry join Monica to discuss the challenges and victories of co-parenting a blended family. Then Willie Scott, Jr, and his wife, Rachel Scott, call in via video conference to share about blended families. Willie & Rachel Scott are the founders of Better Than Blended, a ministry designed to aid blended families to thrive regardless of circumstance.
Pastor Joseph Parker, the director of outreach and intercession for the American Family Association, has made it his mission to stand for the sanctity of life. On today's show, he shares about the American Family Association. Then Monica interviews three students who competed in the 2017 Tennessee Right to Life Student Oratory Contest: Lenore Thorne, William Shaw, and Vashti Johnson.
In 1982, a young Chinese man arrived in America with fifty dollars in his pocket, a Chinese-English dictionary, and the clothes on his back. Today, that man is Dr. Ming Wang, a world-renowned laser eye surgeon dedicated to restoring and repairing the vision of patients the world over. On today's episode, Monica interviews Dr. Wang about his memoir, "From Darkness to Sight."
Amanda Roberts is the founder of the Ball in the Fall, a unique women's ministry. Today on Bridges, she shares her story of choices, consequences, and God's redemptive mercy.
Derek Faulkner is the executive director of Renewed Life Ministries Outreach, a one-year, residential discipleship training center for men struggling with life issues. On today's episode, Derek shares his story as well as the impetus behind Renewed Life Ministries Outreach. Then Justin Beshearse, a successful graduate of the program, joins Monica and Derek to share his story from addiction to recovery.
As teenagers, Andrew and Alaina Mack moved to Berlin, Germany, with their family to help pastor a small church. Today, their church spreads the Gospel to Berlin and ministers to individuals from over 70 nations. The Macks serve as worship leaders in the congregation and also sing together as gospel artists. Learn more about these talented siblings at andrewandalaina.com.
What happens when a child is born with special needs? Today's show focuses on the victories and challenges of raising children with special needs. First, Monica interviews Janet McClung about her son, Chad, and her book, "Surviving the Struggle with a Handicapped Child: Not My Will, But God's." Then Monica interviews Dr. and Mrs. Marvin Neill, whose son, Eddie, is autistic.
Rob & Meredith Kendall are the founders of “The 180 Program: New Beginnings,” an eight-week Bible study targeted at teaching individuals how to end negative life cycles and start over with new habits and life skills. To learn more about the Kendalls or the program, visit http://www.the180program.org.
J.T. Olson is the founder and executive director of Both Hands, an organization that helps adoptive families raise money for adoptions and aid widows in their neighborhoods at the same time. J.T. is also the author of "The Orphan, The Widow, and Me."
WHTN's Ryan Rehnborg interviews Chris and Stephanie Teague, a married couple who perform together as Out of the Dust. The Teagues share the story of their testimony and then perform several songs from their self-titled album.
Alicia Sharpton is the founder of Beauty for Ashes, a ministry focused on fighting drug addiction in America. Alicia joins Monica on the set of Bridges to share about her vision for Beauty for Ashes and its impact on women who wrestle with drug addiction. Two of the residents of Beauty for Ashes share about their individual journey with the ministry. To partner with Beauty for Ashes, call 615-389-1089.
Leanna Cinquanta is the international director of TellAsia Ministries. She joins Monica on the set of Bridges to discuss her extraordinary testimony of converting from atheism to Christianity as a teenager and then abandoning a promising career in horse training to pursue missionary work in Asia.
Larry Dugger is the author of Forty Days to Defeat Your Past: Confront the Person You No Longer Wish to Be.
Beth Murphy is a co-founder of Rock House Center, a biblical counseling center. Maggie Kavanaugh is a co-founder of Moving Forward Ministries.
Steve Austin is the author of Getting Your Life on Target and the President/Founder of 180 Degrees Ministries.
Father and son, Tim & Garek Cotham tell their testimony of transformation from doing drugs together to becoming evangelists. Write here...
Monica interviews Jen Vaughn about her incredible weight loss journey. Jen tells the story of how the people around her, especially her coaches and trainers at Gold's Gym, made it possible for her to lose 100 pounds and recover her health.
ZORO is a world-renowned drummer and author of "SOAR!"
Rhonda Rhea discusses her book, "How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person?" and then Rhonda and Kaley talk about being a mother daughter writing team and finding God's will.
Karen Jordan is the author of Words that Change Everything, and Anita Agers Brooks is the author of Getting Through What You Can't Get Over.
Bridges with Russ Murphy and Teresa Kemp
Russ Murphy lost his wife of 40 years.
Teresa Kemp was freed from 18 years of drug abuse.
Ezra Noble and Scott MacIntyre Talk Music and Faith
Brian "Head" Welch talks about his book "With My Eyes Wide Open" on Bridges.
Bridges with Mandy Hale, the creator of "The Single Woman," and Annie Downs, a speaker, blogger and author of "Looking For Lovely."
Jorge Vazquez is an evangelist and the author of "No More Rejection." He is also the president and founder of The Revolution TV. Trillion Small is the author of "The Caged In Heart."
Patti Herrington is a mother who lost her own son to suicide and is the founder of Firefly Ministries, a ministry focusing on sharing hope and healing to prevent suicide.
Lauren DeMoss Benson is also known as The Fulltime Girl. Featuring clips with Pastors Carl Lentz and Mark Driscoll.
The Davis Family and Sluder Family have both faced extreme diagnoses in the lives of their children but have trusted God's faithfulness through the journey.
Becca Stevens is the founder and president of Thistle Farms.
Angela Simms is the ministry leader of Beautiful Eyes Ministry.