Connections with Mike Thom and Colleen Houde

Connections with Mike Thom and Colleen Houde

Conversations about life and faith.

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May 6, 2021 27 min
This week is mental health week, an opportunity to shine a light on mental health and an opportunity to break the stigma surrounding it. Sean Miller is the executive director at Peer Connections Manitoba.  Today on Connections he shares the importance of drawing awareness to mental health and how we as a church can help break the stigma and help those who are struggling. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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India's official count of COVID-19 cases has surpassed the 20-million mark and infections have nearly doubled in the past three months, while deaths have passed 220-thousand. Despite all of this, Vijayesh Lal, general secretary of the Evangelical Fellowship of India says, there is still hope and God is still working despite the devastation they are surrounded by. Today on Connections Vijayesh shares his own experience with CO...
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Mark Buchanan began his career as a writer at age 12 - the year a remarkably creative grade 5 teacher awakened in him the possibilities of language and story. He eventually took a degree in writing, but that was simply to refine and hone what he felt compelled to do anyways. He ended up, en-route to being a published author, a pastor and now a professor. Buchanan's eight-plus books have so far all come out of that world. His ...
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Do you believe your struggle with anger stems from the wrong behaviour you see displayed in your children? Wendy Speake says the knee-jerk reactions and blow-ups you’re facing are often a result of a bigger set of “triggers.” Some of these she says are external, like a child’s disobedience, backtalk, or selective hearing, while others are internal, like an overflowing schedule, sleep deprivation, or perhaps your own painful experie...
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Do you worry that you’re messing up your kids? Do you get stressed when you think about their futures? New York Times bestselling author Crystal Paine knows how you feel. A mom of four, Crystal has struggled with anxiety over parenting. She wanted to parent with grace, instead of a system of rules where kids are expected to do all the right things. She wanted to be a safe place for her children, and she definitely didn’t want to be...
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Char Harryman faced a life-limiting diagnosis with extraordinary courage and faith, and she used the time she was given to be a gift to others. On Easter Sunday back in 1995, Char suffered a grand mal seizure. And then another. And another. This eventually led to numerous tests where doctors discovered a golf ball-sized malignant tumour on her brain.? Doctors gave Char two years to live. God had other plans. She lived 24 more yea...
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The uplifting, new film WALKING WITH HERB takes audiences on an 18-hole rollercoaster ride as one man discovers how the impossible can become possible through faith, family and second chances . . . and with the help of God’s motorcycle-riding messenger. WALKING WITH HERB premieres April 30, May 1, and May 3 for a three-night nationwide Fathom Events limited engagement. Today on Connections, Kathleen Quinlan who stars as Shelia in...
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The uplifting, new film WALKING WITH HERB takes audiences on an 18-hole rollercoaster ride as one man discovers how the impossible can become possible through faith, family and second chances . . . and with the help of God’s motorcycle-riding messenger. Today on Connections, Joe S. Bullock, associate producer and author of the book this film is based on, shares the inspiration behind this film, why he wrote the book and what his e...
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Host of the Canadian Christian television program?A Better Us,?and former host of?100 Huntley Street,?Ann?Mainse?knows firsthand what it means for life to take an unexpected twist. Just over a year ago, Mainse received a devastating phone call from her doctor, informing her of a cancer diagnosis. Mainse unpacks her story of healing in her new devotional, Coffee with Him: Mornings with God on an Unexpected Journey. Today on Connec...
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Cyndi Desjardins Wilkens was a successful business manager, working in product and sales as well as marketing management. She had also just given birth to her son when necrotizing fasciitis (otherwise known as flesh-eating disease) entered her life and altered it forever.? ? As she grappled with the challenges of an unknown future, Cyndi was left with a question; Why did God allow this to happen to her? And furthermore, could she ...
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God is good and powerful and wants the best for your life. He has big plans for you. You believe these things are true. But what is your own responsibility as a man when it comes to becoming all God created you to be? How can you walk in victory and faith and make an impact on others for God? Kingdom Men Rising challenges men to foster personal discipleship and apply discipleship skills and a leadership mindset to all areas of lif...
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Today is Earth Day. Every year on April 22nd, people across the country recognize and celebrate Earth Day, one of the largest environmental events in the world.  The goal is not only to promote Earth Day just once a year but to connect people to nature every day.  A Rocha is an international Christian organization which, inspired by God’s love, engages in scientific research, environmental education, community-based conservation...
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In the new film CHURCH PEOPLE, Thor Ramsey tackles a serious topic in a very lighthearted setting which he hopes will both educate and entertain. A heartfelt and laugh-out-loud faith-based comedy film, CHURCH PEOPLE is the story of real people with real struggles and their unique paths to discovering what faith in Jesus is all about. Today on Connections, Thor Ramsey shares the inspiration behind this film and the importance of f...
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Mike Donehey has seen his fair share of the unexpected. Following a potentially fatal car crash as a teen, Mike learned to play the guitar while still in bed recovering from his injuries. Learning the guitar quickly gave birth to songwriting, and that songwriting quickly led to the formation of a band. That band, Tenth Avenue North, became one of the most loved and successful artists in Christian music.  At the beginning of 2020, ...
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It’s so easy to get distracted, overwhelmed or consumed by the changes, complexity and competing voices swirling around us. In our one-click, next-day-delivery culture, we can lose focus not just on what matters most, but on who matters most.  Dr. Steve Brown, Arrow Leadership President has released, Jesus Centered: Focusing on Jesus in a Distracted World - a book to address just that. Today on Connections Dr. Brown will share wh...
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If recent years have taught us anything, it’s this: conversations about religion have become loaded. In a society where religion and faith have increasingly become polarizing topics, it’s clear that we need informed perspectives and thoughtful conversation.  Faith Today senior editors Bill Fledderus and Karen Stiller are stepping up to offer a trustworthy, accessible place for Christians to better navigate the intersection of thei...
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Steve Bell recently received his 5th Juno award nomination for his latest album Wouldn't You Love to Know? that he released on November 1, 2020. There is a special story behind that album and today on Connections, Steve shares that story and chats a bit about what the past year has been like for him and his music.    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Jon Buller is a recording artist as well as founder & director of Hear the Music Ministries and the Levite Summit. Over the last 20 years, Jon Buller has contributed an eclectic and growing catalogue of music to the artistic landscape of Canada. The pandemic has impacted his career in many ways, but he has managed to adapt using technology. Today on Connection, Jon shares with us what life has looked like over the past year ...
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Amy Hayward grew up in Winnipeg, MB and currently lives in Redding, CA. She has a passion for seeing the church come into the fullness of its calling across North America. For most of her life, Amy found it impossible to believe that she was not only loved but was someone that God chose to speak to and through. Through years of healing, God showed her the truth of her identity in relationship to Him and inspired her to pursue His ...
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A Week Away is an American teen faith-based romantic musical film co-produced and directed by Roman White with a screenplay by Alan Powell (Anthem Lights)  and Kali Bailey. The first-ever faith-based musical to hit Nextflix focuses around a troubled teen and his involvement in a summer Bible camp following a run-in with law enforcement. The film was shot in Nashville, will feature reimagined songs from some of the biggest hits in ...
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