Gary Wilkerson Podcast

Gary Wilkerson Podcast

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You Can Have Victory Over Lust and Pornography - 040
Nov 7 • 25 min
Shame and feeling incomplete or insignificant often leads us to seek out worldly solutions. As we spiral into isolation and harmful patterns of living, we can quickly find ourselves with addictions that we’d never imagined having. No one sets out to…
Exposing Shame’s Darkness to the Light and Love of God - 039
Oct 31 • 26 min
Shame is a feeling everyone knows. It is born out of something deep in our hearts, and we need God if we want to find freedom from it. As we are on this journey of healing and freedom from shame, we need people who point us toward God and pray for us. God…
Loss, Pain and the Healing Power of Music - 038
Oct 24 • 19 min
When we go through heartache and crisis, God has many different ways to reach us. He may use loving relationships, the beauty of nature or even our work. Whatever that unique space is, he can use it to show us his goodness and glory in the darkest places…
Starting in the Spirit but Finishing in the Flesh - 037
Oct 17 • 25 min
We need God our entire lives the same way a very small child needs a loving caregiver. Trying to live as if we can take care of ourselves will only hurt us in the end. God wants us to rely on him for his transformative power in our lives. This week,…
Sex is Not Your Problem, It’s Your Solution - 036
Oct 10 • 36 min
Last week, Nate Larkin shared his personal testimony about struggling with a pornography addiction and how he eventually found freedom. This week, he and Gary discuss the types of sexual addiction and where they can spring from in our pasts. God wants to…
A Pastor’s Struggle with Pornography and Prostitutes - 035
Oct 3 • 47 min
A pornography addiction can feel like a hopeless trap. When we pray and pray for it to go away, we can get stuck in a cycle of despair when the addiction remains. This week, visiting speaker Nate Larkin talks about his own sexual addictions and how he…
Faith & Finances - Practical Advice Is Not Enough - 034
Sep 26 • 26 min
The United States is often called the richest country in the world. Often, as believers, we feel guilty about the money or nice things we own. Should we, though? Money is a resource that God chooses to give to us, as well as a blessing. If that’s the…
Pastor, You Don’t Have to Hide Your Hurts - 033
Sep 19 • 27 min
In the wake of Jarrid Wilson’s death, it is more important than ever to be aware of mental illness and spiritual attack, particularly for pastors. In response, Gary Wilkerson discusses the unique nature of depression for church leaders. He also opens up…
Is a Lack of Self-Worth at the Root of Your Anxiety? - 032
Sep 12 • 16 min
Those in the church seem to suffer from anxiety every bit as much as those outside it. God’s work of salvation would seem to free us from fear and stress, but instead it often seems to do the exact opposite. This week, Gary explores the deeper reasons…
Shame: a Blessing and a Curse - 031
Sep 5 • 27 min
What is shame? Is it that one thing we deliberately push away every time we think about it? If others knew about that one thing, are we absolutely certain they’d look at us differently? Why do we feel this way? How do we find freedom? This week, Gary…
Taking an Axe to the Root of Pornography Addiction - 030
Aug 29 • 19 min
Many of us deal with bad habits. Some are easy to talk about. We joke about how we need to cut out those “comfort foods” or watch less television. Other obsessions feel deeply private and difficult to discuss, especially in church. Every addiction is…
Faith and Fitness: Don’t Do Either Alone - 029
Aug 22 • 34 min
Our physical fitness and spiritual life affect one another in surprising ways. Unfortunately, this relationship has often been ignored or misrepresented in the church. This week Eric Cartier, Senior Pastor of Rocky Mountain Calvary, joins Gary Wilkerson…
Cornerstones for Success in Life and Finances - 028
Aug 15 • 20 min
Money is sometimes seen as a taboo or touchy subject, but it affects nearly every aspect of our lives. It can open new opportunities or allow us to pass on blessings to our children and others. It can also bring out struggles faster than almost anything…
How to Turn Your Anxiety Into Healing - 027
Aug 8 • 23 min
Many of us have struggles that we aren’t comfortable sharing with others. These secret sins seem so taboo that if we told anyone, they might stop speaking to us. Often these deep soul wounds manifest as anxiety or anger or other sins that affect our…
Caring For Yourself Will Help You Love Others Better - 026
Aug 1 • 20 min
On Instagram, the hashtag “loveyourself” has been used around 42 million times. In modern culture, however, this idea is usually attached to a ‘me’ mentality. But is there such a thing as biblical self-love? Can Christians unselfishly practice self-care?…
Called to Be Perfect but Not Perfectionists - 025
Jul 25 • 32 min
A lot of people say that they’re a perfectionist. Being hyper-critical of our situation, our friends, our work and ourselves is encouraged by our culture. Many would say this is what drives us to do better. But what if it mostly just drives people to…
Why Are Pastors Struggling with Suicide? - 024
Jul 18 • 32 min
After the outpouring of responses to our pastors and suicide episode a few months ago, Gary Wilkerson answers some of the questions that viewers sent in about the nature of depression. He also addresses some misconceptions surrounding suicide,…
The Power and Simplicity of Prayer - 023
Jul 11 • 36 min
Prayer is a central piece of the Christian life, but actually doing it challenges many believers. We often don’t pray when we have chances to do so. Not praying has been a common human issue for a very long time, but why does reaching out to God seem so…
Start Small, Trust God, and Watch What Happens - 022
Jul 4 • 22 min
It’s easy to despair at the problems in the world, feel overwhelmed and ask, “Why doesn’t God save those poor people? Why doesn’t he do something?” Long-time ministry leader, John Bueno felt this way when faced with a seemingly overwhelming issue in El…
Church, It’s Time to Get in the Game - 021
Jun 27 • 20 min
Evangelism taps into some Christians’ fears of not being knowledgeable enough or being shamed, but it also isn’t a priority for many others. The Bible, however, calls us to tell others the good news of Christ’s sacrifice. Every blessing God gives us and…
The Joy of Sharing Your Christian Faith with Others - 020
Jun 20 • 21 min
Deep down, every one of us wants to live a meaningful life, and we will feel truly alive when we are living out God’s Great Commission. Whether we bring God’s good news to our workplace or a distant mission field, this is our truest calling. This week…
A Wilkerson Family Testimony: Prodigal Children Overcoming Addiction - 019
Jun 13 • 56 min
Parents in the church can feel ashamed of having a prodigal child. They may have actually been condemned for their child’s suffering or wandering path. In this episode, Gary Wilkerson is joined by his wife, Kelly, and son, Evan, as they discuss how their…
How to Navigate Doubt in Your Christian Life - 018
Jun 6 • 25 min
Doubt can feel like a dangerous fault line in the bedrock of our faith. This week, Gary Wilkerson takes a more measured look at doubt and its place in the Bible and our lives. How do we take care of our hearts so that when doubt springs up, it doesn’t…
Can Doubt Be Good For Your Faith? - 017
May 30 • 20 min
Doubt can be hard for us to wrestle with, especially if we’re afraid that it means we’re losing our faith. If we open up to God about our fears, though, he won’t leave us to struggle alone. God promises to walk alongside us through every dark valley and…
The People-Shaped Hole in Your Heart - 016
May 23 • 39 min
Wellness is a huge part of how we evaluate ourselves. How happy are we? How healthy do we feel? How are the relationships in our lives? Many professionals and friends want to tell us what wellness should look like, but what does the Bible say? This week,…
Hiding Your Hurts Under a False Sense of Worth - 015
May 16 • 28 min
Validation is an enormous part of our lives. It is an external recognition that the feelings we have or the actions we take are worthwhile. Community, as God intended it, often encourages people toward right living through validation. However, the desire…
What Did Jesus Mean When He Promised Abundant Life? - 014
May 9 • 19 min
The Bible promises us abundant life, so how does this translate into everyday life? Does this promise mean that God will shower us with whatever we pray for and desire? Clearly, that’s not the case for quite a few, if not all, of us. In this episode of…
Having Fun Might Be One of the Most Holy Things You Do - 013
May 2 • 12 min
We sometimes believe that we have to avoid having too much fun because it might be sinful. Or we might feel that there are more “holy” things we could be doing than spending time with friends and having fun. In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson Podcast,…
How to Have Wholeness in Your Christian Life - 012
Apr 25 • 24 min
Could the way in which we care for our bodies be affecting our spiritual lives as well? Could having healthier life practices, from the food we eat to the relationships we have, be a biblical concept? Gary Wilkerson discusses this topic and offers…
Love Is Powerful, Confronting Every Form of Darkness - 011
Apr 18 • 33 min
In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Nicky Cruz joins us to explore the topic of love when it comes to the people who can seem the farthest from that term: prisoners, gang members and drug addicts. Nicky recalls how Gary’s father helped bring…
Loving Your Children in a Culture of Entitlement - 010
Apr 11 • 32 min
In this episode of the Gary Wilkerson podcast, Nicky Cruz joins us to discuss the great importance of a father’s love. The impact of a parent’s love plus God’s love can create incredible healing and purpose in a child’s life.
Spinning Out of Control - 009
Apr 4 • 29 min
This week on the Gary Wilkerson Podcast, Gary and guest Matt Tanner discuss a plane crash and an extraordinary miracle. If we look back at what God has done, opening our hearts to how he is meeting us in each moment, we may see how our Lord seeks to draw…
Living a Life Free From Fear - 008
Mar 28 • 33 min
Victor Marx joins the Gary Wilkerson Podcast to discuss his experiences not only facing ISIS members who were hunting for him but also some of the darkest memories from his troubled childhood. He shares how God has overcome great fears in his own life and…
Combating the Dark Nights of the Soul - 007
Mar 21 • 30 min
A study on depression published in The American Journal of Psychiatry made a remarkable discovery. People who had a relationship with God showed a 76 percent decrease in major depression when compared to their parents who had also struggled with mental…
Encouragement to Stay in the Fight - 006
Mar 14 • 28 min
In this episode, Gary Wilkerson discusses depression and suicide even among believers who should live in the light of hope. He explores ways that believers can handle issues like mental illness and how to differentiate between spiritual despair and…
Your Painful Past Can Be God’s Most Powerful Tool - 005
Mar 7 • 20 min
Victor Marx of All Things Possible Ministries joins us to share how God has used his painful past of abuse and rejection to prepare him for rescuing women and children traumatized by ISIS. Our brokenness doesn’t mean we are useless; rather it allows God…
How to Walk in God’s Ultimate Favor - 004
Mar 1 • 35 min
In the Western world, material wealth and influence can often distort our view of God’s blessings. While neither are bad things to have, Gary Wilkerson explores how mistaking these as God’s favor may lead to disillusion and frustration. Not asking God for…
Feeling like You’re Falling Behind - 003
Feb 20 • 27 min
Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor. In this week’s podcast, he digs down to the root of our expectations for ourselves and our Christian walk that often cause us to despair…
Avoiding ‘Spiritual’ Comparison - 002
Feb 15 • 30 min
Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor. In this week’s podcast, he dives into how we combat that sense of despair when our lives seem to be spinning out of control. He…
Fighting Hopelessness in Our Walk with God - 001
Feb 2 • 31 min
Pastor and president of World Challenge, Gary Wilkerson, paints a brighter and more biblical picture of God’s favor in this opening podcast. The following are a couple points he touches upon: Comfort and self-interest as our drug of choice What it means…