Podcasts
I Was Sorely Wrong
April 3, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We all try to project that perfect image from time to time. Luann and Rachel talk and laugh about how we sometimes get it wrong… and why it's okay.
It Is The Little Things
March 27, 2020
Luann Prater & Holly Holton
Chances are your world is a bit upside down right now. Luann and Holly discuss how the little things in life can make all the difference in your relationship with God and others.
Golden Girls
March 20, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
The younger generation has discovered the classic television show "Golden Girls”, but what does it mean? Luann and Rachel discuss what lasting friendships look like and why the next generation is watching.
In The Valley
March 13, 2020
Luann Prater & Holly Holton
We have all been in the valley at one time or another. Luann and Holly talk about the ups and downs of life and how to escape the pits we sometimes find ourselves in.
Working with Others
March 6, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
There are two competing sayings: "Many hands make light work," and "If you want something done right, do it yourself." Luann and Rachel realize both are sometimes true, as they discuss how God calls us to work together in community.
You Are Not Your Backstory
February 28, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
When we look back in our life's past, what do we see? Are we necessarily proud of everything that we have done? For most of us, the answer would be no. In fact, some of us let our past decisions define who we are. This week, join Luann and Rachel at the table as we share life together. May we be reminded that our past does not define us. It is who we are today that makes the difference.
Abigail's Choice
February 21, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Does it ever seem that the other person acts so selfishly that they don't deserve your kindness, or acts so foolishly that they don't deserve any grace? That would be Abigail's husband Nabal. Luann and Rachel talk about what we can learn from looking at how Abigail lived with a person like that.
When Good Trumps Great
February 14, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's easy to keep busy doing lots of good things. Like helping others. But what if that means you never help yourself, or get around to doing the projects God has called you to do? Rachel and Luann talk about the pitfalls of getting too distracted with good things, and share strategies for making time for the great things.
New and Improved
February 7, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
They say that the only constant in life is change. Let's face it, friends. Change is not always easy. It's sometimes hard to change, adapt, or adjust with the times. Yet, we often forget that change may be a blessing from God. This week, join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we share stories and experiences of how "new and improved" can be a good thing.
Talking to Unbelievers
January 31, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
What do you say when you are talking to an unbeliever? Luann and Rachel discuss how we can better understand the unbelievers mindset and help them take their next step toward God.
When You Don't Like Your Odds
January 24, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Sometimes life feels like a casino game and "the House" is betting against you. Luann and Rachel discuss our tendency to think our winnings should outweigh our losses. Find out what the Bible says about the times when it seems we don't have a chip to our name.
Shiny Happy People
January 17, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Does it seem like the whole world is projecting a well-crafted image, and in comparison you look like a football linebacker that woke up with bed head? Rachel and Luann discuss the current demand for positive messages and pretty images.
Six Healthy Habits
January 10, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
The new year brings a feeling of new beginnings and fresh momentum, making it a great time to implement new habits. Luann and Rachel discuss six simple habits for better health and peace of mind.
Brave Enough to Stink
January 3, 2020
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Sometimes it just feels easier to stay put than to step outside of our comfort zones. Luann and Rachel discuss the importance of trying new things in the New Year.
My One Word 2020
December 27, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Got any new year's resolutions? Or have you quit doing that after years of failure? Rachel and Luann talk about a different approach, and share their experiences choosing a word to be their theme for the year. Try it!
Don't Bowl Alone
December 20, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
What does togetherness really mean? Rachel and Luann talk about the importance of sharing experiences together.
A Very Hallmark Christmas
December 13, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Are you dreaming of a Hallmark Christmas? Luann and Rachel discuss what makes Hallmark Christmas movies the most watched cable network.
Merry Stressmas
December 6, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Research shows more than half of us become more stressed during the holidays. Luann and Rachel talk about what brings this stress on during the happiest time of the year - and how to head it off before it arrives.
Wee Little Man
November 29, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
As a child, were you ever treated poorly by your classmates? Did they ever call you names? Such might have been the case with the wee little man, Zaccheus. As a tax collector, he was hated by many and scorned for his actions. Yet, in the eyes of Jesus, he was someone special. Hear the story of Zaccheus along with others shared by Luann and Rachel at the Encouragement Cafe.
Kiwi or Carrot
November 22, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Think about the analogy between kiwis and carrots. If you slice open a kiwi, you'll find that the color and texture is different from what might be on the outside. On the other hand, if you were to slice open a carrot, you find that is the same on the inside as it is on the outside. This same analogy holds true with our own lives. How do people see us? Are we the same on the inside as we are on the outside? Which are you - a kiwi or a carrot?
Leadership Endurance
November 15, 2019
Luann Prater & Brian Sanders
Everyone leads. Moms lead their children. Pastors lead their congregations. Teachers lead their students, and bosses lead their companies. It's never a sprint but a marathon. This week, Luann talks with author and leader Brian Sanders about how to endure as a leader.
What To Do When You Hate the Carpet
November 8, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's almost a cliche that Christians will fight over what color the carpet in the church should be. Luann and Rachel discuss how to disagree with other Christians, on issues from dogma to drapery.
The Laughing Club
November 1, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Life gets serious, and we get stressed. Sometimes you just need to laugh to lighten your load. Rachel and Luann talk about the need for levity and laughter in our lives. Come laugh with us.
Not Our Job
October 25, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Within our own friend circles, there are a number of unique personalities. Some of us love to laugh at life, while others take a more serious, ponderous look at life. How do we react, however, during those stressful moments of struggle in life? Join Luann and Rachel as we share life together and try to better understand the weight of our words.
Jarring Conversations
October 11, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
If we were to take a moment, we would realize that not everyone sees things the same way. We all come from different backgrounds and different creeds; yet, how do we interact with other in light of our differences? Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we discuss those "Jarring Conversations" with others.
Out of the Blue
October 4, 2019
Theresa Mills & Pete Dechat
While living with his family in Florida, Pete Dechat was startled by the sound of a loud crash. An airplane had crashed into his neighbor's home, and the engine's fuel tank had exploded into his own home. Pete Dechat went back into the home to rescue his daughter; he was not successful and his efforts resulted in 96% of his body being burned. He would spend the next few months in a coma. Join guest host Theresa Mills as she shares the story of Pete Dechat - a story of healing and discovery.