Podcasts
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.
New and Improved
October 18, 2019
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.
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.
Buy the Nerf Guns
September 27, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Ever feel worn down by the monotony or the responsibilities of life? Life gets serious, but God gifted us with the ability to laugh and to play. Rachel and Luann wonder, "Is that what's missing in our days?"
Set Beautiful Free
September 20, 2019
Theresa Mills & Anson and Dawn
Join guest host Theresa Mills for an in-depth discussion with Anson and Dawn from Set Beautiful Free, an initiative of Bombay Teen Challenge. For more information, visit their website at http://www.setbeautifulfree.org
The Best Way to Sleep
September 13, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Millions of Americans share a common issue - sleep deprivation. What is it that causes us to have trouble sleeping? While the cause may be different for some, there are a number of things that may help us to recover some of those lost hours of sleep. Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we discuss how simple acts of gratitude may help us get a better night's sleep.
Just Admit It
September 6, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's not the easiest thing to admit when we're wrong. Let's face it; as humans, we like to think that we are right and know what is best. The beauty of admitting our errors is that the admission often strengthens our relationships with our family, friends, and colleagues. Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we share life together and realize that sometimes we just need to admit we're wrong.
Warrior - Special Guest Natasha Owens
August 30, 2019
Luann Prater & Natasha Owens
Join host Luann Prater as she welcomes our friend and special guest, Natasha Owens. Earlier this year, Natasha released the album, "Warrior." Natasha and Luann share life together as they journey through how trying experiences have shaped them into the women they are today. For more information on Natasha, you can go to https://natashaowensmusic.com.
Lessons from Amazon
August 23, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
After listening to an interview with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Rachel and Luann discuss what they learned about making decisions.
Special Guest Jeannie Burlowski
August 16, 2019
Luann Prater & Jeannie Burlowski
Join Luann at the Encouragement Cafe this week as she sits down with author Jeannie Burlowski. Jeannie is the author of “Launch: How to Get Your Kids Through College Debt-Free and Into Jobs They Love Afterward." Luann and Jeannie will discuss some of the strategies within the book along with the experiences that inspired them.
Needing Discipline
August 9, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
It's safe to say a majority of the population feels like they need more self-discipline. Luann and Rachel talk about the source of our self-control or procrastination struggles, and the solutions available to us.
Take Action
August 2, 2019
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
"I'll stop procrastinating tomorrow." How many times have we said those words? Maybe it's calling on someone or doing something that you've put off time and time again. Join Rachel and Luann as they talk about how to get it in gear and take action.