Podcasts
The Green-Eyed Monster
May 18, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Envy visits us all from time to time, making us feel short-changed or somehow less-than. Luann and Rachel talk about their struggles with the green-eyed monster, and how to kick him off your ladder to success.
Remembering Mama
May 11, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
This week around the table Luann and Rachel talk about their mothers, their Mother’s Day experiences, and the ways we can all honor those who have mothered us.
Facebook vs. Face to Face
May 4, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Americans spend 53.5 billion minutes on Facebook in a given month! Many of us spend more time browsing, liking and commenting on social media than we do being “social” face-to-face with friends. Facebook is fun – you’ll find us there – but Luann and Rachel notice there’s something about being physically present in one another’s lives in real time.
Prepared To Be Called
April 27, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Have you ever wondered what your calling is? We believe everyone is called to ministry in some capacity! But maybe you don’t know what your gifts are. Listen as Luann and Rachel talk about their callings and how you can prepare for your call.
Can You Hear Me Now?
April 20, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Can You Hear Me Now? Adventures in Miscommunication - laugh with Luann and Rachel over some funny miscommunications and learn why listening carefully is so hard to do, yet such an important skill.
Easy Hospitality
April 13, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Does the idea of hosting a get-together send you into a stressed out cleaning frenzy? We get it, however hospitality doesn't have to be complicated. Today Luann and Rachel discuss ways to simplify, relax and enjoy opening our homes to others.
Don't Play the Fool
April 6, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
How can you tell if the decision you’re making or the course you’re taking is going to work out well, or be a bust? Where can we turn for wise counsel? Rachel and Luann discuss some foolish decisions they have made and how we can make wiser choices.
Walking In Someone Else's Shoes
March 30, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Have you literally tried to wear another person's shoes? It's not easy, is it? They often don't fit, and we find it hard to walk normally. This weekend, come to the table as Luann and Rachel discuss the often difficult task of walking in someone else's shoes. What can we as Christians do to better understand the difficulties facing many of our friends and neighbors? How can we better walk a mile in their shoes?
Ditching Your Ego
March 23, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
Let's face it, friends. We let our foolish pride get in the way sometimes. Honestly, the hardest thing to do is admit when we're wrong. Think about this for a moment. Can our pride stand in the way of our dear friends and family? How will our actions impact their lives? Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as we learn to ditch our ego and come together at the table.
Where's Your Motive?
March 16, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
There is so much in life that can throw us off-kilter. From time to time, we have to self-evaluate and find our prime motivation. Join Luann and Rachel as they share stories around the table at the Cafe. Together, we'll answer the question, "Where's Your Motive?"
Wee Little Man
March 9, 2018
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
March 2, 2018
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?
You Are Not Your Backstory
February 23, 2018
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.
Not Our Job
February 16, 2018
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
February 9, 2018
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 sometime 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.
Speak to Yourself Like a Friend
February 2, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We often have a kind word to say to our friend, neighbor, or co-worker. We do our very best to take care of others, but how well do we take care of ourselves? Join Luann and Rachel at the Cafe as they share their thoughts on how we ought to speak positively to ourselves. Learn this week how to "Speak to Yourself Like a Friend."
Jarring Conversations
January 26, 2018
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.
The Best Way to Sleep
January 19, 2018
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
January 12, 2018
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.
One Word For 2018
January 5, 2018
Luann Prater & Rachel Olsen
We've all heard of New Year's Resolutions, but what if we decided to instead focus on one word - one word that would be our focus for the year. Join Luann and Rachel as they each share their "word" for 2018 along with experiences of how a single word changed their lives.