A Firm Foundation: Dating Pt. 1 (Self Evident #30)

We have opened the door. Self Evident is addressing the over-addressed topic of dating and the Christian. Why? Because the issue of finding a partner to walk through the rest of life with is the second biggest decision anyone will ever make.

In this episode, Alyssa, Eliana, Jenna and Brynn pull out what the world considers dating, what a Biblical view of dating entails, and how we need to ensure that our security lies in what Christ accomplished on the cross, not in the physical or emotional safety of a significant other.… Continue Reading

Born to Proclaim The Gospel (Illinois Family Spotlight #340)

In this edition of Spotlight, IFI’s David Smith and Public School Exit’s Ceasar Leflore converse with the one and only Juan Elias-Riesco, former owner of the famous Nini’s Deli (which you can learn about through the documentary Paint the Wall Black) and a blazing torch for the kingdom of Christ.

Elias-Riesco’s testimony of how he became a Christian is anything but boring. Growing up on the streets of Chicago, he quickly became hardened to shoplifting and spiraled into a sinful lifestyle that had him in prison and rejecting God’s design for sexuality.… Continue Reading

Addictions & the Illinois Legislature (Illinois Family Spotlight #339)

Monte Larrick is joined by Shane Hartman, the executive director of the Illinois Church Action on Alcohol and Addiction Problems (ILCAAAP). Springfield has made slaves of so many Illinois citizens, through the legalization of recreational marijuana and betting on anything. ILCAAAP is working to combat the evil coming out of our legislature through educating Illinois youth about the dangers of drugs, gambling and liquor.

“The main thing is to let the kids know you care.” Hartman stated when asked what is the most persuasive argument to reach kids in our age of social media.… Continue Reading

The Purpose of Modesty, Feat. the Patriarchs (Self Evident #29)

Self Evident has returned! New year, new content, new episode! We are continuing our series on modesty–what it is, why it’s important, and how we can utilize it to the glory of our Maker. In this episode, Kenna, Eliana and Jenna bring their fathers, David Smith & Richard Hartian, into the conversation. The patriarchs address how men view–and should view–the modesty issue, how they view it as fathers and husbands, and answer questions posed by listeners.… Continue Reading

Into the Lions’ Den (Illinois Family Spotlight #338)

In this episode, David Curtain explains his job as IFI’s lobbyist in Springfield, the bills that are threatening to family values, and how we can be active in our state capitol from every part of the state.

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BONUS: Pressing Forward in 2023

I recently gave a short New Year exhortation at my church and since we captured the audio, I thought we could post it as a special addition for those who may be interested. In this short message (15 minutes), I emphasis Paul’s statement in vs 12-14 in which he confesses:

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 

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Sanity as Insurrection (Illinois Family Spotlight #337)

This is a throwback episode, where we present a lecture that is still relevant today as it was when it was given–if not more so. Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, spoke at IFI’s 2019 worldview conference regarding trans ideology and the Christian. You can watch this talk here.

Sanity as Insurrection is the title of the final session of the 2019 Illinois Family Institute Worldview Conference on the “trans” ideology. In this presentation, Pastor Doug Wilson stressed the importance of asking sane questions, ones that strike at the heart of the matter, when we engage in debate with our adversaries because “deliberate and premeditated sanity is a challenge to the powers that be.”… Continue Reading

Science Instead of God (Illinois Family Spotlight #336)

In this segment of Spotlight, we’re highlighting remarks made at IFI’s Medical Freedom Forum held earlier this year at Jubilee Bible Church. Doctors Mark Zumhagen and Simon Gold pointed out the wrong occurring in their respective fields and answered questions from the audience.

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The Gospel of Christmas (Self Evident #28)

In this episode, Kenna and Alyssa delve into the true meaning of Christmas, the wonder of God’s plan, the beauty of the redemption story, and the awe of a Savior that came in a manger.
Luke 2:15~ “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”
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Capital Nativity & Hope (Illinois Family Spotlight #335)

In this episode, Monte Larrick is at Illinois’ state capital, at the annual Christmas nativity reveal. Delbra Pratt speaks on the importance of the display in this dark corner of Illinois, and what it means.

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