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Our mission is provide a forum for the “restless”. A place where they can tell their story or hear the inspirational stories of others that could provide a reason to hope for eternity or just take another breath for one more day. To share the stories of real people with hearts restless to find what they were made for. We see people's hearts as waves desperate to finally discover rest on an eternal shore.

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Bill, (the dad) a 62 year old man grew up in a family of 3 boys. They saw their mom leave while they were all very young. The splintering of the family and an alcoholic father led to a series of events and lifestyles sending all three boys on a trajectory of substance abuse and trouble with the law. Bill after spending time in juvenile detention and then prison came home to a scene that was no different then when he left. He chose to leave and live in a recovery home. He eventually developed a relationship with a women and they had 4 children together…years later they married but soon things go south and for four years Bill has little contact with his children…it destroys him as it reminds him of his own past. At a low point he walks in a church to seek help and returns for a service. While responding to a call to receive Christ he is approached by a man who takes interest in Bill and prays often with him. His off the charts anxiety begins to lessen. At the same time while these events are going his son William whom he has not seen for years is experiencing his own life challenges. He is about to enter into his sophomore year in high school and while all his friends are spending summer vacations with family or going to expensive camps Williams mom can’t afford any of that. He hears about a summer camp with an organization called Young Life and is also befriended by his math teacher. He is able to attend and life begins to change. Within two weeks of returning home home he is told that his mom has only weeks to live. Both his dad and the rest of his siblings after little contact in 4 years meet in the hospital room of their dying mom and wife. What happens next in the lives of this family is nothing short of a miracle. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Thanksgiving We have LiftoffThis is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On produced by Restless the Podcast. This is called Thanksgiving We Have Lift Off.For my family Thanksgiving conjures up a host of memories. In the 60’s and 70’s my brothers and sister I learned to be content in small things. In a way unbeknowning to us we managed our expectations. The relationships we had with each other and gathering of family were valued. These gatherings provided an opportunity for extraordinary creativity. One year my grandfather a veteran of world war came up to stay with us. Despite his respiratory issues caused by being mustered gassed by the germans he was an avid pipe smoker. One day as he often did he fell asleep with his pipe next to him in the ash tray. My younger brother Gary and I avid fans of the Apollo space program quietly took his pipe, removed all the tobacco and repacked it with match-heads from at least two books of matches. We then topped it off with tobacco and waited. A few minutes later he awoke and as predicted went for his pipe. We looked on… waiting for the pyro show to begin…in an instant there was a flash that filled the room then flames steadily built until it reached maximum height. Rumors have that it they danced across the ceiling. I looked over at Gary and the look on his face was like an arsonist admiring his work. I cant verify this but I thought I heard the words “Houston we have ignition and liftoff.” As the flame died down reality set in and we expected trouble would be coming our way. Surprisingly our laid back grandfather looked at his pipe looked over at us then looked at his pipe again then continued smoking it as nothing had happened. Needless to say it was a milestone memory.As a family we were thankful for the little things because we didn’t have any of the big things There is much more to this story but for today think about this:Hear the words of C.S. Lewis:We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is good, because it is good; if bad, because it works in us patience, humility, contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.This Thanksgiving manage your expectations regarding what you are thankful for by focusing on things eternal rather than temporal. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
The Chicklet Man

The Chicklet Man

2021-11-1704:03

Hi this is Steve and as you know the Press On series is produced by Restless the Podcast. Its purpose is to provide a short segment that encourages you to think and consider matters that are life impacting while lifting your spirit at the same. In the gospel of Luke I’m reminded what the writer says about Mary “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” The context in this case is the Christmas story in Luke 2. We want you to ponder the important things in life and eternity. Recently we created a support page to help cover the cost of podcast which for is 4-5K per year. As you know our visual theme is nautical on our web site so we would like you to consider getting in the boat to help row for a while. So check out our support page and subscribe star and think about jumping in with us. Some content will be produced for fellow rowers but as always if this show has touched you just emails at info@restlespodcast.com and tell us you would like access to all content and we will always make sure you receive it. Consider your self a cheerleader instead. The Chicklet ManBack in the late 60’s and early 70’s while growing up in rural central Maryland my siblings and I discovered and older gentlemen in the neighborhood who we called the Chicklet man. His real name was Mr. Whitaker he boarded at a house adjacent to ours. He was probably in his late 80’s perhaps even early nineties and he was in good health. We first saw him taking walks through out the community on a daily basis. He would stop and begin to talk about whatever was important you. At some point he would pull out his little box of Chicklet gums and offer you one. It was a big seller because every time we’d see him all of us would run out and ask “Mr. Whitaker can we have a Chicklet?”He would invite us to take walks with him and talk about simple things that kept our attention he never complained he one day when he fell on a slick road he just laughed it off but knew it had hurt. What I remember about him was his simplicity, approachability, time had not soured him, his mind and heart was not harden, and his invitation to walk with him. Then one day he was gone.Years later as I think about him Im reminded of what Jesus said to his disciples in the gospel of Mark 10 about little children.  He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. While this story is about children its about you and me us adults whose hearts and minds have been soured and hardened by time. Minds that have already decided how things really thus making it difficult to hear the truth.There’s much more to this story but for today think about this:What is about Children and their hearts and minds that compelled Jesus to say: Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”What about you has time soured your mind about is really true is your heart so hard it can not hear the truth. It seems like Jesus’ favorite word was come…are you ready. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Can Do

Can Do

2021-11-0602:32

Hi, This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Can Do.As I look back at my growing up years I realize that they are a collection of experiences in relationships with others whether positive or negative. Despite the hardships that our family endured we through the examples of my mother and grandparents were ingrained with the spirit of CAN DO. My grandfather, the farmer and horse trainer would say things like “the only thing hard work hurt on a man was his feelings” You just got to get up and get your work done that’s the only way to do it” It was without question that this can do spirit was forged by WWI, the Great Depression and WWII. He would tell us that we don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves. Indeed a Can Do spirit…IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT PAUL WROTE IN PHILIPPIANS 4I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.There’s those words. “Can Do”. The greek words used for Can Do Greek “ischuo from ischus means to be strong in body or in resources. Ischuo in this context means having the resources to accomplish some objective.There’s much more to this story but for today think about this:Can Do used in this context is not about self motivation or empowerment for our own enterprises. It's in Christ that we have been given the resources and strength to accomplish his will….not just our own.You don’t have His permission to quit, concede, or accept that which is evil. Stop with the “we just have to accept this.” I encouraged you to get on your knees, ask the Lord to muster up in you the “can do” spirit that he has already given you. Because he has made you for “such a time as this.”  This is Steve and until we meet again, Press On See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What Well Do You Drink From?A year and a Half ago Im retired after 35 years During that course of time I developed several good relationships with co-workers that became friendships. Back in the 80’s as a relatively young man I had energy to spare, yet as time rolled on I slowed down,When energy drinks came on the market it became the quest of my friend Dennis and I to find an elusive orange drink offered by a certain manufacturer. They became hard to find but when we did find them it was like an oasis in the dessert.  One day Dennis and I we stopped by convenient store and decided to try an off brand drink with an odd name. Within minutes of our first sip we both were tormented with headaches. Years later we still talk about that day…Let’s be honest it seems that we all have this inherent drive to find something that quenches a thirst or eternal longing, a restlessness if you will.  The same is true a a women that Jesus met….she was drawing water from an historic well. She too had this eternal longing that the water from that was was un able to quench. Let’s listen in on this story as told in the gospel of John chapter 4. Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst.There are many wells in this world that we drink from and Im not talking about a physical water, things like social media, television and social causes , news, politics, Hollywood, NY best sellers, that market themselves as sources that quench our thirst but are they.There is much more to this story but for today think about this:St Augustine wrote : You oh lord have made us for yourself and our hearts will not rest until they rest in thee. We are restless people looking to have the thirst in our souls quenched…so let me ask you…What Well Do You Drink from? The one that gives you life or a well that gives you a really bad headache or worst yet a soul that remains unquenched?This is Steve and until we meet again Press On! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Knots

Knots

2021-10-2102:31

Hi this is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On.This is called KnotsI started thinking about Christmas and while the weather is still tolerable putting some lights in our Holley Tree. Thinking about it-sparked a memory of a few years back when decorating that same tree…I pulled out the lights to find them all tangled up… After spending what seemed like an hour untangling them I finally had enough…a nearby pair of garden shears completed the task. On the ground lay the carnage of a string of lights cut into 30 pieces.Truth is one of the things I can’t stand is knots…things becoming entangled. Ever heard the saying "I feel like I'm all tangle in knots."That includes life and things like faith. Historically humans have done a great job making that which was meant to be simple…complex.For example the Jewish faith, the Torah contained 10 commandments given by God himself. Later 603 additional commandments were added by religious leaders for a total of 613. In time additional commandments were added to clarify the 613. Today there’s over a thousand of them.When Jesus came along one of the things that I marvel at is how he began to untangle knots. First he confronted the religious leaders for making believing in God complicated and hard. He said things like my yoke is easy and my burden is light”Found in Matthew 11 He was talking about the heavy burden of the system of works that the Pharisees laid on the backs of the people that Jesus was offering to relieve.  Secondly he began to untangle peoples lives one by one whether it was a women at a well whose life was tangled in knots by multiple failed marriages he offed her a living water that would quench the thirst of her soul or man was crippled who had laid on a mat for 38 years trying to get in a pool that he thought would heal him He said to you want to get well…Jesus untangled his knots.Theres much more to this story but for today think about this: Are you all tangled up in knots? Do you want to get untangled Then recall the word Jesus “come to meal who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest." He is the great "untangler" ….maybe its time you ask him to untangle you  This is Steve and until we meet get again Press On. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Portrait

Portrait

2021-10-1502:31

Portrait of GodThis is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This called Portrait Take a look at some of pictures hanging on the walls of your house...why are they there, what to they communicate to you or who do they represent?When my wife and I go to colonial Williamsburg the historical actors will sometimes say “would you like to have a quick portrait done with me”? Its their way of saying want to get a picture with me? What are pictures or portraits really…Hear the words of the writer of Colossians 1 (Paul)Colossians 1:15-19He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.The Greek word eikon (image) meaning perfect-representation, the very substance or essential embodiment of something or someone.The same word is used in Greek to describe a portrait or more familiar to us, the word “photograph.”Typically they are representations of a moment in time...nothing else. They are two dimensional only and do not capture the whole context of meaning and it importance to you.That’s not what Paul is talking about... we see that in verse 19 “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,”You see Jesus was not merely a “sketch of God or a lifeless portrait He is the full revelation of God...nothing was left out. Theres much more to the story but for today think about this:In the gospel Matthew 6 tells us that if we seek him we will find Him. When you do so God it’s like adding a brush stroke to a cosmic portrait...in time the face of Jesus emerges.This is Steve, be of good courage and Press ON See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
SAD

SAD

2021-10-1102:31

Hey this is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called SADI love the summer…the long days of sunshine, warm temps and variety of colors…it feels like life. Sure the real hot days makes me uncomfortable like most but it’s during this time of the year that my body thrives. At the end of summer I play The Beach Boys song Summers Over as a sad good bye.As the days shorten I get anxious about what millions of people suffer with SAD…that is Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s cause is the lack of light and can lead to anxiety and feelings of dread.The writer of 1 John (John) 1 John 1:5-7This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all….he continues….But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.Many theologians believe that prior to the fall Adam and Eve had a physical presence that glowed. You heard it right, their skin had a luminescence. In fact science has photographed the human body giving off a glow caused by excited protons...interestingly the face is the brightest part of the body.This is not a coincidence...God made us to be the people of light...physically and spiritually. Light purifies and the darkness can not survive in it.There is much more to this story but today Think about this:There are two forms of SAD one is Seasonal Affective Disorder and the other is Spiritual Affective DisorderWe are people built to live in the light, physically and spiritually. If you are experiencing anxiety or feelings of dread then do two things:When the Sun is shining get outdoors and some time in it allowing it to rejuvenate your body and secondly,When your soul is darkened by oppressive news or dark memories of your past…then walk towards the light his is name is Jesus who said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”This is Steve and until we meet again….you know what to do Press On. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hold It Together

Hold It Together

2021-10-0702:31

This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Hold It Together.I’d like to ask you a question…What holds you together? No really what holds your life together? Seems like a simple question but is it?Almost everyday I come across stories of individuals and families that are struggling...the word chaos comes to mind. Look around and listen...it’s not hard to find. In fact try and stomach 5 minutes of the national news…it’s disheartening. I would wager you know exactly what I’m talking about…perhaps your life, family, world feels like chaos. Listen to what the writer of Colossians 1 says:Colossians 1:15-17He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Now consider what Paul says in verse 17 “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”Christ is not only the agent of the beginning of creation and the end of it but He is the force in between that holds everything together. William Barclay writes this: “That is say, all laws which govern and sustain order and not chaos in the universe are an expression of the mind of the Son....the laws by which the universe hangs together are not only scientific laws but also divine.Simply put, life apart from Christ is chaos...with Christ there is order and thus purpose. Theres much more to this story but for today think about this: It’s easy to look around and see chaos, as the world pushes God out of society chaos abounds but remember, order begins when Christ is in our hearts. When things seem to be falling apart, ask the Lord to reestablish order because “in him all things hold together.”This is Steve and until we meet again Press Onand to Matt H thanks for listening? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Butter Beans

Butter Beans

2021-08-1502:31

This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Butter Beans.Growing up our family faced a number of challenging problems not unlike many families in the 60’s. As a family of 7 there was financial hardship. The majority of my clothing was clothes worn by my brothers the year before. During the summer time meals from the the garden was common such as butter bean stew. It was butter beans with corn, butter beans with tomatoes, butter beans with chicken, butter beans with rice and the list went on. As kids you didn’t know any better you didn’t wonder why you were having so many meals with butter beans. The old man worked hard but was haunted by his past and secret use of alcohol the outcome of his periodic drinking was no secret however...he often became violent which created fear and tension. We all liked to watch John Wayne movies on our black and white console tv. John Wayne’s spirit of “true grit” or resolve and determination by strength of character became our personal rally call. Even with that spirit however there is an obvious question to be asked “to what end”. For purpose make it safely to death at a ripe old age. Does even having this attitude give us meaning, value and purpose. The apostle Paul in Philippians 3 speaks to this unavoidable question: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.... I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.There’s much more to this story but for today think about this....having resolve to Press On is only sustainable when our purpose for doing so is eternal. The truth is God through Jesus calls all of us heavenward...are you willing to let him take hold of you.This is Steve and until we meet again Press On.To Dustin a vibrant young man in his 30’s fighting to beat Covid our prayers, thoughts and hopes are with you. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Finish Line

Finish Line

2021-07-2702:32

This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is called Finish Line.Over the last several weeks I’ve talked to a number of people who are struggling emotionally and physically....and heard of many more.As I reflect back on my growing up years I remembered a game my brothers and I would play. One at a time each of was given a football and we would run full speed at the others in an effort to cross a line considered the end zone. It was less about football and more about pumling the guy with the ball...it was brutal.. I remembered being massacred by my brothers. We would laugh, fight and sometimes cry in pain but the finish line always stayed in sight. Then it meant something else now it means something epic. Our lives...and what happens after that last breath leaves your body. Hear the words of the writer of Hebrews 12Since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” The truth is all of us have a race marked out before us and yes there is a finish line for some it will be the temporal things that this life momentarily offers. For others though that will not be enough because they reject that theirs lives are momentary and meaningless. There is much more to this conversation but for today think about this.You will get pumbled get in life and it’s going to hurt but when your finish line is the eternal rather then the temporal it’s a life changer. So what do you do: 1. As we run, we must “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” He’s the finish line.2. Surround yourself with those who don’t take theirs eyes on the finish line Christ. I have a long time friend and group of guys who’s motto is “we get each other to the finish…even if it's ugly.This Steve and until we meet again Press O See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Stiff Necked

Stiff Necked

2021-07-2102:32

Stiff Necked This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This called Stiff Necked.Usually every morning I wake up with a sniff neck and body because of arthritis i and of course theres that thing called gravity and age.Ive often complained that I "feel like the tin man" from the wizard of Oz caught in a rain storm without an oil can.  In Micah 6:8 God answers the Jewish people regarding what he wants from them: He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of youBut to do justice, to love kindness (mercy), And to walk humbly with your God?God was clear about what was important to Him and it wasn't their ritualistic practices it was the attitude of their hearts and in this He wanted them to walk humbly with God.So what does humility and being stiff necked have to do with each other...they are the polar opposites. Throughout the OT God often referred to the Jews as stiff necked people this was figure of speech when describing the attitude of Israel toward God.The term stiff necked was originally used to describe an ox that refused to be directed by the farmer…it refused to turn the head or was very slow in order to take a different path.Sound familiar...perhaps it should. Pride, arrogance, and yes being stiff necked exist in abundance first in our own heart, particularly my own, Yet God Identifies it as an obstacle in walking with Him.Jesus in the sermon on the mount brings attention to it when he said “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. This was not about material possessions He was speaking to spiritual realities: He always did: To be poor in spirit is to recognize our utter spiritual bankruptcy before God.There is much more to this story but for today think about this  Unlike this world in Gods economy humility is not a weakness its a strength, and more than that the kingdom of God is only accessible when our hearts our right before God.This is Steve and until we meet again Press ON See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
"Rightly"

"Rightly"

2021-06-2702:31

The “social justice” of today is not the same thing. In fact it’s a term coined by socialist in post WW II in Europe. Socialism seeks to remove God, therefore what is “right and wrong” is determined by those in power...not God. There is much much more to this story for:Today think about this: “act justly” by applying God’s determination of “right and wrong” equally to all you encounter. Not because you have to but because it’s who you are. Why because of Gods grace in Jesus we have been given mercy for all those who receive it. This is Steve and until we meet again Press On. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
There’s much more to this story but for today think about this: Encouraging others to be everything that God has made them to be should be our default setting.In a world that makes it culturally acceptable to tear people down building them up in the image of God is life giving.With that my dear friends until we meet again I encourage you to Press On..Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
What Matters

What Matters

2021-06-1602:31

This is Steve and welcome back to another segment of Press On. This is call What Matters.What matters to you...think about it “what really matters to you?” I’m sure many of you, as did I hear your parents say wait until you get my age then you’ll understand better...what’s important.This past 18 months the pandemic has reminded us and myself of what really matters. How by two major examples: relationships and our mortality. It separated us from those we love and everyday friendships. Just this morning I read an article from cdc.gov that hospital ER’s have seen an increase in suicides and attempted suicides among ages 12-17. Sadly this is not the first article that I have read regarding this sad statistic. In Gods economy we were made and are dependent on relationships. First with the one who made us than each other, it’s how we were wired. When distance, separation, or confinement interrupts or stops the relationship process we suffer and our lights dim. Secondly our mortality. As a young man I assumed there would be a million tomorrow’s...there isn’t at least not on this earth. If we live to a life expectancy of 77 that’s 28,144 days. For some it’s more for many it’s much less. It’s not a million tomorrow’s.So here is the question that if we are honest with ourselves is “what really matters.” Jesus in the gospel of Mark: 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?Jesus as he always does, drills down to the obvious and most important question that is fundamental to a persons existence...”what really matters.” In fact we are told that in Hebrews what we hope for are the things we can not see.There is much more to this story but for today think about this:When we fill our lives with things that we “see” the material, these things will all be gone, they do not last. What does last however is the love in relationships, with each other and most importantly with the one who made us our Lord Jesus.I leave you with the same question that we started with What really mattersThis is Steve and until we meet again Press On See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hope

Hope

2021-06-0202:31

If Hope were a matter of chance or luck our lives would lack purpose, meaning, and value. In Christ however hope is a certainty an anchor for our souls that is unmovable.That is the kind of hope that our restless souls long for. It's the kind of hope that I want and I think you want too.This is Steve and until we meet again...Press On. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Once the man addressed the “do you want to get well question he then instructs the man “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk. I often wondered why mention the mat when the fact that he could now walk was all that one needed to know. The mat or bedroll was like a piece of furniture that metaphorically anchored a person to a specific location either temporarily or permanently. It represents an address or reoccurring habit. We all have them you know...mats... places or things that we have anchored ourselves to thinking it gives us safety or familiarity.There is much more to this story but today think about this:What legends have you been told or believed that you thought gave you hope but simply do not. Jesus however, who is not legend, gives us the promise of a new hope but more then that... a change of address from a life disappointment to one that is genuinely full.The question is are you ready to pick up your mat and walk?  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Look Me In The Eyes

Look Me In The Eyes

2021-05-2102:35

There is no better way to understand how we should see and communicate with others than how God sees us. Hear the words spoken in 1 Samuel 16:7 “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”There is much more to this story but for today think about this: It’s when we take the time to look each other in the eyes that we may see their heart. It’s how our Lord made us for the heart reveals our true character. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
I See You

I See You

2021-04-1402:31

So today think about this: The Lord is not distance for he is near to the broken hearted, He see’s you because He intentionally turns and looks for you.  Hagar in Genesis 16 says to God “you are the God who sees me.” The question is are you ready to stop hiding from Him? See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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