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Author: Host Ric Hansen. Produced by Klem Daniels

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Interviews with well known actors, authors, artists, athletes, musicians, and business leaders. Authentic conversations about their lives, careers, and how their faith played an important part. Inspiring and uplifting stories of hope, transformation, and triumph. We dig deep for the powerful life stories from some very amazing guests...truly "souls on fire".

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Here is the heartwarming story of a man and his canine police partner. Mark Tappan, a self confessed "non-planner", found his way on the perfectly (divinely?) planned career trajectory that lead him from a "Jesus epiphany" in the US Marine Corp, to youth pastor to police officer and then the human companion of A DOG NAMED MATTIS. Now with 5 million followers on social media and a new book, he shares his special bond and amazing true life ...
A $300 a month job, with very little status or perks, upended his career trajectory and shaped Doug Burleigh's next 50 years. As a "Young Life" summer camper in his teens he uncovered what a relationship with Jesus looked like. After excelling in academics in high school and college, it appeared he'd laid the ground work for a career to skyrocketing career with several lucrative and prestigious options. But the God inspired decision he made at that po...
Here is the story of a small town boy, who among other things, toured 1100 high schools across the country, spent a year in the Neitherlands, hosted a talk radio show, helped found a thriving church 28 years ago and uses humor as a primary tool to introduce and share with people the love and grace of Jesus. Rick Enloe, author of the book, "Low Hanging Truth" is an awesome story teller who learned the importance of teaching through story telling from the master...Jesus ...
What I love about this episode is how fun, human, unique and authentic our guest is. His name is Keith Koldsbaek, but from his story, in the next few minutes...you will also get to know more about hydroplane race driving legend Chip Hanauer, as well as Kaitlyn, Dee Dee and Bella. You'll find out about how Nascar driver Jimmy Johnson ended up standing on the sponson of a hydroplane with hydroplane driver icon Bill Muncey. Keith shares details of the marriage that ...
You'll love this story of a young "feeling" kid, who is ADHD, filled with anxiety and lacking in self confidence but ends up as a Super Bowl champion in the NFL and a sought after speaker and author. In this episode we walk through the up and down seasons in the life of Seahawk's long snapper, Clint Gresham. As a boy growing up in Texas, church was always a part of his story....but it became the focus of his story when he made a radical shift in 2009 when one month changed his lif...
There are few people who have had more experience capturing the world of sports in the written word. Particularly baseball and golf. John Strege spent over 40 years sharing the highest and lowest moments in sports and everything in-between. His one-on-one connection with sports stars and celebrities give him a unique frame of reference and has offered him a distinctive opportunity to share some of the most amazing stories in his new book, "In the BIG INNING...Where faith mee...
He was the lead singer of one of the worlds most popular rock bands, and hung out with the likes of Smokey Robinson, The Pointer Sisters, Earth Wind and Fire and more. Leon Patillo was the lead singer for Santana and his music career was legendary. In the late 70's his life pivoted and he made the dramatic switch to what turned out to be the very beginnings of Contemporary Christian Music. Creating music that worshiped God with lyrics of praise in a totally new music...
Sometimes it takes a leap of faith. Literally. It was a leap with no real landing spot for this creative genius when he packed his vehicle and headed off to the entertainment capital of LOS ANGELES. His only destination for sure was a storage unit there for his possessions. His wife and five kids were dropped off with friends in Redding and he was headed for a God inspired adventure into the wild world of acting....voice acting. No home, no job, just a promise fr...
An avid reader, a lover of the written word, this is the unlikely story of Arlyn Lawrence’s God inspired path from newspaper writer to magazine columnist to successful book editor, consultant and author. Her company Inspira Literary Solutions has been instrumental in the publishing of literally hundreds of books. Her company’s mission is to help writers; “ From idea in head, to book in hand”. She’ll share how her life long Christian journey became her own, half way aro...
How does an angry, alcoholic, drug addicted comic "flip the script" and become one of the most talented "clean" comedians in America? Stand by......God's fingerprints are all over this story. Jeff Allen is one of the most sought after comedians, performing on stage, television, at corporate events and churches with his hilarious observational comedy. In the tradition of Cosby, Carlin, and Seinfeld, Jeff finds the humor in our everyday lives and leaves audie...
K-Love Radio is heard on nearly 1000 radio signals in 48 states, Samoa, Puerto Rico and Washington DC. It is by far the largest outlet for Contemporary Christian music in the world. It is truly a phenomenon! It started with one radio station in California with one guy's "God inspired" idea. (Founder, Bob Anthony was our guest on episode 43 in season 2)In this episode we get some of the inside scoop on K-Love's exponential growth in the last few decades with our guest ...
Carey Green is a pastor, yes, but his amazing work in the world of podcasting has been his passion for the past decade. His business, "Podcast Fast Track" provides coaching, and behind the scenes podcast detail work for his long list of clients. But he's also a podcaster himself, with a daily audience of nearly 100,000 listeners. His Morning Mindset was launched on January of 2018 and thus far has over 47 Million downloads in 180 countries. It's a 6 m...
Our Amazing Greats episode today focuses on the science of fitness combined with the power of spirituality. Our guest, PJ Glassey, was our guest to make the youngest alter call at the age of 6, which launched a life long journey in Christ. From that, combined with his passion for fitness, was the starting place for the birth of the XGyms and the XGym app. His unique approach to fitness was built on 3 characteristics: It is designed for people with a b...
Shannon Bream is an accomplished journalist, attorney, hosted Fox News@Night for years and now is Host of Fox News Sunday. Add to that, she's a podcast host and an author. We were excited to notch out a little time with this very busy woman for this Amazing Greats episode. We kick off our conversation by talking about her latest book "The Love Stories of the Bible Speak"... an awesome glimpse of the Biblical lessons on romance, friendships and faith that she shares in ...
Barry McGuire rocked the world of Top 40 music with a brash, scathing depiction of a world in turmoil. His number one hit song "Eve of Destruction" focused on the chaos surrounding the Vietnam war , the draft, Nuclear weapons, civil rights, and communism. It was so controversial, some radio stations and some countries banned the song from the airwaves. It jumped to the the top of billboard magazine in 1965, bumping the Be...
The smiling face and genuine personality of television host and newscaster Penny LeGate has graced Northwest homes for over 2 decades. As co-host of KING TV's Evening Magazine and morning anchor on KIRO news she was (is) a star. On this Amazing Greats podcast she is authentic, vulnerable and opens up about her life's victories and struggles (...and we didn't even get a chance to talk about her husband's heart transplant and her own bout with cancer. ) Beyon...
Bobb Biel has been sharing common sense (God inspired) mentoring to business executives for the past 40+ years. Over 500 companies and churches and 5000 executives have reached out to this brilliant behind-the-scenes leader for guidance. His mission is to strengthen leaders and provide support helping them to grow their organizations on solid, tested principals. In our conversation, Bobb shares how his doubt-filled teen years pivoted to a real rock solid faith in college due...
Sit back and enjoy the story of a young man, who at an early age was able to merge his two loves into a lifetime career and mission. You’ll hear about a very specific day, time and place when he made a decision to trust Jesus. After several years pitching In the minor leagues, Mickey made it to the majors by discovering the pitch style that he became noted for. That’s what opened the door to a bigger platform and opportunity to share the gospel with other players and u...
Mike McCoy was a star at Notre Dame then off to an 11 year NFL award winning career as defensive tackle with Green Bay. In todays amazing story of his life and career you'll hear about his time in football, but maybe more powerful was his transition into prison ministry, and then to his youth mission, sharing the Gospel with young people in Catholic schools throughout America: Mike McCoy Ministries. From a tough childhood with an alcoholic father, Mike found football,...
Brian Arnold was a professionally trained card shark. He made over 4 million dollars by age 24! He played the "peripheral edges" of the Mafia when they had BIG games to knock off. And..he also became suicidal. Brian was seconds away from pulling the trigger, and divine intervention stepped in. He had a powerful spiritual experience, and was delivered “instantly” from his depression, darkness, hopelessness, and found his purpose for living here on planet earth.&n...
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