AuthorDino Katsiametis

#102 Is Your Past Preventing You from Living in the Present? – Dr. James Reeves

          1. Dr. James Reeves was a child of neglect and abandonment. Born into a home with no parental supervision, he was able to come and go at will. If he didn’t want to go to school one day, no one would be there to stop him. He is the son of a drunk wanderer and over-worked mother, who were both unable to give him their love and attention. As a young man he found himself getting into drugs, alcohol and sex before going off to college where upon his return, his father soon passed away at the age of 41.It wasn’t until his mid thirties, after he’d earned his doctorate degree and become a pastor that he had realized that he was harboring resentful feelings towards his father. These hateful emotions were the roadblocks keeping him from being truly at peace with life, and finding the ability to trust in Jesus and forgive his father. It is only fitting that a 12-step graduate and new member of his church was able to guide him through a process with deep biblical roots that would finally allow him to let go.Dr. Reeves is the founder of City on a Hill, a ministry which he refers to as a “hospital” because of their extraordinary belief in healing the heart, as well as the head and the hands. 

            Romans 12:2 – “ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind”          Contact information: james@jamesmreeves.com
            www.jamesmreeves.com


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#101 Crime, Sex, Drug Manufacturing and a Journey Back to the Light – James Knight

        1.  James Knight is a full time staff member at City on a Hill church, Certified Peer Support Specialist, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Student and a devoted father and husband.  As a child, James made bad decisions forcing his parents to leave their church out of shame.  His biggest weakness is being judgemental as a Christian without knowing a person’s life story.  This frames many of his discussions as he mentors other Christians.  James teaches that there is good in everyone, but you must look to find it.

          After 30 years of bad choices, James looks back and reveals that at 12 he experimented with pot and alcohol, at 18 he shot up meth amphetamines and he spent the next 20 years pursuing a life of crime, sex and debauchery.  Among many other things James began manufacturing different drugs for consumption.  This is his testimony

           

          Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

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#100 Biblical Questions You Always Wanted To Ask – Pastor Ryan Tirona

        1.  Welcome to God’s Men of Influence 100th show.  This show is different from our typical show because it’s not a testimony, rather Dino asked Pastor Ryan Tirona listener questions and he gave us answers directly from the scriptures.  Dino and Ryan delve into questions about suicide & mental illness, the nature of how we’re saved, what happens when we die, who is Jesus, living without fear and much more.  Thank you for being part of our community.  Enjoy our very special 100th show with special guest Pastor Ryan Tirona.

          You can reach Ryan by email at  rtirona@thechapelfh.org
          Recommended Book – “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller “Three Free Sins” by Steve Brown



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#99 Fasting and Prayer: The Path To Faith – James Graham

James is a child of God, but he wasn’t always.  As a child he went to 4 hour services at church and because it was so interactive, it went by very quickly and was engaging.  He is very analytical in his approach to God and his beliefs and this analysis brought him from being a casual believer to a man of God.  At times he finds himself looking away from Jesus and he knows that these are the times he faces trouble in his life.  This is why he makes prayer the center point of his family life.

In college James questioned the foundation of his faith at his Christian college.  For a few years his faith took a back seat to the level that he lost the point of why he had faith at all.   The amount of information and change was a force that was difficult to handle and James was not actively involved in a church during this time.  During a trip across country, James was challenged to fast and pray about his faith.  When he got to D.C., he found a church and attended every event.  A member of the church said to him “let’s pray, God told me you will get the job you want.”  The next morning he got a call and received the job he prayed for, he was only 22.  This was the beginning of his true path and this is his testimony.

Recommended Books:

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection – John Wesley

A Letter to the Philippians – Polycarp
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,  instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.” – Hebrew 6:1-3Be Blessed, Be Joyous and Be Welcomed at God’s Men of Influence.



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