The Life Challenges Podcast

Join Christian Life Resources as we discuss biblical perspectives on modern-day issues.

Meet the Hosts


Rev. Robert Fleischmann

Rev. Robert Fleischmann has been the National Director of Christian Life Resources since 1988. He is adjunct to Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary where he teaches a pastoral approach to eldercare and related life issues. He teaches an online Master’s certificate course at Concordia University on Bioethics and Biotechnology. He speaks throughout North America on the Biblical approach to various life and family issues and counsels people with God’s Word in correct decision-making. ​


Rev. Jeffrey L. Samelson

Rev. Samelson’s role at CLR includes establishing opportunities for Christian service and equipping Christians affected by the erosion of life and family values. Applying the truth of God’s Word on pertinent life and family issues, his responsibilities will include a regular schedule of preaching engagements, education on the broader scope of the CLR ministry, monitoring of life issues, and leadership as a contact for the affiliate organizations of CLR. Rev. Samelson’s service continues a long family involvement: his father was one of the founding members of the first affiliate of Christian Life Resources. Rev. Samelson resides with his wife, Charlene, in Grafton, WI.

Christa Potratz

Mrs. Christa Potratz

Christa Potratz is a volunteer for Christian Life Resources and helps host The Life Challenges Podcast. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Wisconsin Lutheran College and a master’s in public health from The University of Texas School of Public Health. Christa has worked as a project director on several research projects but now stays at home with her four young kids in Germantown, WI. In her free time, Christa likes to read, play games, and sew.

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Episode 13: Defining Death

December 7, 2021

What is death? How do we define it medically, politically, and spiritually? What should guide us when making end-of-life decisions? Come along as we take a look at these questions and more.

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    Introduction: Welcome to the podcast!

    September 3, 2021

    Take a minute and learn about this new podcast from Christian Life Resources!

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    Episode 1: Why are life issues important to Christians?

    September 14, 2021

    Listen to find out why life matters to Christians and how we can start conversations with others about the importance of life.

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    Episode 2: Christians and Activism

    September 21, 2021

    Let’s explore what it means for a Christian to be active in the government. Bob and Jeff will navigate us through important concepts and things to remember when it comes to Christians and activism.

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    Episode 3: The Modern Day Pro-Life Movement

    September 28, 2021

    Join us as we take a look at the pro-life movement. We’ll touch a little on the past and talk about how we got to where we are today.

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    Episode 4: My Body My Choice

    October 5, 2021

    Let’s look at one of the most popular phrases in the abortion movement. We will take a closer look at establishing common ground, how to talk to pro-choice Christians, and what the Bible says about bodily autonomy.

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    Episode 5: How to Value the Gift of Life

    October 12, 2021

    Join us as we look at the value placed on human life and discuss practical ways we as individuals and congregations can show love to God’s greatest creation.

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    Episode 6: Being Me!

    October 19, 2021

    What does it mean to be human? When we understand our human nature, we can value God’s gift of life even more.

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    Episode 7: Government Change & Religious Freedom

    October 26, 2021

    Things are changing in our government. Come with us as we talk about government change and religious freedom.

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    Episode 8: The Blessings and Challenges of Prosperity

    November 2, 2021

    It can be challenging to live in a world where we are constantly surrounded by wealth. Join us as we discuss monetary blessings in our current culture as well as important biblical truths surrounding wealth and prosperity.

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    Episode 9: Interview with Futurist Thomas Frey

    November 9, 2021

    It can be both fun and apprehensive to think about the future. Join us as we talk with futurist Thomas Frey. We will also sit down with Bob and Jeff to discuss why Christians might care about the future.

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    Episode 10: Bible Passages Supporting Life

    November 16, 2021

    We will look at Bible passages pertaining to the abortion debate by looking at their context and meaning in Scripture. Let’s dig into God’s word and be reminded of his message when it comes to matters of life.

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    Episode 11: Pro-Life in Hollywood?

    November 23, 2021

     Join us as we discuss films with pro-life messaging.

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    Episode 12: Interview with Tabitha Schroeder, Executive Director of New Beginnings

    November 30, 2021

    Join us as we talk with special guest Tabitha Schroeder about the extraordinary work being done at New Beginnings. Learn about the mission, opportunities, and exciting plans for the future!

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