The Life Challenges Podcast
Join Christian Life Resources as we discuss modern-day issues from a Biblical perspective.
August 2, 2022
What is baptism? How can a person just walk away from their baptism? How can Christians appeal to a person’s baptism to remind them of God’s love and promises? Join us as we talk about baptism and discuss what it really means to be a baptized child of God.
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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. 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 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.
July 12, 2022
Join us as we look at what it means to be a Christian citizen. Even though the Bible wasn’t written during a republic form of government, we will look at some important things to keep in mind when thinking of our role as a citizen in our current form of government.
July 19, 2022
Join us as we talk with Pastor Timothy Bourman about the topic of trauma. Pastor Bourman shares his book with us, Deep as the Sea Letters to Survivors of Trauma.
July 26, 2022
Some people will say that the Bible says nothing about how we should live nowadays. Others say we should go back to traditional law. Where does the answer lie? What can we draw from when looking at the different types of government in both the Old Testament and New Testament? Join us as we discuss the different types of government found in the Bible and as we begin to touch on modern-day principles and applications.
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.
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.
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.
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!
December 14, 2021
Are you afraid to die? While many Christians are at peace knowing they will be with God in Heaven, sometimes there are things that concern us when we think about our own death. Join us as we discuss not only death but the comfort God’s word gives us.
December 21, 2021
The conception of Jesus can be hard to understand, yet it is the start to one of the most anticipated events in all of Scripture – the birth of our Savior. Come along as we discuss the pregnancy of Mary and the birth of Jesus.
December 28, 2021
Holy Innocents’ Day, observed annually on December 28th, marks the day Herod ordered the murder of the baby boys of Bethlehem, ages two and under. Come along as we remember this day and discuss the importance of this event.
January 11, 2022
Parenthood is hard but there are blessings and joys that God gives to parents. We will discuss these joys and also talk about ways to encourage the next generation on discovering the blessings of parenthood.
February 1, 2022
Join us as we sit down with Biology Professor Dr. Rob Balza and discuss embryonic stem cells, gene editing, and the pig heart transplant. We will discuss the ethics of these topics and talk about important things to consider when Christians look at science.
February 8, 2022
Several years ago, Justin and Katy Goede were seeing so many of the young people in their youth group walking away from the church. Burdened by this, they set out to fight for the next generation. Today we talk with them about their organization Chosen Gen and how to raise countercultural children who have a love for Jesus and can stand firmly on the truths of the Bible.
February 15, 2022
Suffering is a part of life on this earth. We may not enjoy suffering, but it can be a comfort to know the Bible talks about this subject quite a bit. Join us as we take a look at this topic in light of biblical truth.
February 22, 2022
Years ago, the unthinkable happened to Pastor Ebert and his family. He now runs a support group with his wife and shares his experience to help others. This is a powerful story of faith in the midst of grief and loss.
March 8, 2022
How can we take Jesus’ attitude toward his enemies as our model for our own attitude and approach with the “enemies” of life? We will look at this question and more as we discuss the topic of forgiveness.
A Bible study on forgiveness https://christianliferesources.com/2018/05/07/bible-study-series-the-need-for-forgiveness-introduction/
March 15, 2022
As Christians how can we look after those we care about when we depart from this world? What can we learn from Jesus on the subject? Join us as we also discuss the importance of a medical directive, estate planning, and more, with special guest Paul Snamiska.
Download a free Medical Directive https://christianliferesources.com/resources/christian-medical-directives/
The “101” of Medical Directives https://christianliferesources.com/death-dying/
Nothing to Fear https://christianliferesources.com/2020/04/02/nothing-to-fear/
When God is Calling https://christianliferesources.com/2020/06/05/when-god-is-calling/
March 22, 2022
Jesus’ death is not merely an example to follow, but there are still lessons to be learned from how he approached his death. Come along as we look at what we can learn from Jesus. In addition, we will also talk about do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.
DNR article from The University of Arizona:
March 29, 2022
When we consider the price Jesus paid to save our lives, we realize the importance and value God has for all life. Pastor Jim Behringer of WELS Special Ministries joins us to discuss the value of life and the idea of sacrificing for others.
April 5, 2022
What can we learn from Jesus’ friendships? How can we use our friendship with others to talk about life issues? Join us as we talk about being a friend to others.
April 12, 2022
What is truth? Why does our society seem to take a subjective view with truth? What does God say about truth? Why is truth even important? Join us as we discuss the topic of truth and look to answer these questions and more.
April 19, 2022
Pastor Jonathan Hein joins us as we discuss the end of fear and the hope that the resurrection offers. The resurrection allows us to no longer be afraid of death, it puts life challenges into perspective, and it is the hope we can share when witnessing with others.
April 26, 2022
Join us as we talk with Mark Klug and Dan Nommensen of Christian Family Solutions on the topic of Christian counseling. We look at the need and benefits of Christian counseling and also the connection to life issues.
May 3, 2022
Join us as we look at the history of abortion. We will review key milestone moments and look ahead at how we can prepare for any possible legal change.
May 10, 2022
Join us as we sit down with Heidi Westlund and take a look back at New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers. We discuss how everything operated while in Denver, CO. We also look at the New Beginnings Board and the future building project.
May 17, 2022
Conquerors Through Christ (CTC) is an organization designed to help people and/or their loved ones fight porn addiction. Join us as we sit down with the chairman, Pastor Kent Reeder. We discuss porn addiction in our modern culture and look at the resources and materials CTC provides for people to resist, reject, and recover from porn use or addiction.
May 24, 2022
What happens when things don’t go the way you planned? Do you get angry at God or accept that He is loving and perfect and has everything under control? How can we as Christians encourage others who are experiencing tough times? Join us as we talk about what really matters when life takes unexpected turns.
May 31, 2022
What is it like to work at a pregnancy center? Kay Retberg has worked at pregnancy centers for more than 20 years. Join us as she shares about her work at pregnancy care centers.
June 14, 2022
What is God’s design for marriage? How can we respond when someone says “God made me like this?” What can we say to a family member or friend who is now living contrary to God’s design for marriage? Join us as we continue to discuss topics related to gender and sexuality.
June 21, 2022
We continue our discussion on sexuality and gender issues by looking at pride more generally. What does the Bible say about pride? Should we as Christians be proud of anything? How does Christ’s example of humility apply to us today?
June 28, 2022
Today we take on some of your questions.
Join us as we dive into these questions and more!