The Life Challenges Podcast
Join Christian Life Resources as we discuss modern-day issues from a Biblical perspective.
May 23, 2023
Join us as we talk about how to raise a pro-life generation in today’s society. We’ll discuss parenting and how to instill values and biblical practice in our youth.
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Baby Talk – Teaching Children About the Value of Life as a Gift from God
A Product of Their Upbringing – A Look at Children’s Values Reflective of Parents’ Attitudes
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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.
May 2, 2023
Seminary Professor Joel Russow joins us today to talk about training pastors on life issues. We’ll talk about what your pastor can know about life issues and how your pastor can assist you when dealing with life issues and challenges.
May 9, 2023
One argument made by the pro-choice side is that pro-life advocates do not care about all areas of life and should be doing/fixing other areas if they genuinely cared about life. We’ll dive into the topic and look at this approach from both sides.
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With Great Patience and Careful Instruction // A Look at CLR’s New Beginnings Ministry
May 16, 2023
Join us as we take a look at adoption. We will discuss the reasons and motivations why people adopt and will look at the biblical perspective of adoption too.
September 3, 2021
Take a minute and learn about this new podcast from Christian Life Resources!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 26, 2021
Things are changing in our government. Come with us as we talk about government change and religious freedom.
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 23, 2021
Join us as we discuss films with pro-life messaging.
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 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.
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 4, 2022
Is parenthood a burden? We will look at how our modern-day culture views parenthood and bring a biblical perspective to the conversation as well.
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.
January 18, 2022
Leah shares her family’s story of embryo adoption. It is a beautiful story of life and a helpful reminder to always trust God.
January 25, 2022
What should Christians consider when looking at embryo adoption and IVF? Join us as we dive into these important life topics.
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.
Wings of Hope Mequon Support Group wingsofhopemequon.org
Pastor Kurt Ebert is the pastor at Christ Alone in Thiensville, WI.
March 1, 2022
Which defines us: self-righteousness or mercy? As Christians, we always want to speak the truth, but we want to remember to come to every situation with a humble heart.
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.
Inconvenient People and the Quality of Life
You can Change the World: A Look at Ways to Show Christian Concern 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.
With Friends Like These: A Look at Comforting Others in Crisis
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.
Let Us Not Love With Words or Speech but with Actions and in Truth
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.
An Ironclad Guarantee – A Look at the Assuredness of the Resurrection
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.
Making Christian Counseling More Christ Centered Kindle Edition
Cornerstone – A Faith-Fueled Resilience System
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.
Abortion Timeline: A Chronology of Endangered Unborn Life
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.
New Beginnings – A Home for Mothers
With Great Patience and Careful Instruction: A Look at CLR New Beginnings Ministry
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.
Hooked on Internet Pornography
Q&A: On Pornography and Divorce
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.
Alpha Pregnancy Center
CLR’s Full Pregnancy Care Center List
CLR Articles on Pregnancy
Who Needs the Counseling Here?
The Discovery – A Look at Unexpected Pregnancy and Adoption
June 7, 2022
Join us as we begin our discussion on sexuality and gender issues. We will discuss terminology and what our focus should be as Christians.
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!
July 5, 2022
Today we look at the Supreme Court’s recent decision and what our attitude and perspective can be as Christians.
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.
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.
August 9, 2022
Join us as we take a look back at history and talk about different governments that led to our current American government. We will take a look at Rome, the Middle Ages, and up to the Revolutionary War. We’ll also discuss if the American Revolutionary War was a just war for Christians.
August 16, 2022
What does separation of church and state really mean? What is the historical context behind the phrase and idea? What are important things for Christians to consider when thinking about this separation? Join us as we discuss these questions and more in today’s episode.
August 23, 2022
How do you make decisions on who to vote for? What are some important things to consider when voting for a specific candidate or a party? At what point does opposition to your government become a sin? Come along as we look at these questions and consider some important points when thinking about being a Christian citizen.
August 30, 2022
Four years ago Marcus Smith, along with the help of others, started an annual concert to raise money and awareness for life issues. Join us as we sit down with Marcus and talk about the annual concert called Beats for Heartbeats.
September 6, 2022
Today we look at vocations and our callings as Christians. Join us as we discuss what callings mean in a biblical sense. We will also look at specific callings and vocations we may have during our lives.
September 13, 2022
Today we are excited to take some time to look at Christian Life Resources (CLR). We will look at the history of CLR and how we as Christians can use this organization. Join us as we talk with Bob and Jeff about CLR.
September 20, 2022
Join us as we specifically look at some of the challenges American Christians face.
September 27, 2022
Today we look at men and abortion. Why do men seem to be pushed out of the abortion discussion, especially when they have pro-life views? What encouragement can men find from scripture? How can Christian women support men in taking a stance? Join us as we discuss these questions and more.
October 5, 2022
Today we welcome Mark Bergemann of the Lutheran Science Institute (LSI) to the podcast. Join us as we talk about evolution and life issues. We’ll also discuss how to talk about evolution with both Christians and non-Christians.
October 11, 2022
What is public health? Should it be important for Christians to think about the health of others? Join us as we discuss these questions and more.
October 25, 2022
Join us for our question and answer session from this year’s Christian Life Resources National Convention. We tackle your questions on a variety of different topics.
November 1, 2022
Join us as we look at what it means to be a Christian family. We will talk about the traditional family and how that differs from a Christian family. We will also look at how we can be supportive of all types of families in the church.
November 8, 2022
What is polygamy? Why was polygamy seemingly allowed in the Bible? What should we think about polygamy nowadays? Does God condone polygamy? We will look at all these questions and more!
November 15, 2022
Today we look at rape and incest and how it relates to the abortion issue. Can you be pro-life and still accept exceptions for rape and incest? What is the Biblical perspective on rape and incest? Join us as we discuss this sensitive topic.
November 22, 2022
What happens after an election? Did things go the way we wanted them to go? What do we do next? What is our responsibility as Christians? Join us as we discuss what we can focus on after an election.
November 29, 2022
Why is Christian Life Resources worthy of our attention? What does supporting Christian Life Resources look like? What are the different ways to support? Today we look at these questions and more.
December 6, 2022
Join us as we talk about the Respect for Marriage Act.
December 13, 2022
Join us as we talk about “The Spirit of Christmas.” We will explore questions about the Christmas spirit and discuss its meaning for both Christians and non-Christians. We will also discuss Christmas traditions and how Christmas can be found in every season of life.
December 20, 2022
Many of us are probably very familiar with the Christmas story. We know the baby in the manger is God’s son, but do we really take the time to ponder what God becoming man really means for us? Join us as we look at God taking on human form. We will look at what it means for Christians, and also the implications when looking at life issues.
December 27, 2022
Join us as we talk about change. We will discuss things like New Years’ resolutions and what our attitude should be when looking to try to evoke change in others.
January 3, 2023
Megan Samelson joins us today to talk about Godly Womanhood. We discuss different aspects of our culture that impact women and girls. We also talk about God’s view of women and the importance of staying tethered to God.
January 10, 2023
Join us as we talk about media and culture and the influence it has on us as Christians. We discuss the importance of filling our minds with good and God-pleasing things using the diet analogy.
January 17, 2023
When can Christians compromise? What does the Bible say on this subject of compromise? How can we teach this concept to our children? We tackle these questions and more today!
January 24, 2023
Join us as we talk with Jason Jonker of Resilient Recovery Ministries. We’ll talk about some of the myths and misconceptions around addiction and the work being done through this Arizona-based ministry.
Father in Alcohol Recovery Gives Perspective to Those With Other Addictions
January 31, 2023
Join us as we take a look at the topic of vaccinations. We will talk about the topic both pre-and post-COVID-19. We’ll also look at both sides of the issue and offer a Christian perspective on the topic.
Christian Life Resources’ Position Statement on Vaccinations
February 7, 2023
Join us as we talk about life expectancy and how it has changed. We’ll discuss some important things to keep in mind and look at how Christians can view aging and longevity.
February 14, 2023
Join us as we look at the topic of assisted suicide. We look at some of the history and talk about different names and terms it has been given over the years. We’ll also discuss the Biblical and Christian perspective on this topic.
Questions and Answers to Euthanasia
February 21, 2023
Join us as we break down some common sayings that many people use as comfort during difficult times. Are these saying always the best? Why are we so quick to offer these sayings as encouragement? We’ll look at these questions and more as we talk about specific truths and sayings.
February 28, 2023
Join us as we take a look at the topic of bad habits.
March 7, 2023
Today we are joined by Rachel Binczak of Kingdom Workers. We will discuss foster care and talk about the exciting opportunities Kingdom Workers is pursing in this area.
Children Need You – A Look at Caring for Youngsters in Less Fortunate Circumstances
March 14, 2023
Join us as we take a look at what is happening across the country in a Post-Roe America. We’ll look at some important things to remember as Christians moving forward in our society.
Statement on Overturning Roe v. Wade
Court Decisions on U.S. Abortion
March 21, 2023
Today we will look at the book of Job and discuss some of the many lessons this book has to offer, especially in the context of life issues.
March 28, 2023
Today we look at the effects abortion has had on the practice of medicine.
Christian Medical and Dental Association
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists
April 4, 2023
Join us as we talk with Chris Cordes, the Vice President of Publishing at Northwestern Publishing House (NPH). We will discuss the materials NPH offers and upcoming projects.
April 11, 2023
Many people make the argument, “It’s my life, I can do with it what I want.” Today we will talk about this self-serving attitude and the implications this type of mindset has on our society.
April 18, 2023
Join us as we take a look at the reasons and motives behind people who choose not to have children while bringing a biblical perspective to the topic.
April 25, 2023
Join us as we talk about one of Christian Life Resources’ most searched items on its website. We’ll talk about what scripture says and discuss important things to think about when talking about this topic with someone.