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God’s Men of Influence, host Dino Katsiametis interviews Christian men that are leaders in the business world. They discuss the different ways that they can improve the lives of the people in their community. The mission is to facilitate an environment where men can help each other be the best version of themselves and mentor each other through the task of creating a world that God wishes for us. One that is peaceful…one that is prosperous…and one that is so filled with unconditional hope an ...
 
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In a jail cell in 2002 Glenn felt God urging him to start writing books. With 7 years of a prison sentence for drug trafficking left he obeyed. Filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, Glenn wrote for a year and then questioned if it was God who was urging him to write. Within a week a random letter arrived from Hope for Today Ministries in Tustin…
 
Psalm 37:7-9 - "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land." In this episode Dino…
 
Romans 8:1 "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." In this episode Dino talks to Doug Travato about his journey to find God. They discuss pride, ego, gratitude, humility and God’s blessings. Doug is a man who is very repentant about the people he’s hurt in his past. He grew in a non-Christian home in Southern Ca…
 
On Father's Day in 1974 Freeman Palmore's father passed away and at 17 years old he denounced God. What was to follow was 28 years of drugs, alcohol, infidelity and male prostitution that took him away from his wife, 3 daughters and son from another woman. Freeman Palmore never taught his children about God. He believed God had left him, but it was…
 
Steve Murrin is a recovering sex addict who found himself in such pain that he planned his own suicide. The grace of God stepped in and with a cinderblock and chain in his trunk, Steve called a crisis hotline. The police tracked his car down and admitted him to a hospital where he was kept until his crisis was over. Unfortunately, the deep rooted p…
 
Jerry Fisher and his brothers were beaten by his father. Although he has forgiven his father, it left deep wounds that he still reconciles today. In his 30's Jerry traveled for work, made lots of money and lived like he was single, but it wasn't the way to happiness. At 40 years old Jerry found Christ. A few years later, he brought his daughter to …
 
When Jamie Looney left the military, his life took an ugly turn toward drugs, alcohol and infidelity. He and his wife Crystal, obsessed with partying, became less involved with their children. Jamie's oldest son Sebastian began using drugs. Although Jamie and his wife eventually found Christ, it was too late to change the path Sebastian was on, unt…
 
Correct your spiritual damage as early as you can. Today at 70 years old, Dino's guest Jim Hogan is an ambassador for Jesus Christ, but it has not always been the case. In this episode Jim and Dino discuss Jim's "Standing Stone Ministry" as well as: 1. Jim's marriage of 48 years 2. Growing up in a dysfunctional alcoholic family. 3. Finding and losi…
 
Betrayed and molested by a family member, Eric Botelho had many trials before finding God. In this episode Eric and Dino discuss his sober living homes Sanctuary House as well as: 1. His Christianity - God did not call him to be comfortable or safe. 2. Radical Encounters with Jesus. 3. The Effects of sexual molestation by a trusted family member. 4…
 
Dino continues his conversation with Jon Lugo. What is the purpose behind our trials? This answer is beyond us. We only need to know that there is a purpose. We call this knowledge faith. In this episode Jon Lugo discusses: Coming clean about his drug dealing. Seeing God for the first time in his parents forgiveness Being Unprepared to Surrender to…
 
What is the purpose behind our trials? This answer is beyond us. We only need to know that there is a purpose. We call this knowledge faith. In this episode Dino talks with Jon Lugo about his faith as well as: 1. The Power of Sharing Your Christianity 2. The Pain of Denying Jesus. 3. Drugs and Alcohol. 4. Selling drugs at church. 5. Fighting with a…
 
Anger is the thorn that drives our guest David Kamashin to his cross. After a life filled with addiction, prison, theft and homelessness David has been delivered and sees the Gospel in everything. In this episode, Dino and David discuss: 1. Alcohol, drug and sexual addiction 2. Sex offense 3. Prison 4. Fatherhood 5. The power of meth amphetameme 6.…
 
The beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord. Nobody understands this better than our guest Steve Woodson. In this episode Dino & Steve discuss: 1. Drinking, Drugs and Drug Dealing 2. Promiscuity, living in the flesh 3. The Impact of Spreading Yourself Too thin on Your Spirituality 4. Hearing the Lord's Voice 5. The threat of Prison and much more. "…
 
How does a man go from dealing drugs and working with a motorcycle club to becoming a Chaplain who manages a sober living facility? Only God can do this. In this episode Dino and his guest Danny Simmons discuss: 1. The nature of man's evil 2. Drug manufacturing and dealing until age 59 3. Turning point: admitting to his family who he was 4. Being b…
 
When you believe you can are in control and can walk without the Lord is when you fall. Faith requires true humility and surrender to God. In this episode Dino and guest Justin McIntee, discuss being the son of a drug dealer and the power of humility as well as: 1. Battling Selfish Thoughts. 2. Fully Surrendering to the Lord. 3. Praying for Others …
 
Most people don't think God is listening to them, but when you walk in his word you realize how attentive he really is. The Word becomes flesh and today's guest Matt Arellano talks about going deep into Scripture and dwelling in the Word. Dino and Matt also discuss: 1. Losing Your trust In the Lord 2. Stepping out in faith 3. Fighting pride to stay…
 
Before his was a major league baseball pitcher, Tim Fortugno was the angry son of a single mom and then an abusive stepfather. He struggled with poor choices like stealing, drugs and alcohol abuse that led him to trouble with the law and a juvenile home. Tim had thoughts of suicide and murderous rage for his stepfather, but God protected him. Tim w…
 
As parents, we all strive to ensure when our children reach a pivotal crossroad, they listen to the words that we’ve taught them, but most importantly, that they listen to the Lord. Dr. Jeff Zweerink is an astrophysicist and Research Scholar for Reasons to Believe. Jeff grew up in an upstanding Christian family in a small Midwestern town in Missour…
 
“God, Family, Career.” This is the order in which David Rivera listed his priorities during perhaps the most pivotal job interview of his life. God called to him and asked him to be honest, and that all pieces would fall into place thereafter, and they did. David has enjoyed a beautiful life as a Christian, but he hasn’t always walked with the Lord…
 
When we read and hear about the story of Noah’s Ark, we can’t help but picture a gargantuan vessel, capable of withstanding floods and able to corral a zoo’s worth of animals. Our guest, Herald A.M.A. Janssen, is the director for an organization called The Ark of Noah Foundation, and they have created a full-scale replica of biblical proportions. A…
 
Dr. Fazale “Fuz” Rana became a Christian during graduate school while studying biochemistry at Ohio University. Having been raised by a Muslim father, this created a tense rift in their relationship and was unable to be mended even on his father’s dying day. In this episode, you’ll hear our third guest from the organization, Reasons To Believe, tak…
 
Philosopher and theologianKennethRichard Samples has a great passion to help people understandthe reasonableness and relevance of Christianity’s truth claims. Heis the senior research scholar at Reasons to Believe and the author ofseveral books, including Christian Endgame and 7Truths That Changed the World. Kenneth lost his brother tosuicide at a …
 
“Confrontation of our own depravity teaches uscompassion.”These are wise words spoken by our latest guest, Pastor Jack West.Jack specializes in Care and Recoveryat the well-known MarinersChurch in southern California. Jack is able to connect and helppeople struggling to overcome many forms of addiction. Having personally dealt with drug abuse and a…
 
Astronomer and best-selling author Dr. Hugh Ross travels the globe speaking on the compatibility of advancing scientific discoveries with the timeless truths of Christianity. His organization, Reasons to Believe, is dedicated to demonstrating, via a variety of resources and events, that science and biblical faith are allies, not enemies. If you ask…
 
Mark Murray is a participant in various Christian organizations and ministries. His primary goal within these entities is to teach proper handling and understanding of money. In this installment, Mark makes it clear that it isn't people or governments who own our currency, but that God does. With over 20 years of experience with Crown Financial Min…
 
There's nothing better than knowing when you've turned someone's day around, or even better, turned their life around. This is what our guest, Wayne Tesch, has made of his legacy. Wayne was born into a Christian home where his father taught him strong moral values. Instead of taking his loving upbringing for granted, he put it to good use. In 1990,…
 
Ken Dirrim has lived a strong Christian life, but like many of us do, he’d come to a point in his life where he found himself focusing on other things and not giving his full attention to God. At times he battled himself on which path he would take: to feel success, or to be a man of God. It wasn’t until he came home from work and his eight year ol…
 
Finishing well is better than starting fast. That’s the mantra Jonathan Daugherty from Be Broken Ministries gave us on today’s show. Jonathan’s biggest struggle in life has been with fear. Fear had pulled him to secrecy and isolation after his exposure to pornography and sexual deviance led him toward darkness. God’s strength has helped Jonathan to…
 
Mark Martinez has struggled like many of the men that appear on our show. However, his problem was unlike most of the guests that we host on our podcast. Mark spent a large portion of his life with his faith and God on the backburner and essentially out of his life. It wasn’t until he was 26 years old when he realized that spirituality was what his…
 
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 …
 
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…
 
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 d…
 
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 fr…
 
Brad is a 45 year old Father of 3 from Grand Rapids MI. In August of 2014 he moved his family to Irvine, CA knowing no one. Brad’s biggest weakness is based around trust. Brad believes his trust as a child was broken due to abuse. Luckily, he has in him a glass is 99% full attitude which leads him to want to inspire people. At 28 years old, he allo…
 
Mike Long is a Pastor and the Executive Director of “Voice of Refugees.” He is the father of 8 children and teaches that there is a new love shared in God. Sometimes he is too trusting and believes the best in other people, but he knows no other way to live in Christ. The world doesn’t trust enough. Pastor Mike had a grandchild in distress during b…
 
Specialist in child sex trafficking Opal Singleton started her work in Cambodia in 2008. What she discovered is that sex trafficking is now in the purview of gangs and drug cartels. These organizations target the most vulnerable kids from foster care and those who have run away from home; however, these are not throwing targets. Now that they can u…
 
Western Regional Director of Global Media Outreach (GMO) Gary Schneider tells the story of the Gospel to millions of people around the world online. There are over 6000 missionaries online to disciple new converts from the previous day. Today, Gary is a man of great faith who brings people to the Lord, but he never expected as a young man to follow…
 
Married for 6 years and a father of 3 at age 28 Rob is living a truly fantastic life; however things were not always that way. When Rob’s wife was pregnant with their second child the doctor revealed a cleft palate during a sonogram. Fear struck Rob and his wife and they went to work immediately trying to figure out what to do next. God always prov…
 
Skip Lanfried's concern for people began with his relationship with the Lord. He helped children because he was supposed to, but his true compassion was something that came to him much later. His fight is against Human Trafficking the definition of which is holding anyone against their will and forcing them to do something against their will. This …
 
Skip is a champion for those who suffer injustice. He demands honesty and integrity in his life, but mot of his young life he moved too fast and forgot that God is in charge. The first few years of his Christian Transformation turned him upside down. 5 years ago Skip suffered meningitis and was hospitalized for months. It changed his ability to foc…
 
Eric Heard was a boy in a man’s body who got exposed. He was weak in life because he couldn’t be who God wanted him to be.In the American culture we do not teach the rites of passage that allow a boy to become a man. Fathers are too busy to speak truth into their sons. This is a generational problem and Eric decided early as a father that he would …
 
Eric Heard came from a family full of drugs and hate. As a 17 year old child he considered throwing himself in front of a truck. He was an unwanted child who was a product of his parents infidelity. His mom was an alcoholic who had been molested by her step-dad and tried to abort Eric 3 times. He never felt connected to his parents. He began drinki…
 
Ryan is a Pastor and is married with three kids, but this is a very different marriage than his first one. His testimony talks about the struggles and pressure that a pastor and pastor’s wife feel, and how he changed his approach in his second marriage to one of humility. “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your pre…
 
#88 Addiction and Finding God in Prison - Brian Johnson Brian Johnston is a very different man today than he once was. Brian suffers from a mental disorder and addictive personality which pulled him away from Jesus during the darkest times in his life. It wasn’t until his last prison sentence that he finally understood why he was making such bad ch…
 
God has a purpose for your life regardless of whether you’re adopted or not. Paul Aubin is a Chair person for a faith-based organization named Convene focused on CEO’s building Christian based businesses and comes on to tell the remarkable story and mystery behind his adoption. “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have be…
 
God has a purpose for your life regardless of whether you’re adopted or not. Paul Aubin is a Chair person for a faith-based organization named Convene focused on CEO’s building Christian based businesses and comes on to tell the remarkable story and mystery behind his adoption. “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have be…
 
Andy Jones should be locked away in prison, but God saved him. Through a life of molestation, drugs, sex, theft and domestic abuse God was with him, but he refused to listen. Andy has served as a ministry leader at Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Seacoast Grace Church, a ministry that helps broken people find their way back to God through a 12 step …
 
Andy Jones should be locked away in prison, but God saved him. Through a life of molestation, drugs, sex, theft and domestic abuse God was with him, but he refused to listen. Andy has served as a ministry leader at Celebrate Recovery Ministry at Seacoast Grace Church, a ministry that helps broken people find their way back to God through a 12 step …
 
During a dark time 23 year old Jon Farkas found the God’s Men of Influence podcast. After listening to the James & Teri Craft show and a drive he cried for 2 days. Since then he’s been listening and letting the testimony of men inspire him and open him up even further to God’s love. This is his testimony. So I tell you this, and insist on it in the…
 
March 3, 2011, Jessie Rees (age 11) was diagnosed with an incurable form of Brain Cancer. She moved to heaven on Jan 5, 2012 and Erik knows that through Jesus he will see her again. Erik has to invest in his family everyday, there is no rewind button. This is his testimony. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, whic…
 
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