Breakaway with Dr. Terry Johnsson
Breakaway is a weekly program heard each Saturday at 9am. Dr. Terry chats with authors, speakers, and other special guests to help you grow closer in your walk with God.
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Girls can’t be preachers! Or so six-year-old Kay was told. If she couldn’t be a preacher, the child decided to become a teacher. “Teachers talk almost as much as preachers,” she reasoned. For Kay, God’s plan included marriage and motherhood, classroom teaching, and the writing her first book. The book paved the way to the pulpit. Kay reminds, “Only God knows what’s around the next bend in your life. Never sell Him short.”
Chaplain Terry talks to writer, speaker and storyteller, Kay Rizzo whose practical and uplifting messages burst with joy and praise. She is in demand at retreats, conferences and convocations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Australia. Her love for travel and adventure is evident in her motto, “Send ticket; will travel.” A graduate of CLASS (Christian Leaders and Speaker’s Seminars, Inc.), she served on their West Coast teaching staff for ten years.
Since publishing her first book, Kay has authored 60 more and 1000+ articles. A biography I WILL DIE FREE remained on the publisher’s bestseller list for 10 years and has recently been re-released. Rebecca’s Crossing, volume eight of her family saga, the Serenity Inn Series, was released in 2011.
New and exciting discoveries await Kay, as she tests the power of e-booking on the Internet and blogging on her web site. “I never imagined blogging could be so much fun,” she quips.
Kay resides with her husband and business partner, Richard, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Her greatest riches include her hubby of 40+ years; her two daughters, two sons-in law, two grandsons and a cat named Pepsi.
Chaplain Terry talks to our very own Chaplain Pete Garza. Hear what the power of a praying mother did to influence Chaplain Pete’s life. Pete is not only a Chaplain at WGTS 91.9, but is also the worship leader of the WGTS 91.9 Gateway Praise Band and is the Promotions Director. You can listen to and download the interview below.
How many of us can say that we have taken that extra step to move outside of our comfort zones to something new? Messing up, trying again and again to succeed, just to know that it could be done?
Well these guys have. Cory Cotton and his buddies have taken the ultimate leap and tried just about anything to make amazing basketball shots. How? By thinking big, then GOING BIGGER.
Today we have a classic Gerry Fuller Breakaway from one of our favorite guests, Dr. Ben Carson. Gerry discusses Dr. Carson’s book, “Take the Risk.”
You can find our culture’s obsession with avoiding risk everywhere, from multiple insurance policies to crash-tested vehicles. But is ducking risk the most productive way for us to live? Surgeon and author Dr. Ben Carson, who faces risk on a daily basis, offers an inspiring message on how accepting risk can lead us to a higher purpose.
“No risk, pay the cost. Know risk, reap the rewards. In our risk-avoidance culture, we place a high premium on safety. We insure our vacations. We check crash tests on cars. We extend the warranties on our appliances. But by insulating ourselves from the unknown—the risks of life—we miss the great adventure of living our lives to their full potential. Ben Carson spent his childhood as an at-risk child on the streets of Detroit, and today he takes daily risks in performing complex surgeries on the brain and the spinal cord. Now, offering inspiring personal examples, Dr. Carson invites us to embrace risk in our own lives. From a man whose life dramatically portrays the connection between great risks and greater successes, here are insights that will help you dispel your fear of risk so you can dream big, aim high, move with confidence, and reap rewards you’ve never imagined. By avoiding risk, are you also avoiding the full potential of your life? The surgery was as risky as anything Dr. Ben Carson had seen. The Bijani sisters—conjoined twins—shared part of a skull, brain tissue, and crucial blood flow. One or both of them could die during the operation. But the women wanted separate lives. And they were willing to accept the risk to reach the goal, even against the advice of their doctors … As a child on the dangerous streets of Detroit, and as a surgeon in operating theaters around the world, Dr. Ben Carson has learned all about risk—he faces it on a daily basis. Out of his perilous childhood, a world-class surgeon emerged precisely because of the risks Dr. Carson was willing to take. In his compelling new book, he examines our safety-at-all-costs culture and the meaning of risk and security in our lives. In our 21st-century world, we insulate ourselves with safety. We insure everything from vacations to cell phones. We go on low-cholesterol diets and buy low-risk mutual funds. But in the end, everyone faces risk, like the Bijani twins did with their brave decision. Even if our choices are not so dramatic or the outcome so heartbreaking, what does it mean if we back away instead of move forward? Have we so muffled our hearts and minds that we fail to reach for all that life can offer us—and all that we can offer life? Take the Risk guides the reader through an examination of risk, including: • A short review of risk-taking in history. • An assessment of the real costs and rewards of risk. • Learning how to assess and accept risks. • Understanding how risk reveals the purpose of your lives.”
In your darkest hour God will never leave you. It’s so hard to remember that sometimes. In our nation’s darkest hour, God was there for two people in New York, one in the North Tower of the World Trade Center and one of a firefighter at the scene. You can download the interview to hear their story on Breakaway at the bottom of the page. You can also get a copy of their book here.
“For the most part, there was nothing particularly unusual about Jean Potter’s life. Going right to work after graduating from high school, she spent most of her career as an executive assistant in several large New York-based companies. In fact, she was working for the managing director of Bank of America in its offices on the eighty-first floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
By the Grace of God is Jean’s story—from her upbringing in Brooklyn, New York, to her jobs as assistant to several high-level executives, to her courtship and marriage to a New York City fireman, to setting up a home in Battery Park City, to that horrific day when she and her co-workers had to make their way down eighty-one flights of stairs in a desperate effort to escape the collapse of the North Tower. It’s the story, too, of her husband, Dan, seeing flames erupting from the World Trade Center, and racing from Staten Island to Manhattan determined to help her, but, recognizing his duty as a fireman, stopping to help others even while he anguished over his wife’s fate.
It’s also the story of the extraordinary effect living through that day had on both of their lives—having to cope with the effects of post traumatic stress disorder; moving because they could no longer live in a home haunted by three thousand ghosts; giving up their jobs, Jean because she could no longer bear working in New York City and Dan because he’d been hurt in the collapse of the South Tower; and having to leave the city they had grown up in and loved. Perhaps most important, By the Grace of God is the story of how their faith enabled them to come to terms with their experience and to find a new life of love, hope, and healing.”
“Imagine life with unlimited possibility, where fear, misconceptions, and insecurities don’t have the power to rob us of our potential or our dreams. Many women have trouble seeing this vision because they are bound by mental ties that keep them from living free.
In Set Free to Live Free, Saundra Dalton-Smith shows women how to break free from seven mental ties that hold them back, including striving for perfection, comparing themselves to others, all-or-nothing attitudes, and more. Through case studies and inspirational writing, she encourages women to embrace spontaneity, be transparent, nurture their bodies, and cultivate a balanced life.”
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Thinking about changing up your diet?
I’ve thought about it several times myself.
I know I need to lose weight, but I have serious hangups about letting go of pizza night (or nights). Frankly I also like pizza mornings.
That’s why it was reassuring to hear that there are some options to satisfy those cravings if I change my diet.
In fact, we had Jan from the Potomac Adventist Book and Health Food Store talk to Chaplain Terry Johnsson on Breakaway about a brand new DVD and book called Forks Over Knives. We even got a chance to do our best Rachel Ray impression at the WGTS studios/kitchen/office/lobby. You can see it below! We even have a recipe to share!
Artist Heather Williams is with Chaplain Terry Johnsson for this week’s edition of Breakaway. Heather shares her story which includes a life of enduring and overcoming such hopeless situations as abuse, homelessness, poverty, and more. Through it all, she found God, and she says it was his grace that saved her. Her unique story is reflected in her songwriting, and her message of faith is strong.
Tune in to listen to this captivating story of inspiration, encouragement and hope. Breakaway is every Friday at 7pm, and again on Saturday morning at 9 only on WGTS 91.9 FM.
You can see Heather this Saturday at WGTS Night of Hope.
Tune into to WGTS 91.9 FM this weekend to hear Season Townsend speak with author Sonya Ward. Sonya and her book “Fear is Not My Boss” share amazing stories and details the many ways God delivers us from fear, weakness, and doubt. This first time author shares her personal story of standing up to fear, loss, and deciding not to be a victim. It is truly inspiring, how faith in Christ put her on a path of Christian redemption and set her free.
Listen to this interview Friday July 15 at 7:30 PM and Saturday morning at 9 only on WGTS 91.9 FM.