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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)


2001 Conversations

For such a time as this

(July 28, 2002)

Lisa Ryan, co-host of the 700 Club, spent 10 years working as an actor in Los Angeles. Ryan, who lives in Virginia Beach with her husband and three daughters, spoke with Kirk Noonan, associate editor, about her new book, seeing crisis as the beginning of God’s destiny and the power of the Holy Spirit.

PE: Talk about the early tragedies that affected your life.

RYAN: When I was 13 my older brother, Jimmy, died in a plane crash. We had always been best buddies. He would take me to basketball games and golfing with his friends. I felt so loved by him, especially when my parents divorced when I was 9. Jimmy was a source of strength during my parents’ divorce. When he died it seemed like a rug had been pulled out from underneath me.

PE: Did you learn anything from your pain?

RYAN: It took years to heal, but I have great compassion for those who are suffering from divorce and loss. I can encourage and pray for others who are suffering. Also, I’ve learned to look to God during crises and allow Him to use them as starting points for His destiny in my life.

PE: Sounds like you have much in common with biblical Esther, the subject of your new book, For Such a Time as This.

RYAN: Esther’s story is so relevant and she is a role model — especially for women. I want to encourage young women to be women of God. God has a plan for each of us, but the enemy works hard to get us off course. Part of God’s vision for my life is to help young women stay on course, and I hope this book accomplishes that.

PE: In the book you say women can miss God’s destiny for their lives. How so?

RYAN: We are bombarded in the media by negative images of women. Young women are told they need to be sensual and provocative if they want power and attention. That’s a dangerous and false message. Women and men should be turning to God for validation, acceptance and love. We have to get rid of the junk in our lives so we can achieve God’s destiny.

PE: What advice would you share with someone facing a difficult decision?

RYAN: Like Esther, whenever we step into the unknown there is a price to be paid. But when God wants us to do something we have to do it or we may miss God’s destiny. When I face a difficult decision I ask myself if my faith in God is greater than my fear of the unknown.

PE: Was there a major spiritual turning point in your life?

RYAN: In college I felt like my faith was about rules and regulations, and that the only benefits of being a Christian would come when I died. A friend showed me there was more to my relationship with the Lord. She invited me to Bible studies and I began to find out about the Holy Spirit. I had a hard time surrendering to the Holy Spirit, but I prayed, ‘God if this is real, I want it.’ One night while I sat in my parked car listening to praise music and worshiping Him, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. He gave me a sense of purpose. The futility I felt lifted and I realized God had a plan for my life.

PE: What do you want people to know about Lisa Ryan?

RYAN: I want to be more Christlike at the end of my life’s journey. If I can help people along the way and introduce them to Jesus — all the better.

 

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