Special Needs and the Church — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerThere’s a dear friend of mine who hasn’t gone to a physical worship service in quite some time. She stays home every weekend and does her personal Bible study and devotion for herself and her family. She has been searching for a church home to call her own but she has come up against a brick wall. That brick wall is that most of the churches she has visited cannot handle the needs of her special needs children.

In one sense, I’m glad she continues to do her own personal devotions to the Lord but it’s difficult when you feel all alone and can’t worship because one’s child may make a lot of noise during the service. Some churches have some programs aimed at these members of the flock but most don’t. Instead, they politely ask them to leave.

But I don’t blame the Church as a whole. Some churches are reaching to this growing demographic with training and programs to help parents with special needs. However, a lot of churches still don’t what to do.

Join me as we discuss Special Needs and the Church with former special education teacher Jenny White as we take an in-depth look at this topic. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/s/8944249   Tune in!

Empowering Men Enduring Grief — The Parker J Cole Show

Parker J Cole BannerLast month, we focused on women’s empowerment in different areas of life — from purity, to boundary settings, Biblical studies, and in the midst of illness. This month, we will be focusing on men’s empowerment in different areas. So join me for a series of discussions to empower men.

This week on the Parker J Cole Show, we will be empoering men going through grief. Grief encompasses many aspects of life from the lost of a spouse or child, to the lost of a parent or friend. Sometime grief encompasses the loss of financial income and stability, personal goals, and other things. However, even in the changing culture of gender roles, men are still expected to be strong and resilent. Yet sometimes, grief can be hard to get over.

Join me for this edition of the Parker J Cole Show as I talk with author and survivor, Gary Roe about empowering men enduring grief. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you download the Stitcher app on your mobile. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8671599

The Parker J Cole Show — Empowering Women in the Midst of Illness

Parker J Cole BannerElizabeth Chalker is no stranger to illness. She has been suffering from a debilitating disease for years. From being on the fast track in life and success to dealing with chronic pain and fatigue every day, no one would be more surprised to hear bitterness and resentment from her lips.

However, even in the midst of illness Elizabeth continues to empower women with her story. I called her book, ‘Hanging on by the Scratch Marks my Nails Left Behind’ a book that is open heart surgery for the soul. When pain wracks your body and no one seems to get it. When the doctors can’t figure out what to do, and medicine gives no ease, how can you be empowered?

On this episode of the Parker J Cole show, Elizabeth will tell you how to be empowered in the midst of illness. Join me for a discussion of joy in the midst of pain and contentment in the middle of adversity. You can call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can download the Stitcher app. Or, click on the link here:  http://tobtr.com/8487691. Tune in!

Packages of Hope, Tomorrow on the Parker J Cole Show

packageofhopeSeveral times in the past week I intended to write a post with my reaction to the Paris attacks, the Kenyan attacks, and the Syrian response. Yet, over the past several days, it’s all become a heated discussion that has dissolved from #prayforparis and #prayforkenya to nothing more than arguing about who’s right or wrong.

When I heard about the Paris attacks and the Kenyan attacks, I cried the entire weekend. I couldn’t stop crying. For a while, I thought something was wrong with me. I’ve heard bad news before but why was this particular news affecting me so hard? Why couldn’t I distance myself from it in the typical American fashion with a shiny new ball? I think it’s because the Lord allowed me to feel more than just a sadness but a spiritual weight, heaviness if you will, for the state of our world. At the end of day, He dried my tears with giving me new hope. The hope comes in the form of tomorrow’s broadcast.

It’s an honor to interview someone spreading the light in a world of darkness. It’s so refreshing to know that in the midst of darkness, God’s light is oh so much brighter and brilliant.

Packages of Hope is an organization started by a freshman with a simple mission: send packages of gifts and toys to children of all ages across the United States who are battling cancer. How beautiful is that?

I look forward to talking with Mikayla from Packages of Hope tomorrow so join me.

Here’s is some information from their website regarding the statistics of childhood cancer.

  • Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children – more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.
  • Childhood cancer is not a single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.
  • On the average, 1 in every 4 elementary school has a child with cancer. The average high school has two students who are a current or former cancer patient. In the U.S., about 46 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer every weekday.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Parker J Cole Gold JacketParker is a diehard Trekkie (TOS), sci-fi lover, fantasy dweller, romance junkie, anime freak, old movie buff, church-goer, off and on Mountain Dew and marshmallow recovering addict who writes to fill the void the sugar left behind. Visit her website at parkerjcole.com


The Parker J Cole Show — Trial By Fire

11888563_876711285750690_6717476846702643245_oIf I stub my toe, chances are the pain hits me very quickly. I hop on one leg for a second and then the pain goes away and I move on with my life. For some of us among the body of Christ, it’s a very different story. Pain is not a singular event for them but a constant companion. It is part of their every day lives and we’ll be talking about that on the show today.

Chronic pain sufferers deal with pain on a daily basis. For some, it happens for long periods of tme and then a brief respite. For others, it’s a constant companion of fire, of sharp shooting pains, of aches, and muscle spasms. And still for others, sleep is not a respite. The pain burrows through their dreams. Every hour, every minute, is spent in an agony of existence

When you are in pain all the time, you wonder if God is there. If He’s suppose to be so powerful, so loving, so kind and caring — why is He letting me go through this? Doesn’t He hear my screams? Doesn’t He know my life isn’t suppose to be lived this way?

You’ve prayed and cried. And the pain persists. Can God really be there in the midst of pain that never seems to end?

Join me as I talked with Brita Skinner, fellow author and chronic pain sufferer as she gives her insight to those of the Body of Christ who may be going through. Call in at 646-595-2083, press 1 to be live on air. Or, you can click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/8070151.Or, you can download the WLUV radio mobile app.  Tune in!