Not Lukewarm Podcast

Not Lukewarm Podcast with Deanna Bartalini

Welcome to learning and growing into a person who is not lukewarm. Curious as to where “not lukewarm” came from? It is from Revelation 3:16, “So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.” Jesus is speaking to one of the seven churches and he is admonishing one for being neither hot nor cold and he tells them he will spit them out of his mouth. The first time I read that I realized I never wanted to be lukewarm, especially in my faith and love for Jesus. Rev 3:16 is a life verse for me, reminding me to the person God is calling me to be, each and every day.

And I want to help you live “not lukewarm” too! One of my greatest joys is to walk with people on their faith journey. I believe that the more you know about God and your faith, the more deeply you will fall in love with him. And when you fall in love with God, you want to reach out to others in gratitude. The Not Lukewarm podcast is about journeying together and learning how to live our faith every day.

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Not Lukewarm Podcast Episodes:

Joy in Difficult Times

A Prayer O holy St. Philip Neri, patron saint of joy, you who trusted scripture’s promise that the Lord is always at hand and that we need not have anxiety about anything, in your compassion heal our worries and sorrows and lift the burdens from our hearts. We come to you as one whose heart swells […]

St. Teresa of Avila, Doctor of the Church

Facts about Teresa of Avila born in Avila, Spain on March 28, 1515 entered the Carmelites on 1535 began reforming the order and founded her first convent, St. Joesph, in 1562 in 1575 she was told to stop and made to retire to Costile due to a dispute between the two different Carmelite groups in […]

Relevant Fiction for Body & Soul

Do you like to read? Reading is my favorite way to relax! I’ve read a few of Carolyn Astfalk’s books and thought it would be nice to talk about how she got started writing fiction. How did she get started? A few years ago when she had only 2 children and a husband who traveled […]

Pray the Psalms

Some Facts about the Psalms There are 150 psalms David wrote about half of them There are different types of psalms Types of Psalms Hymn Thanksgiving Lament Royal Wisdom Pilgrimage or procession Prophetic speech What else? The psalms cover the entire range of human emotion and experience and so can be very helpful in prayer. […]

Need a special gift?

Meet Anne Kidder, the woman show who runs Kidderbug Kreations! Anne loves to sew and create special gifts for others. She created the items in her online store to give people an opportunity to give meaningful handcrafted gifts. She says, “there is a memory in every moment.”  And there is! What types of gifts are […]

Magnify the Lord

What does it mean to magnify? It means to make something appear larger, to enlarge, increase, enhance. The archaic meaning is a bit different and more in line with what we think of in relation to God. It means, to extol, glorify, praise, bless, worship, venerate and adore. Scripture PS 34:2-4 I will bless the […]

Becoming a Deacon

In the Catholic Church, there is a group of men, called permanent deacons who are married and serve in various ways. This episode looks at how one man heard his call to become a deacon and acted on it. Who is it? It’s my husband, Deacon John, and I am happy to have you hear […]

What is a Doctor of the Church

Have you ever wondered, what is a Doctor of the Church? Well, wonder no more. I’ll explain, in broad strokes what that means. How does one become a Doctor of the Church? First, you must be a saint. A saint is someone who has great holiness. A Doctor of the Church has holiness that is […]

A Journal created for boys!

Amy Brooks, a former middle and high school teacher, has written a journal for boys! She is a mom of 3, 1 son and a set of twins – a son and a daughter. Besides taking care of her family, she is behind quite a few websites (the list is below) and now the author […]

Make Every Day Blessed – A new Stay Connected Journal

I recently spoke with Jen Frost, a sewist and fabric designer who wrote a book on living out the liturgical year. I didn’t mention it to Jen, but this is one of my favorite topics! How we can incorporate the Church seasons into our daily life is something I think is so important. It truly […]

A Saint for today, St. Maximilian Kolbe

Who was Maximilian Kolbe? He was a Polish Franciscan priest born in 1894. He entered the seminary and began studying in 1910 and in 1918 was ordained a priest. While in seminary he formed a group with 6 other men called the Militia Immaculata, an organization devoted to being an instrument of Mary, our Blessed […]

Standards and Attachment

July 31 is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola. One of the greatest gifts St. Ignatius gave the Church is the Spiritual Exercises.  The Spiritual Exercises are a way to grow closer to God, to learn to live for him and for the world. In week 2, day 4 of the Exercises he […]

An Interview & Book Notes with Christina Semmens

Welcome to Christina Semmens, author, speaker and spiritual mentor from Say Yes to Holiness. Christina’s book, Say Yes, Discovering Purpose, Peace and Abundance in your Daily Life was written in response to her own personal experiences and others who are seeking to become saints. A convert to Catholicism, Christina’s life change when a friend invited […]

Confusion? Chaos? Turn to God

In the past few weeks, I have found myself saying “I don’t know” far too often. I was starting to annoy myself and honestly, feeling a bit dumb. It was not possible that I don’t know that much. But there is much confusion and maybe even chaos happening and it can be hard to have […]

I am God’s Storyteller by Lisa Hendey

It was a pleasure to talk with Lisa Hendey about her book, “I am God’s Storyteller” with illustrations by Eric Carlson. Lisa is the founder of CatholicMom.com and a writer of adult non-fiction before she began writing for children. She began with the Chime Traveler’s, a series of illustrated saint stories written in chapter format […]

Passion of Hope, a Ministry to Singles

Marriage isn’t for everyone, right? Or is it? Julieanne Bartlett, based on scripture and Church teachings thinks it is for everyone! Her ministry, Passion of Hope speaks to the heart of people who long for a spouse. Their world and culture may look and think they have it all – education, career, good income, fun […]

Live in the Fruit of the Spirit

We all want to live our best, growing and learning to live out the fruit of the Spirit. For many of us, patience, self-control, gentleness and love will come when we focus on being more like Christ and knowing the Word. Scripture to guide us St. Peter tells us, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these […]

God shows us the Fruit of the Spirit

When we are filled with the Holy Spirit, others can see it by how we live our lives. “Is your life bearing fruit?”, is a good question to ask ourselves regularly. In this episode, I take a look at 5 fruit: joy, peace, faithfulness, generosity, and kindness. It is helpful to look at these from […]

The Holy Spirit’s Gifts, part 2

Holy Boldness! That’s what the gifts of the Holy Spirit give us. Our last episode looked at the gifts of wisdom, understanding and counsel. Let’s look at the gifts of knowledge, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. Knowledge propels us to know God and ourselves and to use that knowledge to grow toward perfect […]

The Holy Spirit’s Gifts, part 1

The Spirit is present from the beginning of time – “A mighty wind sweeping over the waters” (Gn 1:2b). As part of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit moves and acts in accord with the Father and the Son, bringing order from chaos. The gifts of the Holy Spirit come from Isaiah 11:2, “The spirit […]

Intentionality is the seed of freedom

Do you ever struggle in prayer? Right, of course, doesn’t everyone at some point or another? Often times, the struggle comes not when we are praying prayers we have memorized or are reading, but when we are trying to meditate or contemplate, to reflect and be with God. We become distracted; we lose focus. Today […]

Fly to Mary

Mary is our Mother who loves us and wants to help us. Ever since I was a little girl I have prayed this very special prayer asking for Mary to intercede, The Memorare. The image of prayers flying up to her in heaven where she then offers them to Jesus for me is very hopeful. […]

Our Lady wants to help untie the knots of our life

Mary, the Blessed Mother, mother of Jesus and our mother too wants to help us always. We can turn to her in prayer and ask for help. A recently re-discovered title of Mary is Mary Undoer or Untier of Knots. It is a famous painting in Augsburg, Germany. Pope Francis, when he was the Archbishop […]

Seeking Peace: From Worry to Trust, a new Bible study

Allison Gingras and I talked about her new bible study, part of the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women published by Our Sunday Visitor. The newest title is Seeking Peace: From Worry to Trust.  It has all the great features of the other journals: prayers, plenty of space to write in you thoughts, images to […]

Do Catholics Worship Mary?

Spoiler alert: the answer is “No!” “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman.” Gal 4:4 We venerate, honor, and have great respect for Mary. We ask for her intercession because she is so close to Jesus. But we do not worship her. Worship is for God. Mary […]

St. Catherine of Siena

I think of saints as my friends. Let me introduce you to my friends, Catherine of Siena. Born in Siena, Italy in 1347 she was one of 25 children, though only 13 lived. In fact, she was a twin but her sister died as an infant. As a child, Catherine was considered a sweet and […]

A Meditation on Jesus’ Crucifixion

Good Friday is a difficult day as we remember Jesus’ passion, crucifixion, death and burial. It is a day of sadness even though we know He rises. This meditation is offered from the Gospel of Mark, chapter 15 to invite you to pause and reflect today on all that Jesus has done for us.

Mission Family with Heidi Indahl

Families are the foundation of society yet often overlooked and not supported. Heidi Indahl has written a book to support you and your family. It’s not a self-help guide, but rather, a journal that takes you through the steps of finding out what your mission is as a family. Just as each person has a […]

Encouraging Scripture

Many times we have challenges in our life that we don’t expect. And where can we turn? For me, turning to scripture offers me comfort and encouragement. Old Testament Verses: Joshua 1:9: I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you […]

Stay in the Word

When you can’t get to Church It’s tough when we are separated from our Church family no matter what the circumstances. In difficult times, it is even worse. We can feel lost or isolated. As Catholics, we mourn the loss of the Eucharist. It can help us to remember though, that Jesus is present in […]

Faith Overcomes Fear

Faith is a gift from God that we can use to overcome our fears. It isn’t always easy, but we have many examples of faith around us and in scripture. Right in the beginning of Genesis, Abram is an example of faith in God, indeed it says in Gen 15:6, “Abram put his faith in […]

Chaste Love Ministry

I had the opportunity to interview Tim Lucchesi, the founder of Chaste Love, a ministry for those who are trying to live as God calls us, chastely, rather than how the culture calls us. A former youth minister, Tim saw so many people wounded from bad relationships, leaving them with a distorted view of what […]

Inspired for Freedom

To live in the abundance of the gifts God has given us is not always easy. We may know it in our heads, but it is not in our heart or soul yet. It requires deliberate thought and action on our part. Why? Because it is countercultural; we are human and inclined to sin; we […]

Grace, a gift from God

Grace is one of my favorites gifts from God. I know I need it and use it and ask for it very regularly. Without grace, I would not be the person I am. What is Grace? Grace is any “underserved gift or help freely and lovingly provided by God, but above all the utterly basic […]

Can I love as God does?

February – if you live in a cold, wintery climate it can seem like the longest month. Maybe that’s why we celebrate love this month, something to warm us up and thaw us out. Who knows? This episode is not about romantic love, but about God’s, which is more fulfilling and constant and true than […]

Legos – a way to give glory to God

When I think of Legos I recall, not very fondly, all those little pieces that needed to be picked up off the floor. Secretly, I was glad my children played with them occasionally rather than having them out all the time with works in progress. John Kraemer though, has them out all the time, pretty […]

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the focus of the Sunday Gospel readings. It can be helpful to have some context when we are reading the Word to help us better understand it. This Gospel was written sometime between 70 and 100 A.D., after the fall of the temple in Jerusalem. It was written for Jewish […]

Special Days and the Cycles of Scripture Readings

The Church Year We’re looking at the seasons of the Church year and what is part of each season. The year begins with Advent (Dec 1, 2019), then Christmas (Dec 25, 2019), Ordinary Time (Jan 13-Feb 25, 2020), Lent (Feb 26-April 9, 2020), Triduum (April 9- 12, 2020), Easter (April 13-May 31, 2020), and Ordinary […]

The Seasons of the Church Year

The Catholic Church has seasons, just like the natural world does. Our seasons are based on what is happening in the Church as to what season it is. We have 6 seasons: Advent, Christmas, Lent, Paschal Triduum, Easter and Ordinary Time. Ordinary time occurs twice, between Christmas and Lent and then again between Easter and […]

Becoming Holy, One Virtue at a Time

Deep down, I think we all long for holiness – yet it seems unattainable or at least, very difficult. But Sara Estabrooks has given us guidance in the form of a new bible study that is part of the series of the Stay Connected Journals published by Our Sunday Visitor. Sara and I spoke about […]

Trust and Surrender

God is faithful always in all ways. We sometimes forget that. In the last month or so, I keep being reminded about that and have been praying with it to better understand what God is asking of me. He wants surrender. Not the wave the white faith, you win, I’m defeated type surrender, but the […]

Don’t Forget to Say Thank You by Lindsay Schlegel 

A book review and interview with Lindsay Schlegel, author of Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God.  I’m sure many of us can say “don’t forget” is a common refrain we say to ourselves and others, parents or not. Lindsay Schlegel talks about how she came […]

A Few Good Books

Books are the best! I rarely regret buying the book or reading the book. I do regret have given away books, especially those I can’t replace. I’m sharing a few of my past favorites today, books I pick up again just to read what I underlined or the notes I jotted down. It’s like seeing […]

Praying with ACTS

It is all well and good to tell people to pray. But sometimes, because of lack of experience, tiredness, or maybe even a spiritual dryness, you don’t know what to say. That’s where ACTS comes in; it is a way to pray, a little formula you can use to get on track and stay focused. […]

Praying to the One who loves us

Prayer helps us stay grounded, reminding us that we need God and that he is there, waiting to listen. A few quotes on prayer Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Phil 4:6 For me, prayer is an aspiration of the heart, it […]

An Interview with Bonnie L. Engstrom, author of 61 Minutes to a Miracle

Do you believe in miracles? If you have read the Bible, Old Testament or New, you see miracles everywhere. God comes to his people in a burning bush, an ark, water, mud, fire, wind, rain and quiet. Jesus feeds five thousand people; heals the blind, the lame, those processed by demons and raises the dead. […]

The Communion of Saints

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us.” Hebrews 12:1 What is the communion of saints? It is made up of all the people who are part of the […]

Faith, a gift from God

Hans von Balthasar says that “Faith is the fundamental response to the love that has offered itself up for me.”  That love is God giving up his Son so that we might have eternal life. That love is Christ crucified.  I believe that God offered up his love for me, just as he did for […]

God the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.  He is made known to us from the beginning of the Old Testament, in Genesis 1:2, “and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” that wind is the Holy Spirit. Then […]

Jesus, the Son of God

Do you ever wonder where we would be without Jesus? I know I would not be a tenth of the person I am today without him and my faith in him So who is Jesus, well, he is the second person of the Trinity, God the Son. He is incarnate, which means he took on […]

The Origin of All: God the Father

God the Father is the first person of the Most Holy Trinity. God the Son, Jesus and God the Holy Spirit are the second and third persons of the Trinity. He is the origin of all life. Life begins with the Father. He created us out of and because of love. God loves us so […]

Not Lukewarm, a new podcast with Deanna Bartalini

Not Lukewarm, a new podcast with Deanna Bartalini – There are many voices asking to be heard in this world today. Some are the voices of those we know and love – family and friends, those we serve in ministry, those we care about. There are other voices as well – cultural icons, sports figures, […]

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