Hi! My name is Chad.
Twelve years ago I was living in Seattle as a successful Christian music industry guy climbing a great career ladder.
But, I was also living in sin.
I was addicted to drugs, pornography and myself - struggling to love Jesus, let alone anyone else.
Around the time my sin was at it’s best, someone gave me a copy of Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, which was when I realized I was doing just that: wasting my life.

While driving into the office one day, God powerfully met me. I sensed Him asking a question while simultaneously breaking through my hardness of heart; “Why are you fighting Me?” Right there, during the morning rush hour on the Seattle viaduct - hopeful none of my commuting neighbors were noticing - I broke down crying, weeping even, confessing my sin and asking Jesus to give me the kind of story He wanted to write over my life.

Fast-forward a few years and I was at a conference in Minneapolis when I still-small-voice heard the Holy Spirit answering my Seattle prayer from years earlier with four simple, bold instructions:

1. Make your life all about Jesus.
2. Stop worrying about money.
3. Make disciples of artists and others.
4. Give yourself away.

That was when my true calling came - at the peak of industry success - an unexpected, undeserved twelve year career that had securely affixed my name to an album or two. Five days after the conference, I put in my music-industry resignation to begin awkwardly stumbling after Jesus. I was one part impassioned and three parts foolish. I cashed out 401(k), gold plaques, my record collection and the unremarkable old for a messy, extravagant new that has led me - reluctantly - to every continent on the planet.

Obedience is what every single Christian is called to, even if that looks drastically different for you than it does for me. Following - actually trailing after - Jesus, wherever and whenever He leads, is the greatest joy and yet easiest place where we fail. Had I not listened to what Jesus was telling me back then, I would not have this story to share with you now.

To obey is better than sacrifice, to listen than the fat of rams. - 1 Samuel 15:22
What if you took only one risk to love God and neighbor as you love yourself? How much would your own experience - not to mention the whole global world - turn upside down?
Equipping you for a life of risk is why I'm here.
If God can move through me, He can flow through you.
Fear is not your friend.

Take a risk, your Father is King of the Universe.

Chad


To learn more about Chad, or "One Thousand Risks: Fighting Fear for an Awkward, Awesome Life with Jesus" visit chadisliving.com/onethousandrisks

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Episode 145: Are We All Addicted to the Internet? If So, What Can Be Done About It?

With all the regulars finally back together, they tackle the subject of Social Media. It’s clearly a huge part of our culture today, and can have some major benefits in…

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Episode 143: How Would Jesus Respond to the Abortion Crisis?

With the recent passing of the Reproductive Health Act in New York State, there has been a lot of debates, arguments and just straight up outrage over the issue. The…

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Episode 142: Talking to Mattie Montgomery About Preaching the Gospel Even When You Suck at It!

In this episode of the Provoke & Inspire podcast, Mattie Montgomery (former lead singer and frontman of the band For Today) joins the regulars to talk about what God has…

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Episode 141: You Can’t Disagree with What I Believe and If You Do You Are a Bigot!

The guys talk about the dominant thought forms of the secular culture: Relativism, Secularism, and Tolerance.  Specifically, they focus on the modern manifestation of tolerance (which is not very tolerant…

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Episode 140: Ben & Chad Discuss Finding Fulfillment in God Alone, Secular Music, and Throwing Donuts out of a Moving Van!

This is the audio from a live Q&A episode that Ben and Chad did where they answered your questions! They share their opinions on listening to "secular music",  the importance of…

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Episode 139: Chad’s Confession & Holy Spirit Inspired Risk Taking in Every Day Life!

Chad takes over the podcast!! While the regulars had planned out this episode with the typical segments they always have, plans changed when Chad confessed some of his recent difficulties…

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Episode 138: So the World Is on Fire, Why Should I Care?

You’ve probably heard many people quote Matthew 9:37, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” And speak on how we need more workers to go into the harvest.…

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Episode 137: Are New Year’s Resolutions an Annual Excuse for Self Focus?

The new year has arrived, and with it, people’s new year’s goals and resolutions. Is there any benefit to creating a new years resolution? Or is it just an excuse…

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Episode 133: Talking Gender Identity, Sexual Brokenness, and the Secular Mindset with Nancy Pearcey!

We had the privilege of speaking to brilliant author and apologist Nancy Pearcey about her book “Love Thy Body.” We discuss gender identity, the sexual brokenness of this generation, and…

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Episode 132: Should We Ditch the Label “Christian”, God’s Sovereignty and Human Choices, and Are Spiritual Experiences Enough for Sustaining a Vibrant Faith?

On this week’s episode, the guys respond to three compelling community questions. The topics include whether or not we should ditch the label “Christian”, God’s sovereignty and human choices and…

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