Christian Devotions Speak Up! is an outreach of Christian Devotions Ministry. Each week host, Scott McCausey, interviews Christian leaders, sports figures, authors, pastors, agents, missionaries and media personalities who are making a difference in the kingdom of God. Scott keeps Christian Devotions Speak Up! on top of and in touch with current issues that Christians face daily, making the show not only enjoyable but informative. It is a blog talk radio show that airs every Tuesday night at 6p.m.

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Proverbs 31:8



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tonight's Show with Cindy Sproles

September 19, 2017
Author & Conference Director
Cindy Sproles
6:00 p.m. EST


Cindy Sproles is an author and speaker. She is the cofounder of Christian Devotions Ministries and the co writer of the popular He Said, She Said Devotions written with her cofounder, Eddie Jones. She is a novelist and best-selling author. Cindy’s devotions and articles are published in Christian newspapers across the eastern seaboard, including having been used to represent legislature for protection of the elderly. She is a speaker to women’s conferences addressing not only the heart of women, but also their biblical responsibilities to their families. As a teacher and speaker for Christian Writers Conferences, Cindy teaches writing skills and how to write placing God in the forefront. 

She is a contributing author to CBN.com and is the Executive Editor for www.christiandevotions.us and the Managing Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ imprints: SonRise Devotionals and Straight Street Books. She is a certified life coach and mentor, an eldercare specialist and a special needs advocate. Her book, New Sheets – Thirty Days to Refine You Into the Woman You Can Be is being used to help raise funds for Hope House, an abortion crisis center and her novel, Mercy’s Rain, is giving a voice to children who suffer sexual child abuse. Cindy is also the coauthor of He Said, She Said – A  Devotional Guide to Cultivating a Life of  Passion.

She is the mother of four adult sons and  lives in the mountains of East Tennessee with her husband. Cindy can be contacted at www.cindysproles.com or by emailing cindyksproles@gmail.com.

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Carol McClain on Speak UP!

September 12, 2017
Author
Carol McClain
6:00 p.m. EST


McClain's always been a storyteller. As a child, she composed plays and forced her friends to act. She'd help rally the neighborhood kids and together they'd re-enact their favorite TV shows. Sadly, when the boys played, she never got to be the heroine--just the damsel in distress. Since then she's discovered the benefits of needing rescue, and so it's a role she prefers.

McClain lived most her her life in rural, upstate New York where taught high school English for more than thirty years. After years of teaching students how to write, she turned her attention to her own novels.

She has three books. DWF: Divorced White Female and Waters of Separation, both were Grace Award Finalists. Her latest release, The Poison We Drink was released in December 2016.

She spends her time writing, playing with her Springer spaniel and exploring the world with her husband.
 
You can connect with her at www.carolmcclain.com or on facebook or twitter.

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Joshua and Lanae Schlessman on Speak UP!

September 7, 2017
Professional Music Duo &
Christian Artist
Joshua and Lanaé Schlessman
6:00 p.m. EST


"Five years, two children later and a lot of life in between, I am putting my heart to paper and letting it peek into the open air once again. These years have been good and sweet and tragic and broken all at the same time. I lost one of my dearest friends and one of my greatest champions very suddenly and far too soon, my momma. The painful end to my label career gave my spirit much needed space to breathe and time to re-collect my heart and passions. The hiatus of one career marked the beginning of a new one in motherhood. It is special and dear and my heart will never be the same...in the most wonderful way.
Death and life.... Loss and gain... Still hope and dreams begin to rise from tears to create...to dance unashamed and fearless....embracing the mess until it breaks into beauty...

So here it is, a reluctant attempt to find my voice in the calm rolling wake of life's hurricane...." - Lanaé

Lanaé's haunting, ethereal voice has been heard in multiple mediums: TV shows, film, and at Christmas time, her evergreen arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" is played on radio stations all over the country. Her moving, translucent lyrics layered over sounds that are interesting, yet accessible have landed her on stages all over the world from Denmark to the United States and many cities in between, playing festival stages in front of thousands all the way down to intimate songwriter nights.

Her husband Josh has stood by her this whole time. He has been involved in the music industry himself for 15 years, holding various roles at record labels and artist management companies. However, it wasn't until Lanaé's most recent, self-titled, EP that the two of them had a chance to work together.  Lanaé's new song, "I Still Do" gives a glimpse into their relationship and why working together on this new EP is their best season together yet. Living in Tennessee with their two children, the two of them will be celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary next year.

Discover Lanae’s music: www.lanaemusic.com

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Molly White on Speak UP!

August 22, 2017
Former Texas State Representative
Author
Molly White
6:00 p.m. EST


Molly White is a former Texas State Representative in House District 55. Prior to running for office she was a pro-life, grassroots activist, public speaker and published author. From 2001 to present day Molly serves as the Texas Leader of Operation Outcry, a project of the Justice Foundation. She was the founder and director of Redeemed for Life Ministries and Women for Life International, a co-host on Faces of Abortion television show and the host of the Redeemed for Life radio talk show.

Molly White has appeared on numerous national and international television shows, news stations, documentaries, press conferences. Her expertise on pro-life issues has resulted in invitations to speak at Christian, political, civic, and medical events all over the United States and seven different countries.

She has led the largest pro-life delegations to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women conferences, and has attended the UN Conference on Population and the World Conference on Youth both in New York and Geneva, Switzerland. During these events Molly met with heads of nations, political leaders, Christian leaders, and hundreds of women leaders to talk about the importance of defending life, motherhood, marriage, and families. White’s most rewarding work is leading dozens of people to Christ and ministering to countless hurting men and women all around the world, including on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Molly graduated from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor with a degree in psychology. She has been married to Ronald White for 27 years. Together they have 3 children and 4 beautiful, sweet, adorable, fun, smart, fantastic grandchildren.

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Ane Mulligan on Speak UP!

August 15, 2017
Author & Director
Ane Mulligan
6:00 p.m. EST
While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast).

Ane firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Her passion when she isn't writing her Southern-fried Fiction, is Community Theatre. She's Creative Director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, an avocational non-profit theatre group, where she and her husband act, direct, build sets, and are chief gofors.


Contributor to the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and a wooly mammoth.

If you'd like to see a map of Chapel Springs showing you where all the characters live, visit http://www.anemulligan.com

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Friday, July 28, 2017

This Week's Show ~ Jake McCandless

July 26, 2017
Prophecy Simplified
Jake McCandless
6:00 p.m. EST

Jake McCandless is an author and former pastor who serves as the executive director and lead speaker for Prophecy Simplified. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Central Baptist College (2004) and an Advanced Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2009). Much of his theological training has been in the field of eschatology. He has received numerous academic awards and recognitions in ministry, such as the Zondervan National Greek Award and the prestigious Yousef Costa Excellence in Preaching Award from Central Baptist College. He has spent the past eleven years as lead pastor of Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Mount Vernon, AR, and just recently made the difficult decision to step away from the pastorate to lead Prophecy Simplified.  He spent seven years as a youth evangelist with Sold Out Ministries and has been involved on staff in churches since 1998.

Jake is an award winning author. His book is titled Spiritual Prepper. He also writes for several publications such as the Baptist Press, Almost an Author, and Inspire a Fire. You can discover his ministry here: http://prophecysimplified.com.

Jake is married to Amanda. She’s an elementary school teacher, but currently stays home with their two daughters, Andrea (2011) and Addison (2013). Jake enjoys time with family, ministry, hunting, fishing, coffee, writing, and college football.

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Jo Ann Maxwell on Speak UP!


Author
Jo Ann Maxwell
6:00 p.m. EST
July 18, 2017

Jo Ann Maxwell has had a successful career as a teacher and a senior level nonprofit executive. Since retiring, she has been assisting her aging parents. She is active as a volunteer at the Billy Graham Training Center in Asheville, NC. Jo Ann loves to read, play Mahjong, play brain games on her tablet and swim (which is her real love). She loves the Lord and is active in her church. Jo Ann tries each day to live out 2 Corinthians 3:3–”clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.”

When Jo Ann Maxwell was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 60, signs along the way in her life became clear. Her faith, independence, and fearlessness in life were threatened. You are invited to share her struggles and find the hope she has. Fearless is how Jo Ann worked through various trials and tribulations to find the fearless spirit she thought she lost. She gives God all the glory for never giving up on her. Find her book at http://www.westbowpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.aspx?bookid=SKU-001082593.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017

This Week on Speak UP! ~ Tim Martin

July 11, 2017
All-Star Game Special
Boston Red Sox Scout
Tim Martin

6:00 p.m. EST

Tim Martin has been involved with baseball his entire life. His quest to make his dream come true started in 1984 with a free agent signing to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played in the Gulf Coast League and the New York Penn League in his first two season of professional baseball before Tommy John surgery ended his playing days.

After ten years separated from the game, he returned as a coach and a scout. His days coaching high school baseball for Minford High were fruitful, as he led the team to a 331-142 record. This earned him the Ohio District Coaches Hall of Fame award.

Tim also continues to scout for Major League Baseball. Over the last twenty years, he’s been employed by the St. Louis Cardinals, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins and now with the Boston Red Sox.

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Karla McKinney on Speak UP!

June 15, 2017
Homeschool Mom and Writer
Karla McKinney

6:00 p.m. EST

Karla McKinney is married to Jeff and the mom of four daughters ages 22, 20, 16, and wait for it…an eight year old! She is a native of Atlanta, and graduated from Spelman College. She encourages women by sharing
stories of homeschooling, surviving a rare life threatening illness, parenting girls at various places in their spiritual walk, and advocating for victims of CSA. Karla always shares God’s faithfulness as He leads her on the journey home.

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Chad and Leslie Segraves on Speak Up!

June 20, 2017
10/40 Connections
Chad and Leslie Segraves

6:00 p.m. EST


Chad and Leslie are motivational teachers and speakers whose greatest passion is to see the Great Commission completed in their lifetime. As entrepreneurial, mission-focused leaders, teachers, and award-winning writers with extensive international experience, Leslie and Chad love theology made practical – where good thinking leads to active engagement in a broken world.

In 2000 they co-founded 10/40 Connections which seeks to meet tangible needs through the Name of Christ. Since its founding, 10/40 has helped rescue and restore thousands of women from trafficking, fed and educated hundreds of at-risk children, planted numerous house churches among unreached people groups, installed dozens of water wells offering clean water to thousands, promoted teaching that advocates for the unborn and women, and more. They write curriculum that encourages the Church in the least-reached areas of the world, and they equip believers who want to engage in practical cross-cultural living.
Chad and Leslie have lived in India, China, and the Middle East. Both graduated from Fuller Seminary with doctorates of Missiology in 2009. They now serve as Lausanne Catalysts for “Men and Women Partnering in the Gospel,” with the Lausanne Movement*.

Married for eighteen years, Chad and Leslie direct 10/40 Connections (www.1040connections.org) from Chattanooga, TN and travel internationally and domestically for 10/40 Connections. They have four children – Joeli, Joy (in heaven), Eden Samuel, and Phoebe (recently adopted from China).

They are represented by Diana Flegal of Hartline Agency. Their manuscript Engaged in Love and War: Awakening Commitment and Courage is now available: https://www.amazon.com/Engaged-Love-War-Awakening-Commitment/dp/1541129512


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Lori Roeleveld on Speak Up!

June 6, 2017
Author & Renown Blogger
Lori Roeleveld

6:00 p.m. EST

Lori Stanley Roeleveld is a disturber of hobbits who enjoys making comfortable Christians late for dinner. She’s authored an inciteful blog since 2009; a pursuit that eventually resulted in two provocative nonfiction books, Running from a Crazy Man (and other adventures traveling with Jesus) and Jesus and the Beanstalk (Overcoming Your Giants and Living a Fruitful Life) as well as an unsettling novella, Red Pen Redemption.

Lori’s blog has a modest but faithful daily readership and yet, in 2015 it was named one of the Top 100 Christian Blogs and a single post was viewed over 2 million times, another went viral on Facebook. Lori has published newspaper and magazine articles, poetry, and plays. Her novels, short stories, and Bible studies have won several awards. Besides degrees in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Lori earned her Masters in motherhood, homeschooling her two children through graduation. Now, she draws energy from helping writers find their voice and see God’s vision for their work. In her day job, Lori writes the stories of real families in crisis so others see their strengths and values, not just their problems. You’ll find Lori at her website www.loriroeleveld.com. If not, know she’s somewhere slaying dragons.
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Jane Jenkins Herlong on Speak Up!

May 30, 2017
Hall of Fame Speaker & Humorist
Jane Jenkins Herlong

6:00 p.m. EST


As a Southern humorist, Jane entertains using funny, original Southern stories, folksy wisdom and singing to help folks live more productive, stress-free lives. Jane believes in the extraordinary healing power of humor and storytelling.  As a female author, Jane’s most recent accomplishment is being an Amazon “Bestseller”  and award-winner  for her newest  book, Bury Me with My Pearls.
Jane is a Certified Professional Speaking (CSP), professional singer, Female comedians, recording artist and published author. Jane’s award-winning singing and humor is featured on Sirius XM Radio and Pandora. She crisscrosses the country sharing her “down‐home principles delivered with uptown humor”. Jane has also spoken in New Zealand and Germany and is fluent in four languages: English, Southern, Northern and Gullah (gul‐la).

Jane is active in her church and community and serves on as a Commissioner at Piedmont Technical College of South Carolina, Chair of the National Speakers Association Scholarship Committee and serves on the Foundation Board of the National Speakers Association.

Jane’s proudest accomplishments are being a wife and mother. Jane and her family live on the family peach  farm in Edgefield County, South Carolina.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

This Week's Show with Rahn Anthoni on Speak Up!

May 9, 2017
R&B Artist
Rahn Anthoni

6:00 p.m. EST


Urban music dance artist, Rahn Anthoni crafts hot hip-hop with an R&B flow that hints at roots in gospel flavors. In fact, says Anthoni, “I come from a gospel music background.” His history with inspirational music has helped him develop a positive relationship with the world of song. Music brings him to a high plateau and sheds the day-to-day strife from his life.  Anthoni got his first T.V.break when he host Starpower on The BET Network! 

Rahn Anthoni signed with Tate Music Group releasing his single, "Hold On" which gave a lot of his listeners the encouragement to Hold On to life. His listeners get a healthy dose of this musical breeze via Anthoni’s master craftsmanship. Anthoni has also been in movies and made a cameo appearance in Good Deed as Rashad. Having his own talk show, "The Rahn Anthoni Show" has reached over 1 millions views on Eotm Tv.

After losing his special needs son to abuse allegedly by his son's teacher, Anthoni has become an advocate for special need kids. The Aaron Hatcher Awards, is given every year in honor of his late son Aaron Hatcher at the Eotm Awards in Los Angeles.  Anthoni suffered a heart attack and had open heart surgery after he lost his special need son.

“Music makes me feel free from all my problems that I have each day,” he says, and he is glad to pass the feeling along to fans. “It gives me a getaway and expresses love to all my listeners – including myself.”

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Amanda Hughes on Speak UP!

May 2, 2017
Author
Amanda Hughes

6:00 p.m. EST


Amanda Hughes holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She serves as Outreach Director for Constituting America, and enjoys encouraging others through her writing on faith and freedom at http://www.amandahugheswriter.com/ Hughes is the author of Who Wants to Be Free? Make Sure You Do! Who Wants to be Free
 
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Daniel Gil on Speak UP!

April 18, 2017
American Ninja Warrior
Daniel Gil

6:00 p.m. EST


Daniel Gil is a professional ninja athlete and a two time national finalist on American Ninja Warrior.

He was born and raised in Houston, Texas and is the second oldest in a family of five kids who were all home-schooled. Daniel grew up loving the outdoors, climbing trees and participating in team sports. In high school he began to focus his attention on passions such as singing, dancing, and the performing arts and started leading worship at Dwelling Place Church.
After high school, he attended All Nations School of Ministry and obtained a degree in Applied Ministerial Studies. In 2013, he began working at Iron Sports Gym with Sam Sann, where he now directs the homeschool program and trains for American Ninja Warrior. His rookie campaign was Season 7 of American Ninja Warrior, where he made it to the National Finals in Las Vegas and selected to compete in the All-Stars Special, and was chosen to be a team captain on Season 1 of Team Ninja Warrior.

This recognition and success has presented him with new opportunities to begin traveling and motivational speaking. In 2016, he competed on Season 8 of American Ninja Warrior and was one of only two competitors to beat Stage 2 in the National Finals. Today you’ll find Daniel traveling, speaking, and training for Season 9 of American Ninja Warrior.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Terri Kelly on Speak UP!

March 21, 2017
Author & Teacher
Terri Kelly

6:00 p.m. EST


Terri Kelly is the author of Mary Slessor: Missionary Mother. As a writer she has contributed to several books, including Divine Moments, Additional Christmas
Moments, and Stupid Moments, Faith and Family and Spirit and Heart. Terri has published articles in Kids’ Ark Magazine, Clubhouse, WHOA Magazine, and numerous
online publications.

Her blog, terribkelly.com, addresses issues teachers deal with daily. She teaches at writing conferences and assists with the Asheville Christian Writers Conference in Asheville, North Carolina.
 
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Elizabeth Whitley on Speak UP!



March 14, 2017
Blessings of Being Single
Elizabeth Whitley

6:00 p.m. EST

Elizabeth Whitley currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina where she works as a university admissions counselor by day and enjoys writing by night. She attends Thrive Church and serves as a life group administrator and leader. Elizabeth feels that being generous with her personal discoveries and insights makes any disappointments and uncertainties well worth the trouble! She is currently writing a book about embracing and celebrating her season of singleness, and she hopes to inspire other singles to do the same. Discover more at her web site www.elizabethwhitley.com.
 
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Edie Melson on Speak UP!

March 7, 2017
Social Media Expert & Author
Edie Melson

6:00 p.m. EST

Find your voice, live your story…is the foundation of Edie Melson’s message, no matter if she’s addressing parents, military families, readers of fiction or writers. As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. She’s penned numerous books, including While My Child is Away a book of prayers for when we’re apart.

As a leading professional within the publishing industry, she travels to numerous conferences as a popular keynote, writing instructor and mentor. Her top-ranked blog for writers, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month, and she’s the Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.


In addition, as a respected expert in social media, Edie has the proven expertise to teach others how to plug in without sacrificing valuable writing time. Her bestselling eBook on this subject, has recently been updated, expanded and re-released as Connections: Social Media & NetworkingTechniques for Writers.

She and her husband, Kirk, have been married 35 years and raised three sons. They live in the Upstate of South Caroline. Connect with her through her web site www.ediemelson.com.

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