Interview: Rick & Carole Karchner, Parents of a Gay Prodigal – Overcomers Overcoming Podcast

Parents of a Gay Prodigal: How Rick & Carole Karchner (Dad & Mom) Handled my “Coming out”.

Click below to listen to the podcast (35 mins):

Rick & Carole (Dad & Mom)’s First Podcast, 2021

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” 1 Peter 5:8

“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:9-11

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.” 2 Tim 4:3-5

“For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

Praise the Lord!

The War Is Not Over Yet!

Strange as it sounds, I think there is value in being encouraged by the level of opposition we face. Somebody said, ‘If there weren’t significant (spiritual) opposition to what we are doing, it would be an indicator that we’re not moving in the right direction.’

A German Sunday School teacher took his teenage child to visit a Christian university in the U.S., and this is what he said upon return:

‘In Europe, the (spiritual) war has been decided, and it’s over. People have made their decision. For the most part, no one wants to hear about Jesus anymore. In America, the war rages on. And that is what was thrilling to me- the fact that there still IS a war.’

Testimonies of the men Castaway serves can be knock-down / drag out. Just when you think the game is over and the man will be ushered off this earth into eternal darkness, the Lord steps in. Just because it looks bleak doesn’t mean the war is over. As my Dad used to say, ‘Maybe the Lord just hasn’t spoken yet.’

On American Independence month, let’s be encouraged that Satan still considers the U.S. a significant enough threat to load our churches, universities and media outlets to the brim with his troops.

We’re at war. Stay in the fight!

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” – Ephesians 6:11-12