The Beacon

In a talk radio landscape dotted with politics and opinions, tune in to a show that will lift your spirits. Our vision at The Beacon radio show is to celebrate when God uses the unexpected to do the unexplainable.

Presented by Phoenix Christian Preparatory School and hosted by PC Alumnus Steve Woods, The Beacon features intimate conversations with people just like you, each with a story to share about what happens when God’s invisible work becomes visible.

Listen in on Sundays at 9am on 960 The Patriot-KKNT AM and be encouraged!

When God Uses a Mechanic to Minister

June 30, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

Daryl Layne was given a death sentence in 1978. He was told that he would be lucky to live another 90 days. God had other plans for Daryl. Check out this episode of the Beacon and be encouraged by the God Who still does miracles and by a story that will surely be an encouragement to you as you listen. 

When God Works Through Teachers

June 23, 2019 | Hosted by Jeff Blake

There is no substitute for experience. Today’s guests have gained more than 100 years of combined wisdom through their ministry to students, parents and other teachers in the classroom through their careers. They have seen God provide in miraculous ways and have celebrated as He has done things that only He can do so that only God can do. Listen in as they offer the secret to success in the classroom to teachers, students and parents from their perspective as they retire from full-time teaching roles and enter the next season of their lives.

How God Saved Brad Asolas’ Life

June 16, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

Brad Asolas’ life was nearly ended and ultimately changed forever on the morning of May 18, 2016 when a drunk driver drifted across the double yellow lines of Highway 154 in Santa Maria, California and collided head-on with the car he was driving. Brad’s injuries were numerous and severe including shattered pelvis and femur, broken humerus and ulna, fractured ribs, injured spine, and internal bleeding from lacerations to his spleen, pancreas, and liver, just to list some. He also sustained a heart attack as rescuers worked to free him from the wreckage. While he laid in the hospital following the accident a pulmonary embolism (blood clot) traveled to his lung. Brad’s life and his health will never be the same as it was before that fateful day, but his kids and family are grateful to still be able to celebrate with their world-class dad again this Father’s day.
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How God Uses Laughter to Combat Evil

June 2, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

God often uses the unexpected to do the unexplainable. The Beacon exists to shine a brighter light on the ways in which God is working for His glory and for the good of those he works in, through, and around. Sexual exploitation is hard to imagine and even more difficult to think about, but it is a real problem in cities across the globe and Phoenix, AZ is no exception. In today’s show we celebrate the amazing work accomplished through “Free to Laugh: Laugh to Free” and meet with founder, Brad Pellish, to learn how God is using clean comedy to raise significant dollars to fund the effort against sexual exploitation. 
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How God Shepherds His Pastors

May 26, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

Some say that pastors, their spouses, and their families live in a fishbowl. They are often evaluated, judged, and even criticized by every member of their congregation. How does someone who feels called into ministry as a vocational shepherd maintain and sustain a life of serving those of us who (let’s be honest) can sometimes be the smelliest of sheep? Enter Standing Stone Ministry… In today’s show, we meet with James Fillingame and learn about this purposeful organization on a mission to shepherd and care for the shepherds and their families.

The Beaconis sponsored by Phoenix Christian

How God Reunites Families When It Seems Impossible

May 19, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode of The Beacon, Steve Vogel of School Choice Arizona talks with us about the passion he and his wife, Teri, share for the broken and hurting. In August of 2016 Teri founded Thrive Arizona with the initial purpose of identifying and meeting the needs of families who would otherwise have children removed from their house. Steve shares their personal story of how God first used the unexpected to do the unexplainable by leading them into fostering when they didn’t even see it coming. Listen in to learn more about how God is working through Thrive Arizona, School Choice Arizona and Phoenix Christian to support and partner with foster families and students. 

How God Calls Families To Foster Care

May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day) | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode, our featured guests include Nate Perkins, Danielle Rinnier and Lauren Scharnweber (PC Elementary Principal). Our conversation looks at the heart and experience of Foster Care in three households as well as for the kids and families they love and nurture along the way.

Phoenix Christian is proud and honored to partner with a significant number of foster families and students. Join us by listening in to this episode and learn more about what foster care ministry is and, perhaps even more importantly, what foster care is not. 

This is episode seven of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian and originally broadcast on Sunday May 12, 2019 (Mother’s Day)

How God Breaks Down Barriers For At-Risk Youth

May 5, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode, our featured guest is Joe Eriquez, founder of Heart for the City. Heart for the City does whatever it takes to work with the WHOLE KID in the life of EACH KID in order to raise up a new generation.

Hear how God is using sports, mentoring, job training, community and a private Christian education at PC to break down life barriers for at risk youth. In this show we shine a brighter light on the transforming work of the Lord in the lives of students.

Learn how timely, simple and easy it is to support this work by providing scholarship dollars for these young people, funded through corporate tax credits from the State of Arizona. How will God use you to make a profound difference for the sake of all eternity?

This is episode six of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian and broadcast on Sunday May 5, 2019.

How God Uses Baseball To Change Lives

April 28, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

This episode features PC’s beloved baseball coach, Mark Band. Mark is a life coach on and off the field and has built a baseball program committed to excellence in Central Phoenix at Phoenix Christian. Listen in as we talk about life and baseball with one of the most impactful and respected coaches in the Valley of the Sun.

This is the fifth episode of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian and broadcast on Sunday, April 28, 2019.

Dr. Mike Fleischmann is the Senior Pastor of Bethany Bible Church in Phoenix, Arizona. In this broadcast, we learn a little about Mike and his passion for local church ministry. We will also hear Mike’s perspective on the significant value of doubters and skeptics. We hope you will listen and be encouraged by the authenticity and relevance of a relationship with Jesus made possible because of what happened so many years ago on the first Easter.

The fourth episode of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian, was first presented on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

How God Brought Tina Hines Back To Life

April 14, 2019 (Palm Sunday) | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode, we share the very personal and traumatic story of Tina and Brian Hines (PC alum). God continues to use their story more than a year after that fateful date of February 12, 2018. That was the day that Tina died five times. Tina’s testimony of seeing Jesus and a glimpse from this life into the next one is compelling and inspiring. Their love for the Lord, for each other, and for those who the Lord puts in their path will challenge and encourage you as you listen to how God is using the unexpected to do the unexplainable.

This is the third episode of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian.

How God Can Use Your State Taxes To Fund Christian Education

April 7, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode, we celebrate how God allows you to use the unexpected (your Arizona state tax revenue) to do the unexplainable (support private Christian education as well as others in need). Among the guests in this episode is Dennis Rogers, a CPA and Financial Planner, with a Master’s Degree in Taxation from ASU. You will also hear from Sally Henry, of ACSTO, the oldest and biggest School Tuition Organization in Arizona. Also in studio for this broadcast is Jeff Blake, Superintendent of Phoenix Christian. Listen in and learn how you can personally direct your state tax dollars in some very specific ways.

This is the second episode of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian.

How God Saved Lucky Lawrence’s Marriage

March 31, 2019 | Hosted by Steve Woods

In this episode, we celebrate how God used the unexpected to do the unexplainable in and through Sue Wright. Married to Lucky Lawrence, a larger than life rock-n-roll DJ in the years when AM radio was the king of media, Sue began a journey of transformation when she met Jesus Christ. This episode shines a light on the amazing legacy that came out of a marriage that was in shambles. Listen in as we honor Sue and give God glory!

This is the first episode of The Beacon, sponsored by Phoenix Christian.

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