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The Encouraging Christian Fathers podcast is a weekly source of encouragement and parenting insight for christian fathers. The show is co-hosted by Joshua Sheats (a 30-year-old father of 2 young children) and Joshua's own father, David Sheats (a 73-year-old father of 7 grown children and grandfather of 11). The combination of David's 51 years of parenting experience and Joshua's fresh and current challenges lead to engaging and relevant discussions on all aspects of parenting!
 
There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God tha ...
 
Looking for a different pinball podcast which isn’t about current events or pinball news? Silverball Chronicles is a monthly podcast for the true pinball nerd that enjoys learning more about the complicated dynamics, politics and characters that created their favourite pinball machines. Join Ron and Dave as they stumble through pinball history mispronouncing names, chronicling designers, telling war stories, and digging up strange and obscure facts; all while paying homage to the hobby of pi ...
 
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Episode Summary It is often through failure that we learn and after the collapse of Stern Electronics, Gary Stern did not give up. He collected himself over a year and then would work with Joe Kaminkow and Shelley Sax on building Data East Pinball. Often the butt of jokes on quality, code depth, and artwork, Data East would become the only survivor…
 
John Popadiuk, also known as J-Pop, created some of the most interesting and whimsical playfield designs of the 1990s. He went from a god tier Bally-Williams designer to a start-up pinball company owner and finally to a pinball pariah. John once described his journey as “a long tale of woe in some cases, but also tales of glory in others.” His name…
 
Silverball Chronicles with David and Ron Episode 22: Mr. Nordman, Let’s Talk About Your Ramps Topic Starts at 8:38 Episode Summary Ramps are mesmerizing, hypnotic and create a excitement deep inside when you shoot them. You can almost feel the ball rolling around a bend in a ramp. Too many people Pinball IS Ramps. In fact, when one of my non-pinbal…
 
Episode Summary There are many stars inside the pinball industry, but few create such an emotional ripple in the hobby when they pass. Lyman Sheats gave so much for pinball and always wanted to give more. A perfectionist who was often too hard on himself, Lyman was always looking for ways to improve his games. This month Ron and Dave talk all about…
 
The 90s saw the biggest leap in pinball mechanics and technology that the hobby had ever seen. The Dot Matrix Display and how Bally/Williams leveraged it, made the pins from the previous decade look like a horse and buggy. The purchase of Bally by Williams created a competitive shark tank, forcing designers and engineers to continuously one-up each…
 
Silverball Chronicle with Ron and David Episode 19: 80s Cheese Done Right – Gottlieb 80b Episode Summary The early 1980s were a boon for pinball manufacturing. Bally and Williams had transitioned to Solid State early and evolved their platform. Gottlieb struggled with System 1, and as soon as they found their stride with the new System 80 board set…
 
The Bally-Williams Era has often been considered on of the most mechanically exciting times in the Pinball Hobby. In fact, many of the games of this era still carry a hefty resale price on the secondary market. The magic of pinball and the world under glass was brought to life by Bally-Williams. Many pinball personalities who purchased assets from …
 
Episode Summary When we last left Steve Ritchie, pinball was dead. It was done. Williams, gone. Bally, gone. Gottlieb/Premier, gone. The last manufacturer standing was Sega which ended up being sold to one Gary Stern and became today’s Stern Pinball Inc. Steve Ritchie was ready to make a return to pinball after a hiatus, but the pinball landscape w…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/iafg22/SC_-_Ep_16_-_Millennium_Moment_-_Pinball_20008um9r.mp3 Episode Summary Pinball was suffering in the late 1990’s. Home gaming consoles dominated households. In the decades that preceded the 90’s, people ate at home and went out for entertainment; society was changing. As a result, arcades suffered. Pinball need…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/bcbvd4/SC_-_Ep_15_-_Barry_Oursler_Saves_Pinball7hnwi.mp3 Episode Summary Barry Oursler is a William institution. As a designer he kept the line going at Williams during the massive decline that the coin op industry experienced in the early 1980s. He designed 35 games including Space Shuttle, which ‘saved pinball.’ Du…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/c5at75/SC_Ep_14_-_Gomez_-_This_One_Has_a_Lot_of_Arcade_Stuffan6xa.mp3 Episode Summary George Gomez has created some of the most well received pinball machines our hobby has ever seen. He got his big break with Williams Pinball, but the current Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Stern Pinball had a…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/g8cucm/SC_-_Ep_13_-_Pat_Lawlor_Pt_2_-_Williams_Wreak_n_Ball8ofjb.mp3 Episode Summary Pat Lawlor has a demeanor which has rubbed some the wrong way over the years. Let’s face it, as a designer you need to get strong personalities in line, meet corporate deadlines, push your creative vision to the edge and have the con…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/zfm5hd/SC_-_Ep_12_-_Pinball_is_Dying_Pt_1_-_Williams69pb6.mp3 Episode Summary By the Early 1980’s Pinball was dying. Sales in Pinball fell from peaks of 9-10,000 units to 900 units in 2 years. Video was on an upward trend and that is where the coin op industry began to focus. Only 1 full time designer remained at Wil…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/bzptbr/SC_Ep_11_-_Dwight_-_The_Creation_of_Complexity6wxnn.mp3 Episode Summary Dwight is one of pinball programming’s most important figures. Throughout the 1990’s Dwight worked on some of the best-selling games of all time, added a level of polish not seen before, brought a new level of fun and uniqueness that conti…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/z6c9rh/SC_Ep_10_-_Pat_Lawlor_-_Pinballs_Rollercoaster_Tycoon6gqmp.mp3 Episode Summary Pat Lawlor is a pinball statesman. He has a long lumbering and detailed way of explaining himself. This deep and controlled thought process is why Pat’s pinball designs and mechanical toys are so detailed and dedicated to being exci…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/d72sa8/SC_-_Ep_9_-_Borgie_-_Living_the_90s_License_Dream864no.mp3 Episode Summary John Borg or as he’s affectionately known as ‘Borgie’, entered the industry as a mechanical engineer building ramps and ended up being a designer on some of the fondest remember nostalgia pins of the 1990’s. Join Ron and Dave as they ch…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/t6jjqa/SC_-_Ep_8_-_Moving_Units_Part_2_-_The_Class_of_19819emqy.mp3 Episode Summary David and Ron are going to finish what they started last month. As mentioned in the previous podcast, from 1975 to 1980 Bally were breaking sales records. It seemed that Paul Faris’s art team could do no wrong but by 1981 the gaming i…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/5u5du4/SC_-_Ep_7_-_Moving_Units_-_Ballys_Art_Revolution7egh1.mp3 Episode Summary David and Ron are here again this month to use an audio medium to talk about visual art… will it work? Art sells Pinball machines. There was no better team ever in pinball as the Art Team at Bally. From 1975 until Bally was sold to Midwa…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/cjfsem/sc_ep6_-_steve_ritchie_the_mullet_years6onj6.mp3 Episode Summary Join David and Ron this week as they ride on a dirt bike made of quarters and fueled with pinball players’ tears with Steve Ritchie. Through this awesome time in pinball, the bestselling designer ever, continued to build his legacy and as you’ll …
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/rxnxaf/SC_Ep_5_-Stepping_on_Rakes-_Gottlieb_System_1_baspg.mp3 Episode Summary Gottlieb was a giant in the pinball industry. Some would say that they created some of the most fun in the Electro-Mechanical era than all the other manufacturers combined. When the sea change of the Solid-State Era appeared on the horizon…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/furofp/SC_Ep_4_-Bat_Sh_t_Crazy-_The_Python_Anghelo_Story_63u0s.mp3 Episode Summary Python Anghelo was an eccentric, passionate, charming, classically educated, combative, spiteful, and caring individual. He gave his all for pinball. Python is a guy who added social commentary to his back-glass art, added Easter eggs …
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/fugmyt/Ep_3_-Zombie_Pinball-_The_Gottlieb_System_3_Era.mp3 Episode Summary Our Previous episodes have all been from the early solid-state era. The last 70’s and early 80’s was where the industry went though some of its largest shifts, we call that ‘disruption’ now-a-days. The exit of electro-mechanical pinball and th…
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/az8sxt/SC_-Ep2-_Stern_Electronics__No_Not_That_Stern.mp3 Episode Summary Before Stern Pinball Inc., which dominates the pinball landscape today, there was Stern Electronics, our second episode’s topic. We cover where Stern Electronics came from, Sam and Gary Stern’s early years, Dave mispronouncing names, the change …
 
https://mcdn.podbean.com/mf/web/mjzkg4/Silverball_Chronicles_-_Ep1_-_Steve_Ritchie_-_Before_the_Mullet_1_.mp3 Episode Summary Our topic this week, nicknamed The King of Flow, the bestselling pinball designer of all time, my favorite designer, and the reason why you know or will know what Meniere’s Disease is: Steve Ritchie. This episode reviews the…
 
141 The Anointing John said that we all have an “anointing” and that the anointing will teach us. What is this anointing? How do we get this anointing? How important is to us to know this anointing in our hearts? To speak of this anointing seems to some to be so mysterious that we tend just to put the subject aside and go on to other things. Yet Jo…
 
Episode 140 God in our Midst The promise of God is that He will dwell in us and walk among us. A company of believers as the Temple of God is the fulfillment of the promise of God and cost Calvary to make it possible. What should be taking place if the Holy Spirit is given His rightful place? Today we want to continue on the subject of our last pro…
 
Episode 139 Meeting with God Jesus said where two or three are gathered together in His name, He would be in the midst of them. What does it mean to gather in His name? Why do we do that? What are the evidences that He is present? What should we expect? To gather in the name of Jesus is more than just having a meeting, singing some songs, and heari…
 
Episode 138 The spiritual war in our time Paul says that our warfare is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual powers of wickedness in heavenly places. But we are also told that Christ won the victory against the enemy at Calvary. If this is so then why is there still a war? To understand clearly what God did in Christ Jesus at Calvary i…
 
Episode 137 God’s Order concerning men and women Probably the greatest war in the world today is the war between men and women. Yet God created the first man and woman and His creation was perfect. Why should there be such conflict, and why should it be such an issue among Christians? In the Genesis account of creation, we see that the enemy is his…
 
Episode 136 The Message of the Cross Paul said that the message of the Cross is the power of God to those who are being saved. What is this message of the Cross? In what way is it the power of God? How do we avail of this power to be delivered from this world of sin and enter fully into what God is doing today? Many relegate the “message of the Cro…
 
Episode 135 Growing up into Christ Jesus told the early apostles to go and make disciples. He also said that it is enough that a disciple be as his master. The goal of God is mature sons and daughters, able to bear responsibility in His family. How is this goal of God to be realized? I think that every sincere Christian believes that God wants matu…
 
Episode 134 The Mystery Revealed Paul said that God had commissioned him and the other apostles to make known the “mystery” which was hidden to the prophets of old but has now been revealed. What was that mystery? What is the practical meaning of that to us today? A mystery is something that is hidden. This mystery was hidden from the Old Testament…
 
Episode 133 Building in One Body In writing to the Ephesian Church, Paul said that God had reconciled Jews and Gentiles in one body. There was no more distinction, and in that context He is fitting us together as a Temple of God. What does that mean to you and me in practical terms? We refer to the church as “The Body of Christ” and “The Temple of …
 
Episode 132 Building on the foundation by Revelation of Christ Paul said he laid Christ as the foundation of God’s building. To build properly on that foundation we must also build according to Christ. To do this we must have supernatural revelation of Christ from God. How do we get this revelation? The building of God is all spiritual. It cannot b…
 
Episode 131 Our Foundation—Jesus Christ When writing to the Corinthian church Paul said that he had laid a foundation as a wise master builder. What was the foundation that Paul laid? If we are going to build properly we need to have a clear revelation of that foundation. We are continuing today on the subject of “Building in God” and are using the…
 
Episode 130 The Ephesian Church The truth that we need is not always spelled out in the scriptures in a detailed outline. Many times it is given to us by the record of God’s working in the past. The foundation and growth of the Ephesian church is an example of that. Let us learn from this account. We continue today on the subject of “Building in Go…
 
Episode 129 Building in God When writing to the Corinthians, Paul said that he had laid a foundation, and that those who followed him should be careful how they build. What does it mean to build in God? How do we know that we are building on the right foundation and that our building is approved by God? What it means to build in the natural is obvi…
 
Episode 128 Report on Trip to Kenya The last two months I was in Kenya with another brother visiting a number of small churches and conducting some intensive leadership training. It was a very rich time of fellowship and ministry. Today I want to share some of what took place. This past two months was an amazing experience of God’s working and grac…
 
Episode 127 A Personal Testimony of God’s Faithfulness Testimonies of brothers and sisters can be of great encouragement to us in our journey of faith. God is real and our experience of His grace is real. Today I want to share my personal testimony of God’s faithfulness to His praise and glory. Over the past two and half years that I have been doin…
 
Episode 126 The Trial of our Faith James speaks about the “Trial of our Faith.” At one point or another I believe all of us have found ourselves in that place. How is our faith tried? What do we do when we find ourselves being tested? What is God after in our lives in this testing? Someone has said that faith is the currency in God’s economy. Or in…
 
Episode 125 Spiritual Blindness What are the causes of spiritual blindness? Jesus had some strong things to say about blind leaders seeking to lead blind men. He also gave a strong rebuke to the church of Laodicea regarding blindness. Is it possible for us to be blind and not know it? Spiritual vision is a great miracle that comes to us by the merc…
 
Episode 124 Maturing for His Use We all want to be used by God for His purpose and glory according to His grace. For this to happen, we must be prepared. Our lives must be a living letter, written by the Spirit of God. What are the essential elements of this preparation? How does this take place? To be effective in our service in God’s Kingdom, the…
 
Episode 123 Commitment without Compromise If our heart is to know God then we are looking for reality, not just words. Jesus came that we may have life and bring us into the reality of fellowship with God. To experience this fellowship we must be committed to this relationship in faith without compromise. So many times we are familiar with spiritua…
 
Episode 122 Adjustment to the Government of the Holy Spirit When we first come to God the scripture describes the event as “being born again” whereby we are now alive with the life of God. Now the process of maturity begins as we abide in Christ. This requires a continual adjustment to His authority. Is this taking place in our lives? All of us nee…
 
Episode121 Redeemed for God’s purpose, not ours When we first came to the Lord, our focus was on our need of deliverance from sin. But God did not redeem us just so that we could live a better life. Rather He redeemed us for His eternal purpose. Have we let God shift our focus? So often we just think about our needs and how God can meet those needs…
 
Episode 120 Our Greatest Enemy What is our greatest enemy? Is it Satan? The World? Those who say they hate Christians? While these may bring us afflictions and trials from time to time, I don’t think they are really our greatest enemy. I think our greatest enemy is ourselves separate from Christ. In order to see this, we must come back to Calvary a…
 
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