010 – NC Saturday Nights: Pro Wrestling & Blowing Up Christmas Trees



On this episode, Alan talks about how God connected two events he was able to attend on back-to-back Saturday nights in North Carolina: EWF Starrslamm and The Allies Gathering of Men’s Ministries. EWF Starrslamm was a night of great pro wrestling action and one of the highlights was meeting pro wrestling legend George South. At the Allies Gathering, men gathered, blew up some Christmas trees and heard Gary Barkalow speak about fire. This episode is a reminder that God is always speaking, we just need to be listening!


009 – Strong Style Fire



Stepping out into new territory always brings new challenges. Endurance, strength and confidence has to survive in order for us to get where God’s called us to go. Sometimes the only way to last is to fire ourselves up! An epic moment in a great match from New Japan Pro Wrestling captures Hiroshi Tanahashi showing the power of firing up in the middle of a battle. It’s time to unleash the Strong Style Fire!


008 – Coming Down From The Rafters



The Man called Sting came down from the rafters in the battle of WCW vs. nWo and the rest is pro wrestling history. In our lives, we may find ourselves in the rafters and sitting on the sidelines. The rafters can offer protection from the battle,
but we’re not meant to stay there if we want the abundant life Jesus offers in John 10:10. In this deeply personal episode, Alan shares the pain that pointed him toward the rafters and how God has led him to come back down.


007 – The Larger Story and the nWo, Part 3: The Hero



Like Jesus in the Larger Story, a Hero descends at the right time in the battle of WCW vs. nWo. The Man called Sting has his loyalty and character questioned. As a reflection of the darkness surrounding him, Sting’s appearance and personality changes. But the true motives of this story’s Hero are revealed in his actions!


006 – The Larger Story and the nWo, Part 2: The Betrayal



Similar to the enemy in the Larger Story, Hulk Hogan turns on WCW and professional wrestling fans on July 7, 1996 at the WCW Bash at the Beach Pay-Per-View. The New World Order is formed and WCW is in trouble. Chaos begins and nobody’s safe…


005 – The Larger Story and the nWo, Part 1: An Invasion



As John Eldredge reminds us in his awesome book, EPIC, we live in a Larger Story written by God Himself. Every great story has a beginning where everything seems normal…until an enemy appears! The professional wrestling world was turned upside down when Scott Hall made a shocking appearance on WCW Monday Nitro on May 27, 1996. WCW would never be the same again…


004 – Not Called To Be Mr. Perfect



Mr. Perfect was an all-time great pro wrestling character, but God never called any of us by that name. Whatever pursuit we may have, trying to reach the wrong goal will only lead to frustration. Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek first the Kingdom of God…”, reminding us that we have to keep our focus on what’s truly important!

 

 


003 – The Biggest Wrestling Match of All Time



There have been many big-time wrestling matches over the course of history. We’ve been able to witness so many just in our lifetime, but none compare to the wrestling match Jesus had in Mark 14:32-36. Find out why on Episode 003 of the Rasslin’ with God podcast!


002 – From Genesis to Wrestlemania



The story of Jacob wrestling with God in Genesis 32:22-32 has a lot in common with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin having the match of his life with Bret “The Hitman” Hart at Wrestlemania 13. Check out this episode to find out how these two wrestling matches inspired the Rasslin’ with God podcast!


001 – The Rasslin’ with God Podcast is finally here!



Rasslin' with God LogoThe long-awaited, much-anticipated Episode One of the Rasslin’ with God Podcast is here! My name is Alan Welchel and I’m excited you’re here. It’s been a long and winding road for me to finally launch this podcast, but the wait is over! I have been blessed with a lot of great people who have helped, inspired and encouraged me during this project. At the time of recording this first episode, I chose a small group to mention by name. The list has only grown larger over time and for this collection of friends and family members, I am truly grateful. God is good…and this dream has been worth the pursuit. Thanks for joining me on this adventure, it’s going to be fun. Now, it is time for Rasslin’ with God!