Fred is a husband and father of 5. He is on fire for the Catholic faith and loves teaching his children about the love of God. He enjoys playing board games with his family and doing "fixer-upper" projects around the house.
He has a Master's Degree in Catechetics and his favorite word is "relationship." Ministry moves at the speed of relationship!
October 13th, 2021 | 48 mins 58 secs
calming the storm, failure, feelings or failure, gospels, overcoming failure, prayer, scripture
We have all wrestled with discouragement, thoughts of our own failures and shortcomings. Where is God in the midst of our failures? How do we overcome these feelings. Fred Shellabarger and Kara Kardell cover the topic of failure in this episode of the Draw Near podcast.
October 9th, 2021 | 7 mins 40 secs
catechism of the catholic church, draw near podcast, fred and kara, prayer, reflection, scripture
In this Shorty, Fred Shellabarger shows us how to not only pray with Scripture, but also how to pray with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is itself filled with Scripture. This book, a summation of the Catholic faith, is not merely a reference book. The Church teaches Truth, and we are invited to not simply learn this truth, but pray with it! Fred presents a method for praying the Catechism, and reflects on the profound truth and beauty that is revealed in the process.
October 7th, 2021 | 28 mins 30 secs
bible study, draw near podcast, fred and kara, jesus in the bible, prayer, scripture, word of god
Scripture is the Living Word of God. It is there, in Scripture, that we encounter Christ. It is through study and prayer of the Word that we walk with God and speak with Him.
September 29th, 2021 | 52 mins 50 secs
catholic, francis and clare, life lessons, saints
St. Francis and St. Clare have become profound intercessors in our lives who have turned into great friends!
There are many assumptions or misconceptions out there about these Saints... This episode shares the lives of Sts. Francis and Clare, while pulling five life lessons we can all learn from them! We hope by the end of this episode, they may hold a place in your heart and become friends of yours, too!
September 15th, 2021 | 55 mins 3 secs
friends, friendship, holiness, virtue
We have many "friends," or more accurately, "best acquaintances," but we often lack the meaningful relationships; the friendships we long for that are characterized by love, vulnerability, mutual encouragement and accountability. What does friendship look like? Find out on this episode of Draw Near as Fred and Kara discuss all of this and share from their own close friendship!
May 26th, 2021 | 43 mins 58 secs
In this episode of Draw Near, we step away from being hosts and turn the microphone over to our friend John Paul, as he asks us questions from listeners. In this fun, light hearted discussion, you will learn more about us, our favorite movies, why we alw...
April 28th, 2021 | 15 mins 41 secs
For all of time God had a beautiful and perfect plan for salvation. And St. Joseph was always a part of that plan! That is something to be particularly proud of, and yet he is one of the greatest examples of humility.
May 1st is the Feast of St. Joseph t...
April 14th, 2021 | 40 mins 45 secs
St. Francis of Assisi, in hearing God say "rebuild my Church," began rebuilding himself in holiness... the people are the Church! The people are called to be rebuilt. St. Francis gave up worldly greatness to be great in the eyes of the Lord. He gave his ...
March 31st, 2021 | 41 mins 4 secs
Holy Week is a time to celebrate and remember all Christ has done FOR YOU! His deep and endless love is shown in his willing sacrifice upon the cross. He did this all for you.
"I Thirst" reflection link
Prayer at the end of episode: “To Be A Disciple of...
March 3rd, 2021 | 42 mins 51 secs
If we are trying to love and serve the Lord, and interested in growing in holiness, we always want to make sure to make decisions according to the will of God. However, it is not always easy for us to make decisions. We can be tempted to become anxious a...
February 17th, 2021 | 29 mins 1 sec
In this Ash Wednesday episode, we explore the "why" behind our Lenten sacrifices and devotion; as well as some tips on dealing with discouragement during Lent. We also offer some tips and suggestions from our own experience, on how to draw near to Christ...
February 4th, 2021 | 42 mins 20 secs
We are made for relationship... and yet it seems so hard to find those intimate Catholic friendships. You know... the kind where you don't have to pretend to have it all together. The kind where you feel guided, supported, and loved! The friendships wher...