Naghmeh Abedini and Jordan Sekulow of ACLJ on Pastor Saeed imprisoned in Iran

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Naghmeh Abedini and Jordan Sekulow courtesy of and

As Told by, Positively Living host Leslie Godbold,
written by Dee Bolin

As a radio host of Positively Living on WZGM 1350am, I have heard my share of inspirational motivating topics usually leaving after each show with a heightened awareness of the power that positivity plays in a person’s life. My guests this week will inspire us, inform us and will share the light of Christ in an unique way. Our guests: Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Pastor Saeed, and Jordan Sekulow , Executive Director of  the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), will be explaining the trials and tribulations of Pastor Saeed Abedini, an Iranian prisoner; this man’s crime is believing in and not denying Jesus Christ.  How often are we asked to sacrifice for our beliefs?  Let me explain a little about their story.
Sunday’s show will broadcast to our listeners the latest developments in the plight of Pastor Saeed Abedini of Boise Idaho. Pastor Saeed was sentenced by Iranian court to serve eight years in Iran’s Torture Chamber, Evin Prison,Tehran, Iran. Pastor Saeed was sentenced for being a threat to Iran –why!  Because he is a Christian and will not deny that belief!
Pastor Saeed was born in Iran into a Muslim family. He grew into a strong Muslin follower; but he was converted to be a Stronger follower of Jesus Christ and became an American citizen!  This pastor has walked a path of trials, tribulation and torture that many of us could never imagine.
It is well known that Pastor Saeed has been beaten, tortured and abused while in custody by Iran. The latest development, released within the last 24 hours, states that Pastor Saeed is suffering from serious medical conditions.  Naghmeh Abedini and Jordan Sekulow will appear on Positively Living Sunday to update our listeners on this dangerous situation.
Working behind the scenes with this story as it has been developing:  I walked into the studio prepared for a sad, depressing and very negative experience. Instead, I walked out smiling, after speaking to these interviewees, joyful,inspired and filled with the Love of Christ.
Both of these individuals shared their information in a very Christ-like manner. Jordan is a very caring, wellspoken professional who will provide each of us with actions that we can use to aid Pastor SaeedYes, we can make a difference in this man’s plight! Naghmeh is a wife, mother and follower of Christ who lives a life of service not onlyfor her husband, not only other Christians but she also wants to encourage each of you, as Christians. We,Christians, need to hear the motivating and encouraging words from this Christ-like woman: A woman suffering with the atrocities being done to her husband as well as the hardships that she and her children are enduring every day.  As this family is enduring to the end, they are doing all in their power to help others along the way.  Please keep the Pastor and his family in your prayers and learn more about this unfolding story this Sunday on “Positively Living” with Host , Leslie Godbold and Producer, Robert Colling.

Please tune in this Sunday Noon- 1pm for the next episode of “Positively Living” on WZGM  Asheville Independent Radio AM 1350  in western North Carolina or listen online at 

Positively Living focuses on Bullies in the Workplace , Guest Ron Watkins

Positively Living  broadcasts from radio station AM1350 WZGM in Asheville NC. Sunday’s episode of Positively Living is focused on Bullies in the Workplace!

Have you ,or someone you know, been the victim of Bullying in your workplace? If so, you may want to tune into our show to understand bullies and how to react. Sometimes it is difficult to point your finger on if it is bullying or just a bad boss.

This topic is not a positive issue which is what we strive for on Positively Living but to handle difficult and important problems in life, personally- spiritually and in business, we must be able to recognize and know how to handle the situation. We must also realize that it is not a fault in us but the bullying person.

We hear of bullying in schools and on playgrounds too . But bullying doesn’t just happen to children. It is rampant in the workplaces across the world and in our own hometown.

Ron Watkins, of Mountain Sky Consulting , joins me to share important information on “Bullies in the Workplace”

Tune in on Sunday 8am for Positively Living on WZGM 1350am Independent Asheville Radio or stream online at

Information on our guest:

Ron Watkins @mskyconsult

Management consulting in the area of Organizational Behavior focusing on reducing the staggering cost of turnover and manager/employee related problems.

I am excited and look forward to "The Bible Series" airing on the History channel

Notes from Positively Living host, Leslie Godbold:
On Positively Living, our mission is to among other things, bring you news, life stories and events that may positively and lovingly  touch your life. With this in mind, I want to remind you of an event happening 8pm tonight on the History Channel, The Bible series.

I am excited and looking forward to “The Bible Series” airing on the History channel tonight Sunday 3/3/13 at 8pm EST.
There is much negativity and anger in the world. But I believe there is more positive and good that outweighs the bad.
One of the positive and good, is airing tonight. I ,and I hope you, will be sitting in front of the televisions, computers, etc watching the first episode of the 10 hour mini series The Bible”.
So often I am asked, “Did you watch the bachelor, dancing with the stars, the voice, etc?” I have to answer No, I don’t watch that.
But tonight I will be watching the all time Reality show “the Bible”. Based on the living word of my Father in Heaven, God, Hosanna, the One and Only true God.
I hope you will be experiencing with me, life stories that bring joy, love and inspiration to me personally.

Thank you,
More info on the Bible series

Positively Living guest Clint Parker , Prison Ministries and Community Newspapers

Positively Living guest Clint Parker co-owner of the Weaverville Tribune shares his experiences on  “Believers and Community Newspapers”
Clint Parker will share with you his life experiences dealing with inspirational parents, prison ministries, working and creating in the newspaper industry while we discuss the impact of community newspapers.
Please join us tomorrow , Sunday March 3, 2013 on 1350am WZGM in WNC or listen online at Tune In

Notes from Leslie:
We hope our next episode of Positively Living will open your eyes to the different connections and involvements of our guest, Clint Parker’s story. Is time removing important community connections? Connections that once gone, may push each of us away from our neighbors and community concerns? Pushing us closer into “Me, me, me ” instead of  Caring for our neighbors.
 If we are surrounded only by like minded persons, how can we connect with those in need?
 Thank you to our Father, Clint Parker, our listeners and readers and the Positively Living crew for contributing to this episode.

Positively Living guest Jeff Brooks. What do you do at 5,000 feet?

On our last episode of Positively Living, our guest was Jeff Brooks. Jeff is the senior  pastor of Amazing Grace Church and co- director of Alpha-NC-West.
Jeff shared his life story with us. Some of Jeff’s life experiences include rebellion, drugs, taunting God in very high places and that life changing call.
Join us to learn how and when God stopped Jeff in his tracks? It is a story that may make you rethink some words you have heard before. Or it may do to you what it did for me, uplift and bring joy to my heart. You see, we believe at Positively Living, the Good News that refuels us and puts joy in our hearts may touch you too.
Do you party with your friends and try to find that thing that is missing in your life, heart, soul? You may try to find it in that drink, smoke or drug. Maybe you are looking for the thing that makes you feel the warmth and belonging in sex, jumping out of a plane, joining a gang or some other activity that leaves you good for a moment but just Doesn’t last.
We say to you ……Keep your ears open and one day you will see that God is calling you. Yes You! Answer him and find that deep down love, we all need!

Notes from Leslie:
I would like to Thank Pastor Jeff Brooks for joining our show. His life story touched everyone on our Positively Living crew. You may have missed this episode, but our next story is airing this Sunday at 8am on AM 1350 WZGM. If you can’t tune us in on your radio, you can listen by clicking this link Sunday mornings during the 8-9am hour.
If someone has a believers life story that touched you, please let us know. If it lightened your step or warmed your heart, someone listening may need that to open their heart, ease their journey or refuel some area of their life.  Thank you!