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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Jan 31, 2024

My guest this week is Matt Brown, the founding and senior pastor at Sandals church in Riverside, California. From a humble eight-person church plant in 1997, Sandals Church has now expanded to 14 physical campuses across California, with a digital footprint touching 110,000 people weekly.

In our conversation, Pastor Matt shares insights from his latest book, Every Day a Miracle. He challenges us to explore the everyday opportunities for miracles and invites us to see Jesus not just as a savior but as a healer.

I can’t wait for you to join us for this powerful discussion filled with laughter, tears, and deep reflections on faith and prayer.

2:17 – Matt 101

  • The early years of church planting
  • Matt’s hobbies and interests outside of pastoring
  • A vision to be real as a church   

13:16 – The Power of Confession and Repentance

  • Modeling confession for the next generation
  • A story of miraculous healing

20:31 – Faith-Driven Miracles

  • The inspiration behind Matt’s book, Every Day A Miracle
  • God answers all prayers with yes, no, or wait
  • Miracles in moments of desperation

28:12 – Participation in Miracles

  • Getting real with God
  • Repetition and meaning in prayer
  • Trusting and worshiping amid uncertainty

40:27 – Journeying with Jesus

  • Matt’s prayer for people reading his book
  • Asking “how” instead of “why” during disappointment
  • The complexity of healing

52:21 – Takeaways

  • Connecting with Matt
  • Pre-ordering Every Day A Miracle


“If you want to heal, you’ve got to get real…That's just the only way it works.”

“I'm not one of these super uber charismatic people that's always believed in miracles… I'm a Baptist, who has been compelled by repeated evidence that they happen, that miracles are real, and they happen every day.”

“I cannot guarantee the miracle you want, but I do guarantee the miracle you need.”

“There's a very little chance of that prayer being answered if your audience is the people around you and not the God in heaven.”

Learn more about Matt:

Sandals Church

Pre-order Everyday a Miracle

Matt on social media