Episode 116: Choose Love with Papa Joe Bradford

Living Wholehearted Podcast With Jeff and Terra

Feb 1 2022 • 33 mins

"Being offended can be a pathway to love."

In this episode, Papa Joe Bradford shares how to grow our capacity to love according to 1 Corinthians 13, a passage often recited but not easily lived-out  in our daily relationships. He shares how his experience in prison taught him that he is not big enough to fail God. From that moment forward, he has been on a  journey of humility. Papa Joe addresses common scenarios people face, how love can help us overcome temptations, and how to lean into the power to say no to evil and avoid being offended. He talks about when one is offended, how to move through that situation with maturity. Becoming great at love is an area where every single one of us has room to grow. From ministry leaders to parents to those dealing with conflict at work, this episode is for you.

Joe Bradford is a man who knows what it’s like to grow up neglected, find oneself in prison, and question God’s love. From enduring poverty and parental abandonment as a child, to working to earn a college scholarship, to spending 18 months in federal prison for computer hacking (where he decided to turn his life around), to launching a beautiful ministry with his wife - Papa Joe’s personal story is one of inspiration and unconditional love. He is a dad to eight kids of his own, and the inspiration for the major motion picture Unconditional. He is called “Papa” by countless numbers of children who he and his wife, Denise, have cared for through their ministry, Elijah’s Heart, founded in 2005. Joe Bradford has recently authored a new book, titled Love or War? Choose Love: Strategies that Overcome Daily Life Struggles.

Find Papa Joe Bradford at:



Elijah’s Heart - https://www.elijahsheart.com


Facebook - @elijahsheart - https://www.facebook.com/elijahsheart/?ref=page_internal


Unconditional - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mkG7jajCtk

Love or War? Choose Love: Strategies that Overcome Daily Life Struggles

Clip from Good Morning America - https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/news/video/author-shares-message-hope-healing-81678094