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Spreading More Love

It’s Artist News Day and Jonathon shared with us the news of Micah Tyler’s book debut wit the release of Walking Free: Taking Small Steps to a Big God. This devotional was inspired by Tyler’s hit song of the same name. “Tyler applies Scripture and Biblical wisdom in his teaching alongside personal stories, along with questions for both personal reflections and group discussions.” This book is out now right here.

We then continued Artist News Day with congratulating Maverick City Music as they won four GRAMMYS this past Sunday. They won a GRAMMY for Best Gospel Performance/Song for Kingdom. They won Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/song for Fear Is Not My Future. They won Best Gospel Album for Kingdom Book One Deluxe. Lastly, Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Breathe. Congrats to Maverick City!

Day Two of Spread the Love! Congrats to Ashley from Mount Vernon and she won a $10 Gift Certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop! Also Congrats to Stacy from Mount Vernon and she won a Date Night prep Set from Cecelia McClelland Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics! Stay tuned tomorrow tomorrow on The Morning Thing and The Afternoon Drive for more Valentine’s Day Trivia!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

The Caller is the Keeper

Today I’m (Joe) sharing a wise word from worship pastor Ashley Lassetter. She’s a good friend of our daughter and recently shared this on her Facebook page. It was inspired by this phrase, “The Caller is the Keeper.”

Following Christ requires a backbone, a strong one. Following Christ is hard. It’s sacrificial. The life you plan and want to live will die. You will make sacrifices that cost more than it feels it’s worth some days.

Your calling won’t be what you imagined it would be. It will be one that requires more than you are willing to give some days, but when it is that costly, do not forget the lives you will impact for the Lord’s glory.

So often we get weak and in our own flesh, we don’t want the life and situations we are dealt. We want a different hand. We get mad because it isn’t what we think it should be.

We get into a victim mindset. We want someone else to do the leg work for that ministry you yourself are pregnant with. We want someone else to do the heavy lifting.

But God has called YOU.

YOU have it in YOU because the LORD placed it there. What will you do with what the Lord has given you?

What will you do with your call? What will you do with the broken place that He wants to use for ministry to others? What will you do?

We must walk this life out in God and through God. We must bring it to him. He never intended for us to carry the heavy weight and cost alone. It will cost you for the anointing, yes. It will cost you to pursue the call of Christ for your life.

It will hurt. It will be hard. It is expensive.

But don’t forget that the result is such a great Glory of God that we can’t even begin to fathom. Earth cannot contain the surface of His glory.

I plead with you to live your life worthy of the calling you have. I call on you, fellow friends, to pursue the life Christ has intended for us, even when we must endure bitter and costly things.

Where can we go from His presence? He is everywhere. Walk in your call. Count the cost and pay for it.

Where will the generation be that stands and pays the cost with a backbone?

The Lord is worth it. He is worth the cost. Pursue Christ. Pursue the calling you have.

If he has called you and placed it in you, He will keep you. It is worth it. Pursue the Caller.

I don’t know about you, but that MOTIVATES me to keep going because I know I’m never doing this on my own.

Dylan shared a great reminder that we are NOT alone! Read this one from today’s Our Daily Bread.

Today’s winners:

Seth from Fredericktown – correctly guessed CUPID as our answer in the 4pm hour; wins a dozen carnations from Flowers For You

Richard from Mount Vernon – correctly guessed HAMLET as our answer in the 5pm hour; wins a $10 gift certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

NZ Top 10 for 2/3/23

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here is this week’s countdown:

10. Crowder f/Dante Bowe – God Really Loves Us
9. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart
8. Zach Williams – Heart of God
7. Katy Nichole & Big Daddy Weave – God is in This Story
6. Mac Powell – New Creation
5. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
4. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat
3. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am
2. Elevation Worship – Same God (spent one week at #1)
1. MercyMe – Then Christ Came (1st week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY adds this week:

Consumed by Fire – First Things First

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Six More Weeks of Winter?

Today, Emma and I talked about our childhoods growing up with Punxsutawney Phil as today is Groundhog Day!

I shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread entitled “Come Home to God”, covering one of my favorite passages, Psalm 91.

Emma continued her devotional series “Wellbeing: An Invitation to a Flourishing Life”. You can click the link to find the entire Bible plan.

Congratulations to Brandy of St. Louisville for correctly guessing this week’s Name That Tune! It was Hannah Kerr with “Same God”. Brandy wins a “Burn the Ships” CD from For King & Country.

Thanks for listening.

Jonathon and Emma

The aardvark takes first place!

Today is the anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary, a 40-year project that started on February 1, 1884. The first version had around 400,000 words, but since then, 200,000 more words have joined the pages of the OED.

So…what is the first word in this dictionary? Aardvark.

  • I was born in Cadiz, Ohio on February 1, 1901
  • I worked as a teenager at Firestone in Akron
  • I fell in love with acting when I was 17 while watching a play
  • I pursued my acting career to Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas
  • MGM signed me in 1930 and I made six films with Jean Harlow
  • I won an Academy Award in 1934 for ‘It Happened One Night’
  • Most people know me as Rhett Butler from ‘Gone With the Wind’
  • I served in the Army and Air Force during World War II
  • I died from cardiac arrest in November, 1960 as my last film was being edited

I am…Clark Gable. Congratulations to Jim from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the CeCe Winans CD, ‘Believe For It.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Spring Concerts! Here’s what YOU need to know.

Today, we talked concerts! So many artists heading out for the spring! Here’s the list:

The Newsboys are bringing their Let The Music Speak Tour to Columbus!

The Newsboys are kicking off 2023 in a loud way! Hitting the road with special guest Adam Agee, Newsboys are LETTING THE MUSIC SPEAK by bringing a night full of all of their hits. It’s hits you know and love – like “We Believe” and “I Speak Jesus”– to rock and pop hits – like “Magnetic” and “Born Again” – this show has it all!

Location: Grace Polaris Church, 8225 Worthington Galena Rd, Westerville, OH 43081

Date: Thursday, March 2nd

Time: 6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

CeCe Winans is coming to Grove City!

Compassion International presents CeCe Winans live in concert for her “Believe For It” Tour. With 15 Grammy Awards, 31 Grammy Nominations, 23 Dove Awards and 15 Stellar Awards, this will be a night of worship and songs you’ll never forget. CeCe will perform many of her biggest songs from over her career as well as some of her more recent songs impacting the church like “Believe For It”, “Greatness of God” and “Never Lost”. This night will bring together church, community, and friends for a special live, full-band experience, fans have been anticipating for over 10 years!

Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Rd, Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Thursday, March 23rd

Time: 5:45PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

For King & Country returns to Columbus!

Joel and Luke Smallbone know how to spin a cocoon of sound that envelopes the listener, lace words of truth and use their voices to lift and inspire. FOR KING + COUNTRY is extending their popular tour from last fall. It is the “What Are We Waiting For” The Tour Part II!

Location: Nationwide Arena, 200 West Nationwide Boulevard Columbus, Ohio 43215

Date: Friday, April 7th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Chris Tomlin is coming to Columbus!

Chris Tomlin brings his “Stories of Worship Tour” to Grove City NAZ. Chris will lead you through worship while sharing stories about some of his most influential songs around the world. Don’t miss this amazing concert experience and evening of worship. Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road,Grove City, Ohio 43123

Date: Sunday, April 16th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Bethel Music is coming to Columbus!

Bethel Music brings their special “Come Up Here Worship Night” to Columbus. Their special guest is Amanda Cook. At this powerful night of worship and ministry, you will hear new songs from Bethel Music’s new release Come Up Here Worship Nights. You will also experience an amazing night of community worship together!

Location: The Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus OH 43215

Date: Saturday, April 21st


5:00PM – VIP Doors open

6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Lecrae is coming to Grove City!

Lecrae brings the “Final Church Clothes” Tour to Grove City. Special guests are Elevation Rhythm and DOE. It’s faith and Hip-Hop with an Unashamed edge that challenges the Church to live up to its potential and encourages the Culture to reconcile with its Savior.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 6th


6:00PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

The “It’s Time Tour” is coming to Grove City!

This Spring, the powerhouse women of Gospel and Christian music are coming together for a must-see worship experience. See GRAMMY-winning artists Naomi Raine, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, 9-time GRAMMY-nominee Natalie Grant and globally renowned vocalist TAYA together for the “It’s Time” Tour.

Location: Grove City Church of The Nazarene, 4770 Hoover Road Grove City, OH 43123

Date: Saturday, May 28th


6:15PM – Doors open

7:00PM – Concert begins

Ticket information is available on our website,, click on the Events Button and then click on the Concerts Tab.

He gave me beauty for ashes, turned my life around
He broke my chains and now I dance on solid ground

Congratulations to Asher from Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the song came from CeCe Winans. It’s “I’ve Got Joy”! Asher wins a Zach Williams Deluxe CD!

Thanks for listening!


A Dragon Named Daisy

Knox County’s Crunch Out 2022 Program Celebration happened on Saturday at the Gallagher Center in Mount Vernon.

The United Way of Knox County celebrated the winners of the 2022 Program.
These students were recognized for outstanding effort and commitment to living healthy lives. 

  • Crunch Out is a Health Initiative coordinated by United Way of Knox County. This 6-week wellness activity program was offered to 4th graders throughout all the Knox County Schools. Nearly 580 students participated in the program between September and November.    
  • Since the pilot program in 2013, it is estimated that just over 5,000 children and their families have learned how to Crunch Out with 5-2-1-0!

What does 5-2-1-0 stand for?

  • 5: Eating fruits and vegetables at least 5 times a day
  • 2: Cutting screen time to 2 hours or less a day
  • 1: Participating in at least one hour of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day
  • 0: Restricting soda and sugar-sweetened sports and fruit drinks. Drink water and 3-4 servings/day of fat-free/skim or 1% milk.

580 essays were submitted! When making these choices, many kids reported feeling better physically and mentally. Some even indicated better relationships with their siblings!

Thanks to the physical education teachers who helped implement this program:

  • Heather Barbour, Brock Evans, and Kurt Roberts – Mount Vernon City Schools
  • Ann Henry – Danville Elementary
  • Ran Jones – East Knox Elementary
  • Marilyn Rutherford – Fredericktown Elementary
  • Brandon Dodrill – Centerburg Elementary

Thanks to the community partners that joined United Way to support the Crunch Out Program: Knox Community Hospital, the YMCA of Mount Vernon and the Get Healthy Knox County community coalition.

Students who completed daily Crunch Out journals received some fun prizes throughout the duration of the program. At the completion of the 6-week program, students were asked to write a “How I am Living Healthy” essay.

These students were recognized for outstanding effort and commitment to living healthy lives. 

  • Crunch Out Winners:
  • From Fredericktown Elementary –
    – Lachlan Flint from Mrs. Snyder’s Class
    – Adaire Levering-Smith from Mrs. Boone’s Class
    – Wynter Roush from Mr. Kruger’s Class
  • The Overall Fredericktown School Essay Winner is Nash Matheny from Mrs. Shrimplin’s Class
  • From Danville Elementary
    – Landon Breckler is Ms. T. Lyons’s Classroom winner
    – The overall Danville School Essay Winner is Ryleigh Harris from Mrs Newbold’s class
  • From East Knox Elementary
    – Roxie Griffin from Mrs. Wobbecke’s Classroom
    – Aloisio Ribirio from Mrs. Meade’s class
    – East Knox School Essay Winner is Elaina Koontz from Mr. McElroy’s class
  • From Centerburg Elementary
    – Katelynn Bell from Mrs. White’s classroom
    – Ellie Staats from Ms. Workmans’s class
    – and from Ms. Sammon’s room, the winner is Ella Cornett
    Emma Chrysler is our winner from Mrs. Thompson’s class and is our Centerburg School winner (see below)
  • From Mount Vernon City Schools

– Wiggin Street Elementary
– Jack Jenkins from Ms. Wegmiller’s class
-Mrs. Sabo’s class had two winners this year, Isla Robinson and Delaney Newell! Delaney is the Wiggin Street school winner.

– Columbia Elementary
– Lilyonna Groah from Mrs. Thomas’s class
– The overall school winner at Columbia Elementary, representing Mrs. Barteau’s class is Emery Virostek

Pleasant Street Elementary
– Wade Finley from Mrs. Jacklin’s class
– Ally Bonvillain from Mrs. DeBoard’s class
– The overall Pleasant Street school winner: Mia Calkins from Mr. Bonaudi’s class

– Twin Oak Elementary
Kelsey McCallen from Mrs. Meier’s Class
– Kaylee Mullins from Mrs. Dallas’ class
– The Twin Oak overall school winner is Henley Caughlan from Mrs. Martin’s class

– East Elementary
– Jordyn Plumly from Mrs. Martin’s class
– The East Elementary School winner is Morgan Tocheff from Ms. Frackman’s class

– Dan Emmett Elementary
– The Dan Emmett school essay winner is Kyler Allen from Mrs. Farr’s classroom

The 2022 overall Knox County winners:

Delaney Newell from Wiggin Street Elementary School. She received a one-year YMCA membership!

Nash Matheny from Fredericktown Elementary School. He received a one-year Family Pass to Hiawatha Water Park and Pool

Emma Chrysler from Centerburg Elementary School. Her essay was a creative story about a dragon who learned to make healthy lifestyle choices. She received a gift card for a new bike!

Hear the audio of Emma reading her story here!

Thank you, United Way!

NZ Top 10 for 1/27/23

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here is this week’s countdown:

10. Ben Fuller – Who I Am
9. Steven Curtis Chapman – Don’t Lose Heart
8. Zach Williams – Heart of God
7. for King and Country f/Jordin Sparks – Love Me Like I Am
6. Mac Powell – New Creation
5. Katy Nichole & Big Daddy Weave – God is in This Story
4. Colton Dixon – Build a Boat (spent 6 weeks at #1)
3. Rachael Lampa f/TobyMac – Perfectly Loved
2. MercyMe – Then Christ Came
1. Elevation Worship – Same God (1st week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY adds this week:

Matt Maher – The Lord’s Prayer (It’s Yours)

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

WinterJam is this Weekend!

Today on Praise Thursday I shared a devotional from “Well Being.” Today’s devotional talked about how when we exercise we are praising God. That our bodies are like a temple and we can honor him by taking care of our bodies.

WinterJam 2023 is this weekend Saturday, January 28th at the Schottenstein Center! Tickets are $15 dollars at the door and the show starts at 6pm. For more info click here.

Congrats to Brad from Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer for WinterJam 2023 Artist Trivia! The question was, what Dove Award was Austin French nominated for in 2019? The correct answer was New Artist of the Year! Stay tuned tomorrow on the Morning Thing for more Artist Trivia!

Thank you for listening!


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