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Join WNZR to celebrate our 36th Anniversary this Saturday October 1st! First at Knox Starting Point Family Day and 5K from 10am-Noon at the Fredericktown Community Park. Then at Memorial Park in Mount Vernon for the TAC (Teen Advisory Council) Color for a Cause and 1 Mile Walk and Run from Noon-3pm, and will be broadcasting from 1pm-3pm. Also, at both events the first 90 people to stop by Big Blue will get homemade buckeyes from The Least Of These Ministries.

Emma then shared day four of the devotional series While We Wait. She shared that when we are going through hard times we need a “true community” and not be isolated to the darkness we are going through. That this true and trusted community can anchor us and give us peace during this season of darkness. That this community should remind us that God is for us.

Jonathon then shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread about The Power Of a Name. How God changed Abraham and Sarah names when he made a covenant of love with them. Showing us how names are important in the Bible, often reflecting a person’s character traits or role. That we should show joy by calling others by name and affirming who God created them to be.

Name that Tune! We gave away a special prize today, an Action Bible! Congrats to Caleb of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer of Hold On To Me by: Lauren Daigle! If you are interested in the Action Bible here is a link to purchase one.

It is global student prayer week! We prayed for our country, for the loss of Emma West, and for those who are effected by Hurricane Ian. If you want to help those who are effected by Hurricane Ian, Samaritan’s Purse is an amazing organization that is helping with disaster relief, here is a link to help!

Thank you so much for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Big Names in the News

On the road with Big Blue! Join WNZR for a special celebration of our 36th Anniversary this Saturday, October 1st. Join us at the Knox Starting Point Family Day and 5K from 10am- noon. As well as, Memorial Park in Mount Vernon for the TAC (Teen Advisory Council). At both events the first 90 people to stop by Big Blue will get homemade buckeyes from The Least Of These Ministries.

Today Jonathon shared news from Cece Winans, one of our top artiest who is releasing a new book! The book is named after #1 song “Believe For It” and the book is all about passing love of Christ on to the next generation. The book will be released to the public on November 15th, but you can pre-order the book right now at this link!

Emma also shared about Lauren Daigle teasing about an upcoming album. This past weekend Daigle had a show in Las Vegas, she announced that her “Look Up Child era” is coming to a close. She then played an upcoming song called “Be Okay,” which is written about a 13-year-old girl who got a life-changing diagnosis. We will give an update once album date is released!

Game time! It was song poetry day during the Drive and congrats to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for winning a five dollar gift card to Round Hill Dairy. The song was Rise Up (Lazarus) by CAIN!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

Beloved

Jonathon first shared about the 25th Anniversary of Third Day’s self-titled debut album, Provident Label Group/Sony Legacy will re-release the band’s debut album including live tracks that span the early Third Day years captured at various locations. Third Day 25th Anniversary will release on October 21st on all platforms. “Time flies when you’re having fun,” shares Third Day frontman Mac Powell. “Can’t believe the “bus album” Is over 25 years old now. I still get requests live for so many songs from that album and always love revisiting them!”

Emma shared about her experience at SonFest 2022. She shares that her home church’s youth group came up for the event and says, “its still so amazing to see kids that age worshipping God in a very pure way.” Don’t forget to check out WNZR’s Facebook page to check out some of the highlights from SonFest this year.

Then also in artist news, Emma shared about the release of children’s book based on Jordan Feliz’s hit song “Beloved” he partners with children’s book author Jes Woller and illustrator Hilary Griffith. The book titled “Beloved” tells a story about a little girl named Jolie and her journey trying to find out why she is beloved. Finding out that she is so beloved because she is a child of God.

Game Time! We first played song poetry and congrats to Ruth from Mount Vernon for winning two $5 gift cards to Round Hill Dairy. We then gave away tickets for this Saturday’s show of Shrek Jr. and congrats to Sandye from Mount Vernon for being caller number three. Stay tuned during the Morning Thing and Afternoon Drive this week for you chance to win Shrek Jr. tickets.

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

“Sweet Sleep”

Today on the show we shared our devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also gave away two prizes from our Spread The Love Valentine’s Day Giveaway.

Here is our devotionals from Our Daily Bread:

Jonathon’s devotional is titled, “When The Splendor Is Gone”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional is titled, “Sweet Sleep”. You can find the link here.

Here are the winners of our Spread The Love Valentine’s Day Giveaway:

Congratulations to Beth and Rendell of Mount Vernon! They are both entered for a chance to win our grand prize drawing of an overnight stay at the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and 4 hours of housecleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company.

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Emmanuel – God WITH us!

Today we’re sharing Monday Motivation from Pastor Tim Keller…

The word Immanuel means, as we learn in Matthew 1:23, “God with us.”  The coming of the Christ child fulfilled what Isaiah wrote in chapter 7, verse 14: “the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

In his book Hidden Christmas, Pastor Timothy Keller shares that for centuries, the Jewish religious leaders and scholars had known that prophecy, but did not think that it should be taken literally. They thought it was simply predicting the coming or arrival of some great leader through whose work, God would be present with his people.

However, Matthew writes that this promise is greater than anyone imagined!  It did not come true figuratively, but literally. Jesus Christ is “God with us” because the human life in Mary’s womb was a miracle performed by God himself.  Then Jesus, with his life, his claims and his resurrection, convinced his closest followers that he was not just a prophet telling them how to find God, but God himself coming to find us.

Keller writes that this claim, that Jesus is God, gives us the greatest possible hope.  Why?  Because it means this world is not all that there is…it means that there is life and love after death and it means that evil and suffering will one day end.

And it is not just hope for the world, but hope for you and me personally. A God who was only holy would have not come to us in Jesus.  He would have just demanded that we pull ourselves together and be moral and holy enough to be worthy of relationship with him. But our God is fully holy and fully human – so he doesn’t send someone else – he comes himself!  Jesus is one of us – and that should give us all hope!

The word Immanuel means, as we learn in Matthew 1:23, “God with us.”  The coming of the Christ child fulfilled what Isaiah wrote in chapter 7, verse 14: “the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

So what is the purpose of “God with us?” What does “with him” mean? Pastor Timothy Keller, in his book Hidden Christmas, writes that the purpose of the incarnation is that we would have relationship with him. In Jesus, the unapproachable God of the Old Testament becomes a human being who can be known and loved. Through faith, we can know this love.

This is a complete shift from the Old Testament. Think about this: anytime anyone drew near to God in the Old Testament, it was terrifying! God appears to Abraham as a smoking furnace; to Israel as a pillar of fire; to Job as a hurricane or tornado. When Moses asks to see the face of God in Exodus 33, he was told what?  That it would kill him…that he could only get close to God’s back.  When Moses came down off the mountain in Exodus 34, his face was SO BRIGHT with radiance that the people could not look at him!

So Pastor Keller asks this: can you imagine if Moses were alive today and heard the message of Christmas? What would he say?  How would he react? What if Moses heard John 1:14 “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us – we have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son?”

Keller thinks Moses would say, “Do you know what this means? This is the very thing I was denied! Through Jesus, you can meet God. You can know him personally and without terror.  Do you realize what’s going on? Where’s your joy?  Where’s your amazement? This should be the driving force of your life!”

And why did God show up this time in the form of a baby instead of fire? Because this time He has come not to bring judgment but to bear it; to take away the barrier between humanity and God. Jesus is God with us!

Congratulations to: Lyle from Howard and Paul from Mount Vernon!
Name two gifts that are difficult to wrap:

1- Basketball (34 votes)
2- Football (19)
3- Stuffed animals (14)
4- a pet (7)
5- a bike (4)

Congratulations to Brenda from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

“Never Too Sinful”

Today on the show we read some devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

We also talked about Clergy Appreciation Month.

We also talked about how basketball season is starting up very soon.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Never Too Sinful”. You can find the link here.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “God Is There”. You can find the link here.

Question: How many Beatitudes are there?
Answer: Eight

Congratulations to John of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! He wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

“Now, Then Next”

Today on the show we shared devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

We also had our weekly Bible trivia.

We also talked about Clergy Appreciation Month.

We also talked about how you can win a CD prize basket by guessing correctly on the Dove Awards prediction.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Ripple Effect”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Now, Then Next”. You can find the link here.

Q: What is the meaning of the Hebrew name Ezra?
A: Helper

Congratulations to Daniel of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the answer! He wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Catherine has a book!

Our own Catherine Haws was with us today to talk about her book, “I Did NOT Choose this Adventure,” and her book signing this Friday night at Paragraphs downtown. Click here to hear our conversation with her today!


I was born today in 1957 in Havana, Cuba
My family fled to the US in 1959 during the Cuban Revolution
I became a US citizen in 1974
I met my future husband in 1975 at a church music rehearsal
Together we formed the Miami Sound Machine and had hits like ‘Conga’ and ‘Words Get in the Way’
I did the Super Bowl Halftime show in 1992
I’ve won three Grammy Awards
 
I am singer and songwriter Gloria Estefan! Congratulations to Nannette from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Revival…it starts with me.

Today we shared from the final chapter in the book, The Battle Plan for Prayer, from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, something that we also shared back in 2017-18. This last chapter encourages us to pray for revival. It basically summarizes the past 34 chapters in the book and asks the reader to think about all of those different elements, putting them together to pray for a turnaround of our attitudes towards prayer and about what God can really do in our world in 2021.

The prayer is for you, for me, for the church, for the world and ultimately for the glory of God. The challenge is to ask him fervently and continuously to do marvelous work in our day; not just now, not just soon, but for the rest of our lives.

Alex and Stephen share their desire to not give in to the general sense of helplessness about the state of our country and other nations of the world. They encourage us not to give into the apathy, the fear, and the inevitability that no one can do really anything about it. So this conversation is timely for not only a new year, but the events of the last 36 hours.

We should not fall into the trap of becoming disinterested churches that aren’t making a mark for Christ in our community and neighborhoods. We should not fall into the trap of tolerating our own sins, being consumed by our own selfish pursuits, and living a lifeless religion while millions of people are dying without Jesus.

The chapter is a very direct, in-your-face, call to action to encourage us to the humble and repentant hearts that we need to truly stimulate a revival within ourselves and our world.

So…think about this…what would the world look like if we saw God’s Spirit poured out in abundance on us? God has a track record of doing this! He’s helped revive families, restored broken lives, and salvation has overcome addictions and self-destruction.

There’s no reason we can’t see all of these things and more. Unless we decide not to pray. Unless we decide not to care. Unless we decide to believe the enemy’s deceptions, instead of believing the proofs and promises of God’s word, across time.

Once again, scripture clearly lays out the raw ingredients that have consistently led to revival. The first comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

In the Book of Joel, chapter 2 verses 12 and 13 it says, “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning and rend your heart and not your garments.”

When Jesus announced the arrival of his earthly ministry in Luke chapter 4, he declared, “the spirit of the Lord is on me,” with whom he would set the captives free, open the eyes of the blind and release the oppressed from their bondage.

That same Holy Spirit is still here for believers and he is STILL able to work mightily in us…IF we are God’s surrendered people.

The secret to revival, is united, repentant, humble prayer. A prayer that is persistent. A prayer that is extraordinary, believing that what God wants is always better and more important than what we want!

God simply wants people that are devoted to him. People that are in love with him. People whose hearts are ready to be used for reaping the Harvest. And most importantly, people whose lives are surrendered to his word and then ready to receive the blessings that only he can provide.

We need to seek him with all our hearts.

OUR PRAYER:

Lord God our Father in heaven, we need you. We’re desperate for you. We pray now in the name and through the blood of Jesus that you would stir up faith and repentance among us like never before. We ask that you would soften our hearts toward you and break our hearts towards sin. Unite your church in fervency, fasting, and devotion to prayer, desiring nothing more eagerly than our desire for you and your glory to be poured out upon us. May we humble ourselves and pray, turn from our wicked ways and seek your face until you heal our land. Have mercy on us Lord. Forgive us. Cleanse us. Heal us. Send Revival, oh Lord, bring millions to saving faith in your son Jesus and cause us, as your children, to be solely devoted to serving you, loving you and extending love to others. May the world see your glory and may your name be honored and adored among the nations in our generation. In Jesus name, we pray in faith, amen.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

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