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Mystery Monday: Are you a backseat driver?

Today I had lots to share with you, between checking up on Joe after his second eye surgery, recapping Flannel Fest 2019, our mystery Question and sharing about the AMAs we had so much to talk about!!
If you want to know more about Flannel Fest 2019 or just for Place4Grace, click HERE to check out the website!
Here is the Mystery Monday Mystery Question:
What is the most common order a backseat driver to the driver? 
1. STOP! 
Congratulations to Nancy from Lexington who guessed the top two questions in order on the first try! She won the $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Valley.
Do you love Mercy Me, Lauren Daigle and/or for King & Country! Then cast your vote for your favorite to win an AMA! Click HERE to vote!!
We also chatted with Joe Rinehart who is normally here with me today, but considering that he had his last eye surgery today, I gave him a pass. 😉 His Wife, Marcy, shared this update with this picture. Too funny – We love you, Joe!! :
Thanks for all of your prayers. The eye surgery went well. We are now at home and Joe Rinehart is sound asleep on the couch. And…our dog Belle will make sure that he rests all day. 😂
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Thanks for checking out the blog!

Music Mystery Monday!

It’s Fall Break here on the campus of MVNU, and we hope you’re having a great day! Fall is here and kicking in to full gear!
Today on the show, I talked about the awesome weekend we had!
We held WNZR’s Dogtoberfest as part of Main Street Mt. Vernon’s First Friday!
We also took part in the Starting Point Walk, which was an incredible event, and they have surpassed their goal of $59,000, so we would like to thank everyone who donated!
Check out pictures from these events on our Facebook, WNZR 90.9fm.

For Mystery Monday, we had a music related question! More specifically, it was about the Dove awards, happening a week from tomorrow!
Our question was… “Can you name two of the five songs that were nominated for the ‘Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year’ category?

Congratulations to Sherrisa from Howard! She correctly guessed and won that $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

The five nominated songs are…
Priceless – For King and Country
Come Alive (Dry Bones) – Lauren Daigle
Even If – MercyMe
Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson
Chain Breaker – Zach Williams

WNZR is giving you a chance to win 9 CD’s from Dove Award Nominated artists, and all you have to do is tell us who you think is going to win some of those categories!
Click the link here, fill out the prediction survey, and you’ll be entered to win that pack of CD’s from Dove Nominated artists!

The Dove Awards are next Tuesday, October 17th, so be sure to keep it here on WNZR for all the results on Wednesday the 18th!

We are also celebrating Clergy Appreciation Month here at WNZR, and we are giving you so many chances for your pastors to win!
Click the link here to find out more!

Thanks for listening!

Fingerprints of God: Our relationships with others

Hebrews 13:1 set the tone for today: “Keep on loving each other.”
Simple, or so you would think.

Writer Martha Orlando says: “Wouldn’t this world be a better place if we recognized and honored the fingerprints of God in every person we meet?”

We had 3 full pages of scripture today that talked about how we should treat one another, and a couple of great verses on this topic actually happen to be our theme verses for Lifeline! It’s John 13:34-35, and it says:
“A new command I give you, love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”

We also read some verses from Romans 12 today, and the whole book of Romans is just a great book with lots of great wisdom.
Check out the entirety of Romans 12 here!

John 16:33 says: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We listened to Victors Crown today, and it really gives encouragement that no matter what we’re going through that God has overcome the world and He wears the Victor’s Crown!
IMG_4862.jpgThat picture up there is a picture of my little beastie, Tula.
Our word of the day was beastie! This is a noun, and this word describes a small animal, especially one toward which affection is felt. So Tula is my beastie, and Belle is Joe’s beastie! Drop a picture of your little beastie in the comments! We’d love to see them!

Thank you so much for listening! Enjoy this beautiful weather!

Who Knew – Hot Breakfast Month

Good afternoon! It was a snowy and cold Wednesday here in Mt. Vernon, but we talked about hot breakfast month today!
Hot breakfast month was established to encourage people to get up and start their day with a meal that’s a bit more substantial than a simple bowl of cereal. Breakfast is an important meal of the day, that much is true, but taking the time to get up in the morning, prepare breakfast, and take the time to sit down and eat a freshly cooked meal is a great start to the day as well. If you would like to read more about Hot Breakfast Month, check it out here!

We asked some of our WNZR staff what their ideal hot breakfast would be (limited to 3 entrees and a drink)…
Abbey Fairless:
French toast, scrambled eggs, and sausage with a big glass of orange juice!
Hannah Radke:
Pancakes, sausage, and an omelet with a vanilla caramel coffee!
Joe Rinehart:
French Toast, scrambled eggs, and bacon with a cup of coffee!
Mine would be chocolate chip pancakes, bacon, and waffles with a cup of Earl Grey tea!

Leave us a comment with what your ideal hot breakfast would be!

We talked a little bit about black pudding, which is a blood sausage dish, popular in Britain and Ireland! Learn more about Black Pudding here!

Here’s a few Bible verses to get you up and motivated in the morning! Nothing goes better with a hot breakfast than biblical motivation, right?
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16.33
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
Check out some more motivational verese here!

Our word of the day word of the day was scrumptious!  Adjective, \ˈskrəm(p)-shəs\
Delightful, excellent; especially delicious.
This word first appeared in English in 1830, and if you’d like to learn more about it, check it out here!

Have a wonderful rest of your evening! Stay warm!
– Lilly


Who Knew New Years!

Good afternoon! It’s a little chilly here in town today, but we stayed warm and talked all about New Year’s traditions today! We all know that we drop the ball in New York at midnight, but we talked about some wacky and wild things that states drop at midnight! We also talked about some New Years traditions from different countries, as well as ways to reach your resolutions! Read on to find out more!

You dropped what!??!

New York is home to the most famous ‘drop’ on New Years, but other states have their fun with it as well! We talked about some states that celebrate by dropping things that might be a little out of the ordinary!
Hawaii: Honolulu takes a flavorful twist on the New Years Eve ball drop by raising a “Hala Kahiki”, or Pineapple, up into the air. Sip on some pineapple wine and watch this oversized fruit drop in celebration of the oncoming year!
Pennsylvania: Mechanicsburg, PA rightfully celebrates New Years Eve with the dropping of a large lighted wrench. The event always includes refreshments and music that the whole family will love, as well as some delicious food.
Arizona: Flagstaff, Arizona is brought in by dropping a giant 70-pound glowing metal pinecone. The citizens of Flagstaff gather in the historic downtown area and watch the cone fall from the bough of the Hotel Weatherford.
Georgia: Although not as juicy as a normal Georgia peach, this 800-pound monster is still impressive. The peach has been dropped in Atlanta on New Years Eve since 1989 and the event always includes a full day of festivities.
Pennsylvania: Duncannon, Pennsylvania is all about fun when it comes to their New Years Eve drop tradition, with a giant 10-foot sled instead of a ball.
In Bethlehem, PA, Peeps, the signature marshmallow treats, receive recognition on more than just Easter. In fact, an entire festival is named after the cute little candies. Peepfest takes place in late December and includes a 5k race, live music, and other festivities.
Idaho: In another state famous for a semi-round piece of food, Boise, Idaho hosts a New Years Eve party featuring a giant potato. This is a fairly new festival that began in 2013 and has already seen great success. The event includes a professional fireworks show, live music, and plenty of food. You would not regret attending this event and being named what they call, “spec-taters.”

That’s just a few of our favorites! To see some more of these wacky items, check out USA Today’s story here!

Who Knew Trivia!

Today our trivia question was related to one of our topics! Our question was: “What object does Honolulu, Hawaii drop for their New Year celebration? The answer was a pineapple! Congratulations to our winner Charles from Howard! He guessed correctly and won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Word of the day!

Today’s word was a longer one, and it was ‘preponderance’. This word is a noun, and it means ‘fact or quality of being preponderant; superiority in weight, power, numbers, etc.’
The preponderance of votes is against the proposal.”

Have a wonderful rest of your evening and stay warm!
-Lilly and Eddie 


Game Time Tuesday!

Good Afternoon! I hope you’re having a great Tuesday afternoon! 2017 is getting into full swing and Eddie and I had an awesome show for you today!

We talked a little bit about New Year’s resolutions today on the show, and Eddie talked about his resolution. He said that his goal this year is to have ‘delayed gratification’ and by that he meant that he would get things done that aren’t incredibly exciting with a good attitude that will lead to happiness later. This was quite the profound resolution! Hopefully, everyone here at WNZR sticks to their resolutions this year! To hear about Professor Rinehart and my resolutions, check out the blog from the show yesterday here.

What’s the new year without Winter Jam, right? The WinterJam Tour Spectacular is coming to Ohio three times!
Saturday, January 21st – at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus
Saturday, February 18th – at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati Sunday,
March 12th – at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland!
If you would like more information and to see the line-up, check out their website, here! 

The song poetry for today was ‘Fix My Eyes‘ from For King and Country!
Eddie gave us these lyrics…
“Here’s what I’d do differently,
I’d love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother.”
Congratulations to our winner, Faith from Mt. Vernon!

Our Name that Tune for today was a stumper!!! It will return next week!
Be listening for your chance to win a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Our word of the day today was ‘ennui’ which is an old French word  thar made its’ way onto the scene around 1660-1670.
Ennui is a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom.
And to use this word in a sentence: “The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.”

Have a great evening!
-Lilly & Eddie


How I Walked Away from FaceBook (And Lived to Talk About It)

There are a lot of people who don’t believe me when I say it or who give me a funny look. “What, you mean you don’t have a facebook?!” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that conversation in the last eight months. Yes, I’ve been facebook free for eight months and I couldn’t be happier.

Now, let me start by saying that I’m not against social networking sites. I think that they can and often prove to be effective tools in communication. I don’t shun people who do use facebook or look down on them. I’m not one of those people who is a techno-phobe or someone who will go out of my way to make sure people think facebook is evil. I don’t do that because I don’t think it is.

So why did I walk away from facebook, you ask? There are a lot of reasons, really. For starters, it’s too easy to be impersonal. One thing that I’ve been learning recently is that God intended us to be with people. FaceBook makes it almost too easy to do that and I started to question the kind of relationship I was creating with my 256 “friends”. How many of them did I really care to let know whatever was going on in my life? How many of them cared? I started tailoring what I was writing to appease others, putting up a face on facebook that wasn’t my own.

Reason number 2: facebook is a major time-waster for me. I was spending about two to three hours a DAY checking, writing on, and looking through facebook pages. That’s two to three hours I could have been doing my homework or spending time making lasting relationships with the people I care about.

And the third and biggest reason I walked away from the popular social networking site? It came before God.

God tells us in Exodus “You shall have no other gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). I was living in direct violation of this command. I ran to facebook before I ran to God. When I had something I was dealing with: status update and then later, if I remembered, I’d pray about it. When I was looking for answers to questions, I’d ask my facebook friends before I even considered asking God or reading His word. Toward the end of December 2010, I was getting tired. I felt like I kept asking the big questions and I was getting nothing in response. I was expecting facebook to fill me, I was being left empty and I was blaming God.

Over Christmas break I had a lot of time to think about it and I felt like God was calling me to just let facebook go for a week or two. I did and spent that time seeking hard after Him and reading His word. At the end of the two weeks I got back on my facebook and discovered that I wasn’t quite as enthralled with it as I had been. It seemed tedious to sit there and scroll through update after update about people who were desperately searching for something that they couldn’t find there. I suddenly felt sad for them. If that was what it was about, I didn’t want any part of it.

I prayed about it hard for a few more days, telling God that if I did what He asked of me, people would think I was weird. People would think that I didn’t fit in, like I was behind the times, and like I was just… odd. And the answer I got was quite simple: isn’t that what we’re called to do?

John 15:19 says “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” If we’re really called to be different from the world, I think it’s time we start being different. And that comes with a promise: people will hate you for it.

When was the last time someone disliked what you were doing because you were doing it for Christ? When was the last time you did something different from what the world was doing because it made your walk with Christ closer? 

There are definitely people who are not happy with me because I don’t have a facebook. I hear it all the time from most of my friends. They say it makes me weird. They say that it makes it harder to be friends with me: they have to make more of an effort and that’s uncomfortable for some of them. A lot of people said that to me at first. They were given a choice: put forth the effort and still be my friend, or slouch back into comfort and not be. There are people I know and care about on both sides of that line.

The point is this: God calls us to do the right thing and the hard thing. He calls us apart from the world. We’re supposed to look different. People are supposed to see us and say “There’s something about him/her that is right… I want that.”

So I suppose the question is this: do you look any different from the world or do you blend in? If you don’t look any different, you might want to look into that.


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