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Monday Motivation

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

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!

A conversation with Jeremy Camp

Today we shared my conversation recorded last Friday afternoon with Jeremy Camp, as he stays on the road with Winter Jam ’23.

Click here to hear the full conversation!

Dylan shared today’s Our Daily Bread devotional – find it here!

QUESTION: Ed Cash from We The Kingdom helped write what early 2000’s worship song by Chris Tomlin? (The song and album won 5 GMA Dove Awards)

ANSWER: ‘How Great is Our God’

Joe from Apple Valley answered correctly and wins the pair of passes!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Matthew 5 and MLK

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sharing a devotional from Pastor Victoria Curtiss, written as a tribute to him.

Matthew 5:43–48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (NRSV)

Jesus said that anyone can love those who love them in return. What distinguishes people of God is the way we treat those who oppose us—our enemies. Just as God shows love to everyone, so are we to show love to everyone. This inclusivity is the meaning of “be perfect” as God is perfect.

What a fitting scripture for the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The key to the life of Dr. King is found in his Christian faith. He responded to violence with nonviolence, to hate with love. Dr. King was always looking toward reconciliation after the battle, because his approach was grounded in the gospel. He wrote, “It was the Sermon on the Mount, not a doctrine of passive resistance, that inspired the Negroes of Montgomery to social action. It was Jesus of Nazareth that stirred [them] with the creative weapon of love.”

Martin Luther King recognized that the heart of the gospel proclaims that love can really change a situation of conflict and enmity: love reaching out toward the oppressor, love pushing negotiation, love offering forgiveness and newness. It wasn’t that he lacked an appreciation for the persistence and power of evil. It was rather his evangelist’s faith. He really believed that the intolerant and prejudiced sheriffs and politicians were sheep who had strayed from the fold, who had the potential to be converted. However powerful evil is, love is more powerful still. “Remember him,” said Coretta Scott King, “as a man who refused to lose faith in the ultimate redemption of [humanity].”


Thank you, God, for the witness of Martin Luther King Jr. Guide me as Christ’s follower to love as you love—everyone without exception. I lift up my enemies to you and pray for their well-being. Amen.

Here’s the link to today’s ‘Our Daily Bread’ MLK-themed devotional from Karen Pimpo, “Be Filled.”

Today’s question: How many GMA Dove Awards has Jeremy Camp won?
Today’s answer: 6

Congratulations to Cody from Mount Vernon.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

New week, new wisdom

How are you building your house? As we approach this week, Xochtil Dixon reminds us of how we can struggle if we build our house on anything other than the solid rock:

“Jesus knew the futility of building a house on sand. After warning the disciples to be wary of false prophets, He assured them that loving obedience demonstrates wisdom (Matthew 7:15–23). He said that everyone who hears His words and “puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock” (v. 24). The one who hears God’s words and chooses not to put them into practice, however, is “like a foolish man who built his house on sand” (v. 26).

When circumstances feel like shifting sands burying us under the weight of affliction or worries, we can place our hope in Christ, our Rock. He will help us develop resilient faith built on the unshakable foundation of His unchanging character.”

Author Mike Wittmer also encourages us to choose joy when we think from an ‘eternal’ perspective. Read more here.

Name something kids just love to jump on:

1 – the bed (71 votes)
2 – trampoline (20)
3 – couch (5)
4 – pile of leaves (4)

Congratulations to Heather from Howard, who won the Austin French CD ‘Wide Open.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

2023 – Here We Go!

Today we shared some New Year Monday Motivation from the authors at Our Daily Bread.

Joe shared ‘Fresh Start Effect’ from Sheridan Voysey. It asks us to look at Colossians 3 as we start the new year. Read it by clicking here.

Dylan shared ‘A Small Start’ from Tom Felten. Find it here!

Name a common candy bar component:

  1. chocolate – 36 votes
  2. peanuts – 22
  3. caramel – 15
  4. almonds – 12
  5. nougat – 10
  6. coconut – 6

Congratulations to Tyler from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the CAIN CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

A Gift of Motivation

Jonathon shared his Monday Motivation from “Our Daily Bread” shared about how when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple tow elderly believers took center stage, Simeon and Anna who worshiped God even in their elderly age. The Bible inspires our age to motivate our hope in God.

I shared from “Remembering Christmas” sharing that during this time we do think about all the shopping we need to do and where we can find the perfect gift. “But what if our hearts could shift from what we are buying to what we are doing?” That we can balance gift giving and focus on being present with our Savior and our love ones. That when the wise men came to see Jesus they spent time in His presence first then gave gifts.

Congrats to Jean and Jane from Mount Vernon for being being the 9th caller for the Christmas Gift Exchange! They are now entered into a drawing for one of our Three Grand Prizes that will be announce on Friday, December 23rd at 7:30am during the Moring Thing!

Thanks For Listening!

Emma Reuss

Christmas Motivations

Today Joe shared a classic 1914 Christmas story in a devotional from James Banks called, “When Peace Breaks Out.” Read this inspiring story from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Dylan shared “God’s Sure Pursuit,” from John Blase. Read more by clicking here.

Name an item you’d need to dress up as Santa Claus!
1- Santa Hat (40 votes)
2- Beard (24)
3- Big Belly (9)
4- Red Pants/Belt (5)
5- Suspenders/Black Boots (2)

Congratulations to Rebecca from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins the Veggie Tales DVD, “The Star of Christmas.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

Success in our sacrifice?

That’s what Jennifer Schuldt shares in today’s Monday Motivation from Our Daily Bread. She refers to I John 3:16 as the model. Read more by clicking here.

Dylan shared ‘A Hot Meal’ from Katara Patton, based in Matthew 25. Read more by clicking here.

Name an animal starting with the letter C that you NEVER want to eat:
1 – cat (64 votes)
2 – camel (8)
cougar (8)
3 – cow (4)
4 – cheetah (3)
coyote (3)

Congratulations to Kathy from Mount Vernon, who guessed our top two answers and wins the Chris Tomlin CD, ‘Always.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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