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Make it so? Or not so?

Today we begin the summer season on the show – I’ll be hosting Mondays, with Brogan Campbell and Alyssa Sidle joining me throughout the week.

Today’s Monday Motivation focuses on how we react to loss, pain or death. Tim Gustafson shares here how sometimes, we may ask to “make it NOT so…” click here for more from Our Daily Bread.

Name another word for ‘book’:
1. Novel (55 votes)
2. Story (16)
3. Paperback (10)
T4. Pamphlet (4)
Tome (4)
T5. Volume (3)
Publication (3)

Congratulations to Tracy from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack and two Our Daily Bread devotionals.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Start a Love Chain!

Today on the show I shared two devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also had our weekly family feud trivia where one lucky person has a chance to win a prize for answering the top two answers on the board.

Here are the two devotionals that I picked from Our Daily Bread:

One was titled, “Loving God”. You can find the link here.

The other was titled, “Never Say Can’t”. You can find the link here.

Name a reason you might not leave your house all day?

1- Bad Weather (40)

2- Sick (28)

3- Watch TV (7)

4- Day Off (4)

5- Wait Repairman (3)

6- Too Tired (3)

Congratulations to Karen of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the top two answers! She wins a 50 day devotional book by Bob Weaver titled “A word from the Weaver”.

Thanks for listening!


The Aftermath of Christmas

Today for Monday Motivation, we returned to Our Daily Bread to talk about what there is to look forward to after celebrating a holiday such as Christmas. Read the full devotional from Adam R. Holz HERE.

We also covered New Years as 2022 is quickly approaching! Tim Gustafson shares a story from Ezekiel in his devotional entitled “Back to the Basics”.

Name a book that could knock you out if someone hit you over the head with it.
  1. Dictionary 39
  2. Encyclopedia 25
  3. Bible 14
  4. Phone Book 14
  5. War & Peace 6

Congratulations to Aranae of Fredericktown for correctly guessing our top two answers! She wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup for today. Make sure to tune in tomorrow for your next chance to win!

Thanks for listening!


Joys and Dreams at Christmas

More Monday Motivation from the Our Daily Bread devotional, “Celebrating Jesus.”

Jonathon shared Tim Gustafson’s “Dreaming at Christmas”

For Irving Berlin, Christmas held not joy but sadness. The composer of “White Christmas” lost his infant son on Christmas Day 1928. His wistful song, which longs for a bygone time of holiday joys, would become wildly popular during World War II, resonating with troops overseas dreaming of Christmases back home.
Dreams and grief are crucial themes of the Christmas story. In a literal dream, an angel explained the miraculous conception of Jesus to Joseph (MATTHEW 1:20). Another dream warned the Magi to avoid the murderous Herod (2:12). And an angel told Joseph in a dream to flee to Egypt with the baby Jesus (V. 13).
We welcome the dreams of Christmas. The sadness, however, intrudes like a rude guest. Rachel weeps (v. 18). For soon after that first Christmas a paranoid king would slaughter helpless children (v. 16). In Matthew’s gospel, Rachel, a matriarch of Israel, represents a nation’s inconsolable grief.
It’s a scene we yearn to see deleted from the story. Why must there be such sadness in this, the greatest of all stories?

Jesus Himself is the only satisfying answer to that question. The Baby who escaped the Bethlehem tragedy grew up to conquer all such tragedies, even death itself, by dying and rising for all of us. As another Christmas carol says of Him: The hopes and fears of all the years are met in Thee tonight.

Joe shared another devotional about a Christmas song, “Joy to the World,” from Poh Fang Chia

Joy to the world…” Meifang stopped mid-sentence and forced down a sob as painful memories of her mom flooded her mind. This time last year, her mother stood right next to her, singing the same song. But now she was gone, her life tragically cut short by an accident. For Meifang, Christmas would never be the same again. It was hard to celebrate when all she had was sorrow and grief.
Perhaps, like Meifang, you’re feeling grief or sorrow this Christmas. How can you sing for joy when your heart is full of pain? Isaac Watts originally penned “Joy to the World” not as a Christmas carol but as a reminder of our future hope when Christ returns. It’s based on Psalm 98-a psalm that calls the earth to praise God for His love and faithfulness (v. 3). He came to save (v. 1), announce His victory, and reveal His righteousness (v. 2). And He’ll come again “to judge the earth” with righteousness and fairness v.9). These are great reasons for us to sing with joy.
If this Christmas is tinged with sorrow and grief, hold on to the hope of Christ. Not only does He provide comfort now but He aIso assures us of our future hope. One day all sorrow and pain will cease when Jesus comes again and wipes every tear from our eyes (REVELATION 21:4).

Name two things that are on every mom’s Christmas wish list:
1- babysitting
2- sleep/nap
3- spa day
4- gift card
T5- a family portrait
7- jewelry

Congratulations to Jenn of Danville, who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Jonathon and Joe

Confession and Forgiveness

Today we shared devotionals about the power of confession and the forgiveness God provides.

In ‘Blocked Prayers,’ Dave Branon shares the story of how sometimes we can allow dust to interrupt our prayer life. Click here to read more.

In Arthur Jackson‘s ‘Triumph of Forgiveness,’ he writes about the beauty of these two concepts… Click here to read more.

Name a musical instrument you do NOT blow into.

1- guitar (39 votes)
2- piano (35)
3- drums (11)
4- violin (11)

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

God’s Promises and Power

Today’s Monday Motivation focused on devotionals from Anne Cetas, senior content editor at Our Daily Bread.

I shared a reminder about the power and gift of the Holy Spirit, called ‘Jesus Promise to You.’ Read it by clicking here.

Jonathon shared Anne’s devotional called ‘The Power of God.’ Read it by clicking here.

Name something that the city of Chicago is known for:
1- The Chicago Fire
2- The Windy City
3- Willis Tower
4- The Chicago Bulls/Michael Jordan

Congratulations to Jennifer from Centerburg, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup. It’s also her birthday today!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Holding on…and pruning…

Today we shared Monday Motivation focused on John 10 and John 15.

Joe shared Marvin Williams’ devotional, “He Won’t Let Us Go.” You can read it by clicking here.

Jonathon shared Adam Holz’s words about “Pruned to Thrive.” Read it here!

Name a kind of footwear a bride would never wear on her wedding day:
1- sneakers (51 votes)
2- boots (14)
3- slippers (12)
4- sandals (9)
5- flats (6)
6- thongs (4)

Congratulations to Kristi from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

We also want to encourage you to share your praises and prayer requests at this link, as we pray each day this week at 5:25 in this Global Week of Student Prayer.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Labor Day motivation

Today we shared devotionals from Our Daily Bread for Monday Motivation.

Read “God Understands,” inspired by Psalm 147, by clicking here.

You can also read “Waiting for a Blessing,” inspired by Habakkuk 1-2, by clicking here.

Name Something Kids Line Up For at School:
1 – Lunch/Snack (78 votes)
2 – Recess (12)
3 – Fire Drill (5)
4 – School Bus (4)

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon, who guessed our top two correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!


Q: What is Riley Clemmons middle name?
A: Elizabeth

Sally from Mount Vernon wins the pair of tickets to Sonfest 2021!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

A new week with new motivation

Today’s Monday Motivation starts with Jonathon sharing a devotional from Julie Schwab about an unexpected surprise. Read “God’s Love is Stronger” by clicking here.

Joe’s devotional is from Jennifer Benson Schuldt, based in Proverbs, and talks about our Imperfect Plans. Read more here.

Name something that would be impossible to do in the dark:
1- Read
2- See
3- Put on makeup
4- East
5- Write

Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jon

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