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Praise Thursday

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

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!


Praise You In This Storm

Today, we praised God for some beautiful spring weather in January! Emma and I also shared some encouraging devotions as the stormy clouds approached the WNZR studios.

Emma continued her devotional series “Wellbeing: An Invitation to a Flourishing Life”. You can find the link here!

Jonathon shared one of his devotionals from 2022, entitled “Running On Empty” by Kimya Loder.

Q: How many band members are currently a part of Newsong?

A: Five!

Congratulations to Deanna of Mount Vernon for winning this week’s WinterJam 2023 trivia!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon & Emma

Love Like Blazing Fire

Emma is back! Classes for spring semester are underway for MVNU, and Jonathon and Emma spent the show sharing some devotionals!

Jonathon brought up a devotional about love from Winn Collier entitled “Love Like Blazing Fire”.

While Emma continued her series “Wellbeing: An Invitation to a Flourishing Life”.

Also, Winter Jam 2023 is quickly approaching! Make sure you don’t miss the best deal of the year in Christian music. Click here for more info.

Congratulations to Daniel from Gambier for winning this week’s Name That Tune! The song this week was Mac Powell with New Creation. Daniel wins a Casting Crowns CD including songs like Desert Road, Scars in Heaven and more!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Emma

2023: Try curbing the criticism

From author Kimya Loder in Our Daily Bread:

“We’ve learned to publicly criticize everything from the beliefs people hold to the clothes they wear. The reality, however, is that a critical and unloving attitude doesn’t align with who God has called us to be as believers in Jesus. While there will be times when we have to deal with disagreement, the Bible reminds us that as believers we’re to always conduct ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12). Instead of being harshly critical, even of our enemies, God urges us to “bear with each other and forgive one another if [we have] a grievance” (v. 13).

This treatment isn’t limited to the people whose lifestyles and beliefs we agree with. Even when it’s difficult, may we extend grace and love to everyone we encounter as Christ guides us, recognizing that we’ve been redeemed by His love.”

Maybe 2023 can become the year we push back against the social media and gossip culture of criticism…and start leaning on the fruits of the spirit.

Praise God for this wisdom!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

One heartbeat…

Today I shared several instances of how I’ve experienced the ‘family of God’ in a very real way. We are so grateful for your prayers and kind words as my father-in-law went to be Jesus last week. Dylan and Jonathon held down the studio so I could be with Marcy during this pivotal moment of her life. Your generous response to Knox County’s Food For The Hungry campaign has been incredible as we’ve surpassed $321,600!

I’m so glad to be part of this family…

Kirsten Holmberg shared recently in ‘Our Daily Bread’ about the heartbeat we share when we experience the story of God. Read it by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Christmas Devotionals

To start this Christmas edition of Praise Thursday I shared a devotional from “The Christmas Story,” it talked about how God brought two totally different groups together when Jesus was born. The first group being local shepherds and the second being the wise men. Showing us that God invites everyone to celebrate the birth of His Son!

Dylan then shared a Christmas Devotional from “Our Daily Bread,” sharing the story about Christmas Eve in 1968 when the Apollo 8 astronauts, who where the first humans to enter lunar orbit, read Genesis 1 during a live broadcast. Years later they were told that broadcast was the “largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice.” Showing us that God gives us an opportunity to share His word and it all comes back to the story of His Son Jesus!

Congrats to Jane from Howard, she was the 9th caller for Christmas Gift Exchange during the show! She is now entered into our Grand Prize drawing, which is tomorrow Friday, December 23rd during The Morning Thing at 7:30am! So don’t forget to tune in!

Thanks for Listening!

Emma and Dylan

Some Christmas Light for your Thursday!

We held another special Christmas addition of Praise Thursday!

Jonathon shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread called “Christmas Light”. By Lisa M. Samra, she connects European tradition with one of the most popular stories in the Old Testament!

Joe also shared a portion of the book “Hidden Christmas” by Tim Keller! The devotional entitled “What About Joseph?” talks about Joseph’s obedience even in such a confusing situation.

Congratulations to today’s winners for the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange!

  • Vicky of Mount Vernon claimed a Zach Williams Deluxe CD…
  • …and Tracy Mickley earned a $20 Gift Card to North Main Cafe!

Make sure to stay tuned for more opportunities to win all the way up to next Friday!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Joe

First Day of Holly Jolly 25!

Today is the first day of Holly Jolly 25! 25 straight days of your favorite Christmas songs till Christmas Day! WNZR would also like to thank these businesses for supporting our Holly Jolly 25; A+ Auto Brokers, GR Smith Hardware, Knox Community Hospital, Knox Starting Point, Lewis Clark Insurance Agency, and Mid-Ohio Powersports. WNZR’s Holly Jolly 25- our Christmas gift to you!

For Praise Thursday Jonathon shared a devotional from Our Daily Bread called “Mutual Encouragement”. Xochitl Dixon shares from Hebrews 3 in the first devotional in the Holiday Edition for Our Daily Bread! You can find a copy with us at WNZR whenever we go “On the Road with Big Blue”.

I later shared a devotional called Remembering Christmas. I shared that the Christmas season can feel crowded and sometimes overwhelming, but the day of Jesus’ birth the innkeepers had no room and Mary gave birth in a stable and laid him in a manger. That before the hustle and bustle of the season, before we forget, lets remember to make room for the true meaning of Christmas.

We are on the road with Big Blue this Saturday, December 3rd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Charity Auction. It will be a Country Christmas this year to celebrate the 22nd Annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction with a partnership with Food For the Hungry of Knox County to help raise funds to support Fredericktown Interchurch, the Fredericktown Salvation Army, and the Fredericktown Community Relief Fund. To register for the annual 5K fun run or walk at the link found on the Fredericktown Christmas Walk Facebook page.

Congrats to Henry from Howard for guessing the correct answer of Bing Crosby, “Do you Hear what I Hear.” He wins an Anne Wilson, My Jesus cd!

Thank you for listening!

Emma and Jonathon

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