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Praise Thursday

Let there be Light!

Today is Praise Thursday! Here is the Devotional Zoe shared from Our Daily Bread

In my daughter’s earliest days, I often named for her the things she encountered. I’d identify objects or allow her to touch something unfamiliar and say the word for her, bringing understanding—and vocabulary—to the vast world she was exploring. Though my husband and I might naturally have expected (or hoped) her first word would be Mama or Daddy, she surprised us with an entirely different first word: her small mouth murmured dight one day—a sweet, mispronounced echo of the word light I’d just shared with her.

Light is one of God’s first words recorded for us in the Bible. As the Spirit of God hovered over a dark, formless, and empty Earth, God introduced light into His creation, saying, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). He said the light was good, which the rest of Scripture bears out: the psalmist explains that God’s words illuminate our understanding (Psalm 119:130), and Jesus refers to Himself as “the light of the world,” the giver of the light of life (John 8:12).

God’s first utterance in the work of creation was to give light. That wasn’t because He needed light to do His work; no, the light was for us. Light enables us to see Him and to identify His fingerprints on the creation around us, to discern what is good from what is not, and to follow Jesus one step at a time in this vast world.

By:  Kirsten Holmberg

We also played Name That Tune

We also played Name That Tune and we want to say congratulations to Macey from Mount Vernon for winning a gift card to the Ye Olde Mill.

Thanks for tuning in!

-Zoe Bricker

A new look for Cougar Nation!

Today we talked with MVNU Athletic Director Chip Wilson about the new Cougar logo, unveiled today!

You can listen to our conversation at our SoundCloud account and read more about it here.

CeCe Winans – Believe For It!

Congratulations to Paul and Deanna from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and win the Austin French CD, Wide Open.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

Persistent in Prayer

This week I was reading an email newsletter I get twice a week…in this particular post, the author was sharing a story of the intersection of our faith with current world events. He shared that the headlines coming out of the Russian war against Ukraine have led him to think about Romans 12:12.

“Rejoice in hope, be patient in affliction, be persistent in prayer.”

Recently, the Ukrainian leader, President Zelenskyy has been visiting allies in Europe, trying to gain support for an assumed counter-offensive against the Russian invaders. The concern is that if those attacks go into Russian territories, the war will spread. Pope Francis has offered to be an intermediary in peace negotiations. This is clearly a pivotal moment of decision-making for the Ukranian leader. So what can we do? I resolved almost 15 months ago, when this war started, to pray specifically for disruption of Russia’s (specifcally Putin’s) plan. I believe that prayer has been answered…but…now, I’m turning my prayers to another specific request – peace. The end of the war. That Russia ends hostilities. That the world steps in and helps Ukraine rebuild.

Author Jeff Poor asks us to pay attention to the progression in this verse, from hope to patience, to persistence to prayer. Prayer is our great resource whenever we are facing the trials of this life. 

Poor writes, “Prayer should be of the highest priority for each follower of Jesus. This is what Jesus modeled for us; he frequently withdrew from the crowds to pray. And we would be better off if we simply persevered in prayer.”

Through devoted and yes, persistent prayer, we connect with Jesus and find hope and joy. Even in the shadow of what may seem to be unsurmountable odds.

Danny Gokey – The Comeback

Congratulations to Bonnie from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the TobyMac CD. ‘Life After Death.’

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Wary of the little foxes…

Today I shared Mike Wittmer’s devotional ‘Little Foxes,’ based in Song of Solomon 2. It reminds us to be wary of the small comments here and there that can weaken strong relationships.

Read it by clicking here!

TobyMac – Everything

Congratulations to Tisha from Mount Vernon – she picked Katy Nichole’s CD, “Jesus Changed My Life.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Emma’s Last Show

Today is National Day of Prayer! Don’t forget to tune in to National Observance Broadcast hosted by the National Day of Prayer task for a night of national prayer. the theme is “Pray Fervently In Righteousness And Avail Much,” and the theme verse is James 5:16 NKJV. The broadcast is tonight at 8pm. Click here to watch!

I continued my series for Praise Thursday with a devotional from “Wellbeing.” Today’s devotional talked about how we as Christians we are called to build the church. That God gifted each of us with natural and Spiritual gifts for this purpose.

SpiritSong is back this June 15th-17th at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio! This three day concert has some of your favorite artists like; TobyMac, Katy Nicole, Cain and more. Click here for more information and tickets! Park tickets are sold separately.

Today we gave away tickets to MTV Arts production of “Our Town” and today’s winner is Jan from Apple Valley, congrats to Jan! Your last chance to win tickets is tomorrow during The Morning thing with Marcy! For more information on this production click here!

Today is my last show on the Afternoon Drive. I just want to thank you for tuning in with me this year. I am so thankful for you and this wonderful ministry! Don’t forget to tune in with Dylan for the NZ Top Ten!

Thank you so much for tuning in to The Afternoon Drive!

-Emma Reuss

Tickets Out Now!

Mom’s Night Out Tickets are available now! Don’t forget to reserve your seats and vote for the movie you want to see now! Click here for more information and to reserve your seats!

Summer is just right around the corner, that means summer concerts! SpiritSong 2023 at Kings Island is back on June 15th-17th with a wonderful lineup of artists like; Cain, TobyMac, Katy Nicole and many more! For more info click here!

For my devotional for Praise Thursday I shared from “Wellbeing” and talked about how to be content in our situations and throughout our lives. Also, learning from Paul’s teachings in 1st Timothy chapter 6!

Jonathon then shared a devotional from “Our Daily Bread” and how we sometimes water the weeds in our faith. We also look at what Paul writes in Galatians 5:13-26.

Congrats to Jessica from Mount Vernon she won our Name That Tune! The tune was “Hold On To Me” by: Lauren Daigle and she chose a Chris Tomlin CD. Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow with Joe and Dylan for the NZ Top 10!

Thank you for tuning in!

-Emma and Jonathon

Helping A Stranger

Today, we reflected on a wholesome viral photo of an elderly couple helping a young man tie his tie in an Atlanta subway. In fact, Xochitl Dixon of Our Daily Bread took the moment as a reminder to strive to be “Loving Like Jesus”. We read her devotional today for Praise Thursday!

Here is that viral photo!

Today, Emma continued her devotional series “Well-Being” with this week’s addition, “Stewardship, Not Ownership”.

Congratulations to Julie from Frazeysburg for winning this week’s “Name That Tune”! The song this week was “Good God Almighty” by Crowder.

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Emma

Timely Words

It’s Thursday, so it’s another Day of Devotion and Praise on the Afternoon Drive!

Today, Emma continued her devotional series “Well-Being” with this week’s addition, “The Journey to Forgiveness”.

Jonathon also shared a devotional that he saw from Our Daily Bread on his social media feed, entitled “God Speaking to Us”.

Also, Mom’s Night Out IS HAPPENING. Save the date: May 19th. More information will be available soon!

Congratulations to David from Fredericktown for correctly guessing this week’s Name That Tune, “Less Like Me” by Zach Williams. He wins an Anne Wilson CD, thanks to Capitol CMG Records!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Emma

How’s Your Driving?

For Praise Thursday, Emma and Jonathon fell on the theme of controlling our emotions. On a rainy day like today, it can be easy to be dreary, much like the weather. So! Here are some devotionals to help you.

Jonathon shared a word from Our Daily Bread centered around James 1, entitled “How’s My Driving”.

Emma’s devotional series, “Well-Being”, continued today. Read “Dealing With Conflict” HERE.

Today’s Winner: Kloee from Mount Vernon – Congratulations!

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon and Emma

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