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The Mystery Box returns!

Mystery Monday

I got stumped on the first two tests in the Mystery Box today…

I know that it doesn’t belong in a kitchen, in a bathroom, or an office…so where?

It belongs on a drum!  It’s Lilly’s Tenth Avenue North collectible drumstick!

joe drumstick 2

Today’s Word of Day is razzmatazz, a noun that means a confusing, colorful or even gaudy action or display.

Thanks for listening!


Praying for Wisdom


Our Praise Thursday prayer series continues today, inspired by the book The Battle Plan for Prayer, from Stephen and Alex Kendrick.

Today we’re exploring: what is wisdom and how does it help us? How often do we pray for wisdom?  How might wisdom guide our strategic prayers?

Proverbs 4:7-9 (The Message) says:

3-9 When I was a boy at my father’s knee,
the pride and joy of my mother,
He would sit me down and drill me:
“Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live!
Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for Understanding!
Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch!
Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life;
love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”

So…based on that…can we assume that gathering wisdom is of supreme importance? The overwhelming answer is YES.

Prayer is a key to unlocking wisdom; prayer yields wisdom; then wisdom yields better prayer.  Wisdom is “the ability to apply knowledge to a given situation.” Taking what you know or research and making it work really well.

This involves friendship, marriage, parenting…it unlocks things that have been mysterious.  Wisdom helps you locate the straight, sure path.

Proverbs 4:12 reminds us that wisdom helps us keep from stumbling.  It keeps us from making rash or foolish decisions.


Wisdom helps you see things from God’s eternal perspective.  He also promises to give it!

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

But we should also ask for it.  Proverbs 2:4 reminds us to seek it like a precious metal or hidden treasure.  God gives it to us without reproach, insult or condemnation.  He wants us to bear fruit – he’s on our side – because when we grow in wisdom and in the knowledge of God, He receives the glory.

He receives glory through our integrity, honesty, humility, purity and our faithfulness.  Our good relationships glorify Him.

King Solomon sought the Lord for wisdom – even when he was invited to ask for ANYTHING from God! This is in I Kings 3:9…

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”


God answers our prayers every day for wisdom simply by giving us the book of Proverbs – every time they read these passages, the Kendrick brothers say, “it’s like taking a giant smart pill or anti-idiot medicine.”

The Proverbs point out the differences between:

  • Hard work and laziness
  • Righteousness and wickedness
  • Honesty and dishonesty
  • Humility and arrogance

Discovering what is BETTER is a key takeaway of Proverbs:

Proverbs 16:32 – Better a patient person than a warrior,
one with self-control than one who takes a city.

Proverbs 15:16-17 – Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great wealth with turmoil. Better a small serving of vegetables with love
than a fattened calf with hatred.

Proverbs 15:19-22 – The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns,
but the path of the upright is a highway.  A wise son brings joy to his father,
but a foolish man despises his mother. Folly brings joy to one who has no sense,
but whoever has understanding keeps a straight course. Plans fail for lack of
counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.


We get wisdom from God, so praying for it should become a daily habit and a source for developing our prayer strategies.

Wisdom is not exclusive to older people – those who desire it can start receiving it at an early age.  Self-seeking, so-called mature people can still be unwise.

God puts His name on the line if wisdom is something you really want:

Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

16:20 – Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,
and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.

3:21-24 – My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you,
an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety,
and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Wisdom: pray for it often and expect it promptly!


Lord, you are my wonderful counselor and the source of all wisdom.  I take you at your word that when I ask for wisdom – from a heart that’s ready to put it obediently and faithfully into practice – you will surely pour it out upon me freely.  Because I surely need it! Every day and in every way.

I pray you’d help me view life from your eternal perspective rather than the world’s. Help me think long-term and understand the causes and effects of my choices.  Give me the discernment between what is good, better and best, and help me make right decisions in light of it.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Today’s Word of the Day is: tendentious (ten-DEN-shus), an adjective marked by a tendency to favor a certain point of view.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe, Hannah and Lilly

Game Time Tuesday!

School kicks back into high gear tomorrow here on the campus of MVNU, and we’re celebrating by giving away two $5 gift certificates to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Our Song Poetry lyrics today were…

If I give to a needy soul
but don’t have love then who is poor?
It seems all the poverty is found in me.

Congratulations to Lisa from Mt. Vernon!
That’s For King and Country with ‘Proof of Your Love’

And congratulations to Terry! She won our Name that Tune game!
It was Eye of the Storm from Ryan Stevenson!

Our uplifting news stories today included Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks and an amazing man spending time with children in the ICU!
Check them out here! Dallas Mavericks and ICU Grandpa

Our word of the day today is…

astrobleme // [as-truh-bleem]

an erosional scar on the earth’s surface, produced by the impact of a cosmic body, as a meteorite or asteroid.

Thanks for listening!

His names. Our blessing!

Battle-Plan-Hero-699x200Today all three of the Afternoon Drive co-hosts were in the studio to talk about “The Wonder of God’s Names” from the book “The Battle Plan for Prayer” by the Kendrick Brothers. IF you want to find out more about the book click HERE.

We also gave you a a little teaser about tomorrow – which is the last First Friday of  the 2017 season! WNZR is going to be there with Dogtoberfest! Click HERE if you want to know more!

Oh may your glorious name be blessed and exalted above all blessing and praise!” Nehemiah 9:5.

Let’s imagine someone named Dr. John Smith. He is called different names at different times. His father calls him son, his wife calls him sweetheart, his patients call him doc, and his friend at church: brother Jack. At the hospital he’s the doctor with the best bedside manner, and at the local restaurants, he is that happy Christian who leaves good tips. John is not multiple people. He is one man with multiple roles and character traits. Each of John’s names or titles reveals a little bit more about who he is, what he does, and how he relates to others.
In like manner, the Bible reveals that our one God has many names. When we pray to Him, we may come to Him for a wide variety of reasons. Because he is eternal and limitless, and many titles and descriptions used of him in the Bible are vast and astounding. But that’s the point. Each name of God helps us to understand, value, and worship him even more.
Unlike the Egyptians and Greeks, who prayed to different mythical gods depending upon their need, we worship one God who alone is living and limitless, maker and master, holy and most high, Savior and sovereign of all, and everything we need in all circumstances.
As we discover and get familiar with different names of God, we not only better recognize God for who he is, we can relate to him more personally and intimately.
God’s names reflect his invisible attributes, his eternal power, and divine nature. What an honor to discover more about God! His names are priceless to him, a privilege for us to know, and powerful for us to pray. We are constantly referring to God’s names in our prayer interactions with him.
God wants us to know his names so we can know him better. They are another way we worship and praise him – by recalling a name for him that specifically reflects an attribute we want to honor or call upon to help address a specific need.
That’s why we must never take any of God‘s name in vain or use them flippantly. Rather, we praise and worship him and his name will honoring his attributes, power, and position.
When we call upon Jesus Christ as our Lord, the other names of God take on infinitely more value to us. Jesus then becomes our savior, King, and high priest. God the father becomes our heavenly father and Almighty God. The Holy Spirit becomes our helper and counselor. When we pray to God, we too can address them according to who he is and what he’s done, and lean on our understanding of his unending power and glory. Jesus modeled for us how to pray based upon his unique identity in the situation, like when he said, “the harvest is abundant but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out the workers into his harvest. “ Matthew 9:37-38
He also has more formal names. in our time of need, God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our provider. When we struggle with sickness, He is Jehovah Rapha – the lord our healer. When we need comfort, he’s Jehovah Raah – the lord our shepherd. When we are fearful or stressed, He is Jehovah Shalom – the Lord our peace. And when we need to be forgiven and cleansed, He is Jehovah Tsidkenu – the Lord, our righteousness.
The point is to seek him, worship him, and pray to him for who he is.

So as you pray strategically, remember to call out to your God by his names as you learn them. He loves to hear his children acknowledge him for all he does and all he can do. And doesn’t he deserve it? After all, he is God, our salvation. (Psalm 148:13)
PRAYER: Lord, your name is great, just as you are great. And while you are one God – creator of all, without rival – I praise you that you are more than I realized and everything I need. Thank you for allowing us to call on you at all times, in all circumstances, and for promising to be our all in all had every moment. I worship you today, Lord God, my Savior, my sustainer, my friend, my reason for living. Amen.
Today’s Word of the Day was:
vituperate (vye-TOO-puh-rayt), a verb meaning:

1 : to criticize or censure severely or abusively
2 : to use harsh condemnatory language

Thanks for listening!
– Joe, Hannah and Lilly

Game Time Tuesday!

For Game Time Tuesday today, we played Song Poetry and Name that Tune!

Our Song Poetry lyrics for today were as follows…
“There’s a place where sin and shame are powerless.
Where my heart finds peace with God and forgiveness.”
Congratulations to Michelle from Mt. Vernon for giving us the correct answer!
The song was ‘At the Cross’ from Chris Tomlin!

Our Name that Tune song was “The comeback” By Danny Gokey – Congrats To Beth from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed this song and won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple valley!

Joe shared some uplifting news in the mists of the Las Vegas tragedy, with the heroes that showed up in that heart- wrenching situation. Hannah also shared an uplifting devotional about the Vegas tragedy.


: to find fault with and criticize as blameworthy

Praise Thursday – the Will of God

Battle-Plan-Hero-699x200Today Joe and I shared about the Will of God from our study series  in the book The Battle Plan for Prayer

John 6:38
38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.

1 John 5:14
14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

The best place in the world of any of us to be is squarely in the middle of God’s will. It is His perfect that will bring Him the most pleasure. It’s not only what’s best for us, but it’s what will yield God the most glory. He has promised every one of His children that we can live in His will continually. Some people are convinced that God is a mystery, Yet the best strategy to use first of all in beginning to seek Gods will for specific questions is to pray like Jesus did – to pray in surrender to it from the onset. Not my will, but yours be done.

Romans 12:1-2
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
The presentation of ourselves can lead to the revelation of His will.

Second, we should pray in accordance with what we already know to be His will. The chief goal of God’s will is that He will be glorified in all circumstances.
1st Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm 115:1
Not to us, Lord, not to us
    but to your name be the glory,
    because of your love and faithfulness.
If your desire is for the glory of God to be elevated and made known, be assured His will is going to be accomplished in you.

God’s will is to advance His kingdom – the seen and unseen parts. In Heaven and on Earth.
Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

As you align your goals with His kingdom goals, He promises to provide everything needed for your life to flourish.

Third, God’s Will is for Christ to be Lord
This is giving Christ all the power and authority in every arena of your life.

So as you follow Christ as Lord, you’re saying with your life (not just your words), that you intend to give Him your full allegiance.

Titus 3:8
This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
Glory. Kingdom. Lordship. Those are the 3 major components of His overall will for you. He also wants you living a pure, sanctified life.

1 Thessalonians 4:3
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality;

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
These verses are telling us that God wants us to produce fruit no matter where we are in life.

Philippians 2:2
then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Much of His will, therefore, is readily known. Not only does His word declare it, but the spirit affirms it in your mind and heart. So your quest for Gods will on a specific issue, be it a large one or a small one, it’s not a separate matter from the other elements of His will. They’re all tied together. The heart that isn’t only praying for His will, but is also surrendering to it simultaneously, whatever the Lord reveals His plan to be, will not miss his desires when all is said and done, because He will bail you out when you take a wrong turn.

Proverbs 16:9
In their hearts humans plan their course,

    but the Lord establishes their steps.

The leadership that God gives as you pray your way through hard decisions is not to be evaluated merely by the physical events happening around you. Sometimes the most difficult, painful, fearful, or illogical path is the one that ends up being the open door. The one bearing His fingerprints.

Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

This is not just an emotional peace that shows up for a few hours and then morphs into panic and confusion by nightfall. This distinctive ‘peace of Christ’ settles in and is often confirmed by other believers. The enemy may try to agitate you into doubting it. But being reverent and trusting and prayerful will lead you to the right door. And that’s faith. That’s obedience. That’s where His will for you shines and bears fruit. And that’s the kind of praying that leads remarkably to peace.

“Lord, I know I’m in skillful hands as I pray for You to show me Your will and lead me faithfully into it. I accept from You specific guidance through your word to give me ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ for this moment. Thank you for being Heaven – and – Earth beyond me in size and scope. Yet, somehow, stooping down to involve Yourself in my details. Tune my heart to the desires of Your heart. Align my mind with your thoughts. Guide my path to the center of Your plans and help me pray and live in accordance with Your will. I love You, and I will follow You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

We also gave away a pair of Sonfest tickets! Our Sonfest trivia question for today was “What is the name of Sarah Reeves’ husband?” The answer to this question is “Philip Kothlow”

Congratulations to Lisa from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed the answer to our trivia question!

If you would like to know more about Sonfest or to buy tickets click HERE.

Congrats to Maddie from Mount Vernon for being our third caller; she won two tickets to The Lion King Jr. show from MTVarts this weekend!

If you would like to know more about this show are just more about MTVarts click HERE.

Our word of the day today was:


Definition: the horn of an animal (usually a ram) blown as a trumpet by the ancient Hebrews in battle and during religious observances and used in modern Judaism especially during Rosh Hashanah and at the end of Yom Kippur.

Thank you so much for listening to the Afternoon Drive today!
-Hannah Radke


Sonfest Who Knew!

Another very jam-packed day on the Afternoon Drive! Ah!
So today, for Who-Knew Wednesday, we did a very timely ‘who-knew’ topic…

Sonfest 2017 is coming up very quickly, and we’re getting so excited!
We heard from our Sonfest coordinator, Bharon Hoag, about everything that’s going to be happening on Saturday, and why he’s so excited for Sonfest 2017.

You can check out our conversation with Bharon here!
And if you would like more information about Sonfest, click here!

Our Who Knew Wednesday question today was, of course, Sonfest related!
The Sonfest headliner this year is Plumb, and we had a little bit harder question today for Who Knew Wednesday, as we give away a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley! Our Plumb related WKW question was…
When was Plumb born? (MM/DD/YY)
The answer is March 9th, 1975!

Congratulations to Wendy from Mount Vernon for correctly answering our trivia question today!

We were so excited to be able to give away another pair of Sonfest tickets today! Our Sonfest Artist Trivia question today was about Johnny Diaz!
Question: Where is Johnny Diaz originally from? (City and state)
Answer: Lakeland, Florida
Congratulations to Amy from Mount Vernon for calling in and correctly guessing!

We would also like to wish congratulations to our Lion King Junior ticket winner Kristen from Mount Vernon . They will be receiving two tickets to the MTVArts, ArtsIQ production of the Lion King Junior! And if you would like more information about MTVArts and their productions, click here!

And who knew that WNZR has been giving you artist interviews all week long?!
We have gotten the chance to talk to a lot of the performing artists coming to Sonfest 2017, and we want to share them with you! Check out the conversations we had with some of your favorite artists by clicking on the links below!

The JJ Weeks Band
Sarah Reeves

Thanks so much for listening, and we hope to see you at Sonfest 2017!
Be one of the 3,000!

Double Game Time Tuesday!

Today Joe and I had LOTS of prizes to give away to you! We also had some uplifting news and an uplifting devotional…

I shared the September 19th devotional from Sarah Young’s book “Jesus Always”. If you would like to know more about Sarah and her AMAZING devotionals click HERE .

Joe shared a uplifting news story about a Houston couple who were forced to re-schedule their pre-wedding rehearsal dinner due to hurricane Harvey flooding…and decided to lend a helping hand. You can read the whole story HERE.

AD pic 9.19.17

Our first giveaway was Tickets to the MTVarts show ‘Lion King Jr.” coming up this weekend! Congratulation to Saunja from Mount Vernon who was our third caller! Along with her Lion King Jr. tickets she won a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!  If you would like to know more about this show are just more about MTVarts just click HERE. 

Give away #2 was Sonfest Tickets! Our Sonfest trivia question  was “Where did Sarah Reeves record her First album?’

Congrats to Alyssa from Howard, who correctly guessed the answer to our Sonfest trivia question which was ” Sound Cell Studios In Huntsville, Alabama!” She won a pair of Sonfest tickets along with a $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Do you want to come to Sonfest? Click HERE find out more!

Our Word of the Day today was :
glabrous (GLAY-brus) Definition-  smooth; especially : having a surface without hairs or projections.

Had a great show today…thanks for tuning in! – Hannah Radke

Peanuts & Positive Thinking!

Today was an absolutely jam packed show on the Afternoon Drive!
We celebrated peanut day, and positive thinking day!

It’s always great to share some fun facts with you, so here are some fun facts about peanuts and peanut butter!

– The average peanut farm is 100 acres.
– Peanuts are sometimes called “ground nuts” or “ground peas” because peanuts grow underground.
– There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.
-Peanuts are a great source of protein. They also contain other healthy nutrients, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. The amino acids in the protein are needed for growth and development.
– It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
– The speed record for eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is six in one minute, and that record was set by Patrick Bertoletti in Illinois in 2012.
-Women and children like creamy peanut butter and men like chunky peanut butter.
– There’s a jar of peanut butter in 75 percent of the homes in America.
– About 1.3 percent of the American population is allergic to peanuts.

We always love to share recipes with you as well, and boy oh boy do we have some good ones for you. Here’s some delicious peanut recipes.
Charcuterie Made Simple
Peanut Apple Crisp
A recipe that Elvis would be proud of
Pumpkin Peanut Soup
One from my man, Alton Brown

-Fear not, my friend.
– Peanuts are a good source of protein, right? So other good sources of protein are: yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, eggs, cheese, most meats, most fish, and beef jerky.
-First, I’m so sorry.
-Second: Beans, peas, quinoa, brown rice, avocado, broccoli, tofu and edamame are also really good vegan and nut free protein alternatives.

For Who Knew Wednesday today we asked a peanut related trivia question…
For culinary, research, and nutritional purposes the peanut is classified as a nut. But botanically, they are not nuts. What are they?
They are legumes.

Why? Well…
Peanuts, along with beans and peas, belong to the single plant family. Legumes are edible seeds enclosed in pods. As a group, they provide the best source of concentrated protein in the plant kingdom. While their physical structure and nutritional benefits more closely resemble that of other legumes, their use in diets and cuisines more closely resembles that of nuts.
So technically, they’re both, but man they’re confusing.

Congratulations to our trivia winner Greg from Bellville!

Here are some ways to stay positive, and some bible verses to back them up…
Direct your thoughts –
This technique, used by psychotherapists, can help you to control your thoughts when you start to feel down or anxious. Create a happy thought, a positive image, or give yourself positive feedback to keep bad feelings in check.
Philippians 4:8 –
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Believe you will succeed.There is nothing like believing in yourself to create a successful reality. Give yourself the benefit of the doubt and believe that you will succeed at fulfilling your goals.
Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
Come up with positive things about those you love. Making someone else feel good about themselves can strengthen relationships and give you a positive thought to concentrate on, instead of the negative.
Mark 12:31
“The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. There is no commandment greater than these.”

Here are some benefits of being positive…

1. Negativity doesn’t work – Literally – Our subconscious brain can’t handle it
Our brains can’t process negative words according to the latest studies. So when we hear a phrase like “don’t touch that,” our subconscious skips over these negative words and simply hears “touch that.” Our conscious mind can obviously process these words, but it’s the subconscious that makes a lot of our decisions without us realizing.
What this means for us is that we struggle to change our habits or thought patterns when we tell ourselves negative phrases, since only our conscious minds can take those in. We can make this much easier and let the subconscious do its job by using positively-framed phrases like “walk away from that” instead of ‘don’t touch’.

2. You’ll improve your outlook of the future
Positive thinking can actually improve our overall happiness.
A study at the University of North Carolina also showed that positive emotions are more likely to encourage people to plan ahead and think of actions they would like to take or activities they’d like to participate in the future. Negative emotions, on the other hand, led to participants being less inclined to think positively about their future.

Our word of the day today was…
The fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of one’s mouth

Congratulations to our ‘How I Became a Pirate’ ticket winner:
Also, to our Sonfest ticket winner Jennifer from Fredericktown!

Thanks for listening!

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