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Praise Thursday: A Teachable Leader Will Never Stop Growing & A Leaders Strength Is On Their Knees

Todd and I started off the show today by reminding you that WinterJam is coming up!

Click HERE for more info on WinterJam 2020!

Here are today’s

A Teachable Leader Will Never Stop Growing

“Go from the presence of a foolish man, when you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, but the Folly of fools is deceit. Fools mock at sin, but among the upright there is favor.”  – Proverbs 14: 7-9

How long did it take you to realize you do not know everything? When you come to the realization that there is still much for you to learn, you open the door to becoming a lifelong learner. In your Christian Life, God reveals himself when you surrender to his word and the leading of his Spirit. Romans 12:2 encourages you to ” not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”  God does not simply want you to try harder or sin less, but also to depend on his spirit and allow yourself to be transformed into someone who loves to through willing obedience. That transformation begins when you choose to become a lifelong learner of God’s word.


A Leader’s Strength is on Their Knees

“Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. ” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is a very real part of your relationship with God. It is not just for the special, the religious Elite; it is for you. Throughout the Bible, God promises to speak to you when you humble yourself and listen for His voice. To listen actively, you must come before the Lord expectantly. You must eagerly anticipate him speaking to you. Get into the habit of beginning each day with God in prayer; let His Spirit open your heart and mind to his perfect will. He promises to ” show you Great and Mighty things, but you do not know.”

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Music with a depth!

Today Todd and I decided to take a pause and really hone in on some of the incredible songs that we play here at WNZR!

Here are the songs that we focused on today! (Click on the picture to see the lyric video!)

Holy Water – We The Kingdom

We The Kingdom – Holy Water (Single) (2019) (Exclusivo ChM ...

Nobody – Casting Crowns/ Matthew West

Casting Crowns - Nobody feat. Matthew West (Visualizer ...

Do it Again – Elevation Worship

Do It Again | Official Lyric Video | Elevation Worship ...


NEEDTOBREATHE – HARD LOVE Lyrics | Genius Lyrics


Here are some bible verses based on the themes of these songs:

The Forgiveness of God 
The Faithfulness of God 
Fighting the Good Fight

Thanks for checking out our blog!

– Hannah and Todd

Albums, tributes and poetry…

Today Todd shared stories about:

Francesca M. Healy

When I was Your foe, still Your love fought for me
You have been so, so good to me
When I felt no worth, You paid it all for me

The song? Cory Asbury’s ‘Reckless Love’ – congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Mystery Monday: You can’t get any better than the REAL Elvis – or can you?

Today Joe and I gave you a chance to win and mixed things up a bit on Mystery Monday!

What is something that everyone has? A birthday! Are you on our birthday list so we can wish you a happy birthday and maybe win a prize? Click HERE to sign up!

Today Joe shared a Devotional about Hope, to go along with the song “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North. HERE is the link to that Devotional titled “Never Give Up Hope” by Xochitl Dixon.

We also talked about being Known by God Today, If you want to dive deeper into this, HERE is a starting point with a list of verses.

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question! (1)

“Name something about the real Elvis that’s better than his impersonators?”

1. Singing/Voice
2. His Looks 
3. Originality
4. Dancing
5. Bank Account

Congratulations to Bob from Howard who guessed our top two answers and won that $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley!

Thank you for joining us!

Hannah and Joe


NZ Top 10 for 1/10/20

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Riley Clemmons – Fighting for Me
9. Rhett Walker – Believer
8. We The Kingdom – Holy Water
7. Unspoken – Reason
6. Vertical Worship – Yes I Will
5. Jeremy Camp – Dead Man Walking
4. Zach Williams – Rescue Story
3. Lauren Daigle – Rescue
2. for King and Country – Burn the Ships
1. Casting Crowns f/Matthew West – Nobody
cc with mw nobody

This week’s New Music Friday adds are below – click the album art to listen and see official videos!

Cochren and Co. – One Day

I Am They – No Impossible with You
iamthey album

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Hannah

Unconditional Love is the Only Option & A Leader’s Stress Test

Today Todd and I got the spring semester off to a great start with Praise Thursdays!

Here are our devotionals from “Time with God for Fathers” by Jack Countryman for today:

Unconditional Love is the Only Option

“In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” – Ephesians 5:28

“Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4 

The Lord speaks directly to husbands and fathers about the love and conduct that is so important to both roles. When you choose to love your wife as you love yourself, the consideration you give her will deeply affect your relationship. You, In turn, will receive the respect every man wants from his wife. Similarly, When you showed the same unconditional love for your children that the father extends to you, your children will learn to honor you. The atmosphere of unconditional love is contagious, and the security it builds within the home for your wife and your children will reap great rewards.

A Father’s Stress Test

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties”. – Psalms 139:23

There will be times in a father’s life when the stress of work, health, family, and friends will test your resolve. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can handle everything by yourself. You are not called to walk through this life alone. The Bible reminds you, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me ” (Philippians 4:13). Allow Christ to strengthen you. Rest in his word, “Casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Seek the Lord, and let the holy spirit guide you in every stressful situation.

If you want to see more of what WNZR is up too, check our website! 

– Hannah and Todd

Mandisa, Riley Clemmons and MORE!


Mandisa is starting of the year strong with a new single! read her powerful testimony here!


This next bit isn’t about Riley Clemons specifically but rather her involvement in Winter Jam 2020 along with a TON of other artists! She recently posted on Instagram that she’s gearing up for the tour and hopes to see fans there! For a full lineup and ticket information check out


No Game Time Two’s this time as we had to end early to prepare for the MVNU Men’s basketball game against Huntington University!


Thanks for Listening
Todd McKinley


“Hey, can you pick this up, please?”

Today’s Family Feud-style question surveyed 100 people answering this:

Name something a wife asks a husband to pick up on his way home from work.

The top answers:
1. Milk
2. Bread
3. Dinner (pizza)
4. Feminine products
5. Drinks
6. Dry cleaning

Congratulations to Judy from Howard, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The NZ Top 10 of 2019

Here are the top 10 songs of 2019, based on WNZR airplay and music charts from January to December…

10. I Am They – Scars
9. Big Daddy Weave – Alive (spent 3 weeks at #1 in 2019)
8. Casting Crowns f/Matthew West – Nobody (10 weeks at #1 in 2019)
7. Tauren Wells – God’s Not Done With You
6. Unspoken – Reason (2 weeks at #1)
5. MercyMe – Best News Ever (3 weeks at #1)
4. Lauren Daigle – Rescue
3. Bethel Music – Raise a Hallelujah (3 weeks at #1)
2. Danny Gokey – Haven’t Seen It Yet (3 weeks at #1)
1. For King and Country – God Only Knows (9 weeks at #1 in 2019)


Thanks for listening!
– Joe

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