Driving Notes

The Official Blog of WNZR's Afternoon Drive

NZ Top 10 for August 18th, 2017!


Here’s this week’s countdown:

10 – Matthew West, Broken Things
9 – TobyMac, Love Broke Through
8 – Hillsong Worship, What a Beautiful Name
7 – Elevation Worship, O Come to the Altar
6 – Zach Williams, Old Church Choir
5 – Mandisa, Unfinished
4 – Citizen Way, Bulletproof
3 – Chris Tomlin, Home
2 – Casting Crowns, Oh, My Soul
1 – MercyMe, Even If (17th week at #1)

Our new music adds this week include:

The Ruins, Deliverancecheck out the official video here!
Sidewalk Prophets, Come to the Table – here’s the official LYRIC video!


Tenth Avenue North, Control (Somehow You Want Me) – here’s the official LYRIC video!


Prayer: Faith vs. Doubt


James 1: 6-7 reminds us:

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”

When we pray, the Lord prompts us to ask in faith!  Our doubts can create roadblocks.

Like Peter, we may sometimes quietly deny God’s faithfulness, goodness or ability.  This lack of faith can clog up our prayer life.  We can’t get close to God if we don’t trust Him or believe that He is good.

So if you’re struggling with prayer or don’t feel much like praying at all, you might be dealing with one of these misconceptions about God’s heart and identity.

Misconception #1: God doesn’t know or understand my needs. 

He DOES know you.  He knows you better than you know yourself.  Matthew 10:29-30… “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.[a] 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  He knows before we ask him!
So why does he want us to pray?  What’s the point? It’s about intimately knowing, loving and worshipping God.  It’s about conforming our lives to his will and his ways. Prayer is about accessing and advancing his power, kingdom and glory.  ALL of these require interaction.

Misconception #2: God isn’t able to help.

The apostle Paul answered this objection with one of the most resounding exclamations in the Bible. He declares that God is able to not only do whatever we can imagine Him doing, but He is able to do ABOVE and BEYOND all that we could ever ask or think (Eph 3:20).
The original Greek of this scripture carries the idea of superabundance, exceedingly high amounts, an ability that goes beyond all forms of human measurement. That’s exactly what God has. That’s who He is. Total ability and power. Omnipotence. When you look at the stars, or look in a mirror, you see God’s ability to do things well. If you truly believe this, then it should be no trouble for you to believe that ‘if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us” (1 John 5:14). We can also believe that with faith, no larger than a mustard seed, we can say to the mountains, whatever the mountain is, ‘move from here to there’ and it will move (Matt. 17:20).

God truly can do anything, and even Jesus said “With men, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).

Misconception #3: God doesn’t care.

The question that we all like to ask, even after a person accepts God’s omniscience and omnipotence is: “If He knows everything, and can do everything, then why won’t He help me? To know and not care? Isn’t that the worst quality of all?”
Here’s the important part. Repeat this over and over until it makes sense…
A lack of immediate action should NEVER be interpreted as a lack of concern. God cares for the birds of the air, and if He cares for them, how much more, then, does He care for you? Every breath we take is a gift from God. A gift that is God shouting from above that He does care about us.

Misconception #4: God isn’t likely to do anything anyway.

Mark 11:24 says the opposite: “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

God is willing to listen, respond, counsel, comfort, encourage, direct and rescue.

Mark 1:40-41 tells the story of the leper: “A man with leprosy[a] came to him and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.”

41 Jesus was indignant.[b] He reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!”

We are the ones who are weak and unwilling.  Unwilling to believe, wait, accept or to have all of our questions answered.  Jesus was willing to go to the cross for you!  Even now, he is praying and working.  He isn’t a genie who just grants our wishes and we should be happy for that!  God gives us the capacity to trust that His reasons are in keeping with His wisdom and His will.

Here is a prayer that can help us with having faith vs. having doubt:

“Lord, I believe in your perfect knowledge and understanding of me.  I believe in your total, unlimited ability to accomplish your holy will.  I believe you care and are willing to help me. That I can be certain that you will take the best, most loving, most appropriate actions towards me and my needs.

So keep me coming to you, Lord, where all my hopes are safe and secure; and keep me asking you, in faith, knowing you are aware, able, caring, willing and likely.  In Jesus name, Amen!”

Thanks for listening!
– Emily (in for Lilly and Joe)


WNZR Leaders: Who Knew?


Today we featured the return of our full WNZR student staff for our annual Leadership Team retreat.


(left to right) Brooke, Hannah, Abby, Dan and Eddie

We visited with senior Dan Monnin, a Communication Studies major from Piqua, Ohio. Dan will be working with our WNZR Sports team this year, doing announcing and also as our Street Team coordinator.  Dan will also graduate this December!

Brooke Schnipke is another senior, a Public Relations major from Columbus Grove, Ohio, near Lima. Brooke is our News Director and also VP of Community Life for our Student Government Association.

Hannah Radke is back for her sophomore year, a Communication Studies major from Medina, Ohio.  Hannah will again be a co-host on the Afternoon Drive. She shared about her vacation to Ireland this summer and her excitement about being a small group co-leader this year at MVNU.

Eddie Dilts is our junior Morning Thing co-host and Production Director from Gahanna, Ohio.  Eddie has worked for WNZR this summer.  He’s a Journalism and Media Production major and Creative Writing minor, and will chair MVNU’s Friday Night Live student skit show this year!

Abby Fairless is a sophomore Communication Studies from Canton, Ohio.  Abby is our Promotions Director this year after serving as Office Assistant as a freshman.  Abby looks forward to greeting old friends and making new ones as the school year starts.

Our other LT members include our own Lilly Buckley and Alexander Young, plus Rachel Rinehart, Jordan Lewis, Mariah Kick, Torre Massie, Trevor Moore and Daria Swisher. Marcy and I are thrilled to have them as part of our student team!  Please keep us in your prayers as we begin the school year.

Our Word of the Day is perfunctory, an adjective which means something characterized by lack of interest or enthusiasm.

Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!

Our song poetry prompt today was…

“Open up the gate make way before the King of Kings.
 The God who comes to save is here to set the captives free.
 Who can stop the Lord Almighty.”

These were lyrics to Big Daddy Weave’s ‘Lion and the Lamb’
Congrats to Travis of Mt. Vernon!

Are you a dinosaur fan?
Well what if you tripped and fell over an extremely rare fossil?
Check out our uplifting story of Jude Sparks, who did just that!
Read his story here!

Can you administer CPR?
What would you do if your teacher needed CPR, what would you do?
Read the story of a man who’s student gave him CPR!
Check it out here!

Our Name that Tune song today was Bulletproof from Citizen Way!
Congrats to Lisa from Danville!

Thanks for listening!

A ‘Cheesy’ Mystery Monday

Good afternoon! Back at it again here for Mystery Monday, and this week we’re playing mystery box! So I think I put a good stumper in there today!

From the hearing test, we learned that part of it is metallic, and it is not related to music in any way. We also learned that it is lightweight, and you can’t eat it.

From the smell test, or just asking questions, we learned that it is an item you’d find in a kitchen. We also learned that it is an item that you use in food prep.

When Joe got to touch the object, he got it right away.
He said it was a utensil you use to ‘break up blocks of cheese’
which was a cop-out, because CHEESE IS IN THE NAME!!!
Never the less, it was a a cheese slicer, and we want to congratulate Ruthie from Mt. Vernon! She correctly guessed! It was a stumper though.

Word of the Day
nounAustralian Slang.
1. afternoon.

Thanks for listening to the Arvo Drive!

NZ Top 10 and Dan Emmett Festival!


Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10 as we broadcast from the rain at the 2017 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival:

10. Tenth Avenue North – I Have This Hope
9. Elevation Worship – O Come to the Altar
8. TobyMac – Love Broke Thru
7. Zach Williams – Old Church Choir
6. Hillsong Worship – What a Beautiful Name
5. Citizen Way – Bulletproof
4. Mandisa – Unfinished
3. Chris Tomlin – Home
2. Casting Crowns – Oh, My Soul
1. MercyMe – Even If (#1 for 15 weeks)

‘Even If’ is our longest song at #1 so far in 2017.  ‘Chainbreaker’ by Zach Williams was at #1 for 14 weeks.

Our new song debut this week is from one of our Sonfest 2017 artists, Bonray.  The song is called ‘Turn My Eyes.’ Check out the video here!

Thanks for listening and we’ll see you at the festival!
-Joe and Lilly

Prayer: Unity vs. Division


Today we are live at the 2017 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival, but also continue our summer-long series on prayer, inspired by The Battle Plan for Prayer by Alex and Stephen Kendrick.

This week we explore the importance of unity and praying for unity.

Genesis 11 is the story of the Tower of Babel.  What do we learn in verses 1-9?

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward,[a] they found a plain in Shinar[b] and settled there. They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”

But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”

So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. That is why it was called Babel[c]—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

We learn that even ungodly people can be powerful in unity…but imagine the power we tap into when we worship the God of the Universe. THIS is why the enemy specializes in sowing seeds of mistrust and disunity.  He knows what the alternative is – a powerful opponent.

United prayer is powerful.  We need to work to remove bitterness, pride, and selfishness.

John 17 reminds us that Jesus prayed for his people to be unified into one body; God loves and blesses unity.  Unity draws attention to Jesus, who died for us and now lives to intercede for us.

When people see unity, they see what?  Purpose, love and power. It’s attractive and beautiful. The early church in Acts was devoted to prayer and each other.  The unity was so powerful that God’s hand was upon them and they grew.

Acts 2:43 – “everyone was filled with AWE at the many wonders and signs…”

What do we communicate when we are divided?

We communicate pride, selfishness and ignorance.  Ephesians 4:1-3

As prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

God’s blessings fall when we dwell together in unity.  He moves when we remove our hearts of sin.

Mark 11:24-26 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” [26]

I John 4:20-21 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Unity must dwell in a home for it to flourish – the same goes for the church!

Romans 12:18 reminds us to live peacefully with everyone – but when it’s beyond our influence, we pray. We pray for unity with other believers and that we will not allow Satan to divide us over secondary issues.

We fight back against the enemy by CHOOSING to seek the Lord in humility and unity – remember revival happens with a humble and repentant heart.

What would it look like if churches actually worked together within a city to win the lost?  Sharing resources and not caring who gets the credit?

If you want a powerful, unified movement of God among a willing people then you must pray for it and fight for it! Ask the Lord to link you with others who share that mindset.

It’s been done before. Jeremiah 33:3 promises: ‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’

The Chapter 15 Prayer: “Lord, I’ve seen the kind of damage that can result from being in conflict with others, when we’re keeping our distance, especially among fellow believers. I’ve felt the hypocrisy of it all.  I’ve kept seeing the same names and faces when convicted about people I struggle to get along with.  But it’s hindering me, Lord. In my prayer and in my freedom.  Help me take whatever steps necessary to bring healing to any broken relationships. And to desire unity with everyone who claims the name of Christ.  So that together, we can work for your kingdom and the glory of your name.  Amen.”

Thanks for listening!
-Joe and Lilly

A Hartford Who Knew!

Today, we started another leg of On the Road with Big Blue, and headed out to the Hartford Fair! We shared some Who Knew facts with you, and here are some of them from their Fair website!

The Hartford Independent Agricultural Society, or better known as the “Hartford Fair” is located in the Northwest corner of Licking County. It is a unique fair in comparison to other Ohio fairs. It incorporates directors from Licking County and two neighboring counties, Delaware and Knox. Because Licking County does not have a County fair, the Junior Fair includes exhibitors from all of Licking Co. and portions of Delaware and Knox Counties.

The Hartford Fair was organized in the fall of 1858 under the name “The Hartford Fair Society”. The first fair was held in 1858 on land leased by Taber Sharp. The only townships represented at that time were Hartford and Monroe in Licking County and Hilliar in Knox County and Trenton in Delaware County. By 1871 there were ten townships represented, with the annexation of Milford Township in Knox Co; Harlem & Berkshire townships in Delaware; and Liberty, Bennington and Burlington townships in Licking County. St. Albans and Jersey were added from Licking County in 1908 as well as Miller in Knox Co. and Porter from Delaware Co.

This made a total of fourteen townships represented with a director elected from each with the exception of Hartford Twp. which had two directors. This fifteen-member fair board continued until 1970 when five directors were added At-Large from the remaining townships in Licking County, not already represented, making the total number of directors twenty. Ten years later, in 1980, two more At-Large directors were appointed along with one more each from Hartford and Monroe Townships. The list of directors totaled twenty-four. In 2012, three additional directors were added to the Board making the total 27″.

We hope to see you out at Dan Emmett!
Thanks for listening!

Game Time Tuesday!

One of our uplifting news stories was football related today, because the preseason is just getting started! Check out LaDainian Tomlinson’s acceptance speech, as he was inducted into the Hall of Fame here.

Our song poetry lyrics for today were…
“Everybody talkin’ like they need some proof,
But what more do I need than to feel you.
Bring it back now,
Do do, do do, do do.”

Congratulations to Jennifer from Fredericktown for calling in and correctly guessing!

Our Name that Tune song today was…
Flawless from MercyMe!
Congrats to Greg of Mt. Vernon!

Our word of the day today was ‘immense’
adjective // ih-MENSS
This means marked by greatness especially in size or degree; especially : transcending ordinary means of measurement, or supremely good.

Just how big is something if it is immense? Huge? Colossal? Humongous? Ginormous? Or merely enormous? Immense is often used as a synonym of all of the above and, as such, can simply function as yet another way for English speakers to say “really, really, really big.” Immense is also used, however, in a sense which goes beyond merely really, really, really big to describe something that is so great in size or degree that it transcends ordinary means of measurement. This sense harks back to the original sense of immense for something which is so tremendously big that it has not been or cannot be measured. This sense reflects the word’s roots in the Latin immensus, from in-(“un-“) and mensus, the past participle of metiri (“to measure”).

Thanks for listening, and we hope to see you at our upcoming festivals!

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