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Prayers of confession

Today, guest hosts Eddie and Cierra continued sharing devotionals from the book Let’s Pray: Talking to God with the Words of the Bible, by Dr. James Banks, who serves as a pastor at Peace Church in Durham, North Carolina and is a regular writer for Our Daily Bread.

In this short book, we are reminded that the prayers of the Bible are an amazing gift from God and they have so much to teach us.

This is what Alex and Stephen Kendrick talk about in their book The Battle Plan for Prayer in the chapter called ‘Praying the Word.’ In the prayers of scripture, we find words that can help carry our thoughts and emotions to God. He invites us closer to him through the prayers of the Bible.

This week, we’re continuing to share prayers from the word to confess sin and to humble ourselves.

Dr. Banks writes that of all of Jesus’ names and titles, the one that he likes best is the one that the Pharisees gave him: Friend of Sinners. It may have been one of Jesus’ favorites too, because in Luke 19:10 he said he “came to seek and save those who are lost.” The title Friend of Sinners captures the reason he came better than any other title. Why is that? Because a true friend will love you even when you don’t deserve it and will look for you when you’ve lost your way. Jesus does all of that and more. John 15:13 reminds us that there is “no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

All of us like friendship, but we need to remember that friendship is a two-way street. So as we think of Jesus as our friend, we need to ask ourselves – what kind of friend am I to Jesus? If I’m someone’s friend I’m going to care about our relationship. I’ll be mindful of things that could be hurtful or cause distance between us. Nothing causes Jesus more pain than sin. Remembering how much my sins cost Jesus helps me be a better friend to him. So the Bible’s prayers of confession and humbling ourselves before God also remind us to be a better friend.

There is a lot of honesty in these prayers. 2 Samuel 7:20 says, “You know what your servant is really like.” Psalm 19:12 says, “how can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.”

There’s a real humility in these prayers and a description of what sin does to us. In Psalm 31:10 it says, “sin has drained my strength…I am wasting away from within.” Psalm 40 says, “My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out.”

All of these prayers clearly show God’s holiness, plus a humble admission that his judgment of sin is justified and the discipline he gives is deserved…

But you also find JOY.

Psalm 32 verses 1 through 2 says, “Oh what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven; whose sin is put out of sight. Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt; whose lives are lived in complete honesty.”

Psalm 66 reminds us, “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” So these prayers are teaching us the best way to pray and mark the path that leads to our Savior’s heart. God has left us these prayers in the word to show us the way back to him.

The Bible reminds us that God knows us completely…yet he still loves us. Our final verse today is 2 Samuel 7:20-22, which says, “What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, sovereign Lord. Because of your promise and according to your will, you have done all these great things and have made them known to your servant.  How great you are, O, Sovereign Lord!  There is no one like you.  We have never even heard of another God like you!”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe, Lilly and Todd


Game Time Tuesday 8/14

Well, we’re welcoming back our WNZR Leadership Team this week, and getting ready to head out for our 5 day Leadership Team retreat! We’ll be starting tomorrow at 2:00pm, so, of course, prayers are much appreciated!

In the mean time and between time, we’re giving you chances to win here on the Afternoon Drive with Game Time Tuesday!

Today, we played Song Poetry and Name That Tune!
Our winner for Song Poetry today was Hayley from
And the song we picked was ‘Eye of the Storm’ from Ryan Stevenson

The lyrics we chose were…
When my hopes and dreams
are far from me
And I’m runnin’ out of faith,
I see the future I picture
slowly fade away.”

For Name That Tune, our winner was Cheyenne from
And our song was ‘Open up the Heavens’ from Meredith Andrews!

Today, we also shared some uplifting news!
Read the story of Chelsey who gave burritos to California Firefighters!
And this story of a koala that got a little too adventerous and got himself stuck!

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd

Mystery Monday, Bootcamp and the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival

The Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival wrapped up on Sunday so today on the afternoon drive we gave you the rundown of everything that went down!

Thursday kicked off the festival with local favorite Phil Dirt and the Dozers, an oldies style musical group that has been a returning quality performance for years. Other events included the Cheer Competition with both Mt. Vernon Middle and High school placing first in their respective divisions. Finally the TaVaci and TaVci Elites had a chance to strut their stuff and they did not disappoint

Friday was interesting do to an unexpected downpour from 5-7pm. However despite the rain the Mt. Vernon High School marching band gave a great performance. Also a congratulations Jullian Short and Fredi Bockover for their performances in the Knox Idol finals. They placed first in the youth and young adult categories respectively

On Saturday, We got to see Lorrie Morgan Live in concert and even worked on video crew for her. Which was a blessing and great opportunity for the staff here at WNZR.

Sunday we had a lot of fun with our WNZR photo both, be sure to check out all of the photos on our Facebook page! Thanks to everyone who came out to take pictures with us


We wrapped up the show by talking about what we call our Leadership Retreat. From Wednesday Aug 15th through Sunday 17th the entire WNZR staff (including those on leadership team for the coming school year) will go on a retreat. There will be devotional time, team bounding and we will set our goals for this coming year.

And before we go a congratulations to Rob from Alexandria. He was our winner the Mystery Monday Mystery Box.

Thanks for listening!
– Todd and Lilly

NZ Top 10 for 8/10/18

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
9. Lauren Daigle – You Say
8. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
7. Ryan Stevenson f/Bart Millard – No Matter What
6. Matthew West – All In
5. For King and Country – Joy
4. Elevation Worship – Do It Again
3. Matt Maher – What a Friend
2. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love
1. MercyMe f/John Reuben – Grace Got You

mercyme grace got you

New Music Friday features:

TobyMac – Everything   
click the pictures for the video links!



Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

An #OTRWBB Praise Thursday

Good afternoon! Today, we started our first of four days out at the 2018 Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival! WooHoo! We’re celebrating the legacy, and supporting the local artisans and musicians in the Knox county area.

For more information on the Dan Emmett Festival, visit their website, here.
Or you can visit our website, here!

You can also hear some of our conversations with the people in charge of the highlight events at this years festival by clicking on the links below!
Marty Bell – Knox Idol
Jill Macklin – Cheer Competition
Pat Crow – General Festival Festivities
Susan Kharl – Youth Showcase

Today, for Praise Thursday, we shared a devotional from Jesus Calling, a book from Sarah Young. Here’s what we talked about…

Do not worry about tomorrow! That is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle.
My grace is sufficient for you, but it is sufficient only one day at a time.
When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.

Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick ‘thrust of trust’. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into my presence.
As you affirm your faith, and your trust in Me, the shackles of worry fall off instantly.
Enjoy My presence continually by trusting Me at all times.

Matthew 6:34
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

2nd Corinthians 12:9
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Psalm 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.

Thanks for listening! See you at the Festival!
– Lilly, Todd, Joe and the Big Blue Crew

#OTRWBB Hartford Fair!

Welcome into the first of 5 straight days ON THE ROAD! Woooo!
Today, we’re at the Hartford Fair, and then, we will be traversing, immediately (and that’s not an exaggeration, by the way) to the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival!

This year’s Dan Emmett Festival will be the 31st annual! Wow!
It’s a great way to celebrate the legacy of Daniel Decatur Emmett, and see the amazing talent that our community has to offer.

Want to hear what’s going on this year?
Be sure to tune into the Morning Thing Thursday & Friday to hear from Jill Macklin, Pat Crow, and Susan Kharl!

Some highlights are Phil Dirt and the Dozers, the Knox Idol Competition, the Cheer Competition, the Youth Showcase, the TaVaci School of Performing Arts Summer, Elite, and Concert students!

Check out their website, here, for more information!

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and the Blue Crew

Game Time Tuesday and Stuff

Today on the Afternoon Drive we gave you the run down of all the running the big blew crew will be doing this week.

Wednesday August 8th we’ll be at the Harford Fair! You can stop by, say high and sign up for our “Clean up and Dress up” prize basket. We’ll also be broadcasting live from 4-6pm and 7-10pm

The very next day, Thursday August 9th will see the big blue crew heading to their own back yard for the Dan Emmeit Music and Arts Festival! Will be there Thurdsay through sunday with prize baskets gallor! We have a basket for everyone in the family, from adults to students and on down to kids!

Our song for Song Poetry was Rise by Danny Gokey and our winner was Hope From Utica

Our song for Name That Tune was Couting Every Blessing by Rend Collective and our winner was Lisa from Danville!


Invention Month Mysteries

You learn something new every day, don’t you?
Today, we learned that August is ‘Inventors Month’!

So today on the Afternoon Drive, we celebrated Inventors Month!

Here’s some history on how it came about…
National Inventors Month was started in 1998 by the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and Inventors’ Digest magazine. As Joanne Hayes-Rines, editor of Inventors’ Digest and a sponsor of National Inventors Month, put it: “We want to recognize those talented, brave individuals who dare to be blatantly creative, and therefore different, and whose accomplishments affect every facet of our lives.”

When we think of inventors, we usually think of people like Alexander Graham Bell or Henry Ford, and there’s nothing wrong with that—those people had an enormous impact on what life looks like today, having invented the telephone and the automobile, respectively. However, in an age of gadgets, gizmos and electronics, it’s easy to forget that there is still incredible progress being made in technological innovation. Mark Zuckerberg, who created the most effective way to share pictures our cats ever. Stephen Hawking, whose insightful theories in cosmology have shaped the way humanity sees the universe.

Inventor’s Month is dedicated to recognizing the creativity of inventors everywhere, dead and alive, and of course encouraging everybody to get inventive.

Let’s take a look at some of the inventors that have shaped today’s world as we know it…
1. Thomas Edison
You can’t think of inventions and not have Edison’s name come to mind.
He was born in Ohio, and grew up in Michigan.

Edison had 6 children. Marion Estelle, Thomas Alva Jr, William Leslie, Madeline, Charles, and Theodore Miller.
That, consequently, was our Mystery Question today for Mysterty Monday!
We asked you to name 2 of the 6 Edison children.
Congratulations to Bonnie of Mt. Vernon for answering correctly!

Which Edison child’s name was your favorite?
I’m partial to the name William Leslie m’self!

Thomas Edison was an inventor who accumulated 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions. 1,093 of Edison’s patents were in the United States, but other patents were approved in countries around the globe.
Telegraphs, telephones, phonographs, the electric lamp, the electric vote recorder, the electric generator, and the kinetgraphic camera, just to name a few. .

2. Henry Ford
Ford was an American Captain of Industry.
There is a common misconception that Henry Ford invented the automobile, which is untrue. Though Ford did not invent the automobile or the assembly line, he did develop and manufacture the first automobile that many middle-class Americans could afford. In doing so, Ford converted the automobile from an expensive curiosity into a practical conveyance that would profoundly impact the landscape of the 20th century. His introduction of the Model T automobile revolutionized transportation and American industry.

As the owner of the Ford Motor Company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He is credited with “Fordism”: mass production of inexpensive goods coupled with high wages for workers. Ford had a global vision, with consumerism as the key to peace. His intense commitment to systematically lowering costs resulted in many technical and business innovations, including a franchise system that put dealerships throughout most of North America and in major cities on six continents.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd


A First Friday Countdown!

Welcome to the first NZ Top 10 of August!
Wow the summer has FLOWN by!

Here’s todays countdown…
10. I Just Need U – TobyMac
9. Resurrection Power – Chris Tomlin
8. Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
7. Joy – For King and Country
6. No Matter What – Ryan Stevenson
5. All In – Matthew West
4. What a Friend – Matt Maher
3. Do It Again – Elevation Worship
2. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury
1. Grace Got You – MercyMe ft. John Rueben

New music came courtesy of Lauren Daigle and Unspoken!
Check out Lauren’s song “You Say
and Unspoken’s song “Just Give me Jesus“.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly

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