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NZ Top 10 for 6/22/18

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. All In – Matthew West
9. Control – Tenth Avenue North
8. Freedom Hymn – Austin French
7. God of All My Days – Casting Crowns
6. So Will I – Hillsong United
5. I Just Need U – TobyMac
4. Fear is a Liar – Zach Williams
3. Ressurection Power – Chris Tomlin
2. Grace Got You – MercyMe
1. Reckless Love – Cory Asbury

For New Music Friday, we’ve added these songs:

Micah Tyler – Even Then (click the image to watch the video)

Micah Tyler

Plumb – Beautifully Broken (click the image to see the official lyric video)

Plumb BB

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

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A Firm Foundation

Today we continue our series from the book by Dr. Tony Evans, “Can God be Trusted in our Trials?”

Today we’ll focus on laying a foundation that can withstand any trial.

Dr. Evans says being blown by the winds of a difficult trial is a poor time to discover that your spiritual Foundation is shaky or weak. So he’ll be giving us some tips that we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks about laying a solid foundation for our lives that would enable us to withstand any test or trial that the world, the flesh, or the devil can throw at you. The architect for the job is Jesus Christ himself.

Jesus finished The Sermon on the Mount with one of the best-known stories in all the Bible – he told of two men who built houses on different foundations and then describes what happens to each man’s house. We read this in Matthew 7 verses 24 through 27:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

So as we look at this story, we see a tale of two men. They had a lot in common, but they also had one crucial difference.

The similarities are that each man has the same dream. Each man wanted to build a house for his family. But we could also say that both men had the same pastor. Jesus said that both men heard his words. They both listened to the same sermon and both men were exposing themselves to the truth of God.

But the similarities between these two men faded into the background when the storm hit, because the wind and the waves revealed one critical difference between them – a different Foundation to their homes.

The difference is so major that Jesus called the first man ‘wise’ and labeled the second man ‘foolish.’ So we need to consider those terms.

So how can we avoid a foolish foundation? Foolish originates from a Greek word that means “moron.”  A fool in the Bible is not someone who lacks cognitive ability, but a person with a complete lack of biblical comprehension and discernment…so a lack of skill in living. What’s worse is that the fool doesn’t recognize his foolishness so he can correct it.

You can’t build your house on sand, because if you try to dig deep, the sand will cave in. The foolish man went with the cheap and easy way out. He didn’t want to pay the cost, or take the time, to lay a strong foundation to his house.

So what made the difference? Jesus said it was the difference between just hearing his words and putting them into practice. Both men had all the proper ingredients for a firm foundation. They heard Jesus’ words. They both sat under the Word, but the first man took the Word home with him and applied it; and the second man left what he heard on the Pew along with his bulletin when he left church. It’s the difference between acting from a divine standpoint and a human standpoint.

More about that next week! Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Workplace Who Knew!

So, we’re doing a continuation from Monday’s show, because there was just so much good content.
We shared with you some of the top 40 most cringe-worthy phrases that are used in the workplace, and we kept sharing them today. Here’s the list…

1. Give 110 percent
2. Think outside the box
3. Hammer it out
4. Heavy lifting
5. Throw them under the bus
6. Don’t count their chickens before they’re hatched
7. Pushing the envelope
8. Let the cat out of the bag
9. Let’s circle back
10. Win-win situation
11. Blue-sky thinking
12. Boil the ocean
13. Synergy
14. Low-hanging fruit
15. Take it to the next level
16. Barking up the wrong tree
17. Going forward
18. Let’s ballpark this
19. Run this up the flagpole
20. Back to square one
21. There’s no I in team
22. Back to the drawing board
23. Paradigm shift
24. Elephant in the room
25. Raise the bar
26. Drill down
27. Best thing since sliced bread
28. Deep dive
29. Skin in the game
30. Reach out
31. Touch base
32. Play hardball
33. Don’t reinvent the wheel
34. Kept in the loop
35. The bottom line
36. Down the road
37. I’ll loop you in
38. Hit the nail on the head
39. ASAP
40. Team player

We also brought back a topic we didn’t get to hit on Monday…
7 simple ways to cultivate a happier work enviroment. Here they are…

1. Hire Happy Personalities
Hiring people who are going to help make your workplace happier will take a little
thought and preparation. It is natural to focus on relevant experience and past
achievements when interviewing a candidate. And you are right to want those things for your company. But ignoring the personality is a mistake.

The greatest candidate on paper might be the worst person to bring into your office. Look for the intangibles. Be very aware of how you feel around the person. Do they seem like they focus on the positives or negatives? Do they laugh? Do they smile? Do they seem like they create and nurture relationships? While their track record in terms of performance is very important, a person that brings gloom and doom to the workplace will kill productivity and motivation.
2. Be Community Minded at Work
Make a point of encouraging people to say hi to each other. Sounds simple but it is actually an incredible way to build a sense of workplace community and something that busy focused people forget. Start by making it a policy to have your executives and managers make sure to take the time to say hi. Choose ambassadors from all different levels and areas of your company to do the same. Acknowledging people can change the entire atmosphere and make your workplace be a much nicer place.
3. Get Out of the Work Routine Occasionally
We have a tendency not to focus on the big picture when we are really busy. This prevents us from creating perks or planning fun events that make the workplace happier. Treat people to something surprisingly good and fun. A day at the amusement park, a movie in the afternoon with popcorn and candy, chair massages. Anything you can think of to make people feel that you are doing something nice for them will make people feel happier.
4. Show That You Care About Your Employees
 Ever hear of the Hawthorne effect? It’s the increase in productivity in the workplace when people feel that they are cared about. It makes people happy to be asked how they are and for you to take a little time to find out how things are going in their lives. That doesn’t mean spending hours at the water cooler having conversations about people’s lives. It means remembering to take the time to say, “How are you”.
5. Encourage Some Selfish Thinking
 Part of the secret to being happy at work is to encourage people to have personal career goals. When people feel that they are working toward something, the day-to-day politics and stresses of the workplace don’t matter as much. Each challenging day can be better tolerated because it is a means to a personal end. People are able to separate themselves from their jobs and not become mired in the negativity when they are focused on reaching personal goals.
6. Focus on the Positive
 Lots of places get caught up in the negative. They debrief by going over what didn’t work. Turn that around. Focus on the positive. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore the things that need to be improved on, it just means that when you are looking for the good, you will find the good. If you look for the bad, everything will seem bleak.
7. Give Back With Your Employees
 Do something to give back to your community or to the world. Having a company wide initiative that makes a difference will make people feel connected to the greater good. Take a poll. Find out what people care about and get their opinions on how best to accomplish those goals.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd

Stumpin’, Thumpin’ Game Time Tuesday

Howdy!
Today, we revisited our STUMPER Name That Tune from last week!
We never said the clip had to contain LYRICS, now did we?
Congrats to the person who conqured the stumper, Bethanie of Mt. Vernon!
They’re winning that $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

For Song Poetry, we brought you the lyrics from a newer song…
“You know more than anyone
that my flesh is weak
And You know I’d give anything
for a remedy.”

Our winner for Song Poetry, Faith Taylor from Mt. Vernon!
She’s walking away with that $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Today, we also shared some uplifting news, this time, in blood donor form.
Read Grandma Bea’s full story here!

Here’s a little God thing… we’re getting ready to move, so last night, I was cleaning out my room a little bit, and I found a notecard I wrote back from September 12th.
I wrote myself little summaries of the devotional I was reading at the time, called “New Morning Mercies’ from Paul David Tripp. I felt like God wanted me to share this today…
“Life isn’t too hard. I’m never left on my own and I have all I need because I HAVE GRACE. I am reminded constantly, day after day, that God has given me this undeserved grace and that I’m not alone. God has blessed me with everything that I need to live this life of mine. God gives us so many gifts of grace, but the best one? Himself. The only gift of grace that meets my needs and tells me that I’m not alone isn’t an ‘it’ or a ‘thing’. It’s God. So I will rest in the fact that I have been given the gift of grace and I am not alone.

I hope you needed to hear that today, because I know I did.

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Todd

A Cliche Mystery Monday

Today on the show, we got work related.

If you’re a boss, are you asking your employees to “give 110 percent”?
There was a OnePoll through the communications technology provider Jive Communications. They surveyed 2,000 American workers on the most cringe-worthy phrases and sayings that have been used in the workplace…

The top 10?
1. Give 110 percent
2. Think outside the box
3. Hammer it out
4. Heavy lifting
5. Throw them under the bus
6. Don’t count their chickens before they’re hatched
7. Pushing the envelope
8. Let the cat out of the bag
9. Let’s circle back
10. Win-win situation

To read all 40 of them… check out the link here!

We also dived into 7 simple ways to cultivate a happier workplace from Monster.ca. |

1. Hire Happy Personalities
Hiring people who are going to help make your workplace happier will take a little thought and preparation. It is natural to focus on relevant experience and past achievements when interviewing a candidate. And you are right to want those things for your company. But ignoring the personality is a mistake.

The greatest candidate on paper might be the worst person to bring into your office. Look for the intangibles. Be very aware of how you feel around the person. Do they seem like they focus on the positives or negatives? Do they laugh? Do they smile? Do they seem like they create and nurture relationships? While their track record in terms of performance is very important, a person that brings gloom and doom to the workplace will kill productivity and motivation.
2. Be Community Minded at Work
Make a point of encouraging people to say hi to each other. Sounds simple but it is actually an incredible way to build a sense of workplace community and something that busy focused people forget. Start by making it a policy to have your executives and managers make sure to take the time to say hi. Choose ambassadors from all different levels and areas of your company to do the same. Acknowledging people can change the entire atmosphere and make your workplace be a much nicer place.
3. Get Out of the Work Routine Occasionally
We have a tendency not to focus on the big picture when we are really busy. This prevents us from creating perks or planning fun events that make the workplace happier. Treat people to something surprisingly good and fun. A day at the amusement park, a movie in the afternoon with popcorn and candy, chair massages. Anything you can think of to make people feel that you are doing something nice for them will make people feel happier.
4. Show That You Care About Your Employees
 Ever hear of the Hawthorne effect? It’s the increase in productivity in the workplace when people feel that they are cared about. It makes people happy to be asked how they are and for you to take a little time to find out how things are going in their lives. That doesn’t mean spending hours at the water cooler having conversations about people’s lives. It means remembering to take the time to say, “How are you”.
5. Encourage Some Selfish Thinking
 Part of the secret to being happy at work is to encourage people to have personal career goals. When people feel that they are working toward something, the day-to-day politics and stresses of the workplace don’t matter as much. Each challenging day can be better tolerated because it is a means to a personal end. People are able to separate themselves from their jobs and not become mired in the negativity when they are focused on reaching personal goals.
6. Focus on the Positive
 Lots of places get caught up in the negative. They debrief by going over what didn’t work. Turn that around. Focus on the positive. That doesn’t mean that you should ignore the things that need to be improved on, it just means that when you are looking for the good, you will find the good. If you look for the bad, everything will seem bleak.
7. Give Back With Your Employees
 Do something to give back to your community or to the world. Having a company wide initiative that makes a difference will make people feel connected to the greater good. Take a poll. Find out what people care about and get their opinions on how best to accomplish those goals.Thanks for listening!
-Lilly, Todd, and Joe

NZ Top 10 for 6/15/18

This week’s countdown:

10. Matthew West – All In
9. Tenth Avenue North – Control
8. Austin French – Freedom Hymn
7. Hillsong United – So Will I (100 Billion X)
6. Casting Crowns – God of All My Days
5. TobyMac – I Just Need U
4. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
3. MercyMe f/John Reuben – Grace Got You
2. Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
1. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY:
Stars Go Dim – Heaven on Earth (click the image to see the lyric video)
stars go dim

Sanctus Real – Confidence (click the image to see the video)
sanctus confidence

Thanks for listening!
– Joe, Todd and Lilly

Trusting God in the Fire

Today we continue our series from the book by Dr. Tony Evans, “Can God be Trusted in our Trials?”

Last week, we shared that the time to look to the savior is not just when things are going well and you’re singing praises, but when the pain is the most intense and you feel like you’re going to collapse any minute. God CAN be trusted in our trials because he’s given us the fuel to press through them.

Today we’re going to share a famous Bible story that really underlies the importance of our faith in our belief as we go through trials. The three Hebrew boys of Daniel 3 were captives of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and that certainly was a trial. Of course, we’re talking about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

Shadrach+Meshach+and+Abednego

The king and made a golden image and declared that everyone in Babylon should bow down and worship it. But these three young Jewish men could not do that without violating God’s commandment to worship no other God, so they refused. King Nebuchadnezzar says in Daniel 3:15 “if you will not worship, you will immediately be cast into the midst of the furnace of blazing fire…and what God is there who can deliver you out of my hands?”

Now as far as the King was concerned, the only options were to bow or burn; but it didn’t ruffle these Hebrew boys because they had a third option: BELIEVE. Dr. Evans loves what they said to the king: “we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter.”

In other words, “this is going to be very quick; we don’t even need to think about it, your highness. We discussed this before we ever took this job and we agreed that if the choice came down to our God or you, you would lose.

If our God wants to, he can deliver us from your fiery furnace, because he is able to do that. But even if he doesn’t, and we roast to death in there, he still the only God and we aren’t going to worship your image.

Now, the important thing is to not skip over that opening phrase in verse 18 “but even if he does not deliver us from the fire.” We love to hear the part about how God delivered them from the fiery furnace and then later delivered Daniel from the Lion’s Den, and that’s okay…

But…the point of Daniel 3:18 is that these three young men realized that God might not choose to deliver them in the way that they had hoped. They understood that if they defied the king, they might get tossed into the furnace. But whatever God chose was fine with them because they believed he would act on their behalf…and they put their faith into action.

When you fix your eyes on Jesus and begin acting as if what He said is true, you are in a win-win situation. To be absent from the body is to be at home with the Lord – that’s in 2 Corinthians 5:8. You can’t lose with Christ.

None of us can promise that trusting God will get you out of your crisis. But we can promise that trust in God will keep you from being in your crisis alone. The author of Hebrews said of Jesus, “who for the joy set before him endured the cross;” that’s in Chapter 12 verse 2. The cross was not something Jesus wanted to endure. But he fixed his eyes on his father in Heaven and the joy that would be his when he had accomplished the father’s will.

Dr. Evans wraps up the segment by sharing something that he says hopes will put steel in your backbone and joy in your heart as you go through the trials of life.

The Bible not only says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God in heaven, but also that we are seated with Jesus in the heavenly places. That’s in Ephesians 2:6. This is not just something we will enjoy someday when we get to heaven. This is our present reality as believers. So if you feel as if you’re about to lose heart in your trial, before you give up, look up and see Jesus seated at God’s right hand.

And that gives you the access to all the God the father has for you. Keep your eyes on Jesus – the author and perfecter of our faith.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Relay for Life Who Knew!

The 2018 Knox County RELAY FOR LIFE is Friday, June 15th
Big Blue will make a stop at Knox County’s Relay for Life on Friday, June 15th.

 There are a few changes worth noting from last years relay…

There is a NEW location!
The event is being held on the Public Square in downtown Mount Vernon!
There is also a NEW time!
The event will run from 6 p.m. – midnight

Relay For Life is a grass roots, community-based team event. Although every Relay For Life event is different, they do have a few things in common.

Here’s a look at the Relay Schedule of Events…

Opening Ceremony – The event kicks off by honoring everyone who’s been affected by cancer and everyone who has contributed to the success of this year’s Relay season. The Knox County Opening Ceremony will be at 6:15 p.m. on June 15th, 2018.

Survivor/Caregiver Walk
Survivors and Caregivers are the heart and soul of Relay For Life events. We honor their strength and courage with every step they take. It doesn’t matter if you were diagnosed 10 days ago or 10 years ago, you can walk while everyone gathers together to cheer you on.

Luminaria Ceremony
During this ceremony we represent everyone touched by cancer with a Luminaria. Each light represents a life—a life taken by cancer, a survivor of cancer, or a support for a person still fighting the disease. It’s a powerful demonstration that gives people the opportunity to grieve but also offers comfort and hope.

Closing Ceremony
Our closing ceremony is the time to commit to take action and help lead the fight for a world free from cancer. It’s a time to celebrate what we’ve accomplished together and a time to unify for the work that needs to be done moving forward.

WNZR will bring you live coverage from the Knox County Relay for Life from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as we talk to local team members, bring you highlights from the survivors lap, the caregivers lap and tell you about the amazing luminaria ceremony. Please join our Big Blue Crew and support the American Cancer Society.

WNZR is honored to join 24 teams and 213 participants in the fight against cancer. Please join our team and support Relay for Life.

Stop by Big Blue and register to win a special “Shape Up, Clean Up and Dress Up”prize basket featuring:

  • One 8-week kids Zumba session and Two adult punch cards for 8 Zumba classes from Zumba with Teresa and Lisa (Valued at $90)
  • An entire house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company. Amy Kessler gives you 4 hours of house cleaning! (Valued at $100)!
  • One $15 gift certificate for Premier Designs Jewelry with Amberly Frye

Plus WNZR goodies including:

  • One “On the Road with Big Blue” T-shirt
  • One NIV Bible
  • Coasters, cups, keychains, jar openers, Frisbees, guitar flyswatter, magnets and more! The prize package is valued at over $225!

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Todd

A Rainy Game Time Tuesday!

Today on the Drive we played Song Poetry and Name That Tune!

For Song Poetry, we read off a section of lyrics from a song that we play on the station, then we ask if you can identify the name of the song, and the artist it belongs to!

This weeks lyrics were…

“I’ve been the one
To try and say
I’ll overcome
By my own strength”

Congrats to George from Mt. Vernon!
They guessed correctly and won the $5 Gift Certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
The song was “You Are I Am” from MercyMe!

Playing Name That Tune, we play a 10 second clip of a song we play on the station.
We ask for the name of the song and the artist it belongs to for this as well!

This week, we had a stumper for Name That Tune!
We shall revisit it next week!!!

Thanks for Listening!
– Lilly, Joe and Todd

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