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Praise Thursday – Forgiveness (Matthew West)

Today was Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive. We kicked off a new series where we pick a song that we play on the station, and then dive into the story behind and meaning of the song.

Today’s focus was on Forgiveness by Matthew West. I shared the letter that inspired Matthew to write this song, plus his response on the power of forgiveness, both of which you can find here.

If you head over here, you can find an interview with Matthew West where he shared some more of the story and some verses that inspired the song.

The reason I chose Forgiveness for this week is because today is Kiss and Make Up Day, a holiday encouraging forgiveness. You can read all about that here.

Our Word of the Day was stultify (stuhl-tuh-fahy), a verb meaning to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous. You can read more on that here.

Have a great Thursday evening!


Going To College Tips: Who Knew?


Today Jess and Eddie discussed the move back to college.  We shared some different things students should learn before making a new venture to college, and you can find the full list of tips HERE.  For MVNU freshman move in on September 1st, and classes start on the 5th.

Our word of the day today is Thrummy an adjective which means of or abounding in thrums; shaggy or tufted.

Game Time Tuesday (Joe’s Vacation Edition)


Joe continues his vacation while Eddie holds down the fort, as today for Game Time Tuesday we played Song Poetry and Name The Tune.  Our Song Poetry song was Priceless by For King & County, congratulations to Ben of Fredericktown who won that. And congratulations to Abigail of Gambier, who won Name That Tune by guessing Thy Will by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family.  They both won gift certificates to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the Day is Journeyman a noun which means a worker who has learned a trade and works for another person usually by the day.

Movie Monday


Today was Mystery Monday, and Joe is on vacation.  He hopes to see several movies with his time off, so for out mystery question we asked what the highest grossing movie of 2015 was.  The correct answer was Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Congratulations to Mike of Mount Vernon, who wins a 5$ gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Word of the day is Lenient, which means exerting a soothing or easing influence : relieving pain or stress.

NZ Top 10 + New Music – 8/19

Here’s this weeks NZ Top 10:

10: Never Too Far Gone – Jordan Feliz

9: Tell Your Heart To Beat Again – Danny Gokey

8: Ever Be – Aaron Shust

7: Dear Younger Me – MercyMe

6: Move (Keep Walkin’) – TobyMac

5: Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

4: Breathe – Jonny Diaz

3: God Is On The Move – 7eventh Time Down

2: Christ In Me – Jeremy Camp

1: Eye Of The Storm – Ryan Stevenson


NEW MUSIC ADDS (click each for a lyric video)

You Hold It All – Newsboys

My Victory – Crowder

Have a great weekend!


Commandments of using Social Media


Today we shared some of Pastor Craig Groeschel’s ’10 Commandments of Using Social Media’ from the book #Struggles. Read more about the book here.

  • Put God first in all you say and post – this doesn’t mean you have to start EVERY post with “this is the day the Lord has made,” but it means you approach each post and each conversation with Colossians 3:17‘s advice to represent Christ in ‘word and deed.’
  • Use social media to facilitate, not replace real relationships – social media can help us reconnect, but make sure you are using it to find face-to-face times where you can have real connection and conversation
  • Turn your virtual other cheek to posts that offend you – this is a tough one…it’s easy to lash out and respond when someone has wounded you. Proverbs 19:11 says our wisdom yields patience and it is to our glory to overlook an offense. Remember, that angry person probably needs our prayer rather than a nasty response.
  • Do not post out of emotion – another tough one. When in doubt, wait it out! We are constantly tempted to post when agitated or hurt, but we should post out of love.
  • Form your own opinions; do not just follow the crowd – God gave us a brain to think for ourselves. He gave us his Word to seek his will. He gave us his Spirit to guide us into truth (John 16:13). Resist the urge to blend in.

Today’s Word of the Day is panoptic, an adjective meaning to show or see the whole view at one time; like a panoramic view.

Congratulations to David of Utica who won our 4-pack of tickets to the Living Word Outdoor Drama.

Thanks for listening!



Back To School Wednesday


Several students are heading back to school this week, so we today we gave some tips for saving money on back to school shopping.  You can find the full list HERE.  We also asked a trivia question about the average amount of money people spend on shopping for school supplies. Marian correctly guessed that it was between 150-200$ and won our gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our word of the day was dunnage,  a noun which means loose materials used to support and protect cargo in a ship’s hold; also : padding in a shipping container.

Game Time and Back to School!

Back to school
Image courtesy of Psychology Today magazine

A number of area students are back to school this week.

East Knox and Highland schools got started today.  Tomorrow (Wednesday) is the first day for students at Mount Vernon City Schools and the Clear Fork Valley Local School District. St. Vincent DePaul students in kindergarten through eighth grade start tomorrow, while the preschool starts on Tuesday, September 6th.

Knox County Career Center sophomores and juniors start tomorrow, while seniors start Thursday. Fredericktown schools also begin classes Thursday.

Centerburg, Danville and North Fork Schools all start next week.

Today’s Song Poetry was from Francesca Battistelli’s ‘Holy Spirit.’ Congratulations to Jennifer who won the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Our Name That Tune song today was Newsboys and ‘God’s Not Dead.’ Kandee from Mount Vernon was our winner!

Our Word of the Day is honorific, a noun meaning ‘a title or term of respect.’

Thanks for listening!


It’s Green Apple, I promise!

MM jolly rancher

Eddie looks a little uneasy about trying today’s Mystery Box item…but it was a green apple Jolly Rancher. Congratulations to Sherrisa of Howard who guessed correctly.  She wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

We had a wet weekend at the 2016 Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, but had a great time visiting and giving away prizes.  Dan Monnin stayed in a good mood, despite the rain!

Dan DEF rain

Today’s Word of the Day is me-tooism, a noun which means the adopting of policies, methods, products, etc., similar or identical to those of a peer, rival, or competitor. So basically, Instagram’s new story feature is a me-tooism of Snapchat??

Thanks for listening!


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