Driving Notes

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Honoring Dr. King’s example

Today we honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sharing a devotional from Pastor Victoria Curtiss, written as a tribute to him.

Matthew 5:43–48

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. (NRSV)

Jesus said that anyone can love those who love them in return. What distinguishes people of God is the way we treat those who oppose us—our enemies. Just as God shows love to everyone, so are we to show love to everyone. This inclusivity is the meaning of “be perfect” as God is perfect.

What a fitting scripture for the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The key to the life of Dr. King is found in his Christian faith. He responded to violence with nonviolence, to hate with love. Dr. King was always looking toward reconciliation after the battle, because his approach was grounded in the gospel. He wrote, “It was the Sermon on the Mount, not a doctrine of passive resistance, that inspired the Negroes of Montgomery to social action. It was Jesus of Nazareth that stirred [them] with the creative weapon of love.”

Martin Luther King recognized that the heart of the gospel proclaims that love can really change a situation of conflict and enmity: love reaching out toward the oppressor, love pushing negotiation, love offering forgiveness and newness. It wasn’t that he lacked an appreciation for the persistence and power of evil. It was rather his evangelist’s faith. He really believed that the intolerant and prejudiced sheriffs and politicians were sheep who had strayed from the fold, who had the potential to be converted. However powerful evil is, love is more powerful still. “Remember him,” said Coretta Scott King, “as a man who refused to lose faith in the ultimate redemption of [humanity].”


Thank you, God, for the witness of Martin Luther King Jr. Guide me as Christ’s follower to love as you love—everyone without exception. I lift up my enemies to you and pray for their well-being. Amen.

Name a sign that people ignore:
1 – stop
2 – yield
3 – do not enter
4 – no littering
5 – speed limit
6 – no smoking

Congratulations to Lyle from Gambier, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

NZ Top 10 for 1/15/21

Happy Friday! PRAISE THE LORD it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Casting Crowns – Start Right Here
9. Austin French – Wake Up Sleeper
8. Colton Dixon – Miracles
7. Josh Baldwin – Evidence
6. Andrew Ripp – Jericho
4. Elevation Worship f/Brandon Lake – Graves Into Gardens
3. Matthew West – Truth Be Told
2. Tauren Wells f/Jenn Johnson – Famous For (I Believe)
1. CAIN – Rise Up (Lazarus) – 2nd week at #1

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY: three new adds this week –

Apollo LTD – Patient

Micah Tyler – New Today

Cade Thompson – Every Step of the Way

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Zoe

It’s Praise Thursday on The Afternoon Drive!

This Praise Thursday Alyssa and Lexie are back this week to give you powerful devotionals to get you ready for your weekend!

Lexie’s Devotional is titled Depths Of Love written by Elisa Morgan. Enjoy the full devotional HERE.

Alyssa’s Devotional is called A Singer’s Heart by Adam Holz. Read through the full devotional HERE.

Q: What Bug did John the Baptist eat in the desert?

A: Locusts

Congratulations to Melissa for guessing our Bible Trivia question correctly and winning a $5 gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Alyssa

Let’s do the…??

Today’s Who Knew Wednesday WHO AM I? trivia:
I was born in South Carolina in 1941.
My birth name was Ernest Evans.
I covered a song that became #1 in 1960, then it went to #1 AGAIN on this date in 1962, the only song to do this on the Billboard charts.
That song launched a dance style that is known worldwide today.
I’m also known for the song “Pony Time.”

Who am I?
CHUBBY CHECKER. That song is “The Twist.”

Congratulations to Christy from Mount Vernon who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

The ministry behind the YouVersion Bible App is celebrating 25 years…read more about Life.Church by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

This week’s headlines…

Four years ago, artist and songwriter Matthew West announced the launch of Story House Collective, a venture inspired by his passion to translate his and others’ stories into impactful experiences.

The company now houses a variety of entities, specifically artist management representing West as well as singer and songwriter Leanna Crawford. Story House Collective also manages the nonprofit ministry popwe and the Matthew West Podcast. 

West announced last week that industry veteran Jimmy Wheeler is joining Story House Collective as General Manager. Wheeler worked within the Sony Music system for 30 years, the last 25 with Provident Entertainment/Sony Music.

Matthew continues to work on new music and record and release new episodes of his podcast. Launched this past August, “The Matthew West Podcast” guests have included Olympian Shawn Johnson, country duo Maddie & Tae, , Karen Kingsbury, and more.

Leanna Crawford will drop a new music video later this month, and plans are underway for a tour later this year. Her self-titled EP released in 2020, and she has a five-day devotional titled Truth I’m Standing On inspired by her song of the same name. 

We The Kingdom unveils the deluxe edition of Holy Water this Friday (1/8), with a brand new track, “Take Me On A Ride,” as well as 7 of their singles, each recorded in a different setting- live, acoustic and more intimate than before.

There is a new version of “Holy Water” featuring Tasha Cobbs Leonard, plus a new acoustic track of “God So Loved.”

The band includes songwriter Ed Cash and his family- brother Scott, children Franni and Martin and close friend Andrew Bergthold.

Don’t let it arrest you
This fear is fear of fallin’ again
And if you need a refuge
I will be right here until the end

Congratulations to Barbie from Fredericktown, who guessed correctly – Burn the Ships by for King and Country – and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Starting the week right…

Here’s some Monday Motivation from today’s show…

Todd shared this devotional from Winn Collier called ‘Through the Waters…’ read more by clicking here.

I shared some notes from a church study we’re doing to start 2021 about why we need to be intentional about our encounters, or looking for encounters with God:
– we need His power, not our own (I Corinthians 2:4-5)
– we need His presence, not just our practices (Psalms 16:11)
– we need His purposes, not our wants (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

We can encounter God through our desperation, humility, repentance and obedience.

Name something a school bus driver wouldn’t want to see thrown out of a bus window:
1- books or a bookbag
2- another child
3- trash
4- food
5- a bottle

Ashton from Mount Vernon guessed the first two answers correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup! Congratulations!

Thanks for listening.
– Joe

NZ Top 10 of 2020

Here are the Top 10 songs of 2020 from WNZR:

10. CAIN – Rise Up (Lazarus; one week at #1)
9. Matt Maher f/Elle Limebear – Alive and Breathing (2 weeks at #1)
8. MercyMe – Almost Home (3 weeks at #1)
7. for King and Country – Burn the Ships (4 weeks at #1)
6. Chris Tomlin f/Lady A – Who You Are to Me (4 weeks at #1)
5. Jeremy Camp – Keep Me in the Moment (4 weeks at #1)
4. for King and Country f/Kirk Franklin and Tori Kelly – Together (4 weeks at #1)
3. We The Kingdom – Holy Water (6 weeks at #1)
2. Zach Williams f/Dolly Parton – There Was Jesus (7 weeks at #1)
1. Cory Asbury – The Father’s House (9 weeks at #1)

These artists had at least two songs in the Top 30:
for King and Country (see above; #7 and #4)
We The Kingdom (#3 and #11, God So Loved)
Casting Crowns (#15, Nobody and #28, Love Moved First)
Matthew West (#15, Nobody and #21, The God Who Stays)

As we move into 2021, here’s NEW MUSIC FRIDAY. Look for video links to these four new songs below!
Phil Wickham – Battle Belongs

Acoustic video link:

Evvie McKinney – Look No Further

MercyMe – Say I Won’t

Danny Gokey – New Day

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Revival…it starts with me.

Today we shared from the final chapter in the book, The Battle Plan for Prayer, from Alex and Stephen Kendrick, something that we also shared back in 2017-18. This last chapter encourages us to pray for revival. It basically summarizes the past 34 chapters in the book and asks the reader to think about all of those different elements, putting them together to pray for a turnaround of our attitudes towards prayer and about what God can really do in our world in 2021.

The prayer is for you, for me, for the church, for the world and ultimately for the glory of God. The challenge is to ask him fervently and continuously to do marvelous work in our day; not just now, not just soon, but for the rest of our lives.

Alex and Stephen share their desire to not give in to the general sense of helplessness about the state of our country and other nations of the world. They encourage us not to give into the apathy, the fear, and the inevitability that no one can do really anything about it. So this conversation is timely for not only a new year, but the events of the last 36 hours.

We should not fall into the trap of becoming disinterested churches that aren’t making a mark for Christ in our community and neighborhoods. We should not fall into the trap of tolerating our own sins, being consumed by our own selfish pursuits, and living a lifeless religion while millions of people are dying without Jesus.

The chapter is a very direct, in-your-face, call to action to encourage us to the humble and repentant hearts that we need to truly stimulate a revival within ourselves and our world.

So…think about this…what would the world look like if we saw God’s Spirit poured out in abundance on us? God has a track record of doing this! He’s helped revive families, restored broken lives, and salvation has overcome addictions and self-destruction.

There’s no reason we can’t see all of these things and more. Unless we decide not to pray. Unless we decide not to care. Unless we decide to believe the enemy’s deceptions, instead of believing the proofs and promises of God’s word, across time.

Once again, scripture clearly lays out the raw ingredients that have consistently led to revival. The first comes from 2 Chronicles chapter 7 verse 14: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

In the Book of Joel, chapter 2 verses 12 and 13 it says, “Even now, declares the Lord, return to me with all your heart and with fasting, weeping and mourning and rend your heart and not your garments.”

When Jesus announced the arrival of his earthly ministry in Luke chapter 4, he declared, “the spirit of the Lord is on me,” with whom he would set the captives free, open the eyes of the blind and release the oppressed from their bondage.

That same Holy Spirit is still here for believers and he is STILL able to work mightily in us…IF we are God’s surrendered people.

The secret to revival, is united, repentant, humble prayer. A prayer that is persistent. A prayer that is extraordinary, believing that what God wants is always better and more important than what we want!

God simply wants people that are devoted to him. People that are in love with him. People whose hearts are ready to be used for reaping the Harvest. And most importantly, people whose lives are surrendered to his word and then ready to receive the blessings that only he can provide.

We need to seek him with all our hearts.


Lord God our Father in heaven, we need you. We’re desperate for you. We pray now in the name and through the blood of Jesus that you would stir up faith and repentance among us like never before. We ask that you would soften our hearts toward you and break our hearts towards sin. Unite your church in fervency, fasting, and devotion to prayer, desiring nothing more eagerly than our desire for you and your glory to be poured out upon us. May we humble ourselves and pray, turn from our wicked ways and seek your face until you heal our land. Have mercy on us Lord. Forgive us. Cleanse us. Heal us. Send Revival, oh Lord, bring millions to saving faith in your son Jesus and cause us, as your children, to be solely devoted to serving you, loving you and extending love to others. May the world see your glory and may your name be honored and adored among the nations in our generation. In Jesus name, we pray in faith, amen.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Lord, hear our prayer.

Today Todd and I shelved our initial plans for the show after hearing about and watching the events around the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Who Knew Wednesday? Who knew THIS would be the result? Protestors breaching the doors of our House and Senate?

So, instead, we took a posture of prayer and song as the events continued to unfold.

A special thank you to those area pastors who joined us today and prayed with us over the airwaves:

Rev. Todd Risser, Associate Pastor at Mount Vernon First Church of the Nazarene
Rev. Troy McNichols, Senior Pastor and Mount Vernon New Life Nazarene
Rev. Stephanie Lobdell, Campus Pastor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Rev. Tim Overly, Senior Pastor at Covenant Church in Mount Vernon

Todd and I also shared some songs that remind us that in times of uncertainty, we can still root ourselves on the Solid Rock (click the songs for links to videos):

Mandisa and Jon Reddick – You Keep Hope Alive
Matt Redman – You Never Let Go
Ryan Stevenson – Eye of the Storm

Remember, the first step to receiving guidance from God is to want it.

When you are sad or brokenhearted, pray Psalm 34:17-18. “The righteous cry out and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Whether it be a pain from grief, loss, sorrow or failure, God promises to be close. He is our source of healing.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

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