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A ‘fair’ way to start Monday!

Fair week is here! Join us at Big Blue and in studio all week. Jonathon was out at the fair today with Joe in studio.

Today’s devotional reminds us not to ‘go it alone…’ here’s ‘Built Together to Serve,’ from Ken Petersen.

Click here to read it!

Name questions you dread being asked at family reunions:
Are you dating anyone?‎  – 30 votes
How is the job search going?‎  – 28
When are you going to get married/have kids?‎  – 17
Can I borrow money?‎  – 13
Have you gained/lost weight?‎  – 12

Congratulations to Jenny of Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy Ice Cream.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Little Foxes?

Do you have little foxes in your life? Are they damaging your close relationships? You may be asking, “Joe, what do you mean?” Refer to the Song of Solomon, 2:15 and it might make sense.

Read this intriguing devotional from Mike Wittmer called “Little Foxes” from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Name a movie that frequently gets remade:
1. Cinderella (26 votes of 100)
2. Batman (23)
3. Superman (19)
4. Robin Hood (11)
5. A Christmas Carol (10)
6. Dracula (5)
7. Spider Man (4)

Congratulations to Jenn of Danville who guessed the top two and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Today’s Oliver! ticket winner was Melissa from Mount Vernon.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Just getting started…

Yesterday as I visited my dad, my father-in-law, spent time with our small group and heard a great message at church, I started thinking about what Father’s Day means for me, as a the dad of a 24-year-old woman. I was also inspired by Jeremy Camp’s latest song, ‘Getting Started.’

Here’s a prayer I wrote and posted to my Facebook page:

Today I was reminded and challenged that in many ways, I’m just getting started.

Lord, please help me to be a better father and better husband.

Help me to continue to root my trust in you. Help me to invite the Holy Spirit into all that I do and then allow the fruits of His Spirit to flow out of me.

Help me to confess and seek forgiveness when I mess up, but also to equally return that forgiveness.

Help me to be a father to the fatherless when I have those opportunities. Help me to be a strong resource to young dads.

Finally, thank you for giving me two grandfathers and a father who loved me, spent time with me and taught me.

Name an item you might buy in a souvenir shop:
T-shirt – 28 votes
Keychain – 21
Postcard – 18
Magnet – 12
Mug – 11
Stuffed animal – 10

Congratulations to Amberly from Howard, who guessed those top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

God Cleans The Stains

Today for our Monday Motivation we shared a special devotional out of Our Daily Bread called God Cleans The Stains. With a humble and repentant heart, we must acknowledge our sins and place them under the cleansing light of God’s holiness. We must turn from them and return to Him. And He, the only One who cleans the stains of the soul, will offer us complete forgiveness and renewed fellowship. To read the full devotional click HERE.

Today’s Monday Motivation song is the latest from Josh Wilson ‘Things That Im Afraid Of’

An amazing line from that song says,

My fears would surely kill me
If I didn’t know the truth
The things that I’m afraid of
Are afraid of You

It’s so reassuring to remember that God already won the battle and that we are not to be afraid because he has us in his arms.

Name a place that people go to, which they insist be clean.

Bathroom – 42

Restaurant – 30

Kitchen/Fridge – 18

Hospital – 6

Congratulations to our winner, Anna, she won a $5 gift card to Round Hill Dairy!

Thanks for listening!


A Good Work

Today for Monday Motivation, we shared Kenneth Petersen’s devotional, “A Good Work,” inspired by several verses, including Psalm 139. Read it by clicking here!

Today’s Monday Motivation song is Charlie Hall’s ‘Marvelous Light.’

Name the top two famous rivalries between brands:
Coke vs Pepsi (38 votes)
McDonalds vs Burger King (26)
Microsoft vs Apple (23)
Marvel vs DC (12)

Congratulations to Sandye from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the One Day Pass to the Hiawatha Water Park and Pool.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

It’s Hope Week!

As we prepare for Lifeline 2022, Joe and I shared our thoughts about this year’s theme: “You Keep Hope Alive”.

Romans 15:13 (ESV) “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

The world is a fearful and unsatisfying place without the hope of eternal life with Jesus. Apart from the expectation that comes from the hope of heaven, our world can seem to be lacking in peace, celebration, or joy.

There is life in hope. There is joy in hope. There is purpose in hope.

Hope is to be at the foundation of all our decisions, emotions, and pursuits. Hope fills us with joy in the middle of trials and perseverance in the midst of failure. Hope guides us to abundant life.

Our heavenly Father longs to make us a people of hope. He longs for his followers to live a lifestyle that declares to the world, “This life is not all there is.” He longs to fill us with a heavenly perspective that we might throw off pursuits of worldly pleasure and live for eternity with him.

Sometimes we can lose hope. We can get distracted, discouraged and unfocused. Why does this happen?

We fail to embrace to fruits of the spirit – the very things we ask for that we fail to do ourselves.

Do we love well? Or get bogged down in hate?

Do we choose joy? Or choose grumpy?

Do we promote peace? Or spread and promote conflict?

Do we demonstrate patience? Or fly off the handle?

Do we offer kindness? Or are we offering indifference?

Do we seek goodness? Or seeking the negative and critical?

Do we ground ourselves in faith? Or trust our own understanding?

Do we embrace gentleness? Or are we rough around the edges?

Do we embody self-control? Or is it anything goes?

What about things like forgiveness? Think about this: if God forgave you like you forgive others, where would you be?

Is it more about Him? Or more about us?

Name something you pick.
  1. Flowers – 28
  2. Fruit – 25
  3. Nose – 23
  4. Dog/Pet – 6
  5. Teeth – 6

Congratulations to Dallas and Charla of Utica for correctly guessing this week’s Family Feud for a Voice of the Cougars drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Joe

His grace finds us!

Today for Monday Motivation, Joe shared some musical inspiration from Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Finds Me.”

Here’s what Matt had to say about the song in a conversation with CBN in 2013:

“I wrote this song with my friend Jonas Myrin in a little chapel in England where we often song write. The song is an attempt to sing about the wide spectrum of God’s grace. The grace of God found us at the cross – and that is the centerpiece of all we believe, but that is not the end of the story of grace. For His grace keeps on finding us – the undeserved goodness of God showing up in our lives. You can find it in the newborn cry and find it in the light of every sunrise. You’ll find it in the mundane and on the mountaintop. And more to the point, it finds you.”

Watch the video here:

Jonathon shared a devotional about our perception of perfection from Monica LaRose, called “Perfect Like Christ.” Read more by clicking here!

Tell me the first TWO questions you might ask about someone’s newborn.
1- Boy or Girl? (42 votes)
2- What’s their name? (22)
3- Weighs how much? (19)
4- How old? (5)
5- Healthy? (2)
6- Where’s his dad? (2)
7- What color of eyes? (2)

Congratulations to Peter from Howard, who got the top two and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Inspiration despite the cold!

Today we shared Monday Motivation from Our Daily Bread’s Katara Patton based on Jeremiah 18 – read “The Potter’s Wheel” by clicking here.

We also shared Mart DeHaan’s devotional about “Heroes, Tyrants and Jesus.,” Find out how Paul’s letters influenced how people looked at Jesus by reading here.

Name something that can be lumpy:
– mashed potatoes (29 votes)
– oatmeal/hot cereal (24)
– mattress or bed (13)
– grits (7)
– soup (7)
– pillow (6)

Congratulations to Lilly from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

The Aftermath of Christmas

Today for Monday Motivation, we returned to Our Daily Bread to talk about what there is to look forward to after celebrating a holiday such as Christmas. Read the full devotional from Adam R. Holz HERE.

We also covered New Years as 2022 is quickly approaching! Tim Gustafson shares a story from Ezekiel in his devotional entitled “Back to the Basics”.

Name a book that could knock you out if someone hit you over the head with it.
  1. Dictionary 39
  2. Encyclopedia 25
  3. Bible 14
  4. Phone Book 14
  5. War & Peace 6

Congratulations to Aranae of Fredericktown for correctly guessing our top two answers! She wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup for today. Make sure to tune in tomorrow for your next chance to win!

Thanks for listening!


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