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Welcome, Jonathon!

Today we welcome Jonathon Langdon to the Afternoon Drive – he and Kelsi Brake will join Alyssa, Zoe and I throughout the summer months while MVNU is on break.

We’re starting this week, as we always do, with some Monday Motivation. Jonathon’s devotional today is from In Touch ministries and is called “Faith is Assurance.” Click here to read more!

Joe’s devotional is from Patricia Raybon and reminds us how we can find joy in praise. Read more from Our Daily Bread by clicking here!

Name something you might offer someone, even if they didn’t ask for it:
1- food (26)
2- drink (24)
3- advice (14)
4- help (9)
5T- money (7)
5T- mint (7)
6- a place to sit (4)

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Choosing to hope…

Today we kicked off the show with Danny Gokey’s song, ‘New Day,’ which says, “this is a new day, everything’s bursting with hope…” and I started thinking, do we really feel that way? Sometimes, don’t we have to intentionally CHOOSE hope? That’s the topic of today’s Monday Motivation from author Lisa Samra. You can find the link to Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Name something that might be full of holes…
1- swiss cheese (40)
2- clothes or socks (16)
3- an alibi/story (14)
4- net or fishing net (9)
5- colander/strainer (8)
6- golf course…screen…road/street (all with 2 votes)

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Digging up the root

Todd shared a devotional today from Anne Cetas about bitterness called “Dig It Up.” Read it from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

I shared a few notes about tapping into the power of prayer by doing these three things:

1- praying in the NAME of Jesus (Luke 10:17-19; Philippians 2:10)
2- praying the BLOOD of Jesus (Revelation 12:11)
3- praying the WORD of God (Matthew 6)

Name a place where people go, which they insist be clean:
1- bathroom (42 votes)
2- restaurant (30)
3- the kitchen or a fridge (18)
4- hospital (6)

Congratulations to Jan from Howard, who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Spread the Love – opening day!

Today we launched our ‘Spread The Love’ contests for Valentine’s week 2021. Congratulations to Vanessa of Mount Vernon, whose question was about the classic song, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” She won $10 to The Gospel Christian Life Shop. Peter from Howard also won an MVNU blanket from the Cougar Corner bookstore – his question was about the top holidays for sending cards (Christmas is #1, followed by Valentine’s Day). Listen to win all week!

Name something that’s hard to get off your shoes.

1- Gum
2- Dog Poop
3- Mud or Dirt
4- Tar
5- Paint

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

Today’s Monday Motivation focuses on God’s unfailing love, despite our mess, and on joy.

Todd’s devotional today is called ‘The One Who Sees,’ from author James Banks. Read it by clicking here.

Joe’s devotional focuses on joy:

And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Luke 2:9-11 ESV

Not to be confused with happiness, joy is not dependent on external circumstances. It’s a Holy Spirit-inspired mystery that defies all reason. Living joyfully is not denying reality. But in the midst of our ‘parched desert’ times, our heavenly Father reaches to lift and sustain us.

PRAYER: Giver of strength, fill me with Your joy in the midst of sorrow like a desert flower, Amen.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

New motivation for a new week

Joe’s Monday Motivation today comes from a daily devotional book he got as a Christmas gift – and today’s topic is creation:

“When times get bad, people cry out for help.
    They cry for relief from being kicked around,
But never give God a thought when things go well,
    when God puts spontaneous songs in their hearts,
When God sets out the entire creation as a science classroom,
    using birds and beasts to teach wisdom.

Job 35:9-11

In a world where such glory exists, why do we continually allow worldly concerns to occupy so much of our attention? Let God be our glory, and indeed, when we find ourselves most down, He will lift our heads up and show us all the wonders of His magnificent creation.

Todd’s devotional is called ‘The Bell,’ written by Evan Morgan, and addresses how we handle failure. Read more by clicking here.

Name a reason you might not leave your house all day:
1- bad weather
2- illness/being sick
3- watching TV
4- I have the day off!
5- waiting for a repairman
6- I’m too tired.

Congratulations to Jan from Apple Valley, who guessed the top two answers and won the $5 gift certificate to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Checking the foundation

Today I shared some Monday Motivation from writer John Blase that fits perfectly into the start of 2021. As we think about what we can do differently this year, it might be wise to take a look at our foundation. What is it we are standing on? What is holding us up?

Read “When the Floods Come” by clicking here.

Todd’s devotional is “Strength for the Journey.” Read more here.

Name something people get on and off of:
1 – bus
2 – horse
3 – train/subway
4 – bike
5 – feet

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Out of control…into a trust.

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from our friend Adam Holz (yes, the guy from Plugged In). It’s called ‘Lord of the…Nails?’ and deals with control and trust. Click here to read it!

Name a gift kids DON’T want to open on Christmas morning!
1 – underwear (31 votes)
2 – socks (27)
3 – hygiene products (12)
4 – books (6)
5 – handmade sweater or scarf
6 – puzzles

Congratulations to Becky from Fredericktown who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

I love you, THIS much!

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from author Monica Brands, who says the enthusiasm of a three-year-old can sometimes be a great reminder…read “Love You – Whole World,” by clicking here!

Todd’s devotional is from David Roper, ‘The Mouse That Roared.” Read about it by clicking here.

Name something with teeth.
1- a dog
2- a human
3- a shark
4- a crocodile or alligator
5- a comb
Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card from Everlasting Cup – she guessed the top two answers correctly.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

The Rock of Ages…that doesn’t forget us.

Today’s Monday Motivation featured a reminder of the shelter God provides when we feel caught in a storm. Amy Boucher Pye shares “Shelter from the Storm” in this devotional from Our Daily Bread. Click here to read it!

Todd shared Lisa Samra’s “Never Forgotten..” click here to read it.

Name something that might ruin a romantic dinner:
1- an ex-boyfriend or girlfriend
2- bad or burnt food
3- getting sick
4- baby or children
5- bad service
6- a bug in the food
7- getting the bill

Congratulations to Stephanie from Mount Vernon, who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

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