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Stamp of Approval!

Mystery Monday

Today Malisa hid a stamp in the Mystery Box – it took several clues, several calls and finally, Jen from Mount Vernon solved the mystery!  She wins the $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets to the WNZR Valentine’s Banquet – we’re looking forward to a great time Friday.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe


NZ Top 10 2/2

Here’s the countdown!

10. Point to You – We Are Messengers
9.The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
8. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
7. Different – Micah Tyler
6. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
5. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
4. Broken Things – Matthew West
3. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
2. Control – Tenth Avenue North
1. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle

Our NZ Top 10 Back to Back artist was Chris Tomlin!
Check out his songs ‘At the Cross‘ and ‘Home‘!

Our New Music Friday brought us BRAND NEW music from Hillsong!
Check it out. It’s called “So Will I (100 Billion x)”

Thanks for listening!

Battle Plan: The Gospel.

This week, we’re putting a wrap on the Battle Plan for Prayer!
We’re finishing up with the most important part of the plan… The Gospel.

God created us to please and honor Him. But because of our pride and selfishness, every one of us has fallen short of our purpose and dishonored God at different times in our lives. We have sinned against Him, failing to bring Him the honor and glory He deserves from each of us.

So, if any of us claims to be a good person, we need to be honest with ourselves: have we ever dishonored God by lying, cheating, lusting, stealing, rebelling against authority, or hating others? Not only do these cause consequences in this life, but they disqualify us from being right before God and living with Him in heaven for eternity.
God is holy, so He must reject all that is sinful. And because He is perfect, He cannot allow us to sin against Him and go unpunished, or else He would not be a just judge. The bible says our sins separate us from God and that the wages of sin is death. This death is not only physical, but also spiritual, resulting in separation from God for eternity.

What most people don’t realize is that our occasional good deeds do not take away from our sins, or somehow cleanse us in Gods eyes. If they could, then we could earn our way into heaven and negate the justice of God against sin. This is not only impossible, but it denies God the honor He deserves.

The good news is that God is not only just, but He is also loving and merciful. He has provided a better way for us to have forgiveness and come to know Him.
Out of His love and kindness for us, the Bible says He sent His only son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and shed His blood to pay the price for our sins. This provided a pure sacrifice and a just payment to God for our sins and allowed Jesus to receive the judgement we are due. Jesus’ death satisfied the justice of God while also providing a perfect demonstration of the mercy and love of God. Three days after Jesus’ death, God raised Him to life as our living redeemer to prove that He is the Son of God.

God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.
These are two of the most encouraging bible verses to me as a Christian.

While we were still sinners, CHRIST DIED FOR US.

Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have been given the opportunity of being forgiven and then finding peace with God. It may not seem right that salvation is a free gift. But the scriptures teach that God wanted to reveal the richness of His grace and kindness toward us by offering us salvation for FREE.
He is now commanding all people to repent and turn away from their sinful ways and humbly trust Jesus for their salvation. By surrendering your life to His Lordship and control, you can have forgiveness and freely receive everlasting life.

Millions of people around the world have found peace with God through surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ. But each of us must choose for ourselves.
“If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” That’s from Romans 10:9.

Is there anything stopping you from surrendering your life to Jesus right now?
Be honest with yourself.
If you understand your need to be forgiven and are ready to begin a relationship with God, we encourage you to pray now and trust your life to Jesus Christ. Be honest with yourself about your mistakes. Be honest with God about your mistakes. Be honest with Him about your need for forgiveness. Resolve to turn away from your sin and to place your trust in Him and in WHAT HE DID ON THE CROSS. Then open your heart and invite Him into your life to fill you, change your heart, and take control.
If you are not sure how to communicate this to Him, use this prayer as a guide…

“Lord Jesus, I know that I have sinned against You and deserve the judgement of God. I believe that You died on the cross to pay for my sins. I choose now to turn away from my sins and ask for Your forgiveness. Jesus I’m making You the Lord and the Boss of my life. Change me and help me now to live the rest of my life for you. Thank you for giving me a home in Heaven with You when I die. Amen.”

If you just prayed sincerely, and gave your life to Jesus, we congratulate you and encourage you to tell others about your decision. If you really meant it, there are some important steps to take now in this spiritual journey.
1. Find a bible-teaching church. Tell them you want to obey Christ’s command to be baptized. This is a great mile marker that allows you to publicly identify with Jesus, share your faith with others, and launch your new spiritual walk.
2. Find a bible you can understand. Read for a few minutes each day. Start in the book of John and ask God to teach you how to love Him and walk with Him.
3. Take advantage of the opportunities that you’re given to share your faith with others.

God has truly made a way for all of us to experience assurance and settledness in Him. Of all the things we do not know or cannot predict about life, we can know for certain that He is with us now, and that our souls are safe with Him forever.
God bless you as you live out and discover the truth of His promises.

Thanks for listening.
– Lilly and Hannah


Backwards Day with the Afternoon Drive!

Hello! Or, should I say goodbye? It’s Backward Day!

January 31st honors everything backward.  National Backward Day is an opportunity to reverse our ways, our direction or simply our shirt. There are many ways to celebrate this fun day, so just let your imagination be your guide. This day is very popular with school-aged kids, but there is no age limit on who can participate in all of the backward fun.

Here’s a few fun ways to celebrate!

  • Wear your outfit backwards and if you can, talk and write backwards.
  • Go to bed in the morning and start working in the evening, have dinner in the morning and breakfast in the evening, and have dessert first during all your meals.
  • Talk to people with your back towards them. Just make sure you let them know you are celebrating Backwards Day, so they don’t think you are rude.
  • Say goodbye to people when you meet them, and hello when you depart.
  • Play a board game from the finish line to the start.

Happy National Backward Day!
Thanks for Listening!
– Lilly

Game Time Tuesday!

Today Joe and I gave you two chances to win a $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley with Song Poetry and Name that Tune!


Today’s “Song Poetry” lyrics were:

I’m no stranger to the prison
I’ve worn shackles and chains
But I’ve been freed and forgiven (yes I have)

From the song “All my Hope” By Crowder/ Tauren Wells!

Congratulations to Abby from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed the title of the song and the name(s) of the artist.

Todays “Name the Tune” clip was from “Glow in the Dark” By Jason Gray!

Congrats to Faith from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed this song and artist and won that $5 gift card to Troyer of Apple Valley!

Joe shared two uplifting news stories today from the magazine “The week” from the section “It wasn’t all bad”. The first story was about a police officer’s first day and a life-saving act – Click HERE to read more! The second was about a family’s bakery struggling to get by after hurricane Harvey, but the families teenage daughter changed it all… click HERE to read more.

I also shared a devotional from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Always” about how God will make everything – including you – new! To find out more about Sarah and her awesome devotional click HERE. 

Thank you so much for joining us today! I hope that you had a great Tuesday!!  – Hannah

NZ Top 10 1/26

Here’s the countdown!
10. Point to You – We Are Messengers
9. Different – Micah Tyler
8. The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
7. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
6. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
5. Your Love Defends Me – Matt Maher
4. Broken Things – Matthew West
3. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams
2. Control – Tenth Avenue North
1. O’Lord – Lauren Daigle

For our New Music Friday features check out these new songs!
Walking on Water from NEEDTOBREATHE
and Danny Gokey’s new song Masterpiece.


Spiritual Temperature Test

Another Praise Thursday from the book ‘The Battle Plan for Prayer’!
This week we’re taking you through the spiritual temperature test!
Simply see if you can answer ‘yes’ to any of these following questions!

1. Is your spiritual life joyless and apathetic?
Romans 12:11
“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”

2. Do you not love and follow God as you once did?
Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

3. Is there at least one unconfessed sin that you refuse to repent of?
1st John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

4. Is there at least one person who has wronged you that you refuse to forgive?
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

5. Are the words of your mouth displeasing to God and dishonorable to others?
Ephesians 4:29 
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

6. Are you not seeing answers to prayer or seeing God’s power in your life?”
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

7. Do you have time for entertainment but not for bible study and prayer?
Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

8. Do pride, worry, or fear stop you from obeying what God has told you to do?
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”

9. Does your family see you behave on way at church and another way at home?
Matthew 23:28 “So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

10. Do you enjoy viewing things you know are unholy and displeasing to God?
Leviticus 11:44
“For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground.”

11. Are there people who have things against you but you make no effort to reconcile?
2nd Corinthians 5:18
“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”

12. Is your worship casual and singing halfhearted?
Isaiah 12:5 “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.”

13. Is your giving reluctant and calculated rather than extravagant and sacrificial?
2nd Corinthians 9:17 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

14. Have you been begged to serve in the church?
1st Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace”.

15. Are you unresponsive to those around you that will likely die without Christ?
2nd Timothy 4:2
“Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.”

16. Are you blind to your spiritual condition and don’t think you need to change?
2nd Corinthians 4:4
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

Thanks for listening!

Who Knew? Peanut Butter edition…

Today is Peanut Butter Day, so we’re sharing fun facts from the National Peanut Board.

The link to the article is HERE, but some of the highlights include:

  1. It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  2. By law, any product labeled “peanut butter” in the United States must be at least 90 percent peanuts
  3. The average peanut farm in the U.S. is 100 acres.
  4. Two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA – Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
  5. There are six cities in the U.S. named Peanut: Peanut, California; Lower Peanut, Pennsylvania; Upper Peanut, Pennsylvania; Peanut, Pennsylvania, Peanut, Tennessee; and Peanut West Virginia.

Some fun peanut butter questions to ask your friends…

  • crunchy or creamy?
  • what’s your favorite jelly or jam on a PB&J?
  • crust-on or crust-off?
  • white or wheat bread with PB?  Or crackers?  Pretzels?

Today’s trivia question to win the Troyer’s of Apple Valley $5 certificate was:

Where was Thomas Jefferson’s peanut farm?
Answer: Monticello, Virginia

Congratulations to Erinn of Mount Vernon!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

Game Time Tuesday!

Today on Game Time Tuesday Joe and I gave you two chances to win a $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley with Song Poetry and Name that Tune!

Todays Song poetry lyrics were:

“Unmatched in all your wisdom
In love and justice you remain
Every knee will bow”
Congrats to Sherrisa from Howard who correctly guessed our Song Poetry song which was “Only King Forever” by Elevation worship ( Here at WNZR we also play the 7eventh Time Down version!)
Today’s Name that Tune song clip was from “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” By Crowder.
Congratulation to Oliva from Mount Vernon who guessed the name of the artist and the title of the song above and won that $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley!
We also asked that you would pray for the victims of yet another school shooting – Click HERE to read more about the story.
We also shared with you an upcoming date to put down on your calendar! Our annual WNZR 20th Valentines Banquet on February 9th! Click HERE for more info!
Joe shared a great uplifting New story about a very special Walmart Secret Santa – click HERE for the full story!
I shared a devotional from “Jesus Always” by Sarah Young  – to find out more about Sarah and her devotionals click HERE.
Thanks so much for listening! – Hannah Radke

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