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Praise Thursday!


Ephesians 6:10-16 says,

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”

Christians are equipped with everything needed for life and Godliness.  But many of us aren’t ready when the enemy attacks.  That causes us to live in defeat in many areas of our lives.

The last two weeks as we’ve reviewed The Battle Plan for Prayer, we’ve talked about praying offensively and praying preemptively.  This week we’re sharing the defensive strategy – a hand to hand combat against Satan’s attacks.

Alex and Stephen Kendrick suggest an acronym to help us remember how to pray defensively.  RESPOND.  Today we’re sharing the meaning of these seven letters.

We’re sharing the RESPOND acronym today to help us in our defensive prayer.

R is for RESIST; resist Satan in Jesus name. James 4:7 tells us to resist the devil and he will flee from us. We don’t have to put up with Satan’s thoughts, accusations, or mind games. Jesus refused to be bribed into surrendering control or falling victim to his schemes. Christ pushed back. ‘He said go away Satan’ on one occasion, (Matt 4:10) and get behind me Satan on another (Mark 8:33). We should do the same thing, but we do so in Christ’s name and by his authority, not our own.

The name of Jesus Christ is above every other name. His is the name in which we pray, are healed, and cast out demons. There’s a reason why the name Jesus Christ is used for cursing and profanity in movies and television, and never Buddha or Mohammed… Because it is the name of power that Satan must submit to and wants to dishonor. We should never speak Jesus‘s name irreverently. It is holy. So when you are confronted in combat with the devil, resist him by calling on the most powerful name known to man. Either confront him directly with “Go away Satan, in Jesus name!”…Or indirectly in prayer, “Father, in Jesus‘s name, I ask you to rebuke Satan. He must flee.”

E is for ESCAPE; escape with scripture. God promises to always provide “way of escape” from Temptation. Every time Jesus was tempted by the devil, he raised his shield of faith and strategically cut down Satan by quoting the word of God. We should trust and utilize the appropriate verse that deals with the specific Jesus does this in Matthew 4:1–11. God has given us loads of powerful ammunition in Scripture, ready to fire at the enemy.  We just need to learn the verses that deal with your issues so when Satan temps or plants a wicked thought in your head like “you are unloved and will fail,” you can respond with, “Get away from me Satan, in Jesus name.”

Romans 5:8 says God proved his love for us when Christ died for us. And Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!“

Block, counter, punch, and kick to the face!

S is for SEARCH; search for unconfessed sin. The times you are tested should become a motivation for cleansing. The book of James says after you submit to God and resist the devil, you should “cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts”.

Victory should lead to repentance because repentance helps you stand strong against temptations. But there’s a difference between being tempted by something and being tormented by something. Everyone is tempted. Jesus was and you will be. It’s not a sin to be tempted. If the enemy is constantly tormenting you with something there’s a good chance that an unconfessed sin from your past has given him a foothold and allow his network of lies into your heart. The truth will set us free, why can keep us in bondage. We must throw off any hindrance of saying “which so easily in tangles us” and the lies that go with it so that we can walk in the victory and freedom Christ has already one for us on the cross. I name is attacks today may not be because of yesterday sin- regardless we should pray, “search me. Oh God. And know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting “(Psalm 139: 23-24)

If God reveals any un-repented sin from yesterday. Or even a decade ago. quickly admit and empty yourself of it.

P is for PLEAD; Plead the blood of Jesus. When we admit our sin and plead (appeal by faith) for God to cleanse us by his blood, he is faithful to forgive and Wash is from all unrighteousness. We should rest in this. Forgiving believers who don’t believe they are forgiven will not act like believers, these believers make easy marks for enemy fire. It’s true “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”. But by faith in him, we’ve been “justified as a gift by his grace through the redemption which in Jesus Christ… And his blood”. Only his blood washes away sin. If God says you are forgiven, do not call him a liar and your heart by believing you are not. The devil might continue steady accusations against this truth as part of his overall attack. But just because he says something and you believe it doesn’t make it any more accurate. Cling to the scripture when your emotions are spinning out of control. There is power in the blood; read it, ask for it, and trust it. Pray: “father, I plead for you to cover me and cleanse me with the blood of Jesus. I trust your faithfulness and rest in your forgiveness”

O is for OVERTAKE; overtake ground given to Satan. Through the cross, Jesus fully disarmed the power of the enemy. So Satan knows his weapons are already defective. That’s why he bluffs and deceives people into submitting to him.

When we sin or doubt, we are giving him ground. Ephesians 4:26-27 says, 26 “In your anger do not sin.” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.”

But when we repent and believe the truth, he loses control over us. 2 Timothy 2:24-26 says, “And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. 25 Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, 26 and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”

We need to ask God to occupy the dark areas or temptations of our heart with His spirit and His word.  Present yourself back to God and rededicate yourself fully and completely to the Lordship of Christ.  Let’s keep advancing on the ground He already died to claim.

N is for NAME; name someone in targeted prayer. Ephesians 6:18 is Paul’s reminder for us to get busy praying for others! “18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

We can escape with the Bible when we feel temptation coming on.  Part of that escape is praying for others.  Prayer can help us get off of the endless cycle of worry for ourselves and focused on the needs of others.

D is for DELIGHT; delight in the Lord.

Psalm 27 says, “And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices the shouts of joy: I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.”

The enemy approached. He brought his worst. He bore down with all his weight, but in Christ, you stood firm. You resisted without stumbling. You came back from a battleground, where you had lost other times, victorious!

Remember “a righteous man falls seven times and rises again.”  Rejoice and delight in that wisdom from Proverbs.

When we learn how to RESPOND, Satan’s the one in for the surprise!


Lord, I thank you that you are greater in me then he who is in the world. Thank you for paving the way and not leaving me here to fight my battles alone. Thank you for showing yourself more than capable of giving me everything needed. Help me walk in the victory you have already one on the cross. Please give me the wisdom and grace to overcome every lie, stronghold, addiction, an area of defeat in my life. Teach me how to be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Help me put on the full armor of God and stand firm in the evil day. I am confident in you and in how much I need you. In Jesus name I pray, amen.


Thank for listening! – Hannah Radke


Who Knew Wednesday!

Today Lilly and I shared with you all the history and facts of X-rays!

To find out what an X-ray stands for (and what is actually is) click HERE. 

What to know more about the history of the X-ray? Click HERE.

Here are the tips that we shared on what to expect and how to be more comfortable!

How to make your X-Ray more comfortable!

  1. Ask Questions! Ask the medical professionals to explain the procedure if you don’t understand. There here to help!
  2. Ask if you can a bring a pillow!
  3. If you are in any way uncomfortable, let the medical professionals know! There may be something that can do to help or this may alert them to a problem that they need to know.
  4. Just keep calm! There is need to be nervous – it won’t hurt! The radiation level is low – the apron they put on you is just for precaution!

What to expect:

  1. Depending on what part of your body the X-ray is being done, you might be asked to undress.
  2. No matter where the X-ray is being done, you will be asked to remove all metal items from your person, like jewelry, glasses, change belt bucks and etc.
  3. Sometimes, again depending on what kind of X-ray it is, you will be asked to drink a liquid that will with the procedure.
  4. They may re-adjust your body to get a better view or to help them see what they need to see.
  5. This could take anywhere from a couple minutes to over an hour, again, depending on what is being done.


Congratulations to our two callers “numbers fives” who ever enter to win a Turkey – in – Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt!  Heather and Sherrisa! To find out more click HERE. 

Thanks so much more listening!  – Hannah Radke


Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Game-Time Tuesday

Today Joe and I played Three of our games favorite games!

First, we played “Song poetry” where we gave you some lyrics from a song we play here at WNZR, where if you call in and correctly guess the title of the song and the name of the artist you can win a $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley.

Todays Song Poetry lyrics were:

“You take each and every day, make it special in some way

I love you more than the words in my brain can express

I can’t imagine even loving you less”

Congrats to Paige from Mount Vernon who correctly guessed that our song was “Hold me” by TobyMac and Jamie Grace!

Today’s “Name that Tune” clip was from the song “Home” by Chris Tomlin!

Congratulations to Jennifer from Mount Vernon for guessing that song and winning that $5 gift card to Troyers of Apple Valley!

We also played Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt – Twice!

Congrats to Heather from Fredericktown and Jonathan from Gambier!

I shared an uplifting devotional from one of my favorite devotional books, Jesus Always by Sarah young! If you would like to know more about Sarah or her devotionals click HERE.

Joe also shared some uplifting news about a little girl, named Sunshine, who changed her school for years. To read the full story click HERE. 

Our Word Of the Day:




1 : the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies : prototype; also : a perfect example
2 : a transcendent entity that is a real pattern of which existing things are imperfect representations : idea
3 : (psychology) an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual

Our hearts and prays go out to the people Texas during this time of pain.

A Musical Mystery Monday!

Good afternoon! Another wonderful week here in Mt. Vernon, and I kicked the week off by giving away a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley, and registering 2 people to win a turkey from Smithhisler Meats of Mt. Vernon!

We would like to wish congratulations to Bob of Howard and
They were entered to win that Turkey from Smithhisler Meats!

Today, our Mystery Question was inspired by today’s fun holiday.. Saxophone day!
Now I can say that I’ve been an active celebrator of this holiday since I picked up the saxophone in 6th grade. (See the included picture).
The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax. Adolphe Sax wanted to create a group
of instruments that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass instruments, that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. Sax patented the saxophone in two groups of seven instruments each. Each series consisted of instruments of various sizes in alternating transposition. The series pitched in B and E, designed for military bands, have proved popular and most saxophones encountered today are from this series. Instruments from the so-called “orchestral” series, pitched in C and F, never gained a foothold, and the B and E instruments have now replaced the C and F instruments when the saxophone is used in an orchestra.

Congrats to Hayley from Mt. Vernon who correctly guess our Mystery Question!
The question was: What year was the saxophone invented?
The year was 1846!

Our hearts here at WNZR are hurting for those who were affected by the tragedy in Texas this weekend. Romans 12:9 tells us to hate what is evil and cling to what is good.
The song ‘Bleed the Same’ from Mandisa tells us to fight for each other, and let love be the cry if we’re shouting. We’re all the same inside, and we need to pray that God heals our incredible land, because we are more beautiful when we come together.
Check out Mandisa’s song here.

Thanks for listening!

NZ Top 10, 11/3

Another lovely fall week here in Mt. Vernon and the best way to end the week is by counting down the Top 10 songs in Christian Radio!

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10. The Comeback – Danny Gokey
9. Home – Chris Tomlin
8. Oh My Soul – Casting Crowns
7. Word of Life – Jeremy Camp
6. Hard Love – NeedToBreathe Ft. Lauren Daigle
5. Even If – MercyMe
4. The Gospel – Ryan Stevenson
3. O Come to the Altar – Elevation Worship
2. Broken Things – Matthew West
1. Old Church Choir – Zach Williams

We went Behind the Mic this week with Plumb!
Check out her song ‘Exhale‘ and the story behind it!

New music Friday brought us two new songs!
Check out ‘All My Hope‘ from Crowder and Tauren Wells!
and ‘When We Pray’ from Tauren Wells!

Thanks for listening!

Praise Thursday – Preemptive Prayer


What would you do if you knew someone was getting ready to attack you?  If you were the leader of a country and you knew attack could happen any day?  You would start doing everything possible to prepare – looking at resources, evaluating troop placements and developing a strategy.

This is what Chapter 27 talks about in The Battle Plan for Prayer. Alex and Stephen Kendrick remind us that our preemptive plans start in prayer. Last week, we talked about OFFensive prayer – seeking to take new ground for the kingdom. So, the spiritual battle for our heart is real. The Bible reminds us that we have a real enemy who is out to steal, distort, distract and destroy.

Christ himself recognized Satan – he resisted and rebuked him throughout his ministry on Earth.  I John 3:8 says, “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.”

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that Satan is simply a symbol of evil. He is not a fable. Not a figment of our imagination.  The Bible specifically mentions Satan by name in more than one dozen books. So, taking a posture of preemptive prayer is critical.

Today we’re talking about taking a stance of preemptive prayer. Because we have a real enemy seeking to attack us at any moment. How do we know Satan is real?  We have the story of Peter in the Gospels.

Jesus taught Peter and the rest of the disciples to preemptively pray, “do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:13). Then, on the night of Christ’s betrayal, Jesus warned him, “behold Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you” (Luke 22). Later that same evening Jesus instructed him to “keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

But…Peter fell asleep instead, and a few minutes later he was awake and off guard. Peter emotionally overreacted, hacked off a man’s ear, abandoned Jesus, then adamantly denied Christ three times instead of being loyal like he had promised a few hours earlier. He never prayed preemptively, so as a result he wept bitterly, was devastated and depressed for days, until Christ restored him.

We must learn to pray preemptively, lifting everything in our lives to the Lord. Prayer is the way we spiritually fasten in our armor and ask God to protect us before stepping into the heat of combat.

How can we pray preemptively? By understanding how the enemy attacks. If we know his moves, we can prepare and pray more specifically.

The book gives us four of the devil’s signature schemes.

#1 – Distraction. Psalm 55 reminder that David wrote, “I’m restless in my complaint and I’m surely distracted because of the voice of the enemy.” Satan will constantly try to get us off track.

#2 – Deception. Jesus said whenever Satan speaks lies because he speaks from his own nature, “for he is a liar and the father of lies.” That comes from John 8:44. Strongholds, addictions and sins are founded upon lies…promises never delivered…false advertising. Sin will fail you, let you down and leave you empty. We are not strong enough to stand on our own. We need God’s presence and the Bible’s trustworthiness.

#3 – Derision. Satan’s lies include running you down or running down (deriding) someone else in your mind. Bringing up things from your past. Falsely presuming someone else is guilty.  Yes, we’ve been forgiven in the blood of Christ, but he keeps reminding us of old wounds and inciting doubt. In order to the fight the accusations, you need to be studying the Word; to help you find your identity in Christ. We also continue to pray for wisdom and discernment.

How can we pray preemptively? By understanding how the enemy attacks. If we know his moves, we can prepare and pray more specifically.

The last scheme is #4 – Division. One hallmark of the gospel is the unity it brings to everyone, since we are all one in Christ. But Satan knows that the “house divided against itself will not stand” (Mark 3:25).

Anger and argument among God’s people may not destroy the gospel, but it can destroy our testimony and our effectiveness in sharing it. Disunity paints Christians and our faith as weak, hypocritical and phony.  So, we can’t live foolishly, ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Corinthians 2:11). We should pray for God to help us stay focused on his will.

Ephesians 6 reminds us of the spiritual armor: truth dispelling his lies; righteousness from Christ worn around our chest and lived out in bold active and grateful obedience. Prayer is how we stay together. It’s what unites us and it’s what helps protect us.

The question is not whether the enemy is coming out to engage you in battle. He will. Seen or unseen. The question is whether you’re going to prepare in prayer first, or wait until the devil has you in his grip before you call on the One who has already defeated him.

Lord, thank you for alerting us in your words to the tactics and activity of the devil. Thank you also for equipping us with spiritual weaponry to stand firm and push back against his assaults and his campaign of lies, distortions, distractions and accusations. Help us not to be ignorant of his schemes. Give us the grace to discern how the enemy will try to attack so we can wisely pray preemptively and prepare ourselves to stand firm. Keep us steady, Lord, clear-minded, braced, ready, walking wisely and living in victory. Fix our eyes upon you by faith, kept by your power. In Jesus name. Amen.

Thanks for listening!
-Joe, Lilly and Hannah

Who Knew Wednesday!

Today Lilly and I talked about Exam Mile day and Cook for Your Pet Day!

To find out more about a History of “Extra Mile Day” Click HERE! 

Want ideas on how to go the extra mile? Click HERE!

To find out about the History of ‘Go Cook for you Pet Day” Click HERE! 

To find out even MORE about “Go cook for you Pet day” Click HERE! 

Straight from the ASPCA, here’s a list of foods to NOT feed your pets…
Coconut and Coconut Oil
Grapes and Raisins
Macadamia Nuts
Milk and Dairy
Onions, Garlic, Chives
Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Yeast Dough
And here’s the ‘why’ behind all of it.

Here are some pet-friendly recipes to make for your furry friends!
The perfect treat for Valentine’s day!
A fancy, elevated dinner with SALMON! Ah!

If you’d like to see all of them, check them out here!

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Hannah!

Game Time Tuesday


Today’s Song Poetry focused on these lyrics:

If judgment looms under every steeple
If lofty glances from lofty people
Who can’t see past her scarlet letter
And we never even met her…

The answer is ‘Does Anybody Hear Her?’ by Casting Crowns.  Congratulations to Stephanie from Howard who wins the $5 certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Name That Tune today featured ‘Soul on Fire’ by Third Day and All Sons and Daughters. Phyllis from Danville was our winner.

Our uplifting story today focused on Hailey Dawson of Henderson, Nevada, who is becoming a regular guest at baseball games.  Read the story here from NBC’s Today Show.

If you missed Hannah’s devotional, it was from Sarah Young’s Jesus Always, focusing on Psalm 46:1.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Mystery Monday

Goooood afternoon! What a chilly day in Mt. Vernon, but we’re keeping you warm with some awesome music and the Mystery Box!

The mystery box was a confusing one today! I was really stumped!
It was a granola bar! Thanks to Jennie for helping me figure it out!

Our Word of the Day today was a spookily appropriate one.


  1. Slanga surgeon or physician.

The etymology of sawbones is appallingly familiar to anyone who has seenphotos from the Civil War or Gone with the WindThe word is relativelymodern, first appearing in Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers (1837).


Thanks for listening!

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