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Let there be Basketball!

Our show was cut short today as we prepare for our first MVNU basketball game of the season for the women’s program!

This didn’t stop us, however, from sharing about last week’s GMA Dove Awards for Artist Newsday!

This past Friday, the 52nd GMA Dove Awards aired on TBN. One of our songs that we play here on WNZR, won “Song of the Year”. The song was “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship. Now, this song also won the 2020 GMA Dove Award for “Worship Song of the Year” and has been awarded RIAA Gold Digital Single certification. “The Blessing” became a viral hit song around the world just days after recording and releasing it during the pandemic comforting listeners with a strong message.

Here is what the artists had to say on receiving this award. “It’s such an honor to receive this award for a song we got to be a part of – a song filled with the hope of God’s promises in such an uncertain time,” shares Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes on this recognition. “It reminds us of the power of a song filled with the hope of Jesus – how it can change someone’s life. We want to honor everyone in our industry who works to bring the hope of Jesus to people’s hearts through music. It’s an honor to join with you in advancing the kingdom of God together.”

Kari Jobe and Cody Carnes are currently on “The Blessing” tour that runs through November 14th. Check karijobe.com for more information on where the tour will be headed next.

Congratulations to the many artists who were honored with Dove Awards:

  • Songwriter of the Year (Artist): Brandon Lake
  • Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year: We The Kingdom
  • Gospel Artist of the Year: CeCe Winans
  • Artist of the Year: for KING & COUNTRY
  • New Artist of the Year: Maverick City Music
  • Worship Recorded Song of the Year: Elevation Worship ft. Brandon Lake: “Graves Into Gardens
  • Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year: Tauren Wells: Famous For (I Believe)

For the full list of winners, go here.

I have tasted
All that this world has to offer
The here and gone that leaves you wanting more
But can’t satisfy

The song? With Lifted Hands from Ryan Stevenson!!

Congratulations to Bonnie of Mount Vernon for winning (2) $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

— Jonathon & Dylan

S’Mores and Nehemiah? What’s the connection?

Today for Monday Motivation, Joe shared a devotional from Tim Gustafson called “Longing for God.” It shares the story of a cat named S’Mores and how his journey parallels that of Nehemiah. Read it by clicking here.

Jonathon shared “Right Beside You,” from Sheridan Voysey, which shares the story of letters sent to the Holy Land. Read it by clicking here.

Name something a dog probably looks forward to seeing when he or she goes on a walk.

1- other dogs
2- trees
3- fire hydrant
4- cat
5- their ‘spot’

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

“Never Too Sinful”

Today on the show we read some devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

We also talked about Clergy Appreciation Month.

We also talked about how basketball season is starting up very soon.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Never Too Sinful”. You can find the link here.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “God Is There”. You can find the link here.

Question: How many Beatitudes are there?
Answer: Eight

Congratulations to John of Mount Vernon for guessing the correct answer! He wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Tours and Talk Shows!

This week, we explored one of the most highly anticipated tours in Christian music coming up next year and we also checked in on the crazy year that Amy Grant has had!

This past Friday, Chris Tomlin and Hillsong UNITED announced their upcoming joint tour for 2022! The “Tomlin UNITED” Tour will kick off in Greensboro, North Carolina on February 9th. The tour in all will reach 33 venues all across America before ending in Duluth, GA on April 13th.

Tickets for the tour go on sale October 22nd and will be available at tomlinunited.com. A date to remember for this tour is when the group will be in Columbus on Friday, February 18th at Nationwide Arena.

Even four decades since beginning her career, Amy Grant has continued her very successful year by performing live for The Kelly Clarkson Show on NBC. The six time Grammy Winner sang her 90s track “Good For Me” on the show, a show which has been extremely popular lately as the highest rated talk show to debut in 7 years. 

This, however, was just a glimpse at the kind of year Amy has had after being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame for the Class of 2021. She is also wrapping up her 42 city fall tour and preparing for the Christmas season where she will appear in several shows with Michael W. Smith. For more information, make sure to visit AmyGrant.com.

I have tasted
All that this world has to offer
The here and gone that leaves you wanting more
But can’t satisfy

This song was a stumper! So come back next week for a chance at TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

— Jonathon

Loving Others with Our Prayers

Today is a little different with Kelsi and Dylan in for this Monday Motivation.

Kelsi shared a devotional called “He Will Fight For You”. Our task still is to be prepared for life’s tough tests. To build a ministry, we study, work, and pray. To create beautiful art, we master a skill. To conquer a mountain, we secure our tools and build our strength. Then prepared, we’re more than conquerors through Christ’s strong love. To read more click HERE.

Dylan shared a devotional called “Loving Others with Our Prayers”. God moves through our prayers to accomplish great good in the lives of His people. One of the best ways to love others is to pray for them, because through our prayers we open the door to the help only God can provide. When we pray for others, we love them in His strength. There’s none greater or more loving than him. to read the whole devotional click HERE.

Name a musical instrument you do not blow into.

1- Guitar (39 votes)

2- Piano (35)

3- Drums (11)

4- Violin (11)

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

Thanks for listening!
– Dylan and Kelsi

NZ Top 10 for 10/15/21

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Jeremy Camp – When You Speak
9. Tauren Wells f/Rascal Flatts – Until Grace
8. Casting Crowns – Scars in Heaven
7. CAIN – Yes He Can
6. Tasha Layton – Look What You’ve Done
5. Elevation Worship – Rattle
4. Evan Craft f/Danny Gokey & Redimi2 – Be Alright
3. Matthew West – What If?
2. Anne Wilson – My Jesus (spent 7 weeks at #1)
1. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord (1st week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – new songs added to the WNZR playlist include:

Micah Tyler – Walking Free (video link below)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVnMUkohE1o

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Kelsi

“Now, Then Next”

Today on the show we shared devotionals from Our Daily Bread.

We also had our weekly Bible trivia.

We also talked about Clergy Appreciation Month.

We also talked about how you can win a CD prize basket by guessing correctly on the Dove Awards prediction.

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Ripple Effect”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled “Now, Then Next”. You can find the link here.

Q: What is the meaning of the Hebrew name Ezra?
A: Helper

Congratulations to Daniel of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the answer! He wins a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

New albums and chart breakers!

Today we shared artist news from FOR KING AND COUNTRY and the announcement of their album release date! Read more from JesusFreakHideout.com by clicking here!

We also shared news about ANNE WILSON and her #1 song, “My Jesus.” It got Billboard magazine’s attention. Find out more at this link!

You called me out of the grave
You called me into the light
You called my name
and then my heart came alive

The song? Phil Wickham “Your Love Awakens Me” – congratulations to Maude from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

The power of listening…and trumpets.

Dylan was in for Jonathon today sharing Monday Motivation about how our God listens, and a funny story from a former US President who tested people’s listening. Read “He Hears Us,” by clicking here.

Today I shared a devotional from author Lisa Samra about the significance of trumpets. It’s called ‘Sound the Trumpets.’ Read it here!

Name something people handle with care:
1- babies/children (46 votes)
2- glass or crystal (27)
3- jewelry (6)
4- eggs (5)
5- china (3)
6- money (3)
7- packages (3)
8- mirror (2)

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

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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