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Gobble Gobble, Drummer Boy, It’s Artist Newsday Game Time Tuesday!

This week on Artist Newsday, we talk about some silly songs and some drive-in tours!

Matthew West shares a Thanksgiving tune and music video featuring his family that you do not want to miss this holiday season! Read the full story HERE! And make sure you watch the brand new music video to his song Gobble Gobble!

for KING & COUNTRY is embarking on A Drummer Boy Drive-In: The Christmas Tour! Read all about it right HERE.

This is for the second chance

This is for the new romance

Sing it for the loved in vain

Overcame, it’s not too late

Song: Together

Artist: For King & Country with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin.

Congratulations to Sherissa for guessing correctly and winning a five dollar gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning in to The Afternoon Drive! -Lexie

Joseph’s example

Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about[a]: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet[b] did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Matthew 2:13-15 (NIV)

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

In both of these passages, we learn about Joseph’s character, specifically his obedience. Upon receiving a command from God concerning taking Mary as his wife… and then later taking the child out of danger…he obeyed.

These short passages communicate a lot about Joseph. He receives a command and he obeys. No debating. No delaying. Just immediate and complete obedience. Would Joseph’s obedience bring hardship? Probably. And danger? No doubt. But still, he obeyed. And so must we when we commit to listening to God and following his commands.

Joseph was obedient, but he was also a loyal man. When he made his decision to wed Mary, he knew he would face public ridicule. After all, how could he explain the situation? And who would believe the story anyway? But Joseph was willing to face the critics. If people condemned Mary, they would have to condemn him as well.

Think about this, too: Joseph was also careful to take Mary with him when he went to Bethlehem to register and pay his taxes. He could have gone alone. Her presence wasn’t required. But, Joseph knew that if he left her behind, he would not be able to protect her from further ridicule.

Obedience and loyalty was a way of life for Joseph. So, what can we learn from these passages?  We can start by asking ourselves some questions:

Am I caring and sensitive? Do I only look out for myself, or do I have concern about the needs of others?

Am I obedient? Do I seek after the things of God?

Am I loyal? Do I stick by my family and friends during the tough times? Even maybe to suffer ridicule for their sake?

Do I look out for those who are weaker than I am?  Do I have a positive moral code?

Learning to do these things will take work.  But Joseph gives us a great example. We can only do this through asking God every day for wisdom and for strength.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: The last day of our dig into Christmas Carols!

Carols, carols, and more carols!
Today Todd and I talked about all things carols, first, we listened to two MVNU professors, Dr. VanZant and Dr. VanNest, share about their favorite Christmas carol!
(Click on the picture to hear the conversation.)
Dr.Mike VanZant
  _Dr. Doug VanNest
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Congratulations to Bob from Howard who won a North Main Café Gift Basket and James from Mount Vernon who won an Amy Grant CD! They have both been entered to win the Grand Prize. Click HERE for more info on this!
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What was the first Christmas carol about?  
Answer: The earliest carol was written in 1410. Sadly, only a very small fragment of it still exists. The carol was about Mary and Jesus meeting different people in Bethlehem.
Click HERE for more fun Christmas carol facts!
Congrats to Charla from Utica who guessed what the first Christmas carol was about! She won the $5 Gift Card to Troyers of Apple Valley!
Thanks for checking out the Blog!
Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: George Washington or Jesus?

Today I, Hannah, (Yes just me, myself and I) had a super fun show recapping the 38th annual Food For the Hungry Drive, playing the WNZR gift exchange and giving you another chance to win with the Mystery Monday Mystery question!
Our Total for the 38th Food For Hungry Drive is $209,504.27 and 18.7 truckloads of food! Thank you so much Knox County for the support of this year’s Food for the Hungry! You can still give if you didn’t get the chance or find out more HERE! 

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Congratulations to Matt from Howard who won A Gift Certificate for a 9 inch homemade Pie of his choice from Auntie “M’s” Homemade Goodies and Debbie from Mount Vernon who won a WNZR tote bag and Vintage T-shirt! They have both been entered for our grand prize, a one-night stay the Mount Vernon Grand Hotel and 6 hours of house cleaning from Carefree Cleaning Company! If you want to know more about all of this, click HERE!

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question!
Name one of the first famous people, real or fictional, that children learn about. 
1. George Washington
2. Santa Claus
3.Martins L. King Jr.
4. Jesus Christ
5. Dr. Seuss
6. God
Congrats to Kenneth from Mount Vernon who guessed the top two answers right and won that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!
Thanks so much for joining me today or checking out the blog!
– Hannah Radke

Praise Thursday: Matthew 1 – The Genealogy of Jesus

The New Testament begins in Matthew 1 with what’s called ” the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah.” Have you ever wondered why?

Matthew’s gospel doesn’t begin with the Nativity itself… The star, the shepherds in the manger. Instead, It begins with a long list of ancestry. And let’s be honest – how many times have we skipped through this?

In his book, Hidden Christmas, Pastor Timothy Keller gives us perspective on why Matthew started the story of Jesus this way. He reminds us that Christmas is not just about a birth, it is about a coming.

The birth of the Son of God into the world is a gospel, a good news, an announcements that says, you don’t have to save yourself – God has come to save you. Of course, Christmas is just the beginning of the story of how God came to save us. Jesus will have to go to the Cross. But you begin with Christ by reading this report about what has happened in history. Matthew tells here that this story is no fairy tale – Jesus is real!

Matthew doesn’t start his book with “Once Upon a Time.” That is the way fairy tales or legendary fantasy stories begin. Matthew is grounding who Jesus Christ is and what he does in history with the genealogy. Keller reminds us in Matthew 1, we learn that Jesus is not a metaphor – he is real. This all happened!

In this genealogy at the beginning of the New Testament, what else is Matthew saying? Pastor Keller writes that the list of Jesus’ genealogy is also a type of resume. In those times, your family, pedigree, and clan made up your resume. Therefore, this list is really saying, “This is who Jesus is.”

Matthew’s genealogy is shockingly different from the other ones of his time. First, there are five women in the list. Three of them. Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth are Gentiles. The Jews would have considered them unclean. In fact, Tamar was a prostitute. He also refers to “Uriah’s wife,”  who you may know as Bathsheba. These names recall some of the most difficult stories is in the Old Testament. Yet, they are in Jesus’s genealogy. Why?

But wait, in verse 6 we have the name King David. So, we might think “now there is somebody we want in out genealogy!” David, after all, was the boy who killed Goliath, favored by Saul, anointed as king, and the man who conquers Jerusalem.  David also was a flawed man, who arranged the killing of his friend Uriah and whose son Solomon was the result of an affair with Bathsheba. Yet out of that deeply flawed man, the Messiah came.  These people are all acknowledged in Matthew 1 as the ancestors of Jesus.

 So what does that mean? Tim Keller asks us to think about it this way :

 It means that people who are excluded by culture, society and even by the laws God can be brought into Jesus’s family. If you repent and believe in him, the grace of Jesus covers your sin and unites you with him.

Moreover, with King David, it means even the powerful and great are still in need of the grace of Christ. It is not what you have done; it is what Christ has done for you!

God is not ashamed of us. We are all in his family.

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Congratulations to Becky from Fredericktown who won the Jordan Feliz “The River” CD and Amy from Mount Vernon who won a Rend Collective CD called “Good News”. If you want to know more about the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange click HERE.

The Food For the Hungry broadcast is this Saturday!  If you want to find out more information or get involved click HERE! 

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Dr.VanNest shares!

Today Todd and I had so much fun playing the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange and getting to share a great conversation with Dr. VanNest about his favorite Christmas Carol!

If you want to hear the conversation about “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” click on the picture!

_Dr. Doug VanNest


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Congratulations are in order to Linda from Utica who won an awesome WNZR Kitchen Kit and Peggy from Mount Vernon who won the “Same type of Different as Me” DVD.  If you want to more about the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange click HERE. 

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Who was the author of the Christmas carol “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”?

Answer: By Charles Wesley

Congratulations to Nancy Joe from Mount Vernon who took a chance and guessed right! They won the $5 Gift Card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

Thanks for clicking on our blog!

– Hannah and Todd

Mystery Monday: Three games and three winners!

Today Joe and I had so much fun launching the first Afternoon Drive Christmas Gift Exchange of the season!

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Congratulations to our winners for the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange Rob from Fredericktown who won a Veggie Tales DVD, and Sally from Mount Vernon who won a MercyMe CD. They have both been entered for the Grand Prize. If you want to find out more about the WNZR Christmas Gift Exchange click HERE! 

Here is Today's Family Feud Style Mystery Question! (1)

If Santa’s sleigh broke down, name another form of transportation he might try.

1. airplane
2. Automobile / car
3. Train
4. Helicopter
5. Snowmobile
6. Truck
7. Bus

We also had few other guesses that weren’t on the list like a flying tractor, a boat and candy apple red Corvette Stingray!

Congratulations to Michelle from Gambier who  one that $5 gift card to Troyer’s of Apple Valley!

-Hannah and Joe

The Reconciliation of Christmas

On this Christmas Eve, we finish our three-day study from Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren where he offers us three major purposes for Christmas. We discover those purposes in the announcement the angel made in Luke 2:10-14 at the birth of Jesus Christ.

The first purpose of Christmas is celebration: “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Thursday 12/20 show)

The second purpose of Christmas is salvation: “for unto you is born this day a savior who is Christ the Lord.” (Friday 12/21 show)

The third purpose of Christmas is found in Luke 2:14: “glory to God in the highest and on Earth, peace; goodwill toward men. So the third purpose of Christmas is reconciliation.

What is reconciliation?

Reconciliation is when a broken relationship is restored; reconciliation IS peace on Earth, goodwill toward men. As Pastor Warren shares, “there will never be peace in the world until there is peace in nations. There will never be peace in nations until there is peace in communities. There will never be peace in communities until there is peace in families. There will never be peace in families until there is peace in individuals. And there will never be peace in individuals until we invite the Prince of Peace to reign in our hearts.”

Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 reminds us of this fact: “for unto us a child is born, to us a son is given and he will be called Prince of Peace.”

There are three kinds of Peace – A peace with God is a spiritual peace; the peace of God is emotional peace; and peace with others is relational peace.

Peace with God: If you’re trying to live your life without God, then you’re at war with God…and you need a peace treaty! How do you make peace with God? Well, you don’t do it by promising to be good. You don’t do it by being perfect. You can’t. You don’t do it by never sinning. You will. You make peace, the Bible says, by faith, faith in God’s grace. Ephesians 2:8 says “for by Grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

The Peace of God: it happens in your heart when you’ve made peace with God. You’ve got two choices in life. In every circumstance you can pray or panic. You can worship or worry.

Here’s a thought: if you (we) prayed as much as you (we) worried, you’d (we’d) have a whole lot less to worry about. Philippians 4: 6-7 says, “pray about everything…Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Finally, Peace with Others: a relational peace. 2nd Corinthians 5:18-20 says, “God reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… and he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors.”

In other words, God has given us both a ministry and a message and it is reconciliation – helping people find peace with God and peace with each other.

In the beatitudes in Matthew 5:9, Jesus says “blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” The greatest need in our nation and in our world is reconciliation. It’s the message of Christmas: peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.

Who do you need to rebuild a broken relationship with this Christmas? Who do you need to reconcile with? You need to let Jesus fill you with his love, so you can love other people the way he does. And then, you’ll have to let him fill you with his forgiveness. Until you feel truly forgiven, you don’t have the ability to forgive others.

Remember, Jesus came to erase the misconceptions about God – he was sent to show us what God is really like!  Christmas tells us that we matter to God.

We are thankful for you!  A blessed Christmas to you and your family.
– Joe and the Afternoon Drive team (Lilly, Hannah, Todd and Malisa)

The salvation of Christmas!

We’ve been sharing this week from Pastor Rick Warren’s book and study, The Purpose of Christmas, which offers us three major purposes for Christmas:

  • A time for celebration
  • A time for salvation
  • A time for reconciliation

The second purpose of Christmas can be found in the very next statement the angel made in Luke 2:10-11.  Luke 2:10 reminds us to celebrate, but then…

11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!

The second purpose of Christmas is salvation.

Surveys confirm that around 90% of our society prays on a regular basis…so people recognize their need for someone greater than themselves and ultimately to save them from something they can’t solve on their own.

Salvation is usually three-dimensional. You are saved from something, you are saved for something, and you are saved by something.

Jesus came to save you FROM sin. Sin is an attitude; it is a pride problem.

Sin is saying, “ I want to be my own boss. I don’t need God.”

Romans 3:23 reminds us that everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glorious standard. The problem with sin is that it separates us from God. Isaiah 59:2 reminds us that our sins are the “roadblock” between us and our God; that’s why he doesn’t answer our prayers.

Jesus came to set you free from your sin. But there’s something else you need to be set free from. You need to be set free FROM yourself. Romans 7:24-25 says “I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me?” The answer, thank God is, that Jesus Christ can and does.

The answer to your problem is not in a place, a program or a pill. It’s not jumping into another relationship. The answer to your sin problem and to your dissatisfaction in life is Jesus Christ. You need a savior.

Jesus also came to save you FOR a purpose. 2 Timothy 1:9 reminds us that, “God saved us and called us to be his own people; not because of what we have done, but because of his own purpose and Grace.”

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Ephesians 1 reminds us that long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up “he had his eye on us; had designs on us for glorious living…part of the overall purpose he is working out and everything and everyone” (Message version). God has a plan and a purpose for your life. He’s had it all along! As your creator, he knows what’s best for you.

Pastor Rick says we can live life at one of three levels: the survival level, the success level, or the significance level. Hopefully we know that we were made for significance. Significance comes from what? Knowing God, knowing his purpose for your life, and then doing it. You were made by God and for God and until you understand that, life is never going to make sense.

Finally, Jesus came to save you by his grace. What is Grace? Grace is when God gives you what you need and not what you deserve. One good acronym for Grace is God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.

Ephesians 2:8-9 remind us that by Grace we have been saved; through faith and not from ourselves…it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.”

The good news is this – Jesus Christ came to save you. He came to save you from your hurts, your habits and your hang-ups. He came to save you for his purpose and by his grace.

Congratulations to our Christmas Gift Exchange winners Tim from Gambier and Mary from Mt. Vernon!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

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