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Praise Thursday: What is our Response?

We opened the show today with a powerful section of scripture from Romans 8:31-35…
 31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

That was the perfect way to open our show today, being that we are talking about our response to the various situations that life throws at us.

God is for us, and NOTHING can ever stop us. God is fighting our every battle and we can stay confident because trouble, hardship, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger and sword have no power in the face of our all-powerful God.

We talked about how we should respond to victories in our lives, and that is with a spirit of thankfulness and love because we know that God is walking side by side with us through whatever we’re going through and that He has already won the war.
And we are also thankful that God not only gives us salvation, but He equips us with everything that we need to fight any battle that we may face in our lives.
Check out Ephesians 6:11-17…
“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. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

We also talked about how to respond to the defeats in our lives.
It’s disheartening to think that the enemy wins some battles, but it does happen. We can take heart because Jesus is fighting for us. He is fighting every battle along side us and He has already won the war.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

 So whatever you’re going through right now, whatever mountain you’re facing, whatever Goliath is in front of you, whatever defeat you are experiencing, whatever challenges are plaguing you right now, let your response be love. Love toward God because He is fighting fervently for you! God is going before us and making our paths straight! He is walking along side us through the valley of the shadow of death, so our response simply should be love for Him, because that is God’s response toward us, even in the midst of our sin.

Thanks for listening!
Have a great night, and enjoy this nice weather!
-Lilly

Praise Thursday!

Hello, good afternoon, and a happy Praise Thursday to you!
Today we transitioned from the topic of ‘Fingerprints of God’ to our Lifeline theme, ‘Let it be Love’. We talked about the lyrics of the songs “Let it be Love’ from Family Force 5, which you can listen to here, and ‘Evidence’ by Citizen Way, which you can listen to here!

“I’ve never seen a soul set free
Through an argument
I’ve never seen a hurt get healed
In a protest
But I’ve seen sinners turned to saints
Because of grace
It’s love, love that lights the way,
Love that lights the way”

These lyrics really echo our theme verse for Lifeline this year, which is John 13:34-35
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

We are called to be reflections of God and His love. Life is 10% what happens, but 90% how we react to it. So when we talk about ‘Letting it be Love’, the ‘it’ is our response. We need to be responding to every situation in our lives with God’s love.

Ben Calhoun got to sit down with Newreleasetoday about their song ‘Evidence’. He said…
“Christianity isn’t something I can argue to bring someone to Christ. It’s not a flag on a field, it’s not a sign in my yard. It’s the real, tangible evidence of Jesus. He’s way better at drawing people to Himself than I am. All I can do is be His messenger. I’ll be the mailman, not the message.”
If you’d like to check out the rest of the interview, click here!

Our word of the day today was: decry (verb || dih-KRY)
This word means to 
depreciate (as a coin) officially or publicly, or…
to express strong disapproval of.
To read more about the origin of this word, click here!

A Musical Mystery Monday!

Joe and I are back from NRB! It was an incredible trip, but it is good to be back here with you in rainy Ohio. Today was Mystery Monday, which meant the return of the Mystery Box! Since I never get to do Monday shows, Joe let me hide an item in the mystery box! I did do a Monday show with him over Christmas break, and he hid a razor in there, so today it was my turn!
I have to admit, Joe seemed pretty stumped until Lopez called in, but congrats to Lopez from Mt. Vernon who correctly guessed what the item was! He will receive a $5 gift certificate to Troyer’s of Apple Valley! The item was a guitar capo!

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Returning from Florida, we have so many points and takeaways from NRB, but one of Joe’s big highlights was listening to Dr. Tony Evans speak on Wednesday night at NRB. To really sum up what Dr. Evans said, Joe said this:
“Part of our call as Christians is to go out and fix what is broken. We can’t sit back and just watch things break, we have to be proactive in fixing what is broken.”
Dr. Evans is on the forefront of racial reconciliation and he really convicted us that evening, which made it a highlight for all 11 of us.
Here’s a link to the recap video I did of our trip! Check it out!

Lifeline 2017 is coming up at the end of this month! Our theme this year is ‘Let it be Love’ based off the song from Family Force 5, and John 13-:34-35, which reads:
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Mark your calendars for March 29th, because Lifeline is coming!!!
Learn more about what Lifeline is and how you can help, here!

Our word of the day today was: affable (adjective af·fa·ble \ˈa-fə-bəl\)
This word means being pleasant and at ease in talking to others;  characterized by ease and friendliness. Check out the origin and facts about this word here

Have a wonderful evening!
Blessings,
– Lilly

 

 

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