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Praising God for Keeping Us In The Moment.

Joe and Lexie bring you Lifeline’s Choice Challenge, along with Praise Thursday!

Lifeline’s Choice Challenge is our way to say thank you! If you pledged $150, we gifted you back $30 in gift cards from your choice of Southside Diner, Tim Horton’s, and Papa Johns. We started the show with 180 gift cards to give, and we ended the show with no more gift cards to give! (Spoiler, that’s a good thing!) Thank you for donating to Lifeline 2021 and giving us the opportunity to give back!

Lexie shares a devotional titled Lord of The Moment written by James Banks.

Who was Solomon’s Mother?

Answer: Bathsheba!

Congratulations to Becky of Fredericktown for guessing correctly and winning a $5 gift certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Here’s the final total from the first day of fundraising for Lifeline 2021…

$22,170!

Thank you so much for tuning into the Afternoon Drive, and supporting us through Lifeline 2021! – Lexie & Joe

Day of Prayer and Praise! Who Knew Wednesday for Lifeline 2021!

Joe and Lexie praise God for Lifeline 2021’s Day of Prayer & Praise!

They share many testimonies from listeners, and praise God for another chance to celebrate with Lifeline 2021!

our theme this year is Keep Me In The Moment, and we share a lot about how we can stay in the moment.

Lexie in particular shares a devotional about how Every Moment Matters.

Joe talks about toasters! (Trust us it makes sense.)

Sometimes being in a service medium you may feel like a toaster, you’re expected to do what you do and do it well consistently, and it is only when you have hiccups or don’t perform well that you get noticed. Maybe you feel like a toaster, but God likes his toast however you make it! So thank you, for being in the business of serving others!

  • I was born March 24th, 1976.
  • I grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • I am a former NFL Quarterback
  • My favourite football player growing up was my dad
  • My favourite college football fight song is rocky top.
  • My father and my younger brother were also in the NFL
  • I have the most AP MVP Awards, with a total of five!
  • I have two super bowl rings

Answer: Peyton Manning!

Congrats to Jenny from Mount Vernon for guessing correctly and winning a $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thank you so much for tuning into The Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

Praise Thursday: Jesus in Disguise & Catching Foxes

Jesus in Disguise

Catching Foxes

The Our Daily Bread website is packed fully if amazing content! You can check it out HERE.

Austin French begin his music career by finishing runner-up on which TV show?

Answer: “Rising Star”

Congratulations to Marissa from Fredericktown  who guessed our artist trivia question and won those two pass to WinterJam 2020! If you want to know more about this click HERE!

We talked a little bit about Lifeline 2020 today! If you want to know more, click HERE!

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Todd

NZ Top 10 for June 8, 2018

Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Jordan Feliz – Witness
9. Tenth Avenue North – Control
8. Austin French – Freedom Hymn
7. Hillsong UNITED – So Will I
6. MercyMe f/John Reuben – Grace Got You
5. Casting Crowns – God of All My Days
4. TobyMac – I Just Need U
3. Zach Williams – Fear is a Liar
2. Chris Tomlin – Resurrection Power
1. Cory Asbury – Reckless Love

This week’s new songs included:

Mandisa – Good News (click the picture to see the video)
Mandisa good news

I Am They – My Feet Are on the Rock (click the picture for the video)
i am they fee

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lilly

Lifeline 2018: Fix My Eyes

“When I sleep and when I rise, 
Help me Lord, to fix my eyes.”

Firstly, if you want to learn everything there is to know about Lifeline 2018, click here!

Secondly…
It’s the last Praise Thursday before Lifeline 2018!
This means, today, we dived into the theme song of Lifeline 2018, “Fix My Eyes” from For King and Country! Read on to dive into the lyrics and scripture of the song!

The first verse goes like this…
Hit rewind
Click delete
Stand face to face with the younger me
All of the mistakes
All of her heartbreak
Here’s what I’d do differently

Hitting rewind and clicking delete is something I really wish I could do – and quite often at that. Here’s what we learn about that from scripture…
Philippians 3:13 – “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.”
There are so many things we wish we could hit rewind and click delete on, getting rid of that messy past, standing face-to-face with the younger us. But Philippians tells us that we should forget what is behind us.
Once we come to fix our eyes on Christ, our past fades away. No matter how dirty our past has been, Christ makes us clean and makes us new.

Christ isn’t looking at our mistakes. Christ isn’t looking at all the heartbreak.
He is calling us to stop dwelling on our past and hand that past to Him.
2nd Corinthians 5:17 also says :Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!”

The chorus goes like this…
I’d love like I’m not scared
Give when it’s not fair
Live life for another
Take time for a brother
Fight for the weak ones
Speak out for freedom
Find faith in the battle
Stand tall but above it all
Fix my eyes on you

One BIGGGG part of the song is the first line of the chorus. LOVE LIKE IM NOT SCARED.

Hooooowwwwww much easier would life be if we stopped being scared? I’ll be the first one to admit how generally scared of a person I am. I’m scared of everything from spiders to escalators to driving to not being good enough, and so many things in between. I’m scared of what other people think of me. I’m scared of what they’ll think if I really loved them like I wasn’t scared. WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. God has not given us a spirit of timidity or fear. The creator of the universe and the author of love itself has given us a spirit of power and love and a sound mind. We might be the only glimpse of Christ that someone ever sees. We need to not be afraid to love because Christ was never afraid to love us. And we get to love like we’re not scared right here through WNZR. We have the opportunity to be the light of Christ every time you turn on that radio. We are blessed to be a light in this community of Mt. Vernon and we can’t do that without you.

Okay, clearly, we could do are whole show on just one of these lines. Let alone just this one part of the chorus – but what is this over all meaning of this part. I think these things are the outcome of what happens when we fix our eyes on God or When things that we can do in order to “Fix” our eyes – meaning if that our eyes were broken, that they were fixed on something worldly. These are things that we can do to remind us who is in controls the world.

The bridge… oh yes…
The things of Earth are dimming
In the light of Your glory and grace
I’ll set my sights upon Heaven
I’m fixing my eyes on you

The verses before 2nd Corinthians 4:18 also tell us that the troubles of this world are LIGHT and MOMENTARY. When we compare the weight of our current troubles to the glory that is going to be revealed to us in heaven through Christ, the troubles really do begin to seem light and momentary.

James 4:14 literally tells us that we’re a mist.
“Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

Yes our lives our short and the things of this earth don’t matter once we reach Heaven, but it matters how we live the lives we’re given here on earth. God has given us our lives not to promote our own name, but to tell the world of His.
Yeah, I’m a mist. But I’m a mist with purpose and I want to tell the rest of the mists about the Lord who has given me life.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah

Lifeline 2018: Point to You

Today, we dived into another Lifeline themed song- “Point to You” from We are Messengers! Check out the lyrics and scripture below!

Here’s the first verse…

“How can I forgive when I can’t forgive myself
How can I move on when all I have is regrets
How can I fix you when I keep turning away
How can I make it past the noise of my shame”

1st John 4:19
“We love because he first loved us.”

Romans 5:8
“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

It’s hard to forgive when we have no reference. It’s hard to move on, it’s hard to be fixed and it’s hard to make it past the noise of our shame. When we fix our eyes on God and learn that He has set the examples for us, we can do all these things more fully.

The pre-chorus is so powerful…

“Some healing for my heart
I need a revelation
A brand new start
I want simplicity
Where I can rest
But I need a miracle
to put my past to death”

1 John 1:9-
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Psalm 103:12 –
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west.

God as taken our past and our past sin and thrown them out – but sometimes there is a lot of hurt left from those past sins – But Gods as got it *Psalms 23 – God is healing our hearts and grieving us peace like it says in psalms 23. We can become fully healed when we fix our eyes on Jesus and we can also have a peace that passes all understanding.

The chorus really packs a punch…

“I know you want my heart
My bruises and my scars
I’m coming as I am
The only way I can
I can’t forget from where I’ve come
And what my heart’s been rescued from
Yeah when they ask me who
I owe my whole life to
I point to You”

James 4:8
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

 

Matthew 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

God wants us! He wants us – the creator of the galaxies wants us. And he doesn’t want this pretty perfect cleaned up version of us, because he knows that no matter how hard we try, it will never be good enough- That’s why he sent his son. To cleanses us. God doesn’t want this fake pretty picture of you, he wants you as you are – he knows that you broken and wants to help heel you, but you need to show him all the dark and gross, the bruises and the scars and let him heal those parts of your heart.

The first part of the second verse goes like this…

“I want so badly just to finally get well
But I don’t want a quick fix and emotional self”

This world is going to try to give you all these quick fixes. The world is going to try to get you to walk through all these doors that offer temporary happiness, a temporary cure. Once we fix our eyes on Christ, we know that this world has nothing to give us and that our hope and future is found only in Jesus, and He is the only one that can help us finally get well.

The second part of the second verse…

“I will be honest with my humanity
No I’m not perfect and I don’t pretend to be”

One of the hardest things to do is to admit when we’re struggling. Being honest with our humanity is so difficult and I know sometimes we want to pretend that we have it all together and pretend that we’re perfect, but that’s also difficult to do. In all reality, we are so broken. We are all broken. When we start being honest, it opens up a whole new world to us. We start becoming stronger as a Christian community because we are open and honest with each other because we now know that Jesus heals our brokenness and makes us new, and that’s what happens when we fix our eyes on Him.

The bridge is the most powerful part of this song…

 

“People say that I’ve lost myself
I’ll say I’m found in You
People ask where does my story end
I’ll say it starts with You”

Romans 6:14
For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Galatians 2:20
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Psalm 39:4 -7
“Show me, LORD, my life’s end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting my life is. 5 You have made my days a mere hand-breadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Everyone is but a breath, even those who seem secure. 6 “Surely everyone goes around like a mere phantom; in vain they rush about, heaping up wealth without knowing whose it will finally be. 7 “But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.

We have been made new! As Christians Christs lives within us, we become one with him. We are no longer who we were but we are a new creation in him. That’s good and a reason to praise God, which we are on longer like our sinful self’s – are we perfect – no, but we are redeemed. The best part is, this life is just a breath, we get start our life in our true home. Heaven.

Thanks for listening!
-Lilly and Hannah

Another amazing day on the Afternoon Drive, dissecting  Mandisa’s ‘Overcomer’ and also took a look at Hillsong United’s ‘Oceans’.

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

  • Where are you looking to find your ray of hope?
  • “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
  • “You see, a real sign of spiritual maturity is looking to God for purpose and perspective instead of comfort and convenience.” – Lysa Terkurst

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know he’s not gonna let it get the best of you

  • 1st Corinthians 10:13
    “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
  • GOD IS FAITHFUL WHEN WE CHOOSE TO FIX OUR EYES ON HIM.
  • Jeremiah 29:11
    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ’til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when he reminds you
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Exodus 14:14
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Deuteronomy 20:1-4
“When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.”

  • When it seems like all is lost, when you are down and out, when the walls are closing in, it’s not over. God is with us through the fight.

Psalm 20:7-8
“Some boast in chariots and some in horses, But we will boast in the name of the LORD, our God.”

John 16:33

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  • In this world you WILL have tribulation.
  • God’s not saying it’s going to be easy. The opposite, in fact. But what He is saying is that He’s going to be there through it all.

The same man, the great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of you

  • Like, honestly can we say any more?
  • This should get you SUPER PUMPED.
  • Remember, the next time you’re staring at a mountain you think you can’t climb, when you’re toe-to-toe in the ring with a seemingly unconquerable sin, when you feel like David against Goliath, the Man that overcame death for YOU, also LIVES in you.

So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing he can’t do
He’s telling you

  • When we’re fixing our eyes on Christ, there’s NOTHING we can’t do.
  • We need to remember that He gives us the strength and power to fight these battles. Not only that, He’s also fighting those battles right along side us.

Moving over to Oceans from Hillsong United now…

You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown
Where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

The unknown is scary and we have, as humans have this really big fear of failing we say – what if God calls me to *Fill in the blank* and I fail? Maybe I should just not do it. You are called to go deeper – don’t play it safe, it’s better to fail with God by your side doing what he told you to do rather than to succeed in something else that God didn’t call you to – don’t be a Jonah.

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise, my soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine

We are his. He has adopted us as children of God and if we choose to fix our eyes on him – resting in his embrace, we can keep our eyes above the water! We can claim the God of EVERYTHING has OURs as our FATHER. Why should we fear anything when we are royal children of the king of kings, the Lord of Lord – the Great Redeemer.

Thanks for listening!
– Lilly and Hannah

 

 

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!

More stories behind the songs…

crowder-lift

Today we shared more of the stories behind some of the songs we play at WNZR.

The first: Lift Your Head Weary Sinner by Crowder. Watch the video here.

David talked with NewReleaseTuesday.com about the story in the song:

One of the main narratives and the arc of the Gospel, even back to the Israelites, was the exit from Paradise and a longing to return to a relationship between the created and their Creator. Our stories are all of being exiled and longing to return home. It feels like one of the main themes running through Scripture is home, the ultimate home being union with the Divine. This song is right in the middle of that theme that has been woven throughout Scripture and my album. This song is a turning point. The word “if” in the song lyrics “if you’re lost and wandering” represents how the idea of sin, which necessitates this distance between us and God, is inherent in each of us. 

The idea of atonement is that we as Christians have placed our faith and hope in Jesus and His blood sacrifice on behalf of our sins. We are raised to a new life and a new reconciled existence between our Creator God and us. We get the story of the Temple veil being torn in two and the blood of Christ allowing our access to God. When you get to that word “if” in the chorus, it’s all inclusive. Everybody can answer “yes, I’m lost and wandering.”

We also shared the story of I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe.  Click here for the video. Lead singer Bart Millard shared this story with The Christian Post in 2004:

When my father died of cancer in 1991, he left me with the assurance that he was headed to a better place. He used to always tell me that I was getting the raw end of the deal because I had to stick around here. For several years following his death, I would find myself writing the phrase, I can only imagine, on anything I could find. That simple phrase would give me a peace and a hope thinking about what my dad was finally experiencing.

Years later, in 1999, MercyMe was writing songs for an independent project. I remember coming home from a show and being wide awake on our bus at 2 o’clock in the morning. I was trying to write lyrics in an old notebook of mine, when all of a sudden, I stumbled across that phrase. About ten minutes later, the song was written. Some people say it’s amazing that it was written in ten minutes, when really it had been on my heart for almost ten years.

Finally, we shared the story of Fix My Eyes by For King and Country…Video here. here’s what Joel Smallbone shared with NewReleaseTuesday.com:

We thought things were great and our lives had taken an awesome turn, but we took a step back and had a poignant moment while we were writing the song, asking ourselves who we are as people and as a band, and interjecting all of those things into a song. The chorus talks about everything from social awareness of third world countries, fighting for the weak ones, speaking up for freedom, fighting for abandon and risking it all for love. The chorus culminates in saying that we can do all of these things, but if we don’t fix our eyes, meaning repair our eyes, and fix our eyes on above, then all of these things are worthless. The bridge of the song was inspired by the hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus.”

Our Word of the Day is paroxysm, a noun meaning any sudden, violent outburst; a fit of violent action or emotion.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe

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