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NZ Top 10 + New Music – 9/30

Here’s this week’s NZ Top 10:

10: One Step Away – Casting Crowns

9: Ever Be – Aaron Shust

8: Trust In You – Lauren Daigle

7: God Is On The Move – 7eventh Time Down

6: Breathe – Jonny Diaz

5: Priceless – For King & Country

4: Christ In Me – Jeremy Camp

3: Thy Will – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family

2: Dear Younger Me – MercyMe

1: Eye of the Storm – Ryan Stevenson ft. GabeReal

Have a great weekend and make sure to come out to our big 30th anniversary party in downtown Mount Vernon tomorrow night (more info at wnzr.fm)!

-Jess

Lifeline Choice Challenge Day!

Today on the Afternoon Drive, we strayed from our normal Praise Thursday and brought you the Lifeline Choice Challenge during an extended show.

We talked about our theme of Build Your Kingdom Here and how that relates to our mission statement: “WNZR Radio exists to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, provide listeners with excellence in programming, build trusted relationships in the community, and advance the mission of Mount Vernon Nazarene University- shaping lives through educating the whole person and cultivating Christ-likeness for lifelong learning and service.”

John 15:8 talks about how we can glorify God by bearing fruit, and one way that we do that is by allowing Him to dwell in our hearts and build His kingdom there. As a ministry, we want the kingdom of God to be in our hearts so that we can show His kingdom to others.

Another way we can glorify God with our station is by providing our listeners with excellence in programming, which is the next part of our mission statement. We want to be able to provide with quality and family-friendly programming that encourages you toward a deeper relationship with Christ where YOU allow Him to build His kingdom in your heart.

Lastly, we want to build trusted relationships with people in the community so that we can show the love of Christ to others and build God’s kingdom in Knox County.

Our Word of the Day was parry, a verb meaning to ward off a weapon or blow, or to evade. You can read more on that here.

You can head over to wnzr.fm now to pledge for Lifeline 2016.

Have a great Thursday evening!

-Jess & Joe

Game Time Tuesday – 3/22

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive!

We started off the show with song poetry using these lyrics: I’ll surrender to the power / Of being crushed by love / Till the beauty that was hidden/ Isn’t covered up. Kristen from Mount Vernon called in and guessed that those lyrics belong to Hawk Nelson’s song Diamonds.

Our winner for Name That Tune was Sherrisa from Howard who guessed that the clip we played belonged to Dara Maclean’s song Wanted.

Our Word of the Day was affinal, an adjective meaning related by or concerning marriage. You can read more on that here.

And make sure to head over here for all the information on Lifeline 2016, which kicks off one week from tomorrow!

Have a terrific Tuesday evening!

-Jess

The Kingdom Visible…then and now.

lifeline banner-01We continue our weekly devotional time on Praise Thursday with more about ‘Build Your Kingdom Here.’

The phrase itself sometimes leaves us with these questions: If we’re asking God to Build His Kingdom, how does it become visible?  How do we know it’s here? How was it visible when Jesus spoke to the Pharisees in Luke 17?  Wasn’t that what they were asking? How can we borrow from that passage now?

Biblical scholars have been studying the Gospels for centuries and there are two basic translations of the last part of verse 21: ‘The Kingdom of God is in your midst (or among you)’ and ‘The Kingdom of God is within you.’  The difference is that in biblical times, Jesus was basically saying that the Kingdom was standing in front of the scholars.  He was the representation of the Kingdom!

So what about this concept of the Kingdom starting in our hearts?  Well, if as Christians we are to imitate Christ (Ephesians 5:1) then the Kingdom must start in our hearts.  We must take on the HEART of Christ. The scriptures also remind us that the Kingdom of God should be on our minds.  Matthew 6: 9-13 is the Lord’s Prayer – it tells us we should pray for the Kingdom to come.  Matthew 6:33 says we should seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and his righteousness.  So, we should seek to let Christ-like characteristics reign in our heart, which then translates to our mind and hands, and finally becomes a habit.

Today’s word of the day is HIBERNIAN – which means quite simply, Irish.  Hibernia is the Latin name for Ireland.

Today’s ‘leftover’ trivia question from Wednesday’s show was: Vinegar is a liquid consisting of acetic acid, water and other trace chemicals, which may include flavorings. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of WHAT LIQUID?

The answer is ETHANOL!  Congratulations to Dan from Howard (who is a chemist) who correctly answered our question and wins a $5 gift card from Troyer’s of Apple Valley.

Thanks for listening and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

-Joe

Praise Thursday -Story Behind Build Your Kingdom Here

Today was Praise Thursday on the Afternoon Drive, and we talked all about our Lifeline 2016 theme of Build Your Kingdom Here. We focused on the meaning behind the song Build Your Kingdom Here by Rend Collective.

I shared some interviews that were done with Gareth, the lead singer of the band, about the story of the song. You can find those here and here.

I also shared these verses that Gareth said helped to inspire the song (click each for the verse) : Colossians 3:14-15, Matthew 6:33-34, and Matthew 10:7.

I also shared our Lifeline 2016 theme verse, Luke 17:20-21, which says:

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Click here to find out everything you need to know about Lifeline 2016.

Our Word of the Day was palatable, an adjective agreeable or acceptable to the taste or mind. You can read more on that here.

Have a great Thursday evening!

-Jess

 

Why Build His Kingdom?

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Last week we started the discussion about our Lifeline 2016 theme, “Build Your Kingdom Here.”

This week, we’re asking and answering this question: why should we WANT to build His kingdom in our hearts?  To me, one answer became clear last Sunday in church, when our youth pastor, Brian, spoke very transparently about how the “Gospel means everything.” It’s the good news that Jesus brought that fuels a desire to make room for Him in our hearts.

But what is that good news?  Luke 15 gives us some perspective. When Jesus tells the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son, we learn some very important elements of the beauty of the Gospel…

1- Every person is important to God. Why else would the shepherd leave 99 to find one lost sheep?

2- God celebrates when a lost person is found. All three of these parables don’t end with a scolding, they end with a celebration!  Just like heaven does when a lost soul is found.

3- While we may turn away or turn our back on God, he never turns his back on us!  God never stops in his pursuit of us. He doesn’t turn his back on the straying ‘son or daughter.’

4- God has compassion for the lost. The father in the story of the prodigal son extends his love and acceptance his boy returns, miserable after trying life on his own.

When we build his kingdom in our hearts, he gives us his heart when it comes to lost people.

Today’s word of the day is: deasil (DEE-zil), which simply means, clockwise!

Thanks for listening…

-Joe

Build Your Kingdom…where?

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Today we started sharing some of the reasons behind choosing “Build Your Kingdom Here” as our theme for Lifeline 2016.

Reason #1 – the song from Rend Collective, which starts with these lines:

Come set your rule and reign, in our hearts again...

Reason #2 – Luke 17:20-21

20 Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” (or “in your midst”, NIV)

The point of all this is to remind us that the ‘kingdom’ of God starts in our hearts!  He needs to take His rightful place on the throne of our heart.  So the question becomes, are we making room for Him there?  Have we made sure to create good habits to allow Him to take his rightful place? To start his construction project? Are we crying out to him to, once again, take rule in our hearts?

Revelation 3 reminds us that he’s standing at the door and knocking…are we answering and letting him in?

Today’s word of the day: INTERSTITIAL (in-ter-STISH-ul), meaning…
pertaining to, situated in, or forming small or narrow spaces or intervals between things or parts; in anatomy. situated between the cells of structure or part: interstitial tissue.

Thanks for listening!

-Joe

Game Time Tuesday – 11/10

Today was Game Time Tuesday on the Afternoon Drive!

First, Faith and I told you all about Totally Tasty Tom Turkey Hunt. You can find all the information on that here.

You can head over here for all the information on Operation Christmas Child that we shared.

We played Buzzword with the word “cake”, and after several people attempted, Kim from Mount Vernon was our winner!

We also played song poetry with these lyrics: In the face of my depravity / For God so loved the world, He died for me / My fire burns, ‘till He returns / And takes me home beyond the galaxy.

Melody from Mt. Vernon called and correctly answered that those lyrics belong to You Are Not Alone by Owl City and Britt Nicole.

Have a terrific Tuesday evening!

-Jess

Mystery Monday – 11/2

Today was Mystery Monday on the Afternoon Drive, and we had the return of the Mystery Box!

Jessica from Mount Vernon called in right after we kicked off the first Mystery Box test, and correctly guessed there was a bag of cereal hidden in the box.

We told you all the information on the upcoming Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection. You can read all about that here.

We also told you about WinterJam 2016, which will be coming to the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Saturday, January 9th. You can find all the details over here.

Our Word of the Day was ruddy, an adjective meaning red in color. You can read more on that here.

Have a great week!

-Jess

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