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“Escape Or Peace?”

Today on the show we shared some devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also had our weekly Bible trivia that gives one lucky person a chance to win a 2021 Voice of The Cougars Drawstring Backpack.

Here are the devotionals that we have chosen:

Jonathon’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled, “True Happiness”. You can find the link here.

Dylan’s devotional from Our Daily Bread is titled, “Escape Or Peace?”. You can find the link here.

Question: What does Jesus say is the first and greatest commandment?
Answer: Love God with all your heart, minds, soul, and strength

Congratulations to Sam of Alexandria for guessing the correct answer! He wins a 2021 Voice of the Cougars Drawstring Backpack!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon

Rock the Universe!

Another Tuesday, another Artist Newsday! Today, We Are Messengers hit a huge milestone on one of their new songs! Also this weekend, a HUGE Christian music festival will kick off!

Rock the Universe 2022 kicks off this Friday for an unforgettable weekend of faith and fun at Universal Studios in Florida. Fans and youth groups can once again come together at Florida’s biggest Christian music festival to enjoy gripping performances by some of Christian music’s top artists, including…

Friday, January 28Saturday, January 29
for KING & COUNTRYCasting Crowns
CrowderZach Williams
Matthew WestBig Daddy Weave
Jordan FelizCory Asbury
Rhett WalkerWe the Kingdom
Riley ClemmonsSocial Club Misfits

Those attending the festival will also enjoy access to both Universal Parks in addition to the three days of worship. Rock the Universe 2022 runs from Friday all the way to Sunday morning.

We Are Messengers song “Come What May” has hit #1 on the Billboard Christian Airplay Chart. It also has spent 11 straight weeks at #1 on the Mediabase Christian Audience Chart. This marks the first time that the group has been at #1 on both charts. 

Here’s what the groups front man Darren Mulligan had to say about the success. “God’s kindness has always been obvious to me, but today is extra special and a sweet example of how fond He is of people like us,” he shared. “I am so very thankful for our management team, Curb | Word Entertainment, and our incredible promo team who have brought this song to radio. We cannot express our gratitude for the never-ending love, support and encouragement of every single radio station in the USA. I’m honored to be a part of this community, and We Are Messengers will continue to share the news of Jesus with a world that needs Him more than ever.” 

We Are Messengers will be hitting the road with Casting Crowns on “The Healer Tour” beginning February 17th and departing on the first leg of their headlining “The Wholehearted Tour” with special guests Apollo LTD and Stephen Stanley on April 17th.

Thank you to jesusfreakhideout.com for their great coverage of your favorite artists on WNZR!

Praise Him in the morning
Praise Him in the noontime
Praise Him when the sun goes down

That was Good God Almighty from Crowder!

Congratulations to Steve of Mount Vernon for correctly guessing the song and winning TWO Voice of the Cougar string backpacks! Tune in tomorrow for our Who Am I Trivia with Dylan and Joe!

Thanks for listening,

Jonathon & Dylan

“Caring For Those In Need”

Today on the show we read some devotionals from Our Daily Bread. We also got an update from WNZR’s Joe Rinehart on how he and Marcy are feeling health wise.

Here are the devotionals that I chose from Our Daily Bread:

“Caring For Those In Need” by Julie Schwab. You can find the link here.

“A Worthwhile Wait” by Leslie Koh. You can find the link here.

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan

A Generation Chasing Christ

I was blessed with the opportunity to travel to Atlanta, Georgia to meet, celebrate, and worship with thousands of people at Passion 2022. Today on the show, I reflected on how God was able to move through 18-25-year-olds in this event to bring in the New Year!

Many big names in Christian music and ministry came together for the two day event including

  • Passion Music
  • Maverick City Music
  • Crowder
  • Kari Jobe & Cody Carnes
  • KB
  • Christine Caine
  • Jennie Allen
  • Louie Giglio
  • Tim Tebow
  • Sadie Huff
  • Levi Lusko
  • And More!

To watch any of the event on demand, visit https://www.passion2022.com/rewatch/session-one-english

Thanks for listening!

Jonathon

“Into The Mystery”

It’s artist news day and NEEDTOBREATHE is making its documentary available to the public.

Earlier this month we talked about NEEDTOBREATHE’s documentary “INTO THE MYSTERY”, if you didn’t get a chance to watch the documentary in person, well you’re in luck because Greenwich Entertainment announced that the documentary will be available on demand starting today on most streaming platforms! The film release will follow the band’s massive 38-city tour across the United States.

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and without telling a soul, the band went to a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee to work on new music. Over the next three weeks, they resided under one roof and handcrafted an album titled, “Into The Mystery”. The documentary offers a rare look at the collaboration of artists at the height of their creative powers who are struggling with the same fear and isolation that has affected everyone the last 16 months.

Here is what the band had to say. “We’re big fans of music documentaries where you get to actually watch the artist creating in the space where the record is made. Getting to see an idea stretch and grow into a finished song is really inspiring, but we’ve never really let our fans see behind the curtain. Now people will get to pull up a chair and become a part of the process as we create our eighth studio album in an old house in the hills of Tennessee.”

Lord, Your ways are higher
You know Your plans for me
You give purpose and a future
Even when I can’t see

Answer: For The Good by Riley Clemmons

Congratulations to Leanne of Howard for guessing the correct answer! She wins THREE $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan

Into The Mystery

Today on the show, we shared some artist news.

We also reflected on the Champions of Character Game that brought over 2,000 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders of Mount Vernon City Schools to Ariel Arena.

Jonathon’s artist news story was about We The Kingdom:

Fresh off winning Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards, We The Kingdom has teamed up with Dante Bowe to release a special version of the group’s chart-topping single — “God So Loved (Live),” available now. “About a month ago, we shared the live video of ‘God So Loved’ with Dante Bowe from the Worship Together Conference,” says Ed Cash. “It was such a special experience that we decided to release the audio everywhere you listen to music. It has brought us great joy getting to play this song across the country this year, and we are deeply grateful to Dante for joining us on this new version! We pray that you feel encouraged and pursued by your Heavenly Father as you listen!” Written by We The Kingdom and featured on their award-winning debut album, ‘Holy Water,’ the studio version of “God So Loved” served as the group’s second No. 1 single on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. It was also nominated for Worship Recorded Song of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards.

Dylan’s artist news story was about NEEDTOBREATHE:

NEEDTOBREATHE is coming out with a documentary called “Into The Mystery”. This was also an album that NEEDTOBREATHE released during the summer of 2021. This documentary is going to be released in over 500 movie theaters nationwide tomorrow. This is a peak behind the curtain of what the band does during recording. This documentary is about how during the COVID-19 pandemic the band went to a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee to work on new music. Over a three week period, the band lived at the house and made a album about the turbulent moments that were happening during that time. The documentary is about how they were dealing with fear and isolation just like everyone else. Here is what the band had to say in their own words, “We’re big fans of music documentaries where you get to actually watch the artist creating in the space where the record is made.” “Getting to see an idea stretch and grow into a finished song is really inspiring, but we’ve never really let our fans see behind the curtain. Now people will get to pull up a chair and become a part of the process as we create our eighth studio album in an old house in the hills of Tennessee.” The documentary will be in select theaters in Ohio. The closest theater the documentary will be showed at is at the Cinemark 14 Mansfield in Ontario, OH.

You can check out both of these articles using this link.

The God who made the winters and the summers
The One who put the stars all in their place
The only One who stands above all others
He knows me by name

The answer: God Who Listens by Chris Tomlin


This week’s trivia was a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week for a chance to win TWO $5 gift cards to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!

-Dylan and Jonathon




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

“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

“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

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