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Christmas for everyone!

Today’s Monday Motivation reflections about Christmas remind us that Christmas is an invitation for everyone.

Lisa Samra shares ‘Joy to the World’ here:

Every Christmas we decorate our home with nativity scenes from around the world. We have a German nativity pyramid, a manger scene fashioned out of olive wood from Bethlehem, and a brightly colored Mexican folk version. Our family favorite is a whimsical entry from Africa. Instead of the more traditional sheep and camels, a hippopotamus gazes contently at the baby Jesus.

The unique cultural perspective brought to life in these nativity scenes warms my heart as I ponder each beautiful reminder that Jesus’ birth was not just for one nation or culture. It’s good news for the whole earth, a reason for people from every country and ethnicity to rejoice.

The little baby depicted in each of our nativity scenes revealed this truth of God’s heart for the entire world. As John wrote in relation to Christ’s conversation with an inquisitive Pharisee named Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

The gift of Jesus is good news for everyone. No matter where on earth you call home, Jesus’ birth is God’s offer of love and peace to you. And all who find new life in Christ, “from every tribe and language and people and nation” will one day celebrate God’s glory forever and ever (Revelation 5:9).

Amy Boucher Pye shares ‘Welcomed Into God’s Family’

We were singles and couples and a family with children, together celebrating Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve. The conversation flowed, the food tasted scrumptious, and we even had fun washing up the dishes. Between courses we read through the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel, marveling over the greatest gift of the season, Jesus. Because of Christ, we who previously had been a ragtag bunch of strangers were now sisters and brothers.

Jesus always welcomed the stranger. Even as at His birth God beckoned the shepherds to come and worship the newborn baby: “The Savior-yes, the Messiah, the Lord-has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (LUKE 2:11). Curious, the humble shepherds hurried Bethlehem. And after they saw the baby, they went and spread the good news about Jesus the Savior, and “all who to heard the shepherds’ story were astonished” (v.18).

As Messiah, Jesus the baby grew up to be the Man who died on the cross, the perfect sacrifice who wipes away the sins of those who follow Him. Jesus, the Son who is God, humbled Himself to be born in a stable and then willingly sacrificed His life for us.

When we bow before Him in worship, even as the shepherds did as they glorified and praised God for all they had seen and heard (v. 20), He makes us part of His family. Jesus welcomes us into His worldwide community of those God uses to spread His love and light.

Name the top two desserts people eat a lot of at Christmastime:
1- cookies (54 votes)
2- pie (12)
3- pudding (7)
4- fruitcake (6)
5- fudge (5)
6- candy/candy canes (4)
7- gingerbread (2)

Congratulations to Danelle of Fredericktown, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Amy from Howard
Jeff from Mount Vernon

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

God’s Promises and Power

Today’s Monday Motivation focused on devotionals from Anne Cetas, senior content editor at Our Daily Bread.

I shared a reminder about the power and gift of the Holy Spirit, called ‘Jesus Promise to You.’ Read it by clicking here.

Jonathon shared Anne’s devotional called ‘The Power of God.’ Read it by clicking here.

Name something that the city of Chicago is known for:
1- The Chicago Fire
2- The Windy City
3- Willis Tower
4- The Chicago Bulls/Michael Jordan

Congratulations to Jennifer from Centerburg, who guessed the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup. It’s also her birthday today!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

Unexpected blessings

Today I’m sharing a devotional reminding us that our God specializes in making beauty from ashes, or as Elevation Worship sings, graves into gardens. Here’s a short passage from James Banks in Our Daily Bread, which takes us from Peter Pan to Ruth. Read ‘Hard Ground and Tender Mercy’ by clicking here.

If you had fingers the size of hot dogs, name two activities you might have trouble doing…
1- typing
2- put on clothes or shoes
3- sewing
4- braiding or combing your hair
5- picking up things

Congratulations to Gabriel from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Welcome to our new partner!

Today we welcome Everlasting Cup of Mount Vernon as a partner for the Afternoon Drive and the All-Request Drive Home!

Each Monday through Thursday, we will give away a $5 gift card to their restaurant, at 510 South Main Street in Mount Vernon.

Today’s Monday Motivation started with a story about an example of beauty from ashes. Read “The Knife Angel” by clicking here.

Here’s a picture of the finished product, courtesy of the BBC:

We asked 100 people – how much do you tip for good service?

1- 20% (39 votes)
2- 15% (22)
3- 25% (18)
4- 18% (8)
5- $20 (7)
6- 10% (2)

Congratulations to Jean from Mount Vernon – she got the top two answers and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lexie

Inspired by letters to Timothy

Today Todd and I shared a couple of Monday Motivation devotionals, both inspired in part from Paul’s letters to Timothy.

The first is called ‘Whack-A-Mole,’ and deals with being content…click here to read it.

The second devo is ‘From Pity to Praise‘…you can click here to read it.

Name a liquid in your kitchen that you hope no one ever accidentally drinks:

1- Liquid soap or cleaner (46 votes)
2- Vinegar (30)
3- Cooking Oil (16)
4- Soy sauce (4)
5- Bacon grease (2)

Congratulations to Laura from Mount Vernon who wins the One Sonic Society CD, “Great Are You, Lord.”

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

The ever-present presence

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from a Colombian soccer player who reminds us, with Jesus, we are NEVER alone! Read the full devotional from Our Daily Bread by clicking here.

Name something you do while you soak in the bathtub:
1- Read
2- Relax
3- Listen to Music
4- Daydream
5- Sing
6- Think

Congratulations to Brenda from Fredericktown, who guessed the top two answers and wins the CD ‘Revealing Jesus’ from Darlene Zschech.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

Kindness, continued…

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from the devotional ‘I Will,’ written by Anne Cetas, reminding us to open to new friendships. Read it by clicking here.

We also shared a hand sanitizer recall today…here’s the info:

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in hand sanitizer purchases, but now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning that nine brands may be potentially toxic. 

The FDA said Friday that consumers should stop using any hand sanitizer from Mexico-based manufacturer SA de CV, due to the potential presence of methanol, or wood alcohol, in its products. The FDA warned that methanol can be toxic when ingested or absorbed through the skin. 

The FDA listed the following products in its warning: 

– All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01)

– Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01)

– CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04)

– Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01)

– The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10)

– CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-005-03)

– CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-009-01)

– CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-003-01)

– Saniderm Advanced Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-001-01)

What’s the last thing you say to your children before they go to sleep?
1 – I Love You (52 votes)
2 – Good Night (29 votes)
3 – Prayer (5 votes)
4 – God Bless You (3 votes)
5 – Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite (3 votes)

Congratulations to Karen from Mount Vernon for guessing the top two answers and winning Newsong’s “Faithful” CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Alyssa

Motivation and mystery

Today’s Monday Motivation comes from author Mike Wittmer with a reminder that a little self-evaluation is always important. The question is – ‘where are you headed?’ Read more here from Our Daily Bread.

100 people surveyed – top 7 answers on the board!

Name the top two things you dread about going to the doctor:
1- The wait (31)
2- The shots (23)
3- Results or bad news (19)
4- The exam (11)
5- The smell (5)
6- The bill (5)
7- Undressing (5)

Congratulations to Cindi from Mount Vernon who guessed correctly and wins the Phil Wickham CD, Living Hope.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

A call to prayer…

Today we acknowledge and respond to the fact that things are just not okay right now in our country. So what’s our response? PRAYER.

So, today I shared a devotional about go-between prayers…we give them, but we also receive them. Want to know more? Click here to read this thoughtful devotional from Our Daily Bread.

Here’s more about the author, Jennifer Benson Schuldt.

Besides a teacher, name a job at a high school.
1- Janitor
2- Principal
3- Counselor
4- Cafeteria Worker
congratulations to Joanne from Mount Vernon, who guessed the top two answers and wins a copy of the MercyMe CD, Lifer.

Thanks for listening! Keep praying!
– Joe

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