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NZ Top 10 for 2/25/22

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Ryan Ellis – Heart of the Father
9. MercyMe f/Sam Wesley – On Our Way
8. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord
7. Danny Gokey – Stand in Faith
6. Jordan St. Cyr – Weary Traveler
5. Sanctus Real -My God is Still the Same
4. for King & Country – Relate
3. We Are Messengers – Come What May (1 week at #1)
2. TobyMac – Promised Land
1. Crowder – In The House (1st week at #1)

New Music Friday adds this week:

for King and Country – For God is With Us

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HErRFLapu4

The new album, ‘What Are We Waiting For?’ drops on 3/11/22.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

NZ Top 10 for 2/18/22

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. MercyMe f/Sam Wesley – On Our Way
9. Jordan St. Cyr – Weary Traveler
8. Danny Gokey – Stand in Faith
7. Maverick City Music – Promises
6. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord
5. Sanctus Real -My God is Still the Same
4. Crowder – In The House – Promised Land
3. TobyMac – Promised Land
2. for King & Country – Relate (4 weeks at #1)
1. We Are Messengers – Come What May (1st week at #1)

New Music Friday adds this week:

Brandon Heath – See Me Through It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quoUgjM4ZX4

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

A Word from the Weaver!

Today we shared Joe’s conversation with Rev. Robert ‘Bob’ Weaver and his new 50-day devotional book.

Hear their conversation at this WNZR Soundcloud link!

STUMPER!
–          I was born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California
–          I grew up near Seattle and was a three-time high school All-American in soccer
–          I attended the University of Central Florida and won the Hermann Trophy in 1988
–          I scored the first goal in the history of the US women’s national soccer team in 1985
–          I scored 10 goals in the 1991 women’s World Cup and was awarded the Golden Shoe
–          I also played for the US in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup
–          I retired in 2000, and currently serve as an assistant coach with the Orlando Pride

Congratulations to Dave from Butler, who guessed correctly and wins a WNZR drawstring backpack and a Phil Wickham CD.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

The Power of Love

Today, some Valentine’s Day Monday Motivation –

Dylan shared today’s Our Daily Bread devotional, ‘The Power of Love.’ Click here to read it.

Our second devotional comes from what Joe shared at the 2020 Valentine’s Banquet:

Late last year (2019), I had the chance to read a fantastic book called Hidden Christmas by Pastor Timothy Keller.

Chapter 2 of this book dives in to the importance of the genealogy of Jesus. Keller spends some time focused on the fact that Matthew doesn’t start his Gospel with “once upon a time.”  As he writes, “that is the way of fairy tales or legendary fantasy stories.”  He starts with what? The genealogy of Jesus.  Keller writes that this is critical because Matthew is grounding who Jesus Christ is…and what he does…in history, with a genealogy. In Matthew 1 we learn that Jesus is not a metaphor. He is real. This all happened.

Just before Peter Jackson released the first of his Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies in 2001, there were a number of articles by literary critics and other cultural elites lamenting the popular appeal of fantasies, myths, and legends. They were saying that so many of them promoted regressive views. In other words, modern people are supposed to be more realistic. We should realize that things are not black and white but grey, and happy endings are cruel because life is not like that.

One critic in the New Yorker magazine even wrote that to give into stories like Lord of the Rings “betrays a reluctance to face the finer shades of life that verges on the cowardly.”

So why does Hollywood keep recycling fairy tales, fantasy and super heroes? You might answer, well, it’s because people hunger for them. Okay then, again, why?  I mean, the great fairy tales and legendary stories like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Excalibur”…none of those things really happened and they’re not factually true.

But…they seem to fulfill a set of longings in the human heart.

I would also add that some of the more realistic fiction and love stories that we watch in these days also reflect those longings in the human heart. Keller writes that deep in the human heart there are these realistic desires to experience the supernatural, go on great adventures, to escape death, to know love that we can never lose, to not age but live long enough to realize our creative dreams and maybe even to fly, and communicate with non-human beings and obviously, triumph over evil.

If the stories are well told, we find them incredibly moving and satisfying. Why is that? Keller argues it’s because even though we know that factually those stories didn’t happen, our hearts long for those things; and quite honestly, they scratch that itch.

Beauty and the Beast tells us that there’s a love that can break out of the beastliness that we have created for ourselves. Sleeping Beauty tells us we are in a kind of sleeping enchantment in there is a noble prince who can come and destroy it. We hear the stories, we see the stories, and they stir us because deep inside our hearts we believe or want to believe, that these things are true. Death should not be the end. We should not lose our loved ones. Evil should not triumph. Our heart senses that even though the stories themselves aren’t true, the underlying reality behind the stories somehow ought to be. But our minds say no and the critics say no…when you give yourself to fairy tales and you really believe in moral absolutes and the supernatural and the idea that we could live forever that’s not reality, and it’s cowardly to give yourself to it.

But then we come to the Christmas story. And at first glance The book of Matthew looks like the other legends. A story about someone from a different world who breaks into our world and has miraculous powers and can calm the storm and heal people and raise people from the dead. Then his enemies turn on him and he is put to death and it seems like all hope is over but finally he rises from the dead and saves everyone! We read that and we think: another great fairy tale. It looks like the Christmas story is just one more of those stories…

But Matthew does not start his Gospel with “Once upon a Time.” He says this is no fairytale. Jesus Christ is NOT just one more lovely story pointing to these underlying realities. Jesus IS the underlying reality to which all the stories point. Jesus has come from that eternal supernatural world that we sense is there; that our hearts know is there; even though our heads may say no. Keller writes, “at Christmas, Jesus punched a hole between the ideal and the real; the eternal and the temporal; and came into our world. That means if Matthew was right, there IS an evil sorcerer in this world and we ARE under enchantment; there IS a noble prince who has broken the enchantment, and there IS love from which we can never be parted and we WILL indeed fly someday and will defeat death; and in this world even as Psalms says, “the trees will dance and sing.”

1st John 4: 9-11puts it this way: “this is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

So Keller writes, even though we know that these fairy tales aren’t factually true, the truth of Jesus means all the stories we love are not escapism at all. In a sense, they will come true in Him.

The gospel means all the best stories will be proved in the ultimate sense, true!

During an indoor game of hide and seek, name a specific place where kids hide:
1- closet (63 votes)
2- under a bed (17)
3- behind a couch (9)
4- under a table (4)

Congratulations to Ron from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins a WNZR drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening,
Joe and Dylan

Spread the Love this week!

WNZR’s Spread the Love contest is underway – listen for chances to win some great Valentine’s prizes all week.

Our winners today included Kim from Mount Vernon, who won a $10 gift certificate to Gospel Christian Life Shop.

Her question: Valentine’s Day in the United States is symbolized with hearts, cupids and flowers, but in Germany, the most popular symbol is what barnyard animal? The answer? A pig.

Our second winner was Jenn from Danville, who won a $10 gift certificate to Happy Bean Coffee Shop.

Question: Which state produces the most red roses? The answer? California.

today’s devotionals from Our Daily Bread:

Joe shared ‘Destroy This House’ – read it by clicking here.

Jonathon shared ‘Getting What We Want’ – read it by clicking here.

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

NZ Top 10 for 2/4/22

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Tasha Layton – Look What You’ve Done
9. MercyMe f/Sam Wesley – On Our Way
8. Danny Gokey – Stand in Faith
7. Sanctus Real -My God is Still the Same
6. TobyMac – Promised Land
5. Maverick City Music – Promises
4. Crowder – In The House
3. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord
2. We Are Messengers – Come What May
1. for King & Country – Relate (3rd week at #1)

No New Music adds this week, but we played recent ones from:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVTjcYC3MeU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPo4wuQolTQ

Thanks for listening!
– Joe

A 3-time Gold Medalist joins the show!

Dylan recently had a conversation with 3-time USA Olympic softball champion Leah Amico. Leah joins us in celebration of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Hear their full conversation by clicking this link to the WNZR Soundcloud page!

Thank you, Leah, for joining us!
–          I was born February 1, 1966 in Santa Clara, California
–          I grew up near Seattle and was a three-time high school All-American in soccer
–          I attended the University of Central Florida and won the Hermann Trophy in 1988
–          I scored the first goal in the history of the US women’s national soccer team in 1985
–          I scored 10 goals in the 1991 women’s World Cup and was awarded the Golden Shoe
–          I also played for the US in the 1996 Olympics and the 1999 World Cup
–          I retired in 2000, and currently serve as an assistant coach with the Orlando Pride
 
This one’s a stumper, so we’ll bring it back next week!

Thanks for listening – keep updated on the weather and closings/cancellations with our WNZR Facebook page.
– Joe and Dylan

His grace finds us!

Today for Monday Motivation, Joe shared some musical inspiration from Matt Redman’s “Your Grace Finds Me.”

Here’s what Matt had to say about the song in a conversation with CBN in 2013:

“I wrote this song with my friend Jonas Myrin in a little chapel in England where we often song write. The song is an attempt to sing about the wide spectrum of God’s grace. The grace of God found us at the cross – and that is the centerpiece of all we believe, but that is not the end of the story of grace. For His grace keeps on finding us – the undeserved goodness of God showing up in our lives. You can find it in the newborn cry and find it in the light of every sunrise. You’ll find it in the mundane and on the mountaintop. And more to the point, it finds you.”

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mqd8MoiCbcI

Jonathon shared a devotional about our perception of perfection from Monica LaRose, called “Perfect Like Christ.” Read more by clicking here!

Tell me the first TWO questions you might ask about someone’s newborn.
1- Boy or Girl? (42 votes)
2- What’s their name? (22)
3- Weighs how much? (19)
4- How old? (5)
5- Healthy? (2)
6- Where’s his dad? (2)
7- What color of eyes? (2)

Congratulations to Peter from Howard, who got the top two and wins the WNZR drawstring backpack!

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Jonathon

NZ Top 10 for 1/28/22

Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:

10. Jeremy Camp – When You Speak
9. Danny Gokey – Stand in Faith
8. Tasha Layton – Look What You’ve Done
7. Sanctus Real -My God is Still the Same
6. TobyMac – Promised Land
5. Crowder – In The House
4. Maverick City Music – Promises
3. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord
2. We Are Messengers – Come What May
1. for King & Country – Relate (2nd week at #1)

NEW MUSIC FRIDAY

this week’s adds:

Evan Craft – Desesperado (Desperate)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oM8DVCudSsM

Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Dylan

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