Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Heart of the Artist: Francesca Battistelli

We had the chance to catch up with Francesca Battistelli this week on Heart of the Artist. There have been a lot of changes in Francesca's life in the last few years - marriage, becoming a Mom, moving, and of course new music. We talk to Francesca about motherhood, the honesty of her music, what God is doing in her life these days, and being on the road with Winter Jam.

Hear our entire conversation with Francesca Battistelli here:
Francesca will be in concert at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO on April 1st. Ticket details are available now at http://wibi.org/winterjam.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Crystal Groscost

Crystal Groscost married her best friend Trandon almost 4 years ago when they met in college, throws birthday parties for her dog, knows how to gut a fish (she goes trout fishing every year), and hopes that God will continue to open more doors for her to use the talents that He has given her. She is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI's Opening Act and this morning she joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Crystal's version of "The More I Seek You" and get to know her and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Kaitlin Cleven

Kaitlin Cleven has a purse made from her boyfriend's old boots (you can see it in the photo), participates in competitive rifle shooting, grew up on a farm in Wisconsin (she and Jeremiah had a lot in common), and dreams of someday working for a Mission Ranch. She is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI's Opening Act and this morning she joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Kaitlin's version of "Mighty to Save" and get to know her and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Camee Burdin

Camee Burdin has a complete disdain for anything made out of rubber, a passion for reaching Romania and American, and an expertise in ear anatomy due to her 9 (that's right 9 - soon to be 10) piercings. She is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI'sOpening Act and excited about the possibility of performing at Agape Fest at her college, Greeville College, if she becomes the Opening Act winner.

This morning, she joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Camee's version of "Revelation Song" and get to know her and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Tim Sprinkle

Tim Sprinkle has a collection of almost 3000 Hot Wheels (many of them in their original packaging), loves design and architecture (he's the guy to call if you want to know how to better rearrange your furniture), grew up as a Pastor's Kid, and has a heart for ministry through music and through working with youth. He is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI'sOpening Act and excited that the Semi-Finals are taking place practically in his own backyard.

This morning, he joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Tim's version of "Indescribable" and get to know him and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Friday, March 11, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Marc Patterson

Marc Patterson was the Homecoming King at his high school, grew up listening to his Mom singing along with ABBA tapes while he rode in the backseat of the family car, owns all of the seasons of the Golden Girls on DVD (he even has a shirt that says "Stay Golden" - he's a true fan!), and has a desire to use his God-given singing talent to make a difference. He is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI'sOpening Act and excited that the Semi-Finals are taking place practically in his own backyard. This morning, he joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Marc's version of "I Will Follow" and get to know him and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Tabitha Cope

Tabitha Cope is a 16 year old pastor's kid who has a spot-on British accent, claims to be still slightly fearful of driving, loves to lead worship and her church, and can write a song about anything in 15 minutes or less (we tested this talent on the show this morning by challenging her to write a song for us). She is excited to be a semi-finalist for WIBI's Opening Act and this morning she joined us on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:
You can listen to Tabitha's version of "Lead Me To The Cross" and get to know her and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Opening Act Semi-Finalist: Lexie Montgomery

Lexie Montgomery is a self-proclaimed princess who loves dressing up her dog Truman, wearing her pink tutu (yes, she really has one), leading worship at her church, and more than anything - she loves Jesus. Lexie is one of the semi-finalists for WIBI's Opening Act and she joined us this morning on "A Positive Start to Your Day." You can hear our conversation here:You can listen to Lexie's version of "Rain Down" and get to know her and our other Opening Act semi-finalists here:

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Heart of the Artist: Jason Castro

We had the chance to catch up with Jason Castro this week on the Heart of the Artist. We talked about American Idol, dreadlocks, playing the ukulele and what God is doing through his music now. You can hear our entire conversation here:


Friday, March 4, 2011

Leg Waxing and Wandering in the Desert

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Well, he made good on his promise after losing the guys vs. girls challenge at Vision last Fall. As you can see from the video and photo proof, Jeremiah finally had his legs waxed yesterday afternoon at New Wave Salon.

I have to tell you though - I was a bit surprised at how much pain he seemed to be in from the ordeal. He yelled and whined for a good 45 minutes as the hair was torn from his legs. And, then as soon as it was over - he stands up and looks at me and says "well, that wasn't so bad."

I started laughing because I thought how typical that is for those painful moments in our lives. We go through a difficult season and we whine and complain and try to get out of the lessons we are learning or the promises that we made - we attempt to make deals with God that if I only I don't have to do that or if only this can happen instead - and we often act like complete babies about the valleys in our lives. And, so often as soon as the season is over - we get amnesia about the the tough stuff. I mean think about the Israelites - God had just delivered them out of Egypt (where they had suffered slavery and persecution). And, what do they do? Grumble and complain and disobey - which leaves them to wander in the desert - for 40 years!

If you haven't read anything from Deuteronomy lately, check out chapter 6 today. I love this! Before the Israelites finally go into the Promised Land, they are reminded to not forget HOW they got there (vs. 12), they are reminded to keep God's commandments in their hearts - to get it into them and their children (vs. 6-7), and they are encouraged to not forget and to continue to tell the story of what God had done (vs. 20-25).

Has God brought you through a painful experience or a difficult season? Has He changed your life and brought you into the Promised Land? We have a story to tell of the great things God has done - we were once slaves and now we are free!

"When you take it all in and settle down, pleased and content, make sure you don't forget how you got there—God brought you out of slavery in Egypt." --Deuteronomy 6:12 (The Message)