Thursday, April 28, 2011

I Once Was Lost...

This morning we were sharing lost and found stories. I think there is something about finding things that were lost that resonates deeply within each of us. It's exciting to find what you thought was gone. There is great joy in finding what you have been looking for and hoping to find. God is passionate about the lost being found. Jesus told the parable of the lost sheep and how the shepherd left the 99 sheep to find the 1 that had been lost.

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:3-7)

We sing songs of praise about how God found us when we were lost - Amazing Grace how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me, I once was lost but now I'm found, was blind but now I see. The next time you find something you thought you had lost - remember how much God loves you - if you are lost, he wants you to be found - He will joyfully carry you home.

You can hear the lost and found stories from this morning here:







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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Heart of the Artist: Third Day

Third Day is performing Saturday night at Agape Fest and this week for the Heart of the Artist, we thought we’d let you know what is on their heart these days. Recently, the guys from Third Day have become big advocates for Adoption. Mac Powell and his wife Aimee adopted a baby boy named Emmanuel in 2009 and a daughter named Birdie after that. You can read more about their adoption story HERE.

If adoption has personally touched your family, you can actually share photos of your family with Third Day and you might end up as part of the slideshow/video played during their concerts. You can find more details at http://www.thirdday.com/adopted.

Watch the new Third Day music video here:

Monday, April 25, 2011

Standing On The Promises

There is a hymn that I remember singing when I was a little girl that goes like this:

Standing on the promises of Christ my King, through eternal ages let his praises ring;
glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, standing on the promises of God.
Standing, standing, standing on the promises of Christ my Savior; standing, standing, I'm standing on the promises of God.

It goes on to say things like "Standing on the promises that cannot fail" and "overcoming daily" and "resting in my Savior as my all in all." It's such a great hymn and such a great reminder that we can stand on the promises of God.

Every Monday morning, we do something called "I Believe..." This morning, as we heard the story of a truck driver from Chicago who was driving the interstates of Illinois this morning and holding tight to believing that some day he would see all of his children give their lives to Christ, I was reminded of this song. That's what he's doing - he's praying for them daily, believing God for their salvation, standing on the promises.

You can hear Walter's story here:
What are you holding tight to this morning? Is there a promise that is giving you hope to make it through a Monday? Are you choosing to stand on the promises today?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Heart of the Artist: The Museum

This week Heart of the Artist featured The Museum. We had the chance to catch up with Ben Richter from The Museum. Hear Ben's heart for music and ministry and find out how God is using their songs to encourage people here:

http://themuseummusic.com/

By the way, if you want to help The Museum, you can actually go vote for them right now - one of their videos was nominated for MTVu's Best Freshman Video. See the video and cast your vote here - http://www.mtvu.com/music/the-freshmen/week-of-4-18-2011/#more-34006

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Tale of Jeremiah and the Goose

Once upon a time, Jeremiah was trying to relax and enjoy the peaceful serenity of sitting by the pond. Suddenly, the goose who was swimming on the pond (this is the villian in our story) decided to make things interesting. Attack! Attack! Madness and mayhem! They didn't exactly live happily ever after....but, it is kind of funny!
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And, apparently, other people have experienced this phenomenon of "being goosed."

Listen to "goose stories" from our listeners here:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Heart of the Artist: Jonny Diaz

This week our Heart of the Artist featured artist is Jonny Diaz. His new CD releases today!

You can listen to some of the new songs on Jonny's new CD here:

You can hear Jonny's heart behind the new project here:

Friday, April 8, 2011

Soul Surfer

Soul Surfer - the true story of Bethany Hamilton - releases in theaters today.

You can read the Plugged In Movie Review here - http://www.pluggedin.com/movies/intheaters/soulsurfer.aspx

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Heart of the Artist: Mark Hall from Casting Crowns

This morning we shared with you what the Hall family is facing right now. Mark Hall from Casting Crowns and his wife Melanie adopted a little girl from China named Hope last May through Steven Curtis Chapman's organization Show Hope.

Hope was 3 when they brought her home from China. Last year in an interview with the Associated Press, Mark Hall described what those first few weeks were like saying, "Hope wouldn't allow him to hold her for most of the first week, but would only accept gifts from him. Hall says he realized that's the way many new Christians relate to God as Father -- keeping Him at arm's length except when they want something." He says Hope now runs to him, though, "and wants to be with daddy."

Well, Hope is 4 now and currently in Cincinnati Children's Hospital where she had surgery last week. Please be praying for Hope and Mark and Melanie and their 3 older children.

Also, if you would like to join the online Bible Study that Mark Hall is leading right now through the book of James you can do so by "like"-ing their Facebook page - http://www.facebook.com/castingcrowns. Mark Hall has been posting videos where he continues the study through the book of James - it's a great way to virtually attend a Bible study led by one of the artists that you hear everyday on WIBI.

One more note: Melodee from Casting Crowns (who plays violin) is having surgery tomorrow and will be unable to play for 2 months. Please keep her in your prayers as well.