Ushered Into the Lord’s Presence

Family Life Radio Member Rebecca is reminded to come before the presence of the Lord, worship and adore Him when she hears the Christmas hymn O Come All Ye Faithful.  It took on even deeper meaning when her husband of 40 years passed away.

Rebecca has peace knowing her husband is in the presence of the Lord. She says it’s worthy of celebration to know the Lord fully.

May you get lost in worship!

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come, and behold Him, born the King of angels!

Refrain:
O come, let us adore Him;
O come, let us adore Him;
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels; sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest![Refrain]

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory giv’n!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! [Refrain]

 

Blessed to Be a Blessing

The bible tells us to love God and love people. “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matt 22:37-39 We combine the two when we serve others.

Family Life Radio member Layla shares her experience of the hands and feet of Jesus.

 

 

Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, because you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do, whether they are slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8

Do It for Him 

Have you noticed it’s easy to think that freedom is doing what you want to do—doing what makes you feel good? That’s not as satisfying as it may first appear. When “self” is indulged it just usually wants more, and the thirst is never fully quenched. Yet, there is such joy in serving others. This doesn’t come naturally; you must rely on God’s power through His Holy Spirit to lead you.

Jesus lived the example of giving up His own desires for God’s will and His love for people. He served in the ultimate way so that humans can be truly free from the bondage of self-focused indulgence that leads to wanting more and more.

Do you find yourself dissatisfied? Tweak your perspective. Ask God for His help, and discover the reward of freedom in service to others.

Today’s One Thing

Choose to do something for another and enjoy God’s rewards of focusing on someone else’s needs.

– Dr. Randy Carlson of Intentional Living.

Brokenhearted Blessings

Family Life Radio member Ann Marie is going through a tough time physically and emotionally. Even in her trial where she feel like she can’t take the next breath, Ann Marie is blessed by the message of  Casting Crowns‘ song Oh My Soul. The lyrics remind us all that we are not alone in the storms of life. We can give our fears to God. He makes a way. God  is our strength. He creates beauty from ashes.


The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all Psalm 34:18 – 19

Attitude of Gratitude / / Sidewalk Prophets

We have so much to be thankful for. Reflecting on and appreciation our blessings in and of itself is something to be thankful for. Recognizing that God provides those reveals the gift of faith, yet another blessing! God is good! If you’re spending this Thanksgiving with family count yourself blessed.

As you “Come to the Table” this Thanksgiving, greetings from Sidewalk Prophets and all of us at Family Life Radio. Dave thinks it’s cool that his wife sees the silver lining in all situations and invites us to do the same.

May God richly bless you and your family as you enjoy the gift of His presence.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalm 100:4

Happy Healthy Helping

Did you know volunteering is good for your health?

A study published in JAMA Pediatrics shows a drop in cholesterol levels for those who volunteered.

Blood pressure levels are also lower for those who volunteer. A study in the Journal Psychology and Aging shows people who volunteered were 40% less likely to develop hypertension than those who help others.

Helping others raises your level of happiness. A study from the University of California shows people get a boost of dopamine when volunteering. Dopamine is a chemical that creates a sense of well-being.

 

Family Life Radio Member Linda enjoys volunteering to help those grieving at her church.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

 

God is in Control // Ryan Stevenson

Life sometimes throws us a curve ball. Family Life Radio member Ken identifies with that statement. Ever since his dad got into an accident, Ken has had to provide for their family. It’s been stressful and overwhelming. He is thankful for the reminder that God is in control from one of the songs we play here on Family Life Radio. Ken has been encouraged by Ryan Stevenson‘s Eye of the Storm.


May you be encouraged by the message of the song!

When the solid ground is falling out from underneath my feet
Between the black skies, and my red eyes, I can barely see
When I’m feeling like I’ve been let down by my friends and my family
I can hear the rain reminding me
In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
Mmm, when my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I’m runnin’ out of faith
I see the future I picture slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache
Are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
When they let me go and I just don’t know
how I’m gonna make ends meet
I did my best now I’m scared to death
that we might lose everything
And when a sickness takes my child away
And there’s nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You
I trust You, Lord
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor
When my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
In the eye of the storm

Want Some Good News? Jesus is it! // Rend Collective

You don’t have to watch the news very long to see all the bad things taking place across the globe. Rend Collective Lead singer Chris Llewellyn says even our personal lives aren’t much better when you consider the cancer diagnosis or the debt you can’t get away from. He reminds us there is Good news and His name is Jesus!

Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.  Acts 5:42

God Makes a Way // Mercy Me

Being out of work with no income because of being hit by a drunk driver can be discouraging, but Janice reminds us God makes a way!

That’s why she starts dancing in the car when she hears the MercyMe song Even If when it comes on Family Life Radio. It reminds us God will be with us regardless of what life on this earth has to throw at us. Psalm 25:5 talks about that : Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

You are a Warrior! // Hannah Kerr

God gives us the strength to keep our hope in Him even when our circumstances seem bleak. He empowers us to fight the battles that will come our way. That’s the message behind Hannah Kerr‘s new song “Warrior,”. and she shares a few thoughts about staying strong and fighting hard in this clip. Check it out now.

Warrior – Hannah Kerr

Lyrics

Staring down the face of fear
Gotta keep breathing
When the negative is all you hear
Gotta keep believing

‘Cause in the dark there is a light
Your truth it keeps on burning bright
Brave enough to fight the fight
And shout the battle cry

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)

Every scar on my skin
Is a beautiful reminder
Of a moment when I didn’t give in
And I walked through fire

‘Cause in the dark there is a light
Your truth it keeps on burning bright
Makes me brave to fight the fight
And shout the battle cry

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
I am a warrior, I will survive
I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
Warrior
You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger

You’ll never stop me I’m a warrior
When I fall down I get stronger
Faith is my shield His love is the armor

I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
I’m a warrior (I’m a warrior)
Jesus make me Your warrior

I will keep the hope alive
I will find the strength inside
I will keep the hope alive
Warrior

Never Fear…God is here!

Lately I’ve been thinking about fear. It comes in all shapes and sizes. It weasels its way into our hearts and our lives. And then it sets up shop. Have you ever noticed that? Once it gets inside you, it lingers. And it spreads. It starts to affect every area of your life. Things we might have thought were safe territory become a breeding ground for insecurity and anxiety. And that’s the enemy’s plan.

But I was reading a Max Lucado book, Fear Not, recently, and this passage really struck me.

“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease.
Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry.
Fear never saved a marriage or a business.
Courage did that. Faith did that.
People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.
Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?”

Courage and faith. Those seem to be the keys. When you’re feeling stuck in the prison of fear, take a stand. Trust in God. You might be surprised what fear you can conquer.

Section excerpted from Fear Not Promise Book © 2009 Max Lucado, used by permission of Thomas Nelson.