He Invites You! // Elevation Worship

The messages of the songs we play are based on scripture. That is a message of hope. Our hope is in Christ.

 

God is speaking to Family Life Radio member Debbie through the song  O Come to the Altar by Elevation Worship. It reminds her that God invites us to come to Him. Her favorite part is the phrase “The Father’s arms are open wide.” Jesus wants us. He is welcoming. She is excited to praise God through singing it at church.

 

 

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (NLT).

Let Freedom Reign! / / Austin French

 

Austin French wrote Freedom Hymn because he hopes it’s a song that allows us to sing the words our hearts want to express. Austin grew up in church Georgia. God moved him further South so he could learn from the recovery community in Delray Beach, Florida. Austin learned it’s ok to not be ok because that’s when you leave yourself open to find Jesus. We are all recovering from something. We all have a song to sing because we have been forgiven. We have been set free. Jesus is the author of that Freedom Hymn.

 

 

John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

God is Always There!

God is using Even If by MercyMe to impact the life of Family Life Radio member Rick. The song helps us remember God is in control even if things don’t turn out the way we plan.

 

 

Even If
They say sometimes you win some
Sometimes you lose some
And right now, right now I’m losing bad
I’ve stood on this stage night after night
Reminding the broken it’ll be alright
But right now, oh right now I just can’t
It’s easy to sing
When there’s nothing to bring me down
But what will I say
When I’m held to the flame
Like I am right now
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
They say it only takes a little faith
To move a mountain
Well good thing
A little faith is all I have, right now
But God, when You choose
To leave mountains unmovable
Oh give me the strength to be able to sing
It is well with my soul
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, and I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good
All of my days
Jesus, I will cling to You
Come what may
‘Cause I know You’re able
I know You can
I know You’re able and I know You can
Save through the fire with Your mighty hand
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
I know the sorrow, I know the hurt
Would all go away if You’d just say the word
But even if You don’t
My hope is You alone
It is well with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Stinking Thinking Free Zone

Choosing to Be Intentional with Your Emotions by Dr. Randy Carlson

 

If your emotional reaction to life is keeping you from being successful in any of the five essential areas of your life, why settle for it? It’s time to become intentional and act. It’s time to do two things that can change your emotions for good.

You can choose to be intentional with your emotions. Emotions get their start in our thoughts. Thinking is a precursor to almost everything that happens in life. Our thoughts drive our emotions, and our emotions drive our actions. For example, let’s say I’m having a difficult day and I’m thinking, life’s not fair, people aren’t treating me well. That thinking might lead me to comfort myself by eating comfort food. For you it might be going to the mall and buying yourself something new, spending money you don’t really have. Maybe you lose your patience and get angry. Do you see where this could lead to a vicious cycle? When we change our minds, we can change our lives. The Bible says in Proverbs as a man thinks of himself, he is. Emotions get their start in our thoughts.

 

A second way of looking at this is to start with our actions. If you change your actions, you will change your emotions. If you’re feeling down, get up and go for a walk or read the Bible. Sometimes you have to say, “Hey, I don’t feel like it, but I’m going to do it anyway.” With just a little bit of action, you’ll start to feel better. In order to deal with our emotions, we have to either start with our thinking or with our actions.

 

As far as I’m concerned the most effective thing you can do to successfully manage your emotions is to choose to think and behave like Christ. This message is written throughout scripture, but one of my favorite passages is “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” – Philippians 4:6 NKJV

 

The Apostle Paul gives clear instruction. It’s very action-oriented. He’s saying, “Do these things.”  He’s not saying you have to feel anything at this point. He’s just saying to do it. If you want to change your emotions, you can start right here. Interestingly, Paul goes on saying, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV. This is how you can choose to think like Christ – today!

The Race of Suffering // Laura Wilson

It’s hard to remember God is with us when life feels like it is upside down. Cancer Survivor Laura Wilson learned God is sovereign even when it doesn’t feel like it because of our circumstances. She says life can be scary, ugly and hard. Adversity comes in this fallen world, but we are not alone.    God is listening. God is in control.  Laura says it can be a moment by moment decision to trust Him that’s why life is a race of faith. Laura encourages us to hold onto our hope in Christ. She has more in her new book Strength to Run.

 

 

 

Biggest Blessing

As we reflect on 2017, what was your biggest blessing of the year? God is faithful!

It may seem difficult to pick just one. Laura is grateful her brother has been healed of cancer. Bryan is thankful for a healthy and happy family.  Audrey is excited for her husband’s job promotion. Rod recognizes not everyone is blessed with being able to see all of their family for the holidays, he treasures the fact that he can! Heather is appreciative of God’s provision to go to Seminary.

 

 

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23 (New International Version – NIV)

You are Forgiven! // We Are Messengers

We are forgiven by God. He loves us.  It is easier said than done to transfer that head knowledge to heart knowledge, so we can forgive ourselves. Love yourself as a child of God. It’s easier said than done because of the hurt we experience this side of Heaven. Place those hurts at God’s feet. He is the healer.

 

Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2

 

Believe Him for the healing and by doing so, we point the glory back to God! Darren Mulligan from We Are Messengers shares the story behind their song Point to You.

 

You Can Walk on Water!

Needtobreathe and Matt Maher collaborated on the song Walking on Water. Bear from Needtobreathe and Matt Maher reveal what they were thinking of as they created the song. They focus on the good that came from Peter’s example in Matthew 14 when he got out of the boat to walk on water and obey Jesus. When we focus on Jesus nothing is impossible. Focusing on Jesus means focusing on love. The glass is half full, not half empty! Jesus doesn’t require us to be perfect. He asks us to trust Him and take the first step. Will you take the first step?

 

I’ll Be Brave

Big Daddy Weave‘s I’ll Be Brave This Christmas has special meaning for Family Life Radio member, Robert. He remembers the Christmas his dad was serving the United States of America in Vietnam. Robert had to be brave that Christmas. He shared his dad with our country 50 years ago. Christmas 1967 was a hard one for Robert.  It makes him appreciate the opportunities he’s had since to celebrate Christmas with loved ones.

 

 

Robert reflects on the appreciation he has for the sacrifice our current soldiers and their families are giving, when they can’t be home for the holidays. Freedom isn’t free.

He is the Long Awaited Promise // Battistelli

Who is Jesus? He is the anointed one. When Francesca Battistelli sat down to write Messiah, her goal was to not just have the lyrics of a Christmas song sound like a worship song, but feel like it too. Listen as she shares the story behind the song.

 

 

Jesus is our savior! There are so many names for The Lord. He is the son of God and son of Man. The story of Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem on that Holy night reminds us to worship our Savior this season. Christ is the long awaited promise for God’s people. He is our hope!

Merry Christmas!