When Tragedy Strikes (Remembering El Paso & Dayton)

I’m sure you’ve heard about the tragedies that happened in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio all over the news recently and we at Family Life Radio have as well. When attacks like these happen, it becomes a kind of reality check that there are sin and evil in the world today and it can make us sad and maybe even a bit angry. I definitely feel that way sometimes myself, but that’s when I try to remind myself of one thing.

First of all, God’s coming back one day for you and me. The promise of Jesus’ return is something we can cling on to when all hope seems lost because that’s when we all go home to be with Him, surrounded by perfection. But in order to make it there, that means we have to endure the world until He comes back. It’s going to be tough, but the promise of eternal life is steadfast.

This week, we talked a lot about how we stay faithful in God when tragedies like what happened in El Paso and Dayton happen and we had some great discussions. Take a listen down below.

I know that it’s a big hit to take when we hear about attacks like in El Paso and Dayton, but what God can make out if it will be greater than we could ever imagine. We have the hope that God is the Comforter and we can trust that He’s got this, even in the midst of tragedy and heartbreak.  I hope this reminder encourages you today.

Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show

Mom Buys Out Shoe Store!

Mom Buys Out Shoe Store for Kids Going Back to School!

Carrie and Her Daughters (Photo Courtesy of Inside Edition)

With Back-To-School season here, I’m sure you’ve been busy getting the kids ready. Well, one mom decided to take it one step further and bought an entire store’s worth of shoes for a bunch of back to school kids! One day, Carrie went shopping at Payless to get her daughters ready for school when her daughter pointed out a pair she wanted for her friend who couldn’t afford new shoes.

This inspired Carrie to not only buy that one pair for her daughter’s friend but every pair inside that store. She purchased 1,500 pairs of shoes that day just to give away to students in need.

It’s so awesome to see how one child’s desire to help her friend turned into this grand gesture by her mom. To me, this just shows how God can take the small deeds you and I do and transform them into something ten times as powerful.

 

It reminds me of Matthew 17:20 where Jesus said “if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there” and it would move”.

You and I can have that same kind of impact doing something as simple as buying someone a coffee or maybe even a new pair of shoes for a student headed back-to-school. You never know how far God will make that kindness go.

Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show

Buzz Aldrin and the First Communion in Space

For this entire week, we’ve been celebrating about the 50th anniversary of when the Apollo 11 mission first launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida and put the first men on the moon. We shared oodles of facts, but the one that I found the coolest was discovering that Buzz Aldrin performed the first communion on the moon’s surface while in the Eagle landing module. How amazing is that?!

 

Above is a transmission from Buzz Aldrin after landing onto the surface of the moon. He says “This is LM Pilot (Aldrin). I’d like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever, wherever they may be, and pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and give thanks in his or her own way”.

Buzz Aldrin (Photo Courtesy of FOX News)

And he did just that in his own way by performing communion onboard the module, partaking in the elements and reading from John 15:5 where it says “‘I am the vine, you are the branch. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me, you can do nothing.”

This inspires me recognizing this man is unashamed of his foundation in Christ that he would proclaim the name of Jesus and give thanks no matter the circumstance.

While the moon landing continues to inspire Americans to this day, Buzz Aldrin’s communion can inspire you and me as Christians to remember that God is with us anytime, anywhere.

Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you next week!

Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show

(Audio Courtesy of FOX News)

 

 

 

All In Good Time

“Be patient”.

That’s a phrase I will always remember my mom telling me when I’d start to get a bit antsy while waiting near the cart for her to be done picking out the groceries. While I did grow more patient over time, I started thinking more about it when I came across some tips on how to train yourself to be more patient. Most of them revolved around putting yourself in other people’s shoes and looking at the bigger picture; remembering that whatever frustration you’re in isn’t all that important in the long run.

What I found most interesting about these tips was how well they related to verses in Scripture. The most outstanding one that popped in my mind was Psalm 46:10 where it says “Be still, and know that I am God”. Why does He tell us to be still? Well, it says so in Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord”. God has a plan for your life and mine that will greatly benefit us more than we can ever imagine, so long as we are patient. I know that can be hard sometimes, especially when we feel so ready and then God tells us the time isn’t right.

I don’t know what your life is like, but I do know that you are probably waiting for something. Whatever that is for you: a job opportunity, financial security, a relationship, or a miracle you’ve asked of God for a long time, you can rest in the fact that His plan will lead us to where we need to be all in good time. God’s timing is perfect, after all. I hope that encourages you today.

Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Show

Young Lady To Be Beauty Pageant’s First Contestant with Autism!

Young Lady To Be Beauty Pageant’s First Contestant with Autism!

Rachel Barcellona (Picture Courtesy of refinery29)

Meet Rachel Barcellona. When she was just a little girl, her entire life changed when she and her family were told that she had autism. “I was basically promised that I would never graduate any school really or have any friends,” she said, “Pretty much everything bad was going to happen to me because I have autism”.  That’s a lot for a young girl to deal with. But instead of letting that rule her life, she chose a different route.

Now at 22 years of age, she’s a junior at the University of South Florida and is going to take part in the Miss Florida competition as their first contestant with autism. When asked why she wanted to participate, she said it wasn’t about the notoriety. “I want to use my voice to inspire hope to others”, she said. Awesome!

I don’t know about you, but I am always inspired by a person so young who can understand that the tragic things in their life can become part of a greater story to be used for good. That’s just like Romans 8:28 where it says “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose”. 

Stories like Rachel’s can be a great reminder to you and me that no matter what kind of hand we’ve been dealt, that part of our story can be used to inspire others and do so for Christ!  I sure hope Rachel’s story has inspired you as it did me! See you all next week!

Alex, Producer and Resident Millennial for the Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show

 

Girl Born with No Hands Wins Handwriting Competition!

(Above: Sara Hinesley, age 10. Photo courtesy of CNN)

This 10-year-old girl was born with no hands

and she just won a national handwriting competition. 

This young lady is pretty incredible! Sara Hinesley from Frederick, Maryland was born without hands, but she didn’t let that stop her from practicing her cursive writing! In fact, with lots of training, she even won a national handwriting competition! Her determination really impressed and inspired me!

She said that “I think it’s  sometimes easy and sometimes kind of hard, but I tried my hardest”. I don’t know about you, but I want to be a lot more like Sara!

It kind of reminds me of how we get sometimes when we are faced with a challenge and think that we can’t do it because of “that one problem” we have. We start to focus on the problem and not God after a while, right? Almost like when Jesus called Peter out to walk beside Him on the water. It says in Matthew 14 that when Peter saw the wind, he was afraid and he began to sink. Then, Jesus said “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” It’s a powerful message because it reminds us that all we have to do is have faith in God and He takes care of the rest. That’s something I have to be reminded of daily.

(Above: Sara’s penmanship that won her the competition! I don’t think I know any adults that can write this well! Photo courtesy of CNN)

 

The truth is this: you’re going to have struggles in life. It’s sad, but true. The question is are you going to walk away from them or let God take this and move forward? Sara didn’t let the fact she didn’t have hands get to her. She moved on with determination! Good job Sara!!

I hope that encourages you today!

 

6-Year-Old Girl with Cancer Becomes Officer for a Day

6-Year-Old Girl with Terminal Cancer Becomes Honorary Officer for a Day

Abigail has been fighting the bad guys for a long time now.  That’s what she calls the cancer in her heart and lungs: “The Bad Guys”. Sadly, her doctors don’t know of any treatment or chemotherapy that can cure her. So, Abigail believed that the best way to fight her bad guys was to become a police officer.

She and her family contacted the Chief of Police in Freeport, Texas and told him about Abigail’s story. After hearing about her cancer and dream to become a police officer, Chief Ray Garivey said “We’re going to make that happen”.

Just this past Thursday, they held a swearing-in for the 6-year-old where Abigail vowed “to keep fighting the bad guys until all my cancer’s gone”. Chief Garivey couldn’t hold his tears in.

The amount of faith in this young girl to keep on fighting against the “bad guys”, to me, is absolutely astounding. Instead of living in fear of her cancer, she lives out every day to the fullest and follows her dreams.

God said it perfectly in Joshua 1:9:  “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”  

I think Abigail is doing a great job of that!

(Video courtesy of CBS News: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/6-year-old-girl-with-incurable-cancer-becomes-honorary-police-officer/)

Want to Live Longer? Live for God!

I came across an interesting study today that talked about how to live longer. Instead of saying “eating kale” or “exercise more”, it said the key to a long and healthy life was to “live meaningfully”. Huh.

I kept reading and they said that people who rated themselves as living a meaningful life were tied to their health and wealth. And I started to think, “Wow! Can you imagine if they knew God’s purpose in their life? How much more meaningful can you get than that?”

Ephesians 2:10 says “We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Handiwork is an interesting choice of word, isn’t it?

We were MADE by Him, so He has His purpose in store for us.

So, I suppose what they said is true! We will love longer because of our meaningful life in living for Him. How does forever sound?

All in the Family

Family Life Radio member Trina’s daughter decided to accept Jesus into her heart at age 7.  She wanted to be saved. They talked about it one night at dinner. Her parents were so happy for her. They were proud. Their son was 5. He said he didn’t want to be the only one not going to Heaven. The next day was Sunday, so he went and talked with the pastor and he was saved as well.

 

 

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

More Than We Can Ask

This couple knew they needed two new tires, but spent time away from work serving others anyway. They were down to one paycheck as it was.  Since they drove the church van to kids church and spent the week with the kids, their car was in the church parking lot. They came home to find out, a fellow parishioner had bought them two new tires. Not only that, but the quality of the tires was much more durable than they would’ve bought. God’s blessings are so much more than we could ask for. To this day, the giver remains anonymous!