Learning to Cast

Casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

Merrriam-Webster defines “Cast” this way: (1) to throw off or away (2) : to get rid of : discard

We all have our own “cares” we carry around with us – financial worries, concern for our children, uncertainty about the future, etc…. They distract us from the here & now and weigh us down. If I’m worried about something or someone, it can consume me and it keeps me from being effective for the LORD and enjoying the moment. God says to cast all our cares on Him, because He cares for us. He doesn’t say just give me the big stuff or the things you think I can handle. Nope, He says to cast them all. We all know that isn’t always easy to do, and once we do it is easy to take them back and try to figure them out and fix things ourselves. It doesn’t mean we are to do nothing, but it does me we shouldn’t worry about all the things we can do nothing about. I pray God will give us wisdom to walk this walk and teach us how to cast! Any anglers out there who could give some lessons????

Hope For Hurting Hearts Documentary

Everyone has to deal with crises in life, including Christians. And sometimes, the reality of life can seem unbearable. But we can rest in the knowledge that God loves us, He weeps in our times of pain, and He can be glorified through suffering. Narrated by Dr. James Dobson, Hope for Hurting Hearts tells the stories of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial. Each of these individuals has stood at a “spiritual crossroads” marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and each has chosen the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God.

You will be encouraged by these intimate accounts, which give a glimpse into God’s perspective on suffering, and declare that there truly is Hope for Hurting Hearts.

Run time: 75 minutes

For more information, go to www.harvest.org.

Harvest America 2013

CHALLENGE: CONNECT WITH GOD FIRST!

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“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
How many of us reach for our smartphone or iPad first thing in the morning to check the news, facebook, email, etc…? I know I’ve been guilty of that.

Here is a challenge for us to seek God first:

Before checking your email, before getting on Facebook, before checking the headlines or your messages…
CONNECT WITH GOD – Read the Bible & Pray.

Will you accept this challenge for one week?????

No More Easy Christianity…

As I got up this morning, read my Bible, asked God to guide and bless this day, then headed to work at this Christian radio station, I never once looked over my shoulder to see who was watching or following me. I wasn’t concerned that my Bible would be confiscated (if I was, would I have read it more fervently?). I didn’t wonder if my family or I would be arrested or beaten today because of our faith. No, it was a pretty easy morning. I realize it may not always be that way in this country, and I realize that it isn’t that way today in many parts of the world. But how much do I really care and pray for those who are threatened, harmed or imprisoned right now because of their belief in Jesus Christ? How much I take for granted….how easy my Christianity…. May God burden me to pray everyday for my persecuted brothers and sisters…

PERSECUTION ALERT: Christian Vietnamese couple beaten, threatened

Pray for the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the authorities and that the couple will be strong in their new faith in Christ.

Learning to Walk

“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.” Psalm 143:8

Have you ever seen a toddler learning to walk? The take a tentative step or two and then plop down on their diaper-padded bottom. Up again. Another few wobbly steps, then plop! There are moments of frustration and pain, excitement and pure joy as they learn to put one foot in front of the other. Pretty soon they are toddling across the whole room, and before long, walking mastered, they are onto new adventures like climbing up the steps, jumping on the bed, etc…

I sure wish my Christian walk was that simplistic. How I wish I could learn to walk once and for all without stumbling and falling so often. I wish the pain and frustration of my failures wasn’t so stinging. I wish I could walk this Christian walk without acquiring so many bumps and bruises along the way. It seems like, after all these years, I should have this mastered. My life should be bursting forth with the fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. I should always respond with grace and kindness, but nooooooo. Too often I find myself sitting in frustration on the ground and having to get back up (by God’s grace) to take another step.

I am so thankful for God’s patience with me. And that when I fall, He gently picks me up and sets me back on my feet again. Most amazing is that in spite of all of my imperfections, He still loves and uses me. Learning to walk the Christian walk is a lifelong process…

What is “good?”

Romans 8:28 (And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.) is becoming more and more meaningful to me. I guess early in my Christian faith my idea of “good” was much different than it is today. So my idea of Him working all things together for good was much different, as well. As I’ve walked through valleys of suffering and seen unimaginable pain in the lives of those I love, I have seen how God has worked in a much deeper way and has worked good through the darkest of times. Not a Disneyland type of good, but a real, deep, purposeful and eternal good.

God does work in ALL these things for good. We can trust Him – even in the worst of times. -darla

Are You Connected to the Power Source?

You push the “ON” button. Nothing. You turn a couple knobs. Still Nothing. You give a tap. Then another, this time a bit harder. Nothing! Frustration and aggravation mount as you become more perplexed as to why things just aren’t working. Finally, it dawns on you! Is it plugged in? That’s it! The cord in dangling there, but not connected to the power source. I’m sure you’ve already made the connection with our spiritual lives. Sometimes we try so hard to make things happen in our lives, but we are disconnected from God – our “power source.” How can we expect to grow in our faith and fruitfulness if we are not “plugged in,” spending time with God and in His Word. If frustration and aggravation are mounting in your spiritual life, check your connection to the divine Power Source. He promised to give us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) -darla

Ron Hutchcraft: “Boston – Running Again”

Audio Blog Intro copy: Bill, the 78-year-old runner in the orange tank-top. He was almost to the finish line when the bomb went off. He was blown to the pavement by the blast. With assistance he crossed the finish line second in his division. We can also cross the finish line when we’ve been knocked down. Because He did. After He got hit with the most savage blast anyone has ever endured. Continue Reading

Praying for Boston: Prayer Guide


From Ron Hutchcraft Ministries:

Virtually every official or news anchor who reports on the Boston Marathon tragedy asks us to pray. Scripture asks, “When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” Then it answers with this incredibly reassuring reality: “The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord is on His heavenly throne” (Psalm 11:3-4). Prayer allows us to go to that Throne from which the galaxies are governed and focus all the resources of a loving God on the people and pain of Boston. As we focus on what the Bible reveals of who God is, we will know how to pray powerfully, effectively and decisively.

• God of all comfort and all peace, pour out that comfort and peace on the wounded, the grieving and all our anxious hearts (2 Corinthians 1:3).

• God who heals us, bring healing to every victim.
“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).

• God who gives wisdom, give supernatural insight and direction to every doctor, nurse, surgeon or caregiver who is treating the injured.
“God… gives wisdom generously” (James 1:5).

• God who “gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” – supernaturally energize and renew the exhausted medical and law enforcement personnel in this crisis (Isaiah 40:29).

• God “who loves justice” (Psalm 11:7), guide those who are seeking justice as they investigate and analyze. Help them get it right and get it soon.

• God who heals the brokenhearted, move in very close to those whose lives and families have been shattered.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted…He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 34:18; 147:3).

• God of all grace, pour out Your all-sufficient grace daily on those who have seen or experienced awful things, on those whose bodies have been broken, on all those who have suffered loss.
“The God of all grace…after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong…My grace is sufficient for you” (1 Peter 4:10; 2 Corinthians 12:9).

• God of hope, may Your people – who know Your hope – “overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” … may they be Your light in this darkness…may they be Jesus’ personal ambassadors in this vulnerable and painful time (Romans 15:13; 2 Corinthians 5:20).

• God of all compassion, send a tsunami of Your love to all who’ve been touched by this tragedy…and bless those who are the hands and feet and voice of Your love (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).

• God who “so loved the world” that You “sent Your one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him” (1 John 4:9), help many turn their hearts to Your Son in this vulnerable and turbulent time.

The Lord’s work the Lord’s way (in the Lord’s time)

So, this is where I am…..trying to figure out how to do the Lord’s work the Lord’s way in His timing. In ministry, as in life, we need to make sure we are doing what the Lord wants us to do – nothing more, nothing less. We can get so busy doing all the things we think we should be doing (or what others think we should be doing), that we haven’t sought and followed God’s direction. More often than not, I find myself trying to do too much and not doing anything well. Ugh! There is so much potential and there are so many opportunities! I want to do it all, but I’m pretty sure God doesn’t want me doing it all! It is so important to seek God’s will and direction for what we are doing – not only the big picture – but also for each day. What does He want me to do today as He paints that big picture through me? Let God put the what on our to do lists, so we are sure to only do “the Lord’s work.” More next time on the Lord’s way.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

5:31 pmSafe
by Phil Wickham
album Heaven & Earth
 
5:27 pmWe Won't Be Shaken
by Building 429
album We Won't Be Shaken
 
5:24 pmBeautiful Story
by Newsboys
album United
 
4:55 pmJust Give Me Jesus
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
4:52 pmLove Stands Waiting
by Matthew West
album Into The Light
 
4:46 pmFight On Fighter
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
4:43 pmOrder Disorder Reorder
by Jason Gray
album I'm Gonna Let It Go
 
4:40 pmJust The Beginning
by Greg Sykes
album Just The Beginning
 
4:34 pmI Still Believe
by Jeremy Camp
album Stay
 
4:30 pmAll The Things
by Caitie Hurst
album All The Things
 
4:26 pmRemember to Remember
by Steven Curtis Chapman
album
 
3:55 pmFall Apart
by Josh Wilson
album See You
 
3:52 pmGreater Is He
by Blanca
album Blanca
 
3:46 pmA Million Lights
by Michael W. Smith
album A Million Lights
 
3:44 pmThe Happy Song
by Jamie Grace
album The Happy Song
 
3:41 pmThe Proof Of Your Love
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Crave
 
3:38 pmWeakness
by Dan Bremnes
album Wherever I Go
 
3:33 pmKeeper Of My Heart
by Avalon
album Keeper Of My Heart
 
3:29 pmGreater
by Mercy Me
album Welcome To The New
 
3:25 pmMe
by Mallary Hope
album Me
 
2:55 pmSurvivor
by Zach Williams
album Chain Breaker
 
2:52 pmKnow Your Heart
by David Leonard
album The Wait
 
2:48 pmCome To The Table
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
 
2:41 pmSymphony
by Newsboys
album United
 
2:37 pmNever Been A Moment
by Micah Tyler
album Different
 
2:34 pmLet It Rain (Is There Anybody)
by David Crowder
album
 
2:27 pmMistakes
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
2:24 pmDays Like These
by JJ Weeks
album Days Like These
 
2:21 pmWhen The Crazy Kicks In
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
 
2:17 pmThis Place
by Building 429
album This Place
 
2:12 pmAll Of Me
by Matt Hammitt
album Every Falling Tear
 
2:09 pmComing Home
by Branan Murphy
album Who Am I
 
2:06 pmDead Man Walking
by Jeremy Camp
album Dead Man Walking
 
2:01 pmWhen I'm With You
by Citizen Way
album 2.0
 
1:56 pmFear No More
by The Afters
album The Beginning and Everything After
 
1:53 pmBeautiful Day
by Jamie Grace
album Ready To Fly
 
1:50 pmChurch (Take Me Back)
by Cochren & Company
album
 
1:45 pmBorn Again
by Austin French
album Wide Open
 
1:41 pmBurn The Ships
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
1:38 pmOnly Jesus
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
 
1:32 pmHope In Front Of Me
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
 
1:28 pmHelp You Stand
by Anthem Lights
album You Have My Heart
 
1:25 pmWhat Scars Are For
by Mandisa
album Overcomer
 
12:55 pmLiving Hope
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
12:52 pmJesus I Believe
by Big Daddy Weave
album Beautiful Offerings
 
12:48 pmSymphony
by Switch
album
 
12:41 pmGoodness, Love and Mercy
by Chris Tomlin
album Nobody Loves Me Like You
 
12:39 pmChurch (Take Me Back)
by Cochren & Company
album
 
12:34 pmGod Is On The Move
by 7eventh Time Down
album God Is On The Move
 
12:30 pmVictorious
by Austin & Lindsey Adamec
album Victorious
 
12:26 pmLose My Soul
by TobyMac
album Portable Sounds with Bonus Remixes
 
11:54 amConfidence
by Sanctus Real
album Framework
 
11:51 amUnplanned
by Matthew West
album Unplanned Soundtrack
 
11:47 am7x70
by Chris August
album No Far Away
 
11:43 amMaybe It's Ok
by We Are Messengers
album fourth coming
 
11:38 amWhile I Wait
by Lincoln Brewster
album While I Wait
 
11:35 amBest News Ever
by Mercy Me
album Lifer
 
11:32 amHeart Wide Open
by Mack Brock
album Heart Wide Open
 
11:28 amIt's Gonna Get Better
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
11:25 amAs Good As It Gets
by Francesca Battistelli
album
 
11:20 amEven When You're Running
by Casting Crowns
album
 
11:16 amThe Comeback
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
11:12 amI'll Stay
by Riley Clemmons
album
 
11:09 amRise Again
by Need To Breathe
album Rivers In The Wasteland
 
11:00 amIt Is Well
by Newsboys
album Hallelujah For The Cross
 
10:56 amThe Cross Forever Speaks
by Matt Maher
album Echos
 
10:52 amWarrior
by Hannah Kerr
album Warrior
 
10:49 amMay Thy Will
by Tim Neufield & The Glory Boys
album Hootenanny
 
10:44 amChanged
by Jordan Feliz
album Changed
 
10:40 amFollow
by Mark Schultz
album Follow
 
10:34 amDifferent Light
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
 
10:31 amSet A Fire
by Building 429
album We Won't Be Shaken
 
10:26 amDefender
by Francesca Battistelli
album Own It
 
9:56 amGod Only Knows
by for KING & COUNTRY
album God Only Knows
 
9:53 amLions
by Skillet
album Unleashed
 
9:48 amLove Was Stronger
by Audio Adrenaline
album Sound Of The Saints
 
9:45 amVapor
by Jasmine Murray
album
 
9:41 amGoodness, Love and Mercy
by Chris Tomlin
album Nobody Loves Me Like You
 
9:34 amWanted
by Danny Gokey
album Wanted
 
9:31 amBorrow (One Day At a Time)
by Josh Wilson
album Borrow (One Day At a Time)
 
9:28 amWell Done
by The Afters
album The Beginning & Everything After
 
9:22 amWaitin' On A Miracle
by Matthew West
album Into The Light
 
9:19 amDrops In The Ocean
by Hawk Nelson
album Diamonds
 
9:15 amEnough
by Elias Dummer
album Heartbeat
 
9:08 amThe Bridge
by Casting Crowns
album
 
9:04 amRevive Us Again
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
9:01 amWith Lifted Hands
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
8:56 amWho You'll Always Be
by Nathan Sheridan
album
 
8:53 amPray It Up
by Joel Vaughn
album Pray It Up
 
8:50 amThe Proof Of Your Love
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Crave
 
8:45 amGod's Not Done With You
by Tauren Wells
album Hills And Valleys
 
8:42 amDead Man Walking
by Jeremy Camp
album Dead Man Walking
 
8:39 amAll My Hope
by David Crowder
album All My Hope
 
8:33 amCompletely
by Ledger
album
 
8:30 amDays Like These
by JJ Weeks
album Days Like These
 
8:25 amUntil The Whole World Hears
by Casting Crowns
album Until The Whole World Hears
 
7:55 amGreater Than All My Regrets
by Tenth Avenue North
album Greater Than All My Regrets
 
7:52 amKeep Your Eyes On Jesus
by Jared Anderson
album Keep Your Eyes On Jesus
 
7:47 amScars
by I Am They
album
 
7:43 amKing Of The World
by Natalie Grant
album Be One
 
7:40 amOnly The Son
by Newsboys
album United
 
7:30 amYou Are I Am
by Mercy Me
album The Hurt & The Healer
 
7:26 amKeeper
by Lucy Grimble
album Keeper
 
7:22 amRescue Story
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
 
6:56 amInvisible
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
 
6:52 amWe Won't Be Shaken
by Building 429
album We Won't Be Shaken
 
6:46 amYour Name Is Power
by North Point InsideOut
album
 
6:43 amForgiven
by Sanctus Real
album Pieces Of A Real Heart
 
6:39 amFighting For Us
by Michael Farren
album Fighting For Us
 
6:36 amReason
by Unspoken
album Reason
 
6:30 amLive Like You're Loved
by Hawk Nelson
album Diamonds
 
6:28 amUp Again
by Dan Bremnes
album Whereever I Go
 
6:23 amAll Glory
by Matt Redman
album Glory Song
 
5:56 amSpend A Life
by David Dunn
album
 
5:53 amLove Steps In
by Calling Glory
album Love Steps In
 
5:48 amAngel By Your Side
by Francesca Battistelli
album Hundred Years More
 
5:45 amSymphony
by Josh Wilson
album Carry Me
 
5:42 amGrateful
by Cade Thompson
album Grateful
 
5:37 amLet Me Rediscover You
by Downhere
album On The Altar Of Love
 
5:32 amOne Awkward Moment
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
5:29 amBeautiful Story
by Newsboys
album United
 
5:22 amAll That Matters
by Colton Dixon
album All That Matters
 
5:17 amPsalm 139 (Far Too Wonderful)
by Shane & Shane
album Psalms, Vol. 2
 
5:14 amForever
by Kari Jobe
album Majestic
 
4:56 amBeautifully Broken
by Plumb
album Beautifully Broken
 
4:53 amFear No More
by Building 429
album
 
4:51 amGod Of Impossibles
by Tammy Trent
album Stronger
 
4:44 amHaven't Seen It Yet
by Danny Gokey
album
 
4:40 amNobody Loves Me Like You
by Chris Tomlin
album Nobody Loves Me Like You EP
 
4:37 amThe Kind Of Man
by The Color
album
 
4:31 amI Need You God
by Consumed By Fire
album I Need You God
 
4:28 amTestify
by Need To Breathe
album Hard Love
 
4:24 amNot Today
by Hillsong United
album Wonder
 
3:56 amWon't Let Me Down
by Matt Maher
album Echos
 
3:53 amMy Hope Is in the Lord
by Sanctus Real
album Changed
 
3:48 amClose
by Hawk Nelson
album Miracles
 
3:44 amChrist Is Risen
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
3:39 amThe Bridge
by Casting Crowns
album
 
3:33 amGuilty
by Newsboys
album Love Riot
 
3:30 amWhile You Were Holding Me
by Jasmine Murray
album Fearless
 
3:26 amUnplanned
by Matthew West
album Unplanned Soundtrack
 
2:55 amFear is a Liar
by Zach Williams
album Chain Breaker
 
2:52 amCompletely
by Ledger
album
 
2:49 amDiamonds
by Hawk Nelson
album Diamonds
 
2:44 amFight On Fighter
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Burn The Ships
 
2:40 amGreater Things
by Mack Brock
album
 
2:36 amKnow Your Heart
by David Leonard
album The Wait
 
2:30 amAnchor Of Peace
by North Point Inside Out
album Anchor Of Peace
 
2:26 amThe Same God
by Building 429
album Live The Journey
 
1:56 amTell Your Heart To Beat Again
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
 
1:53 amFreedom Hymn
by Austin French
album
 
1:46 amEven When You're Running
by Casting Crowns
album
 
1:43 amAnswers
by Caitie Hurst
album Answers
 
1:40 amSecrets (Light Shine In)
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Things we've Been Afraid to Say
 
1:31 amRed Letters
by David Crowder
album
 
1:27 amStart Right Here
by Casting Crowns
album One Awkward Moment
 
1:24 amIf We Only Knew
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
 
12:56 amNo Matter What
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
 
12:53 amYou Found Me
by Switchfoot
album Unbroken
 
12:50 amJust The Beginning
by Greg Sykes
album Just The Beginning
 
12:45 amHolding On To Me
by Calling Glory
album Holding On To Me
 
12:41 amResurrecting
by Elevation Worship
album Speak Revival
 
12:37 amLost Cause
by Remedy Drive
album Resuscitate
 
12:32 amKing Of My Heart
by Kutless
album King Of My Heart
 
12:29 amRemind Me
by Blanca
album Real Love
 
12:26 amEverything
by Lincoln Brewster
album Everything
 

Monday, July 15, 2019

11:56 pmThe Salvation Poem
by Matt McPherson
album Slow Down
 
11:53 pmMe
by Mallary Hope
album Me
 
11:49 pmCloser
by Building 429
album
 
11:45 pmTurn Around
by Matt Maher
album The Love In Between
 
11:40 pmYou're Here
by Nichole Nordeman
album Every Mile Mattered
 
11:37 pmMaybe It's Ok
by We Are Messengers
album fourth coming
 
11:29 pmHymn Of The Ages
by Rend Collective
album Good News (Deluxe Edition)
 
11:25 pmAll In
by Matthew West
album
 
11:21 pmEyes Fixed
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
 
11:15 pmNo More
by Josh Wilson
album That Was Then, This Is Now
 
11:12 pmMasterpiece
by Danny Gokey
album Rise
 
11:08 pmNobody
by Casting Crowns
album
 
11:05 pmYou Are God
by Sanctus Real
album Run
 
10:56 pmSplit The Sea
by Hannah Kerr
album Split The Sea
 
10:53 pmBeloved
by Jordan Feliz
album Beloved
 
10:48 pmTo Live Is Christ
by Sidewalk Prophets
album To Live Is Christ
 
10:45 pmI Have This Hope
by Tenth Avenue North
album Followers
 
10:42 pmLet Faith Move You
by Jonny Diaz
album Sweetness and Sorrow
 
10:39 pmJesus Paid It All
by Newsboys
album Hallelujah For The Cross
 
10:33 pmIt's Not Over Yet
by for KING & COUNTRY
album Run Wild, Live Free, Love Strong
 
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