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


“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.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

9:41 pmChain Breaker
by Zach Williams
album Chain Breaker
9:37 pmYou Keep Hope Alive
by Mandisa
album You Keep Hope Alive
9:33 pmI Still Believe
by 7eventh Time Down
album God Is On The Move
9:30 pmGood To Me
by Rhett Walker
album Good To Me
9:26 pmSymphony
by Newsboys
album United
8:56 pmGet Back Up
by TobyMac
album Tonight
8:52 pmAwaken Me
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
8:44 pmNo Weapon
by Pat Barrett
album No Weapon
8:41 pmMiracles
by Colton Dixon
album TBA
8:37 pmThe Healing Has Begun
by Matthew West
album The Story Of Your Life
8:32 pmThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
8:28 pmLove God Love People
by Danny Gokey
album Love God Love People
8:25 pmThe Waiting
by Jamie Grace
album Ready To Fly
7:56 pmWelcome To The Family
by Micah Tyler
album Welcome To The Family
7:52 pmI Lift My Eyes
by Mack Brock
album This Is Your Promise
7:49 pmYou Are More
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Light Meets The Dark
7:44 pmWalk With You
by Zach Williams
7:40 pmPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
7:37 pmFind You On My Knees
by Kari Jobe
album Where I Find You
7:32 pmChoices
by JJ Weeks
album Choices
7:29 pmAmen
album Burn The Ships
7:25 pmGive Me Your Peace
by Gateway Worship
album Give Me Your Peace
6:56 pmLouder Closer Deeper
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
6:52 pmYou're Not Alone
by Meredith Andrews
album The Invitation
6:45 pmCome To The Table
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Something Different
6:39 pmOver All I Know
by Building 429
album Remember: A Worship Collection
6:36 pmHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
6:31 pmAll You've Ever Wanted
by Casting Crowns
album Thrive
6:24 pmI Know
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
6:20 pmGiants Fall
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
6:16 pmMy Soul Longs
by The Neverclaim
album The Neverclaim
6:13 pmToday Tomorrow & Forever
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
5:52 pmMiracle
by Mosaic MSC
album Miracle
5:49 pmYou Found Me
by Switchfoot
album Unbroken
5:43 pmMy Hope Is In You
by Aaron Shust
album This Is What We Believe
5:38 pmAll My Hope
by David Crowder
album All My Hope
5:30 pmChild Of Love
by We The Kingdom
album Child Of Love
5:26 pmThe Father's House
by Noah Cleveland
album The Fathers House
5:23 pmWho Am I
by Needtobreathe
album Who Am I
4:56 pmNever Change Your Mind
by We Are Messengers
album Never Change Your Mind
4:53 pmHeart Wide Open
by Mack Brock
album Heart Wide Open
4:47 pmFaithful God
by I Am They
4:43 pmLove Lifted Me Up
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
4:40 pmWanted
by Danny Gokey
album Wanted
4:34 pmMy Weapon
by Natalie Grant
album My Weapon
4:29 pmHoly Water
by We The Kingdom
album EP Fall 2019
4:26 pmYes & No
by David Dunn
album Perspectives
3:55 pmWith Lifted Hands
by Ryan Stevenson
album No Matter What
3:52 pmGod Of Always
by Hilary Jane
album God Of Always
3:47 pmI Believe In You
by Finding Favour
album Believe In You
3:43 pmLord I'm Ready Now
by Plumb
album Need You Now
3:39 pmFaith
by Jordan Feliz
3:32 pmLove Has Won
by Citizen Way
album Love Has Won
3:29 pmJericho
by Andrew Ripp
album Jericho
3:25 pmLove Like Thunder
by Richlin
album Love Like Thunder
2:54 pmNo Doubt About It
by We The Kingdom
album God So Loved
2:51 pmJust Give Me Jesus
by Unspoken
album Just Give Me Jesus
2:47 pmYou're Not Alone
by Meredith Andrews
album The Invitation
2:38 pmBlessing I Can't See (W/Brooke DeLeary)
by Building 429
album Fear No More
2:35 pmWho Can
by Cochren & Co
album Who Can
2:33 pmWake Up Sleeper
by Austin French
2:30 pmjoy.
2:27 pmLove One Another
by Newsboys
album United
2:22 pmWildest Dreams
by Ryan Stevenson
album Wildest Dreams
2:17 pmIt's Gonna Get Better
by Stars Go Dim
album Better
2:15 pmDon't Sweat It
by Sidewalk Prophets
album The Things That Got Us Here
2:09 pmJust Hold On
by Citizen Way
album 2.0
2:05 pmHear From You
by Love & The Outcome
album These Are The Days
2:01 pmThis I Know
by Carrollton
album Carrollton
1:56 pmNew Today
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
1:53 pmTurn Around
by Anthem Lights
album You Have My Heart
1:50 pmSplit The Sea
by Hannah Kerr
album Split The Sea
1:45 pmI Know
by Steven Holland
album Broken Not Dead
1:42 pmGave You My Heart
by Chris August
album Gave You My Heart
1:38 pmYou're Not Alone
by Owl City
album Mobile Orchestra
1:32 pmSing It From The Shackels
by Rend Collective
album Sing It From The Shackels
1:29 pmHe Is With Us
by Love & The Outcome
album Love & The Outcome
1:25 pmThe Same Jesus
by Matt Redman
album The Same Jesus
12:56 pmMy Weapon
by Natalie Grant
album My Weapon
12:52 pmFight On Fighter
album Burn The Ships
12:47 pmChanged
by North Point InsideOut
album NP103
12:44 pmRise Up
by Cain
album Rise Up
12:41 pmLove
by We Are Messengers
album Power
12:35 pmA Time To Dance
by Elias Dummer
album A Time To Dance
12:32 pmOne Day
by Cochren & Co
album One Day
11:53 amAlive & Breathing
by Matt Maher
album Alive & Breathing Vol 2
11:50 amAll In
by Matthew West
11:46 amGreater Than All My Regrets
by Tenth Avenue North
album Greater Than All My Regrets
11:41 amReal To Me
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Real To Me
11:37 amSlow Down
by Nichole Nordeman
album The Unmaking
11:33 amThe Only Name (Yours Will Be)
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
11:29 amYour Love Feels Like Home
by Jonny Diaz
album Your Love Feels Like Home
11:25 amHope In Front Of Me
by Danny Gokey
album Hope In Front Of Me
11:21 amWay Maker
by Michael W Smith
album Waymaker
11:16 amMagnify
by We Are Messengers
album We Are Messengers
11:13 amThe Answer
by Jeremy Camp
album The Answer
11:08 amOver All I Know
by Building 429
album Remember: A Worship Collection
11:00 amSparrows
by Jason Gray
album Where The Light Gets In
10:55 amPsalm 139 (Far Too Wonderful)
by Shane & Shane
album Psalms, Vol. 2
10:51 amLose My Soul
by TobyMac
album Portable Sounds with Bonus Remixes
10:45 amRescue Story
by Zach Williams
album Rescue Story
10:42 amHelp Is On The Way
by Unspoken
album Reason
10:39 amOur Only Hope
by Dara Maclean
album Wanted
10:34 amNot By Might
by All Things New
album Not By Might
10:30 amI Remember
by Planetshakers
album I Remember
10:27 amLove Like Thunder
by Richlin
album Love Like Thunder
9:57 amSomething To Sing About
by Carrollton
album Carrollton
9:53 amStronger
by Mandisa
album What If We Were Real
9:48 amThe God Who Stays
by Matthew West
album The God Who Stays
9:45 amLive Alive
by Rend Collective
album Campfire II: Simplicity
9:41 amAlmost Home
by Mercy Me
album Almost Home
9:35 amBorrow (One Day At a Time)
by Josh Wilson
album Borrow (One Day At a Time)
9:32 amNew Day
by Danny Gokey
9:28 amAnother In The Fire
by Hillsong United
album People
9:23 amSurvival
by Sanctus Real
album Changed
9:20 amLove Lifted Me Up
by Micah Tyler
album New Today
9:17 amStill
by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
album Love Remains
9:14 amHurry Up And Wait
by MercyMe
album Hurry Up And Wait
9:08 amFootprints
by Matt Hammitt
album Footprints
9:04 amForever On Your Side
by Need To Breathe
9:01 amProvider
by Cade Thompson
album New Normal
8:56 amHallelujah
by Casting Crowns
album The Very Next Thing
8:52 amHills & Valleys
by Tauren Wells
album Undefeated EP
8:49 amI Have This Hope
by Tenth Avenue North
album Followers
8:43 amWho Am I
by Needtobreathe
album Who Am I
8:40 amThe Way
by Dan Bremnes
album The Way
8:37 amYou Make Me Brave
by Laura Kaczor
album You Make Me Brave
8:32 amPower
by We Are Messengers
album Power
8:29 amStay
by Big Daddy Weave
album Love Come To Life
8:25 amEchoing Holy
by Elias Dummer
album Echoing Holy
7:56 amI'm Listening
by Chris McClarney W/Hollyn
album Breakthrough
7:52 amOpen Hands
by Laura Story
album Open Hands
7:49 amSmile
by Sidewalk Prophets
album Smile
7:44 amKing Of My Heart
by Kutless
album King Of My Heart
7:40 amThe Strength To Let Go
by Switchfoot
album Native Tongue
7:37 amWhere I Belong
by Building 429
album Listen To The Sound
7:29 amDown
by Jamie Kimmett
album Prize Worth Fighting For
7:26 amWasted Time
by Unspoken
album Reason
7:22 amStrangely Dim
by Francesca Battistelli
album Hundred More Years
6:56 amBusted Heart
album Crave
6:53 amAlways Gonna Be
by Selah
album Firm Foundation
6:51 amToday Tomorrow & Forever
by Sanctus Real
album Unstoppable God
6:46 amGlorify
by Jordan Feliz
album Glorify
6:42 amFollow You Anywhere
by Kristian Stanfill
album Follow You Anywhere
6:39 amTake Heart
by Matthew West
album Take Heart
6:35 amLove Never Fails
by Ellie Holcomb
album As Sure As The Sun
6:30 amDay Of Victory
by Rend Collective
album Day Of Victory
6:27 amNever Lost
by Cain
album Never Lost
6:23 amAmerican Jesus
by August Rain
album American Jesus
5:56 amWelcome To The Family
by Micah Tyler
album Welcome To The Family
5:53 amAgain
by Nathan Sheridan
album Again
5:48 amFight For You
by Jason Gray
album Disorder
5:44 amWarrior
by Hannah Kerr
album Warrior
5:40 amResurrection Power
by Chris Tomlin
5:35 amLove Moved First
by Casting Crowns
album Only Jesus
5:31 amOver And Over
by Riley Clemmons
album Over And Over
5:28 amNo Hold On Me
by Matty Mullins
album No Hold On Me
5:21 amYou Are The One
by JJ Weeks Band
album All Over The World
5:18 amJesus Is
by Carrollton
5:14 amWhile I Wait
by Lincoln Brewster
album While I Wait
4:55 amChild Of Love
by We The Kingdom
album Child Of Love
4:50 amAnthem
by Phil Wickham
album Living Hope
4:47 amStarting Now
by David Dunn
album Starting Now
4:41 amAnchor Of Peace
by North Point Inside Out
album Anchor Of Peace
4:38 amWhere You Begin
by Mandisa
album Overcomer
4:34 amThis Is What We Live For
by Big Daddy Weave
album When The Light Comes
4:29 amPeace Be Still
by Hope Darst
album Peace Be Still
4:25 amTruth Be Told
by Matthew West
album Truth Be Told
3:56 amFaithful God
by I Am They
3:53 amHe Knows My Name
by Francesca Battistelli
album If We're Honest
3:49 amPoint To You
by We Are Messengers
album Point To You
3:44 amSecrets (Light Shine In)
by Tenth Avenue North
album The Things we've Been Afraid to Say
3:40 amOn Fire
by Sanctus Real
album The Dream
3:38 amBest News Ever
by Mercy Me
album Lifer
3:30 amBeautiful Story
by Newsboys
album United
3:26 amWho You Say You Are
by Britt Nicole
album Gold
2:55 amI Choose To Worship
by Rend Collective
album Choose To Worship
2:52 amI Need A Miracle
by Third Day
album Miracle
2:48 amBattle Is The Lord's
by Rebecca St James