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Friday, August 22, 2014

Legend or Legacy?

I must admit.  Her music has never really been my "cup of tea," but I did accept the offer to interview legendary Christian music artist Sandi Patty to help promote Jacksonville's Night of Inspiration.  By the time we hung up from that brief call I was a BIG Sandi fan.  

She's won more awards than anyone in any genre: five Grammy Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, and forty Dove Awards including being named Female Vocalist of the Year for an astounding eleven consecutive years.  So to be quite honest, I figured I'd be talking to a diva that some concert promoter forced to make a 5 minute phone call.  Boy, was I ever wrong. 

She was a joy to talk to.  A real person who shared about her real life.  What impacted me the most was asking her to lead us in the Lord's Prayer.  It's something we pray every day at noon on Hope FM.  Most people we ask to record this for us do a fine job of reciting the prayer.  Not Sandi.  Not unlike standing on the stage singing We Shall Behold Him, she ushered us into God's very presence, as she wholeheartedly led this prayer. I was both smiling ear-to-ear and choking back tears, hoping no one glanced in the studio at that moment!  

She's an absolute legend and has earned every honor.  But in talking to her I realized there's something much deeper and important to her than the endless accolades.  She's leaving a legacy around the world by being an exemplary Christ-follower: mentoring the next generations of artists, serving in her local church, and walking out the command Jesus gave to let other people know we're His by the love we have for each other.  Way to go, Sandi! 

We're all leaving a legacy.  Some will never be touted in the media or recorded in a studio, but we all have a responsibility and an opportunity.  What kind of a legacy are you leaving?

Here's the interview if you'd like to check it out:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Somebody's Gotta Win...May As Well Be Me!

That's my attitude anytime I enter a contest.  Though I may not have won first prize in this one, it sure was nice to come home to a letter with my 2nd place prize: a $25 Publix gift card!  

Maybe you'll win something, too!  My Kiwanis Club is selling tickets for a chance to win $1,000 cash!!  The tickets are only $10 each (or 3 for $20) and one winner will receive $1,000.  Somebody's gotta win....could be YOU!!  

Let me know how many tickets you'd like....the drawing is September 4th.  And you'll be helping us carry on the amazing work of helping children in our community.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

My audio congratulations to all the graduates this year!  And the rest of us....this classic book is worth reading on a regular basis.  

If you have the book, get it out now as you click play to hear it:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

No Other Name

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12

Not only is that truth the foundation of our faith, but it's the primary purpose for the band who found their name there, No Other Name.

Brother-and-sister Sam and Laura Allen and their friend Chad Smith have an incredible talent that they'll be bringing to us this weekend in concert at Francis Baptist Church.

When I first heard this trio it was at a radio conference in Nashville.  I was impressed by their talent, but even more by their love for God and their desire to make Him known through their craft.  And they have family in Palatka so they knew right where to find Hope FM!

I had a nice chat with Laura, the audio is available here in case you missed it, as well as a little more than we had time for on the air.

And to really see their heart for all of God's people, watch the video for Let It Start With Me:

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Revival or Revolution?
We had the opportunity to preview the movie God's Not Dead, which opens March 21.  Of course the idea is nothing new! The song by the same title has been tearing up the charts for months now.  But the message will help remind you what you believe and why.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  1 Peter 3:15
I had the opportunity to speak with someone who had their world turned around by the message of this song!  Bobby Lafferty said he had been overwhelmed by the bad news and even a bit fearful for his children's future when he thinks about what this world is coming to.  Would they need to be prepared for a revolution? But when he heard the song....the Lord woke something up in him, just like that lion roaring!

I'm so glad he came in to share his story on the air.  I feel he has a word that needs to be spread:  do we want a revival or a revolution? Check it out here:

If you're feeling a lack of enthusiasm in your life lately, let God revolutionize that dry faith.  He can bring revival....first to ourselves, then our community, our nation, and our world.

A few tools to help you do that:  listening to Hope FM (of course!), the song by the Newsboys, and the movie when it comes out on March 21st.  

Newsboys - God's Not Dead (Official Music Video) from newsboys on GodTube.

Let love explode and bring the dead to life

A love so bold to see a revolution somehow

Let love explode and bring the dead to life

A love so bold to bring a revolution somehow


Now I'm lost in Your freedom

And this world I'll overcome



My God is not dead

He's surely alive

He's living on the inside

Roaring like a lion


Let hope arise and make the darkness hide

My faith is dead

I need a resurrection somehow


Now I'm lost in Your freedom

And this world I'll overcome

Let Heaven roar and fire fall
Come shake the ground

With the sound of revival  

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Interview with Mindy Ferguson

How can we better know what God thinks of us, what He wants for us, and Who He is?  By reading His Word....the Bible.  
Mindy Ferguson of Fruitful Word Ministry has made her passion for God's Word a ministry to encourage others to do the same.  It's not about carving out a few minutes to check-off a to-do list:  "Yep! I read the bible...." But to enjoy fellowship with the Lord and experience Him each day.  

Mindy will be sharing from her heart and experiences with the ladies at this year's Spiritual Life Retreat on February 28th and March 1st, joining worship leader and keynote speaker, Gwen Smith.

I had the opportunity to speak with Mindy and it was a pleasure to get to know her.  If you didn't hear it, the audio is here for your listening pleasure!  :)

I encourage you to do something for yourself:  take these two days to get away from everything and see what God has for you at this year's retreat.  Ladies from our community and the surrounding area will all be there for the same reason. 

Mindy Ferguson Interview, aired 1/21/14

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Party Time!
I was so fortunate to be chosen to host a Party More with Hasbro Gaming House Party from the great folks at
They sent an amazing party pack filled with everything needed to have a lot of fun!  Two of my most favorite games were included:  Taboo and Catch Phrase.  Both of them are so much fun with a group of people.  It also came with something that got rave reviews: Draw Something Party.  Stacy loved it - of course he's a good artist!  But even those of us who are lacking in artistic abilities enjoyed it.  One other game was Funny Or Die, which we didn't have enough time to get to.  We could play Catch Phrase alone for several hours!! 
Some things were very hard to describe....and very funny!!
Besides great party supplies they also sent a nice sampling of a new type of Cheetos that were delicious!  Best of all, coupons for more Cheetos and $$$ off Hasbro games.  What more could a hostess ask for? 
Our House Party created big fans of Hasbro and Cheetos!  :)
A fun time was had by all!
I am totally impressed with and sure hope they'll pick me again to host a fun time with friends to get to know other great products!!