October Newsletter 2016
Prayer Corner: It's a challenging, sometimes heartbreaking, often thankless job, but being a pastor is a noble calling. Please remember our pastors in prayer this month. Pray for grace, courage, fortitude, and peace for these faithful servants. Ask your pastor if he has a special request you can pray about!
Save The Date:
Oct 1 - Port Orange Family Days
Oct 6 - Bring Your Bible to School Day
Oct 10 - Columbus Day
A common question I get lately is how did you do? Of course the question is in regards to the Fall Fundraiser. Monetarily, we didn’t reach our goal but we were happy that we did better than last year. I have to say, things will be a little tight due to the fact we have had some expenses that weren’t expected this summer, but we should make it. We may have to pull our belt a few notches tighter. We were thrilled to hear from some folks in St. Augustine. One lady wrote, “Thanks Chris & Christina for the comfort and joy every day,” and another lady wrote, “Love the station; no commercials and not too much talk. I love David Jeremiah.” Our goal was $50,000 and we ended up at $29,000. The money is only part of what we received.
Let me give you a few takeaways from the fund raiser. I was overjoyed to know that you, our listeners, get it. What I mean by that is that you get the fact that the Cornerstone belongs to the Lord and is a gift and blessing to the community. You get that we are stewards and that this ministry cannot exist without all of us collectively. You get that this is a light in the darkness. You realize that yes, The Cornerstone is a blessing in your life, but more importantly it is there for those who are lost. I had two different people tell me that they don’t listen a lot but they believe in what we are doing. They see the decline in our society, and The Cornerstone needs to remain strong in our community.
One other takeaway is that people are listening online, and there are many communities around our country that do not have what we do. One lady from Atlanta said she knows of many Christian radio stations in her community and on the internet but prefers to listen to us. We have listeners in Arizona, Louisiana, Ohio and Canada, and many other places around the country and world. Those numbers are not large, but the cost for providing the opportunity is minimal.
We are humbled that you see the value in what we do. We are grateful that you would reach into your personal finances to give. We know for many it is a sacrifice and that there are pulls on your purse from every direction. Thank you for believing and thank you for praying. This is a missionary work and we are all missionaries. The field is ripe for harvest.
Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest'? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. - John 4:35
Its Fall Ya’ll!
“Its Fall Ya’ll!” That’s what my wife wrote on our wall calendar to mark the end of Summer 2016! I can’t speak for everyone but I’m sure glad the new season has arrived, as I know the promise of cooler temperatures is soon to be fulfilled! I love the autumn season for many reasons including the growing number of things to enjoy with family and friends. My family and I are already making plans for the next few months and I’ll bet you are too. Here at The Cornerstone we are always looking for ways to serve our community, and one of the ways we’ve accomplished this over the years is through our Ministry on the Move program! The MOM’s, as we affectionately call them, are announcements made over the airwaves and posted on our website which serve to alert our listeners to various church events taking place throughout Volusia, Flagler & St Johns counties. We’ve promoted hundreds if not thousands of events over the years, and we are excited to continue that tradition in the busy months ahead.
Why does this matter to you and your family? Tons of family-friendly activities are just waiting for you. Listen up for the Ministry on the Move announcements which air multiple times per hour on The Cornerstone. Tune in to hear our dear friend Jack Bright as he brings you the latest event information. If something catches your ear and you’d like to know more, you can always go straight to our website at www.WJLU.org! Click on the “Event Calendar” link and you’ll find an elaborate listing of events taking place in our local community. It’s that easy and before you know it your family’s calendar will be like mine, filled with many exciting outings for the whole family to enjoy together. It’s time to get out there and enjoy the many things our communities have to offer!
Do porcupines know they are prickly? I have had this question shuffling around my desk on a scrap of paper for a couple of months now, and I am convinced the answer is no. Porcupines waddle around, comfortable in their skin which I am sure is quite soft and cozy on the inside, oblivious to the trouble they cause just by being themselves. Other animals learn to avoid them. It doesn't take more than a quill or two to turn another mammal on its heels, and a porcupine can shake off literally hundreds of those little daggers at a time! It must be lonely to be a porcupine.
In fact, I know a few porcupines, and they tend to be pretty lonely people. They say the first thing that comes to their lips, and generally cause offense wherever they go. They are fine with who they are and see no reason to change, yet they complain when people avoid them, moaning their lack of friends. They just don't realize they are porcupines. But that raises the question of what to do with them? We are Christ's ambassadors, so how we handle these prickly people reflects on Him. My pastor got to Romans 12:9 in his series, and I began to wrestle. "Let love be genuine." Let it? As if my doing nothing to it will ensure that it is in fact genuine? But here is truth - the Lord who calls us to be holy is the same one who makes us holy. In other words, whatever God requires of us, He also graces and enables us to do. And that means sometimes we have to take a few quills. Piety is painful. If we don't love these people, who will? And if we don't love them enough to absorb the barbs, showing the practical love of a real Savior, they will forever be the porcupines of the world, the outcasts, the social lepers. Here is how Paul put feet to faith, and I hope to imitate him as he imitated Christ:
We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, (4) but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, (5) beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; (6) by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; (7) by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; (8) through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true… - 2 Cor. 6:3-8
A Blank Canvas
"Mommy, Mommy! I want to color" Marla runs into her mother's room with excitement holding her tray of watercolor paint. The six year old loves to be creative and her favorite thing to make is cards for her parents. "Ok Sweetie," her mother Dana replies. "Let's get you set up at the table." Marla makes sure she has everything she needs to get started. "I have my paint brush, the cup of water, my paints, and where's my...." Her mother sets down a stack of plain paper and says "Here's your blank canvas." Marla replies "Blank canvas? What does that mean?" Dana explains, "A blank canvas is something all artists use to make their creations on. It doesn't even have to be paper, it can be something unique like glass or wood." Marla smiles and starts to paint. She begins by drawing a picture of a heart. Dana says, "You know, our hearts are a blank canvas." Marla questions, "It is? Who draws on it?" Her mom giggles and explains, "Well, our hearts didn't start out as a blank canvas, but they were made clean and new!" Marla looks puzzled and says, "How?" Dana replies, "God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to die on a cross for our sins, and when we put our faith in Him alone and come to a full understanding that we are sinners in need of a Savior and that Jesus is that Savior, our hearts are made into a new blank canvas."
Jesus has made the hearts of those who believe in Him a blank canvas and covers them with a beautiful and miraculous work. Our lives display that work of our Savior and Creator for all to see. God Bless.
WELCOME! Gourmet Kitchen
Our newest business sponsor, Gourmet Kitchen, joins The Cornerstone family.
The original owners are back, making 44 years in business. They proudly offer the best Reubens and biscuits-n-gravy in town, plus homemade soups and salads. Visit them and thank them for supporting your local Christian radio station.
Sunshine Park Mall - South Entrance
2400 S. Ridgewood Ave.
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Operation Christmas Child
Collection Week - November 14-21
Drop off your boxes to The Cornerstone studios any day during collection week, or stay tuned for LIVE broadcasts and shoe box collection at local Chick-fil-A restaurants. We will be announcing locations, dates and times for your convenience.
Schedule Changes - always providing the best in Christian teaching
Monday - Friday
Ravi Zacharias 2:30 am & 11:00 am
Erwin Lutzer 2:45 am & 11:15 am