May Newsletter 2017
Save The Date:
May 14- Mother's Day
May 20- Armed Forces Day
May 29- Memorial Day
With Mothers’ Day around the corner, please say a prayer of thanks and of blessing for everyone you know who is a mother- how influential and how invaluable they are in the lives of their children! Also, please pray for these last weeks for students before the school semester ends and (some) students graduate. As well, with the beginning of summer comes travel which we may also cover with prayers to the Lord.
BIG NEWS COMING SOON
Praise the Lord that He does not change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever but for us, not so much. Who among us does not wrestle with change? In our technical society, it seems just as you are getting familiar with something it changes. How about the ever-changing user names and passwords? Here at the studios we have a saying, “The only permanent thing in life is change.” Not all change is bad. I hope that as Christians we are changing daily to become more like Christ.
Here at The Cornerstone fortunately, we have had very few changes in programming over the years. We realize it takes time for listeners to get familiar with and establish their favorite programs. It has always been our desire to bring the best nationally-recognized teaching programs that uphold the truth of God’s Word and teach the essentials of the Christian faith. We have had over the last few months however, a rash of changes on WMFJ 1450AM very uncharacteristic for us. Not to worry, we don’t plan on any other changes that we can foresee. Change often happens to us not because of us.
The good news is that we are EXCITED
about the new line upon WMFJ!
At 9:00am is R.C. Sproul who brings a seminary- type approach to his teaching. We air him in the evening, but it’s good to have him in the day. He has also been featuring a variety of different teachers that are well respected.
At 2:00pm is Money Wise with Steve Moore. Steve came up through the teaching of Larry Burkett.
2:30 is Leading the Way with Michael Youssef. We have been waiting a long time for a spot to open up for him.
At 3:00pm is Chris Fabre Live. This is a great Moody program. Chris was once the voice with Dr. James Dobson on Focus on the Family.
At 4:00pm is Jay Sekulow, a Christian attorney fighting for Christian values.
Last at 4:30 is Intentional Living with Randy Carlson. We have carried this program for years but only on Saturday. His insight and advice is spot-on, and it is a pleasure having him on daily.
Praise God all change is not bad. We hope the changes will give you a new lift and renewed appreciation for WMFJ. If you only listen to our FM stations you are missing out. We are blessed to have both AM and FM stations which give us the variety of programs usually only available in large market areas. It is your financial support that makes this possible. Thank you, and we hope you are blessed from what you hear on WMFJ 1450am With My Friend Jesus.
Some of you reading this might remember that my husband Ryan and I bought our first home back in December.Walking in the door for the first time, we knew it was going to be quite the task to get the place move-in ready. We discovered mold that had been covered up and horribly done at that. It was everywhere! In the bathroom, in the hallway and in the one bedroom. Needless to say, the house needed a lot of work! We’ve busted down walls, expanded ceiling heights, and put a fresh new look inside. I’ve always desired to become an interior designer, but its a thought that kind of got put on the back burner for a while. Working on the house the past four months has really rekindled my love for interior design. There have been countless hours of fun and laughter and also times where I thought my sanity had gone out the window! Although it’s been hard work, there’s something about seeing a plan come together and watching your creation come to life. It comes to life by applying certain principles that are necessary for designing the right look for the right space.
I say all this to bring up the point- What is our interior designed with? What hard work are we putting into obeying Scriptures? Are we applying the principles that God has given us to live by? No, we aren’t saved by works, but God has a reason, a definite and absolute reason for those things He has given us in His Word. They are to be our foundation and standard for living the Christian life. We should be dressing our interior with Scripture and living according to how God intended and designed it to be. Think back to the mold for a moment and let’s say the mold represents sin. The mold came about because of lack of maintenance. In addition to being sinful by nature, isn’t that the way sin works in our daily lives? We set our Bible aside, let sin seep through little by little, and then try to cover it up. God’s Word is to be our instruction manual for proper maintenance in our Spiritual life. Self-help measures are not what we’re called to when it comes to dealing with sin. We’retold in Ephesians 5:26 that Christ sanctifies us “by the washing of water with the word.” As we submit ourselves to His Word, He cleanses us from the inside out as opposed to covering it up and not dealing with the root issue.
So what are you dressing your interior with? God’s principles or just a cover up?
God Bless, Christina
Speaking of Change
The week of S h a r a t h o n was my first full week working at The Cornerstone, and boy, what a way to get baptized into the Cornerstone family! Sharathon was a blast, and everyone has been so welcoming and understanding of this staff change. I am not sure I could fill such big shoes as Donna’s, but so that you get to know me a bit better, I’d like to share about myself.
I am a cat person, I am convinced, having owned cats and dogs both (sorry, dogs). For whatever reason, my taste buds have recently changed, making salads and sweets now on even par in the Favorite Foods ratings. I love snow, but the first time each autumn the thermometer shrinks below 70 degrees, I have a good excuse to drag out one of several portable heaters we own. I also love children. Hubby and I have two children together (a daughter now grown and a son almost-grown) as well as two grown step-sons with families of their own. Raising them while ministering to children and to youth in our local church has kept me plenty busy.
I am a good shot (or at least I used to be). My favorite sport to watch is football, to play is volleyball. Putt-putt is the closest I will get to any golf game. I love a good non-fiction book but will choose a movie anytime there are two or more of us at home. Even though I have grown allergic to the sun, I still think Florida is the BEST of all the states in which to live. I am twice adopted- once into an earthly family, then into the family of God through Christ Jesus.
When I was a little girl growing up in Florida and for a short time in Virginia, I spent hours listening to the radio while I played, painted, or made crafts. I sang along and listened for my favorite songs that I could record on blank cassettes (remember those?). I fell asleep at night to the radio, listened to it in my first car, and accepted the company of talk radio during my loneliest young adult years. So, when I first committed my life to Jesus at age twenty-three, I was delighted when a friend (who later became my husband) told me about WJLU. Listening to The Cornerstone quickly developed into a regular event. The music and the programs which still air today encouraged me in my new life as a Christian.
The Cornerstone is a great team of which I am honored to be its newest member. My work experiences have varied: restaurant work, landscaping, bookkeeping, teaching, and nurse assisting. By far though, my favorite work is doing exactly this- working in an office, supporting a ministry, and being ready for anything the boss (Bill) or the Boss (God) requires! I am OK with that, since I believe God has been preparing me all along for just this very assignment.
I try to not think of myself more highly than I ought to (Romans 12:3), strive to walk worthy of my calling in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:1), and pray God keeps me ever-ready to give an answer for those who ask about the reason for my hope (1 Peter 3:15). That is, Jesus! I have already spent too much time having my life be all about me. Let it be about Him!
We Make It Our Aim To Please Him
“So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.”
What a wonderful declaration of purpose and eternal perspective! With each passing day I long to be renewed with a passion to live life to the max with the aim to please him. Can I say with Paul that I am “always of good courage”? How could he live with such resolve in the midst of so many trials and tribulations? The answer is in the prior verses. Paul’s preceding statement in this passage focused on the guarantee of eternal life in the presence of Christ. Therefore, nothing was so bad that he could be shaken from the core conviction that “it is well with my soul.” There’s a powerful song lyric that says, “My soul finds rest in God alone, My Rock and my Salvation; A fortress strong against my foes, And I will not be shaken.” There are many things we face in life that seek to destroy our faith and dismantle our hope. Yet we have a greater peace and a sure promise and that leads us to walking each day, filled with Chris-centered faith as we seek his pleasure in our daily lives.