Start your day with a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about the importance of the condition of our hearts.
For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. Hosea 6:6
In addition, Chosen Road will talk with Dawn about bluegrass music and their new album Appalachian Christmas. Chosen Road has carved a singular niche in the musical landscape with their world-class Appalachian instrumentation combined with a passion for sharing and living the Gospel. Comprised of founding member Jonathan Buckner, along with Zachary Alvis, Tyler Robertson, and Josh Hicks, the group has been carefully honing their craft since 2009, releasing six albums and performing at festivals, fairs, churches, and theaters across the United States as well as overseas. Throughout their career, Chosen Road has garnered six Top 10 bluegrass radio singles, including the #1 “When I Get Home,” and the group has performed on stages alongside such greats as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent, and The Isaacs. Even with the successes they have enjoyed, what has not changed is their original commitment to keep the focus on Christ and Christ alone.
Melissa Briggs, an expert in Hebrew, will talk with us about the Hebrew word, sir. Melissa is an experienced Hebrew teacher passionate about making the language of the Scriptures accessible to everyone. Born in the USA, Melissa studied Hebrew in Jerusalem, then taught in England for over a decade. She now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two children. She loves helping students to achieve their goals of reading the Bible in the original language or learning to converse in Modern Hebrew.
Also this second hour, Shannon Perry joins the conversation to tell us how we can help our teens! Shannon hosts a weekly TV show, “Grace in High Heels,” which airs on five television networks in over 100 million homes. Shannon also hosts a 2-minute, syndicated radio show called Does the Shoe Fit. She is the author of four books, including Grace and Guts: Strategies for Living a Knock-out Life. Shannon holds a Master’s degree in Education and Counseling and is a Certified Instructor in Parenting Classes and Crisis Counseling. She is considered one of the foremost experts on bullying in the country. Shannon has written articles that have appeared in numerous magazines and websites including Focus on the Family magazine, Charisma magazine, Crosswalk.com, Brio magazine, iBelieve.com, and Beliefnet.com, among many others.
This Advent season, Pastor Ronnie Martin provides some practical steps to help us reset our focus on God with his book The God Who is With Us: 25-Day Devotional for Advent. Ronnie Martin is founder and lead pastor of Substance Church in Ashland, Ohio, where he also serves as a northeast regional church plant director for the EFCA. In addition to writing for The Gospel Coalition, his work includes numerous album and book titles, including Stop Your Complaining. He and his wife Melissa have one daughter.