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February 07, 2023

Hour 1: In Good Time

Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning for a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about faith.

But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.   Romans 14:23

Would you like to develop a "grounded, healthy life-giving relationship with the clock?" Author Jen Pollock Michel gives us insight into her book In Good Time: 8 Habits for Reimagining Productivity, Resisting Hurry, and Practicing Peace.

Jen is a writer, speaker, coach, and podcast host. She is the author of five books: A Habit Called FaithSurprised by Paradox (winner of Christianity Today’s 2020 Award of Merit for Beautiful Orthodoxy), Keeping Place, and Teach Us to Want (winner of Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year). Her fifth book, In Good Time, released December 13, 2022. She holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College, an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University, and is working to complete an M.F.A from Seattle Pacific University. After eleven years of living in Toronto, Jen now lives in Cincinnati with her husband and her two youngest children.

Hour 2: Devastating Earthquake

Dawn and Steve cover the recent earthquake in the Middle East and discuss how we can provide support to those touched by this tragedy based on Elliot Clark's article "Devastating Earthquake Hits Turkey and Syria: How to Pray."

Hour 3: Set Free

Overcoming trauma is possible! Pastor and author, J. Otis Ledbetter, discusses his new book Set Free: Released from the Damage of Trauma.

J. Otis lives in Clovis, California, with his wife Gail. He is an author, conference speaker, and the Lead Pastor at Sonrise Church. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Liberty University’s Theological Seminary.  He and Gail have three grown children and twelve grandchildren.  He has written numerous articles for magazines and specializes in Heritage Builders workshops nationally and internationally, which teach parents and grandparents the spiritual, emotional, and social components of the heritage they are passing to the next generation.  His books include Your HeritageFamily FragranceFamily Traditions, Extending Your Heritage, Spiritual Milestones for Your Children, and The Greatest Gift, a compilation with other authors, and Soul Hunger: Satisfy Your Heart’s Deepest Longing. He has been featured on numerous radio and television broadcasts.

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February 06, 2023

Hour 1: Sin That Entangles Us

Has sin robbed your joy? Start your week with a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about sin's bondage and how God can release you immediately!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.   Hebrews 12:1 

In addition, Dawn and Steve share weekend updates!

Hour 2: Parenting Today's Teens

American's Top Teen Expert, Mark Gregston, with Parenting Today's Teens encourages us to engage with our teens! Mark shares some practical tips for helping our children thrive.  In addition, learn more about Mark's upcoming event called Engage: Equipping and Empowering Parents to Raise Teens in a Contrary Culture. Engage23Nashville LIVE is on February 18, 2023! Engage will also be offered as a one-day simulcast event!

After spending 7 years on the Methodist Church staff in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mark and his wife Jan moved to Branson, Missouri, and lived at Kanakuk Kamp. During their time in Branson, Mark was the Area Director of Young Life, and started a residential counseling program for struggling teens, only to leave there in 1988 and move to Hallsville, Texas, when he started Heartlight Ministries. During their 32 years in Texas, Heartlight has become one of the country’s finest residential counseling centers for teens and known throughout North America as the “place to be” if your teen is struggling and hope is diminishing. He’s authored 18 books, has written hundreds of articles about parenting teens in a difficult culture, and is also the host of the nationally acclaimed radio program, Parenting Today’s Teens, which was honored to receive the 2014 Program of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters.

Also this hour, Dawn and Steve discuss prayer and an article written by Christy Gambrell titled "How to Pray When the Prognosis Is Grim."

Hour 3: Venus Sings the Blues

Do you have questions about the Bible? Dr. Michael Rydelnik will join Dawn and Steve in the Morning to take questions from listeners! Dr. Michael Rydelnik is a professor of Jewish Studies at Moody Bible Institute and the Bible teacher on Moody Radio's Open Line.

Author, Buck Storm, explains why "Christian fiction" is important and tells us about his new book Venus Sings the Blues. Buck Storm is an award-winning author and musician whose stories have found friends around the world. His latest novel, Venus Sings the Blues, continues his much-loved Ballads of Paradise series.

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February 03, 2023

Hour 1: Power, Not Fear

Fear is not a reason to disobey God. Dawn and Steve share a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about fear. 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.   2 Timothy 1:7

In addition, Dawn and Steve have a conversation about fear and how God's truth helps us to conquer those fears!

Hour 2: Grace to Grow

Our guest, Kristel Ward, confronts her own fear with God's presence and challenges us to do the same! Learn more as she shares about her ministry and book Grace to Grow: 40 Devotions to Release Anxiety and Dive into Purpose. 

Kristel Ward is an insightful Bible teacher and inspiring conference speaker. As a former educator in some of the toughest schools in Texas and a 20+ year Christian ministry leader, Kristel’s biblical wisdom has encouraged thousands to follow the example of Christ. She is the founder and director of Grace to Grow, a nonprofit that empowers ministers and supports women around the globe. Whether from behind the podium, social media platforms, or camera productions, Kristel helps busy people grow in their relationship with God. Kristel is married to BJ, and together they have three smart and sometimes messy children. The Wards enjoy road trips, the outdoors, and a good campfire.

Hour 3: He Loved Them

Author Jessica Thompson encourages us with her book He Loved Them: Discovering Jesus' heart for Seekers, Sinners, Doubters, and the Discouraged (and Other People Like Us). Jessica Thompson is co-author of the popular parenting book Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus (with Elyse Fitzpatrick). She is a wife, a mother of three, and the women's director at RISEN church in San Diego.

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February 02, 2023

Hour 1: The Lord Bless You

Listen as Dawn and Steve in the Morning share a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about purpose in every season. 

In addition, author Terry A. Smith gives us insight into his book The Lord Bless You: a 28-Day Journey to Experience God's Extravagant Blessings. Terry has served as lead pastor of The Life Christian Church in the New York City metropolitan area for thirty-one years. Terry is a co-founder of The New York City Leadership Center. A gifted communicator, Terry speaks in a variety of venues nationally and internationally and is also the author of Live Ten: Jump-Start the Best Version of Your Life and The Hospitable Leader: Create Environments Where People and Dreams Flourish. He holds a bachelor of science in organizational management (church studies) and a master of arts in organizational leadership. Terry has been married to Sharon for thirty-nine years, and they have three adult children.

Hour 2: The Voice of the Martyrs

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs gives up an update on persecuted Christians around the world. Todd is the Chief of Media Relations and Message Integration for The Voice of the Martyrs and hosts The Voice of the Martyrs Radio.  Todd serves as a voice for persecuted Christians through writing, speaking, and working with the media to tell people in the United States about the faithfulness of Christ’s followers in 70+ nations where they face persecution.

Hour 3: Public Trust in Pastors

Are we praying for our pastors? Writer Aaron Earls asserts that as fewer Americans interact with pastors on a regular basis, fewer say they can trust clergy overall according to a Gallup survey. Dawn and Steve wrap up this third hour by exploring Aaron's article titled "Public trust in pastors falls to historic low."

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February 01, 2023

Hour 1: Firmly Planted

Start your morning with Dawn and Steve as they share a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about being a blessing to others.

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.   Psalm 1:1-3

Hour 2: Becoming Free Indeed

Dawn and Steve have a powerful conversation with Jinger Duggar Vuolo about her new book Becoming Free Indeed: My Story of Disentangling Faith from Fear. Listen as Jinger urges us to know Jesus and embrace true freedom in Christ! 

Jinger Vuolo grew up on TV. From the age of 9 until 27, she appeared on her family's hit TLC reality shows, "19 Kids and Counting" and "Counting On". She is an author whose books include her personal memoir The Hope We Hold and a children's book, You Can Shine So Bright. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jeremy, and their two daughters, Felicity Nicole (4) and Evangeline Jo (1). In her free time, Jinger enjoys traveling, hiking, and anything to do with good food.

Hour 3: Liturgy in the Wilderness

How can we live faithfully in the wilderness? Author Dan Marotta encourages us to focus on the Lord's Prayer with his book Liturgy in the Wildnerness: How the Lord's Prayer Shapes the Imagination of the Church in a Secular AgeAllow this prayer given to the church by Jesus to awaken your heart to the beauty and bounty of living in the light of Christ. 

D.J. Marotta is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America and the founding rector of Redeemer Anglican Church in Richmond, Virginia. Dan was raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and graduated from The College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Family Therapy Psychology and Denver Seminary with a Master of Divinity. He is the author of Liturgy in the Wilderness: How the Lord’s Prayer Shapes the Imagination of the Church in a Secular Age. He and his wife, Rachel, have four children.

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