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Dawn and Steve in the Morning

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September 29, 2022

Hour 1: Florida Update

God's Word is not too complex for us to understand. Rather the greatest challenge can be embracing obedience. Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning for a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International based on Scripture from Deuteronomy.

For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off.   Deuteronomy 30:11

In addition, the morning team talks with WKES Station Manager, Andrew Leuthold, and Kate Bruington, co-host of Kurt and Kate, Moody Radio Florida about the devastation due to Hurricane Ian. 

Hour 2: Prison Fellowship International

Andy Corley of Prison Fellowship International discusses the importance of prison ministry and how Jesus goes in first and we follow Him there.

As President and CEO of Prison Fellowship International, Andy leads the work of PFI among the family of national affiliates in 116 countries to achieve their vision of breaking the cycle of crime and restoring lives, worldwide, through Jesus’s love.

Andy has more than 30 years of leadership experience from global companies to entrepreneurial start-ups. Throughout his career, he transformed a number of underperforming companies and divisions into award-winning enterprises. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Andy served as Treasurer on Prison Fellowship International’s Board of Directors for seven years.

Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Liverpool. He lives in beautiful Derbyshire, England, with his wife, Andrea, near their grown children. In his spare time, Andy enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, playing sport, and going for a good run.

Hour 3: Colton Dixon and Build a Ship

Colton Dixon has some important news to share this morning! Listen as Dawn and Steve have a conversation with Colton about his connection to Mercy Ships, a medical ministry that is changing lives around the world.

Colton was born in Murfreesboro, TN. He is a Christian rock musician and singer-songwriter. He is married to Annie and they have twin daughters. To learn more about the Build a Ship series go to Colton Dixon x Mercy Ships.

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September 28, 2022

Hour 1: The Next Verse

Author Jay Payleitner has a discussion with Dawn and Steve about his book The Next Verse: What You Never Knew About 60 of Your Favorite Bible Passages. 

Jay Payleitner spent a decade in major market advertising until God called him into Christian media. For more than a decade, Jay scripted and produced Josh McDowell RadioToday's FatherJesus Freaks Radio with TobyMac and Michael Tait, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and thousands of hours of radio that aired across the country and beyond.

Jay is a long-time affiliate with the National Center for Fathering and a nationally-known motivational speaker for Iron Sharpens Iron, marriage conferences, men's retreats, women's events, writers' conferences, and weekend services. Jay has also sold more than half a million books including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, The Jesus Dare,  What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? and The Prayer of Agur.   He has been a guest multiple times on The Harvest Show100 Huntley StreetMoody RadioBuilding Relationships with Gary ChapmanCornerstone TV, and Focus on the Family.

Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they’ve raised five great kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood.

Hour 2: Healing What's Hidden

Evan and Jenny Owens share their experience with trauma and their book Healing What's HiddenThey are convinced that there is a path to overcome trauma and experience radical restoration!

Evan and Jenny are founders of REBOOT Recovery, a global nonprofit that helps people of all backgrounds overcome trauma and embrace a brighter future. Jenny holds a doctorate of occupational therapy specializing in traumatic brain injury and serves as REBOOT's head of research, presenting findings at universities and scientific conferences across the country. Evan serves as the Executive Director. They have three active boys and live outside of Nashville, TN. 

Hour 3: Big Trouble Ahead

In this third hour, Pastor Allen Jackson encourages us to embrace the call of The Church to live a life that is consecrated, set apart, to God. Pastor Allen has written a new book called Big Trouble Ahead,  a helpful resource to see current events and controversies from a biblical perspective and to remind us that nothing can separate us from God's love and his involvement in our generation. 

The son of an equine veterinarian, Pastor Allen spent his formative years helping his father care for horses and other animals—and many of his sermons include stories and lessons learned in the barns, fields, and countryside of Tennessee. Though he often jokes that he was “raised in a barn,” his life journey has proven to be impactful.

He began his studies in the sciences, determined to pursue a career in medicine, but his course was altered by Matthew 16:18: “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” His life determination changed, and he earned degrees from Oral Roberts University and Vanderbilt University, and studied at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He returned to Murfreesboro, Tennessee (southeast of Nashville), where he lives with his wife, Kathy, and has served as senior pastor of World Outreach Church since 1989. Under his leadership, the church has grown from less than 30 people to over 15,000 through outreach activities, community events, and worship services designed to share the Gospel. Despite its current size, he still fondly refers to the congregation as a “little country church” because that’s how it began—as a small Bible study in his parents' home in the 1970s.

Pastor Allen’s mission is to help people become more fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and technology has increased his impact, allowing his biblical messages to reach and encourage 3,000,000+ people per week through Allen Jackson Ministries. The ministry reaches across the globe through online streaming, television, radio, books, small group studies, and other resources.

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September 27, 2022

Hour 1: Casting Your Cares on God

How do we 'cast our cares' on God? Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning for a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International based on 1 Peter 5:7.

In addition, Phil Herndon, Clinical Director of RiverTree Counseling helps us look at shame, rejection, and anger.  

Phil uses a dynamic approach to help his clients recover their hearts and redeem their stories. His therapeutic approach is grounded in the Spiritual Root System. Phil works with individuals who have lost their way through addiction, anxiety, depression, struggles with spirituality, or burnout to walk them through the tumultuous and scary times that are so common to the human experience.

Phil worked in the trucking business through college. After college, he realized his true passion was helping people walk through difficulties and heartache. He completed graduate school in 1992 with a Master of Arts degree in counseling and religious education.

He served as a pastor in Texas for 15 years until joining the Center for Professional Excellence in 2005 where he served as Clinical Director until 2020. Phil became the Clinical Director and co-owner of (what is now) River Tree in 2020 and loves his role in developing, encouraging, and equipping the staff as they walk with people through their life journeys. Phil lives in Murfreesboro with his wife Sheila and they have one son, Luke.

Hour 2: Casting Your Cares on God


Hour 3: Prodigals

The Executive Director of Celebrate Kids, John Hannigan, will share his journey as a prodigal and his return to the Lord.

John Hannigan has been passionate about helping both businesses and families for over twenty years. Married to his best friend, Melissa, and father to four wonderful kiddos, John’s passion and zest for life keep him and his family always ready for the next adventure. Whether he is leading mission trips to Puerto Rico, serving families in his local church, guiding strategy and vision sessions with his clients, or taking his family on a spontaneous trip while keeping everyone laughing, John glorifies God each day by using the talents and gifts he has been given. He is excited to contribute to the Celebrate Kids team.

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September 26, 2022

Hour 1: No Sin

Loving God requires a response. Are we intent on making choices that honor Him? Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning for a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International based on 1 John 3:6

Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.   1 John 3:6

In addition, Dawn and Steve have a discussion about an article written by Cameron Cole called "Parents, Just Go to Church."

Hour 2: The Best of You

Dr. Alison Cook joins the conversation to tell us about her book The Best of You. Learn about breaking free of painful patterns and remember that God has created you for a purpose. 

Dr. Alison Cook is a psychologist, podcast host, and the author of two books, including her new book, The Best of You (Thomas Nelson 2022) and Boundaries for Your Soul (Thomas Nelson, 2018). For 20 years, Alison has helped women, ministry leaders, couples, and families learn how to heal painful emotions, develop confidence from the inside out, forge healthy relationships, and fully live out their God-given potential.

Hour 3: Q & A With Dr. Rydelnik

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.

Also this third hour, Christian musician Kathy Troccoli shares her testimony and provides encouragement for families dealing with the loss of a loved one through suicide. Kathy is passionately dedicated to comforting, encouraging, and lifting-up hearts. She is currently enjoying almost four decades of music and ministry.

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September 23, 2022

Hour 1: Holy Hygge

Vengeance is His. Join Dawn and Steve in the Morning for a devotional from Blackaby Ministries International about trusting God with matters of justice. 

Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, "Vengeance is Mine, I will repay," says the Lord.   Romans 12:19

In addition, author Jamie Erickson talks about her book Holy Hygge: Creating a Place for People to Gather and the Gospel to Grow. When she's not curating memories, hoarding vintage books, or homeschooling her five kids, Jamie Erickson can be found encouraging and equipping a growing tribe of mothers all across the globe on the Mom to Mom podcast, through her blog The Unlikely Homeschool, at national conferences, and in her book Homeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child With Confidence.

Hour 2: Israel

Christian journalist, Kent Allen, has a conversation with Dawn and Steve about the current events in Israel. Kent is a freelance journalist who contributes to weekly radio programs heard on independent Christian radio stations in the UK and Ireland.

Hour 3: Love Languages

Dawn and Steve have a discussion about how we can show affirmation in relationships based on Gary Chapman's The Five Love Languages.  In addition, listeners will weigh in with their experiences using the five love languages.

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