A shoebox full of gifts can change a life! The Morning Thing 9/26/16

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Today on the show, The Morning Thing shared a full circle story from Operation Christmas Child.

Kojo Abakah was born and raised in a very poor town in Ghana. His family of nine lived in a one-room clay house. He remembers walking one and a half to two miles each day to school, having no money and no food. Kojo is grateful for the challenges and the financial difficulties he faced as a child, as that was what made him rely on God.

Kojo was in 4th grade, 12 years of age when he received his Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. He remembers it being a Friday afternoon when majority of the students had already gone home and those who were still present began hearing a lot of noise outside the building. When they ran outside, they saw other schools join them. After all the students assembled, the visitors told them about Jesus and taught everyone the song “Jesus Loves Me.” After the song, the students received shoeboxes. Kojo remembers everyone jumping up and down with excitement. For him it was his first gift he has ever received. His favorite items in it were school supplies, a set of toy cars and a yo-yo. Every time he rolled the yo-yo out he remembered the song the missionaries taught him, “Jesus loves you this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

The song that he learned that day always stayed with him. The seed was sowed in his life and he knew he needed a good farmer to take care of that seed. He started going to church and his faith started to grow from the simple truth of the song “Jesus Loves Me This I Know.” He started serving in the church and serving God with all he had in him.

Kojo came to the United States in 2012 to attend Tusculum College in Tennessee. He dreams of finishing pharmacy school and to use any opportunity available to share the truth that he now knows without a shadow of doubt – Jesus loves me THIS I know, for the Bible tells me so!

Please take a few minutes, click HERE and listen to Kojo’s amazing story!
Also, click HERE to find out how YOU can pack a shoebox and help change a life forever!
Click HERE to see a countdown to National Collection Week in November.

Are you ready for Sonfest 2016 at MVNU? The Morning Thing 9/23/16

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Sonfest is TOMORROW (9/24) at Mount Vernon Nazarene University!
The Morning Thing has been getting you ready by giving away tickets, talking with artists and sharing memories from past Sonfests.

Today, we shared a conversation with Jason Roy, lead singer of Building 429.
Click HERE to hear Jason talk about what the band has been up to this summer. Jason also gave us insight into their newest album “Unashamed.” He also talked about their Earth Shaker Tour and how we can be praying for the band.

For our Morning Thing Fave 5 this week, the co-hosts shared their favorite memories from past Sonfests. Click HERE to hear some crazy memories from Marcy Rinehart, Jenna Potts, Kelsey Bryte, Dan Monnin and Andy Krolik.

Make sure that you stop by Big Blue tomorrow when you come to Sonfest. You could win a Sonfest Survival Kit! Click HERE for more details.

Click HERE for a lineup of Sonfest 2016. We hope to see you at MVNU tomorrow!

Today is the first day of FALL! Yeah! The Morning Thing 9/22/16

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It is HERE – the first day of FALL! How will you celebrate?
We found the Ultimate Guide for the BEST Fall EVER! Check out these 75 different ideas from www.naturalbeachliving.com
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Click HERE for the full listing of this Ultimate Guide.

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Alice in Wonderland Junior hits the Memorial Theater stage this weekend!

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The Morning Thing shared some news about the NEW MTVarts production this morning. Alice in Wonderland Junior is coming to the Memorial Theater stage this weekend.

Click HERE to hear Marcy Rinehart’s conversation with Tweedle Dee – Megan Campbell and Tweedle Dum – Kennedy Aikey.

Click HERE to hear Marcy talk with the March Hare – Mark Fongheiser and the Queen of Hearts – Fredi Bockover.

Click HERE to hear Marcy talk with the Caterpillar – Luna Moreland.

Performances are Friday 9/23 at 7:30pm, Saturday 9/24 at 7:30pm and Sunday 9/25 at 2pm.

Click HERE to order tickets.

Spark your creativity! The Morning Thing 9/21/16

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Do you feel creative? Need a spark?
The Morning Thing shared 17 easy ways to get your creative juices flowing from www.justcreative.com

Some of our favorite ideas include:

* Read a Book

The more people read, the more their minds open up. This allows mind to think of new ideas which result in becoming more creative. All it takes is reading about a half hour before going to bed at night.

* Make a Note of Ideas

As soon as an idea forms, write it down. After it’s written down, the brain is free to form another idea.

* Listen to Sound

There are sound frequencies that have a positive result in increasing the creativity and performance of the brain. When these sounds are listened to, a person can see the positive effect it has had on their creativity and thinking.

* Anti-Oxidants

Eating blueberries will provide the richest of anti-oxidants, and a few of them should be eaten every day. They are great for raising the thinking ability of the brain.

* Be A Flexible Thinker

Flexible thinkers have the capacity to control and direct their thoughts. This way of thinking allows them to adjust to a novel way of thinking. They can also apply this to what they perceive and can focus on the situation at hand.

Our brain has the ability to rewire itself and can physically adjust to our new ways of thinking. A flexible mindset shoves away all patterns of limiting thought, and goes to a serene place of possibilities and openness to creativity.

Click HERE to see the entire article from Graphic Designer, Jacob Cass.

We also shared 7 ways to foster creativity in your kids. Click HERE to see some wonderful ideas from Christine Carter, Ph.D, a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.
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Its SonFest Week! You can win FREE tickets!! 9/20/16

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Its SonFest week on The Morning Thing!

Everyday this week you have a chance to win two general admission tickets to SonFest 2016 by answering one of our SonFest trivia questions! You can also tune into the Afternoon Drive if you miss our morning giveaways. For more information about our giveaways and SonFest 2016 visit our website, wnzr.fm.

Today we talked to Ben Calhoun of Citizen Way, one of the amazing bands that will be coming to MVNU’s campus this Saturday, September 24th. You may know Citizen Way from their hit songs Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us), When I’m With You or How Sweet The Sound.

This morning, Ben talked about why he loves Ohio and their new album When I’m With You. He gave us the story behind the song Nothing Ever (Could Separate Us) and a sneak peak into the new music coming from Citizen Way. To hear our full conversation with Ben, click HERE!

Make sure you tune in tomorrow at 7:20 a.m. for The Morning Thing Game of the Day and your chance to win SonFest tickets!

 

How is your financial health? The Morning Thing 9/16/16

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We wrapped up our health-focused week by talking about financial health!

The best place to start a conversation about money is to start  at the definition – what is financial health? www.financialhealthinstitute.com says financial health is: The dynamic relationship of one’s financial and economic resources as they are applied to or impact the state of physical, mental and social well-being.

These experts say that health and finances are dynamic, always changing, in flux, up and down. Your personal financial situation can be unhealthy and the result of that can lead to problems in other areas of your life. Click HERE to read more about how to define financial health.

So where do you start to achieve your financial goals?
One easy step is to listen to “My Moneylife” each weekday at 3:50pm on WNZR.
This 2 minute feature looks at the world of finances through a biblical perspective. Crown Financial Ministries is celebrating 40 years of empowering and equipping families with financial tips and advice. Click HERE to go to Crown’s fabulous website with superb tools to help you and your family navigate the path to financial health.

Crown Financial Ministries has a Money Map that will give you a step-by-step guide to gaining victory in your finances and life.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Seven clear, achievable goals to reach on your way to True Financial Freedom.
  • Access to practical online tools and content to help you along the journey.
  • An updated design and format that will harness the proven success of our MoneyMap to address today’s issues.
  • And more!

Click HERE to find Crown’s Money Map.

Wells Fargo promotes the belief that small changes can easily turn into habits that could have a big impact on your financial health.
Here are 8 Rules of Thumb to Financial Health  – a set of easy-to-follow guidelines, along with simple steps on how to get started on your journey to better financial health.
Click HERE to see the entire article.

Pay yourself first

Set aside some income for savings — about 5 – 10%.

Start turning savings into a habit

Track your spending

Make sure you know where your money is going every month.

Start tracking everyday expenses

Create a safety net

Build up emergency savings to cover 3 – 6 months’ worth of expenses.

Start your emergency savings fund

Pay down high-interest-rate debt

Spend less on interest by paying down the debt that costs you the most.

Start taking steps to manage debt

Pay on time, every time

Improve and maintain your credit score by paying your bills on time.

Start paying your bills on time

Know where your credit stands

Check your credit report annually to make sure it’s accurate.

Start checking your credit report

Review your insurance annually

Protect what counts by checking your insurance coverage every year.

Start protecting what counts

Save for a better retirement

Save at least 10% of your income each year for retirement.

Start planning now for more money later

 

Here are Bible verses about money, debt, giving, and finances – Find out what the Bible has to say about money, giving, debt, and finances as you learn to be a wise steward of the resources God has given you. Click HERE for 50 bible verses!

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