Tuesday morning, Donna launched a new segment on the morning show, interviewing Christian authors. Michelle Cox, author of Just 18 Summers, joined us to share about the book and the additional campaign that has grown out of this inspirational message.
Michelle shared the initial idea behind the book as a simple statement shared by a pastor at a baby’s baptism – you have just 18 summers with this child. The line planted itself in Michelle’s heart and God grew something bigger. The book (get the book) is part of a larger campaign including the online presence, which includes a blog each weekday, tips to get started or keep going, and information about the larger effort of Just 18 Summers.
The book follows four families who go through living daily lives, the sudden realization parents come to that time with their children is fleeting, and how precious the time together is.
The interview will replay Tuesday, June 10 and Sunday, June 15 at 6pm on WITW 93.5.
If you are interested in winning a copy of Just 18 Summers post a comment on our Facebook page. We will give a copy of the book to a random pick from those who do.
“What we don’t receive in childhood, we spend the rest of our lives seeking.”
The finishing touches are being put on a new archive site for our Testimony Tuesday recordings. We hear from listeners regularly requesting the capacity to listen back to our guests. With our limited resources and staffing, it has taken a bit to put together. A separate site has been created and the Testimony Tuesday’s we have are being uploaded.
We have saved many of them in .MP3 format. We have a few on video. We will post the new site as soon as we get a few of the shows of for you.
Here’s how you can win front row seats to one of the hottest bands in Christian music – the Building 429 – in concert with Samestate at the LaPorte County Fair, Thursday, July 12:
At 3pm today (Wednesday), we’ll draw from the entries and contact the winner of the 2 front row seats and entries into the LaPorte County Fair. You can win and help us get the word out about this great show!
To order tickets:
Listen to WITW 935, serving Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso for more information about this and other Christian concerts coming to Chicago and Northwest Indiana.
Almost 2 weeks ago, WITW was collateral damage in a hacker’s attack on a server at Rice & Rice Attorneys. The attack didn’t directly hit WITW, but due to some of the network linkages, we believe the additional strain caused our very old, very key production computer to suffer a hard drive failure. Fortunately, it didn’t impact our on-air computer, but it eliminated our ability to create new, daily program logs – the element that tells the air computer what to play when.
We are in the process of installing a new system for both air and production which, when completed, will give us some new functionality including a dramatically improved online presence.
In the short term, we are playing previous days’ logs to keep music playing. It may be imperceptible to most, until you hear a promo for something that already happened. We appreciate your understanding and grace during this period.
We’ll update here and on-air to let everyone know when we complete the transition.
Thanks for your prayers and support-
Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso the WITW Morning Show for May 8.
It’s Testimony Tuesday!
I (RG) was joined in studio by one of my (and His) inspiring brother’s in Christ, Pastor Jim Norris. Jim is the Pastor for Boone Grove Christian Church, just south of Valpo. Jim shared the amazing journey God had for him to bring him to be a called Pastor, Practicing the Presence of God from Brother Lawerence, being led by the Holy Spirit and faith in the face of adversity. He shared a more recent addition to his story: There are two questions we need to be prepared to answer for God:
- Do you know Me?
- Who did you bring with you?
Watch our conversation
Jim and Nancy Norris are active members in the Indiana Dunes Great Banquet community. Banquet is where God crossed our (Jim and my) paths (IDGB #49 – Woot!) While I spoke a lot sharing my thoughts at the wrap-up of our initial visit to Banquet, Jim’s statement of God meeting him in that weekend has always stuck with me. I tend to use a lot of words to empty my heart and mind. Jim was far more selective and even more powerful with his explanation of how God met him that late September weekend in 2006. The weekend for us both redirected our paths to draw nearer to God and be more open to His plan for each of us.
Shortly after our initial weekend together, we served on team together. During that weekend, Jim shared an amazing testament of his ongoing communication with God through lessons learned from “Practice of the Presence of God” taught by 17th century lay monk, Brother Lawrence. The awareness of God’s constant presence and the ability to focus on an incessant conversation/prayer provides an amazingly freeing way to go through our day. It’s not something someone picks up in a day or a week, but through practice – it is the Practice of the Presence of God, you know.
During Jim’s visit for Testimony Tuesday, he shared how he is leaning into faith and believing God for a plan to reach someone who needs to be drawn nearer to God through his (Jim’s) battle with lymphoma. Before Jim and I talked directly, I knew what his attitude would be about what many would see as a devastating diagnosis. I knew he knew where his journey was ultimately leading. I knew he would tell the story of his faith keeping his focus on the long-term and the short-term was just that…temporary.
What I didn’t realize was how it would impact me to hear him say it. What I didn’t realize was how deeply it would grab me to hear him say “just one God.” What I didn’t realize was how far I felt I had to travel to get that confident in my faith.
So I pin that example of commitment to faith on the wall in front of me as a goal, as a reachable possibility, as an inspiration to give over more to Him to see what He has in store.
God’s blessed me with a number of inspiring people along my journey – paths crossing; running together for some time and in some cases diverging. There are some who inspire by their example. There are others who inspire me with their involvement on a regular basis. My hope is that I am sharing these blessings bestowed upon me with someone else who needs to be lifted up in the way I have been.
Just one God, just one.