Does the Bible say if dinosaurs are real?

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The first thing you should understand is that the Bible was written for a very specific purpose. God gave us the Bible because He wanted us to know who He is, what He is like, and how to have a relationship with Him. So, the Bible does not include everything about the world, just the stuff that is important for us to know in order to have a relationship with God. This means it does not have a list of every animal which has ever lived. So, even if the Bible didn’t mention dinosaurs, it doesn’t necessarily mean they never existed.

With that said, there are two places in the book of Job which talk about creatures that sound a lot like what we would think of as dinosaurs.

Job 40:15-24 talks about a Behemoth which “feeds on grass like an ox,” “its tale sways like a cedar”, and “its bones are like tubes of bronze”.

Job 41:1-34 talks about a Leviathan who’s skin is “like a double coat of armor,” “flames stream from its mouth,” “smoke pours from its nostrils,” and “it makes the depths churn like a boiling caldron and stirs up the sea like a pot of ointment”.

The Leviathan is also mentioned again in Psalm 104:24-26:

24 O Lord, how manifold are your works!
    In wisdom have you made them all;
    the earth is full of your creatures.
25 Here is the sea, great and wide,
    which teems with creatures innumerable,
    living things both small and great.
26 There go the ships,
    and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

These verses are fun to read because the images they portray of these creatures are awe-inspiring and they confirm the existence of dinosaur-like creatures which are no longer on the earth today. However, when we are trying to understand the Bible it is important to read the stories in context. Context simply means we should know what happens before and after the part we are reading and what is happening in the world at the time that part of the Bible was written. This will help us understand why God wrote those verses and what God wants us to learn from those verses. If we don’t pay attention to the context, we will miss out on amazing lessons which God wants us to learn.

God did not put these verses into the Bible just to tell us dinosaurs existed. During the verses in Job, God is upset at Job for lacking faith and is trying to explain to Job just how powerful God really is. God is saying the Leviathan and the Behemoth are massive and fearsome to human beings and yet God is not afraid of them because He is the one who created them. Humans cannot tame them or subdue them, but even these creatures, like everything else, belong to God.

Job 41:9-11

Any hope of subduing it (Leviathan) is false;
    the mere sight of it is overpowering.
10 No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
    Who then is able to stand against me?
11 Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
    Everything under heaven belongs to me.

So, yes, the Bible does mention dinosaurs and those dinosaurs give us a small taste of how magnificent and powerful our God must be.

(Amanda Blanco is an announcer for KCMI Radio. You can hear her live on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-6pm and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9:35)

New Music Monday - New Singles from Matthew West, Citizen Way, We Are Messengers and more

It’s been a few weeks, so let’s dive in to the latest songs we’ve added here on 97.1FM Hope Radio!

New to Our Rotation

“You're the God who stays
You're the one who runs in my direction
When the whole world walks away
You're the God who stands
With wide open arms
And You tell me nothing I have ever done
Can separate my heart
From the God who stays”

“You're my courage when I worry in the dead of night
You're my strength 'cause
I'm not strong enough to win this fight
You are greater than the battle raging in my mind
I will trust You, Lord
I will fear no more”

The top 25 contemporary Christian Countdown

“Just keep moving on
Just keep pushing ahead
Yeah, the new has come
All the old is dead
Just keep moving on
Keep your eyes on the prize
And that Word in your heart
Yeah, we'll be alright
We got that power, power”

“Singing holy, holy, God Almighty
Who was and is to come
You are worthy of every glory forever
Amen”

“When my mind says I'm not good enough
God, You're enough for me
I've decided I'm not giving up
'Cause You won't give up on me
You won't give up on me
Your love is holding on and it won't let go
I feel it breaking out like an echo”

“I got a peace past understanding
When my worries overwhelm me
I got a joy down deep in my soul
Cause you wont let me go
I know, I know, I know
I got a lighthouse on the horizon
When my fears like a flood are rising
I got a joy down deep in my soul
Cause you wont let me go
I know, I know, I know I got You”

The 180remix Countdown

“All of a sudden
I came up from nothing
And life flipped around, it's sideways
I never think about it
All I know that God is sovereign
He's in control
I'm letting go, I went from pit to palace”

The Stronghold

“My radiation went down
I'm losing all of my friends
Waging my salvation just to make a statement
I'm not okay with this
I'm fighting with my head
It's like I just can't win
Will I swallow my pride or drown in my denial?
Will I seek or swim?
I feel the tension”

What's New at Cross Reference Library - Week of 09/12/19

Come check out these great new titles and much more at Cross Reference Library, 209 East 15th Street in Scottsbluff, NE! We’re open Monday through Friday from 9am-5pm, and you can drop off your return items anytime in the drop box to the left of our front door.

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Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names, the highest seat of honor, the right to reign and rule. Yet the busyness of our lives and the diversions of this world often distract us from knowing the most important person we could ever know. Perhaps we need some help to see Jesus afresh. In this thoughtful study and worshipful reflection, influential pastors Alistair Begg and Sinclair B. Ferguson draw on decades of pastoral experience in order to guide us through the whole sweep of Scripture and examine seven key qualities of Jesus’s identity and ministry. Name Above All Names helps us see and meditate on the incomparable character of Christ - a spiritual exercise that enables us to readily respond to the exhortations of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon the King of kings, and to better understand just how great Jesus really is.

Are you missing the Essential to a joyful, purpose-filled life? Are you devoted to your church or your religion but still struggle with its practical relevance to daily life? Anne Graham Lotz has known this struggle, too. As she searched for answers to her heart’s yearning and emptiness, Abraham walked out of the pages of her Bible and into her life. Abraham’s life was full of twists and turns, riches and losses, deceit and redemption, failure and success. Nevertheless, his story held the key to satisfying Anne’s hungry heart. In The Magnificent Obsession, Anne Graham Lotz finds the key: embracing a God-filled life, step by step, choice by choice, day by day. Despite struggling as we all do with compromise, fear, family, quarrels, doubt, and disappointment, in the end Abraham knew God as His friend. Challenged by Abraham’s example, Anne began a lifelong pursuit of knowing God. Through personal anecdotes, unforgettable stories, and inspiring insights, she shares the answers she found as she has embraced the God-filled life.

Max Lucado wants to remind you that You’ll Get Through This, whatever “this” is - financial woes, relationship valleys, or health crises, you fear you won’t make it through. You fear that the depression will never lift, the yelling will never stop, the pain will never leave. Will this gray sky ever brighten, or this load ever lighten? Yes! Deliverance in the Bible is bold, brassy, and everywhere. God is in the business of redeeming the broken - he was then, and He still is. Do you crave some hope for those tough times? Then this is the message you need.

Recording artist, best selling author and acclaimed Women of Faith conference speaker Sheila Walsh knows what it’s like to pray the prayers of the desperate. She has learned firsthand the fallacy of thinking that if she just has enough faith, her life will be easy and trouble free. Looking back on her lifetime journey through both shadow and sunlight, Sheila today defines faith as “my soul’s fixed", unflinching gaze on Christ, wherever it takes me”. Extraordinary Faith is Sheila Walsh’s gift of simple, straightforward, humor-sprinkled encouragement that says wherever you are in life, whatever circumstances you face, God loves you and will faithfully walk with you through it. No matter what shakes up your world, His everlasting arms are underneath it all.

Those who have discovered the secret of praise know how powerfully it deepens their experience of God. They’ve seen firsthand how He often works in our times of praise, releasing freedom and joy that transform struggles into blessings. Yet even when you know the delight of spending time with God daily, you may find yourself distracted by life’s busyness or even reluctant to offer praise in the midst of trials. The key is to choose to cultivate the habit of praise by taking steps to enrich your prayer life. and this inspiring collection of daily encounters will help you do exactly that. Deeply rooted in Scripture and adapted from Ruth’s earlier writings. A Treasury of Praise by Ruth Myers guides you through personalized prayer and praise, invites you to feast on the words of God, and leads you to a deeper understanding of His power and love.

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Prayer is absolutely central to the church’s identity, its mission and its ministry. In Praying Together, Martha Rowlett offers inspiring stories, descriptions, and examples of twenty two forms of prayer and practical suggestions for initiating and supporting prayer ministries. Many churches want to be more prayer-centered but fail because of missteps in their efforts to get started; this book provides a rich background of personal and pastoral experience and provides insightful guidance toward becoming a praying congregation.

Chicken Soup for the Soul has inspired millions with stories of hope, triumph, and the resiliency of the human spirit. Now co-creators Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen have teamed with noted women’s expert Stephanie Martson for Life Lessons for Women, a compilation of heart-warming stories with tools to help every woman live the life she was meant to live. This will inspire you to make every day - every minute - more fulfilling.

A fiercehearted woman looks life in the face and says, "You can't beat me." She knows love is a risk but reaches out anyway. She chases Jesus with a tender, world-changing wildness. She never gives in, never gives up, and never lets go. Best of all, the potential to be a fiercehearted woman is inside each and every woman on earth. In Fiercehearted, her most powerful book yet, bestselling author Holley Gerth inspires her readers to become the stronger, braver, truer women they long to be by sharing personal stories of her own struggles and victories. As readers join Holley on this journey, they'll discover a freedom they never imagined could be theirs: the freedom to experience life, love, and faith to the fullest because fear can no longer hold them back. For the woman who is restless or longing for more, this is an invitation to the life God has always meant for her to embrace.

In Falling in Love with Jesus, authors Bee Brestin and Kathy Troccoli introduce readers to the ultimate love relationship of all time - a relationship with Jesus Christ. Using humor, contemporary love songs, real life stories, and solid Biblical teaching. Dee and Kathy help women discover a life-changing intimacy with Jesus. No matter your age or marital status, you are His bride, the object of His affection. The secret to an abundant life lies in the development a deep love relationship with Jesus, abandoning yourself to the greatest romance of your life.

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In Savannah, Eugenia Price blends historical observation with masterful storytelling in a novel that sweeps readers into the splendor of nineteenth century Georgia. From the deck of the schooner, a young man of privilege watched Savannah emerge on the horizon that fateful day in the spring of 1812, never imagining it held secrets to both his past and future. That the burgeoning Southern port would be so intricately tried to his own expanding fortune. That there he would become involved in the intrigue of war… and torn between his love for two women. That in Savannah he would ultimately learn the measure of his own courage and worth.

In A Song of Joy by Lauraine Snelling, Nilda Carlson is torn between life in the city of Blackduck and spending time with her family back home on the farm. Her employer, Mrs. Schoenleber, gives her more and more responsibility, including leading an exciting new philathropy project to help the area’s immigrant community. Nilda tries to focus on raising money to build affordable homes for Blackduck’s newcomers, but a private detective in town keeps stirring up trouble. Nilda also finds herself distracted by her piano lessons with the handsome schoolteacher, Fritz Larsson, and the more she learns bout him, the more she admires him. Except the man who wants to court her isn’t Fritz, but a young man from Minneapolis whose wealthy background feels like a foreign world to her. With a detective digging into her past and a rich dandy vying for her hand, Milda must decide what future she will choose for herself.

We may love God, but we chase earthly things that makes us feel better. If God is real, and we are going to live with him forever, shouldn’t He be everything? Caught up in a busy life filled with daily obligations and empty pursuits, Jennie Allen and her husband Zac prayed a courageous prayer of abandonment that took them on the adventure God had written for them. “God, we will do anything. Anything.” Anything is a prayer of surrender that will spark something - a prayer that will move us to stop chasing what makes us feel good and instead begin to live a life that matters. In this newly revised edition she shares what’s happened since the initial release of the book, and includes a Bible study experience for personal reflection or group discussion to help you discover your own “anything”. It’s time to trade your safe and comfortable life for one that is surrendered, reckless, and courageous. Because if we truly know a God worth giving anything for, everything changes.

How do we walk boldly when our world seems to be crumbling beneath our feet? Join celebrated author and speaker Linda Dillow on the journey to contentment in A Deeper Kind of Calm. Learn how to positively handle the disappointments of life and discern the comforting truth found in God’s Word. Be encouraged and learn to deal with the waves of trails, depression, and discouragement that threaten to flood our souls. Hidden in the psalms are portraits of what faith looks like in times of trial. Through them, the author will help you discover how to remember what God has done, hide in His presence, cling to Him, and praise Him for all we cannot see.

How did David know he could beat Goliath in a fight to the death?

artwork by Richey Beckett

artwork by Richey Beckett

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most well-known Bible stories in our world today. People use it as an example for all underdog situations. Yet, as you read the story, it does not seem like David thought of himself as an underdog. We can see this by reading his own words:

In 1 Samuel 17:34-37 David is trying to convince King Saul to let him fight Goliath and he says:

“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Then in 1 Samuel 17:45-47, Goliath is taunting David as they are about to fight and David responds:

“You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

Now, anyone looking on could see that there is no worldly reason why David should win against Goliath. So, why is it that David is not afraid? Why is he so sure that God will help him defeat Goliath? To answer these questions you need to know that this story, like all others in the Bible, is better understood when they are studied in context.

Context simply means you should know what happens before and after the story. Or, as Rob Green from biblicalcounselingcoalition.org says “’Scripture interprets Scripture.’ That means that reading the Bible helps you read the Bible. The Bible is such an interconnected story that reading one part will make you think of another part. When you see how the parts fit, the story becomes even more amazing.” 

In order to better understand the story of David and Goliath, you should also read 1 Samuel 16.

Chapter 16 shows us that God made a promise to David. By having His prophet, Samuel, anoint David, God is making a promise that someday David would be king of Israel. 

We should also remember Numbers 23:19.  This verse is just one many which tells us that God always keeps His promises.

Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

God is not human, that he should lie,
    not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
    Does he promise and not fulfill?

In other words if God says something will happen, He will make sure it happens. 

Now we know God told David he would be king someday, and we know that David was not king yet. So, next we must ask again, was it possible for Goliath to kill David? 

No. It was not possible for Goliath to kill David, because if David died before becoming king, it would have meant God had either lied or was not powerful enough to keep His Word.

But, God never lies and He is omnipotent, which means He is all-powerful and can always keep His Word.

Therefore, David knew for sure that God would not let him die by Goliath’s sword. 

David may seem like an underdog in the eyes of unbelievers, but David was not facing Goliath alone, and no one who has God on their side and who is relying on God’s promises, is ever an underdog.

Now, what does this mean for us today? 
Can I go out and fight a giant and claim God will make sure I win? No, because God never made me that kind of promise. But, He did make us other promises. We can see a couple big ones in the following verses:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 3:21-22 “But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets long ago. We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.”

Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 8:37-39 “Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

These verses tell us that even though we are unable to be good enough to get to Heaven on our own, God loved us enough to send Jesus to die on the cross and pay for our sins. God promises us that if we accept Jesus’ payment and let Jesus pay for our sins, then we will get to spend eternity in Heaven with God and nothing at all can separate us from God’s love and stop Him from getting us into Heaven.

Just like David, we can know for sure that if God says it, it will happen, no matter what. Because God is not a liar and He always keeps His promises.

(Amanda Hovseth/Blanco is an announcer for KCMI Radio. You can hear her live on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30-6pm and on Saturday mornings from 8:30 to 9:35)

New Music Tuesday - Pat Barrett's New Single, John Tibbs and Ellie Holcomb Collaborate

On this New Music Tuesday (sorry about that!), we’ve got great new songs from some KCMI mainstays! Pat Barrett has released Better, the latest single off of his self-titled debut album which dropped last year. John Tibbs and Ellie Holcomb’s collaboration Dead Man Walking is also being added to our rotation this week - be sure to watch John share the story behind that song in the video below. And last week’s 180remix Countdown featured Hope, the debut single from new artist Emily Brimlow. Check out all of the latest music on Hope Radio KCMI!

new to our rotation

“Your love is better than life
You are the well that won't run dry
I have tasted and I have seen
Oh, You are better than all these things”

“Your love, Your love, it set me free
Oh no guilt, no shame, got a hold on me
Your love, Your love, it opened my eyes
I was a dead man walking 'til Lord”

The 180remix Countdown

“So I lift my hands to the God that guides me
To the one that finds me
Even in my darkest days he walks beside me
Singing songs of freedom
Always singing songs of life”

New Music Monday - Tenth Avenue North Returns + The Latest From Riley Clemmons and Caitie Hurst

This week we’re adding two great new songs to our rotation - Greater Than All My Regrets, the big new single from Tenth Avenue North off of their new album No Shame, and a lighter tune from Riley Clemmons called Fighting for Me, who made a splashy debut last year on the Christian contemporary charts with her pop hit Broken Prayers. We also saw a remix of Danny Gokey’s song Haven’t Seen It Yet debut on the 180remix Countdown along with two new songs, plus a new rock entry on The Stronghold from up-and-coming Tooth and Nail band Paradise Now.

New to our rotation

“So if I fall and if I fail
I will trust Your mercy is
Greater than all of this
And if I bend and if I break
I'll trust the hands that hold me are
Greater than all my regrets”

“You will never stop fighting for me
When I can't fight for myself
Every word is a promise You keep
Cause You love me like nobody else
You stand up for me
In the darkest night
When my faith is weak
You're still by my side
You will never stop fighting for me”

The 180remix countdown

“It's like the brightest sunrise
Waiting on the other side of the darkest night
Don't ever lose hope, hold on and believe
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet
You're closer than you think you are
Only moments from the break of dawn
All His promises are just up ahead
Maybe you just haven't seen it, just haven't seen it yet”

“When You call my name
You don't want someone else
You don't make mistakes
I can be myself
Every step of faith
take 'em one by one
As You're doing all the things
I thought could not be done”

“You’re perfect in all Your ways
In all Your ways
I give You the praise
God You’re perfect”

the stronghold

“Can You hold me down
Don’t let me up to breathe
You gotta save me now
I need You now to baptize me
Can You hold me down
Till my blood runs clean
You gotta save me now
Will You baptize me”

New Books from Phil Robertson and the Heroes of the Faith Series

We’ve added some great new books this week at Cross Reference Library, including suspense novels, biographies about famous faith leaders, and even some social commentary from Phil Robertson. See what new items might interest you and stop by the library at 209 East 15th Street in Scottsbluff!

Books

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In Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason, FBI Special Agent Lincoln St. John is living his own personal nightmare. When the woman he loves, Allison Radcliffe, is killed, he devotes himself to tracking down the killers and making them pay for their crimes. He expected it to be a challenge. What he never expected was to find Allison very much alive shortly after her “murder”. As his anger and hurt mix with relief, Lincoln isn’t sure how he’s supposed to feel. One thing he does know for sure is that he and Allison will have to work together to stop a killer before she dies a second time - this time for good.

Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey is convinced someone is taking out her team one by one in Lisa Harris’ romantic suspense novel Deadly Intentions. First, a friend and research partner was killed in a home invasion. Three moths ago, her boss died in a suspicious car accident. Four days ago, another partner supposedly committed suicide. And now Caitlyn herself has miraculously survived a hit and run. Afraid for her life with nowhere to run, she reaches out to one of the victims’ husbands, Detective Josh Solomon. Though initially skeptical about Caitlyn’s theory, Josh soon realizes the attack that took his wife’s life was anything but random. Now the two of them must discover the truth about who is after Caitlyn’s team - and what their end game is - before it’s too late.

A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson follows Anne Norris, who moved to Savannah, Georgia for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but things do not go as planned. Carter is fascinated with the wreck, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task, and working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again - trust a man.

Phil Robertson believes that little by little, generation by generation, America has allowed the lines of morality, decency, and virtue to be erased - that our values have disappeared as we began to believe the lies that God is dead, truth is relative, and unity is impossible. These lies have brought discord, division and protest, but Phil also believes that things can change. Writing with captivating storytelling and unflinching honesty, Phil shows how to make America a God-honoring nation once more - by dropping the ten central lies that rule our day and taking up the ten truths that will bring peace of mind, harmony, and prosperity back to our country. The Theft of America’s Soul by Phil Robertson is a wake-up call for all who desire to see our nation thrive, and it’s also an invitation to experience the life-giving, peace-filling, wholly-transforming love of God.

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The Heroes of the Faith series (by various authors) spotlights a wide variety of important figures throughout the history of Christianity. Our new additions to the library include the stories of Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C.S. Lewis, David Livingstone, D. L. Moody, Fanny Crosby, John Bunyan, John Newton, Jon Wesley, Samuel Morris, and Sojourner Truth.

DVDs and Audiobooks

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In The Bishop’s Wife (1947), Yuletide spirit can’t seem to warm Bishop Henry Brougham’s Victorian home. Struggling to raise funds for a new cathedral, the preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife Julia, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage. But a powerful angel sent from above has a mind of his own… and teaching mortal Henry an immortal lesson isn’t all that he’s got planned.

Hope for Hurting Hearts tells the true stories of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, and Nick Vujicic stood at a spiritual crossroads marked by challenging and painful circumstances, and how each chose the road of trusting, following, and glorifying God.

Caroline Leaf, PhD, Marty Copeland and Janet Maccaro, PhD team up in Your Body His Temple to help you achieve emotional wholeness in your life. In this fast-paced world, it often seems impossible to balance what the Bible says about health and wholeness with the latest scientific information. It doesn’t have to be difficult to change your life for the better. Take your first steps toward health and wholeness with the help of three experts who understand the importance of emotional wholeness in relation to mind, body and spirit. Their insight will inspire you to begin your journey and to finish well.

Wrongly Right

My Guess is you can probably think about a time when you did something that was right and good, but you did it in a way that was NOT right and NOT good. I hate it when that happens to me! It underscores just how much I need the Lord to rule in my life.

This last Sunday, my pastor preached on the good Samaritan from Luke chapter 10. As he talked about the priest and the levite who came upon the man who was attacked, beaten and robbed and how they saw that needy man but just continued on their way, I couldn’t help but see myself in them. All the people I have seen in great need, and yet failed to help, began coming to my mind. You probably have seen some of these people yourself; People standing by the road with a sign or people digging through a dumpster. I have long ago lost count of the number of times I have seen one of these, my fellow man, and quickly looked away pretending not to see them. The Samaritan did not do this. When he saw the man, we are told that he had compassion on him. That compassion compelled him to give of himself at great expense.

That message was still ringing in my ears Sunday evening when I was at a local store doing a little shopping. I really did NOT want to be there; It was late and I would have much preferred being at home relaxing - getting ready to retire for the evening. I found what I was looking for as quickly as I could, paid for my catch and headed out the door. It was then that I saw HIM. I recognized him immediately as a man I have had many encounters with and knew him to be particularly needy and quite difficult to reason with about his situation. He seemed uninterested in putting forth any effort to improve his situation and quite content to throw himself on the mercy of others.

And then I did it. The one thing that disgusts me most about me in situations like that. I quickly turned away pretending not to see him. I knew that if I caught his eye, he was going to ask me for something, and it was quite possible that what was supposed to be a very quick trip to the store was going to turn into something requiring much more of my time. But just as I was attempting to look away, he saw me. SHUCKS, I was caught! He had a cart with a few items in it and asked if I could give him a ride to the motel where he was staying. He asked if I could also make a stop along the way and pick up some other things he had stashed at another location. At that very moment, I thought of my pastors’ sermon earlier that day. Was I going to refuse his request and just leave him standing there to do what I wanted to do, or would I dare inconvenience myself to help one of my own in need?

I told him to bring his things and get in the car. But before you applaud my compassionate response to this man in need and label me as a good Samaritan, you should know it really wasn’t out of compassion. Ugh, I HATE to admit that! But it’s true. I did it out of that four-letter-word DUTY. That’s right, I saw a man in need and knew I could meet that need so I did; but I didn’t WANT to! I knew the Lord wanted me to, but I didn’t want to. So what did it profit me? According to 1 Corinthians 13, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I did the right thing, but I did it wrongly.

The command to love God and love our neighbor is just that - it’s a command, not a suggestion. I don’t have the right to choose who I will love and who I will NOT love. I had no trouble loving myself that night; I knew what I wanted and it wasn’t to be inconvenienced by someone else’s need. Lord help me to love you with every fiber of my being and to truly love those you have created in your image just as you love them.

New Music Monday - Zach Williams’ Big Followup, plus Rend Collective, Stars Go Dim & Greg Sykes

It’s a busy and exciting New Music Monday! You’re going to be hearing a lot of new music on KCMI in the next few weeks, including big followups from some of your favorite artists! After his hit debut album Chain Breaker (which received Gold certification and spawned record breaking songs Chain Breaker and Old Church Choir) and a successful live album recorded at Harding Prison, Zach Williams is finally releasing the debut single off of his followup album, which are both titled Rescue Story. Rend Collective has also released a new single called Your Name is Power, which actually doesn’t have an album to call home yet - but they are releasing a new kids album called Sparkle. Pop. Rampage. on August 30th. That’s just the tip of the iceberg this week, be sure to check out all of the great new music you can hear on Hope Radio 97.1FM!

(FYI - You can listen to any of the new songs featured below by clicking the album artwork or the title/artist!)

New to Our Rotation

“You were the voice in the desert
Calling me out in the dead of night
Fighting my battles for me
You are my rescue story
Lifted me up from the ashes
Carried my soul from death to life
Bringing me from glory to glory
You are my rescue story”

“Your name is power over darkness
Freedom for the captives
Mercy for the broken and the hopeless
Your name is faithful in the battle
Glory in the struggle
Mighty it won't let us down or fail us
Your name is power”

“You know me as honest,
You know me as good
You know me the way that I wish I could
You know me worthy
You know me love
You know me better”

“You are the Life
You are the Way
You are the Word that will remain from age to age
Unshakable
You’re absolute
The only God You stand alone
You are the Truth”

the 180remix countdown

“Remind me
You are all that I need
And You are everything
And You are always with me
Even in my darkest hour
You remind me of Your love and Your faithfulness
You love me every way till I won't forget
It's true, whenever I need it
You're there to remind me”

“Grab me by my hand and I felt the spirit movin' my heart
Said I'll live again and that all I did is nailed to the cross
I could never estimate the price you pay
to forgive my fault then
I said Lord I could not repay this
He said Boy you gonna have to face it“

The Stronghold

“Into the night
You killed my pain inside
Into the night
You brought me back to life
I was lost but now I see
You've unblinded me
Into the night”

Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing

I wonder if you can relate to me when I say, “I am amazed at how quickly I can forget what is truly the most important thing”?

The occasion for this most recent revelation was my 4:30am appointment with the most important Being in the universe. Contemplating the events of the previous day and the tasks that lay before me on this “never-before-seen-by-human-eyes” 24-hour canvas, I was very much aware of my need for strength and direction. I asked the Lord to show me what I needed to know as I prepared to embark on the journey of “today”.

James says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”. (James 1:5) Today, I was about to realize, again, the truth of those words. In reading through the Bible, today I found myself in Numbers 28. The Lord told Moses to tell His people to be careful to offer the offerings of the Lord at their appointed times. (Numbers 28:1-2) In other words, “make this a priority…..this is important”. At this point, the Lord had my attention.

Verses 3-8 go on to describe the daily offerings to be offered to the Lord. What jumped-out at me was the daily part of this passage. And it wasn’t just once, but twice; morning and evening. Every day begins with the Lord and every day ends with the Lord. At the beginning of my day, the most important thing is to seek the Lord and at the end of my day, the most important thing is to seek the Lord. So, what should be the main thing of my every day? Seeking the Lord.

So many times throughout my day I can easily get distracted from the main thing? A project with a deadline looming can make me irritable and anxious and that can damage relationships. The passionate pursuit of something can cause me to ignore or run rough-shod over the people nearest and dearest to me. Financial uncertainty can cause me to act out of desperation and make foolish decisions.

At the end of the day, can I say that I have set my heart on seeking the Lord from morning to evening? At every point in my day have I sanctified the Lord as the Lord of my life? If I have, it should at the very least reflect what Jesus said was the fulfillment of the greatest commandment; “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength…..and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mk 12:30-31)

Someone has once said, “What’s most important when I stand before my Savior, should be the most important thing to me today”. In other words, “Keep the main thing the main thing”.

What's New at Cross Reference Library - Week of 07/31/19

Come see what’s new at Cross Reference Library! We’ve got lots of great things for you to check out, including these entertaining items we’ve just added:

DVDs

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Among the movies we added this week were a war-themed Christmas film and additional titles in the Love Comes Softly saga, based on the book series by Janette Oke.

Love’s Abiding Joy - Following a treacherous journey west, Missie and her husband have set up a homestead where they’ve begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie’s father is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story you and your family will never forget.

Love’s Unfolding Dream - Missie’s adopted daughter Belinda is determined to become a doctor, but despite her dedication and ability, Doc Jackson believes women should stay at home - and so does Belinda’s suitor, Drew Simpson. But with faith and hard work, Belinda begins winning the hearts and minds of everyone around her, including a wealthy dowager, who just might help make Belinda’s dreams come true in this satisfying family drama.

Love Takes Wing - Still as feisty as ever, Belinda Simpson is now a doctor in a small Missouri town where an unknown plague is spreading fear and resentment among the townspeople. One local resident thinks the illness was spread from the town orphanage and wants to see it shut down. Belinda struggles to make sense of the disease and God’s plan for the beleaguered town - but with the support of Lee Owens (the town’s handsome young blacksmith) and her best friend, Belinda learns that if she can rely on faith and love everything else may just fall into place.

Love Finds a Home - Dr. Belinda Owens is a young woman with a loving husband and a rewarding career. But when Belinda’s pregnant friend Annie comes to stay, Belinda must come to grips with her own inability to conceive. And when Annie’s meddlesome mother-in-law gives Belinda advice about her medical practice, Belinda looks to a higher power for strength, wisdom and even diplomacy in this riveting installment of the popular, uplifting films about the enduring power of love and faith.

The Christmas Card - In the midst of war in Afghanistan, Cody Cullen is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman from the small, picturesque town of Nevada City, California. As months pass, the card never leaves his side, giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her.

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Radio - For anyone who ever had a dream and everyone with the courage to stand up for what they believe, comes the real life story of Robert ‘Radio’ Kennedy. Experience Radio’s journey from a man no one understood to the coach no one could live without. Together with Head Coach Harold Jones, Radio inspired a football team to become champions and a town to open their hearts. Heroic performances from Academy Award Winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Ed Harris will have you laughing, crying, and cheering for the man who proved the world’s greatest victories happen in real life.

The Life and Passion of Christ - Experience the power of God’s word as the Apostle Matthew leads you on a journey through the life of Jesus the Christ. You will witness the world changing events of His life and thrill to His teachings as you walk with Him through the cities of Judea. You will behold the miracles of divine love and the power of His deep compassion. You will experience the celebration of Christ’s triumphal entry, the intimacy of the Last Supper, and the agony of His crucifixion. Your spirit will soar as His glorious resurrection is re-enacted.

The Gospel of John: Experiencing Christ As Your Life - Join Bob George in this chapter by chapter exposition of the gospel of John. Realize why Christ Himself is real life and how He personally offers hope that you can discover a meaningful life as a Christian, overcome fear with the assurance of eternal life, experience joy during adversity, and more.

Classic Christianity - Like so many believers, Bob George began his Christian life in love with the Savior only to end up years later disappointed and unfulfilled. Drawing on his own struggles and years of teaching and counseling experience, Bob cuts straight to the heart of the issues that cause so many believers to start out in excited enthusiasm, only to end up merely “going through the motions” of the Christian life. In Classic Christianity, Bob shows us the way back to the life Jesus provided for us when He set us free from the bondage of the law, teaching us to live in the newness of life led by His Spirit.

Books

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We’ve also added books from the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery.

Anne of Windy Poplars - Anne has taken her first job away from Green Gables and soon discovered that her real work lay in dealing head-on with the proud Pringle family. But she quickly became the whole town’s champion and confidante, and would have appeared almost meddlesome - if she weren’t as spirited and lovable as ever.

Anne’s House of Dreams - Anne’s own true love Gilbert was finally a doctor and now they no longer needed to live apart. They married quite simply and began life together in their own little dream house where Anne met new neighbors, made new friends, and solved new problems. But she was still the same Anne - spirited and full of surprises.

Anne of Ingleside - Anne, now a mother of five, presided over a happy, lively home. Mrs. Doctor for some fifteen years, Anne suddenly began to worry that perhaps her adored Gilbert no longer loved her. But how could he not? After all, she may have been older, bu she was still the lively, irrepressible, irreplaceable redhead - the wonderful Anne of Green Gables, grown up.

Rainbow Valley - Anne’s wonderful, lively children found a special place all their own. Rainbow Valley was the perfect spot to play, to dream and to make the most unusual friends, like the Merediths. They were two girls and two boys who had no mother. What they did have was a minister father who was looking for a wife but so far had found nothing but heartbreak. Between the minister courting a young spinster and the escapades of the restless children, the town was bubbling with scandal. But in the end, the warmth and laughter of Anne of Green Gables taught all an unforgettable lesson of love.

Rilla of Ingleside - Anne’s children were almost grown up, except for pretty, high-spirited Rilla. Rilla wasn’t yet fifteen, and she was still looking forward to her first dance and her first kiss. But undreamed-of challenges awaited irrepressible Rilla when the happy world of Ingleside was endangered by a fearful far-off war. Rilla must join her courageous family in a dramatic struggle that would change her life and leave Rilla no longer a girl, but a proud woman.

Audiobooks

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Unleash your leadership potential in the Leadership Series audiobook from New York Times best-selling author John Maxwell. Each of the eight books in this series address the most fundamental aspects of leading others, and offer straightforward advice regarding specific topics like: What are the definitions and core qualities of success? How does one help others in the mentoring process? What is the makeup of a good attitude? What are the building blocks of great relationships? How does a leader equip others? Includes Leadership 101, Relationships 101, Attitude 101, Mentoring 101, Equipping 101, Success 101, Self-Improvement 101, and Teamwork 101.

Think of the moment you last experienced God. Do you know him that closely in this moment? Truly experiencing the love of God gives us a taste of his goodness and his love for us, but often those moments are fleeting. We get distracted by life. Our awareness and understanding fade while our longing to experience him that way again increases. In Longing for God, you can begin to fill that longing by developing your capacity to receive and respond to God's love. Spiritual formation is the process through which one's inner self is opened to the work of the Holy Spirit, who forms us into the image of the Son. Here Richard J. Foster and Gayle D. Beebe, both experienced leaders in spiritual formation, introduce you to people from the past who have known God deeply. Each person helps you to grasp one of the seven primary paths to intimacy with God that have been developed throughout Christian history.

Children’s Books

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Be sure to check out the wide variety of items we have available in our children’s section at Cross Reference Library, including these new books! We have reading material for all ages, from early readers and board books to teen novels, family audiobooks and a great variety of children’s movies. It’s all in the KCMI studio building at 209 East 15th Street in Scottsbluff, open Monday through Friday from 9-5pm.

Win Prizes During The Scottsbluff County Fair!

From 4-H round robins to bull riding, carnival rides and tasty foods, there’s always lots to look forward to during fair time - and this year, your fair experience might be made even better by winning some great prizes from Hope Radio! We’re very excited to be partnering with Scooter’s Coffee, Adventures in Odyssey and Warehouse Fitness to bring you this year’s prizes. To enter into any of our drawings, just stop by KCMI’s booth in the Events Center and fill out some entry slips. You can enter until the end of Saturday, August 3rd, and winners will be announced on The Coffee Break Monday morning August 5th.

Word of the Day

Tuesday through Friday (July 30th through August 2nd, 2019) we’ll be announcing a word of the day on Hope Radio 97.1FM. If you hear our word of the day and tell a KCMI staff member out at the fair, you’ll win a coupon from Scooter’s Coffee in Scottsbluff! We’ll announce the featured word multiple times throughout the day on-air, and you’ll also be able to find it right here on our website. When you see a KCMI staff member at our fair booth or out and about doing fair interviews, tell them the word of the day and they’ll give you your coupon.

Drawing 1 - Warehouse Fitness

This year we have prize packs from Warehouse Fitness in Scottsbluff to give away to three lucky winners! Each prize pack includes a unique Warehouse Fitness t-shirt (size L) and a gift certificate for one month’s membership.

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Drawing 2 - Scooter’s Coffee

In addition to the Scooter’s Coffee prizes you can win with our Word of the Day, you can also enter to win a Scooter’s baseball cap! We have plenty to give away, so chances are good that you’ll get to take home one of these stylish, bright red caps.

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Drawing 3 - Adventures In Odyssey

Last but not least, you can enter to win one of these fantastic Adventures in Odyssey prizes! You could win a t-shirt (size XL), a steel water bottle, or an Adventures in Odyssey CD containing multiple episodes.

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New Music Monday - Lauren Daigle, Josh Baldwin, and more!

This past week we added a wide variety of music to our countdowns and overall music rotation, but by far the biggest addition was Lauren Daigle’s Rescue. This latest single is sure to be another success in a string of radio hits from Lauren Daigle’s latest album Look Up Child, which recently set the record for most weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart. Her record 39 weeks at #1 dethroned Switchfoot’s album The Beautiful Letdown, which stayed atop the chart for 38 weeks in 2004-2005. With over 900,000 albums sold, Look Up Child is approaching platinum certification.

New to our rotation

“I will send out an army to find you
In the middle of the darkest night
It's true, I will rescue you
I will never stop marching to reach you
In the middle of the hardest fight
It's true, I will rescue you”

“So let the redeemed of the Lord say so
Sing of His promises ever more
Pour out your thankfulness, let it overflow
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so”

The 180remix Countdown

“Sometimes you lose, sometimes you win
You gotta get up, up again
Keep holding on, it's not the end
You gotta get up, up again”

“Wake up in the morning, gotta thank the Lord
Oh you still breathing? Gotta thank the Lord
Hands in the sky, gotta thank the Lord
Even when it's bad, imma thank the Lord”

The Stronghold

“My life was beaten and battered with no meaning
Barely breathing, falling to pieces
Stepped in the ring to face the hate
That’s when I heard a voice say
You will know my name
One life, one love, that’s all I really needed
One life, one love, thank you Jesus”

Joyful Suffering

In one of my recent morning quiet times I found my mind gravitating toward James’ words, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith works patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, lacking nothing.” (James 1:2-4) No sooner did those words come to mind when the words of Paul in Romans 8 started echoing in my ears. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God; to them who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He did foreknow; He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (vv 28-29)

What immediately preceded these words coming to mind was an overwhelming sense of weariness and self pity. Fatigued by the trials I was experiencing in my life, I was feeling sorry for myself and asking God to fix things. These struggles have been going on for quite some time and I was wondering why God wasn’t doing something about it. In exasperation, I have been known to pour out my complaint to the Lord, “God, you can fix this, so why aren’t you?!”

As I considered the message of those verses in my mind - placed there, I believe, by the Lord Himself, it occurred to me that the Lord was trying to show me that “I” was the one who needed “fixing”. It wasn’t the circumstances, it wasn’t other people, it was “me” - God was wanting to fix me. By my response to the circumstances I was finding myself in, it was clear that I was not acting like my savior Jesus. It had become all to easy to play the part of the victim and fail to see how God was trying to show me an area of my life He wanted to bring into conformity with His Son.

I believe, just like those verses declare, that is what God wants to do in all the trials we face. When the trials come, I believe the Lord would have me say, “Thank you, Lord for this trial because I know that, by it, you intend to show me an area of deficiency in my character. Help me not to resist your working in my life, but to yield to it and be shaped more into the image of Jesus.” I’ve heard others say God is not so much interested in our happiness as He is in our holiness; I think I have to agree with that statement.

So, from this day forward, I want to be one of those who considers suffering to be joyful. Not that the suffering itself is joyful, but what God is producing in my life through the suffering is more precious than gold. I hope you will choose to join me.

What's New at Cross Reference Library - Week of 07/25/19

We’ve got a great new batch of books for you to check out at Cross Reference Library! Stop by the KCMI studio building at 209 East 15th Street in Scottsbluff and take a look at some the thousands of books, audiobooks and DVDs that could brighten your day.

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The Inn at Eagle Hill, a three book collection by Suzanne Woods Fisher, includes The Letters, The Calling, and The Revealing. When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be some hiccups. What she doesn’t expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.

Fasting by Jentezen Franklin explains how you can access the power of Biblical fasting and transform your life! Experience for yourself the deeper, stronger relationship with God that only comes through prayer and fasting. Once you’ve experienced even a glimpse of this and the countless rewards and blessings that follow, it changes your entire perspective.

Are you Rapture ready? Considering the times in which we live, there can be no question of greater significance. In Are You Rapture Ready?, authors Todd Strandberg and Terry James have carefully scrutinized the Scriptures as well as sifted through the latest trends and philosophies to bring you a compelling and thorough examination of this fascinating and controversial biblical theme.

Where does all the time go? If you’ve been asking yourself this lately, 500+ Time Saving Hints for Women by bestselling author Emilie Barnes provides a way of escape for you with proven, sanity-saving tips. Five hundred fabulous ideas - and then some - will give you the tools to declutter all areas of your home and office, begin each day with a head start, clean efficiently and effectively, and more!

Family Patterns, a Patchwork Mysteries novel - Sarah Hart couldn’t be happier. Her son Jason is moving home to Maple Hill with his wife and twin daughters, and he’s bought the Victorian house that once belonged to Sarah’s grandfather Noah Drayton. Noah’s life was cloaked in mystery: his wife Molly disappeared without a trace a century ago. Noah was always the prime suspect, and though Sarah knows her grandfather was innocent, no one ever learned the truth. But when Sarah’s granddaughters uncover a forgotten passageway in their old house, they also find an antique quilt with a hidden message - and the only clue to the disappearance of Molly Drayton.

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Devil on the Deck by Lois Hoadley Dick is a rugged, rollicking adventure about God’s amazing grace. John Newton, an able bodied seaman, knew well the life on the high seas – a life far removed from culture, civilization, and decency. It was a world where men were tough, and often crude and vile – where religion was only a formal prayer read by the captain on Sunday and where the Christian ideal was scorned. Yet this was where God’s merciful hand was at work in a sinful young man’s life.

In A Stranger for Christmas by Carol Lynn Pearson, two old ladies face a lonely Christmas in a California nursing home. One of them still believes in the goodness of people, and now she intends to prove it with a phone call to her children. As these two women put the true meaning of Christmas to the test, something completely unexpected happens. It may change their lives forever… just as it may change yours.

Author Bill Crowder invites you to join him in tracing Christ’s final hours walking with Him on The Path of His Passion, and come to a greater appreciation for the journey He took for you. As the author draws out the valuable lessons Christ taught along the way, he will encourage you to be more determined than ever to embrace the cross that Christ embraced for you.

Have the events of the Savior’s passion become overly familiar to you? See the death and resurrection of Christ through the eyes of those who were there! You can get a fresh perspective on the Easter story by reading Windows on Easter by Bill Crowder and looking through the “windows” of some of the people who were there: Malchus, Judas Iscariot, the centurion, Joseph of Arimathea, the women disciples, and the disciples on the Emmaus Road. As you see what these witnesses saw and feel what they felt, you will learn the life-transforming lessons that they learned.

I Am A Church Member by Thom S. Rainer seeks to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members. It addresses - without apology - what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally and Rainer's practical work unpacks what that should look like.

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Food & Faith, a spiritual growth mission study by Wendy Whiteside, is about how faith is nurtured, strengthened, and enhanced by food. It is also about all the ways food touches our lives. This study explores the ways food creates community, offers hospitality to strangers, and expands one’s concept of “neighbor”. The rituals of feasting and fasting remind us of our need for God. Above all Holy Communion, our most profound sacrament, is food.

Are you parenting like a professional? You can apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you’ve used in other careers to your most important position in life – motherhood. Steady Days by Jamie C. Martin takes you through the process of becoming a professional mother: one who is organized and excited to spend time with your young children. If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by a lack of direction in your parenting, this book containing 40 short, manageable chapters can help.

500+ Time Saving Hints for Every Woman by Emile Barnes – So nice we accidentally featured it twice! See above.

Imagine a world where people loved each other. What would it look like? How would people behave towards one another? In Ten: Living the Ten Commandments in the 21st Century, J. John explores an ancient code of behavior that provides a window on life as it should be – life as it could be – where respect for others and for God determines everything we do. The name that code normally goes by is the Ten Commandments, but be prepared for a few surprises.

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Parenting Beyond Your Capacity by Reggie Joiner and Carey Nieuwhof engages your family in a bigger story, a story that involves more than just your family – one that involves other influences who are on a journey to discover why a relationship with God really matters. This isn’t a self-help book, it’s a get-help book. It’s about how you can increase your parenting capacity by connecting with available resources, some of which you know about and some you might not.

Ron L. Deal explodes the myth of the blended family in The Smart Step-Family as he provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues that step-families face. He helps remarried and soon-to-be married couples recognize unique personality traits in each family member, solve everyday puzzles of step-parent/step-child relationships, honor families of origin while developing new traditions, and more!

Help your children be smart with their smarts! At one time or another, most kids will ask – or secretly wonder – am I smart? But the better question is How Am I Smart? Dr. Kathy Koch’s down-to-earth and practical guide to the theory of multiple intelligences helps parents and teachers discern and develop their children’s unique wiring.

The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family by Dr. Kara E. Powell arises from the innovative, research-based and extensively field-tested project known as Sticky Faith, borne out of the Fuller Youth Institute’s seven years of research with more than 500 young people, 150 churches, and 50 families. With more than 100 ideas from other parents that you can try today, this positive and practical book will empower you and give you hope with proven tools and the inspiration you need to build a faith that sticks in your children and teenagers.

Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach Dave Ramsey and his book Total Money Makeover! By now you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes and the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. If you’re sick and tired of false promises, the Total Money Makeover is the simplest, most straight-forward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. You’ll be exercising your financial strength every day and quickly freeing yourself of worry, stress, and debt – and that’s a beautiful feeling.


These are just some of the great new items we’re adding to the library! Check back next week for DVD’s, kids items, and more books you can find at Cross Reference Library, 209 East 15th Street in Scottsbluff, NE!

New Music Monday - Week of 07.22.19

Thanks for checking out the first ever New Music Monday! Every week we want to let you know about new music we’ve just added here on Hope Radio - some of these are new songs you’ll hear throughout the week, while others might be songs that we just added to one of our diverse group of countdowns on Fridays and Saturdays. Here’s what’s new to 97.1FM:

New to Our Rotation

“I still believe You are greater
I still believe You're in control
I still believe You're my healer
Jesus, You're faithful always”

The 180remix Countdown

Last Saturday night was full of new music! We saw three new songs added to the 180remix Countdown, although the first two had previously debuted on other countdowns:

“Every little thing is gonna be alright
Every little thing is gonna be just fine
Whether I can see it now
I know You will work it out for good
Every little thing, everything will be alright”

“I was a dead man walking
Until I was a man walking with You
I was a blind man falling
'Til I felt the life You're calling me to
Pulling me out of the darkness and
Pulling me out of the lies
Putting the beat in my heart again
I was a dead man walking
Until You loved this dead man walking back to life”

“Even if the drum stops beating
My soul will keep on singing
Even louder, even louder
Even when my eyes can't see it
I will sing 'til I believe it
Even louder, even louder”

The Stronghold

New music on KCMI’s Christian rock countdown is coming from Relentless Flood!

“So I fall to my knees
Crying Lord won’t you please
Set me free, set me free
God I give You all of me
Take this heart and make it clean
Set me free, set me free”

Welcome to Hope Radio's New Blog!

Thank you for checking out KCMI’s new blog, one of the many exciting changes that have come to kcmifm.com! We hope you like our newly redesigned website and make the most of all of its great new features. Although there’s lots to see on our new site, I’m personally most excited about Hope Radio’s new blog - in the upcoming weeks, you’ll be able to come to this page to learn more about new music we’ve added to our rotation, the latest info on your favorite Hope Radio artists, and what’s new in Cross Reference Library! On top of that, you’ll also get to hear KCMI staff members share about the ministry and what’s on their heart. We hope you’ll check back regularly for new updates; another easy way to keep up with the blog is via our Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing new blog posts as soon as they come out. Thank you for listening to and supporting 97.1FM Hope Radio!

In the Company of Grumblers

Think back to a time you found yourself in the presence of a grumbler, a complainer. Maybe it was a single individual or a group of people. Did you feel the tug to join in with your own complaints?

I have to feel sorry for Moses. Here was a man who was given a job from the Lord that he, frankly, did not want. You remember how the Lord called him to go to Pharaoh and tell him to let God’s people go. The people Moses led out of Egypt were a grumbling, complaining lot. In Numbers chapter 20, it appears that Moses was fed up with it. “The people contended with Moses and spoke, saying: ……… ‘Why have you brought up the assembly of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?’” (verses 3-4)

Moses was, continually, the recipient of the peoples’ grumblings. On one occasion his response was, “Who am I that you grumble against me? Your grumblings aren’t against me, but against God.” (My paraphrase) Moses was simply doing what God told him to do and the people were not pleased with it.

In response to the grumblers in Numbers chapter 20, the Lord tells Moses to take his rod and his brother Aaron and speak to the rock and it would bring forth water for the people to drink. So, Moses and Aaron gathered the people together at the rock and Moses said, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” and then Moses struck the rock twice. The Lord was displeased with Moses because he did not believe the Lord or treat Him as holy before the people (verse 12).

Nothing in Moses’ words to the people or his actions pointed them to the Lord as the one who would provide the water they craved. What if he had responded like this, “Why are you grumbling at me? Who am I? Your grumblings aren’t against me, but against God. But that you may know that the Lord is your provider and that your grumblings have come up to His ears and that your sins are great in His eyes”…..and then Moses turns to the rock and says, “Bring forth water.”

But alas, Moses chose to respond with his own grumbling. As I pondered that, I wondered, “Do I do that?” In 1 Corinthians chapter 10, we’re told that the things we read about the Israelites in God’s Word were written down for our instruction (verse 6) and that we should not be complainers as they were (verse 10).

And now I return to the question I asked at the beginning, “Do I join in the grumblings of others or do I respond in a way that brings honor to the Lord and treats Him as His holiness deserves?” Many of us will have opportunities, maybe even today, to respond differently and point others to the Lord. Will you seize that opportunity? Will I?

Lord, help us to resist the temptation to join with the grumblers and, instead, point others to you. In Jesus name, Amen.