What Drives Your Joy! – The Preach Off

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I became a Christian while I was a shift supervisor for a police department. I spent eight hours a day, more or less, driving around in a squad car, waiting for the next thing to happen. This afforded me a good deal of time to listen to Christian radio. It was through a radio ministry that I was saved, and for several years afterward, that radio station was the tool God used to spur my spiritual growth! I loved listening to Chuck Swindoll, Charles and Andy Stanley, Max Lucado, David Jeremiah, and Adventures in Odyssey! Their teachings  filled my mind with biblical truth. And to this day, I am so grateful for the gift of the time I had to listen consistently to their wisdom and practical applications.

Over the years, God has used those teachings to help me understand and illustrate how God’s word applies to my life’s circumstances. I am grateful to the teachers who use their gifts to make scripture approachable and applicable to whatever is going on today! This has helped me really appreciate the following verse.

Psalm 28:7
The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

On hard days, I can lean into God’s word because of the foundation I’ve built on the truths learned from those anointed pastors and teachers. I know that the Lord is my strength and my shield—that I can trust him with all of my heart. And knowing that fills my heart with joy! And I do burst out in songs of thanksgiving and worship for all he has done for me. (Don’t listen!)

Since my spiritual birthday (Feb. 16, 1994), and with the help of radio teachings, podcasts, books, and studies, I have invited God to show me his heart—and to change mine! Thanks to the internet, so many more options are available for us to listen to and learn from. I’m a work-in-progress, but knowing God’s not done with me yet fills me with hope and joy!

Questions:
Have you found a way to get God’s word into your heart every day? Does it bring you joy? Do you listen to worship music to fill your heart with God’s word? Do you have a favorite Bible teacher (besides Ben, of course!)? Whom do you learn from?

Next Steps:
Take advantage of the resources available to help grow your faith:

  • Find a Bible Teaching mentor and listen to his/her teaching on a regular basis.
  • Read and meditate on the LivingItOut Bible Study every day for a month.
  • Download the YouVersion Bible app, look for a study that interests you, and commit to finishing it.
  • Listen to nothing but Christian music on your car radio for the next 30 days.

Prayer:
Heavenly Father, I am so grateful for the ways you have spoken into my life through your faithful servants! What gifts you have given to these teachers! I am in awe of how you use them, and how willing they are to be used by you! Thank you for your grace and mercy to me! I pray you continue to use these spiritual mentors in my life and the lives of my brothers and sisters in the church! Yours is the kingdom, glory, honor, and praise forever! Amen.


This post was written by Lauri White. Lauri is one of the 25 people that God used to start CedarCreek in the Fall of 1995, and was on staff until 2013. Lauri loves Jesus, and loves helping people, especially women, live out of the truth about who we are in Christ. She and her husband Mike live in Oregon, but now spend winter months in Florida near daughter Kelda and her family.


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4 replies
  1. Debi Love
    Debi Love says:

    Josh Whitlow & Barb Roose & Charles Stanley.
    Lord, I thank you for their speaking you into my life!

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Lauri, you have lived such an interesting life! I love reading your stories! Thank you for sharing. I have been blessed!

  3. Phillip Conley sr
    Phillip Conley sr says:

    I was just telling my son last night how changing my morning radio station changed me and helped me deal with things. I often listened to the same programs you mentioned. The first time I met Ben I knew he was special and had a feeling he would someday be the lead pastor. God bless

  4. Karen Brossia
    Karen Brossia says:

    From early on I had the “head knowledge” of being a Christian. Like you, Lauri, Christian radio has played a major roll in my life and helped me grow in my faith. So many teachers/preachers have poured into my life & I feel extremely blessed because of them. Now I realize that my “heart knowledge” is what’s most important and say, like you do – “I’m a growth in process”. PTL!

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