The Morning Thing Friday Favorites – Winter Jam Music

Today, The Morning Thing hosts shared their Friday Favorites – their favorite songs from this year’s Winter Jam artists.

Click HERE to hear our hosts talk about these songs.

Marcy Rinehart loves the song “Good Feeling” by Austin French

Allison Prouty loves the song “Sunday Sermons” by Anne Wilson

Wesley Boston loves the song “Child of Love” by We The Kingdom

For more information on Winter Jam 2023, click HERE!

January 2023 Spotlight on Mount Vernon with Mayor Matt Starr

Mount Vernon Mayor Matt Starr shared updates on the City with The Morning Thing on Friday, 1/27/22.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

Topics included:

  • An update on the current state of Mount Vernon heading into this New Year.
  • An update on current construction and maintenance projects including a parking garage.
  • Discussion about a special event that was held to recognize members of the City’s Work Force, including members from the Fire Department, Judicial Area of Mount Vernon, and City Hall.
  • Discussion on one of Knox County Land Bank’s 2023 goals, a flood plan study for Mount Vernon’s West End. Mayor Matt Starr talks about how much money the city has set aside for this project, and how this project will create serious economic improvement.
  • Information about 2 building site clean-up projects that are coming to the city. Mayor Starr talks about how state support is helping clean up hazardous and underutilized sites.
  • Planned Neighborhood Development approved by the Mount Vernon Municipal Planning Commission. The site is called Liberty Crossing, which contains over 100 acres.
  • Update on the reorganization of the City’s Water and Wastewater Department.
  • Updates from Mount Vernon City Council:
    • Appropriations Resolution was approved. $63 million was appropriated.
    • Tax revenue is up from last year.
    • Looking at tools to offset costs for development and pay for infrastructure without impacting the taxpayer.
  • Update on the City’s Police Department, including their new home by Sychar Road.
  • Update from the Fire Department including the recent recognition for excellent service.
  • Mayor Matt Starr shares his goals for February.
    • He wants to fill some job openings in the city.
    • He also wants to see projects completed.
    • The Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council recently packed lunches for the Winter Sanctuary, and now they’ll be working with New Directions and the Teen Advisory Council.
    • Mayor Starr will be doing State of the City presentations.
  • Events happening this month, including city council meetings and the State of the City presentations.
  • Mayor Starr asks that we pray that his team has the wisdom and guidance in making good decisions to serve the community well.
  • Residents can stay connected to the City of Mount Vernon on their brand new YouTube page, The City of Mount Vernon. Public city meetings will be live-streamed and archived on this page. Citizens can still check the City’s website and Facebook.

To stay in touch with the City, go to:

Francesca Battistelli Shares an Update and Talks About Her Special Winter Jam 2023 Appearance

WNZR’s Allison Prouty had the chance to speak with Francesca Battistelli! Francesca will be joining the Winter Jam Tour in Columbus this Saturday. This is the only tour stop she’ll be visiting, and it’s even more special since she hasn’t done much touring since recently giving birth to her sixth kid. You won’t want to miss this incredible night of Christian music. See below for all the details!

In the special conversation Francesca had with Allison, she shares an update on what she’s been up to lately, talks about the excitement of making a special appearance at Winter Jam 2023, discusses her recent collaboration with Sanctus Real, and plays Rapid Fire! Click HERE to hear the full conversation.

WinterJam 2023 is coming to Columbus this Saturday!

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm
– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 6pm

The Winter Jam 2023 Tour Lineup:

  • Jeremy Camp
  • We The Kingdom
  • Andy Mineo
  • Francesca Battistelli (Columbus only)
  • Disciple
  • Austin French
  • Newsong

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:

  • Thrive Worship
  • Sean Be
  • Renee

Plus speaker: Zane Black

For more information on WinterJam 2023, click HERE.

Talking with Austin French and We The Kingdom about WinterJam 2023

We got the chance to talk with Austin French and Ed Cash from We The Kingdom about WinterJam 2023.

Austin French tells us about what he’s been up to lately, how it feels to rejoin the WinterJam tour, his favorite memories of the 2020 WinterJam tour, how we can pray for him, and Austin plays Rapid Fire with us!

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

We also talked with Ed Cash from We The Kingdom. Ed tells us about how the tour’s going so far, what being in a band with his family is like, his favorite song from their new self-titled album, what you can expect to see from We The Kingdom at WinterJam 2023, their plans after the tour ends, the power of Christian radio, how we can pray for them, and Ed plays Rapid Fire.

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

WinterJam 2023 is coming to Ohio!

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm
– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 6pm

The Winter Jam 2023 Tour Lineup:

  • Jeremy Camp
  • We The Kingdom
  • Andy Mineo
  • Francesca Battistelli (Columbus only)
  • Disciple
  • Austin French
  • Newsong

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:

  • Thrive Worship
  • Sean Be
  • Renee

Plus speaker: Zane Black

Go to 2023.jamtour.com for more details.

Jeremy Camp shares a life update and WinterJam news with WNZR

WNZR’s Joe Rinehart talked with WinterJam 2023 Headliner, Jeremy Camp.

Click HERE to hear the full conversation.


They talked about family, the stories behind some of his recent songs, and the amazing opportunity of touring with WinterJam.
Jeremy also shared his plans for 2023 and how we can pray for him and his family.
They guys also talked about football!

WinterJam 2023 is coming to Columbus this Saturday!

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus
– Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
– General Admission Doors Open at 5pm
– Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
– Official show starts at 6pm

The Winter Jam 2023 Tour Lineup:

  • Jeremy Camp
  • We The Kingdom
  • Andy Mineo
  • Francesca Battistelli (Columbus only)
  • Disciple
  • Austin French
  • Newsong

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:

  • Thrive Worship
  • Sean Be
  • Renee

Plus speaker: Zane Black

For more information on WinterJam 2023, click HERE.

The three easy steps to create a good apology

Let’s be real, we’ve all had to apologize for something that we’ve done. But sometimes offering a heartfelt apology can be difficult. Maybe you don’t know what to say, or maybe you think if you don’t say anything the other person will forget how you wronged them. Being able to apologize is still important! Family Life offers 3 simple steps to make a good apology.

The first step is to actually say the words “I’m sorry,” and actually mean it. Even if you have to sleep on it to understand why you need to apologize, be heartfelt in saying it. Flippant apologies can be more hurtful than not saying anything at all.

The second step is to say why you’re apologizing. This isn’t your time to try to blame the other person, but for you to explain what you did that warrants the apology.

The final step is to offer to fix your mistakes. This can help you rebuild trust with that other person and hopefully help keep you from making the same mistake again.

Click HERE to read the article from Family Life

Anne Wilson tells us about WinterJam 2023

Anne Wilson is joining the WinterJam tour this year! You can see her in Ohio at the Heritage Bank Center in Cincinnati this Friday, January 20th.

Anne took some time to talk to us about what she’s been doing, some projects she’s been working on, winning 2 Dove Awards last year, and how you can pray for her and her team. She also gives us a preview of her performance at WinterJam and her Hey Girl Movement. Anne also plays Rapid Fire with us!

Click HERE to listen to the conversation.

There’s 2 WinterJam shows coming to Ohio!

Friday, January 20th – at the Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway Street in Cincinnati

  • Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
  • General Admission Doors Open at 5pm
  • Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
  • Official show starts at 7pm

Saturday, January 28th – at the Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Drive in Columbus

  • Jam Nation Doors Open at 4pm
  • General Admission Doors Open at 5pm
  • Pre-Jam Party starts at 6pm
  • Official show starts at 6pm

At the Pre-Jam Party at 6pm:
• Thrive Worship
• Sean Be
• Renee

Plus speaker: Zane Black

Their website is https://2023.jamtour.com/

Three simple steps to stop comparing yourself to other people

Galatians 6:4 says that we should “Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.”

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to someone else. You might see someone’s car, house, job, clothes, or relationships and feel a bit of jealousy. But that’s not healthy! Fortunately, the Positivity Blog offers 3 simple steps to stop comparing yourself to other people and create a healthier outlook on life.

Step 1: Just realize that you can’t win if you compare yourself to others.

Step 2: Compare yourself to yourself.

Step 3: Be kinder towards other people.

Click HERE to read the full article from the Positivity Blog.

Have you prayed today?

Today, The Morning Thing shared a powerful tool for getting through a crazy day – PRAYER!

They shared 8 prayers to prayer throughout the Day.

Click HERE to see the FULL description and bible verses that go with each prayer from Crosswalk.com

1. A prayer of gratitude to start your day.

2. A mid-morning prayer of surrender.

3. A noontime prayer for a heavenly perspective.

4. A prayer when worry starts to invade your day.

5. A prayer for guidance before a difficult conversation.

6. A prayer of thanks before a meal.

7. A prayer when inconvenienced.

8. A prayer of reflection at the end of your day.

Please click HERE to access the full articles and each prayer.

Thanks to author Cindi McMenamin for these incredible prayers.

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker, Bible teacher, and award-winning writer who helps women and couples strengthen their relationship with God and others. She is also a mother, pastor’s wife, and author of 17 books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 150,000 copies sold), When God Sees Your Tears,  Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, and When a Woman Overcomes Life’s Hurts. For more on her speaking ministry, coaching services for writers, and books to strengthen your soul, marriage, and parenting, see her website: www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

Don’t “should” on yourself!

Did you have to read that title twice? 🙂

Today, The Morning Thing shared some great life advice from author and speaker, Shaunti Feldhahn.

Life is crazy and well….things happen, not always the way we want them to or expect them to happen. When life gives us lemons, or we don’t respond in the best way to a challenging situation, it is easy to say…..I should ofWe should ofThis should of….

Shaunti says Don’t “Should” on Yourself!

Check out her advice, 4 things to do that will not only protect, but actually enhance your relationships.
Click HERE to read the full article.

To-Do #1: Stop before you start beating yourself up

To-Do #2: Give yourself grace

To-Do #3: Live in learning mode instead of performance mode

To-Do #4: Don’t “should” on others

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