We often feel overworked and overrun, defeated, and discouraged. The world says be productive so that you can get all you can out of this life. The Bible says be productive so you can gain more of the next life. In his new book Redeeming Productivity: Getting More Done for the Glory of God, author Reagan Rose explores how God's glory is the purpose for which He planted us, and he shows how productivity must be firmly rooted in the gospel. Only through our connection to Christ—the True Vine—are we empowered to produce good fruit.
Ryan Newswanger recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about the amazing impact of Jubilee Ministries in the Lackawanna and Luzerne County prisons and transformative ministry in correctional facilities! Ryan is the CEO of Jubilee Ministries, a prison ministry having impact for over 45 years.
As we enter the holiday season, we may feel the challenge of connecting in an age of isolation and incivility, the tension of awkward relationships, and the dread small talk around the table. It seems conversation is getting harder. Heather invites us to reimagine better conversations and demonstrates how we can develop authentic community by changing our relational mindsets to become more curious, to believe the best about others, to express concern about their lives, and to share our own.
Peter has written Fight for Your Pastor as an exhortation for church members to stand behind their pastors through the difficulties of ministry. Peter specifies ways in which congregations can be intentional in caring for church leaders, including prayer, encouragement, generosity, and forgiveness.
It was great to have David Mathis on Wake Up Right during Pastor Appreciation Month to talk about his new book on the nature, calling, and work of church leadership, Workers for Your Joy: The Call of Christ on Christian Leaders.
You can help send good news and great joy to kids around the world with Operation Christmas Child!
We loved having Jenn Burkholder (Administrative Support, Wyoming Valley Team) and Laura Sarnak (Central Drop-off Team Lead, Wyoming Valley Team) on Wake Up Right with us last week to talk about Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.
How is technology shaping your walk with Christ and how can Christians think wisely about our use of social media, the rise of misinformation and conspiracy theories, and the growing polarization in our increasingly digital society? Following Jesus in a Digital Age was the topic of our "Tech Tuesday" conversation with Jason Thacker on Wake Up Right.
It was great to welcome Keith Getty, live from his tour bus, to Wake Up Right to tell us about Keith & Kristyn Getty's Christ Our Hope in Life And Death tour, making a stop in Dallas, PA on Sunday, October 30!
Christina Kuc-Masker of Pathways Pregnancy Help Center in Kingston, PA joined us in the studio for a great conversation about the value and impact of Pathways in our community, especially as the church seeks to step up in even bigger ways to create a culture of life here in Pennsylvania.