Who Are You Looking Forward To Talking To In Heaven?

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and last night I was out walking my dog and finding myself thinking about my step-dad Roger, and wondering what he’s doing right now in heaven?  I can’t wait to see him again and ask him all about it.  What about you?  I mean after Jesus of course,who are you looking forward to talking to when you get to heaven?

His Love Never Fails!

HIS love NEVER fails!
~ Garrett

Praising the Giver of Life

40 years ago Roe vs. Wade changed to course of our nation. I’m praying this afternoon and PRAISING the one who GIVES us life!! Maybe you feel that because of a decision regarding life that you maybe have made, that God can’t forgive you or use you. I sure have. BUT….that’s not how God works. He loves you and wants you to know that, and He has a GREAT purpose for your life. ~ Garrett

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Do you have a favorite quote of Dr. King’s? Here are a couple of mine…..

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate
cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

~ Garrett

Sanctity of Human Life Month

How can your church take a stand for life?  February is Sanctity of Human Life Month in the US.

Since 1983, Americans have observed Sanctity of Human Life Month as a way to celebrate the intrinsic value of all human life.

It’s also a month for pregnancy centers to share about the work they do to bring life-affirming resources to their communities and to empower women and men to choose life for their unborn children.

Yesterday was Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  It is commemorated on the Sunday in January that falls closest to the day on which the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions were handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 1973.

The pro-life organization CareNet has some suggestions on how your church can get involved in Sanctity of Human Life Month.

Promote LIFE throughout the year!

Spread the word on Facebook!  Share ideas of what you plan to do in your community…

View the Sanctity of Human Life video on YouTube.

And Contact your local pregnancy center to see how you can help.

Another organization that plays a key role in Sanctity of Human Life Month is Focus on the Family.  You can download free resources and view special Sanctity of Human Life videos at Focus’ special pro-life website.

By the way, a great book that will help you explain and defend the pro-life position is “The Case for Life” by Scott Klusendorf.  You can learn more about the book at “”

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM

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The GOD of Every Moment

He’s the God of EVERY moment of your life! ~ Garrett

Random Blessing Weekend

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and Friday February 1st is our next Drive-Thru Difference here at the New Shine.FM.  But you don’t have to wait until then to randomly bless someone….you can start this weekend.  Maybe you have a story of how you blessed someone, or maybe how someone blessed you?  Would you share it with me this afternoon? Thanks!

Do You Trust God When Times Get Tough?

Do you trust God when times get tough?  A new survey has found that Christians who are growing in their spiritual maturity are more likely to trust God—even in difficult circumstances.

According to Baptist Press, “Exercising Faith” is one of eight attributes of discipleship that consistently show up in the lives of maturing Christians. The attributes are part of the Transformational Discipleship study conducted by LifeWay Research.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay, says “It is easy to say God has a purpose for everything in life, but it requires faith to enjoy seeing His plan unfold in difficult times.”

The survey shows the longer someone has trusted Christ as their Savior, the better their responses are for exercising faith. Being involved in a Bible study group, praying for Christians and non-Christians, and witnessing to nonbelievers also make a positive impact.

The survey also revealed those stronger in their faith are less prone to doubt God’s involvement, even in unexplainable circumstances. Just 9 percent agreed with the statement: “When things happen in my life I can’t explain, I typically doubt God is involved.” Eighty percent disagreed with that statement.

Ed Stetzer from Lifeway “Exercising Christian faith is more than believing God exists; it is believing in God’s promised presence, provision, and compassion for us.”

“It is exhibited in a life that depends on Jesus Christ for salvation and is filled with the expectation of His daily activity.”

You can learn more about the transformational discipleship research at LifeWay Research.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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How Can We Pray For You Today?

How can we pray for you today? ~ Garrett

Lance and Lies

It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons.  It seems everywhere you turn this week you’re probably hearing about Lance Armstrong coming clean and admitting he lied during his incredible career (the interview with Oprah is today by the way).

But what about you? Have you ever had one of those lies that just spiraled out of control?

How did you mend any relationships that were hurt in the process?

Maybe you’ve had something on your heart that you want to confess, and  haven’t really figured out how to set yourself free. You can call the New Shine.FM and get it off your chest right now too. We’d be happy to pray with you too!