The Greatest Gift Ever Given

Gift giving is one of the most fun and at the same time, most challenging parts of Christmas! We try to find a gift they need, want, that fits their lifestyle or personality. We try to make money and bending over backwards of no obligation when it comes to giving from the heart to the ones we love.

Love is a powerful thing. It can’t be earned, only given. Love doesn’t take life, it gives life-even its own.

The greatest gift ever given, the gift of love.

John 3:16 records this gift of love, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have ever lasting.”

Love that cost a life, took years to make possible, money can’t buy it and no amount of groveling can earn it. It’s a free gift. Jesus, born a humble birth, to die a sinner’s death, He lived a humble life, teaching the cursed world how to love and forgive, showing them how to live in peace, healing their broken, and raising their dead. Jesus is peace and goodwill to all. His followers wrote down His words to be passed along to you and me. Eventually, Jesus’ journey lead Him to the cross, to die for the sins of the world past, present, and to come. What is love? It’s the ultimate sacrifice of the innocent for the offender. Genesis 3:15 says Jesus is coming to save the world from death. In Luke 24:46 Jesus defeats death, and now the gift of salvation is available for all who chose to accept it. Jesus eagerly waits to see our happy faces and freed hearts the day we open His free gift of salvation. It took years to get, and cost His life, but that was ok He knew it was the one gift we needed-the gift of salvation, the greatest gift ever given came from his heart to the ones He loves-you and me.

As you give gifts this season, make sure you’ve received the greatest gift ever given, the love of God.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Happy New Year!

Send Us Your Thanksgiving Message

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and there are just so many things that we're thankful for. Since Psalm 26:7 says to proclaim our thanksgiving and tell all of God's wondrous works, Hope 945 wants to hear from YOU!

We would like our listeners to use their smartphones to record themselves saying their first name and town, and one of the things they are thankful for this year, and emailing the recording to thanksgiving@wdac.com, because we want to play those thankful thoughts on the air, on the Thanksgiving Day! We would like to hear from everyone, and fill the airways with thankfulness.

Of course, the real question is "Louie, how do I do that?"

Well, thanks to cell phone technology, it's easier than ever!

All you have to do is open up the camera on your smart phone, the one you normally take pictures with, and switch it to video mode. No matter what kind of smart phone you have, all camera apps have this function, and you can switch to video mode by either tapping the word "video" or the video camera icon, OR, if you have an iPhone, by swiping from left to right across the bottom of the screen. Presto! Now you're ready to record.

You either just have to tap the "record" icon to start, and the "stop" icon stop filming. (For some camera apps, you may have to hold down the record button to record.)

Then, just say your first name and town, and something you're thankful for this year! To make sure everyone gets a chance to be on the air, try to keep your video under thirty seconds.

After you're done recording, hit stop, and now your video is in your "Camera Roll," the place on your phone where you can look at all your pictures.

Now you're ready to send it to us!

If you have your email on your phone, most phones will let you email the video right from your camera app! Open your camera roll, tap the video you just took, and when it comes up, tap it again to make sure the menu at the top or bottom is visible. From there, there should be an option to share the photo in an email. The "Share" icon is usually a small box with a swooshy arrow coming out of it. Make sure you tap the "email" option, and send it to thanksgiving@wdac.com

If your camera roll won't let you do that, just open your email app yourself, compose a new message to thanksgiving@wdac.com and either tap the "attachments" icon at the top (It's usually a paperclip) or, on an iPhone, double tap a blank area in the email itself to find the "insert" option. From there, all your have to do is select the short video you just recorded from your pictures, and send it our way!

If you don't have your email on your phone, you just have to connect your phone to your computer like you normally would if you were going to take pictures off of it. 
For most PCs, even if you have an iPhone, an message box will automatically pop up, asking you if you want to import your photos and videos from the phone. Just click "yes," then open up your email on your computer, compose a new email to thanksgiving@wdac.com, and attach your video before sending it!
For a Mac, connect your phone with the cable, and the "Photos" app on your Mac should open automatically. From there, all you have to do is import the pictures you want, open up your email, compose a new email to thanksgiving@wdac.com, and select your thanksgiving video as the attachment!

We look forward to hearing your thankful thoughts soon! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, from all of us here at Hope945 HD2!

~Louie

Enough

When is enough? How much is enough? Enough is not a precise measurement and destination. Because every time we think of what we do not have, what we do have will never be enough. Rather, let's count our blessings, which grows every time we recount. 

Thanksgiving marks, or rather the middle of October marks the holiday season. I was just in the grocery store and saw a Christmas cookie display-it wasn't yet November. To the marketer and to the shopper, enough sales, enough things, aren't enough. The shopping season must start ealier to have time to get all we need. 

But what do we need?

What did the pilgrims need in 1620 when they landed the Mayflower on the coast of Massachusetts? They needed food and shelter. Protection from illness and Native Americans would be a luxury. Even then they'd arrived on the outskirts of winter and there was no food to be harvested and the time window for building was narrow. Had they wasted their time trying to rebuild the cozy homes they'd left in England, they all would have perished in the cold New England winters. They did what they could with what they had and it was enough.

Fast forward to the next year from their landing and we find them in different circumstances. Though half their people had died in the first winter, enough people survived to begin tilling and planting the surrounding land. Enough survived to build more homes, sturdier homes. Enough survived to make it a colony, a founding we still point back to as the small beginnings of a great nation. They held a great feast and celebration to give the Father thanks, that there had been enough.

It was a small beginning, but not insignificant. If they couldn't have endured the cold meager beginning, they would never endure the harder trials of growing a nation. Thanks to a providential Father and Native American friends, they endured. To the thankful person, enough is a lot. Are we Thankful? In the added commercialism of the holidays, let's pause to count our blessings, which grow with each recount. 

Rebekah

Life's Silver Linings

I settled upon the title for this pod cast series in the Psalms because throughout the Psalms and in our own lives, the woes can seem so obvious and the silver linings not so much. But as the writers point out, to every woe there is a silver lining, that God's sovereign plan is working all things together for our good and His glory. May we continue to praise God before, during, and after every trial. I'm excited to share a few personal reflections on life's ups and downs and the hope we can find in the Psalms. Let's begin digging deeper into our relationship with the Father by listening to Life's Silver Linings.

Rebekah

Welcome

Hope 94.5 HD2, Music for the Heart, emanates from the heart of an evangelist, Percy Crawford, who toiled since the day he trusted Christ with his life to introduce others to his Lord and Savior.  The music we schedule, the comments we make, and the features we air have one purpose - to introduce you to the grace and love of God, our Father, His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Spirit, who leads us and guides us daily.  Thank you for joining us as we journey together to grow in the grace and love of our Lord and the hope we have only in Christ.