Snowy Slow Down

posted: December 9th, 2009 by Dave Trout

This morning, the town where I live experienced the first snowfall of the season. I'm sure it was pretty. I'm sure God wanted to remind me of the whiteness of His forgiveness. But, I was running late on getting my kids to school, so we were rush, rush, rushing. As my car slid on the cold pavement, I was beginning to look at the snow as a serious inconvenience; heaven forbid I have to drive 5 MPH slower! The Christmas season tends to bring out the worst of our impatience. Yes, the cards are stacked against us. On the one hand, there seems to be so much more to do …

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Faith Beyond Fear

posted: December 4th, 2009 by Dave Trout

One of the roles I love as a Dad is helping my children overcome their fears. Sometimes it's in the very small things, like trying a new food. At times it's a bigger challenge, like getting on one of those rickety rides at the local carnival. My kids are a bit introverted, so they seem to be prone to timidity. I take on the role of coach as I challenge them often to stretch beyond their comfort zone. I've seen how fear can affect people's health, cripple a church, hurt marriages, and cause businesses to fail. I also think of the football quarterback that loses his accuracy because he's afraid …

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Winners of the Phil Wickham Contest

posted: December 3rd, 2009 by

Congratulations to these 3 UTR listeners who will each receive a Phil Wickham Discography.  (Thanks to INO Records for their partnership!)

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Losing Your Thanksgiving

posted: November 25th, 2009 by Dave Trout

How thankful are you the day after Thanksgiving? I mean, we sit at our tables, with turkey and mashed potatoes and gravy and talk about how blessed we are. We say prayers of thanks to God and we thank the people in our lives for the things they have done for us. We remember the people that have died in the past, and the troubles we had to face to get to where we are in life, love, and a million other things. And then we put away the turkey and buy a newspaper so we can scope out the best deals. We make plans of attack, pack baggies full …

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Randall Goodgame CD WINNERS!

posted: November 9th, 2009 by

The three following UTR listeners' names were drawn to receive an autographed copy of Randall Goodgame's CD "Bluebird":

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Nintendo in Heaven

posted: November 5th, 2009 by Dave Trout

When I was 12 years old, I asked my Mom the deepest, most profound question of my life so far: "Will there be Nintendo in Heaven?" Yes, it was the late 1980's, and I had fallen in love with this new machine, the Nintendo. I grew up in a video game generation, and at 12-year-old, a good percentage of my time that year was "invested" in Nintendo games. I couldn't fathom an eternity in Heaven without Nintendo. Did I really want to go to Heaven if there were no video games there? It was an internal struggle I can laugh about now, but at the time it was a serious …

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Winners of the Jason Gray contest

posted: October 23rd, 2009 by Dave Trout

Congratulations to the following 3 UTR listeners who will each be receiving Jason Gray's discography.

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Opportunity Knocking

posted: October 20th, 2009 by Dave Trout
Opportunity Knocking

Today, it's a break from music to talk about culture. Should a pastor friend of mine have accepted an invitation to "Beerfest," an annual gathering of men at a neighborhood home? What would his congregation think if they found out? Well, he went... with the cost of admission in hand: a 6-pack microbrew. This resulted in getting to know several neighbors better, even having some personal & spiritual conversations that night. He gained far more that night than if he would have boycotted the event & stayed home with his arms folded in protest. What about the annual festivity just days away, Halloween? Yes I said the "H" word. Will …

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Opportunity Knocking

posted: October 16th, 2009 by Dave Trout
Opportunity Knocking

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Unsafe for the Family

posted: September 24th, 2009 by Dave Trout

I was at a Christian radio conference earlier this month where there was a lot of discussion about the slogan "Safe For the Whole Family" and it's multiple variations (Uplifting and Kid Safe, Family Friendly, Safe for the Little Ears). Why does it seem like a huge chunk of Christian music radio has chosen monikers like these? Yes, it's something that can be a distinctive for a radio station in a saturated marketplace. Both nominal and mature believers find common ground in a radio station that chooses to keep their jokes clean and music even cleaner. One speaker at this conference brought up a great question: "Have our radio stations …

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