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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 • Fernando

Crowder and Sarah team up for a fresh, stripped down take on "Nowhere". Gotta love the road case percussion!

...and we're back! Sorry for the long delayed update (things have been epsecially busy around the startion lately) but we've got something special for you tonight. It's a fresh version of a fantastic new song. Enjoy "Nowhere" by Sarah Reeves featuring Crowder!

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Thursday, April 20, 2017 • Fernando

Share this inspiring music video of "I Have This Hope" by Tenth Avenue North with someone who needs a message of hope today.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 • Fernando

Abby and Fernando got to catch up with Colton and his wife Annie on the Big Big House Morning Show today. He even played a couple of songs from his latest album live!

Artist visits are always a lot of fun but this one was especially awesome because we got to share it with a group of great Spirit FM listeners. Studio 5 isn't exactly Amalie Arena so we couldn't host a very large group but thankfully, through the wonder of radio, we got to share the whole experience with thousands throughout Tampa Bay and beyond. Scroll down to listen to (or watch) the interview and performances...
 

 
 
 

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Friday, April 14, 2017 • Fernando

Check out this beautifully produced reflection on Good Friday. The words are from a sermon originally preached by S.M. Lockridge and the video was produced by the talented folks at Igniter Media.

S.M. Lockridge's sermon paired with Igniter Media's visuals and Pastor John L. Jefferson's voiceover work make for a one powerful reflection! Check out the full text of the sermon below and scroll all the way down to check out the video...
It's Friday
Jesus is praying
Peter's a sleeping
Judas is betraying
But Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
Pilate's struggling
The council is conspiring
The crowd is vilifying
They don't even know
That Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
The disciples are running
Like sheep without a shepherd
Mary's crying
Peter is denying
But they don't know
That Sunday's a comin'
It's Friday
The Romans beat my Jesus
They robe him in scarlet
They crown him with thorns
But they don't know
That Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
See Jesus walking to Calvary
His blood dripping
His body stumbling
And his spirit's burdened
But you see, it's only Friday
Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
The world's winning
People are sinning
And evil's grinning
It's Friday
The soldiers nail my Savior's hands
To the cross
They nail my Savior's feet
To the cross
And then they raise him up
Next to criminals
It's Friday
But let me tell you something
Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
The disciples are questioning
What has happened to their King
And the Pharisees are celebrating
That their scheming
Has been achieved
But they don't know
It's only Friday
Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
He's hanging on the cross
Feeling forsaken by his Father
Left alone and dying
Can nobody save him?
Ooooh
It's Friday
But Sunday's comin'
It's Friday
The earth trembles
The sky grows dark
My King yields his spirit
It's Friday
Hope is lost
Death has won
Sin has conquered
and Satan's just a laughin'
It's Friday
Jesus is buried
A soldier stands guard
And a rock is rolled into place
But it's Friday
It is only Friday
Sunday is a comin'!
Source: The Gospel Coalition
 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017 • Fernando

Remembering that God's love is unstoppable is a beautiful reminder heading into Good Friday. Enjoy this brand new music/lyric video featuring not just one but TWO Spirit FM artists. Plus 3 fun facts about Matty!

It's brand new (just posted today) and it features both Matty Mullins and Jordan Feliz! Ok, I know you want to check out the video.. and you can totally stop reading here BUT you might miss out on some pretty cool fun facts about Matty. Still reading? Oh good! You won't be disappointed. Here we go...
 
 
That's all. Aren't you glad you kept reading? Alrighty... enjoy the video!

 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 • Fernando

Mr. T's decades of work in the field of pitying fools is unparalleled. He sat down with Conan recently and explained that, "I pity the fool" actually has roots in the Bible.

If you watch Dancing with the Stars you already know the sad news. Mr. T and his partner, Kym Herjavec have been booted off... oh, ummm, I mean eliminated from the show. His waltz to "Amazing Grace" is a fitting final performance for the actor and cultural icon who is known to be vocal about his Christian faith. He's also not shy about pitying fools. T was on Conan recently where he explained the origin of, "I pity the fool".
 
The tongue of the wise pours out knowledge, but the mouth of fools spews folly.
Proverbs 15:2
I don't know what I'd do if I ever met Mr. T. Maybe I'd ask him (politely) to repeat his catchphrase or some iconic movie line. I'll tell you what I won't do: spew folly as the risk of being just another fool pitied by Mr. T.
H/T: Relevant Magazine

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Friday, April 07, 2017 •

Today, our playlist grew by two! Get the scoop on our new adds here.

Another Friday, another batch of new music for your listening pleasure here on Spirit FM! This week we added "Oh My Soul" by Casting Crowns and "Nowhere" by Sarah Reeves.

 

You may be familiar with the name, Sarah Reeves. Her songs "Sweet Sweet Sound", "Come Save", and "Lamb of God" saw significant airplay on stations across the country a few years ago. After focusing for a time on writing songs for other artists, she's back on the scene as a performer with her latest single, "Nowhere". Oh, make sure to check out her pretty extensive collection of covers on YouTube... yeah, she's pretty talented.

In early 2015, Mark Hall, the lead singer of Casting Crowns, was diagnosed with cancer. What God taught him in the midst of his struggle with the diagnosis and disease is at the heart of "Oh My Soul". 
"...the song is really an argument with myself. I'm speaking truth to myself. The roots of my faith are talking to the storm in my life..."
Source: Billboard
 
Well, that's all for now. Check the blog every week for a closer look at the new additions to our playlist. Later, music lovers! 

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Thursday, April 06, 2017 • Fernando

Should recess be mandatory for Florida public schools? It would be close to impossible to find a current student who thinks recess is a bad idea. However, things at the capitol are little more complicated.

Ah, recess... that beautiful school day anomoly: a time set apart for pure play, for freedom! No structure. No grades. No rules. Ok, maybe there were rules but they always seemed fair, even to our developing minds. Don't swing too high... got it. Play nice... always. Don't hog the tire swing... of course. In recent years we've come to learn that recess is not only a lot of fun but also pretty important.
Recess benefits students by:
  • Increasing their level of physical activity
  • Improving their memory, attention, and concentration 
  • Helping them stay on-task in the classroom
  • Reducing disruptive behavior in the classroom
  • Improving their social and emotional development (e.g., learning how to share and negotiate)
 
Now, the Florida Legislature is taking a look at how to make recess mandatory for public schools. The Senate and House bills reflect two different approaches.
 
...the Senate unanimously approved a bill (SB 78) requiring 20 minutes of daily, free-play recess for public-school students in kindergarten through fifth grade. However, the House of Representatives is considering a watered-down version of the bill (HB 67), that blends free play with physical education classes. The House bill includes free-play recess for students in kindergarten through third grade, as part of a P.E. requirement, and only includes mandatory recess on days when students don't have P.E.
Source: WFLA News Channel 8
No matter how this shakes out in the Legislature, it's objectively awesome to have something that is so good for kids also be something they actually want to do! That's in contrast to say taking a bath, brushing their teeth, or eating their veggies.
Speaking of recess, what was your favorite way to spend the time as a kid? Swinging on the monkey bars? Playing tag? Chatting with friends?

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Wednesday, April 05, 2017 • Fernando

"Hills and Valleys" by Tauren Wells isn't really about Wednesdays but it seems like an appropriate addition to any "hump day" (wink wink) playlist. Be inspired to finish your day strong with this acoustic performance video of the song.

Tauren Wells is a pretty talented dude and we're not the only ones to notice. You've probably heard his latest single, "Hills and Valleys" on Spirit FM. It's basically a reflection on the ups and downs of the Christian life. The song has a stripped down feel which compliments the powerful lyrics beautifully. It's quickly become one of my personal favorites.
I've walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I've felt the pain of heartbreak
And I've seen the brighter days
And I've prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
And I have held Your blessings
God You give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I'm standing in Your love

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017 • Fernando

Is your morning cup not giving you the jolt it used to? The most caffeine-packed coffee in the world might be just what you're looking for.

You know those super-hot hot sauces sitting ominously at the end of the condiment table in your local Tijuana Flats? Well, Black Insomnia is to caffeine what the hottest of those sauces is to hotness. It's not for the faint of heart. Seriously, do not drink this stuff if you're heart is at all sensitive to caffeine. Just to give you an idea of how much power this stuff packs, consider the following: a Red Bull's caffeine content is about 9.46 mg/fl.Oz and Black Insomnia contains approximately 58.5 mg/fl.Oz. Yup, that's more than six times the oomph!
You might be wondering who'd be interested in this particular variety of joe... besides the most obvious consumer base: crazy people and parents of newborns who need to remain somewhat coherent after running on zero sleep for what seems like an eternity. Well, as it turns out, the stuff is selling fairly well...
Retailing at $19 a pound, the company's online business sold three tons more than the other local shops in August, he said. By October, they had customers in 22 countries. And by March, they were listed on Amazon in the US. Now, the company says it sells five to six tons of coffee a month.
Source: CNN
This stuff seems a little dangerous to me. I mean, do you know what brand Insomnia had to beat in order to be caffeine king? Death Wish. Yup, Black Insomnia has (supposedly) more caffeine than a brand of coffee called Death Wish. I should probably take the hint and avoid the stuff but I am curious what it tastes like. A spoonful wouldn't hurt... right?

H/T: CNN

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