Thursday, March 19, 2020

From Evie: What The Bible Says About Fear and Anxiety

As promised, here’s the list of all the verses about fear & anxiety that we talked about tonight.  My hope is that your heart is always encouraged by hearing God’s Word and by the message of God’s love in the positive hits we play for you every day!❤

⭐️I Cor 10:13 - No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

⭐️Isaiah 41:40 - So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

⭐️Psalm 46:1 - God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Phil 4:6-7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Psalm 94:19 - When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.

Luke 12:22 - Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?

Matt 19:26 - Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Phil 4:8 - Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Psalm 27:1 - The Lord is my light and my salvation-whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?

John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Rev 1:17 - Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

LISTEN! Josh Strickland chats with Hillsong Young & Free

Josh Strickland chats with Alex Pappas of Hillsong Young & Free about their upcoming performance at Winter Jam in Ypsilanti and about why there are so many different Hillsong names! This is the FULL INTERVIEW.  Only a small portion was heard on the air.

MISS IT?  NO WORRIES!  HEAR IT ALL HERE: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Thursday, February 06, 2020

LISTEN! Born To Be Brave

Josh Strickland chats with Bob Gresh, the creator of the father-son event, Born to Be Brave, about what a fantastic experience it is for both.

There are two versions to listen to -- the interview as it aired on Smile FM or the FULL 10 MINUTE interview, where you'll learn even MORE about Born to Be Brave.

Hear them both here: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Thursday, January 23, 2020

LISTEN! Josh Strickland chats with Michael Jr.

Josh Strickland chats with Grand Rapids' own Michael Jr. about his upcoming comedy show at Cornerstone University Christ Chapel. He also talks about Michael's nonprofit foundation and his upcoming movie, Selfie Dad. Miss it? No problem!

Hear it all here: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Church Asks Elders To Leave In Attempt to Attract New, Young Members

Church: I'm shocked by this article that I read this morning.  It is not "fake news."

Cottage Grove church to usher out gray-haired members in effort to attract more young parishioners

In response, I offer this bible verse about community:

That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. (I Corinthians 12:25-27)
I have been concerned for a while, and have mentioned as much, on occasion, that the church is becoming "too cool for the room."  Pastor Keenan and I had a long discussion recently about the tragic meshing of American culture and Christianity -- so much so, that many in leadership positions, and even we, too frequently become blind to it.

There are a lot of concerning things happening in the body of Christ today, but to me, a church actively seeking to divide its members in an attempt to appear relevant to young people is, by far, the greatest concern.

I invite your thoughts and hope for the chance to explore this together further. 

Email me: josh@smile.fm

Josh Strickland

Friday, January 10, 2020

MUST-WATCH: New TobyMac Video - Tribute

TobyMac tragically lost his son Truett last year.  Truett was just 21 years old.

Through the tragedy, Toby and his family's faith and trust in God has remained at the forefront of their journey through these tough times.

On Thursday January 9th 2020, Toby released a brand new song; a tribute to Truett, called "21 years."

Watch the official video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSV-pRGbg4k

Thursday, January 09, 2020

MUST-LISTEN: Marriage Testimony

A listener, Christine, tells the story of how her marriage had all but ended and then she heard God's voice. She had filed, their house was for sale (and an offer had been made), "but God." It's a powerful testimony about listening to and trusting God.

Hear it here: 
https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/interview-christine-web-010920

Read Christine's full article and get more for your marriage on our MARRIAGE ENCOURAGEMENT page at smile.fm/marriage

Thursday, November 21, 2019

LISTEN! Steven Curtis Chapman joins Josh Strickland

Did you miss the 10 minutes that Steven Curtis Chapman and Josh Strickland talked on the air today?

Well, we've got all ten minutes here -- plus a bonus five minutes as well!

Listen to the complete, unedited interview here: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Zeeland: Community Literally Surrounds Family With Love

Zeeland: Community literally surrounds family with love after 16 year old passes away suddenly and unexpectedly.  It happened while he was playing soccer over the weekend.  A blood clot in his leg moved to his lungs.

Get the whole story and see the powerful image

Thursday, October 10, 2019

LISTEN: Dannah Gresh, creator of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), joins Josh Strickland

Dannah Gresh, the creator of True Girl (formerly Secret Keeper Girl), talks to Josh Strickland about the name change and what it means to be a "true girl."  This interview contains content NOT heard on the air and is a MUST-LISTEN, especially for moms, but dads should tune in too.  This is REALLY IMPORTANT CONTENT.

CLICK HERE: https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews

Friday, September 27, 2019

VIDEO: The Evolution of Worship

Check out this awesome clip!  1,500 years of worship compressed into 7 and a half minutes, performed acapella by David Wesley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SaBhN2idbM

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Celebrate Your Marriage

Jay and Laura Laffoon are back at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island with Celebrate Your Marriage, and you and your spouse are encouraged to come and join us for the event.

CONGRATULATIONS to Trevor and Bethany of Sterling Heights -- married just 4 months -- these newlyweds will be joining us!  Josh and Sarah Strickland will also be there, and special guests, Acts of Renewal, will be there as well.  How about you?

Need a little extra incentive?  How about it being peak fall color season??

Celebrate Your Marriage is October 6th and 7th.  Find out more and get your tickets here.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Celebrate Your Marriage room hold ends September 5th.  After this date it may not be possible to get a room at the Grand Hotel for the event!  However, you don't have to stay at the Grand Hotel to attend Celebrate Your Marriage.

Friday, August 30, 2019

WATCH! For King & Country and Dolly Parton Release New "God Only Knows" Video

It's already an incredible song with deep, powerful lyrics.  In fact, when Dolly Parton heard it, it moved her so much that she wanted to be part of it.

So Joel and Luke - For King & Country - rerecorded "God Only Knows" with the legendary Dolly Parton and then released a brand new MUST-WATCH video!

See the video here: http://www.upshia.com/song-king-country-dolly-parton-god-only-knows-remix.html

Thursday, August 29, 2019

LISTEN! New Swartz Creek Church Plant

Josh Strickland chats with Daniel Crawford, the Worship Pastor at the new Swartz Creek church plant, Risen Church, which will hold its first service at the PAC on September 8th.

https://soundcloud.com/smile-strickland/sets/interviews