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

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Contest ends at 12pm Friday January 24th 2020. We'll select and notify winners on or after Friday January 24th 2020.

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

Friday, August 16, 2019

LISTEN! Fundraiser Aims to Get Flint Schools AC

Strickland chats with Jason Eaton, who started a fundraiser to raise money for air conditioning units for Flint schools. In just three days, 14 units were purchased -- enough for an entire school! This is an incredible, inspiring, feel-good story and a MUST LISTEN chat!

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

For King & Country Live in Ypsilanti, Muskegon

It's the Burn The Ships World Tour and it's coming to Michigan on September 27th and October 3rd.

For King & Country live!

September 27th: EMU Convocation Center, Ypsilanti

October 3rd: L.C. Walker Arena, Muskegon

This is going to be a fK&C experience like no other!  Get tickets here and we'll see you there!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Enjoy the Weekend! The Bible says so!

Relevant Magazine compiled 12 Bible verses that encourage us to rest and enjoy the weekend, because God created the weekend and the weekend is for rest!

Here's the link: https://relevantmagazine.com/life5/what-the-bible-says-about-actually-enjoying-your-weekend/