WRGN ❮❮RewindSep 19, 2023
The Enduring Word of God with Carol McLeod | Wake Up Right
Best-selling author and speaker Carol McLeod joined us on Wake Up Right recently to tell us about her new Bible study titled Timeless: The Living and Enduring Word of God. In our conversation, you'll hear Carol's contagious joy, enthusiasm, and passion for God's Word. Carol shares how the book of 1 Peter, written nearly 2,000 years ago, is as practical, hopeful, and up-to-date as any book written today.
In this 9-week Bible study, Carol makes Scripture come to life as she vibrantly shares the culture of the day, her personal reflections, timely wisdom, and parallels to our modern lives. The study is a personal and rich conversation filled with theology, practical application, and hope. As you read and study you will quickly see the similarities between the challenges faced by the first-century church and today's church. Learn more about this and other studies at carolmcleodministries.com >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 1, 2023
Reaching the Homeless with Danielle O. Keith-Alexandre | Wake Up Right
Justin Behrens joined us on the air recently to introduce us and our listeners to Danielle O. Keith-Alexandre, the new Executive Director of Keystone Mission! We are excited to welcome her as a partner in ministry here in NEPA. Danielle shared some of her past experience, her heart for ministry to the homeless in our area, and opportunities for our listeners to participate in homeless ministry in both Wilkes-Barre and Scranton!
Keystone Mission is an Evangelical, faith-based non-profit organization that seeks to share the hope of the Gospel and give each guest an opportunity to hear and respond to the good news of Jesus Christ. We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with them to provide help and hope to the homeless, hungry, and hurting people in Northeast PA. Learn more at keystonemission.org.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: August 18, 2023
Start to Finish with Mark Dance | Wake Up Right
Pastors face daily demands of hitting targets of success in every area of life—for the long haul. How are pastors ever supposed to finish well? Pastor, author, and church planter Mark Dance joined us on Wake Up Right recently to discuss the very relevant topic of pastoral success, resilience, and burnout. Mark is the director of pastoral wellness at GuideStone Financial Resources, and in his new book, Start to Finish, he helps ministry leaders find guidance to run the race well from start to finish. He gives pastors a vision of what their lives and ministries could look like when they love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength and love their neighbors as themselves. Mark desires to see pastors thriving in ministry in every season by strategically doing whatever it takes to stay healthy mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Mark highlights how important it is to start with being a Great Commandment pastor, missionary, or minister before being a Great Commission pastor, missionary, or minister. Speaking from both his own experience and struggles, as well as observing others', Mark encourages pastors to take the very first step: simply asking for help. In Start to Finish, find guidance and encouragement–whether you're just beginning your ministry or have been in ministry thirty years–to serve well, lead well, and finish well.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: June 23, 2023
The Old Made New Tour with Rich Vreeland | Wake Up Right
Rich Vreeland, co-owner of Vreeland's Harley-Davidson in Bloomsburg, PA, joined us on Wake Up Right recently to share how God changed the entire direction of his life starting with quitting his job and taking a cross-country road trip to help his brother detox. After opening a Harley-Davidson store in Bloomsburg, meeting his wife, and so much more, Rich trusted Christ through hearing the gospel during his time working with Nascar races through Motor Racing Outreach. Hearing and responding to the gospel changed his life and saved his marriage, and he began using motorcycling and racing as an open door for sharing the gospel.
On The Old Made New Tour Rich and Ray Vreeland are celebrating God's transforming work in their lives by riding restored 1946 and 1939 motorcycles across the country to California for two weeks beginning on June 14. Not only have the bikes have been made new, but even more, Rich and Ray have been made new. Rich and Ray intend to share the gospel as many times as possible along the way, which they also do at the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota through offering free oil changes. Follow along with The Old Made New Tour on Instagram (@rich6640) or on Facebook (Rich Vreeland).
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come," (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Patterns of Evidence with Tim Mahoney | Wake Up Right
Filmmaker Tim Mahoney joined us on Wake Up Right recently to tell us about the power of storytelling. Tim uses investigative filmmaking to share evidence that clarifies the consistency between the Bible and archeology. The most recent film, Patterns of Evidence: Journey to Mount Sinai II, will be in theaters on May 15 and May 17. Learn more and get tickets >
Patterns of Evidence is a documentary film series that travels through the Bible, investigating evidence of its historical credibility, the accuracy of its transmission through the centuries, and how it impacts the modern world. Timothy Mahoney is an award-winning investigative filmmaker, raised as a Christian, who now has the same question that many today are asking: Did the stories recorded in the Bible really happen? In this film series, he sets off to seek answers by traveling to the locations where biblical events are said to have happened. Along the way, he interviews leading archaeologists and scholars from all over the world who argue all sides of the debate about the credibility of the Bible. The biblical stories are retold, accompanied by dramatic reenactments and special effects. Patterns of Evidence lets the viewer draw their own conclusions as it takes them on a journey to the ancient world of the Bible. This refreshingly balanced approach is inspiring and intellectually challenging for both skeptics and believers alike, providing profound new evidence that affirms the Bible. Learn more >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: May 4, 2023
Man Up! with Paul Golden | Wake Up Right
Paul Golden, Executive Director of Alumni & Church Relations at Clarks Summit University, joined us on Wake Up Right to tell us about Man Up! Conference on the campus of Clarks Summit University May 19-20. At Man Up! you’ll hit the pause button on your daily grind and take 18 hours to recharge spiritually with other men who are excited about serving Christ. The 2023 speaker is Dave Dravecky, former professional baseball player for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants. Eat well, recharge, learn from God’s Word, and even help with a service project during this jam-packed experience. Get $10 off your registration by using the code WRGN when you register! Learn more about Man Up! and register here.
Paul also has his own podcast, Post Game with Paul Golden, which features fun and engaging conversations with Christian athletes and coaches about sports, faith, family, fun life-stories, and the spiritual lessons learned during guests’ career.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: April 25, 2023
Cancer, depression, and comeback with Dave Dravecky | Wake Up Right
Dave Dravecky was first thrust into the public spotlight when his career took off as a major league baseball pitcher. He was an All-Star pitcher for the San Diego Padres (’82–’87) and San Francisco Giants (’87–’89). Shortly after realizing this lifelong dream, Dravecky was diagnosed with cancer, a desmoid tumor, in the deltoid muscle of his pitching arm. The next years were a whirlwind of surgery, radiation, pain and depression. Eventually, his arm was amputated to stop the spread of the cancer and save his life. Today, Dravecky shares his experiences and what he’s learned in hopes of inspiring others to find encouragement and hope, no matter what life throws at them. He's coming to northeast Pennsylvania in May to speak at Man Up! at Clarks Summit University on May 19-20.
Man Up! is on the campus of Clarks Summit University, where you’ll eat well, recharge, learn from God’s Word, and even help with a service project during this jam-packed experience. Get $10 off your registration by using the code WRGN when you register! Learn more about Man Up! and register here.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: April 27, 2023
Arrowhead Bible Camp with Joel Becker | Wake Up Right
We enjoyed talking with Joel Becker, a program specialist at Arrowhead Bible Camp, a year round overnight camp for individuals with special needs located in Brackney, PA–one hour north of Scranton and 10 minutes south of Binghamton. Founded in 1945, Arrowhead has exciting ministry opportunities year round, especially if you are just graduating high school or in college! All you need is a willingness to serve and a heart for the campers.
Learn more about these amazing opportunities whether it's for employment this summer, Arrowhead's gap year program, or if you're interested in learning more about attending camp!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: April 21, 2023
Mully with Dr. Charles Mully | Wake Up Right
We recently welcomed Dr. Charles Mully on Wake Up Right! Dr. Mully is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, environmentalist and the founder of Mully Children’s Family. Hear more about Dr. Mully's story of a debilitating childhood and adolescence begging to survive and scraping out a meager existence while trying to come to terms with his abusive past, and how he encountered Christ and the way He changed his life. The 2015 movie about Dr. Mully's life, Mully, can be borrowed from The Good News Library. Learn more about Dr. Mully and his ministry >
Dr. Mully and Guy Scatton joined us to share about the upcoming launch of a twelfth Mully Children's Family Home.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: March 24, 2023
Spiritual awakening at Asbury University with Pastor Justin Bleuer | Wake Up Right
Pastor Justin Bleuer (Berean Bible Church in Greene, New York) joined us on Wake Up Right this morning to share his experience of visiting Asbury University this week and talked to us about the meaning of revival and the history of revival in the United States. Justin referenced the First Great Awakening in the 1700s, the Second Great Awakening in the 1800s, and others, as well as a revival that occurred at Asbury University in the 1970s. Justin discussed the simplicity of revival–bringing something back to life that used to be alive, and that it always starts with the people of God. Justin shares transparently about the personal conviction he's experienced since his visit.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: February 17, 2023
Biblical Sexuality with Dr. Christopher Yuan | Wake Up Right
Dr. Christopher Yuan recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share part of his incredible testimony of transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor. Dr. Yuan will be at Fellowship Church in Dallas, PA for a free seminar, Biblical Sexuality: Embracing Christ Over Culture, coming up on Sunday, March 19 from 3-7 pm. You won't want to miss this, and you'll hear why once you hear this glimpse of his story! Learn more and register for the free conference >
As more confusion abounds on sexuality and gender, Dr. Christopher Yuan powerfully articulates that God's truth is crystal clear not gray. Through the narrative of his personal transformation from an agnostic gay man to a Bible professor and through his graduate level education in biblical languages, theology, and even health sciences, Dr. Yuan casts a compelling vision of not embracing our sexuality, but embracing Christ, thus shattering the paradigms of gay and straight and pointing us toward the biblical standard of holy sexuality.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: February 13, 2023
Church Solutions Conference with Thad Bergmeier | Wake Up Right
Thad Bergmeier joined us on Wake Up Right recently to share more about the Church Solutions Conference by EveryEthne and the ways that EveryEthne is helping churches take their next step on the path to multiplication. Thad is the Executive Director of EveryEthne, the North American team of ABWE, a global missions sending agency. EveryEthne seeks to mobilize the local church in North America to reach every ethnic group in North America through disciplemaking that multiplies leaders and churches. As part of that mission, they're hosting two of their Church Solutions Conferences in our listening area in March.
The Church Solutions Conference will be held locally on March 16 in Spring City, PA and on March 17 in Clarks Summit, PA, and includes lunch, and a bundle of resources valued at more than $70. The conference will help you discover simple, Biblical steps your church can take to get on a path to reproduction that will fully engage your congregation in the mission of God and you'll leave with the clarity and resources you need to take your next step in becoming a reproducing church. Learn more and register >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: February 3, 2023
Refuel Conference with Pastor Josh Coldren | Wake Up Right
Pastor Josh Coldren, Associate Pastor at Cross Creek Community Church in Trucksville, PA, joined us on Wake Up Right recently to share with us a special, free, one-day conference that their church is hosting for pastors, church leaders, and anyone in ministry to be encouraged, refreshed, and equipped in ministry. Valuable for pastors, lay-leaders, and church members of any size church, the Refuel One-Day Conference is for anyone with a heart for discipleship. Speakers include Jonathan Falwell, Nathan Cline, Matt Wilmington, Dave Earley, and more. It's totally free, and includes free discipleship-making resources, worship, main sessions, breakouts, and a free Chick-fil-A lunch.
Be inspired and learn what effective disciple-makers do from local like-minded disciple-making community of leaders. Learn more and register for the conference >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: January 6, 2022
52 Weeks in the Word with Trillia Newbell | Wake Up Right
Have you ever been disappointed or frustrated with your inability for consistent Bible study? Reading through the Bible in a year can feel daunting. It can be hard to know how—or where—to start. Perhaps you just need a friend who follows Jesus to help. Trillia Newbell is a trusted Bible teacher and lover of the Scriptures. She describes herself as a "forever student" and she'd like nothing more than for you to join her in the grand and thrilling adventure of growing in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ! Rather than jumping around the Bible, you can jump into Trillia's new book, 52 Weeks in the Word, that will take you through the entirety of the Scriptures in one year!
Trillia joined us on Wake Up Right recently to tell us about this new companion guide and encourage us in consistent Bible reading. As you prepare your devotional reading plan for 2023, take a listen to this conversation and consider 52 Weeks in the Word as a companion to your reading! 52 Weeks in the Word provides:
- A reading plan—not too big or too small
- 52 Reflections—one per week
- Prayer prompts for each Scripture reading
- Built in rest and catch-up days
- Space for your own reflection or study
- Easy instructions so you can begin throughout the year!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: Monday, December 12, 2022
Redeeming Productivity with Reagan Rose | Wake Up Right
We often feel overworked and overrun, defeated, and discouraged. The world says be productive so that you can get all you can out of this life. The Bible says be productive so you can gain more of the next life. In his new book Redeeming Productivity: Getting More Done for the Glory of God, author Reagan Rose explores how God's glory is the purpose for which He planted us, and he shows how productivity must be firmly rooted in the gospel. Only through our connection to Christ—the True Vine—are we empowered to produce good fruit. Reagan joined us on Wake Up Right last week to share about his media ministry (and brand new book of the same name), Redeeming Productivity.
As we enter a new year, we will be surrounded with messages about setting goals, getting more done, and reprioritizing for 2023. Maybe you'll start a new Bible reading plan or devotional. Before you set your goals for 2023, check out Reagan's great book Redeeming Productivity which shows how we can maintain the vitality of our connection to Christ through simple, life-giving disciplines. Readers will discover manageable applications like giving God the first fruits of our days, and Reagan's five pillars of Christian productivity provide theological truths about our relationship to God to form the biblical foundation of productivity for the glory of God. He also discusses how our perspective on suffering is transformed as we see trials as God's pruning for greater productivity.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: December 9, 2022
Transformative ministry in correctional facilities with Ryan Newswanger | Wake Up Right
Ryan Newswanger recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about the amazing impact of Jubilee Ministries in the Lackawanna and Luzerne County prisons! Ryan is the CEO of Jubilee Ministries, a prison ministry having impact for over 45 years. Jubilee currently has 14 chaplains serving in 9 correctional facilities. Jubilee focuses on heart change through Christ by bringing the gospel into the prisons and seeing life change through sharing it. One distinctive of Jubilee Ministries is their Aftercare Program. Jubilee Aftercare offers a structured, residential environment for those affected by incarceration which provides an individualized and holistic opportunity for life change. This includes addressing the deep needs of individuals caught in the cycles of incarceration, addiction, and unhealthy relationships.
It was a joy to hear Ryan's heart for transformative ministry during our conversation! Be sure to listen, pray, and have your heart stirred for the sharing of the gospel in our correctional facilities! Learn more about the mission and vision of Jubilee Ministries >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: November 14, 2022
Connecting in an Age of Isolation and Incivility with Heather Holleman | Wake Up Right
Dr. Heather Holleman joined us on Wake Up Right for a great discussion about meaningful conversations and connection with others. A professor at Penn State, Heather recently published The Six Conversations: Pathways to Connecting Again in an Age of Isolation and Incivility, a book that reflects one of her deepest passions: to connect people in loving community. As we enter the holiday season, we may feel the tension of awkward relationships and dread small talk around the table or the conversations in the living room. It seems conversation is getting harder. Heather invites us to reimagine better conversations and demonstrates how we can develop authentic community by changing our relational mindsets to become more curious, to believe the best about others, to express concern about their lives, and to share our own. This book will equip you with effective questions, self-assessments, and action steps to immediately implement this Thanksgiving and Christmas with family and friends. Deepen your relationships with your spouse, children, friends, in-laws, grandchildren, coworkers, neighbors, and more as you read this book and grow in the art of The Six Conversations!
Dr. Heather Holleman writes books, teaches advanced writing at Penn State, and speaks regularly to encourage audiences to connect deeply with Jesus and one another. Most recently, she's become passionate about fighting the loneliness epidemic by inviting readers to enjoy better conversations. She and her husband are passionate about helping believers and churches developing a culture of evangelism. Learn more at heatherholleman.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: November 18, 2022
The Timothy Initiative with Tim Walker | Wake Up Right
Tim Walker, a pastor at Restored Church in Wilkes-Barre, PA, joined us on Wake Up Right to share about the discipleship program The Timothy Initiative, an international disciple-making movement. The Timothy Initiative began in India and focuses on discipleship as multiplication to the fourth generation, where the discipled is able to also begin discipling others. The model is rooted in 2 Timothy 2:2 where Paul instructs Timothy to take what he has learned and entrust it "to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also." The Timothy Initiative helps shift believers to disciples, knowledge to obedience, disciple to disciple-maker, and addition to multiplication.
To learn more about The Timothy Initiative in NEPA or to get involved, contact Tim Walker at tim[at]restoredchurch.org or visit The Timothy Initiative's website to learn more.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: November 17, 2022
Fight for Your Pastor with Peter Orr | Wake Up Right
Peter Orr joined us on Wake Up Right during Pastor Appreciation Month to discuss his new book, Fight for Your Pastor. In recent years, a significant number of pastors have faced burnout or considered leaving the ministry. The office of pastor is simultaneously a rewarding and draining position. Pastors today have immense pressure on their shoulders and they need the support of their congregations. It's important to consider: Do you pray for your pastors? Do you encourage them? Do you have realistic expectations for them?
Peter has written Fight for Your Pastor as an exhortation for church members to stand behind their pastors through the difficulties of ministry. Peter specifies ways in which congregations can be intentional in caring for church leaders, including prayer, encouragement, generosity, and forgiveness. Featuring stories from current pastors about their struggles, this book is perfect for thoughtful church members eager to understand the weight of their pastors’ positions and support leaders in their important ministry. Learn more about the new book at crossway.org.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 13, 2022
Workers for Your Joy with David Mathis | Wake Up Right
We live in an age increasingly cynical about leadership—some of it for good reason, much of it simply the mood of our times. Still, Christ appoints leaders in his church—not as a burden, but as a gift to his people. “He gave . . . the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:11–12). It was great to have David Mathis on Wake Up Right during Pastor Appreciation Month to talk about his new book on the nature, calling, and work of church leadership, Workers for Your Joy: The Call of Christ on Christian Leaders. This accessible guide aims to serve current and aspiring pastors and elders, as well as church members who want to know the expectations for their leaders and how to pray for them. From the words of Christ to Peter and Paul and Hebrews, the New Testament casts a vision for church leaders that is good news to churches and leaders alike: joyful workers for the joy of their people.
David Mathis serves as senior teacher and executive editor at desiringGod.org, a pastor at Cities Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Megan, have four children. He is the author of several books, including Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 24, 2022
Operation Christmas Child with Jenn Burkholder and Laura Sarnak | Wake Up Right
We loved having Jenn Burkholder and Laura Sarnak on Wake Up Right with us last week to talk about Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Listen to Jenn and Laura's stories, be encouraged by the impact of shoeboxes with GOOD NEWS and GREAT JOY being sent around the world, and then get involved by sending shoeboxes! National Collection Week is coming up November 14-21!
DID YOU KNOW? You can even build a shoebox online! Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 28, 2022
Following Jesus in a Digital Age with Jason Thacker | Wake Up Right
How is technology shaping your walk with Christ and how can Christians think wisely about our use of social media, the rise of misinformation and conspiracy theories, and the growing polarization in our increasingly digital society? That was the topic of our "Tech Tuesday" conversation with Jason Thacker on Wake Up Right. He explores these questions and more in his new book, Following Jesus in a Digital Age. You will not only be challenged on how technology is shaping your walk with Christ, but you will also be equipped with biblical wisdom to navigate the most difficult aspects of our digital culture—including the rise of misinformation, conspiracy theories, social media, digital privacy, and polarization. God calls his people to step into the challenges of the digital age from a place of hope and discernment, grounded in His Word. How will you follow Him in the digital age?
Jason Thacker serves as chair of research in technology ethics and director of the research institute at The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is the author of several books including Following Jesus in the Digital Age and The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. He serves as the editor of The Digital Public Square: Christian Ethics in a Technological Society and co-editor of the Essentials in Christian Ethics series with B&H Academic. His work has been featured at Slate, Politico, The Week, USA Today, Christianity Today, World Magazine, The Gospel Coalition, and Desiring God. Learn more about Jason and his new book at jasonthacker.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 11, 2022
Hymns to Carry for Life with Keith Getty | Wake Up Right
It was great to welcome Keith Getty, live from his tour bus, to Wake Up Right to tell us about Keith & Kristyn Getty's Christ Our Hope in Life And Death tour, making a stop in Dallas, PA on Sunday, October 30! Hear Keith's vision for their ministry at the beginning of his song-writing career many years ago, as well as his heart for some of their recent releases, impacting the next generation, building up the church, and more.
Don't miss Keith and Kristyn Getty in NEPA! Learn more and get tickets for the October 30 night of worship as well as a special VIP event with Keith at wrgn.com/events/keith-kristyn-getty-christ-our-hope-in-life-and-death.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 10, 2022
Assessing options, exploring possibilities, and offering hope with Christina Kuc-Masker | Wake Up Right
Christina Kuc-Masker of Pathways Pregnancy Help Center in Kingston, PA joined us in the studio for a great conversation about the value and impact of Pathways in our community, especially as the church seeks to step up in even bigger ways to create a culture of life here in Pennsylvania. Pathways works to assess options, explore possibilities, and offer hope. Pathways is a resource from a woman's first questions about pregnancy options and parenting, and supports her through her pregnancy and beyond with training, resources, education, and more. Pathways life-affirming staff provides free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and counseling. Pathways now provides free ultrasounds as a medical clinic, having been working towards this since 2019. Beyond pregnancy, Pathways also provides an education through over 200 classes available for both moms and dads for two years following birth where each class earns points towards diapers, wipes, and more, which helps individuals or couples break cycles of generational challenges.
Pathways is hosting a fundraising banquet in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, October 13 with special speaker Wendy Burpee, executive director of the Genesis Pregnancy Center. She has an incredible story of her own experiences as a post-abortive woman and survivor of domestic violence. Learn more and register at Pathways' supporter site.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 19, 2022
The Invitation with Bethann Miller | Wake Up Right
Bethann Miller recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about her newly released book, The Invitation: Keys to Strengthening Your Marriage. Bethann is the co-founder and CEO of Safe Place, a ministry that provides support, training, care, and guidance to folks serving in Christ-centered ministry throughout the world. She is also a licensed chaplain and board-certified pastoral counselor. Safe Place also hosts marriage intensives with couples to unpack where they've been, where they are presently, and where they want to go.
The Invitation is a handbook that sets the stage for couples to engage in deeper relational connection. It has short discussion questions and a guided prayer at the conclusion of each chapter to foster deeper connection. Learn more at safeplaceministry.org/theinvitation.
Bethann and her husband Tom will hold The Invitation: A Two-Day Marriage Seminar on Friday, October 28 from 6:30-9:30 pm and Saturday, October 29 from 9 am-4 pm at Restored Church. For more information, visit restoredchurch.org/marriage.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 22, 2022
Life After Roe with Kurt Weaver | Wake Up Right
Kurt Weaver, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Pennsylvania Family Institute, joined us on Wake Up Right to talk to us about our calling as Christians following the overturning of Roe v. Wade this past summer. The Pennsylvania Family Institute encourages responsible citizenship and involvement in civic affairs to promote respect for life, family, marriage and religious liberty, and their goal is for Pennsylvania to be a place where God is honored, religious freedom flourishes, families thrive, and life is cherished. Kurt shared some of the ways in which the church can help create a culture of life here in Pennsylvania, and invited us to join one of their upcoming Life After Roe events around the state in order to learn and participate, including one right here in NEPA.
The Pennsylvania Family Institute is holding eight Life After Roe events around the state, and their Scranton/Wilkes-Barre regional event will be held at Fellowship Church in Dallas, PA on Sunday, October 16. There is a lot of work ahead for us as we endeavor to protect life in Pennsylvania. The event will include conversations on foster care and adoption, pregnancy care centers, mentoring young moms and dads, advocating for good pro-life legislation, and how the church community can play a bigger role in creating a culture of life. Click here to register, learn more, or find other Life After Roe events in PA. *The event is free but registration is required.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 23, 2022
The Mulligan with Eric Close | Wake Up Right
Actor Eric Close joined us on Wake Up Right to tell us about the new movie, The Mulligan! Featuring Eric Close and Pat Boone, Tim enjoyed watching this family-friendly movie about grace and second chances. Based on the popular book by Ken Blanchard and Wally Armstrong, The Mulligan is an inspiring reminder that second chances are only one shot away.
The Mulligan is based on the beloved book by former PGA touring pro Wally Armstrong and bestselling author and business executive Ken Blanchard. This inspiring story about relationships, forgiveness, and priorities is a shot of grace. Golf's gracious do-over, a mulligan, is the beginning of Paul McAllister’s second chance. Guided by the wisdom and advice of the Old Pro, Paul learns about priorities, self-confidence, and playing a good game both on and off the course. The Mulligan is a parable of second chances. Learn more at themulliganmovie.com. For other great family-friendly movies, visit WRGN's Good News Library!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 1, 2022
Back to School with Danny Huerta | Wake Up Right
We had the privilege of talking to Dr. Danny Huerta, Vice President of Parenting and Youth at Focus on the Family, as we launch into the back to school season. We talked about the key role husbands and dads can play in supporting our wives and households during this season, how to lead our families through fostering emotional connection, admitting our weaknesses through authentic leadership, creating a family culture of growth, and more! With practical, simple, doable advice for both moms and dads, Danny shares great input for our families. We know you'll enjoy this conversation with Danny!
Danny and his team have even more great ideas at focusonparenting.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: August 29, 2022
Singing through Suffering with Joni Eareckson Tada | Wake Up Right
As an author, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada has inspired people around the world with her story of faith in the midst of suffering. This August, Joni published a wonderful new book, Songs of Suffering: 25 Hymns and Devotions for Weary Souls. In this beautiful collection of hymns and devotions she acts as a “song leader,” guiding readers through their own painful seasons with heartfelt praises to God. Songs of Suffering includes 25 hymns with accompanying devotions and photography designed to spark hope in hardship. Opening with a special message from hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, this book is a source of comfort for anyone who needs biblical encouragement, prompting readers to seek refuge in the Lord and rejoice in his goodness. It was a joy to have Joni join us on WRGN, where, like Joni, we seek to use music to encourage you and build you up, whatever season you find yourself in.
Joni Eareckson Tada joins us each morning on Wake Up Right with her 1-minute radio feature, A Moment with Joni. Learn more about Joni Eareckson Tada's ministry, Joni and Friends, here. Learn more about Songs of Suffering here.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: August 5, 2022.
Youth Ministry Questions with the Walker Family | Wake Up Right
Kristi, Todd, and Travis Walker, children of the late Mel Walker, recently joined us on Wake Up Right to honor their father and his life of faithful ministry, as well as to share about Mel's final book, Youth Ministry Questions: Lessons from a Life-Long Youth Worker. Mel's joy was investing his life into the next generation, and it's clear from our conversation that he did that beginning with his own family, as each of Mel's grown kids is in ministry and shares their dad's passion for discipleship.
Mel Walker was a youth pastor, taught youth and family ministry courses and served in various administrative roles at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa, and then at Baptist Bible College & Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. Mel was a frequent speaker at youth, church leadership, family life, and parenting conferences, and authored fourteen books. Learn more about Mel Walker and find more about his books at goingonforgod.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: July 15, 2022
An Unexpected Revival with Erica Wiggenhorn | Wake Up Right
In her new 8-week Bible study, An Unexpected Revival: Experiencing God’s Goodness through Disappointment and Doubt, author Erica Wiggenhorn guides readers to encounter a unique picture of revival through Ezekiel’s prophecies. Erica recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about her newest book and challenge us to know God more intimately as our Father and Creator. An Unexpected Revival sparks a fire in our longing heart to feel renewed excitement in our relationship with God. Instead of going through the motions, checking the boxes, and wondering why God feels so far away, Ezekiel teaches us to come close and invite God to fill us with fresh fire. God offers His joy, peace, and purpose to any who seek it.
Don't miss this conversation with Erica where she shares relatable situations from her life and what God has taught her through his Word. Learn more about Erica and her books and Bible studies at ericawiggenhorn.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: July 5, 2022
Digital Detox with Molly DeFrank | Wake Up Right
Mom of six Molly DeFrank was sick of screen-time meltdowns. (Sound familiar?) She wanted more for her family, so she pulled the plug, declaring a digital detox for her screen-addicted kids. The transformation blew her away: She got her sweet, happy kids back. The detox was easier than she could have hoped, and the results were better than she could have dreamed. In just two weeks, her children were free from the grip of digital devices. Their moods shifted immediately, and their creativity exploded. They learned how to entertain themselves and enjoy life without screens. Her experiment led to a total tech overhaul that changed her family’s life. Her new book, Digital Detox: The Two-Week Tech Reset for Kids gives you insight into how she did it in just fourteen days, and how you can too.
After reading and loving her book, Tim chatted with Molly on Wake Up Right so you can flip the switch and get your kids back! Whether or not you have kids of your own, you'll find this conversation practical, relevant, and applicable. Don't miss their conversation!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: April 29, 2022
LYFE Conference with Laura Story | Wake Up Right
Special conference guest Laura Story joined us on Wake Up Right; she's coming to NEPA next week for the 2022 LYFE Women's Conference! The theme is ONE, and you’ll learn about this important theme throughout the conference with keynote speaker Sherrie Holloway, and we also look forward to welcoming Laura Story for a Friday night concert! There are also breakout sessions during the conference, and one of the speakers will be Denise Warner, host of WRGN's worship program In Your Presence. LYFE is a great weekend of biblical teaching, meaningful worship, and lasting encouragement at Clarks Summit University! This has been a favorite event for thousands of women from across the eastern United States since 1983.
Learn more about the LYFE Women's Conference on May 20-21, 2022 and be sure to use the discount code WRGN to get $10 off your registration!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: May 9, 2022
Mini Golf for the cause of life | Wake Up Right
We had a great time talking to Bryan about an upcoming Mini Golf fundraising event he's coordinating to benefit Care Net! He and his wife Tracy are frequent volunteers with Care Net of Carbon County, a pregnancy center with locations in Lehighton and Nesquehoning. Care Net of Carbon County serves the community with parenting classes, pregnancy and options education, emotional support, spiritual help, and material resources. You can support them at their upcoming Mini Golf Fundraiser coming up on May 22 at Bear Rock Junction in New Tripoli. Learn more about the event here.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: May 3, 2022
Man Up with Pat Williams | Wake Up Right
NBA Hall of Famer and sports executive Pat Williams joined us on Wake Up Right recently! He's coming to northeast Pennsylvania in May to speak at Man Up! at Clarks Summit University. He plans to talk about learning from the leadership of Jesus, the spiritual disciplines, leading in our churches and homes, and more! Hear about his background and get a taste of what he'll talk about during the 18-hour conference coming up on May 13-14.
Learn more about Man Up! where you’ll hit the pause button on your daily grind and recharge spiritually with other men who are excited about serving Christ.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: April 15, 2022
High Point Classical Academy with Matt Tarr & Greg Hauser | Wake Up Right
Matt Tarr and Greg Hauser recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about the vision and values that are leading to the launching of High Point Classical Academy in Luzerne County. They explain the foundation of classical education and the way a biblical worldview and God's transcendent truth informs education.
Learn more at highpointclassicalacademy.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: March 24, 2022
LYFE Conference with Sherrie Holloway | Wake Up Right
Sherrie Holloway joined us on Wake Up Right to tell us more about LYFE Women's Conference–she will be the 2022 keynote speaker! Sherrie is a LYFE Women’s Conference favorite. When she speaks, audiences love to hear her passion—to know God and to help others experience the abundant life He desires for us. As a sought-after Bible teacher, she engages audiences nationally through her ministry “Wellspring Overflow.” Sherrie is a professor in Clarks Summit University’s Health and Human Performance Department with more than 30 years of teaching and 20 years of coaching experience at the college level. Her passionate teacher’s heart is revealed as she speaks to show Christ as a living reality. Author of For the Love of God, Sherrie’s second book is in the works, as she deepens her study of God’s Word as a doctoral student at Baptist Bible Seminary.
Learn more about the LYFE Women's Conference on May 20-21, 2022 and be sure to use the discount code WRGN to get $10 off your registration! There's an early bird discount, too, so register by April 16 to take advantage of that.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: March 23, 2022
LYFE Conference with Terry Perrine | Wake Up Right
We're excited to let you know about a great weekend of biblical teaching, meaningful worship, and lasting encouragement at the LYFE Women’s Conference at Clarks Summit University! This has been a favorite event for thousands of women from across the eastern United States since 1983. Conference director, Terry Perrine, joined us on Wake Up Right to share her excitement for the conference. The 2022 conference theme is ONE! At LYFE Women’s Conference 2022, you’ll learn about this important theme throughout the conference with keynote speaker Sherrie Holloway, and we also look forward to welcoming Laura Story for a Friday night concert! There are also breakout sessions during the conference, and one of the speakers will be Denise Warner, host of WRGN's worship program In Your Presence.
Learn more about the LYFE Women's Conference on May 20-21, 2022 and be sure to use the discount code WRGN to get $10 off your registration! There's an early bird discount, too, so register by April 16 to take advantage of that.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: March 15, 2022
Finding Forgiveness After Abortion with Christina Kuc-Masker | Wake Up Right
Christina Kuc-Masker, director of Pathways Pregnancy Help Center, recently joined us on Wake Up Right to share about an upcoming study at Pathways in Kingston, PA. Surrendering the Secret is a free and confidential 8-week post abortion healing Bible study group led by trained peer counselors.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: March 10, 2022
Gateway To Freedom with Derek Thompson | Wake Up Right
Give a listen to this great conversation Tim Madeira had with Derek Thompson about an upcoming Gateway to Freedom Weekend. The workshop is an intensive 3-day workshop for men seeking to overcome pornography and any other unwanted sexual struggles and strongholds. The next workshop in PA will be held April 22-24 at the Tuscarora Inn and Conference Center.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: February 22, 2022
Shrink your world | Wake Up Right
Burdens... we all have them. But are we carrying more burdens than are our own to carry? Have we taken on a heavier yoke than Jesus intends for us? Listen to Tim and Doug as they chatted about stress, burdens, and shrinking our world so we can focus on investing in things that matter, in the things that are right in front of us.
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30, ESV
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30, The Message
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: January 11, 2022
Letting God Be Enough with Erica Wiggenhorn | Wake Up Right
Author and Bible study teacher Erica Wiggenhorn joins us on Wake Up Right once again to share about her latest book, Letting God Be Enough. Drawing from the story of Moses—the greatest self-doubter in the Bible—Erica shows how self-doubt is tied closely to self-reliance. It’s only when you cast yourself on God that you find the true source of strength. Are you enough? The answer is no. . . but your God certainly is. Step out in His power instead of your own and watch your confidence blossom because you’re in the hands of I AM. It was great to have Erica back on the show with us!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: November 22, 2021
A True Family Christmas with Phil Collingsworth | Wake Up Right
The Collingsworth Family is bringing their "A True Family Christmas Tour" to the Lehigh Valley on December 1, and Phil Collingsworth joined Tim & Doug during Wake Up Right to talk about their music ministry. Their beautiful and energetic concert is filled with soaring harmonies, joyful melodies, and stunning instrumentation! You won't want to miss it!
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: November 16, 2021.
Keystone Mission Real Talk with Justin Behrens | Wake Up Right
Keystone Mission's 2nd Annual REAL TALK is happening today and tomorrow, October 13-14, on Public Square on Wilkes-Barre! REAL TALK is a 24-hour live stream event that was started to educate and bring awareness to the ever-growing pandemic of homelessness in Northeast PA.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: October 8, 2021
Surviving Religion 101 with Michael Kruger | Wake Up Right
Dr. Michael Kruger joined us during Wake Up Right to tell us about his book Surviving Religion 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College. Written in the form of letters to his daughter, a student at UNC Chapel Hill, the book is written to address common objections to the Christian faith–the exclusivity of Christianity, Christian intolerance, homosexuality, hell, the problem of evil, science, miracles, and the reliability of the Bible. Born out of his own experience at UNC Chapel Hill thirty years ago, this book is simple and accessible, drawing on his years of experience as a biblical scholar yet with the heart of a father.
Dr. Kruger is the president at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a leading scholar on the origins and development of the New Testament canon. Dr. Kruger blogs regularly at michaeljkruger.com. View the book Surviving Religion 101 on Amazon here.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 21, 2021
The Story Tour with Allan Scott | Wake Up Right
Former drug addict, dropout, thief and loser Allan Scott found hope in his jail cell, calling on God to heal the broken pieces of his life. Over the last year, in the midst of the uncertainty and chaos sweeping the nation, God gave Allan a desire to create The Story Tour: a national touring event specifically for the addicted, hurting, and struggling. Allan joined us on Wake Up Right because The Story Tour is making its Wilkes-Barre tour stop at Cross Creek Community Church on Friday, October 1!
The Story Tour will be a one-night musical journey featuring the hope-filled music of Allan Scott Band, live speakers, powerful testimonies, times of ministry and God stories from across the USA. Stories of freedom from addiction, depression and eating disorders. Stories of amazing healings and restored marriages. With Jesus, your story isn’t over! This will be a powerful and unique experience for those who are hurting and addicted. We hope to see you there! Learn more about The Story Tour at Cross Creek Community Church >
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 9, 2021
Dwell On These Things with John Stange | Wake Up Right
Change your life by changing the messages that enter your mind! Pastor and author John Stange joined us on Wake Up Right to tell us about his book, Dwell on These Things. Learn to see yourself through God's eyes by spending thirty-one days feeding your heart a new, biblical message of encouragement.
Learn more at desirejesus.com/dwellonthesethings.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 7, 2021
Overworked, Overcommitted, and Overwhelmed with Jenny Johnson | Wake Up Right
Jenny Johnson joined Tim and Doug on Wake Up Right to share encouragement and insight about schedules, priorities, and living intentionally. Whether your plate is the size of a tea saucer or a turkey platter, you probably feel like it's full. Maybe you're overwhelmed by the weight of your own choices or by the weight of life's circumstances–you'll definitely want to listen to Jenny's practical advice for faithfully fulfilling the roles that God has called you to in various seasons of life.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: September 1, 2021
8 Great Smarts with Dr. Kathy Koch | Wake Up Right
Dr. Kathy Koch joined Tim and Doug on Wake Up Right on August 26 to share about 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers. Dr. Koch identifies 8 "smarts"–word, logic, picture, music, body, nature, people, and self–to help parents better understand how their child learns. In 8 Great Smarts for Homeschoolers, homeschool leader Tina Hollenbeck shares various practical ways parents can use their understanding of their kids smarts profiles—applied to whatever curriculum they choose—to strengthen their children’s overall educational experience.
Learn more and download free resources at 8greatsmarts.com.
Original air date on WRGN's Wake Up Right: August 26, 2021
Songbirds | Wake Up Right
The Scripture says to make a joyful noise, but let's face it–not all birds are songbirds! Tim had to explain the difference to Doug this morning on Wake Up Right.