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“The level of prayer for the station has to rise across the city and region.” – Dianne van der Putten (Director of Marketplace Ministry)

September 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
dianneImagine hearing this message as clear as a voice in your heart, mind and spirit.  This happened two years ago to me during Sharathon and the message hasn’t changed.

We know that prayer is what moves mountains, and releases the plans and purposes of God when we’ve aligned ourselves with His will.  He receives all the glory and, praise God, we receive the joy.  This is our heart cry for the station, for this ministry and for the mission God has for us in the city of Ottawa, across the region and beyond.

We are humbly asking for you to join us in prayer for the station.  Right now, would you commit to lifting up the station daily in prayer and asking others to join you?  We need an army of prayer warriors across this region lifting the station with one heart and purpose in the following areas:  For,

  • Wisdom
  • Discernment
  • Vision for the future
  • Humility
  • Protection
  • Blessing
  • Favour, and
  • Finances

Truly, we believe that God is on the move at the station, across this city and beyond and is calling His people to petition Him for his heart.  What an honour and privilege it is to enter into His presence, sit under His shelter, bask in His love and pour out our hearts to Him.  He’s a good good Father and is calling us for such a time as this.  Join with us in prayer this month (and beyond), stay tuned during Sharathon as we give Him the glory for the great things He has done, and will do.  Be blessed and thank you!Click here for details about Sharathon 2016.

Dianne Van der Putten is CHRI’s Director of Market Place Ministry

Brock’s video interviews from Kingdom Bound!

September 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in Artist Spotlight, CHRI

Check out all of Brock’s Kingdom Bound interviews, including Jordan Feliz, Colton Dixon, Rend Collective, Laura Story, Skillet & For King & Country here!

When we know the many names of God, we have more reasons to trust Him.

July 5th, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
names of GodOn June 22nd, CHRI’s Brock Tozer and Care Baldwin aired their final Wednesday Bookmark author interviews of the 2015-2016 season and are now taking a break for the summer to re-Air some of the “Best Of” the Wednesday Bookmark until September.I AmCare’s final kids book is a Bible storybook/devotional that adults will find useful as well in their relationship with The Great ‘I Am’… “I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God” (“I Am” image attached) explains the 40 names used to describe who God is and what He does. Imagine if we understood that God is “Jehovah Uzzi” (The Lord My Strength – Psalm 28:7) and turned to Him for strength, or if we remembered that He is “Jehovah Shalom” (The Lord is Peace – Judges 6:24) in our times of stress and anxiety?!Print off this chart (below) to give to your kids OR to put in your Bible or on your wall so you can be constantly reminded of WHO God is and can call out His name(s) when you need Him!

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http://www.dianestortz.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/40_Names_of_God_Printable_Chart_and_Matching_Game.pdf

Click here to purchase “I Am” by Diane Stortz on booksforchrist.com.

Anniversary Week Fundraiser

March 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI

Dan and Elise

February 1st, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
Family Radio Jukebox host Dan Adams and his wife Elise have been married for almost 12 years and have 4 little ones (7, 6, 4, 2) running around the home. We asked Dan & Elise to share with us how they balance their marriage with 4 children

  1. How did you meet? Tell us a bit about your wedding and what it was like as newlyweds.

dan_elise_2We met in Kingston – Dan was working at a radio station owned by a wonderful Christian couple.  Elise was going to bible study group hosted by this couple.  They told us about the other and said we just HAD to meet!  Dan came out to an afternoon of bowling and right away we hit it off and quickly became good friends.  A few months later, Elise moved to Ottawa for a job and we started dating the next week.  Eventually Dan moved to Ottawa and we plugged into life here and decided that we wanted to be together (which we had suspected before!).

Our wedding was at Elise’s home church with friends and family coming from across the province to celebrate with us.  We had a really fun ceremony then headed to Florida for our honeymoon.

Newlywed life was great!  We lived in an apartment, had a cat, helped out a lot at our church, and went on a couple vacations!  Looking back, our time was well-spent, but we wish we’d been a little stricter with our double incomes and put more money aside for our first home.

  1. What did you notice was the first affect having a child had on your marriage?

So tired!!  One of the best pieces of advice that was given to us was to let each other sleep!  Having two people up with the baby leads to two tired people the next day, so we quickly learned to give the other time to sleep, which helped us to be more patient with the baby and with each other.

  1. How do you find balance between your kids and your marriage?

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!  Oh wait, this is a serious question?  “Balance” doesn’t feel very applicable right now!  We keep bedtimes for the kids pretty early to give us a decent chunk of time in the evening.  We do very few extra-curricular activities to limit the amount of time we spend running around.  We’ve always enjoyed exploring new places, so although we haven’t traveled much with the kids, we bring them along to be a part of adventures and Ottawa has been great for that.

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  1. What advice can you give to couples with kids who are struggling to make their spouse a priority in daily life?

We really aren’t experts and have lots to learn!  Our advice would be to be nice!  Chances are good you’re both tired from whatever your daily routine is, your home isn’t as clean as you’d like, finances can weigh you down, the kid(s) is/are loud/unappreciative/demanding and life at this stage can just be hard!  Your spouse is trying just as hard as you and although it might show in very different ways, trust that you’re in this together and BE NICE to each other!

  1. What role does your faith play in all of this?

Knowing that these little critters are a gift from God and they have to go through this strange thing called childhood gets us through the day!  God matched these kids up with us and we believe that He equips us with everything we need to raise them.  Also, being a part of an incredible church family is a source of encouragement, support and wisdom as well.

A Fantastic Family Fun Team Filled Summer With Ashlyn Berkhout

September 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
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Over the course of the summer (April – August) our Family Fun Team has attended 26 events! Time after time our team of volunteers has continued to blow me away! Our partnership with the Ottawa Champions Baseball Club this season has been the focus of most of our event initiatives. With 8 Sundays out of the summer being spent at the ball park running the CHRI Kids Zone, I really feel we have communicated the importance of making Sundays about family and have been encouraged by the response from parents. It has been so rewarding seeing how far the CHRI Kids Zone has come since our first Sunday and how many people come out.

funteam-4The thing that has thrilled me most about this summer is seeing how much our volunteers have grown. Growing in the sense of doing things out of their comfort zone that they would have never done at the beginning of the summer, or having a life changing experience from just interacting with a child. I can’t take the credit for where they are now, but it has been such an honour to watch them bloom in both comfort and in Christ.

One of my first major events at CHRI was The Big Give. web domain distcalc.info My team and I took the cruiser (Out & About with Arnprior Chrysler J) around town and visited 3 churches and one park that were hosting the give. This was the day that I knew I would love my job – driving around the city, handing out balloons, and playing soccer with kids! I’m so passionate about making the most ordinary people feel absolutely extraordinary and that was the first day I really got to do so.

That is what this is about; being a servant and a blessing.

I am so ecstatic about what is to come with our involvement in the community!

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For inquiries about the Family Fun Team or to apply, you can reach me at funteam@chri.ca.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Literally!)” Philippians 4:13

May 4th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in CHRI
bill_photo3I’ll never forget the look on my mother’s face. The doctor had been to the house and asked me to close my eyes then one at a time he had me raise my arms and legs. She told me years later, that nothing had moved, I was paralyzed. I know she had prayed me through it. She prayed me back when I was lost in a nearby swamp, out of a spring flooded drainage ditch when I was dragged under still wearing a heavy snow suit, back from hospitals when I was in motorcycle or car crashes and for the rest of my life through every heartbreak and emergency I inflicted on her. I believe thanks to her prayers the Polio only left me with minor challenges, so minor that I wouldn’t bring it up for more than 50 years. Too many other kids lost their mobility or their lives and I felt guilty for getting off so easily.High School football was the highlight of my sports activities. I was tall and skinny but I played tackle on both the offence and defence. The coach said he wouldn’t throw me the ball because he couldn’t tell which way I was running! After I was married, I tried to stay in shape by exercising with machines, weights, and a tread mill. Later, I tried golf which wasn’t bad as long as a power cart carried the bag and chased the ball. Whatever I tried, whether it was a sport, jogging or dancing my focus was more on avoiding paying the price with the pain that would come later then on becoming really good at it.Finally, at 64 years old, working full time with a lengthy commute I could see the potential for health hazards related to the sedentary senior’s lifestyle looming on my horizon. I began to search for a solution, hoping that even at my age there might be one last chance to be the athlete I never was.

bill_photo2Don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for my relationship with the living God, for a beautiful loving wife of 45 years, for our amazing children and their growing families but why not ask for the one thing I never had: sports prowess!

Around that time Pierre a co-worker and friend sent me a blog written by a prominent photographer extolling the virtues of a powerlifting program called “Stronglifts” by a young Belgian named Mehdi.

The principle had great appeal because it was simple: start by lifting the empty bar and add 5 or 10 pounds a week. “Stronglifts” provided an accountability system and I began walking down our farm lane to a makeshift gym in the former old milkhouse, 3 times a week. There, I would spend an hour, following the training program as written.

A year later I was stronger than I have ever been in my life. I Googled advice, chatted on weightlifting forums and researched diet. People told me it was difficult or impossible to gain serious muscle mass at my age; they were wrong! Eating 1-2 grams of protein for every pound of body weight, taking the highest quality nutritional supplements in the world and eating a small nutritious meal every 2-3 hours a day I grew from a tall, slim 190 pounds to a meaty 238. From the empty bar I began to lift my body weight and more.

In September 2014 I travelled to Hamilton Ontario to a powerlifting qualifying competition with a good family friend and world powerlifting record holder, Leon Brown. My wife Denise who was always there for me, including spotting when I did the bench press, travelled with me and helped me prepare, mentally and physically.

bill_photo1I qualified for the Provincial meet in November of that year and came back to Hamilton to win the silver medal in my class.

Then, in April 2015 at 67 years old, only 3 years after deciding to be a powerlifter, I set 4 national records, 5 provincial records and won the Gold Medal at the Canadian National Powerlifting Championship in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Now, I’ve set new goals that I’m working toward but I’m not doing it without going over every step with my lifetime coach. He already knows the outcome because after all He is God. He was with me in the beginning and He will be with me in the end. I’m not doing this to live longer but with Him as my coach, I am living stronger.

Bill Stevens is the General Manager at Ottawa’s Family Radio CHRI.
If you have questions for Bill you can reach him at bill@chri.ca.