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Lauren Daigle Gives Incredible Advice on How to Deal with Anxiety

Monday, March 18th, 2019

If you struggle with fear and worry, this word from Lauren Daigle could make all the difference.

She’s known for her song “You Say” that reminds us of the life-giving things God says about us. In a recent Q&A she got very practical about how her faith makes all the difference in moments of extreme anxiety.

We have most of it written out for you to read below, but if you have a moment, you should watch her share it on this video post. Her genuine care and soothing way of speaking might be exactly what you need to put on repeat in a moment of anxious thoughts.

 

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“[Anxiety] happens a lot, actually. I wouldn’t necessarily say ‘I’m an anxious person’ – until anxiety comes. There are times where I’m like, ‘What is happening? This isn’t me!’ But someone told me a long time ago that ‘perfect love casts out all fear.’ Well, I know someone who loves me beyond my wildest dreams. He has a love that’s so rich for me, he’s actually looking out for yesterday, today, and tomorrow and he can see the things I don’t see.

Even now as an adult when more anxiety is added to my life – I had never been anxious. I didn’t really know about that. But the older I’m getting, the more I’m starting to learn what that is and how that’s coming up in my life. Because of that, I have to say, ‘Ok, God, I want to know what you see for tomorrow. Can you come and give me that peace so that I can rest tonight. Can you show me? I might have fear here, but if I really believe in that perfect love and what you have for me, I’m gonna push fear aside and say that’s a lie! It’s trying to get in my head and my heart, but it’s not going to work. When I start to push that aside and say, ‘Ok God, come and show me what perfect love looks like right here in this moment.’

The other night I was on the bus and I don’t know what happened, but I just started busting out crying. This is not my behavior – it doesn’t happen often.

But I was thinking about how this is a season of learning. As I started crying, I realized, it was anxiety. I was getting anxious because we’re about to come off the road and into a different pace of life. It’s a different change every time we come off the road. I get anxious about that and I don’t like it. I’m like let’s just stay in one season of life and just run and enjoy it!

But guess what? God saw through every single day on the other side. His love was always available. He was always looking out for me in places that I couldn’t see. That’s what I focus on. ‘Ok God, your love is better than me trying to control tomorrow or work it out. Your love is better and will have my back better than I have my own.’ That’s what gets me through.”

Hear What Lauren Daigle Has to Say About Knowing Who You Really Are!

Why You Should Be Excited About the Jeremy Camp “I Still Believe” Movie

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Last month Erwin Brothers Entertainment, the producers of I Can Only Imagine, announced that they intend to do a movie based on the life of Jeremy Camp.

Jeremy Camp’s story has the potential to be as good a movie as Bart Millard’s. Given that the announced title of the movie is, I Still Believe, odds are the movie will focus on Camp’s loss of his first wife, Melissa,  just before he wrote the song by the same name.

 

Camp’s story is a powerful one about learning to lean into God even when it appears that he isn’t there. No one would have blamed him for turning away from God after he lost his wife, but instead he embraced God and found comfort in him. Now his testimony is all the stronger for it, and he helps bring thousands of others to Christ through his music.

Camp and his new wife, Adrienne, have also been open about a miscarriage they had back in 2009, which could possibly play a role in the film, although this is less likely.

Erwin Brothers Entertainment are looking to match the success of their previous movie I Can Only Imagine. We at WAY Nation believe it succeeded largely because of the cameo appearance by WAY-FM’s DJ, Wally (open for debate, maybe it was Dennis Quaid). As of yet, there have been no announcements about the cast.

All-in-all, if the movie is as well produced as I Can Only Imagine, pays enough honor to the source material, and has strong enough acting and writing it should be a good film to go see in theaters next year.

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The 4 Best Moments of for King & Country’s World Tour (to Australia and Beyond!)

Friday, February 15th, 2019

for King & Country finished the Australian leg of the Burn the Ships World Tour last week. It was a big moment for them as they returned to their motherland and headlined at the Sydney Opera House. They’ve moved onto the Philippines and Singapore, and you can expect to see their American leg start on March 8, 2019.

In the meantime, they’ve been very active on social media and what they’ve been up to has proved to be highly entertaining.

1. Sydney (Nostalgia, Travel Trips, and Dangerous Animals)

The first major part of their voyage, was a show at the Sydney Opera House. They sold out their first show, and due to demand were able to add a second as well.

As you can see in their Instagram post, they promised a documentary about their time in Sydney. This “documentary” was live streamed, and mostly expressed Joel and Luke’s emotions about returning to their home country along with shots of the Sydney Opera House in the background. They also spend a considerable amount of time talking about the many dangerous animals native to Australia, and Courtney, Luke’s wife, gives some tips for traveling internationally with three kids.

Also while in Sydney, Joel and Luke were interviewed by The Today Show (not the American one with Kathie Lee.) This stood out to me also, because the anchor called Joel, “Josh.”

2. Brisbane (Koalas)

They moved on to Brisbane, Joel and Luke’s hometown. And koalas.

3. Melbourne (The Great Ocean Race)

Next up, Melbourne and the Palais Theatre where Luke dared the band run and jump into the ocean and back again in the middle of the show during Joel’s “Priceless” talk. They made a fancy video documenting their escapades!

Whether this video is real or creatively edited, it shows that the rest of the band is also having fun while on tour.

4. Adelaide (VIPs)

While all of this was going on in Melbourne, little did the band know, but a couple of their fans were having car trouble a few minutes from the venue. A local radio station partnered with the band and Jetstar to send the two to Adelaide, the next location on the tour. The fans got to meet Joel and Luke and experience the concert!

 

If you’d like to for King & Country live check for tickets here.

Skillet’s Substitute Vocalist Promises a One of a Kind Concert!

Monday, February 4th, 2019

This tour season, Skillet may have come up with an interesting solution to a potential snag.

Jen Ledger, the band’s drummer and female vocalist, started a solo project called LEDGER that will be touring with Winter Jam 2019. The problem? Winter Jam’s tour dates overlap with Skillet’s tour with Breaking Benjamin. How can Jen Ledger be at two concerts at once?

Skillet borrowed a strategy from NFL playbooks. Implementing a substitution! For five concerts in March, Skillet will have Lacey Sturm, former vocalist for Flyleaf, stand in for Ledger as a vocalist.

For those expecting to see Skillet as normal, this could be a bummer. But it could also be a cool, limited-edition twist on their stellar shows!

Everyone involved seems super happy and supportive of the arrangement which is always nice to see.

 

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If you’d like a taste of what the band sounds like with Sturm, she was featured in their latest album, Unleashed Beyond, on the track Breaking Free.

 

Click here to grab tickets to one of these upcoming Skillet shows!

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The Top 10 Positive Hip-Hop Songs of 2018!

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Music that sounds amazing, but leaves you with a strong message, too? It does exist! In fact, 2018 proved to be an awesome year for these artists! The WAY Now channel is dedicated to playing fresh, positive hip-hop, pop, and dance music. Download the WAY Now app to stream 24/7 or stream online at WAY Nation.

This blog post breaks down the 10 most popular songs and artists on the channel this year.

Here are your Top 10 Positive Hip-Hop songs of 2018!

10. Phil J – “Crazy”

9. Lecrae – “Get Back Right”

8. Gawvi – “Diamonds”

7. Andy Mineo – “I Ain’t Done”

6. Aaron Cole – “One More Day”

5. The Gray Havens (feat. Propaganda) – “High Enough”

4. Tedashii – “Gotta Live”

3. KB (feat. Andy Mineo) – “Not Today Satan”

2. NF – “Let You Down”

1.  Social Club Misfits (feat. Tauren Wells) – “War Cry”

Look Back on the Top 10 Christian Rock Songs of 2018!

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

We streamed a ton of awesome music on WAY LOUD in 2018, so we made a comprehensive list of the most popular songs on The Christian Rock Station this year.

If you love Christian Rock, you’ll love our WAY LOUD channel, streaming the very best rock, alternative and hard music 24/7. Check it out in WAY Nation’s Listen Tab or download the WAY LOUD app where you can only listen wherever you go, but also interact with a community of rock fans like yourself.

Here are your Top 10 Christian Rock songs of 2018!

10. Hearts Like Lions – “Get This Through”

9. Spoken – “This Is Not the End”

8. Skillet (feat. Lacey Sturm) – “Breaking Free”

7. Fireflight – “I Won’t Look Back”

6. Twenty One Pilots – “Jumpsuit”

5. Wolves at the Gate – “War in the Time of Peace”

4. Death Therapy – “Slow Dance (With Death)”

3. The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus – “On Becoming Willing”

2. RED – “Gone”

1. Ledger – “Not Dead Yet”

Honorable Mentions:

Fit for a King – “The Price of Agony”

 

Glasslands – “Misery Game”

 

Remedy Drive – “Warlike”

Look Back on Your Top 10 Christian Contemporary Songs of 2018!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

2018 held some amazing moments in Christian music! So many great songs rose to the top, so we made a comprehensive list of our Top 10 songs. These songs were voted on by WAY-FM Radio’s music team and were the most played in 2018!

If you love Christian Contemporary music, you’ll love our WAY-FM Radio channel. Check it out in WAY Nation’s Listen Tab or see if there’s a WAY-FM radio signal in your city.

Here are your Top 10 Christian Contemporary songs of 2018!

10. “Only Jesus” by Casting Crowns

9. “What a Friend” by Matt Maher

8. “Walking on Water” by Needtobreathe

7. “Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong Worship

6. “Face to Face” by Mat Kearney

5. “Control” by Tenth Avenue North

4. “Joy” by For King & Country

3. “Grace Got You” by MercyMe

2. “You Say” by Lauren Daigle

1. “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury

Did God Tell Letitia Wright She Would Be in the Black Panther Movie?

Friday, November 9th, 2018

Wright is getting it right. (Yes, we meant to do that.)

You may know 25-year-old Letitia Wright as Shuri from The Black Panther. You may not know that after a serious battle with depression, Letitia is speaking out about how her faith played the major role in her healing and success. There’s something to be learned from her story.

If you follow her on social media, you’ll see her regularly point to God in moments of public success. It’s always cool to see God start showing up in seemingly unlikely places.

“I was putting so much pressure on myself,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. Her ambitious acting career was thriving, but she found herself sinking into a deep depression and questioning her place on earth. It was her faith that saved her.

Hollywood Reporter says, “Sparked by a trip to a Bible study, it was faith that rescued her from this “very dark place,” she says. Immersing herself in Christianity, she found her equilibrium. Acting, she could take or leave; she turned down a film with Nicole Kidman to focus on her rehabilitative journey. “I wrapped it up and was done with it, happy to do anything that was more chilled,” she says. “But that’s not the way God had it with me.”

 

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When auditions for Black Panther rolled around, she told a friend “I’ve got this role, God has told me.” And sure enough, she got the call and got her break-out role of Shuri, the Black Panther’s genius younger sister. The actress says she relies on hearing God’s voice when deciding whether or not to take a role.  She says, “Just because it may have a big name or a big budget,” she says. “Am I right for this part? Is this what I should be playing? If something feels off in my spirit, I know that’s God’s way of saying, ‘You shouldn’t do that.'”

Is it a coincidence that a Bible Study jump-started her faith and helped her start to hear the voice of God better? We don’t think so. Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” 

We don’t know Letitia’s full life story, but this part of it reminds us of how taking time to reset and focus on God’s Word and what He’s saying can change everything. It’s not really about the career success. It’s about combatting depression, finding true and lasting hope despite circumstances, and inviting God to bring peace into every area of our lives.

We’re rooting for you, Letitia!

Read: 3 Beautiful Truths I Learned from Characters in the Black Panther

3 Ways to Ground Yourself in the Truth About Who You Are

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Remember.

That’s your goal now that you’ve heard this truth about your true identity. Here are three incredible ways to remind yourself of who God says you are!

1. The World’s Biggest Small Group Podcast

Get the FULL conversations with each guest from the Identity series! Our conversations with all of them – Tim Tebow, Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Kirk Cameron, Rebekah Lyons – were actually 15-30 minutes of incredible stories and truth! This is your chance to go deeper into each truth about who you are.

Listen to the Podcast!

2. Your Identity Spotify Playlist

Just hit “shuffle” on this Spotify playlist and fill your house, car, or office with songs that speak truth about who God says you are!

3. Sign up for another World’s Biggest Small Group series!

Get more stories and encouragement from well-known people of faith as they tackle topics like suffering, fear, and forgiveness. Pick your topic and sign up to receive easy access to encouragement and truth in your email inbox each day!

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Who Am I After I’ve Lost Everything? | David Smallbone of for King & Country

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Week 3: Identity in Everyday Life

Today’s application: Knowing I am full of purpose changes how I live when I’ve lost the things important to me.

If you’ve found yourself in a season of life where you feel like you’re losing what you hold dear, this one’s for you. You may not know David Smallbone‘s face, but you might know his kids – for King & Country and Rebecca St. James. He’s been the manager and a driving force behind their music, but not before living a remarkable story of devastating loss and learning to root his identity in Christ.

Now, in his later years, he’s watching friends go through retirement, become empty nesters, or go through marriage trouble, but he firmly believes that no season of life is without beautiful and deep purpose.

David says, “How can I protect my grandchildren – these beautiful young boys? What I can do – I can impact the culture. It really has challenged me… I find myself this year more passionate about Jesus than I can ever remember. I’ve had a remarkable story.

I had a buddy come to me the other day and say, “My daughter came back from college and she used to be a Jesus follower, but she’s not sure about Jesus anymore.” I said, “I want to encourage you to tell your story. With all the challenges that you’ve been through, why are you so passionate about Jesus?” And he is! That’s what I want to encourage anyone who’s watching or listening to this – tell your story! When you start talking about Jesus, the Holy Spirit comes in and helps you with the words! A lot of the time we’re talking to somebody who needs to hear that word of encouragement. Get together with some buddies and talk about the challenges that you’re going through. If Jesus has done something wonderful in your life, talk about it!”

In the final and 3rd week of the World’s Biggest Small Group: Identity, we’re taking the truths we’ve learned and start applying them to everyday situations we face in life and culture. Here’s where you’ll see – our identity truly changes everything. The verse we’re thinking on this week is:

10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

(Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation)

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