Why Does Jesus Say We Shouldn’t Worry?

Why Does Jesus Say We Shouldn’t Worry?

Anxiety is on the rise across our country. In fact, it has become one of the biggest “issues” adults, and children, are facing today.  But, why do we worry when Jesus said, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” Matthew 6:34

Take a look at what people worry about MOST, and how many of these things are truly not worth worrying about!

  • 40% of the things people worry about will NEVER happen (like being struck by lightning, a tornado in West Michigan, geting the Bird Flu)
  • 30% of the things people worry about are in the past that we can’t change (sorry, we cannot hop in a time machine)
  • 12% of the things people worry about are criticism by others. (what are people saying about me? Are they laughing at what I’m wearing?) These are mostly untrue things to begin with.
  • 10% of the things people worry about is health related.  (which only gets worse with stress)

That takes us to 92%. So, 92% of the things that we worry about in life are things that really never come to the surface to begin with.

  • Only 8% of what we worry about is about real problems that we will face. Only 8% is legit worry so to speak

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Virginia Basketball Coach Played a Christian Song Before Championship Game

Virginia Basketball Coach Played a Christian Song Before Championship Game

This week, the Virginia Cavaliers won the national college basketball championship, and their theme song was not your typical “rock anthem”, it was a song we play on JOY99!

After the game, Head Coach Tony Bennett thanked God, among others, for the win.  And also said he used the song, “Hills and Valleys” by Tauren Wells to inspire his team before the game.  He said he wanted the players to know they’re never alone in the hills or valleys. Pretty cool, huh?

Before coaching, Tony considered becoming a Pastor. We think he’s using his platform beautifully to reach people in a truly inspiring way! What are you doing with your platform?


Lemon Lime Glazed Brownies

Lemon Lime Glazed Brownies

When I saw my sister post this recipe, my mouth immediately watered and I got that little tinge behind my ear that you get when you taste something sour. I just HAD to try it. But of course, I also had to put my own spin on them, so I added a little lime and voilà! (…or whatever the Caribbean island lingo would be for that since I feel like adding the lime is kind of islandy!) This is the perfect spring dessert! If you’re bringing a dish to pass for Easter, this will do!

(Do NOT try to cut the corner with the plastic lemons or limes…use the actual real ones! You’re zesting with them anyway, so use the juice from them as well.)

1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 sticks softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp lemon zest
2 tbsp lemon juice
4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp lemon zest
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp lime zest

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper. Whisk together the flour and baking powder. Beat together butter, sugar, lemon juice and zest until fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Gradually fold in the dry ingredients. Pour batter into the baking pan and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Do not over bake.

Allow to cool completely,

Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar, lemon and lime juice and zest. Pour the glaze over the brownies and spread to cover.
Allow to harden overnight.

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West Michigan Whitecaps Bulletin Night

West Michigan Whitecaps Bulletin Night

JOY99 and Vredevoogd Heating & Cooling present a West Michigan favorite…the West Michigan Whitecaps Bulletin Night!

Bring your Church or Community bulletin to any Monday home game and get half off your box or reserved seats! It is a great way to make memories with family & friends at a great price! See the schedule HERE!

Thanks to

for making BULLETIN NIGHT possible along with the following sponsors!


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