The Kitchen Table #22: What is the Relationship Between Following Jesus and Serving the Needs of Others?

Join Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his son Jake for another conversation across the kitchen table as they discuss our relationship as a follower of Christ and serving others. Also, in Music Matters, new music from We Are Messengers, Of The Land and an Oldie But Goldie from Al Denson. In Culture Shock, they duo reflect on the passing of Marvel superhero creator Stan Lee and discuss how superheroes can make us better Christians.

SACKed Dec. 3rd & 4th

Shining Act of Community Kindness (SACKed) March 10, 2014

This week’s SACKed idea is a great one!  It’s to tape a bag of microwave popcorn to a Redbox machine, so a stranger can enjoy popcorn and a movie!  Don’t forget to include a SACKed card, and share your SACKed stories with us below or by calling 855-98-SHINE.

Difference Makers: Hope Center

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Hope Center, a Christian cancer support system, was born out of one woman’s desire for those affected with cancer to have the opportunity to renew their spirit with hope, refresh their faith in Jesus, and discover resources to navigate through pain, recovery, and loss.

Kerri Midkiff is a cancer survivor. In March of 2009, Kerri was diagnosed with breast cancer. The emotional toll fighting cancer had on not only herself, but also her family, was greater than she anticipated. The Midkiff family began attending a cancer support center; however, the drive was long. Kerri had a vision to bring a cancer support center closer to her community.

Hope Center is stationed in Lowell Church of Christ in Lowell, Indianna. There are three parts to Hope Center’s mission statement: Be Renewed, Be Refreshed, and Be a Resource. Contact Hope Center to Be Renewed by connecting with the support group and engaging in a curriculum that renews your hope and faith during life’s darkest interruptions. Be Refreshed by knowing that Jesus is beside you every step of the way. Be a Resource for others fighting cancer by sharing your story, your successes, and your failures.

Email Hope Center at or call 219.552.1640.

Mobilizing To Help Tornado Victims In Oklahoma

Franklin Graham’s ministry Samaritan’s Purse is responding to the devastating tornadoes that hit the Oklahoma City area last week.

Two Disaster Relief Units were deployed from Samartin’s Purse North Carolina headquarters.

The Units are tractor-trailers stocked with heavy-duty plastic, chainsaws, generators, and other tools and equipment. The units also serve as command centers for the response.

Volunteers are helping storm victims by cleaning up debris, salvaging personal belongings, cutting up and removing downed trees, and tarping damaged roofs.

They will be working alongside Rapid Response chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, letting people affected by the tornadoes know that God hasn’t forgotten them.

Anyone who’s lost a home in a fire or natural disaster will tell you it’s the loss of family photos and keepsakes that hurts the most.

To help alleviate the pain after last week’s tornado, Leslie Hagelberg of Tulsa set up a special Facebook page.  It’s called the “OK Tornado Doc & Picture Recovery” page.

Leslie is asking people in Oklahoma to post pictures of sentimental items they may have found blowing around their yards.

Here are just a few examples of things that have been posted and claimed by their owners: Photos of kids perched on Santa’s knee, baby pictures and ultrasound images.

One memento was reportedly found 250 miles from the site of the twister!

Please continue to pray for those impacted by the tornados in Oklahoma.  Learn more here about Samaritan’s Purse.

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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