5 More Christian Radio Shows You Must Listen to

After sharing 7 Christian Radio Shows You’d Absolutely Love last month, our attention was drawn to a number of Christian programmes on the airwaves in Accra and we took some time to listen to them and we’ve come up with this compilation:

  • Altar of Worship with Naadu Ollennu on Radio XYZ 93.1FM

Sometimes when the weather is very warm on weekdays, what you crave for is not the usual talk shows on politics or sports, but, some soothing gospel tunes and that is exactly what Naadu Oleenu provides for listeners from 1-3pm on Radio XYZ 93.1FM. Her selection of music is quite impeccable and her voice tone, very soothing for the afternoon. During the show, she poses questions to her listeners and reads out the responses in such a conversational tone you may feel she’s actually speaking with you. Before the show ends, she reads out a quote which is designed to uplift anyone listening to programme.

WARNING: Make sure you tune off just in time when she is signing off, especially, if you are not a fan of loud dancehall or rap tunes. The transition from Altar of Worship to the next programme is so abrupt that immediately there is a switch, the drivetime host starts dropping some loud, ‘hard’ tunes or rap, depending on his selection of the day. What we would suggest is a gradual take-over, maybe, an advert or two would not be bad for fans of not-so-loud music to gently tune off.

  • Drive Melodies with Kwaku Sampson on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM

From 5-8PM on weekdays, except on Wednesdays, Kwaku Sampson hosts Drive Melodies on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM. This is a mix-bag or a combination of several segments interspersed with good gospel tunes. Sometimes he holds discussions with a co-host or guests. The recent one had a singing competition where callers sang and winners selected at the end of the show. The constants on the show are the good tunes which will keep you grooving while you drive home and the testimony segment where a tape is played with someone sharing an inspiring story. This is definitely an option for listeners who may not be interested in long and dragging news discussions on the other stations. You’ll get updates on what is happening around the world in their news at 6pm and afterwards, it’s inspiration throughout.

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  • Keys and Strings with Danny Attah on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM

This is a ‘free’ on-air seminar for chorister and musicians in the church which is aired on Saturdays, from 9am -10am. The show seems quite popular assessing from the calls and text messages they receive from the listeners. The panel, led by Danny Attah, take a topic each week relating to choir management, come up with ideas around it and discuss. The panelists mostly comprise of music directors and musicians in the church. On some Saturdays, the show is dedicated to answering questions and addressing the concerns of the listeners. Managing a choir, from what we’ve come to understand, is one of the most daunting tasks for anyone who is ill-equipped. This talk show takes listeners through what could be done to make this task less challenging. Even if you do not belong to the choir, listening to this show opens you up to what choristers go through to sing those beautiful melodies in church meetings. Musicians in the church need to be appreciated, deserve our prayers and they must make it a point to listen to this show as well.

  • Helpers of Our Joy on Sweet Melodies 94.3FM

This is a relationship and counselling programme aired on weekdays from 9 – 10pm. It was formerly hosted by Rev. Eddy Fabin but currently by, Rev. Alex Otoo Ankamah. During the one-hour show, a particular topic on relationships and marriage is selected and discussed by the host and his guest(s). Listeners are asked to send their questions and contributions and later, the phone lines are opened for the counsellors to help address issues live in the studio. Responses given to questions by the counsellors are biblical, sound and straight to the point with no mincing of words. If your issue seems too complicated, you are asked to call a number for further discussion. When the habit of listening to this show is cultivated, there is no way you can go wrong in your relationship or marriage.

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  • Fam-Life on Citi 97.3 FM

Speaking of relationship and counselling shows, Fam-life on Citi 97.3 FM is another showed with that concept which is aired on Saturdays from 7am – 9am. Leticia Effah hosts the show with other renowned marriage counsellors like Amos Kevin Annan. The topics which are treated on the show are more inclined towards improving marriages but that does not stop the unmarried from listening to it. It’s always good to be prepared for what lies ahead or what do you think?

Has your favourite show been mentioned yet? If it hasn’t let us know and we’ll do the listening with you. 😊

 

Motherhood – My Story

When I was ‘diagnosed’ of pregnancy in 2016:

  1. I was surprised.😯  I didn’t realise getting pregnant could come that easy for me. I could count the number of times I had had sex since I got married in December 2015 and I was certain it was not up to 50 times, so how did I get pregnant so quickly?
  2. I was disappointed. 😞I had planned out my year and that included going back to school and combining that with my job. Secondly, I had assured my friends I wasn’t going to get pregnant in my first year of marriage so how come?
  3. I was scared.😩 Who am I to be a mother? What are the theories of motherhood? What were the characteristics of good mothers? I had a lot of questions but no answers, initially. I was unprepared.

“Whether your pregnancy was meticulously planned, medically coaxed, or happened by surprise, one thing is certain—your life will never be the same.” – Catherine Jones

My husband was at his supportive best, answered most of the questions I had medically, and referred me to one of the best (in opinion) gynaecologists. During our first meeting, the gynaecologist encouraged me to be happy because I had no idea of what other women had to endure just to have babies. That statement got me reflecting, I felt I had been ungrateful for something as beautiful as the opportunity to bring life into the world. I started seeing my pregnancy in a new light and considered the best ways to make the most out of the situation.

I began reading and researching and of course, Pinterest (my favourite social media platform) and Baby Centre (app) were very resourceful and they cleared most of the misconceptions I had about childbearing. I spoke to other young mothers and there was a similar theme running through their conversations – Yes, delivering the baby was painful but an experience every woman needs to go through. Probably, the nine-month gestation period was designed by God for us to accept our new state and make preparations for the new addition. I made some adjustments to my career in order to combine schooling with motherhood (blog post for another day) and God has been faithful.

By God’s grace, my pregnancy experience was problem-free. No weight gain, no sicknesses, small tummy size and I could walk very well. Fast-forward to the delivery day, I had read so much about the process and I was certain I was going to sail through. I knew labour was painful but breathing through it gave you relief and that was going to be my strategy. When the labour started, my strategy was working perfectly until the process was augmented. That was when the pains switched from first to fifth gear. It was P-A-I-N-F-U-L and U-N-B-E-A-R-A-B-L-E. 😂 That level of pain is simply out of this world and for 12 hours, my body had to go through that to bring a 3KG baby girl into the world. There is a popular notion that when you see your baby, you forget about the pain. Well, my body didn’t forget about the pain. I felt traumatised and abused after going through that experience and I could barely sit up to touch my little girl. Before my delivery day, I had planned to dress my baby in a white dress, swaddle her nicely and take selfies when she was handed to me but, after what my body went through, I could hardly remember any of those plans. I’m not even certain who went into the suitcase to give the stuff for the baby to the midwives. When I saw my baby, she was already dressed in orange ‘welcome’ clothes (probably selected by her father)😁. Thank God for her father who was present throughout the delivery process and offered all the help.

When women get pregnant, we probably believe we’ll be free after the delivery process but, that is one of the biggest misconceptions ever. The delivery process is actually the baptism into the ‘new’ life. There is absolutely no rest even if you have help, you still have to breastfeed and adjust your sleep pattern to accommodate the little ones who want nothing but comfort (blog post for another day).

Before I became a mum myself, I thought Mothers Day was overhyped but after I experienced what I experienced and I’m still experiencing, I feel mothers are not even celebrated enough. In fact, every day should be mothers’ day because the job is tough and the sleepless nights, numerous. The job description includes being a cleaner, a nutritionist, an entertainer, a clown, a cook, teacher and any other role prescribed by the baby.

 “Birth is a mystery. Words are not enough.” – Marie O’Connor

Let me take this opportunity to celebrate all mothers because the role is a challenging one. To women who do not have biological children but sacrifice to make others comfortable, we say Ayekoo. And to mothers who have children with special needs, you are also doing brilliant jobs and we celebrate you today.

As a society, is it possible to ask us to stop questioning married couples on when they intend to have children? Childbearing is a choice, therefore, please stop putting people in uncomfortable situations when they have to keep explaining themselves to you. You have no idea of what their plans entail nor are you aware of what they are going through. The pressure you give may push them to do stuff in their power just to have babies and that could be deadly.

Motherhood is an amazing journey which never ends and to all the women giving lives and hope to people, we say a big thank you.

 

”Congratulations! You are going to be Parents!”

This announcement is greeted with a myriad of emotions depending on the circumstances surrounding the conception. It could be one of extreme excitement, for example, when the couple has had issues conceiving and suddenly, they receive this announcement. It could also be one of relief when the couple just got married and God blesses them with the fruit of the womb. It could be one of confusion and even disappointment in instances where the couple has vowed not to have children or are unprepared, and POOF 💥💥💥💥 one of them pops up. This reminds me of a trending video on Facebook, where the husband was livid when his wife announced her pregnancy test result was positive. In the video, the couple already had three children, hence, the man’s reaction to the news.😄🤣 He ranted about his age, the number of children they had already, insurance, diapers, childcare and almost everything that comes with childbearing.

And his concerns are legitimate. Children come at a cost and if you aren’t ready for them, you may hit your head against the wall when one suddenly shows up and you are unprepared. Aside the money involved, children take up your time, space and may even take a toll on your relationship as a couple. Babies understand nothing and all they want is to be comfortable. They don’t know how to manage any emotions or care if their parents are broke and can’t afford certain things. When a baby wants something, they need it immediately or they will shout and make you uncomfortable. 😂😂😂 Not to talk about how they can alter every aspect of your life, including your intimacy as a couple. It’s almost as if children can sense it when you slip out of your bed to be with daddy. 😂😂😂No wonder counsellors warn new couples to give themselves some grace period before bringing these young ones into the world.

Being blessed with a child comes with a responsibility and what is most glaring is our level of preparedness to nurture these little ones to become responsible adults. How equipped are you for this new role? How wide-read are you on the subject of parenting? Do you intend to use your instincts or the parenting style your mum and dad used on you (even though times have changed)?🤨🙄

Like every other subject or course, the art of Godly parenting needs to be studied. There is the need to read around this subject even before we bring these little ones into the world. At every stage, we must know what is important to them and by reading, we’ll be properly equipped with the right tools to ensure they turn out fine. When we hear of seminars being organised on parenting, we should be quick to attend to seek some knowledge from the resource persons. There are several programmes which are run on radio and TV on the subject of marriage and Godly parenting. Examples include Famlife on Citi 97.3 FM on Saturdays at 7 am, Home Affairs on Joy 99.7FM on Saturdays at 6:15 am and Helpers of our Joy on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM on weekdays from 9 pm – 10 pm. Apart from educating ourselves on the subject of parenting, there is also the need to pray constantly for these little ones. We need to be directed by the Holy Spirit when it comes to the subject of bringing up these children. At all times, we must lay hands on them and speak some good words into their lives. We must also walk our talk, in other words, portray what we want these little ones to emulate in our daily interactions as parents.

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Parenting is not just being labeled mummy and daddy, it’s a calling, a responsibility which has been bestowed on us by God and we need to get it right!

Book Review: The Spirit within & The Spirit upon

In a society where witches, diseases and sufferings are often glorified, one book that highlights the power of the Christian, puts us in our rightful place and is a must-read is Kenneth Hagin’s The Spirit Within and the Spirit Upon. Even without stating it directly, Hagin’s testimonies in this book is enough to challenge the reader to want to get to the next level in their Christian walk.

Using different biblical references, the author established how the Spirit of God comes to dwell within the believer when he/she accepts Christ. He goes further to speak of a deeper dimension which every believer must reach and that is the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which empowers us unto ministry. To understand the author’s perspective on this subject better, Hagin started ministering in an era when accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal Savior was all there was. Christians, in certain denominations, were content to be at that level but in this book, however, Kenneth Hagin allows the reader to understand why the believer needs the second dimension.

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If you know of any Christian who keeps glorifying sicknesses, poverty and witchcraft, perhaps, you may want to recommend The Spirit within & the Spirit upon. The author clearly makes us understand that when we become believers, such ‘sufferings’ no longer have power over us.

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However, the only form of ‘suffering’ a believer is permitted to have is when they are pushing the gospel. So for instance, a minister of the gospel may complain he is suffering when he is given a difficult congregation to pastor. This congregation may not flow with his doctrine on say, divine healing, and Hagin gives several scenarios of this kind of ‘suffering’ in this book. Note that such ‘sufferings’ shape the believer for the ministry.

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The 187-page book is simple to read and has the author’s testimonies which allow the reader to understand the subject matter. The Spirit within & the Spirit upon also makes the reader appreciate the work of a pastor and other church leaders. These people we see face so many challenges including loneliness stemming from being away from their families and even hunger. Hagin recounts an incident in his ministry when he and his wife were virtually starved by their hosts, who neither talked about food nor had anything edible in their fridge. For almost a week, the author battled the temptation of reporting the pastor and wife to the appropriate authorities but some reason, the Holy Spirit kept tugging at his heart not to do so. This section of the book also highlights the importance of walking in love as Christians.

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The Spirit within & the Spirit upon is highly recommended for anyone who:

  • has pastoral or ministerial ambitions, since it opens the reader up to what they need to succeed in the field of ministry.
  • has not accepted the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This book stresses on why believers need the second dimension.
  • wants to be reminded of how powerful he/she is in Jesus Christ. It makes the believer yearn to reach a higher level in their Christian walk where they can even communicate directly with God. This is a level we should all strive for – where we do not need ‘middlemen’ or fast and pray for 30 days to hear God speak to us.

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The ‘S-A-L-V-A-T-I-O-N’ of Our Salvation

S – Save.

Jesus Christ came to die on the cross to save us. While we were born sinners, He came in the purest form through the conception of a virgin, lived a short but purposeful life, proving right all prophecies concerning his birth, death and resurrection. We get saved when we accept, believe and confess his Lordship over our lives.

A – Amazing

Amazing grace – that is what saved souls like you and I. We were once lost but this amazing grace found us. We were sick but now we are healed. We were powerless but by His amazing grace, we have the authority to stand against the devil and his cohorts.

L – Love

His death on the cross portrays nothing but the extent of His love for humanity. The Bible says,

‘For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life’ – John 3:16.

1 John 3:16 goes further to define ‘love’ as Jesus Christ laying down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.

V – Victory

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ spells victory for us in the sense that He defeated death and Colossians 2:5 puts it like this;

In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

This victory transcends to us when we accept Jesus Christ as our saviour. We become victorious over all negative situations – poverty, sickness and all complications in our lives. We overcome them through our salvation and live victoriously.

A – Awesome

His death and resurrection has created that awesome relationship between us and God once again. We, who were once sinners, through the deeds of one man, can call the God of perfection, our Father. We take over God’s nature once again through salvation – Colossians 2:13.

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T – Thankful

We can be thankful to God for coming to die on the cross to save us from our sins. We can also show our appreciation by witnessing to others and depopulating hell. Let’s evangelise to others – through our way of life and words.

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              I – Incredible            

Just cast your mind back to when God created the world and made man in His own image and righteousness. Throughout scriptures, there were prophecies made about His birth, death and resurrection and He came to fulfill each and every one of them. If this cannot be described as incredible, what else qualifies as such?

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   O – Outstanding

Our acceptance of the gift He has given us makes us outstanding, different and unique. Our lives begin to change the moment we accept Jesus as our Lord and personal saviour. Our speech, understanding of events and lifestyle begin to reflect this new life that we have:

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Can anyone’s death be described as noble? Yes, the saviour of the world’s death can be described as such and the result is our salvation.

You can only manifest these beautiful adjectives when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal saviour. Have you accepted him yet? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? 

7 Christian Radio Shows you’d Absolutely Love

Listening to sermons on the radio is a great way to keep your mind focused on God but, sometimes what the Christian need is a variety of programmes to prevent monotony. Different radio stations, in their programming, are coming up with some of these shows and below is a compilation of seven of them. These programmes are different, provides you with that variety, keeps your mind fixed on God and the church and above all, you’d absolutely love to listen to them over and over again. Here is the list:

  • Digital Church with Maximus Ametorgoh on Sunny 88.7 FM

In this technological era, where social media has become a great communication tool for individuals and organisations, most churches are adopting them as well. However, are these tools being used in their optimum form looking at their functionalities? That is exactly what the Digital Church addresses on Saturdays at 10 am on Sunny 88.7 FM. It takes listeners through what churches need to know about using these new media forms in their communications. The host, Maximus Ametorgoh, who is knowledgeable in this field walks listeners through the various processes, uses and benefits of using new media as a church. In his presentation, Mr. Ametorgoh lists points and addresses each of them within 30-minutes and it almost feels listeners have attended a free seminar. This is a highly recommended programme for members of the media and communications teams in every church as well as anyone interested in the use of this tool.

  • Easy Sunday with Kwabby on Class 91.3 FM

After the close of church services on Sundays, you sometimes need some good gospel tunes to keep meditating on the word of God while you plan for the new week and that is exactly what this show helps you do. What makes it different from the other programmes is that listeners determine the tracks which are played. They do that by sending their requests via the station’s Whatsapp lines and the host, Kwabby (Kwabs for short) does well to go through all the requests no matter the number he receives. His monotone and the manner in which he handles each request makes the two-hour show so short. You should probably tune in this Sunday at 12 pm.

  • The Reason is Jesus with Rev. Mike Nii Abossey on Joy 99.7 FM

This show is like old wine (gets better with time) and could easily qualify as one of the longest running Christian programmes on-air. It starts airing immediately after Pastor Mensah Otabil’s broadcast at 7:30 am on Joy 99.7FM with soothing sounds which keep your mind focused on God while you prepare for your Sunday service. At 8 am, there is a break for the news and Rev. Mike Nii Abossey comes back to play more gospel tracks which are a mixture of both local and foreign tunes. The two and a half hour-programme is never complete without the usual altar-call and sometimes he has guests passing through to inspire listeners or give updates on upcoming programmes.

  • Rivers of Worship with Joojo Bediako on Citi 97.3 FM

On the other side of the dial is Rivers of Worship on CITI 97.3 which runs concurrently with the Reason is Jesus on Joy 99.7 FM. The concepts are similar, therefore, listeners have the choice of flipping their dials when the other station is not doing what they really want. Joojo Bediako, as a host, always has an impressive play list which will keep you glued till 10 am when there is a repeat of The Big Issue.

  • Toe Tapping on Sweet Melodies 94.3 FM

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This music programme provides listeners with the alternative of hearing good gospel tunes on weekdays from 9:30 am until 11 am. The show has had a number of presenters over the years and has segments like daily health tips, beauty and style tips and refreshing moments. Listeners also have the chance to send shout outs but this happens on days when the show doesn’t need to break for Prophetic Turning Point.

  • Positive Soul Food with JJD on Sunny FM 88.7 FM

Positive Soul Food runs every weekday between 12 pm to 2:30 pm. This programme offers the alternative for individuals who may not be interested in the regular political and sports shows which air around that same time on other stations. If Jennifer Jessica Danquah is not in the seat to soothe you with inspiring tracks and her voice, there are other ladies like Baaba and others who sit in and do the job quite well. The song selections are beautiful and the presenters interact very well with their listeners. The only negative with the Positive Soul Food is the number of commercials aired at a time. There are too many of them and they have the tendency of pushing listeners to flip their dials. Apart from that, it’s another great show.

  • Sunset Drive with Fiifi Folson on Sunny 88.7 FM

How can we discuss outstanding Christian radio programmes without mentioning the Sunset Drive on Sunny FM which runs every weekday, from 4:30 pm to 8 pm. The host, Fiifi Folson, selects a theme each day and selects tracks based on the theme. It is not only a great show because of the song selection, but Fiifi Folson is an interesting guy with the great voice who has the ability to keep you glued to your radio set. He also has segments on the show where he gives prizes to listeners who may be celebrating their birthdays and those who answer his questions accurately and fast.

There are other wonderful Christian programmes on-air and they will be featured in subsequent posts. We’ll definitely keep our ears on the ground and keep you updated.

Do you have any favourite shows on Radio? Share with us and we’ll do the listening with you.

The Salvation Analogy

You are going through life and depending solely on your abilities. You have a thriving business and can afford most of life’s luxuries, yet, you feel burdened. You wish there was that person you could confide in but, you’ve had your fair share of disappointments. Your family, friends and colleagues, in the past, have disappointed you, hence, you’ve decided to keep to yourself. One of your biggest fear is how your future will turn out. Who do you share your joy, achievements, anxieties and sorrows with? As you were thinking about these, a salesperson walks into your office with this amazing product:

Salesperson: Good morning. My name is Kwame, I am a salesperson from Life Can Be Better (LCBB). I have this amazing product that I want to introduce to you. It has been on the market for some time now and it has the ability to make life much easier for you. Can I go ahead?

You: Hi. How did you know my life was a difficult one? And what product is that?

Salesperson: People who do not have this product in their lives face a lot of challenges. Those who have accepted it can testify to how it has changed their lives – it is free, though. All you need to do is to accept the product, believe it will work and confess that, indeed, the product is what you use. That’s how you can activate the product. Simple huh?

You (getting angry): Which cheap product are you coming to sell to me? I’ve been by myself for three long decades and I’ve been managing. How do you think some free product can make my life easier?

Salesperson: I’ve sold this product to a lot of people. I use it myself and really, this product has made my life more beautiful.

You (rolling your eyes): Keep your cheap product to yourself. A free product which can solve all of my lives’ problems? I don’t need it. You know I use designer perfumes and I wear designer clothes. The number plate of my car, as you can see, is customised. I simply cannot accept this cheap product of yours.

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This is how most people react when the salvation story is told to them. It is too simplistic and unbelievable and the process of being saved, too ‘cheap.’

 

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If the process of accepting Jesus Christ was a little more complicated and stylish, like paying a fee or performing some gymnastics, it would have been more believable and acceptable.

The process of being saved as a Christian is indeed simple and involves three main steps:

  1. Accept that you are a sinner because you are a descendant of Adam
  2. Believe that Jesus came to die in our place (the reason for the Easter celebration) and
  3. Confess the lordship of Jesus Christ over your life and receive Him as your Saviour (Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12).

It is that simple. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal saviour? If you haven’t, you can say this simple prayer:

Dear Father, I thank God for your son who came to die for us and shed his blood for the washing away of my sins (reason for the Easter celebration). I, therefore, declare his Lordship over my life and invite him to be my Lord and personal saviour. Lord Jesus, come into my life, wash me with your blood and present me righteous before God. I thank you for accepting me into your kingdom as your child.

Amen