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Breakaway – Heather Williams

Breakaway – Heather Williams

July 29, 2011 by  
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Heather WilliamsArtist Heather Williams is with Chaplain Terry Johnsson for this week’s edition of Breakaway. Heather shares her story which includes a life of enduring and overcoming such hopeless situations as abuse, homelessness, poverty, and more. Through it all, she found God, and she says it was his grace that saved her. Her unique story is reflected in her songwriting, and her message of faith is strong.

Tune in to listen to this captivating story of inspiration, encouragement and hope. Breakaway is every Friday at 7pm, and again on Saturday morning at 9 only on WGTS 91.9 FM.

You can see Heather this Saturday at WGTS Night of Hope.

Need Hope?

Need Hope?

July 22, 2011 by  
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Need hope?

In the second grade, I was told by the school system I would never be able to read. They told me that I had a mild case of retardation.

Thank God for the prayers of a mother. Thank God for hope.

My mother did not give up on me. She asked God for a miracle!

The power of her prayers and the power of Hope helped me to go on to serve three presidents of the United States as an Air Force White House Honor Guard. And now, I will be graduating with my doctorate.

Are there people in your life reminding you of your limitations? Are there circumstances crushing your spirit and your freedom?

I want you to share in the hope I found.

I invite you to a special evening we like to call Night of Hope to remind you nothing is impossible with God!

Surviving the Extreme Heat

Surviving the Extreme Heat

July 20, 2011 by  
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During this time of year it is very important to become familiar with the dangers of extreme heat and the importance of taking the necessary measures to prevent serious health risks. This article covers many frequently asked questions about extreme heat and their answers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (www.cdc.gov)

1. What happens to the body as a result of exposure to extreme heat?

People suffer heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system is overloaded. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn’t enough. In such cases, a person’s body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs. Several factors affect the body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather. When the humidity is high, sweat will not evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly. Other conditions that can limit the ability to regulate temperature include old age, youth (age 0-4), obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug use and alcohol use.

2.Who is at greatest risk for heat-related illness?

Those at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years of age, people 65 years of age and older, people who are overweight, and people who are ill or on certain medications.

3.What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body’s temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Body temperature may rise to 106°F or higher within 10 to 15 minutes. Heat stroke can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

4.What are the warning signs of a heat stroke?

Warning signs of heat stroke vary but may include the following: An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F) Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating) Rapid, strong pulse Throbbing headache Dizziness Nausea Confusion Unconsciousness.

5. What should I do if I see someone with any of the warning signs of heat stroke?

If you see any of these signs, you may be dealing with a life-threatening emergency. Have someone call for immediate medical assistance while you begin cooling the victim. Do the following: Get the victim to a shady area. Cool the victim rapidly, using whatever methods you can. For example, immerse the victim in a tub of cool water; place the person in a cool shower; spray the victim with cool water from a garden hose; sponge the person with cool water; or if the humidity is low, wrap the victim in a cool, wet sheet and fan him or her vigorously.  Monitor body temperature and continue cooling efforts until the body temperature drops to 101-102°F. If emergency medical personnel are delayed, call the hospital emergency room for further instructions. Do not give the victim alcohol to drink. Get medical assistance as soon as possible.

6.What is heat exhaustion?

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids. Those most prone to heat exhaustion are elderly people, those with high blood pressure, and those working or exercising in a hot environment.

7. What are the warning signs of heat exhaustion?

The warning signs of heat exhaustion include the following: Heavy sweating Paleness Muscle cramps Tiredness Weakness Dizziness Headache  Nausea or vomiting Fainting The skin may be cool and moist. The pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke. See medical attention if symptoms worsen or last longer than one hour.

8. What steps can be taken to cool the body during heat exhaustion?

Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages. Rest. Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath. Seek an air-conditioned environment. Wear lightweight clothing.

9. What are heat cramps and who is affected?

Heat cramps are muscle pains or spasms – usually in the abdomen, arms, or legs – that may occur in association with strenuous activity. People who sweat a lot during strenuous activity are prone to heat cramps. This sweating depletes the body’s salt and moisture. The low salt level in the muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion. If you have heart problems or are on a low-sodium diet, seek medical attention for heat cramps.

10. What should I do if I have heat cramps?

If medical attention is not necessary, take the following steps: Stop all activity and sit quietly in a cool place. Drink clear juice or a sports beverage. Do not return to strenuous activity for a few hours after the cramps subside because further exertion may lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Seek medical attention for heat cramps if they do not subside in 1 hour.

11. What is heat rash?

Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. It can occur at any age but is most common in young children. Heat rash looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It is more likely to occur on the neck and upper chest, in the groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.

12. What is the best treatment for heat rash?

The best treatment for heat rash is to provide a cooler, less humid environment. Keep the affected area dry. Dusting powder may be used to increase comfort.

13. Can medications increase the risk of heat-related illness?

The risk for heat-related illness and death may increase among people using the following drugs: (1) psychotropics, which affect psychic function, behavior, or experience (e.g. haloperidol or chlorpromazine); (2) medications for Parkinson’s disease, because they can inhibit perspiration; (3) tranquilizers such as phenothiazines, butyrophenones, and thiozanthenes; and (4) diuretic medications or “water pills” that affect fluid balance in the body.

14. How effective are electric fans in preventing heat-related illness?

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Consider visiting a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.

15. How can people protect their health when temperatures are extremely high?

Remember to keep cool and use common sense. Drink plenty of fluid, replace salts and minerals, wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen, pace yourself, stay cool indoors, schedule outdoor activities carefully, use a buddy system, monitor those at risk, and adjust to the environment.

16. How much should I drink during hot weather?

During hot weather you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. Increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. Avoid drinks containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.

17. Should I take salt tablets during hot weather?

Do not take salt tablets unless directed by your doctor. Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. The easiest and safest way to do this is through your diet. Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage when you exercise or work in the heat.

18. What is the best clothing for hot weather or a heat wave?

Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. If you must go outdoors, be sure to apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to going out and continue to reapply according to the package directions. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin.

19. What should I do if I work in a hot environment?

Pace yourself. If you are not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or at least in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

Please feel free to check out the following links for more information, answers to any additional questions, and a video which will guide you through the steps of avoiding the dangerous hazards of summer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f80iPEfwE80&feature=player_embedded

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/heat_exhaustion_and_heat_stroke/article_em.htm

Breakaway – Sonya Ward

Breakaway – Sonya Ward

July 15, 2011 by  
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Tune into to WGTS 91.9 FM this weekend to hear Season Townsend speak with author Sonya Ward. Sonya and her book “Fear is Not My Boss” share amazing stories and details the many ways God delivers us from fear, weakness, and doubt. This first time author shares her personal story of standing up to fear, loss, and deciding not to be a victim. It is truly inspiring, how faith in Christ put her on a path of Christian redemption and set her free.

Listen to this interview Friday July 15 at 7:30 PM and Saturday morning at 9 only on WGTS 91.9 FM.

Radical Protection – Derek Morris

Radical Protection – Derek Morris

July 8, 2011 by  
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Life sometimes feels like a battle.

Between paying the bills on time and keeping the boss satisfied, you sometimes feel exhausted. Maybe you’re just trying to survive. You hear more and more people talk about “scratching a living” or saying “I’m just getting by.”

And somehow life seems to have a way of piling on problem after problem.

Even Jesus himself, when he was at rock bottom, hungry and alone in the desert for days on end, that’s when the devil piled onto those problems, attacking him with temptations.

However, it is a blessing to know that we have hope. We know that there is a God who loves us enough to equip us with everything we need to face the trials and battles life has in store for us.

But these attacks can very often be subtle. We walk a dangerous path if we aren’t armed and prepared properly in advance.

So how do we defend against the battles life has in store for us? What tools does God give us to take on the trials we will face? Are you prepared for life’s temptations?

Chaplain Terry Johnsson discusses these issues with Derek Morris, the author of “Radical Protection” a book all about how to prepare for the real conflict for your soul.

Morris is the editor of MINISTRY, an international journal for pastors. You can watch his sermons around the world on the HOPE Channel. He’s written books such as “the Radical Prayer” and “The Radical Teachings of Jesus.” He is also invited around the world to teach workshops on preaching.

You can listen to the interview below.

Building Hope

Building Hope

July 8, 2011 by  
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Building hope can be a difficult process. With all that’s going on with you and around you, how can you possibly have hope? Well, knowing God and knowing the plans he has for you is a good start. Build your relationship with him and he will give you hope, he will show you reasons to have hope.

Take some time out of your busy day, even 5 or 10 minutes; talk with God and read some of the things he had written just for you. Read the story of the Israelites fleeing Egypt, read about Joseph, Daniel, Job and many others in the Bible who faithfully grabbed a hold of God’s hand and began to have hope of a better life on earth, and an eternal life in heaven.

Take advantage of the positive people in your life. Ask them how they do it, how they remain hopeful in times of stress, unemployment, sickness, and death. There are people all around you going through things just like you. So reach out your hand. Reach out to family, friends, and God. I guarantee you will be given the gift of hope. Then you will see the difference in your life, and the positive difference you can have in the lives of those around you.
Go, with God!

WGTS Chaplain’s Office

Surprised by Love

Surprised by Love

July 8, 2011 by  
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Author Elizabeth Viera Talbot joins Chaplain Terry Johnsson to talk about her book “Surprised by Love”

“When was the last time it happened to you? Perhaps your husband sent you flowers for no reason at all, your child turned around and blew you a kiss from the steps of the school bus, or your parents sent you on a cruise, just because.

SURPRISED BY LOVE

This is the story of our Creator-Redeemer and the greatest “love surprise” of all time. It surprised Adam and Eve. It surprised the deceitful serpent. It surprised the adulterous woman of John 8. It surprised the Pharisees. It surprised the disciples. It even surprised the heavenly angels. And it continues to surprise us today.

“The deceiver thought that he had outsmarted God! He never expected that love would win. Perhaps, humans themselves thought that they were beyond redemption! But, ‘where sin increased, grace abounded all the more’ (Romans 5:20)

Maybe you’ve heard the story before. Maybe this is your first time. Either way, when you behold the unexpected rescue of God’s children, you will be amazed at His love – at His passion for His children, and you will be surprised by love.”

Click here to buy “Surprised by Love”

Peter Furler CD Release Party

Peter Furler CD Release Party

July 5, 2011 by  
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Last Thursday, we got a chance to hang out with the winners of the Peter Furler “Reach” contest and Peter Furler himself (former lead singer of the Newsboys). Peter shared a few of his hits and his new song “Reach.” Luciano Italian Restaurant hosted the CD Release Party and served us some great snacks and desserts. You can check out pictures and videos here. You can also buy his new album “On Fire” on iTunes.

Building Hope

Building Hope

July 1, 2011 by  
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When I think of the word hope, a popular hymn and praise song comes to mind: My Hope is Built. Read the powerful words and understand why God is the perfect rock, the only rock, upon which to build your life.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand

As the song says, your hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ name. He is the solid rock; everything else in this life is sinking sand. You can’t build hope on things of this world. If you try building your life through money and banks, or your health and hospitals, or your knowledge and schools, you will surely sink. Those things are unreliable and will fade. “When all around [your] soul gives way, He then is all [your] hope and stay.”

I John 2:17 says it best. “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.”

So stand on Christ the solid rock, wholly trust in Jesus’ name, and have hope. Hope that will not fade, will not break, and will not sink.