Christmas Card Ministry’s 20th Anniversary celebrated this season at Joy Christian Radio!

Twenty years ago this Christmas Season, a very dedicated lady named Nicky Warren and a dear friend followed God’s lead and began to provide Christmas Cards for local Nursing Homes and various other healthcare facilities near their home.  Every year for 17 years and assisting in the 18th year, Nicky carried this ministry forward.

But, during 2012, Nicky’s friend went home to be with Jesus, leaving Nicky alone to carry on this wonderful ministry alone.  Her own health failing, Nicky began to pray that God would somehow work it out to let this wonderful ministry continue.

Early in the Christmas Season in late November, 2013, Nicky came to the offices of Joy Christian Radio in search of a location that would be willing to have people drop off their cards in Tullahoma and inquired if we would agree to be one such drop off point.  We immediately agreed.  The ensuing conversation turned very sad as Nicky related the story of her dear friend going home and her inability to get around as she once did.  She told me that she feared this would be the last year she could do the card ministry… she looked into my eyes, a light obviously came on….and she added, “unless someone like you were to take it over!”  A huge smile came over her face, and somehow, I had a peace in my heart about the idea.

Immediately on that day, we agreed to take over the Christmas Card ministry.  Aided by Nicky’s expertise and knowledge of the intricacies of contacting nursing homes and so forth, we distributed almost 8,000 cards that year, a drop of several thousand cards because she wasn’t able to do the level of preparation as in the past.

When time came to prepare for the Christmas Card Ministry in 2014 came around, Marie called Nicky’s home and was informed by her husband that she had suffered a massive stroke and could no longer talk or walk.  The vast majority of the contact information and other vital things needed to do the card ministry was in her head, and we now would never know how she had done things.  So, we did the next best thing.  We got on the phone and called nursing homes and facilities in the area with no guidance, no leads as to a contact person and no list of facilities she’d served in the past.  In spite of the confusion, we were incredibly busy that season, distributing almost 10,000 cards.  We were elated!

Now, it is time for the Christmas Card ministry for 2015!  And, we’re ready!  At this point, the numbers of facilities is still growing!  We are headed for 12,000 cards or more with no end in sight yet!  It is completely amazing!  This Christmas Season, we remember Nicky Warren and her vision to bring some Christmas Cheer to some lonely people who are in nursing homes during this season of Joy and God’s Love.  Thank you, Nicky for your vision and for 18 faithful years Sharing the Joy of Christmas!  It is an honor to follow in your footsteps.

I’m sure there are many reading this blog who are unfamiliar with what our Christmas Card ministry does.  We provide one personally signed Christmas card each of the “12 Days of Christmas” (ending on Christmas Day) to each resident at approved facilities.  Joy Christian Radio oversees this ministry and it is carried out by our staff and a handful of faithful volunteers.  Many people give cards or cash donations to help us make this huge undertaking a reality.  Plus, we will start after Christmas with all the “after Christmas clearances” putting back cards for next year.  It’s the best time to buy cards!

It is our desire at Joy Christian Radio to sponsor other such card ministries in other cities!  But, in order to do that, we need your help!  We can assist with getting cards, but we need someone in each area we are doing this to contact facilities, get people to sign cards and to take the bundles of processed cards to these facilities in time to have the personnel distribute them for Christmas!

Interested?  If you would like to help us start a Christmas Card Ministry in your area, please call our office and talk to Marie or Melissa!  The office number is 931.222.1633.

Merry Christmas!  May the Joys of Christmas be yours!
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Ed Smith
Joy Christian Radio


She did it!

She actually did it!  My sweet wife, who heretofore has vowed and declared she would never lend her voice on the radio (and I can count on one finger the number of times we successfully “conned” her into going on the radio)….has now recorded a full-length promotional spot for our Christmas Card Ministry!  OH MY!  She sounds every bit as good as I tried to convince her she does…..(of course, she had a great coach!  lol…)

Please go to my Facebook page and tell me what you think of Marie’s Christmas Card spot!  If you are not on my friends list, send me a request!

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Visitors to Joy Christian Radio

Our “Share the Joy” celebrations are always lots and lots of fun and fellowship!  This past April , we had Cub Scout Pack #562 from Tullahoma paid us a visit, and they had some wonderful things to share with us!  Enjoy!

Our next Share the Joy celebration is scheduled for November 2-6, 2015.  I can’t wait!!

New Custom Jingle for Joy Christian Radio

Recently, Terry Tidwell (writer of “God will Make this Trial a Blessing”), along with his wife Vickie and James Fuller got together at the studios of Joy Christian Radio for an interview and recording session.  Here is one of the wonderful things that came as a result of that meeting!  OUR NEW CUSTOM JINGLE!

How well do you know your Bible?

How well do you know your Bible?  It seems the average American is Biblically illiterate, according to a study from Barna Research.  CBN News did an article on this some time back that I stumbled on, and it is eye opening!  This article was based on and  inspired by that news story from CBN News:
Some Christian leaders say this generation is the most Biblically illiterate in history. The problem: young Christians are guiding their lives by popular culture instead of Scripture.  The consequences are devastating, not just for the Church, but for society as a whole.  CBN News spoke at random to young people on the beach:
CBN News: Can you name three of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope.
CBN News: Can you name one of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope
“Can you name the first book of the Bible?” they asked another young man.  “Testament,” he replied.
To a young woman, they asked, “Do you think you can get to heaven by doing good works?”
“I think there are pearls in heaven, like a bonus point, you know,” she replied.  Americans Biblically Illiterate
It’s clear that many Americans — including Christians — don’t know their Bible.   Just look at the numbers from this recent Barna Survey and study:
More than 60 percent of Americans can’t name either half of the Ten Commandments or the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Some 80 percent including “born again” Christians believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a direct quote from the Bible.
31 percent believe a good person can earn his/her way into heaven.
And, most self-proclaimed Christians don’t believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit actually exist.
Although the Bible is very clear about the sinless nature of Christ, 22 percent believe that Jesus sinned while he was on the earth.
“I don’t think he was sinless altogether, no,” one young man said about Jesus.  “What do you base your belief on,” we asked. “My opinion,” he said.

Now, if you are wondering how this has impacted our society, just read the news.  School shootings.  Legalized homosexuality and homosexual “marriage.”  Homosexuals in our society being hailed as “brave” and “leaders” who announce their homosexuality publicly.  Christians being ostracized and pushed back into the four walls of their churches while being forbidden to practice their religious beliefs in public.   Businesses and individuals being forced to buy insurance that includes items that violate their Christian beliefs such as abortion-causing drugs.  All this, and I’m just getting started.

So, what do we do?  It’s simple, actually.  We read the Bible and pray.  A genuine relationship with Christ will make a difference in your life, and in the lives of everyone you come in contact with.  Then, it will spread to others and the Christian nation we knew and loved will return.  But, only if we do what the Bible says to do.  2 Chronicles 7:14.

You are loved with an everlasting Love.  Jesus died for you, and He lives in Heaven making intercession for you even now.  Why not give your heart to Him right now?  It will be the best thing you have ever done in your entire life.
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Ed Smith

2013 in Review

I hope and pray that each of you reading this has a wonderful New Year and that 2014 finds you closer to God than you’ve ever been before!

As I reflect over 2013, I first realize that today is the one year anniversary of our residence in Tullahoma! I can say that I couldn’t have asked for a better or more wonderful year! Although 2013 was very challenging at times, God was always by our side and always made provision for us. Relocating ourselves and Joy Christian Radio simultaneously was a huge challenge that took an entire month to complete, but God helped us to accomplish it, and the work of building our new studios and setting up our new home was in full swing by the first of February. As the year progressed, many obstacles and even attacks of the enemy of our soul came, but God always provided a way out and the defense necessary to stand against the forces of evil that tried so hard to stop our work and mess up our lives. In spite of the obstacles, attacks and setbacks, Joy Christian Radio was able to accomplish several wonderful milestones. God helped us to put another station on the air in early September, to sell our final “investment” station and use the proceeds to upgrade our computer and on-air systems during the summer months, to create and put the Bible Talk Network on the Internet, to accomplish the renewal / repair of our main transmitter at Tullahoma giving us a signal that reaches every part of our licensed coverage area, and to end the year with a 25 Days of Christmas celebration that was among the most successful promotions we’ve ever done! Add to that the multiple and countless calls, letters, emails, Facebook posts and messages, personal contacts, visits and the many other ways that people contacted us to let us know that the radio ministry was a blessing to them plus all of the financial support we received to help us carry on our ministry work and you will see the abundance of God’s blessing. Also, you will quickly have to admit that Himself had God opened up the doors of Heaven and poured out that blessing that He promised throughout the year that we couldn’t even contain. Yes, indeed, 2013 was a banner year for us personally and for Joy Christian Radio.

God is Good. We are abundantly blessed, and we look forward to another year of God’s blessings as we proclaim the Gospel of Christ to our world. Remember that you are loved with an everlasting love…and we love you, too. Happy New Year everyone!

Ed Smith, Joy Christian Radio

Transmitter Follow Up

God has worked a miracle for Joy Christian Radio!

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, a large donation was made that completely covers the entire cost of refurbishing our ailing transmitter at Tullahoma!  We are rejoicing over God’s provision and His blessings!!  Also, the company that we purchased our used transmitter from just a short two months ago has provided us a loaner until we can get repairs done!  We are hoping to be able also to repair the used transmitter to use as a backup!!  God is good, and He has blessed our ministry!

Thank you to all who prayed and to the generosity of the anonymous donor who made this wonderful gift to our ministry enabling us to get our Tullahoma signal back up to full power!

In Our Master’s Joyful Service,

Ed Smith

Our Ailing Transmitter

Our Ailing Transmitter!

Our Ailing Transmitter This Crown Transmitter is the “original” transmitter that came with the station when we first acquired WLYJ, 88.5FM in March, 2012.   It has failed due to age and component fatigue, and we have exhausted our “temporary” transmitters.  We had a burnout of the “used” transmitter we purchased a short two months ago; then we had a burnout of my small FM transmitter that had previously kept us on the air.

Currently, we are operating at a very low power of 200 watts, and although we sound really good locally, the signal is not getting out very far.

Will you help us get the “light” of this “lighthouse” bright once again?   Help us to reach people with the Gospel that COULD hear us if this transmitter was on the air right now!

Contribute today to the TRANSMITTER REFURB FUND!!


I am more and more concerned about the greatly increasing numbers of liars who call themselves Christians these days. A person much more wise than I said, “a person who will lie to you will also steal from you.” So very true. The practice of lying about just about anything anytime is rampant, and this practice seems now to be no longer a major concern of Christendom….at large.
It hasn’t been that many years ago that it was very rare in American society for one to lie to a “man of the cloth” or to the church at large. Not anymore. The Church and its Clergy were respected in America. Not anymore. Many in government now laugh and scoff at the very idea of a Christian who genuinely loves their Savior and who actually put into practice that which they hold near and dear to their hearts. Those who actually “practice” their faith are ridiculed and lied to on a regular basis; cheated in business, damaged in ministry and run down in reputation. “It’s just business,” they say. Now, these liars are cheating God’s Ministry on the very same level that they lie and cheat all others in society; even more-so in some cases as they laugh and mock the very Christians and ministries they lie to and steal from.
It is sad, but it is true that when our souls are compromised by a lying tongue and a stealing heart, that same compromise ends up engulfing the entire society. Our society is sick with sin, sick with liars who abound. People who lie first to themselves, then to others. We’ve lost our integrity and character while compromising it on “just business.” Compromised all morals in the name of the almighty dollar. Compromised our very soul in the name of “profit.” America is sick unto death unless a cure is introduced soon.
The saddest part of this whole scenario is that the cure for liars and sinners has been here all along….but, now even government is barring us from talking about that cure in many public places. We must PRAY. We MUST speak up! We MUST live our faith. Only Jesus Christ can deliver America now, and that will only happen when Christians stop compromising, repent of their sin and turn once again to the Savior! God help us to have a REVIVAL!!!
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Excitement ahead for Joy Christian Radio!

From the Desk of Ed Smith,
Founder / President Joy Christian Radio

I bring you greetings in the matchless name of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I trust that you all had a wonderful summer and the Fall is wonderful as well. Joy Christian Radio has enjoyed the blessings of the Lord this summer, and we have a lot to be thankful for! I would like to share some of our blessings, but first, I would like to mention our Fall “Friend Raiser!”
It is hard to believe this much time has passed, but it has!! Late October is the time to begin our Fall “Friend Raiser!” We do this twice a year; once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our entire operation here at Joy Christian Radio is dependent on our listeners for prayer and financial support. We believe this is the operational model that God led us to employ, and He has blessed His plan through the years!
Joy Christian Radio operates our fund raising efforts in a very different manner than most other radio stations, in that, we don’t have a “one week, wall-to-wall, do-or-die effort” that absorbs an entire week of “regular” broadcasting; nor do we have “eternal begging for money.” Instead, Joy Christian Radio splits it up over a longer period of time, and we don’t preempt much of our regular programming! You see, we operate under the premise that whatever God gives us, He will make it work to keep us alive. He has always been faithful to follow the model He gave us, and it is a joy and a thrill to watch Him at work. One highlight of our Friend Raisers is that we have “open house,” when we invite our listeners to come to our headquarters and spend some time here getting to know the operations of the network and so that we might have the opportunity to get to know many of you! This Fall, we will have three “open house” celebrations here at our headquarters in Tullahoma, Tennessee between now and the end of the year. Please refer to the “event calendar” for the specific dates for these activities.
This Fall’s Friend Raiser, as always, is more targeted towards making friends, renewing and connecting with old friends, and connecting with our listeners. It is a lot of fun and a wonderful time of ministry! We will present our budgetary needs for the next six months of operations, and we have a very special and much needed project that we would like to see accomplished. I hope and pray that you will begin now to pray about what the Lord would have you do this Friend Raiser season!! Be a part of this ministry! You are our family! We so very much want to see the world have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ, and radio is reaching many for Him!
We will be searching for volunteers to assist us throughout the Friend Raiser season. If you are interested, please call Marie at 931.222.1633. No radio experience is necessary, and no broadcast experience is necessary. Plus, if you tell us that you don’t want to be on the air, we will honor your request!
Here is just a tiny tip of the iceberg of improvements that God has blessed us to be able to accomplish this summer: 1) We overhauled our computer system. That’s no small task! New file servers, new FTP server, new “play-to-air” machines, new production machines, and a new Internet-only radio network! 2) We overhauled our “live” broadcast system and remote control unit. Again, no small task. 3) We started “Bible Talk,” the brand new Internet-only Bible preaching and teaching network! And, we’re already got listeners!! 4) We installed a “new” (actually used) FM transmitter at our WLYJ, Tullahoma station!! It is wonderful! Our signal here at headquarters is much improved!! So, HELLO TO MANY WHO COULDN”T PICK US UP PRIOR TO THIS!!! We are thrilled to have you join the family!!
All of this was made possible because God blessed us to be able to close on our final “investment” AM radio station early this summer! For those who might not be aware of this, Joy Christian Radio was built on ingenuity and a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” We are NOT money people; never have been, never will be. Instead, I used the talents God gave me as a broadcaster, engineer, operator, manager and “flunky” to acquire “troubled” AM radio stations for little of nothing, fix them up, get them on the air producing some income and sell them for a profit. This money was used to operate our young and growing network and to invest in stations that we wanted to “keep,” such as WLYJ, WLYG and WLYY!! (That’s Tullahoma, TN; Centre, AL; and Copperhill / Blue Ridge, GA if you are unaware of our stations!). All of the proceeds of our station sale this summer were used to purchase the equipment I mentioned.
We used every penny that was donated from the Spring Friend Raiser to operate! And, we were able, for the first time in our history, to use every penny of the investor station sale this summer on equipment! We’re so thrilled! It has been in the past that we would have to use a large portion of our station sales to operate, but not this time! So, we are greatly improved in quality of operations and are now poised for some real growth and improvements that you will love in the months to come.
One more detail and I will let you go. For those of you who are new to our Friend Raisers, we “clear the board” and start over each time! So, if you pledged a monthly amount that is not yet finished, please just keep on keeping on! But, you can let us know if you want to continue to do it again for another six months if you feel led to do so, and I pray you will! Last time, we had a church that jumped in with both feet in support of Joy Christian Radio! Their faithful support has provided a very large portion of our operational funds each month through a monthly love offering, their members who have broadcasts on Joy Christian Radio, and those individuals who support monthly! I am praying that other churches catch the vision and follow the Godly example set by this church! God is already blessing their faithfulness! The response to their outreaches on Joy Christian Radio has been very good, and I pray it gets better. Pastor, will you pray about discussing NOW with your church the idea of supporting this MISSIONS ministry? Never thought of us that way? Well, you should. Joy Christian Radio reaches people that nobody else can reach. And, the “Inspiration for your family and Information you can trust” coming from Joy Christian Radio is second to none in our area! I am very excited about the Friend Raiser!! Please join us!!
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Ed Smith