Joy Christian Radio. That name is more unique that most people realize. Yes, there are many different “Joy” Radio’s out there. Joy AM’s and Joy FM’s. Joy Radio this and Joy Radio that. But, there is only one “Joy Christian Radio” in the nation, and we are it! We own all the Internet domain names of that designation, including the .com, .net and .org. We were the very first in the nation to use the name “Joy Christian Radio” as our name and logo. So, when you say our whole name “Joy Christian Radio,” you are speaking of us. So, please be sure you say our whole name when you refer to us. We are “Joy Christian Radio,” and that separates us from the others.
So, how did we come up with this name? Joy Christian Radio is a name that came to be over a few years of usage, experimentation and prayer / meditation on God’s Word. I wanted a unique name that would identify who we are, and would also share our mission in one breath. I have used the name “Joy Christian Radio” for about 30 years in various venues where I have worked in Christian Radio.
I first decided that I wanted to use the name “Joy” as part of our name because I always loved the concept of “joy” in the Biblical sense. Based on the last part of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10 that says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength,” I knew that concept had to be incorporated into the name somehow. I realized that the source of our strength is found in the Lord, and nowhere else. As I pondered that passage over the years, I came to realize that the term “joy” does not equal the term “happiness.” I realized that there are times that I’m just not happy about things! Right now as I write this blog post is one of those times. We just found out that the compressor at our station in Centre is blown and it will cost almost $4,000 to replace it, and our people at Centre cannot come and preach on Sunday afternoon in 85-90 degree heat in the building. That thought does not make me want to smile! This news and other news of a similar nature, quite frankly, causes me grief when I think of the financial struggles we are in the midst of as we try to get our new flagship station off the ground in Tennessee, and as we continue to await the funding to get our new station at Copperhill, Tennessee on the air. I don’t think anyone could say this news made me “happy.” With that in mind, I think we could all agree that there are times that we are not happy….for whatever reason. But, this news didn’t steal my JOY!
JOY, on the other hand, comes from a source much deeper than ourselves. True Joy comes from God above. The very idea that the Creator of the Universe would even be interested in living in our hearts is enough in itself to overwhelm us! But, there is more! God actually loves us enough to die for us! The thought that our Heavenly Father loves us enough that he has even numbered the very hairs on our head (for some of us, that isn’t too difficult to keep up with!) is a comfort and lets us know just how much He loves us! Joy is not dependent on how you or I feel! It has nothing to do with being happy! I can be most unhappy and still have the Joy of the Lord in my heart! It can be the absolute worst day of my life with my whole world burning around me and there is still that ABIDING JOY that comes from the Lord!! Joy doesn’t leave when the world walks out. Joy sticks around when all my strength is gone and picks me up when I fall. Joy grabs me tightly by the hand when I am shocked and saddened by some terrible tragedy and whispers in my ear, “God is in control. It will be alright!” Indeed, “the joy of the Lord IS my strength.”
But, in order to use it as a name for our organization, I felt there needed to be more explanation. I quickly realized that there is no genuine JOY apart from Christ! The JOY that brings “peace that passes understanding” cannot be found in large bank accounts or huge homes or posh living arrangements. No automobile or other mechanical manmade marvel can bring true JOY! No power or prestige or fame can bring true JOY. Only Christ can bring JOY and give the PEACE that passes our human understanding. So, it was only natural that I would want to combine two words to name our organization! “Joy” and “Christian,” to designate “genuine JOY from Christ” was the name that God gave me!
Joy Christian Communications, Inc (our organization’s legal name) was born and named after this concept. Joy Christian Radio is a part of this special ministry that God Himself has raised up! When we started out (and still to this very day), I didn’t have money or ability to buy or build radio stations that are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars each! I didn’t have the collateral to borrow that much money. Joy Christian Radio is a perfect example of a ministry that God built from nothing into what it is today! And, there is nothing super human or extra-specially talented about me. I am just a man with a passion to tell others about the abiding JOY that comes from knowing Christ, and the determination to never quit until I’ve completed God’s mission for my life.
Joy Christian Radio was dedicated to Christ from her very inception, and continues to be so today. Every piece of equipment. Every radio station license. Every transmitter and tower. All of it belongs to God. And, this is not a shrine to me or anyone else. Every penny that comes into our hands in the name of Joy Christian Radio is used as wisely and efficiently as is humanly possible for the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ. We have set up our non-profit corporation so that there is no legal way any of my family can ever personally profit from this ministry. This is God’s, not “mine.” I am not the “owner” of any of these radio stations. God is. We gave it all to Him, and we will never take any portion of it back.
So, we can come before you, our family, friends, listeners and supporters and declare to you that this organization is a good one to invest in and ask you to prayerfully do so! As you invest in Joy Christian Radio, you are investing in souls and in the Harvest. You are investing in a ministry whose mission is to passionately spread the Gospel of Christ and to be a source of edification, education and information to the children of God. Yes, we proudly “sing to the choir,” and “preach to the preachers!” All of God’s children need to be strengthened by the ministry of God’s Word, and Joy Christian Radio is about the Father’s business of doing just that. Your prayers and financial support of this ministry is greatly appreciated, and we promise to never squander, waste or mis-spend God’s money.
May God richly bless you all as you prayerfully support this wonderful ministry that is touching hearts and lives wherever we go.
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Founder / President Joy Christian Radio