New Music | Unfinished by Mandisa

“Unfinished” by Mandisa

By RaeAnn Jent

Mandisa started her music career on season 5 of American Idol. Some of her most popular songs are Stronger and Overcomer. The album Overcomer released in late 2013 and Mandisa admits that she disappeared from the music scene for a few years. In a YouTube video, Mandisa explains that Overcomer was inspired by a close friend who was battling cancer, who sadly passed away shortly after the album was released.

After her friend Keisha passed away, Mandisa began to question and doubt God’s goodness. She went into the deepest depression of her life and stayed there for many years.

As God helped Mandisa out of that dark pit, she was reminded of Philippians 1:6 (NLT) which says,

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Mandisa explains “that Scripture in Philippians 1:6 has become a lifeline for me when I start to get so worried and anxious about everything I’ve done wrong.”

Instead of living in shame and regret, we can trust that God is working in our lives.

Mandisa finishes the video with these awesome words,

“It’s not how many times you fall down; it’s how many times you get back up”

“You’re not a failure, you’re not a mistake, you’re just unfinished.”

I’m so excited that Mandisa has been working on new music. Her press release team announced Saturday that Mandisa’s new album Out of the Dark will be available on May 19th!

Unfinished is such a great reminder that God’s not done with us yet. We often make the same mistakes and live in regret time and time again. Yet, no matter how much we fail, He’s still working on us.

In Hebrews 13:5, God has promised to never leave or forsake us. He has amazing plans for your life and wants to walk alongside you and help you to fulfill the dreams He’s given you. God never abandons us to try to figure out life on our own. He gives us room to mess up, but offers us second chances time and time again.

When we call out to God, He’s there. In our best moments, He’s there. In our struggles, He’s there.

You may have doubts, insecurities, or shame, but don’t let it define you. In God’s eyes, you are a masterpiece- beautiful, valuable, and unfinished.

You can hear Mandisa’s new song “Unfinished” on Resound Radio.

DJ Spotlights | Ethan Ooms

Ethan Ooms: Freshman Communications Major from Alabaster, Alabama

On-Air Shift: weather DJ airs on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 7am-12pm every hour on the half.

Favorite food? I am a huge pasta guy—I love fettuccine, spaghetti, lasagna. My parents are both really good cooks, so I am spoiled with good food.

Favorite color? Navy blue

Favorite verse? I’m a big fan of Jeremiah 29:11, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” (NIV). This verse speaks so much truth about not giving up because God has a great plan for each of us.

Favorite Resound song? I like Switchfoot a lot, and TobyMac…they are two of my favorite artists that Resound plays. I really like “Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot. I remember listening to that in the car with my dad.

How did you get involved with Resound? My uncle worked at the radio station when he was here at Cedarville, and I started second semester so I already knew some people. This has been a really good fit for me, and I will probably continue it next year as well.

What else are you involved in at Cedarville? Starting fall semester, I am going to be an RA in McChesney upper middle—Shout out to upper middle! I work at the Hive as well as Chucks, so I am involved in the job life.

Hobbies? I love to draw and do art…that runs in my family. My uncle was the Cedars cartoonist when he came here. I also did comics for a while. I love guitar—I’m not the best but I guess you could say I dabble. I love hanging out with my friends too—man, we have a blast. I am thinking of nights when we all pile in my room at 11pm and put up a movie on the TV, and then wake up 3 movies later. We don’t sleep much, but we are all doing okay academically, so that’s good.

Life goal? Ultimately, I want to take over the world…Just kidding! My main goal in life is to be an example of what it is to be a Christian. We all have someone who looks up to us, whether we know it or not. So, we have to be thinking about how we can best model Christ to those around us. Career wise, I would like to work with film and do something where I work with a lot of people because I love to talk, obviously. One of my biggest goals is to have a family and be able to care for them.

Random fact? I was in the movie Woodlawn, and I met Sean Astin and Jon Voight, and that’s how I started to want to get involved with film. I was able to audition for the film, and then see all the behind-the-scenes stuff that went into just a short 5-minute clip of the movie. You can even see me in the trailer—I was one of the football players on the team! I can also do a pretty solid Kermit voice.

Advice for blog readers? “Stay Classy” -Anchorman. Keep listening to Resound Radio! If you want to check in on me and see how I’m doing, check the weather on Resound. Also, God has a plan for you guys. No matter what is going on in your life, don’t beat yourself up too much because uses the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Final thoughts? I have had a lot of fun working at Resound. It has been really fun getting to know everyone—those moving on and those staying here. I have made great memories here, and I wish the best of luck to those graduating and moving to great endeavors.

DJ Spotlights | Keegan D’Alfonso

Keegan D’Alfonso: Sophomore Journalism Major from Cape Porpoise, Maine.

On-Air DJ: Airs Thursdays from 11am-1pm

Favorite food? Chicken cutlet curry from Coco Ichiban.

Favorite color? Olive green

Favorite verse? Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Favorite Resound song? Can I choose more than one? I really like “Prodigal” by Sidewalk Prophets and that new one by TobyMac—“Love Broke Thru”.

What is the theme of your shift? I like to talk and joke about life as a college student. I really try to incorporate teaching in all the stories I tell. I try to be funny and serious at the same time. I’m not sure exactly how well I am able to accomplish that, but I try and have fun doing it.

How did you get involved with Resound? I had previously been a part of a radio show with one of my friends, and I really enjoyed it. I knew I wanted to get involved with radio again, so when I heard about Resound, I immediately applied to be a DJ.

What else are you involved in at Cedarville? I used to be a DL. But I am currently the off-campus news editor of Cedars and I will be taking over as editor-in-chief next year.

Hobbies? I don’t know if I have time for hobbies anymore! I enjoy photography, and I have a Canon 60D. I like to play video games too when I have the time. I really enjoy playing strategy-type games.

Life goal? Right now I am pursuing journalism, and I’m not sure where that will lead me. Something that I have felt God leading me is to get involved with aid or mission agencies. Churches like to hear from the missionaries they are supporting, but the missionaries don’t always have time to sit down and write up a newsletter about what they have been doing. If I could do full-time work helping missionaries report on their work, and allow them to spend more time ministering to those around them, that would be awesome. But it will ultimately be wherever God leads me.

Random fact? I was in the Marines for 5 years after graduating high school. I got out as a sergeant. I had one combat deployment and various other deployments like training in other countries. I spent 1 year, 1 month, and 11 days total at sea, and I hate the ocean. I intended to join the Air Force, but then bumped into the Marine recruiter, and kinda got wound up in the Marines. I did enjoy the traveling, and got to go to 11 different countries during my time in the Marines.

Advice for blog readers? The best advice I can think to give college students is to take self-ownership. College is different than high school, and you really have to learn how to think for yourself. You are going to encounter things in your faith and in your life that will create questions you have never had before, and you have to take those things and investigate them to take ownership of everything you believe, and make it your own. Also, you need to learn that every open door is not necessarily an open door from God. You have to be praying and thinking of everything in your life, and look to God to determine what things He wants you to pour into with all of your abilities.

Story Behind Your Music | Tears by Matt Hammitt


As a solo artist, Matt Hammitt is fairly new to the industry, but he’s been in CCM for about

twenty years. He was the co-founder and former frontman of Sanctus Real- the band famous for

songs like “Lead Me”, “Promises”, and “The Redeemer”.

I enjoyed Sanctus Real’s music for a while before learning Matt Hammitt’s name. I remember in

2011 when his first solo single “All of Me” came on the radio. Later I learned that it was inspired

by his son Bowen, who was born with only half a heart. Doctors were unsure if and how long

little Bowen would survive, but thank God that Bowen is now 6 years old and doing pretty well.

Updates about Bowen’s condition can be found at the Bowen’s Heart Facebook Group.

Matt and his wife Sarah have four kids. In late 2015, Matt announced that he was stepping away

from Sanctus Real to focus on his family. Since then, he has been hosting Lead Me Live events

across the country to encourage men to be spiritual leaders of their homes.

In 2016, he signed a publishing deal will Full Circle Music. You can hear his latest single

“Tears” on Resound Radio.

Matt Hammitt and his family have faced so much uncertainty and countless tears throughout

Bowen’s journey. Their faith in God has remained strong, but they still have tears.

We all have days when life gets hard. It’s so easy to just put the suffering, pain, and rejection

we’ve faced and bury it deep within. I tend to think that by pretending to be all right, somehow

the hurt will just disappear. However, the pain never goes away if it’s kept inside. As Matt

Hammitt reminds us in the chorus of “Tears”:

Just let ’em fall, like healing rain

Watch the walls, start crumbling

Let your heart beat, and feel the weight

You’ve carried disappear

We can have tears and experience relief from our pain because we know that Jesus is holding us.

In Matthew 11:28 (NLT), “ … Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy

burdens, and I will give you rest.’”

The act of crying forces us to come to terms with our circumstances. We shouldn’t allow trials to

define or overtake us, but they should refine our faith and strengthen our trust in God.

I really like how Matt Hammitt describes tears as healing rain. Rain is often seen as unwanted or

inconvenient, but at the same time, it allows crops to flourish and helps to prevent famines and

fires. Tears are so similar. We don’t really want to cry or experience pain, but at the same time,

it’s so good to let everything bottled inside come out.

It’s okay to cry. Don’t be afraid of what others think. If you need to let something out into the

open, you’ll feel so much better afterward. Tears don’t make you weak or over-emotional, but

rather allow you to feel relief.

When Jesus came to earth, He was 100% God and 100% man. He felt every single emotion we

experience. The shortest verse in the Bible says so much: John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” His good

friend Lazarus had just died. Jesus knew that He had the power to raise Lazarus, but He still felt

the pain of losing a loved one.

Check out the lyric video for Tears below!

DJ Spotlights | Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee: Junior Marketing Major from Bloomington, Indiana.

On-Air Show Host on JumpStart: Airs Monday-Thursday mornings from 8-10am

Favorite food? Lobster from anywhere near the ocean. I like it fresh!

Favorite color? Sunset orange

Favorite verse? My favorite verse has changed a few times over the years, but right now it is Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Favorite Resound song? This has changed a lot too…let me think. I’d have to say “Touch the Sky” by Hillsong United. I really like the emotion in it and it seems very honest and pure.

What is your on-air shift called? JumpStart with Ryan and Wren. Wren June is my cohost, and we talk about uplifting things to get peoples’ mornings going. We talk about encouraging spiritual things, and we also talk about fun stuff going on in the community and around campus. The promo says “coffee for your ears” because our show is supposed to be uplifting and energizing for the morning.

How did you get involved with Resound? I just randomly decided to go to one of the meetings in the fall of my sophomore year. I auditioned for on-air, I got it, and I just kept going with Resound!

What else are you involved in at Cedarville? Last semester, I was the IBC’s marketing director and I do intramurals—pretty much everything, all sorts of sports.

Hobbies? I like to hike and play guitar. I like exploring random places out in the middle of nowhere. I also like to climb on top of buildings—it’s a thing people do. I like riding my long board and speed boating. When I’m home in the summer, I like swimming in abandoned quarries.

Life goal? That’s a tough one. Through business, I want to serve people in a way that makes an impact on their lives forever.

Random fact? I’m related to Colonel Sanders, The KFC guy. He’s my great grandma’s cousin.

Advice for blog readers? Be honest about everything, and don’t stress out about things.

Final thoughts? Listen to JumpStart Monday-Thursday mornings from 8-10!