DJ Spotlights | Alyx Vissing

Alyx Vissing: Freshman

Broadcasting Major with an emphasis in Audio/Radio with a minor in Music Tech

Ironton, Ohio

On-Air Shift: Monday’s 8-10am

What is your favorite…

Food? My favorite food would either be buffalo wings or tacos

Color? Pink. Light pink, something pale, like a blush.

Bible Verse?  My favorite Bible verse would either be Galatians 2:20 or Isaiah 53:5.

I like Gal 2:20 just because of the full illustration it gives of how our Christian life ought to be lived. That I am crucified with Christ so with the “I die daily” aspect, but also, nevertheless I live, but now Christ in me. I think it’s a really great picture of how our daily life ought to operate.

Then Isaiah 53:5 I feel like is a really beautiful picture of what the Gospel really is. Jesus dying for all of these things and just the depth of the pain that He went through and then at the end of the verse, the last line is “by His stripes, I am healed.” For me, that was always a beautiful picture. As a teenager, I went through a battle with self-harm and so that took on a new meaning as I grew older. The fact that not by my stripes, it wasn’t anything I did to myself, but because of Him I am healed through both of those things.

Resound song? Currently, the one I have listened to the most as of late is by Crowder. Let me see… All My Hope by Crowder! I love the tune of it, but the lyrics are always why I fall in love with the song and I just love the entire concept that ALL my hope is in Jesus. Just. The depth of that.

What got you interested in Resound? I have always loved music and was very interested in radio as a whole. This was a way for me to not only learn, but also to gain actual experience that I will continue to apply through my career.

Are you involved in anything else on campus? I am currently running unopposed for Sophomore Class Women’s Ministry leader and I am a news anchor for Cedars.

What are your hobbies? I love to sing, I write music, and I do a lot of stuff! I like anything creative, really. I guess if you could count talking as a hobby….

What is a goal you have for your life? I would love to either have my own live radio show and be a radio broadcaster or to be able to produce my own music.

Is there anything you want to tell people that you don’t get the chance to on the air? I would say really, just that, Resound is this amazing opportunity. That even though we may hear it in passing as we go through the lower SSC or just have it on in the background, it is such a safe place to be able to connect through all the things that we love through music and through Christ with other people. That to me is such a beautiful, intimate thing though something we get to experience casually within  our everyday life. I know I, personally, don’t appreciate as much as I ought to all the time and I appreciate the opportunity to get to share that with others.

Chains Will Break

“But I do the very thing I hate…”

Sin is always so appealing. Whether it’s cheating on an exam to get that grade you want, stretching the truth to earn trust or approval, spreading gossip, it could be anything. The attraction lies in the benefit. A satisfaction seemingly so good that boundaries are crossed, mistakes are made, lies are told, tracks are covered, and consequences are ignored. A temptation that is so strong that we no longer care what is right or wrong and then we cave in.

I know I can relate to this. I try to break a habit and soon find myself returning to the very habit I was trying to break. I understand the error of my action, realize the mistake, and what do I do? The very sin I thought about and considered the error of. Why? Why do I return to my sin? Why do we do what is wrong even though we’re aware of the error? But the more concerning question is, even though I make the same mistake over and over, can I still find forgiveness?

About 2000 years ago, Paul wrote a letter to the Romans that holds undeniable truth that is relevant still today. A letter that sparked a revolutionary fire in many souls through the message it shares. A Gospel message of conviction, redemption, and freedom. In the middle of this letter, Paul shares with us something I believe we all can relate to. Romans 7:14-15 says, “For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. 15 For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.” Here, in this Scripture, Paul expresses his understanding of the very same issue I face.

We all struggle with sin. I mean, Paul, a well known apostle and example for the Christian faith confessed to this, which is proof that even the strongest heart faces times of weakness. The expectations of God lie within our Spiritual strength and persistence, but this world we live in and the bodies we’ve been given have been stolen by sin. The flesh in which we reside is a weak, disobedient, sin-tainted flesh. A flesh that is bound and destined to make mistakes.

So, now that we have an idea of why we continue life in sin, we need to consider the next question. Is there hope for us to hold on to?

I sure hope so, because if there isn’t, then I’ve got a lot to worry about! The beauty of the cross is the sacrifice made for my sins (and yours). The renewed grace, mercy, and love of God are given to us unconditionally. Well. There is one condition: That it is received. God knew that we would stumble and He knew that we would make mistakes. That’s the whole point of the death and resurrection of Christ. The fulfillment of a promise of hope and restoration. A works-based faith doesn’t work because our sinful nature makes it impossible for us to be “good enough,” and what a relief that is! Praise God that we don’t have to meet that requirement on our own, because I know my track record certainly speaks of my inability to. All we have to do is ask for and receive the forgiveness He has for us. The robes of Christ cover our sins. When we ask for forgiveness, we are no longer responsible for due judgement. The wrath of God was satisfied by the blood of Jesus, and, as Paul later mentions in Romans, “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” NOTHING can EVER separate us from the work of Christ so long as we are willing to accept the free gift offered to us.

That covers two questions. Now that we are beginning to understand why we continue to sin and have reflected on the forgiveness always available to us, there is one more question to answer. How do I respond to all of this?

Despite the forgiveness we receive, sometimes we still hold on to a feeling of guilt, or maybe even God-given conviction. The consequences of our sins still remain. Lies can hurt and actions have consequences. How can we begin to heal if we have to face the result of our sin? Despite what you may feel, keeping it secret is not the answer. I am convinced that silence is a tool of the Enemy to keep us from true Spiritual healing. Silence is a fear-driven response. To find peace and joy, there is only one answer, especially when considering those sins which are exceptionally binding. To confess. James 5:16 says to us, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” Though it might be the most terrifying option, there has never been a time that I regretted bringing my sin to light. Every instance brought forth a response of love and acceptance, but more importantly, people who are willing to walk with me and carry me when it gets hard and when I stumble. Even if there is healing for our mistakes, should we live like they don’t matter? Again, we can look at Paul, in Romans 6:1-2, where he responds to this very question with, “By no means!” Instead, we should follow the direction of 2 Timothy 2:22 which tell us to, “Flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.”

So, don’t let yourself be discouraged by the struggles you face. There is forgiveness. Don’t let your sins be kept in secret. In confession is healing and unmatched peace, joy, and freedom through the prayer and support of those who love you. Break the chains that bind you through the strength of the Lord. Lean on those around you, and know that as I type this, I am praying for this message to reach into the depths of your heart and soul that you may find the abundant love of Christ and grow in ways you never thought possible.

DJ Spotlights | Seth Tew


Seth Tew: Freshman  Communications Major    Dayton, Ohio

On Air shift: Tuesday’s 1-3pm

What is your favorite….

…Food? That’s tough…. I really like Takis! Like, the little rolled tortilla chips. I love those little things. Oh! I also love craft soda.

…Color? Magenta. I liked purple, but I not, like, regular purple. I like brighter purple.

…Bible Verse? Bascially the entire book of Ezra and Nehemiah. But if I had to pick a verse, John 1:4, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

…Song we play here at Resound?

Sticks and Stones by Kings Kaleidoscope.

Their new album is so Indy. It’s beautiful. They recorded half their album live in an airplane hangar with a full orchestra. That album, they broke down song structure and just reinvented it and threw in some hip-hop in to their alt-rock feel. What’s that soup that’s like a mix of everything…baba ganoush! That’s it! That song is a baba ganoush of awesomeness. The album is just this great, oh my goodness, every song I hear, I can’t quite comprehend it all and it makes me want to listen to it a million times over.

What got you interested in Resound? One of my favorite on air DJs Angela Schweinitz is from Cedarville and originally worked at Resound. I really like to be able to contribute musically so the music team was my first interest. I had been doing production all through high school and a friend said “Hey, you should be on the air!” so I said, “Okay” and here we are!

Are you involved in anything else on campus? That’s a funny question. I’m in AYO, I’m in TDK (honors program student org). I run a classic movie club with Delaney. It’s called Cinema Club and we just watch old movies. I’m on PSG, so I help do chapel sound stuff and I think that’s it!

What are some of your hobbies? I actively seek out new independent artists each week, so I try to find 2-3 new artists each week to listen to. I also produce and song write my own music. I love old and long books, too. Like, the classics. Oh, and I love soccer. I played soccer all through high school, but just don’t have the time for that right now…. If it’s a hobby, I love going to concerts.

What is a goal you have for your life? I would love to do media management for independent musicians. Help with recording, videography, social media presence, help with public image, photography, touring, booking, all of it. I want to work for myself while also offering support to bands. That would be a sweet spot for me.

Is there anything you want to tell people that you don’t get the chance to on the air? There’s always somebody doing something new and different in the music world and it takes a little time to find it. The Lord has allowed us to be so creative and when we think we are at the edge of creativity and there isn’t anything new to be discovered, we find something new to do and change and be different with. You just have to go find it and discover it.

One more thing, you should come to decide what good music is for you and use that to determine how you evaluate media. So many people listen to things and they don’t think about what they listen to. You don’t need to be super conservative and have a magic list and if something gets said you just stop listening. Come to an understanding to what it’s like to live in this world combined with who God has changed you to be. How does that work together? I’m not asking you to agree with my point of view of what music should be, but come to an understanding and let that guide your judgement.

When it Rains, it Pours…

Sometimes, things just don’t seem to go right.

This week has been one for the books. Between failed experiments in lab, questioning friendships, midterms, and a host of other things, life has been one heck of a storm. Honestly, it feels like nothing has gone right in a long time. My plans failed and my schedule was completely trashed aside from my classes. And all of this leaves me with one question…

What is going on?

When one unexpected thing comes after another, it can feel like there’s no use in trying to make more plans or make adjustments to fix the current situation. But. I think there might be some beauty in this realization. How often are we apt to take on more commitments than we can handle? To say yes to more than we realize? To load up our calendar with an impressive list of interests, activities, and one-on-one time with friends? The answer for me would have to be, “far too often.”

Now the question we have left with is, “What do I do now?”

The first and most cliché answer I can give you is to lay your worries at the feet of the Lord. In the Gospel of Matthew we find a very direct question to ask ourselves, “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” While there is scientific evidence that could suggest that letting the overwhelming events and concerns of life is not adding time to your life, I think there is something else to consider. At what point in time has worry added to the minutes of enjoyable life you have had the opportunity to experience? Here, I’ll give you a hint.

It hasn’t.

While it is important to not worry, there is a difference between worry and concern. As I advise you not to be filled with worry, I also want to say to you that having zero concern is just as dangerous. If you have exams, study for them. If your friends need you, talk to them. If you have something going on in your family, love them and offer support, but know that everything in this world is working together for good and not for evil. Remember, also, that if things go wrong, it isn’t the end of it all (and for those of you staring Spring Break in anxious anticipation, don’t let anything that may happen this week get in the way of enjoying your break).

God is holding all things together and working to magnify Himself. He is working for your good and His glory, and if He loves you so dearly that He would be willing to lay down the life of His only son, what, do you think, would ever be able to get in the way of that? I’ll give you another hint.

Nothing.

So go on this week knowing that God is behind every step you take, mistake or otherwise, to remind you of His sovereign and steady hands.

Victory for the Broken

Is Weakness an Obstacle or a Means of Victory?

It seems that the toughest realizations and the worst situations are what bring the greatest strength. There are times where I have felt incredibly distant. Far away. Unreachable. Interestingly enough I almost reveled in my sadness. In fact, I celebrated it, really. I embraced my anxieties. It turns out, though, that those deep set issues were not something to sulk in or encourage, but something I need to fight and release.

Once we conquer the demons that control us, we are set free from our inner bondage. When we can learn to let go of our biggest fears, conquer our insecurities, and overcome what we cannot let go of, we experience a freedom that is incomprehensibly refreshing. Of course, letting go of the dreams and desires that hold us back is no easy task. In fact, it takes an incredible amount of brokenness to show us what needs replaced. In order for me to understand what I have failed in doing, what was haunting me the most, and how to fix it, I had to face the shattered reality in which I live.

Christ doesn’t tell us that life is going to be easy. That the life we live will be a walk of constant joy and satisfaction. Christ does offer incredible comfort when we experience these lows, though. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says,

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Wow.

What an amazing statement. The all-sufficient grace of God is greater than our weaknesses. It’s crazy to think that nothing we do is sufficient enough to properly handle anything. We are weak in the flesh, but through Grace, we find power in Christ. When we are weak, what we accomplish through the faithfulness of God magnifies Him in our life. What a reason to celebrate!! Through our darkest moments, hopelessness may not be the only thing we find, but instead, something far more astounding…hope, peace, and freedom.

Before you give up hope, before you succumb to your greatest fears, before you let someone else dictate your life, and before you decide it’s no longer worth it, do some soul searching. Maybe what you are desiring is not what you truly want. It’s possible what you fear the most, in reality, is like the monster under your bed…unbearably terrifying, but easily overcome once you begin to see the truth. So before you decide you can no longer handle it, think, pray, cry, understand, and then remember that, in the power of Christ, you need not be strong to find victory. You can beat what hurts you the most. Afterward, what you will find is a new opportunity to live the life you were designed to live. Free from fear and hopeful in your future.