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Joy Williams: Rooted in Grace (December 29, 2002)

Judy Rachels: Christmas gifts (December 22, 2002)

Ralph Carmichael: New music for a timeless message (December 15, 2002)

Roger and Greg Flessing: Media, ministry and society's ungodly messages (December 8, 2002)

Rick Salvato: Meeting medical and spiritual needs around the world (November 24, 2002)

Asa Hutchinson: Drug Enforcement's top officer (November 17, 2002)

Bill Bright: 'Not I, but Christ' (November 10, 2002)

Ray Berryhill: Living by faith (October 20, 2002)

Owen C. Carr: Reading through the Bible 92 times (October 13, 2002)

Curtis Harlow: Combating campus drinking (September 29, 2002)

Wes Bartel: Making Sunday count (September 22, 2002)

M. Wayne Benson: The Holy Spirit knocks (September 15, 2002)

Dr. Richard Dobbins: Understanding Suffering (September 8, 2002)

K.R. Mele: Halloween evangelism (August 25, 2002)

Roland Blount: God makes a way for blind missionary (August 18, 2002)

Cal Thomas: Finding a mission field (August 11, 2002)

Lisa Ryan: For such a time as this (July 28, 2002)

Dallas Holm: Faith and prayer in life’s toughest times (July 21, 2002)

Paul Drost: Intentional church planting (July 14, 2002)

James M. Inhofe: Serving Christ in the Senate (June 30, 2002)

Karen Kingsbury: The Write stuff (June 23, 2002)

Michael W. Smith: Worship is how you live each day (June 16, 2002)

Wayne Stayskal: On the drawing board (June 9, 2002)

Fory VandenEinde: Anyone can minister (May 26, 2002)

Thomas E. Trask: Pentecost Sunday (May 19, 2002)

Stormie Omartian: Recovering from an abusive childhood (May 12, 2002)

Luis Carrera: Beyond the Shame (April 28, 2002)

Tom Greene: The church of today (April 21, 2002)

Philip Bongiorno: Wisdom for a younger generation (April 14, 2002)

Deborah M. Gill: Christian education and discipleship (March 24, 2002)

Norma Champion: Becoming involved in politics (February 24, 2002)

Steve Pike: A candid discussion about Mormonism (February 10, 2002)

Raymond Berry: More to life than football (January 27, 2002)

Sanctity of Human Life roundtable: Doctors speak out (January 20, 2002)

Chaplain Charles Marvin: Ministering in the military (January 13, 2002)

2001 Conversations


Rooted in Christ

(December 29, 2002)

Singer/songwriter Joy Williams recorded a debut album, graduated from high school with honors and traveled the country to sing with some of the best-known names in Christian music. With a Dove New Artist of the Year nomination and a second album climbing the charts, Williams is completely focused on doing whatever it takes to fulfill God’s calling on her life. Williams recently spoke with Amber Weigand-Buckley, managing editor for On Course magazine.

PE: What made you pursue a career in Christian music? 

WILLIAMS: I was 14 when someone heard me sing in church and offered me a record deal. I prayed with my family a lot about it and asked God to direct my spirit. I didn’t feel peace about it, so I just said no. I knew if God wanted me to sing professionally, He would allow it to happen in His timing. He brought it back around two and a half years later, and I was much more secure knowing that my life was more rooted in Him.

PE: How would you define yourself as an artist?

WILLIAMS: I’m just a regular girl who loves the Lord. Whether I’m recording an album, ministering on stage or sitting at Starbucks with a girlfriend, I know that I’m called first and foremost to be a child of God and make disciples.

PE: Your first album was put together when you were in school. How did things change with the second?

WILLIAMS: During my first album, I was focused on keeping all the commitments I had to others in my high school. I was flying back and forth on the weekends and every holiday to record the album, and didn’t have a lot of time for songwriting between homework and studying. When I graduated I had a lot more time to be proactive on this album. I wrote more songs, and I’ve been able to spend a lot more time praying and asking God what I’m supposed to be writing about.

PE: How is your music a direct outgrowth of your relationship with the Lord?

WILLIAMS: Working on my first album, I wanted the music to be indicative of my relationship with Christ and how I was growing. It seems like every day I’m learning something new. There are songs on my new album that continue to reflect what is in my heart. But I want people to be really directed toward Christ, not misdirected towards me.

PE: Is it hard being on the road?

WILLIAMS: At times, I feel like I have no sense of normalcy in my life. The constants that keep me grounded are digging into the Word every day and asking the Lord to help me to have His words in my heart. I root myself in the Bible, not in what I do, or wear, or how I perform. My life is about who I am in the body of Christ. The other thing that is really important to me is I’m held accountable to the pastors in my home church and their wives.

PE: What vision do you have for your generation?

WILLIAMS: God has anointed our generation. I see our world as being “rocked” by our generation. I just want to be a part of that. I want to encourage anybody who is feeling timid to believe that God has given each one of us a calling.

PE: What is your goal for 2003?

WILLIAMS: I want to see other people, this life, even myself, the way my Heavenly Father does. I want to truly have the eyesight of Christ.

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