I’m writing this letter the Tuesday following our fundraiser for purchasing the new WBVN transmitter. That whole day was a miracle in many ways. It would take this complete newsletter to identify the amazing stories we could tell about the kindnesses shared with us, the generosity shown to us and the meaningfulness of what happened that day. Truly, the relationship this ministry has with its listeners is always confirmed each time we get to share with one another on days such as that Friday, July 1st. WOW! is appropriate. In the middle of the conversations we were having on air that day, I was thinking about the future that that one day represented. You know if you do the math, you would probably come up with some figure that could represent the Life of Christ and how many times the Gospel message has been handed off to the next generation. If 40 years is a biblical generation, at least 50 peoples have handed off this Message between Christ and your children. Fifty generation’s hands have handed off the ‘touch’ of Christ to someone else to share it with the world. Fifty generations of people to have lived since the first one that actually experienced the miracles of Christ and witnessed his life ‘one-on-one’, and relayed that story to the next group of believers.
I get a kick out of hearing all the secular talk of the many ways we can preserve the earth’s resources. We can bring peace to all the world in our generation, how we are the hope of the world in this world’s future! I simply cannot find the ‘mustard’ to believe that, without the Love of God being shared at the same time. Yet, we can easily see that the self possessed creature (man) continues to assert more and more that what we are missing here is just more of a touch from man than a touch of God. It seems we have decided that, in our attempt to change the world for the better, to hand it off in our own ability, rather than having a confidence in the Spirit of God to change the world. As believers, it should not surprise us that the ‘system’ does not work for us. Government and ‘social networking’ were never meant to satisfy, never meant to be a solution or even a comfort zone for believers. Those things and their failures should, instead of frustrating us and discouraging us, drive us deeper and more closely into the heart of God, into the system of God not man. That will be the only real comfort zone we will find and we should not go there kicking and screaming but prayerfully and with praise.
Truth be told, the creature cannot say that it is right about anything. We will not be able to say that any of our inventions are better than the ones that have been offered by Wisdom itself: Father God. We’re left to say that we’re simply forgiven, that we need the mind of Christ to interpret the world around us and not the man-wisdom that is so currently prevalent (actually always has been prevalent). Do you think we are able to produce a perfect culture of people aside from God? The further we move away from God, does our world appear to be one that is getting better or worse? (This culture just cries pass the Prozac please!) I know that the enemies of God are happy to be ‘merry failures,’ but they are failures just the same.
What are we to do? Each generation gets one chance to hand the Gospel off to the next. Now, because of advances in communications, twitters, facebooks, emails, cell-phones and yes, radio stations that now can stream as WBVN does, literally around the world, we can hand off the Gospel in the most efficient and widespread ways ever possible. That same asset permits us to hand off a sterile, unproductive religion as well. This ministry is dedicated to a message of Grace and Mercy, a Grace obligated to the blood of Christ and His resurrection as its foundation. This world continues to try and climb out of that container of God’s Love and to journey its way on its own, leaving Him out of our equation for the future. The secular offers a self righteousness and it’s a way that seems right but that the end is calamity. The Scriptures talk of the danger of becoming self-sufficient: ‘for my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me, the foundation of living waters, and hewed themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water’ (Jeremiah 2:13). In reality, we are offered a choice between being our own source and one where Christ is the source. What will we hand down to our children, to the 51st generation to share? A simple moral and ethic? Or do we hand down a way of Life, ‘a newness of Life’ unlike any religion or belief system. Will we hand down a simple knowledge of a historical Jesus or a Jesus that can be experienced? The first sells books and tapes, but the second changes the heart and the lives of people.
His Grace is so powerful that we can, not because we are perfect but by the ‘permission of God’, be perfect because we stand in Him. Any righteousness, perfection and holiness are granted by His Grace not our actual deeds. What He did ‘50 people ago’ permits us to adopt those characteristics of God as our characteristics. They are gifts to us, not rewards for our actions. We qualify because of His blood, not our being justified on our own. A world separated and alienated from the Love of God is simply the opposite of what we need and what will work for us, but we are buying it hook, line and sinker! While we find it uncomfortable and terribly burdensome, we will need to recall the words of David in the twentieth Psalm: some trust in chariots, some in horses but we will remember the Name of the Lord! Ours is an inheritance of Faith not power! We will measure our days by our Trust and Hope and not in human strength and political successes! There can be Eden to live in through Christ, and maybe a little Heaven in the real world, but it is not Heaven that we live in just yet. There has never been a generation that experienced the totality of what God had hoped for us, intended for us…man gets in the way. In this life, Faith is an uphill thing, and as far as I can tell, there’ll be no coasting here. We will have to just make up our hearts to praise when it goes our way and praise when it goes against us. We trust in something unrelated to our best, trusting in His best.
Within the next few weeks, perhaps by the time you get this letter, we will install that new transmitter. It will reinstate the lost signal strength we experienced awhile back. It will run more efficiently, it will be the latest technology replacing 16 year old technology. And, while those are terrific reasons to be delighted, the other thing that it will do is step us into the future. As I stated during the fundraising, it is our goal to wear the new transmitter out and have to have another 20 years from now! If we do that, there will be children of our children to hear this message for the 51st generational time. The Word of God through CCM and His character and Spirit will be housed here. That transmitter is more about Him than it is about a radio station. It’s about His Love and not our love. It’s about His service and sacrifice and not about ours.
Hebrews 10: 19-24 says it for us, ‘having therefore, boldness to enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh. And having a high priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession or our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised. Let us consider one another to provoke unto Love and Good (inner) Works.’ That is the goal of this radio ministry! That new transmitter gives us that opportunity to continue, to go on and encourage one another to Love and Grace. At least fifty times the Gospel has been passed on to another generation. God is the same yesterday, today and forever; ours is to declare that to each succeeding generation…thank you for making that possible over FM 104.5.