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March Newsletter-The Refuge

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January 8th, 1990, WBVN was birthed. Long time ago, lots of songs, lyrics, scripture, teachings, and so we’ve been told, much encouragement and inspiration. Now, we step into a new year. Enough has been said about 2020 that I won’t go into the last year but choose to share a Hope about the new one. I capitalize Hope because I’m referring to something bigger and grander than a simple hope or wish. The Hope of 2021 I’m referring to is the Hope that lives within you. Doesn’t always feel that way does it? Occasionally, I hear people say it’s hard to have any hope anymore with all the stuff that’s going on in the world. That comment always brings a bit of response in my heart that, in the reality of Jesus Christ, the Father and the Spirit, Hope’s not hard to find but it takes effort for sure. Our faith says Jesus came specifically to reveal a new Life, to reveal God as no one else had ever revealed Him before. Jesus (the Word) the creator of the universe came to bring a new creation. He came to restore the damage to His original ‘work’ of creation and undo the disarray of the world B.C. He did not come to try and do that, He came to accomplish that whether anyone believed that or not. The Garden of Eden had released a corrosive corruption. Men’s hearts were pulled away from God, seduced by a suggestion that God’s holding out on you. Humanity said: let’s do our own thing physically, soulishly, and spiritually. A whisper entered the Garden saying man can do more for man than God was willing to do. (Interestingly, that same idea is prevalent still today.) Men could be their own remedy, approve their own thoughts and polish and shine the cultures of the earth to perfection. Man could by the very nature of his brain and self-righteous heart establish man and society to their own image, their ideas being superior to God’s ideas. They would come to a place, prophetically according to God, that their ways would be good and His ways would be bad!

In the Book of Revelation the 7 churches enumerated could be summarized like this: we got this, we can, we will. Emphasizing we instead of He. The first sin was not apple eating, it was thinking they could be gods…they could accomplish Zoe-Life by themselves and, who knows, perhaps God would watch, be impressed and would applaud.

Today, as much as anytime ever before, we stand in front of three doors similar to the Price is Right folks: door number one, there is no savior, number two, we are the savior, door number three, He is our Savior. I mentioned in the last newsletter, man doing the best for man, we can provide the answers for body, soul and spirit; that’s the spirit of 666. I have a one word reference for the environment we live in today: revealing. All things are being revealed. People’s inner hearts are coming forward without fear of any consequences. Prophetically, today, perhaps more than ever before, ‘we will know them by their fruit.’

In 1990, WBVN came specifically to encourage. In times like these, perhaps that’s even more important than when we started. Don’t misunderstand my comments, we see the same conflicts in our world as you see. Does our heart break to think of this world so robust to separate itself from the Love of God? Yes it does. Has that been announced and declared by God in man’s future? I’m afraid so. We live in a world that has educated the most people ever, has more communication than ever before. Man’s knowledge is skyrocketing and still with all that, we find ourselves not having progressed but having fallen back into Old Testament patterns. In my opinion, the most elite society is also the most lost humanity since the Garden. For sure, as believers we need to be active in our environment, try to make a difference. BVN is built on that principle. Also, we need to be careful and not be moved to be discouraged or fearful. Our environment, what we see and hear, should not challenge our Faith. There are literally an infinite number of things to do about the Gospel, Christianity as a whole has thousands of activities that appropriately need our help and support. This ministry sees and hears everything that’s going on around us, the same as you do. That said, we also don’t see the world through rosy-colored glasses just to look positive or ignore the facts. We get it, it’s a tough world. And, without Love, Christ Himself identified the world as fearful for sure. As a radio ministry we can point out all that’s wrong, and there’s plenty. But, in what we believe to be in line with our first mission-vision in 1990, we came to encourage you to believe. We applaud all kinds of Church activities and The Church needs a multitude of actions to fight against all the various ways anti-Christ splashes out into our daily lives and cultures. Callings are anointed and callings are specific and need to be followed for sure. When we first began WBVN we didn’t write down every idea we had about ministry. We simply chose to proceed into ministry expecting things to happen along the way creating an obvious path to follow as we advanced in what has now been over thirty years.. Following the Spirit doesn’t require a goal or script; it needs a willingness to travel in unique ways and unimagined tomorrows. Abraham had no clue about anything except “Go”.

What to do at this moment? We choose to believe, believe to the point of knowing not hoping, He will never leave us, never separate Himself from us. The world can and always has been against Christ’s coming, His appearing and His coming back. Christ Jesus calmly told us as they hated Him, they would hate you. The Spirit of anti-Christ is talented in giving people good causes and hiding his anti-Christ motives underneath them. I’ve always maintained that I think Christ’s return will look exactly like His first appearing, His death and His resurrection. The spirit of anti-Christ will be cheering in the streets, ‘we crucified Him, we’ve won, and God is dead.’ It will look like it’s over just like it did on that hill 2000 years ago. Rome ruled over the faithful then, and in some way, Rome again is trying to rule again today. Imagine how the believers must have felt the day of and after the cross.

The anchor to this newsletter is this:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government (true authority in the earth) shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal (passion) of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isa. 9:6-7)

We need to believe that no matter our environment. 2Cor. 5:7 refers to living by Faith, not by sight. The Greek word used there for sight is only used once in the whole New Testament so it’s very specific and with emphasis on the actual external, physical seeing, not seeing with our imaginations. Mathew 4:4 instructs us to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, therefore: for unto us a child is born…to order it and establish it…the passion of the Lord will perform it.

The world thinks it’s going to get rid of Jesus and get good, get better. That’s a deception, an old deception as old as the Garden. The Word of God doesn’t express that, rather it describes a world of chaos where He must return to save it from itself. That’s door number three again, Jesus Christ is that powerful. He’s that powerful even when the world we see and hear looks the opposite of that Scripture. We know He will perform it! He will see to it. That’s the good news, that’s what we see, what we hear, and that’s better that what the world is saying and doing. In John 6:28-29 they ask Jesus what works should they do to perform the works of God? Jesus replied, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He hath sent.’ Believe, trust, follow; welcome to that world. As Stephen Curtis Chapman sang,

Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
this is a Life like no other, whoa, whoa this is the great adventure.

February Newsletter: 666

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“A sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured it up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth… because they had no root they withered away. Some fell among thorns; the thorns sprung up and choked them. Others fell into good ground and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty…” (Matthew 13)

For 30 years, and in at least 3 newsletters over that time, I’ve referred to WBVN-FM as a tiller. Tilling my garden is where I first thought about using that term for the ministry heard over FM 104.5. Tillers are used to work the earth. They are super efficient at what they do, making a big difference compared to not having one. Tillers change the unproductive nature of the dirt into something useable, preparing it for a big change to happen. Tillers take plain old dirt and make it into soil. Christian radio can help create, in much the same pattern, a place as well for Christian growth and worship.

Christian music and programming heard over FM 104.5 prepares our hearts for spiritual growth very similar to how my tiller prepares the soil for seed. We began this ministry on January 8th, 1990. In our broadcast we prepare a place for ministry to take place. We mix the soil in our listener’s souls, mixing in, as we say, music with a message and relevant programming for our daily lives. We’re not everything the Church needs but we are a part of what encourages the Church to mature and bear fruit. WBVN is, and was from the very first day, one simple thing: a ministry of encouragement. 104.5 purposed to create an environment to help believers grow. In my garden at home the soil needs to be loosened for the plants to grow. In believers’ lives people need to be enriched with hope and love to bear fruit. We’re an oasis here much like in my garden space, a place to expect yields much different than other places in my yard.

For us success cannot be measured in financial terms, but in the terms associated with the life of Noah, who did the work of God “according to all that God commanded him, so he did.” God establishes Visions in His Church/people and each is directed towards accomplishing that particular vision. At the station, if we do not make our original Vision our number one priority, then the thoughts and intents of our hearts are not God-ward but self-serving. When ministries add their efforts together we get a “fullness” of ministry from local churches, missions, Christian service ministries and yes, even broadcast ministries.

It’s a new year, a new opportunity to face whatever situation the Church finds itself in 2021. We are purposed to help all of us to be prepared for faith not fear, encouragement not sadness. In spite of what’s going on around us, because Christ is in you, Hope lives in your soul, the Word is planted in your heart, we can be strong. It appears that in our futures, by necessity, we will be learning a lot about the Kingdom of God and its superiority over the kingdoms of this world. The world seems very eager to smash any belief in God. They aren’t satisfied with simply their being able to turn way from God. Apparently, they want to discourage and disparage Christian faithful before they themselves completely bail away from God. The secular world isn’t satisfied with its freedom to say ‘no’ to God, but seemingly wants to make sure you’re not free to say ‘yes’ to Him. The Godless world promises health (climate control), wealth (free stuff, while taking our stuff) and peace (while delivering record setting blood pressure-depressants and storing strange chemistry and bombs). In reality, it delivers none of those promised things in any country that they rule.

I know there are different interpretations about the mark of the beast/666. I’m sure that there’s more than one way to observe that coming occurrence. One of my favorites because it’s associated with the spiritual hearts not the flesh, one that I think can expose the realities of the world’s future: 666 is the total essence of godless mankind and opposed to the completeness of God. Man was created on the 6th day and, just as the 7th day is referred to as the Lord’s Day, 6 is man’s day. The Bible representing a globalist world with 666 is a picture of man doing the best man can do for man in body, soul and spirit. It’s a false Trinity. It’s a trinity completely created by man. It’s man swiping the promises of God but being totally independent from God. It’s man solving all his problems, by himself, for himself, in his way. Man saying I have, or I am, the answer to all humanity’s problems. 666 is man’s offer of providing you false pleasure, a false comfort, and a false internal peace. Man offering an unholy trinity, pushing scriptural Holy out of the way. 666 is man doing everything for man with his abilities; no God needed. I agree we may see other expressions of 666. Perhaps we will see a person become the image 666, or perhaps something physically obvious will be applied to our body; regardless, it’s a fingerprint of the Anti-Christ. Perhaps we will literally see 666 manifested in the flesh; however, God will, even more, see the independence and the desire to be separated from Him. God will see the 666 in people’s hearts. You can decide if that’s where we are.

In 2021, we will till. Having a Christian expression through radio at this moment is a unique tool for God to use to encourage believers. You know the cultural pressure that’s being put on Christian Faith. (Just look at the list of essentials that are government approved to be open and look at what has been closed.) WBVN is an environment, a place of Faith, Hope and Love. Our ministry purpose is to accomplish one thing: to be a “help ministry”. Ministry through WBVN is the beginning of something rather than the end of something. In a garden, “tilling” is the first thing that leads to many other things. We believe that “out of good soil others shall grow.” (See Job 8:11-19) We’re a ministry that “sets the table” for the Christian community so that the five-fold ministry can come and sow, tend, and harvest. We help create an environment with the potential for the miracle we call the Christian Life. We spend 24 hours a day tilling the soil we’ve been given by God to tend; preparing for growth in the Christian experience. It appears we’ll need that more in the future than even in the times past! The Bible says of His return, “will He find us Faithful”… we are a ministry that tries to see that that will be true.

January Newsletter: Anyway

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ANYWAY

There is an old saying that goes like this, “Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.” Doesn’t that sound like most of us? How many New Year’s resolutions do we really keep? How much do we really change from year to year? Below is an item I used 20 years ago in a newsletter that made sense to me back then and I still try to follow it in my Christian life experience.

“Anyway” has been quoted and published by politicians, business leaders, military commanders, teachers, religious leaders, and coaches. It’s been used by the Special Olympics, quoted at the United Nations, and shared friend to friend for many years. I first read about it while reading an article on Mother Teresa’s children’s home in Calcutta, India, where it is hanging on the office wall.

If we would just make up our minds to follow our hearts and to live the Truths of God found in the Word of God, we would end up doing the things described in this “poem.” We just need to make up our minds to do the things that God says works for us. And even though so much is against us, we can have a confidence described in this “parable”. “Do it anyway!” should be our motto as Believers.

“Do the Gospel anyway.” It doesn’t matter how illogical or how unpopular with the people around us, just do it anyway. God said His ways would be seen as foolish to men, so quit being so ashamed of that! For me, the Gospel creates a quiet confidence, even when it doesn’t look or feel like things are working for us at all. Remember the story of Samuel and Saul? Samuel was trying everything to solve his “king problem,” and had done everything but trust God. But, even without Samuel’s understanding of it, his answer was already sitting in the field; a shepherd boy was God’s provision even though Samuel was unaware! Where our provision might be hidden may not be obvious, but provision is present to sustain us just the same. Even in a world that seems focused on throwing out God, God even still quietly continues to bless, encourage, and establish His children.

Psalm 4:6-7 says, “Happy is that people whose God is Jehovah.” God is our source of abiding gladness and joy, actually the only true source of those things. It’s not the things we can put in the bank or our garages or our homes, or wear on our backs that fulfill that. It’s what we can put in our hearts that matters. Secularism depends on circumstances to be happy. God’s Joy is available in any circumstance simply because God is present in all circumstances!

I’m thrilled to have some old habits to start again this year. Some of those make it feel like home here. Yes, I might even resolve a few old patterns away for 2021. But the idea shared in this poem is one I don’t want to resolve away. It’s one I try and encourage myself with, and one I’d share with as many as possible. In some ways, it’s a paraphrase of the Scripture: Do not grow weary of doing good. (Gal. 6:9, 2Thes. 3:13) Another way of saying that and being literal to the scriptural meaning is to live vigorously. In God’s language: doing God’s beautiful. Something I believe is true: to follow the world will make living on the outside easier, but living on the inside harder. Living the God kind of life, living the beautiful, will make the outside harder but the inside will be much more peaceful and calm. The world suggests buying stuff will make us happy; the real Peace of God is not available in stores.

I know the winds are raging, the lightning is flashing, the rain’s falling and the noise is frightening, but we can trust the “calmer of the storm.” Calm down! There is Rest in God and that Rest is not obtainable by our labor or pain. Many times that’s not how God gives gifts. Solomon (1Kings 3:3-15) and Adam were given a bride and Abraham a forever covenant while each was asleep, unable to do for themselves. Significantly, Jesus’ confidence was so stable in his Father and Spirit that Jesus slept in the storm– can we?

The times we live in are stressing, but He is calming. At the time of Jesus’ rejection it was a time of confusion, doubt and fear. John had questioned who Jesus really was, people had rejected him saying Jesus was a drunkard and a glutton, and to the observing eye, his works were fruitless to the point of death. It was a time of seemingly great failure and trouble, yet Jesus found Rest in knowing the Father’s will. While the disciples were “weary and heavy laden” with burdens, while everything seemed to be going wrong, Jesus offered a solution. He invited them to “come unto me and I will give you Rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find Rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-9) The rest we seek in/from the world is only to be found in Christ.

Love anyway, do good anyway, succeed anyway, be honest anyway, think big anyway, fight for the underdog anyway, build anyway, help people anyway, give the best you have anyway. Do it without looking around, without being moved by what we hear and see. The world has taught us to live by what we see and what we feel, but sight and feelings are not good judges of what’s possible with God, or even what God has going on in the earth. Do these things because God said they would work for believers “anyway!”

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