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Andy Baker Mark Brazle
Karen Harlow Doug Poling
Gayle Crowe Dick Brackett
Rubel Shelly Rob Scobey

Mike Osborne

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Mark Brazle

I quit! What’s your purpose?

This is why we never give up!

(2 Cor. 4:16)

The two travelers had never met before this flight. Yet it seemed they were to discuss more than just sports or the weather. After the initial pleasantries were out of the way, when Bill discovered George worked at training leaders for a Christian organization, the conversation went deep.

"Why do you get up in the morning Bill? What’s life about for you?"

Bill answered:

"Life is about doing what makes you happy and achieving whatever you can and getting what is due you. When you die, it’s over, so you’ve got to make the best of this life while you can and enjoy whatever opportunities come your way."

Would that sum it up for you?

Did you ever feel like giving up? What keeps you going? As summer hangs heavy in the air, my wife finds her High School students light on motivation! "I’m done!" said one student tossing his unfinished paper across the table. What he meant was, he quit! He didn’t care any more! He has not reached his goal. He likely won’t. That is, unless he realizes the purpose of school, unless he discovers the goal and focuses in on it, unless he changes!

What are you living for? Why are you here? In 2 Corinthians the Christian teacher, Paul tells us why he and other Christ-followers of the first century didn’t give up. "It is God who has made us for this very purpose!"(5:5) What purpose? Back up a few lines: This earth suit, this tent is temporary! What you see now doesn’t hold a candle to what is coming! That which is mortal, the body called "a tent" is to be "swallowed up by life!"(5:4) Did you catch that! God tells us, when you die, it’s NOT over! What you see, the here and now, is not the real life! This life is a gift from God to be celebrated, but it is only the preamble of life to come! So, don’t you dare quit! Look forward! Search for God! He’s not that far away! Find Him! Read the Bible. You discover He’s waiting for you, looking for you, drawing you to Himself! Stretch your neck! The best is yet to come! There is hope! And as long as there is hope you can live through anything!


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Dick Brackett

BETHANY

It never fails! Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, someone comes along to spoil all of your theories.

I had just about concluded that all young people under 25 were rotten and decadent, and wanted nothing to do with the Bible. Not really ALL, but I did feel that a large portion of them were not even thinking about the Bible or Jesus or salvation.

Then one day last week, I went to a Chili’s restaurant near our studios, and my waitress was a pretty young girl, who had a big bright smile. She introduced herself as "Bethany." I commented she had a pretty name and that there is a city in Israel by that name. She brightened up and smiled even bigger, and said, "Yes! It’s in the Bible. That’s where Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha lived. They were friends of Jesus."

I was pleasantly surprised, and asked her if she read the Bible very much. She answered very confidently, and unashamedly, "Yes. I read it every day. It is my rock and strength. That is where I get what I need to live every day. It is my lifeline." Several people sitting nearby smiled and nodded their heads. Bethany had spoken out so clearly and with such conviction that they couldn’t help hearing her.

I probably took up too much of her time, but she never let on that I was. I invited her to tak osme more, and she sat at my table, while I learned more about her and where she got such faith. She talked in a voice that told me that she was no shallow, "Nominal Christian," but a girl who had found her purpose in life and was not ashamed to share her conviction with those around her.

Then, she pointed to a table behind me and said, "That’s my boyfriend over there. He’s sitting with my Dad and my family." I turned around and looked at them, and they were all nodding and smiling at us. I waited until Bethany was elsewhere, then I walked over and introduced myself to her family. I tapped the young man on the shoulder, and asked him if he realized how lucky he was in having a girlfriend like Bethany. "Oh, Yes, Sir!" he said enthusiastically. "I know how lucky I am!" I told him, "You are even luckier than you realize, because she told me she considers herself to be the lucky one to have you."

"His smile and the tears in his eyes told me that he did indeed realize how lucky he is."

Listener Friend, I felt lucky to have had this little encounter with two such nice young people, especially after thinking that they were so rare. I’m convinced that there are millions of wonderful, serious young people in the world, who are trying their best to please God and live the truly GOOD LIFE that comes from Jesus. The problem is that they do not make news, so we never hear about them. And that’s not really a bad problem, because generally, the news is about bad things. I wish we could hear more about the good things that young people do.

The Apostle Paul wrote some letters to a young disciple named Timothy a long time ago, and they can be found in the New Testament of the Bible. In the first letter to Timothy, Paul wrote, in the fourth chapter, verse 12, "Let no man despise thy youth, but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversaation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity."

Radio Friend, I believe Paul was telling Timothy, and by extension all of us, that we should not give anyone a reason to despise us because we are young, but to order our lives so that people around us can see all of the good characteristics that exemplify a life in Jesus. We should be the kind of people who are not ashamed to say that we live according to the teachings of the Bible, no matter what our age is.

I’m glad I met Bethany, and I am pleased to see young people like her prove me wrong about how many of them are trying to live the truly Good Life in Jesus.


THIRTY FOOT FORKS

I heard a neat little story the other day that illustrates a very good point about life. It starts with the death of a good man, who had lived a good life and was considered kind of special by the angel attending the Gates of Heaven.

The angel told him, "You have been a very good man, and as a reward for your good life, we are going to give you a choice of where you spend eternity. You can choose Heaven or Hell." Well, the man was a little confused, and told the angel, "Wait a minute. I don’t know enough about either place to make a sensible choice. I can’t choose on the basis of limited knowledge."

The angel said, "Okay. That makes sense. Tell you what. Why don’t we go take a look at both places, and give you a little preview of what they are like, and then you can choose."

The man agreed and off they went. Their first stop was Hell, where the man got a big surprise. There before him was a huge table, about 30 feet across. The table was covered with all kinds of great looking foods! Hot foods were steaming and cold food was just waiting to be eaten. Nothing was left out…meats, vegetables, fruits and miles of desserts. There were hundreds of people around the table trying to eat, with little success. They all had forks, but the forks were 30 feet long! No one was able to pick up a forkful of food and bring it to his mouth. They were banging each other on the head with the handles, stabbing themselves in the mouth with the tines of the forks, trying to get them up to their mouths. Food was spilled everywhere! It was a chaotic mess!

The man shook his head and asked if they could quickly get out of there and go see the other place. Upon arrival in Heaven, he saw the same scene! A huge 30 foot table covered with all kinds of great foods! Thirty foot forks, with hundreds of people trying to eat with them. But there was one significant difference. Instead of chaos, while selfish people tried unsuccessfully to feed themselves, these people had paired off and were feeding each other across the table, and everyone was enjoying a satisfying meal.

Listener Friend, I believe this story illustrates perfectly the way we should live on this earth, if we expect to enjoy an eternal life in Heaven. We can fight selfishly for every bite we can get, and most of the time fail miserably. Or we can look out for ways to be of benefit to someone else, and enjoy the bounty of the Lord in ways we can’t even imagine.

In the New Testament, in the book of Matthew, chapter seven, verse trwelve, Jesus tels his listeners, "However you want people to treat you, so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets." This has been called the "Golden Rule," because it is the foundation to good relationships, both human and heavenly. If I expect to have a good neighbor, one who is kind to me, I must first try to BE a good neighbor. If I expect God to be merciful to me, I must first show mercy to others.

I think it is interesting that six of the Ten Commandments have to do with how people should act toward one another, while four have to do with how we act toward God. It seems that God might be telling us that He appreciates our acts of kindness toward each other more than He demands acts of worship toward Him. Not to minimize our acts of worship, but to emphasize the need for human kindness toward each other.

If I have the opportunity, I will try to help you, and I would like to think that you would help me also. There might be a time when that will be the only way either one of us can get anythiing to eat.


I KNOW WHO SHE IS

Every once in awhile, you hear a line spoken that just grabs your attention, and makes you say, "YEAH!" I heard one twice in the same day last week, the same line, taken from two stories, but related to the same subject. One was told about a man whose wife had developed Alzheimer’s disease, and who had to take care of her every day. He had to do everything for her. Feed her, bathe her, dress her, brush her teeth, everything. And he did it every day, without a sign of hesitation, even gladly. He seemed to have a sense of joy in being able to care for his wife of many years.

Unfortunately, she did not have a clue about who he was! She never recognized him, never acknowledged the kindnesses he extended to her, never said "Thank you" to him or indicated in any way that she was aware of what he was doing for her. This went on for years, and the couple’s daughters were getting a little impatient with their mother, because of her seeming impoliteness. One day, after a visit with his daughters, the man told them that he had to leave early, because he wanted to go feed his wife, which he did every meal. Exasperated, one of the daughters asked, "Daddy, why do you keep doing that? She doesn’t even know who you are!"

Sadly, he looked at his daughter and said, "No, she doesn’t. But I know who she is!"

This same line is used in the movie "The Notebook," with James Garner in a similar situation, with a wife who has Alzhemier’s.

What a great line, and what a great thought! When a couple gets married and repeat a long list of vows, one of the things they promise each other is to take care of each other, "in sickness and health, for richer and poorer, in good times and bad times." Those who really understand those vows and accept the weight of the promises, will remain true to the spirit of their marriage. They will be the ones who can say, "She may not know who I am, but I know who she is."

Listener Friend, when Jesus was called upon to give up His life on the cross, He never knew who I was. He had never met me, and couldn’t possibly know who I am. But, He died anyway, in order for me to know the blessings of eternal life through Him and His blood. Now, when I am called upon to give my life back to Him, in the way I act toward others, I can say that I do so because I know who He is! I can’t see Jesus physically, and I can’t hear His voice speaking to me. But I can read about Him in the Bible and I can know how He wants me to live.

In the New Testament, Jesus tells the story, in Matthew chapter 25, starting in verse 34, about how He will come into His glory with God, and will reward those who were kind to Him. He lists a group of acts that He says were done for him… He was hungry and they fed Him, He was thirsty and they gave Him water, …He was a stranger and they took Him in, He was naked and they clothed Him, He was sick and they visited Him, He was in prison and they came to Him.

Those listening to Him asked Him, "Lord, when did we do all of these things for you?" Jesus answered, "Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

In other words, the only way I can show kindness to Jesus Himself, is to be kind to those around me. Whatever I do for them, I do for Jesus.

So, it doesn’t really matter whether I get thanks or recognition or even acknoledgement for my acts of kindness, as long as I know that these acts are pleasing to God and His Son, Jesus.

He may not know who I am, but I certainly know who He is!


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Doug Poling

"I'm Sorry"

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about a doctor who made a big mistake during what was supposed to be a minor operation on a woman’s ankle. He injected a painkilling medication into the wrong part of the patient’s body. That caused the woman’s heart to stop beating. Doctors had to cut into her chest and crack open her rib cage to re-start her heart. The woman’s husband was very angry and said he wanted to kill the doctor. It seemed almost certain that a big lawsuit for medical malpractice would follow. Acting against legal advise, the doctor wrote the patient a letter saying he was deeply saddened by her suffering. Later, the doctor met the woman for coffee and said he was apologizing for this terrible accident. She was moved by the doctor’s actions and dropped her plans to bring a lawsuit against him. It makes one wonder – how many lawsuits, how much contention, bickering, threatening, intimidating, anger and the seeking of revenge could be avoided if more people could just learn to say, "I’m sorry. I made a mistake" Most people respond well to a sincere apology, which often dissolves anger and the thirst for revenge. Even if the offended party does not react well, the person who apologizes gets a clear conscience and the knowledge that he has done the right thing. The Bible teaches us to own up to our mistakes and says that has great therapeutic power. In the book of James, Chapter Five we read: "...confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." Confession IS indeed good for the soul.


Force is Not the Answer

From Africa comes word of more tensions between Christians and Muslims. In the spring of 2004, attacks on churches in central Nigeria killed eight Christian ministers and destroyed scores of church buildings. One government official said that terrorists hiding under the name of religion invaded one area of Nigeria. There are also reports that some Christians are striking back at Muslims and that both groups are fighting for power and authority. And from the African nation of Eritrea we read accounts of authorities raiding private homes and arresting Christians who were reading the Bible and praying together. The government of Eritrea has ordered that all independent churches be closed. Some of these struggles go beyond religion. As one observer noted, these incidents have religious, economic and ethnic overtones. It is sad but true that religious freedom and tolerance are sorely lacking in many parts of the world. The use of force, terror and intimidation are not the right ways to win converts to any religion. Those who seek to impose their religion on others are bound to fail. There’s a good example of this point in the Bible. In the Book of Acts, Chapter Five, is the story of Christians being arrested and jailed in Jerusalem. One local official, a wise man, urged the authorities to leave the Christians alone. He said that if they are of human origin they will fail; but if they are from God, those who oppose them will be fighting against God. Force is not the answer. Let all ideas be heard. Let each person decide. Let it be between each person and God.


A People Hungry for the Word

The 2004 elections in India have put the world’s largest democracy in the international spotlight. A big question is: Will the change in government in India have any adverse effect on the country’s long tradition of religious freedom? The vast majority of Indians are Hindus. But there are sizeable Muslim and Christian populations. The Indian constitution guarantees a secular state and freedom of religion. Christianity has been growing rapidly in India. There are now about 25 million Christians there. That’s about three per cent of the population, up sharply from just a decade ago. Parts of India are as Christian as anywhere in America or Europe. Despite recent growth, the presence of Christianity in India is not new. Secular history says the Apostle Thomas converted local Indians to Christianity during a missionary trip to the Malabar Coast of India in the year A.D. 52. Today there is a resurgence of Christian faith in India. People are being baptized in the Ganges River, which normally would be used only by Hindus for bathing and for funeral rites. There has been some persecution of Christians by radical Hindu mobs trying to stop the spread of the faith. But Christian evangelists say freedom of religion still exists in most of the country. One evangelist says Indians are hungry for the gospel. He gives them copies of the Bible in their own language. They read it, and asked to be baptized and become Christians. As the Apostle Paul said, the Word of God is alive, active and powerful. As the growth of the faith in India attests, people are hungry for the message of Jesus Christ, the power of God that leads to salvation.


A Tribute

I’d like to use this time to pay tribute to a man who recently passed on. Albert Edward Winstanley was a minister of the Gospel, a servant of Jesus Christ. He was an Englishman who lived in the town of Umbria in northern England. He died in March of this year at the age of 84. For more than sixty years, Albert Winstanley served God and his fellow man as an evangelist, a minister, one who proclaimed the name of Jesus to all who would listen. He was a gentle man who loved all. But he was on fire for God. He preached the message of salvation found only in Jesus Christ to all who would listen. He served a number of churches and traveled throughout the British Isles to preach. When he came to New York many years ago, he preached from the pulpit of the Manhattan Church of Christ, and his message was, "Christ is the answer." Albert proclaimed that Christ is the answer to all our problems – personal problems, and the problems of mankind at large. He believed in mission work and preached in India for a time. One Christian worker there remembers his kindness. He says that, when he lost his job, it was Albert who went to work and raised money for the support of the man and his family. Albert was the first editor of The Christian Worker, a monthly newsletter for Christians circulated through Britain and around the world. The current editors dedicated an entire issue, 18 pages, as a memorial to Albert. He also served as a teacher at the British Bible School in Corby, England. Albert’s life was such that he could say, as did one of his heroes, the Apostle Paul: "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day...."


The Authenticity of the Bible

Some writers have been selling lots of books they have produced that question the authenticity of the Bible. Perhaps the best example is The Da Vinci Code, the best seller by Dan Brown. One of its claims is that the divinity of Jesus was something church leaders voted on at the Council of Nicea in the 4th century. Until that time, the book says, the followers of Jesus viewed him as a prophet...a great and powerful man....but a mortal man nonetheless. And it says that the Roman Emperor Constantine, who was converted to Christianity, ordered the production of a new Bible which omitted those gospels that made Jesus appear as a mere mortal. The magazine Christianity Today recently published an article on these claims. It says the Council of Nicea did not invent the divinity of Jesus, but merely formalized a teaching that had been accepted for more than three hundred years. And it quotes scholars who say there is simply no evidence to support the claim that the church doctored the New Testament in order to support the claim that Jesus was divine. It also quotes other scholars who say the four gospels, which tell of the divinity of Jesus, were already in use and were circulated among the churches by 125 A.D. That would have made them accepted some 200 years earlier than the skeptics say. Christians believe the Bible as we have it today is the inspired word of God. Skeptics and critics may try to convince us otherwise, but we are quite sure the Bible will be changing lives and inspiring people long after these works of fiction are forgotten.


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Rob Scobey

Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan, the 40th president of the United States, will always be remembered for his contributions to history. And these contributions have received much deserved attention with his recent death. He set in motion events that led to the fall of communism in the west, the breakup of the Soviet Union, and the liberation of former Soviet bloc countries such as Hungary, Romania, Poland, and East Germany.

He called the Soviet Union the evil empire. His public opposition to communism was a reflection of his deep Christian faith. Security concerns kept him from attending church regularly when he was president, but he often expressed his faith in public speeches.

He made these remarks to a convention in Orlando, Florida in 1983:

"So I tell you there are a great many God-fearing, dedicated, noble men and women in public life, present company included. And yes, we need your help to keep us ever mindful of the ideas and the principles that brought us into the public arena in the first place. The basis of those ideals and principles is a commitment to freedom and personal liberty that, itself is grounded in the much deeper realization that freedom prospers only where the blessings of God are avidly sought and humbly accepted."

When Reagan wasn’t sharing his faith in a public forum, he often did so privately. And he did it through personal, hand-written letters. More than 5,000 of these have been uncovered. In those letters, Reagan expressed his views about a variety of topics. In 1978, he wrote a letter to make a case for the divinity of Jesus Christ. The letter was addressed to a liberal pastor who was not a believer.

Reagan wrote these words:

"Jesus either was who he said he was or he was the world’s greatest liar. It is impossible for me to believe a liar or charlatan could have the effect on mankind that he has had for two thousand years. We could ask—would even the greatest of liars carry his lie through the crucifixion, when a simple confession would have saved him? Did he allow us the choice you say you and others have made, to believe in his teaching but reject statements about his own identity?"

In another letter, he wrote to a friend whose husband died in 1951. She thought it would be sinful to remarry. Reagan assured her it was proper. He said, "Can you believe that God means for millions of really young people to go on through life alone because a war robbed them of their first loves?"

Another letter Reagan wrote was to his daughter Patti. She had turned herself into authorities at her school for breaking the rule against smoking. In the letter, Reagan wrote,

"Dear Patti—

Yes—turning yourself in was the right thing to do and I’m sure you feel better for having done it. I’m sure you realize also that it was proper for the school to impose a punishment as they did. If we could pay for breaking a rule just by confessing it, there wouldn’t be much law and order. In the Bible we read where Jesus heard confessions and promised forgiveness but on the condition that we would go forth and not commit the sin again."

Reagan believed that God worked in his life, even through disappointments. He once failed to get a job at the Montgomery Ward department store. But this disappointment led him to get a job as a radio announcer—which led him to his career as an actor—which led him to enter politics—become governor of the U.S. state of California—and eventually one of the most revered and respected world leaders in human history. Said Reagan in another letter to friend, "When all else fails, you then turn to God and put it in his hands. I look back on that Montgomery Ward job and understand very well why I didn’t get it."

As he said to group of people gathered to honor evangelist Billy Graham:

"We give thanks for God’s spiritual gifts—faith, hope, and love."

I’m Rob Scobey. Write to me at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska, 99556, USA.


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