Most every day I start the radio broadcast with these words, “The good news is this – Jesus Christ is alive.”
Christianity hinges on this fact.
When I was in high school, my youth pastor challenged the group to prove this fact to be true.
The idea fascinated me. I even told a friend I wanted to be the guy to present the case for the resurrection that would prove beyond all doubt that Jesus indeed was raised from the dead.
Let me say, the evidence is overwhelming. During April, Richard, Andrew, Bob and I will be presenting much of this evidence on the broadcast. And we might have a special guest or two to share their insights.
But the most convincing evidence for the resurrection is the transformation that takes place when a person confesses that Jesus is Lord with his mouth and believes in his heart that God raised Him from the dead.
Maybe you were listening to the program when Josue made his confession of faith, or several weeks later when George made his. Through the program, the gospel message found a place in their hearts and, as John wrote, they “crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).
Both stories are marvelous examples of New Covenant ministry in action. Paul described the New Covenant ministry this way: “He has made us competent as ministers of the New Covenant – not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6).
The resurrection of Jesus makes this New Covenant ministry possible. Thank you for standing with us to share His life with people all around the world.
Recently, Christopher from South Africa sent this encouraging note.
“THANK YOU guys for your continuous sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ. For reminding me, and renewing my mind, daily, that it's all about Jesus...”
A media ministry like Basic Gospel needs the support of people just like you to continue reaching out to people like Josue, George and Christopher.
Your financial support has never been more needed in sustaining this work. The shortfall in donations in January and February forced us to dip into our reserve funds. We can't continue down that path for very long. It is critical that we hear from you soon. I ask that you give generously this month to keep the message going out.
I know you’ve seen the evidence of Christ’s resurrection in your life. Please help us today so that others can see the evidence of the resurrection in their lives.
Early in my Christian experience, I witnessed the power of Christ’s resurrection in a way that moved me to change courses in life and pursue ministry. It happened during my college days, when I worked as a hospital orderly.
One day, the operator paged me to a patient’s room on another floor. I entered the room and met an elderly gentleman named Jim.
While helping him, we struck up a conversation. Jim told me some fascinating stories about celebrities he met working as a maître'd in one of the finer restaurants in Atlanta. Eventually, the conversation turned to Jesus. He confessed, “I’ve never had any real beliefs about God. I believe He exists but it never made any difference to me.”
I read to him my favorite passage, Colossians 2:13, 14. The words, “when you were dead...God made you alive, He forgave us all of our sins” breathed Christ’s life into his heart.
The evidence of Christ’s resurrection in Jim’s life was overwhelming. When I walked into that room, Jim was lost and dead spiritually. When I walked out, he was fully alive.
“I’m going to shout this message from the rooftop” he told me one day. “If I ever get out of this hospital, I’m going to proclaim it to the world.”
He never made it out of the hospital, but he did shout the message from his hospital bed. Everyone that came in to care for him heard the good news that Jesus is alive.
Jim’s life added to the compelling evidence for Christ’s resurrection. His story is the reason I’m in ministry today. There is nothing more exciting or more meaningful than introducing others to the saving life of Jesus Christ.
Through your gifts to Basic Gospel, you join in that ministry and add to the overwhelming evidence that Jesus Christ is alive.
Christianity teaches that God has power over death. That first Easter was a glorious, earth-shaking demonstration when God raised Jesus to life. He directs that same power toward us and makes us alive in Him. This is Christianity. This is the cornerstone of our faith.
Let’s keep reaching out together with this life changing message. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Because He lives,
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