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March 19, 2016

Greetings!

I hope you all have had a great week and have not gotten too bogged down in the political mire. That’s proven to be pretty easy, however.

Personally, I have found this to be the single more fascinating presidential campaign of my lifetime. And not because of the candidates’ barbs and insults, but because there seems to be a new, unorganized mindset among many American voters. Unorganized, that is, by any unifying force other than a weariness with Washington-As-Usual politics, and crystalized by the “outsider” candidates. Fascinating. Fascinating, I tell you!

Surprisingly, we’ve gotten relatively few calls at Basic Gospel about the campaign. And I think that is good. It is indicative of the fact that we talk about Jesus, not politics or political figures. Our eternity does not hinge upon what happens in Washington, D.C.

An easily recognized illustration of that occurred on June 13, 2008. The presidential campaign was in full bloom. It was an exciting time for the highly respected, energized 58-year-old NBCNews Chief, Tim Russert, host of Meet the Press.

Tim was at NBC recording voiceovers for that Sunday’s edition when, despite all the political drama of that moment in time, and of being the functional head of one of the largest news organizations on earth, Tim Russert simply dropped dead. No signs, no warning. Dead.

In a moment, in a literal heartbeat of time, American Politics 2008, NBC and Meet the Press no longer mattered to Tim Russert. What did matter at that moment was, what had Tim done with Jesus.

I don’t know. I don’t have the answer to that question. But it’s why we do what we do at Basic Gospel. We are compelled to get the word out about Jesus Christ, so that people can hear the gospel; believe the Word; and live in the abundance of His life. Forever!

That’s why we do it. It’s why we have dedicated our lives to it. And we thank you for being a part of it with us.

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Now, we have gotten some interesting questions from our listeners on topics other than politics, things they deal with everyday. Let’s open the door for this week’s look Inside the Studio


Clearing up the giving issue

Veronica in New York

Veronica has a desire of the heart to tithe to a local church, but family members and others are in need. She is torn between following tithing directives and giving to those in need.

Richard helps her cut through the fog.


Agnosticism

Bill, New Rochelle, NY

It’s a fairly easy philosophy. It doesn’t require you to believe anything. And you can remain relatively passive.

But sometimes, one just has to assert his indecision. Such seemed to be the case with this call from Bill:


Contradictory messages and short accounts

Jeremy, London, KY

The story never seems to grow old. All our sins are forgiven … but we must keep “short accounts” with God. Here’s how Jeremy explained it to us:


Hebrew-Israelites and Satanic Deception

Ernest, Chandler, AZ

Recently encountering members of this group, Earnest is now confused about the real name of Jesus. Let’s listen:


Next week

Our Easter weekend edition. I hope you’ll drop by.

Bob Davis