March 26, 2016
Yes, “the” life. His life! The life that Jesus is able to impart to us through His bodily resurrection from the dead.
Too many times we hear from the pulpit that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins. But that’s not salvation! That totally ignores the second half of the gospel.
Thank God for the cross, where our sins (the roadblock to salvation) were taken out of the way.
But the truth of Maj. Ian Thomas’ paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:14 is permanently etched in my mind: without the resurrection we are to be pitied of all people and are still in our sins.
In Romans 5:10 Paul makes it crystal clear: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, (watch it, here it comes!) much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
So, to all those pastors and teachers who proclaim loudly that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sins, we would like to suggest something: don’t stop at the cross! Reconciliation is only only half of the gospel. But His resurrection brings us life!
Because of His resurrection He was enabled to restore in us what was lost through Adam’s sin — the eternal life that God intended us all to possess. And He gives it freely to all who come to Jesus by faith.
Now, that is a reason to celebrate Easter, more properly called Resurrection Day!
Glory and honor to His Name!
A group of people I so appreciate — people without whom you could not hear Basic Gospel — is our station owners, managers, and staffs.
In Christian broadcasting, we are not in the entertainment business. Okay, yes, some of our calls do make us smile. But our purpose is very serious.
Along with us at Basic Gospel, our affiliate owners and staffs embrace the calling from our Lord to carry forth the gospel by broadcast; to bring people into a saving relationship with Jesus; and show the way to the abundant life only He can provide.
We have been blessed to partner with many wonderful Christian broadcasting stations over the years. But believe it or not, there still remain three of the original stations that carried our very first program on June 3, 1985, almost 31 years ago.
Among those are our dear friends Steve and Tammie Williams and, more recently their son, Ryan — who has literally grown up with this ministry. Wonderful friends, wonderful people, wonderful kindred spirits in Christ JESUS who fulfill their calling to ministry by bringing the gospel to a huge expanse of central Texas on KBBW, 1010 AM and 105.7 FM.
When I think of origins, I think of our stedfast friend and partner in the gospel for all these years, Larry Knight, owner of KORE in the Springfield-Eugene, Oregon, area. KORE has a long and storied history. Those of you who listen to KORE might be interested to see snippets of this history by visiting koreradio.com/history.html
Thanks, Larry! You’ve been a great friend.
In the Boise area we find our final long-time friend, with us since the first day, Nelson Wilson, fondly called Nels. Bob Christopher related to me that when his book Simple Gospel, Simply Grace came out, one of the many who interviewed him was Nels. Bob said that without doubt it was the best interview of them all. And I think that says a lot about the care Nels has for the ministries on KBGN.
We genuinely appreciate you, Nels. Thank you for your partnership with us.
Indeed this most important date on the Christian calendar is a time to celebrate and offer praise and worship to our great God and Savior, JESUS Christ. And as we do so, we extend our thanks and appreciation for all our radio affiliates … and to all of you who share in the support of Basic Gospel with your encouragement, your prayers, and your gifts.
May our Lord richly bless you all.