Thursday, June 4, 2015

Encouragement




Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord's people. (Philemon 1:7 NIV)

One of the things about writing this blog is that I do not have to be objective.

I freely admit to being biased.

I’m incredibly biased in favor of Jesus. I love Jesus.

HALLELUJAH JESUS!

Actually, I figure such a bias is a good thing. If the purpose here is bringing glory to God, helping the lost find Jesus, and encouraging believers, a writer without a distinct positive bias for Jesus would make little sense.

One of the best things a writer can have is feedback. It doesn’t have to be positive feedback, but it is absolutely essential that some form of feedback take place, which is why I am blessed that Facebook keeps track of how many of you are reading, clicking, liking, and sharing.

It lets me know if I am reaching you.  Last week, Facebook said 248 of you were reached with the blog about prayers reaching the throne of God. The week before, it was 318 with the blog about the 10/40 window.  Lately, most weeks seem to average around 200, which is very encouraging.

And, very often, some of you will even leave a comment about the blog. 

Thank you!

But, here’s the thing:

Radio doesn’t have a “like” button.

The folks in the broadcast booth have no idea I’m yelling, “God of mercy, sweet LOOOOOVE of mine…” whenever they play “Multiplied” by Needtobreathe while I am alone in the car. (I say “yelling” because, despite all my efforts at melodiousness, what comes out of me cannot be called “singing.”)

Nor do they know how deeply my soul is moved by the piano in “The Struggle” by Tenth Avenue North--or the banjo in “King of Heaven Come Down” by Paul Baloche.

The announcers don’t know they’ve touched me with a prayer, a thought, a reference to the Word, a Biblical insight. The preachers don’t know their sermons have stirred me to look into my soul and see my faults, or that they’ve shown me God’s incredible grandeur and grace.

And so, we come back to my bias.

The two dozen or so staff who make Kinship Christian Radio possible are people I know. They are people I’ve spent time with shoulder-to-shoulder. 

They are wonderful people who share the same bias for Jesus as I do. They genuinely care that people would be saved and spend eternity in heaven praising our One True King.

Once a year, they encourage you to share your feedback with them during June Letter Month. Drop them a line, send them an email, or call and let them know what’s working for you. Even if there’s something they could do better, they want to know.

The mailing address and electronic forms are on the website and there are even free gifts involved with any donation.  https://www.kinshipradio.org/

Be blessed, brothers and sisters.

(Oh, and “melodiousness” is indeed a word. Sometimes I surprise myself.)

Today’s Praise

Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassions, and God of all encouragement; (2 Corinthians 1:3 Darby Bible Translation)




   

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