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August broadcasts of The Word And The World featured some thought-provoking topics:
- There is a definite decline in the concept of holiness today. Bill Breckenridge considered a report detailing Americans’ beliefs on moral issues. (8/25 & 26)
- Today’s technology has changed the way people read and how we learn information and focus on it. Bill looked at the potential affect on reading and studying the Word of God? (8/18 & 19)
- Two broadcasts considered the global threat of terrorism and radical Islam. Bill shared the history and scope of the problem and the answer to it found in God’s Word. (8/11 & 12) A message by our Board president, Rev. Paul Anderson, considered a Christian response to radical Islam (8/4 & 5).
- The Word And The World airs each week on 77 outlets reaching 18 states and Ontario, Canada and is also heard at our website and via podcast.
Pray that people would listen to the broadcast and that each week’s content would be clear and effective in sharing the truths of God’s Word.
A Timeless Word
“When Christ died, the veil of the Temple was torn in two, indicating the end of the earthly priesthood as the way to God. Human proxy priesthood was replaced with the individual priesthood of the believer (I Peter 2:5 & 9). As believers, we enter the presence of God through Christ’s blood (Hebrews 10:19-22). Earthly priests could not continue indefinitely in that capacity because of death, but Christ our High Priest is ever living (Hebrews 7:23-28), and we enter into Heaven through Him (Ephesians 2:6). If human priesthood is ended, the entire system of Roman Catholicism collapses.
“An earthly priesthood also falsely perpetuates Christ’s completed sacrifice (Hebrews 6:6). The Mass crucifies Christ repeatedly in contradiction of Romans 6:9 & 10. The image of the crucifix highly offends the risen Christ.”
Reflections on the Death of a Pope also addresses the Catholic doctrines of salvation, Mary, the role of the Pope, purgatory, the Church’s foundation and the authority of Scripture. You can find the full article at our website, or the pamphlet is available upon request.
On the Air
The Word And The World is heard each week on 77 outlets reaching 18 states and Ontario, Canada. It also reaches beyond listening areas through a number of stations’ live streaming. The broadcast is also heard at time at our website and via podcast.
In July, The Word And The World featured national and U.S. news and a focus on America’s freedom:
- The daring and dangerous Thailand cave rescue of a boys soccer team made headlines for days. A post-rescue aspect of Buddhism contrasted with God’s plan for salvation. (7/28 &29)
- President Trump has nominated another justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Breckenridge looked at the institution and the ramifications of a change in the court’s makeup. (7/21 & 22)
- Bill shared answers to the question “What makes America great?”, and explored the role faith plays in “the American dream”. (7/14 & 15)
- In early July, two broadcasts from our archives focused on the celebration of Independence Day and our unique music of freedom (7/7 & 8, 6/30 & 7/1)
An Encouraging Word
The news is often troubling – political discord, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and moral decline. We hope these timeless words by David Virkler will be both an encouragement and a challenge:
The Bible said that it would be this way and that we should not be surprised. Paul wrote that “in the last days perilous times will come” (2 Timothy 3:1) and that “evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (vs. 13).
Christ warned of end-time chaos. “…signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars;… distress of nations, with perplexity…; men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth … Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." (Luke 21:25-28)
“Distress” means “anxiety” or “pressure” as being squeezed together. “Perplexity” means “in a quandary” or “having no way out.” This is spoken to the human secular situation. Christians always have an ultimate way out, which is the way up.
But finding refuge only in the final exodus to heaven may blur present blessings and opportunities. Troubles may have a revivalistic impact on the spiritually indifferent, and opportunities [to share the Gospel] may open up. Paul’s letter to the Philippians, written from prison, carries an amazing insight. “…I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel…” (Phil. 1:12-14)
The issue is not solely whether God is in control but also that we are alert to His leading, aware of our opportunities and submissive to His will.
Topics on The Word And The World have been varied:
- This year’s Stanley Cup saw the veteran Washington Capitals compete against the Golden Knights, a first-year expansion team from Las Vegas. Bill shared some spiritual parallels. (June 23/24)
- In a Father’s Day broadcast from our archives, Dave and Bill shared recollections of their fathers and how they came to know Christ as Savior. (June16/17)
- Bill considered the need for understanding the Bible, especially its inerrancy and inspiration. (June 9/10)
- Many are not aware that the D-Day invasion was preceded by an amazing public prayer by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (June 2/3)
July broadcasts include our annual focus on America’s birthday from a spiritual perspective.
An Inspirational Word
America is experiencing bitter political division, which often reaches even into the Body of Christ. We must remember that believers have an opportunity to make a difference. Following is an excerpt from Is America in Prophecy? by David Virkler. You can read the full article here.
The most influential and strategic people in America are God’s people. In that regard, there are several factors that can make a difference in the future of the United States:
Presence – Our nation hasn’t completely fallen apart because the Church is still here. … Believers are salt and light, and God has a plan and a program to use us to reach people for Christ and complete His church.
Prayer – Joel 2:12-17 is a call to God’s people to repentance and prayer. The result would be refreshed land and a pouring out of God’s spirit. Prayer… is also a civic duty. God’s Word commands that we pray “for all men, for kings, and for all that are in authority” (1 Tim. 2:1 & 2). “All men” is the electorate, and “all that are in authority” includes any elected or appointed official.
Performance – 2 Chronicles 34 tells the account of King Josiah. In the course of cleaning out and repairing the Temple, the Book of the Law was found. Josiah knew they hadn’t kept God’s Word and that great judgment would result. But God told Josiah that because his heart was tender and he had humbled himself before Him, He would give Israel another generation. Josiah covenanted to keep the Lord’s commandments, and he restored proper worship throughout Judah. Great national revival resulted, and God gave them a respite.
Preaching – Jonah 3:1-10 describes the greatest revival in world history. After trying to run from God’s assign-ment, Jonah preached to the great but sinful city of Nineveh, and the entire city repented. Perhaps it is not too late for America’s preachers to speak out against sin and urge people to come to repentance and salvation and bring about revival.
Bill & Donna-Jean Breckenridge’s daughter Hannah and Jonathan Svendsen were married on June 21. It was a special privilege for Bill to officiate at the wedding. We pray God’s richest blessings on Jon & Hannah as they begin their life together. Hannah also recently graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University with a Bachelor of Music degree.