For the last three days Shawn and I have been recording 15-minute radio programs. We’ve had the help of a producer and post-production specialist, Danny.
It has gone well. We recorded twenty-nine shows in three days. There are twenty-one shows in an average month, so we have a good start.
We plan to get sixty-three shows, three months’ worth of shows, by the middle of December.
Our aim is to start January 1 in around eight to ten markets. If your city is not covered, you will be able to hear the daily program on our website, whether that day’s show, or one from the past.
Shawn is fun to work with because he keeps me on my toes at all times. He asks good questions and makes good comments.
I wanted to share one insight that came to me while we were recording.
Shawn and I had just finished recording a show about what saving faith is. Danny commented that we ought to talk about trust, since so many people think that trust is a better word than faith to express what we need to do to be saved.
So, Shawn and I decided to do one show on faith and trust. Things came together for me in the recording. It hit me that while trust can be a synonym for faith, most of the time trust refers to a decision to rely upon someone or something which is reliable, but not infallible. So the outcome is likely, but not certain. You may trust a doctor to perform a surgery on you. But he is not infallible. He might make a mistake. You might be hurt or you might even die on the operating table. You may trust an airline to get you safely to your destination. But you know you might crash and die, even though the odds against that are huge.
Believing in Jesus is not like that. We are not trusting that Jesus will most likely give us everlasting life. He is more than our best shot and our only hope. We are believing in Him for everlasting life (e.g., 1 Tim 1:16). We are convinced, as Martha was, that Jesus absolutely guarantees that “he who lives and believes in Me shall never die [spiritually = the second death].” That is, we are sure that we, and all who believe in Jesus, are eternally secure no matter what we do or fail to do in the future. He guarantees our salvation and He cannot lie. He is 100% reliable.
Well, when that show comes out, you can hear it.
In the first month we walk through my first book, Confident in Christ. Each chapter is a separate show. Of course, we do not cover everything that each chapter covers. We have a fairly free-flowing discussion of the topic of each chapter.
We both find doing these recordings to be draining. After three or four hours of recording, we are shot. But it seemed to get a bit easier each day.
Once we get three months ahead, then we will only need to record around two days each month to stay three months ahead.
Thank you for your prayers and your support that makes this possible. Shawn is now in the process of lining up radio stations for a January 1 start, DV. We will let you know what the stations and times are.