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Partner With Us /// partners in the gospel
Terry Fahy Vice President / General Manager
The month was October. The year was 1985. The day was October 1st. On that day we were notified by the FCC, the Federal Communications Commission, that our application to operate a radio station at 99.5 FM in Southern California was granted. This license was the culmination of a seven year process for us, and little did we know what the Lord had in store for KKLA and for our parent organization Salem Communications. But the FCC gave us just two weeks to get on the air. So we quickly found office space in North Hollywood, hired radio engineers and put together a make shift broadcast studio in a converted closet and on October 15, 1985 KKLA was born! As we celebrate KKLA’s 25th anniversary this year, we thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us. Psalm 100:5 says “For the Lord is good and His mercy is everlasting. And His truth endures to all generations.” As we have sought to be faithful in proclaiming God’s word over the airwaves He has blessed KKLA. Today 99.5 FM is the largest Christian radio station of its kind in the United States! And Salem Communications has grown to be a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider (crosswalk. com, oneplace.com), and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values. Today Salem operates nearly 100 radio stations and the Salem Radio Network syndicates talk, news and music content to approximately 2000 affiliates nationwide. We would have never had the ministry impact on KKLA without our broadcast partners James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll, Greg Laurie, John MacArthur and many others. (For a complete list of our program ministries and broadcast times see page 18.)
But without you, our “partners in the gospel,” there would be no KKLA. The apostle Paul told his friends in Philippi: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request of you all with joy, for your partnership in the gospel until now.” You might say: “How am I a partner with KKLA?” There are four ways:
First—when you listen and respond to God’s word, it bears fruit in your life (that’s discipleship.)
Second—when you tell others about KKLA, it introduces them to Jesus and God’s word (that’s evangelism.)
Third—when you pray for us, that we remain true to the gospel without compromise, (that’s intercession.)
Fourth— when you financially sup- port our ministry partners or patron- ize our sponsors (that’s partnership!)
I hope you enjoy this special 25th Anniversary edition of KKLA Magazine. It is packed with articles from our Bible teachers—J. Vernon McGee, Raul Ries, John MacArthur and Steve Arterburn. And don’t miss the book excerpt from Frank Pastore’s new biography “Shattered” on page 24. Partnering with you in the gospel,
Terry Fahy Vice-President / General Manager KKLA
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In this issue... ISSUE 6
04 | Partner With Us
by Terry Fahy
06 | 5 Reasons you can Trust Gods Word
by Raul Ries
09 | Developing Self Discipline
by John MacArthur
13 | Is Tiger out of the Woods?
by Stephen Arterburn
18 | 99.5 KKLA Program Guide 24 | Shattered
by Frank Pastore
32 | Have the Assurance of Salvation
by Dr. J. Vernon McGee
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Raul Ries is heard daily on 99.5 KKLA Radio at 1:00pm.
5 Reasons you can trust God’s Word
T By Raul Ries
/// the infallible word of god
The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us. Paul the Apostle says in 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Why should we study the Word of God? The following are a few scriptural reasons that we should consider when answering this question.
First, the Word of God is infallible. There is no error in God’s Word. The law of the Lord is perfect concerning our soul. The testimony of the Lord is not only infallible it is inerrant. Proverbs 30:5-6, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those
All you need is God’s Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.” The purity of
His words does not need anything added to it. God warns us not to misrepresent His scripture. Second, the Word of God is complete. The Bible does not need any new chapters or verses. It is all given to us already. Many cults add their own books or commentaries to the Bible. All you need is God’s Word because it is the holy Word of God. It is complete. In Revelation 22:18-19, God gives us a warning, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We can be totally secure in the Lord by studying the Bible because it is God’s plan for our life. Fifth, the Word of God is reliable. It will accomplish what it promises. If God told you something will happen, and you wait, it will happen. In Isaiah 55:11 it says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to
This decision puts a bookend on the litigation surrounding the display of the Ten Commandments that’s been taking place for years across the country. to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Third, the Word of God is authoritative. The book of Psalms 119:89 says “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.” The Word of God is the only source for absolute divine authority. This divine authority is for you and me as servants of Jesus Christ. When some say, “I have a word from the Lord for you,” write it down and as you study God’s word see if the Lord speaks to you through His Scriptures. Only then will you know if the Lord is truly speaking to you. Fourth, God’s Word is sufficient for all of our needs. We don’t need anything else. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it reads “All Scripture is given by inspiration of
Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” God sent His word to accomplish His perfect will in our lives. If God makes a promise to you He will fulfill it in His own time. There are so many promises given to us in the Bible. These promises reassure us and bring comfort to our lives in our times of trial. I challenge you to take time to study the Word of God. The Lord will show you wonderful things that will change your life. Raul Ries is Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, in Diamond Bar.
U HearRaul Ries on “Somebody Loves You” weekdays at 1:00pm on 99.5 KKLA.
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Developing Self Discipline
By John MacArthur
is heard daily on 99.5 KKLA Radio at 6:30am.
/// small things in life
Self-discipline is the ability to regulate your conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than by impulse, desire, or social custom. Biblically, you can summarize the concept of self-discipline with one word—obedience. Keeping you from evil and within the bounds of God’s law, self-discipline is a paramount Christian virtue (cf. Gal. 5:23; 2 Peter 1:6). Since self-discipline is so important, how do you develop it? How can you help your children develop it? Here are some practical tips I’ve found helpful: Start with small things.
Get yourself organized. Make a schedule, however detailed or general you are comfortable with, and stick to it. Make a daily to-do list of things you need to accomplish. If you don’t control your time, everything (and everyone) else will.
Discipline in small, insignificant matters transforms your character, increasing your integrity and credibility.
Clean your room at home or your desk at work. Make it a habit to put things back where they belong. Then extend that discipline of neatness to the rest of your house and workplace. When your environment is clean and clear, you’ll function better without a myriad of distractions.
Don’t constantly seek to be entertained. When you have free time, do things that are productive instead of merely entertaining. Practicing self-gratification is counterproductive to developing self-disKKLA Magazine
cipline. So read a good book, take a walk, or have a conversation—in other words, learn to entertain yourself with things that are challenging, stimulating, and creative. Be on time. If you’re supposed to be somewhere at a specific time, be there at that time. Proper use of time is a mark of spiritual wisdom: “Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil” (Eph. 5:15-16). Being punctual marks a life that is organized; it shows your desires, activities, and responsibilities are under control. Keep your word. If you say you’re going to do something,
finish it—that’s crucial to developing selfdiscipline. Accept correction. Correction helps you develop self-discipline by showing you what you need to avoid—don’t reject it; accept it gladly. “He whose ear listens to the life giving reproof will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself” (Prov. 15:31-32a). Practice self-denial. Learn to say no to your feelings and impulses. Occasionally deny yourself pleasures that are perfectly legitimate for you to enjoy—e.g., skip dessert or pass on the doughnut. It’s a matter of reminding your body who’s in charge.
If you say you’re going to do something, do it —when you said you would do it and how you said you would do it. do it—when you said you would do it and how you said you would do it. When you make commitments, see them through. That calls for the discipline to evaluate properly whether you have the time and capability to do something. Self-discipline gets you into the commitment, and selfdiscipline will help you keep it. Do the most difficult tasks first. Many people do just the opposite, spending time doing easier, low-priority tasks. Spend your time and energy on difficult, high-priority tasks, and everything else will fall in line. Finish what you start. John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’” Don’t let your life become a sad litany of unfinished projects. If you start something, 10
Welcome responsibility. Volunteering for special projects forces you to have your life organized enough to have the time for them, making you useful to others. Those suggestions may not seem to involve any deep spiritual principles, but putting them into practice in the routine, mundane issues of life will spill over into the spiritual realm. Discipline in small, insignificant matters transforms your character, increasing your integrity and credibility. And godly character makes you fruitful for eternity, where all who are in Christ enjoy heavenly reward.
U Hear John MacArthur on “Grace To You” weekdays at 6:30am on 99.5 KKLA.
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Is Tiger Out of the Woods? Stephen Arterburn
By Stephen Arterburn
is heard daily on 99.5 KKLA Radio at 2:00pm.
/// NEW BEGINNINGS
Ever since the news broke about Tiger Woods, questions have come my way about his situation and what is really going on there. Having co-authored Every Manâ€™s Battle there were some folks that thought I might have an opinion or two. Well I do.
a celebrity with press following him on a regular basis. It seemed strange that this had not come out sooner. But once it did, it was a new beginning for him and his wife.
He went to treatment. In fact he spent two months in treat... calling this an addiction ment and said he is not a cop out or an easier had more treatpath. It is signing up for a lot ment coming in the of elements that are future. It was a part of recovery. very good sign that he had come to the I was shocked along with most end of himself and saw just how people as to the extent of the serious his problem was. And problem and the number of when interviewed recently and people involved with Tiger. It asked about the extent of his infishocked me because he is such delity he responded that just one continued on page 15
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infidelity was too many. He made no excuses. How much detail he reveals is his business, but if you look at what he has done since crashing his car in his driveway Thanksgiving night, it is a very positive sign of recovery.
who was not deeply involved in sin. The two go hand in hand. I might add that I have never met a sinner who has not been deeply addicted to their own, favorite sin. But if it is only sin, then all that is needed is a confession
When he reNo religion has the cleansing power vealed he would to completely wash away the residue cling to the Buddhist faith he of the offense and the long term guilt had been taught and shame as does the Christian faith as a child I was and what Christ did for us. disappointed. No religion has the cleansing power to completely wash away the of the sin and a commitment to not sin residue of the offense and the long in that way again. Using the word adterm guilt and shame as does the diction requires much more. If I am an Christian faith and what Christ did addict I have a problem that lasts a for us. Tigerâ€™s journey is not over and lifetime. I need treatment. I will need perhaps there is hope for a change of lifetime support. I need to work a proheart and faith in the future. gram. I need a path for character development. What I am trying to say is One of the biggest issues in this whole that calling this an addiction is not a matter with Tiger cop out or an easis the use of the ier path. It is word addicsigning up for tion. Is it an a lot of eleaddiction? ments that Or is using are part of that word recovery. a way of copping out and There are not taking some defiresponsibilnite signs ity for what in Tigerâ€™s was done? case that And what make this look about the word like an addicsin? Where does tion. Tolerance is that fit in all of this? one of them. An addict builds up tol erance and it takes more and more First of all, I have never met an addict to produce the same result of mood alKKLA Magazine
teration. Another is continuing in the midst of adverse consequences, and in this case, the monetary consequences were huge. But the addict is willing to risk it all to maintain the addiction. These are just a couple of the hallmarks of addiction and they seem to be very present in the Tiger Woods case.
Remember, the Apostle Paul’s life was completely transformed when he encountered Christ. I pray for Tiger to have a life-changing encounter with the living Christ as well.
U Hear Stephen Arterburn on “New Life Live” weekdays at 2:00pm on 99.5 KKLA.
So what are us Christians supposed to do? Pray for him. Pray that this horrific ordeal that was intended for evil will one day produce something good. And pray for his wife and kids. They have all been hurt and his wife has some tough choices to make. I think the prognosis is good for Tiger and his marriage. The more we pray for them the greater likelihood for a good ending.
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Proverbs 21:5 teaches… “Steady plodding brings prosperity.” Here are three starter keys to investing from the “Money Guys” of Applied Financial Planning :
potential effects of dollar cost averaging, you should also assess your ability to keep investing even when the market is down.
Long-term compounding can help your investment grow It’s the “rolling snowball” effect. Put simply, compounding pays you earnings on your reinvested earnings. The longer you leave your money at work for you, the more exciting the numbers get. For example, imagine an investment of $10,000 at an annual rate of return of 8 percent. In 20 years, assuming no withdrawals, your $10,000 investment would grow to $46,610. In 25 years, it would grow to $68,485, a 47 percent gain over the 20-year figure. After 30 years, your account would total $100,627. (Of course, this is a hypothetical example that does not reflect the performance of any specific investment.)
An alternative to dollar cost averaging would be trying to “time the market,” in an effort to predict how the price of the shares will fluctuate in the months ahead so you can make your full investment at the absolute lowest point. However, market timing is generally unprofitable guesswork. The discipline of regular investing is a much more manageable strategy, and it has the added benefit of automating the process.
This simple example also assumes that no taxes are paid along the way, so all money stays invested. That would be the case in a tax-deferred individual retirement account or qualified retirement plan. The compounded earnings of deferred tax dollars are the main reason experts recommend fully funding all tax-advantaged retirement accounts and plans available to you. While you should review your portfolio on a regular basis, the point is that money left alone in an investment offers the potential of a significant return over time. With time on your side, you don’t have to go for investment “home runs” in order to be successful. Automatic Monthly Investing: investing consistently and often Dollar cost averaging is a method of accumulating shares of stock or a mutual fund by purchasing a fixed dollar amount of these securities at regularly scheduled intervals over an extended time. When the price is high, your fixed-dollar investment buys less; when prices are low, the same dollar investment will buy more shares. A regular, fixed-dollar investment should result in a lower average price per share than you would get buying a fixed number of shares at each investment interval. Remember that, just as with any investment strategy, dollar cost averaging can’t guarantee you a profit or protect you against a loss if the market is declining. To maximize the
Buy and hold, don’t buy and forget Unless you plan to rely on luck, your portfolio’s long-term success will depend on periodically reviewing it. Maybe your uncle’s hot stock tip has frozen over. Maybe economic conditions have changed the prospects for a particular investment, or an entire asset class. Even if nothing bad at all happens, your various investments will likely appreciate at different rates, which will alter your asset allocation without any action on your part. For example, if you initially decided on an 80 percent to 20 percent mix of stocks to bonds, you might find that after several years the total value of your portfolio has become divided 88 percent to 12 percent (conversely, if stocks haven’t done well, you might have a 70-30 ratio of stocks to bonds in this hypothetical example). You need to review your portfolio periodically to see if you need to return to your original allocation. To rebalance your portfolio, you would buy more of the asset class that’s lower than desired, possibly using some of the proceeds of the asset class that is now larger than you intended. Another reason for periodic portfolio review: your circumstances change over time, and your asset allocation will need to reflect those changes. For example, as you get closer to retirement, you might decide to increase your allocation to less volatile investments, or those that can provide a steady stream of income. For a free copy of “The Money Guys” full article, “Six Keys to More Successful Investing” simply call 866SEEK COUnsel (866-733-5268) and ask for the article.
/// Struck down but not destroyed By Frank Pastore
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Frank Pastore is
heard daily on 99.5 KKLA Radio at 4:00pm.
The following is an excerpt from Frank Pastore’s new autobiography Shattered: Struck Down But Not Destroyed, released on May 18th by Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers, in which Frank tells the story of the first time he ever guest-hosted the “Live From LA” afternoon talk-show on 99.5FM KKLA.
In 1996, Biola paid to have Warren Duffy, host of the Live from LA show on the big Christian radio station 99.5 FM KKLA, come on campus to do his live, three-hour afternoon-drive-time show. In the agreement, Biola got three 15-minute segments, and Talbot was given one of them. Dennis Dirks, the Dean of Talbot School of Theology at Biola University, asked me to go on and talk about TIBS, the Talbot Institute of Biblical Studies. The segment went well, and as soon as we went to break, the producer of the show, Duane Patterson, asked me if I’d like to guesthost for Duffy a few weeks later. I leaped at the opportunity.
No such thing as running long. No such thing as a graceful exit if you misjudge your time. I was told that music would start in my earphones 45 seconds prior to the hard break. It would get progressively louder until the cutoff moment. That would give me warning, and time, to organize my thoughts and segue to the break. I gathered all my notes and braced for my first nine-minute segment. I was more nervous than I ever was on the mound pitching to some Hall of Famer with the game on the line. The show got under way, and I started talking. You know how you can carry an internal conversation with yourself while you’re talking aloud? On the outside, I don’t even remember what I was saying, but on the inside, my mind was thinking, “What’s the matter with that red clock? Why’s it going so slow? I’ve been on the air a lot longer than four minutes. I’m running out of things to say here, and I’ve got another five minutes to go! Argghhh!”
My shirt was soaked, I had to go to the bathroom, and I felt as if I was going to throw up. I arrived at Duffy’s studios a nervous wreck. I had been a guest on radio and television shows but had never carried a show on my own— let alone for three hours, and let alone on what’s called a “hard clock.” That means, because the show is networked, you have “hard breaks”: You have to finish a segment exactly on time, or you’re simply cut off.
Then I realized that it wasn’t just five more minutes, of course. After the break I’d still have nearly three more hours of this torture! “How can anyone possibly do this?” I moaned to myself. My shirt was soaked, I had to go to the bathroom, and I felt as if I was going to throw up. KKLA Magazine
Somehow, however, I kept talking. Then, thankfully, I heard deliverance on the way: The music Duane had talked about was wafting ever so softly into my headphones. “Hallelujah!” my brain shouted. I did my “out” as Duane had taught me, and the instant I thought I could begin to relax, as the music was playing in the back- ground, I heard Duane’s voice in the headphones.
seven years. Duane went with Hugh Hewitt to start his national radio show a few years later, and I guest-hosted on Hugh’s show about 50 times. But back to ministry at Biola. With the ongoing success of TIBS and my growing radio experience, Dennis Dirks gave me the green light to pursue getting Talbot on the radio. I had developed a relationship with Ambassador Advertising,
“Hey, don’t worry, buddy. It can only get better . . . because it can’t get any worse.” Thus began my guest-host radio career. “Well, Frankie,” he said, “this is the most expensive 40 seconds of music KKLA has ever played. You went out a little early, buddy.” I died inside. I’d signed off nearly a full minute early— an eternity in radio, and it was time they could have sold to advertisers. Duane’s voice continued reassuringly in my ear. “Hey, don’t worry, buddy. It can only get better . . . because it can’t get any worse.” Thus began my guest-host radio career. Actually, it did get better. I was asked back again and again, sitting in for Duffy more than a hundred times over the next
which handles a lot of the big Christian shows, and they loved the idea of addressing current news from a Christian worldview. They asked me to put together a demo for them. We put a Talbot panel together and taped a couple of shows at Ambassador in January 1998. They were raw; I’d need experience running that model of program as opposed to guest-hosting someone else’s show. But the core was there. With Ambassador’s encouragement, I raised the money to buy 13 weeks of broadcast time on a little station in Los Angeles. My assistant was Marty Russell, who helped me run the TIBS program and was also my producer for the Biola radio show. She and I remodeled the Biola radio studio ourselves. We bought the furniture, painted the walls, and even changed out the soundproofing, all on the TIBS budget. We would be on KKLA Magazine
the air in about 4 weeks. In February 1999, Biola president Clyde Cook invited me to dinner to bring him up to date on the latest developments. He congratulated me on my success thus far and assured me that since I had raised all the money and remodeled the studio at our own expense, costing the university nothing, I had total control of the radio show under Dennis Dirks’s leadership. I shared with him the even better news that Ambassador had a million-dollar donor interested in funding Biola’s return to national radio, once I had gained the necessary experience to run the Talbot-panel style show. He was thrilled. Life was beautiful. We’d refine the model for 13 weeks and then put Talbot on national radio. TIBS was reaching about 300 adults a week in a dozen churches around LA. I was teaching another Biola undergraduate course in the apologetics department, in TIBS twice a week, hosting for Hugh and Duffy, and speaking at a lot of conferences and men’s retreats. My ministry had never been more effective. Gina was happy that our life had finally stabilized. We were no longer living on the little baseball savings we had left
after our experience with the IRS. Our son, Frank, was 18 and in college. He was going to Biola at a reduced rate because I was on staff. Our daughter, Christina, was almost 15 and flourishing at the local Christian school. Our marriage was great. We loved our friends and enjoyed our times together. The bluebirds were singing. Then the bluebirds hit the fan, and feathers flew everywhere. Like its author, Shattered is “fun, fast, and real” and an intriguing mix of paradoxes. Frank Pastore was a physically awkward kid who became a professional athlete. An okay student who goes on to earn two masters degrees in philosophy. A former atheist who ends up hosting the biggest Christian radio talk show in America. Shattered is part sports book, because you’ll go on road trips, enter clubhouses, and walk on the fields of professional baseball. It’s part romantic novel, because you’ll journey with two young kids who fall in love and eventually elope, evading not only her family, but the law as well – for she was only 16. It’s also a story of brokenness, betrayal, and burn-out. If you were raised in a dysfunctional family, if you’ve ever had your dreams fall apart, been betrayed by close friends, or hit the psychological “wall” in your professional career, this is your book too. But, most of all, this is an uplifting story of how an unpredictable God can surprise any of us with His goodness and love when we allow Him to make beautiful the shattered fragments of our lives.
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“How You Can have the Assurance of Salvation”
Dr. J. Vernon McGee
By Dr. J. Vernon McGee
/// Everlasting life
There is a gift that I would like to present to every Christian. It is not a material gift of this secular world but a real gift of the spiritual realm. It is intangible, but it is of inestimable and intrinsic value. As we face a future filled with fear and foreboding, it might appear as a will-o’-the-wisp. The world lists this gift as peace of mind, as a feeling of security that all is well for the future. Scripture is more specific. The Bible sets forth this gift as a knowledge, a certainty, and an assurance concerning one’s personal relationship to God. Simply stated, it is the assurance regarding one’s salvation. Can we know experientially that
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we are saved and that we are the children of God? For years, my soul was tossed on the troubled sea of uncertainty and insecurity. Finally, there dawned upon my darkened mind the light of Philippians 1:6 – Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you will perform [perfect] it until the day of Jesus Christ. Assurance is your rightful possession, and God wants you to have it as your portion. God is offering eternal life – everlasting life – to those who believe in Christ. It is not temporary or uncertain. It is not paid for on the
installment plan. It is a gift the moment one believes, but for longer than a moment – for eternity. You may or you may not have the assurance of this salvation that God offers as everlasting life. An anomalous situation exists today. Some Christians believe in the security of the believer but do not themselves have the assurance of their salvation; “My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:10), but they do exist.
quietness and assurance forever. The righteousness mentioned here is not man’s, but it is the righteousness of God revealed in the gospel. This is the righteousness of Christ, which is made over to us and gives us a standing before God. It cannot be improved upon because it is perfect, and it cannot be disturbed because it is given to the lost sinner who trusts in Jesus.
And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. - Isaiah 32:17 God wants you to know that you are His child through faith in Jesus Christ: But as many as received him, to them gave he power [the right] to become the children of God, even to them that believe on his name; who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. (John 1:12, 13)
God wants all who trust the work in Christ to come to a place in experience where each can say with confidence, boldness, and much assurance, but with true humility:
…I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. (2 Timothy 1:12) To fall short of this goal is to miss the best that He has for us. It reveals a defect in our understanding and in our appreciation of His “so great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3).
It is not honoring to Him for you to have misgivings, doubts, and a lack of assurance. “Maybe” and “perhaps” It is not a “hope so” but a “know so” should not be in the vocabusalvation that God offers. It is always lary of a borndescribed as everlasting or eternal again Chrislife; it is not temporary or conditional. tian when the matter of salvation is the subject. It is not a “hope so” but a “know so” salvation that God offers. It is always U Hear Dr. J. Vernon McGee on “Thru described as everlasting or eternal life; it The Bible” weekdays at 5:55am is not temporary or conditional. and 8:00pm on 99.5 KKLA. There is a remarkable passage in this connection expressed in Isaiah 32:17 – ; Any Thoughts? Search keyword “McGee” on www.kkla.com
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I can’t tell you how many times I ask myself that question. I will never forget how difficult of a journey it was for us to fight for our freedom as we came here from Iran. I constantly remind myself why we came here. This is a special type of country. Where else can you and I go to have the chance to achieve anything we would like to achieve. I think many times we forget what country we’re living in and what is possible. My wife and I have had a chance to experience many of those dreams in this country. I never imagined traveling to Croatia, Santorini, Athens, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Cayman Islands, 5 times to Hawaii, St. Martin, Guatemala, Jalisco, Puerto Vallarta, Bahamas, Disney World, Kentucky Derby, Pebble Beach, Lake Louise Canada, Lake Placid New York, Super Bowl before turning the age of 30. This can only happen in America. I wasn’t born into a wealthy family. My parents sacrificed everything they had to bring us here. My father was a cashier at a 99 Cents Store in Inglewood for 15 years. My mother went back to Iran due to us running out of money. I joined the military because we didn’t have the resources for me to attend college. But once I got out of the military I was determined to make my dreams
a reality. I promised my parents that I would make them proud. Around that time I was introduced to this beautiful industry of finance. It amazes me how few people actually know about how money works. The fact that many of these large corporations are only focused on helping the rich get richer. Yet this great country was founded on average and ordinary people like you and I who had the guts to get after their dreams. Those of us who didn’t grow up on right side of the track. It’s amazing what we are capable of doing once we have a made up mind about what we want. I met my wife, Jennifer, in this industry. We were friends for 6 years before we got married. Because of this business I was able to meet someone who shared the same values as I did. She’s amazing at what she does. God has given her certain gifts that I don’t have and put together there are no limits to what we can accomplish. In PHP, we have many special couples that are pursuing their dreams together. We understand this is controversial, however we believe that you can’t separate your business life from your personal life. What does it mean to be successful in business but not in your personal life? We believe magic happens when you set your priorities in place with faith first, family second, and business third.” Let me know if this is what you are looking for. Your friend, Patrick Bet-David
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Our lives are filled with lessons if we pay attention. Being connected to ourselves and others, always seeking to understand is healthy. We are a summation of our life experiences. How we respond to what gets thrown our way is a choice either consciously or unconsciously by our belief system. What do you believe? What you believe is who you are? What you believe helps you or hinders you at any given moment. Who you are when no one is looking is who you truly are. I’m a competitive dancer. The important element in dance is connection. Knowing the tension, the give and take is what makes or destroys the dance. In my opinion life and relationships are like a dance. There is give and take; there is a lead and follow. At times that role changes depending on the result desired. There is a mission for the dance and that is to keep connection, pay attention, be individual but be together, balance, confidence, constant conversation, eye contact, physical touch of hands and back. In order to get really good you need to put in the time. It’s a process, and the joy is not in the arrival but in the journey. Take this journey with me. Every Saturday from 4 pm to 5 pm on 99.5 KKLA-FM.
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