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FRONT PAGE  |  9/16/2014
Choice News FRIDAY, FEB 7, 2014  |  31 comments  |  4 commentaries
SPECIAL REPORT
Bringing the Gospel of John to Every Home in Austin, TX

Update 2/7/14. We would like to give you a quick update on the status of the Austin campaign. The printing is complete. And the mailers have just shipped their last truckload! It will take some more days before every single copy is delivered but for all intents and purposes, we have officially completed this enormous effort! Click above to browse through some photos of the process.

A massive effort is underway. In the eleventh largest city in America there stands a building that once dominated the skyline. It is now simply known as “The Tower.” On its facade, is an inscription carved in giant letters of stone that has for 77 silent years proclaimed to the city words first spoken over 2000 years ago. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” The words are very familiar and the building is a landmark perhaps more recognizable than any other in Austin. Familiar words to be sure, but what do they mean and who said them?

Each and every home in Austin, TX a city of nearly 840,000 people, will soon receive a copy of a 2,000-year-old document that will answer that question for any that care to read it.

The document: The Gospel of John was written by most accounts, around the year 90 A.D. by John, the youngest of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. It was penned near the end of his life as an eyewitness account of the life and works of Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of John is one of the best loved and most often quoted of the Gospels.

The Gospel of John Project

In an effort to re-introduce this historical eyewitness account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ to people all over America, SermonAudio.com has partnered with the Trinitarian Bible Society in what it calls the Gospel of John Project. Through the collective support of hundreds of like-minded churches and individuals from around the world, the Gospel of John Project has steadily moved from one city to the next with the goal of printing and mailing as many copies of this unique book to as many homes across the country as is possible. Starting with just 13,000 copies printed and mailed to homes in New York City in 2008 the project has grown to include 21 cities with just over quarter of a million Gospels delivered.

A Generous Donor

Austin will be the 22nd city to be targeted, but what makes the Austin campaign so unique is that every single home in the entire city will be reached due to the heart desire of a single generous donor. Having lived more than 50 years of his life in Austin, he would now like to introduce its citizens to those immortal words from John’s Gospel and the One that spoke them once again.

People of Austin, look for a copy of the Gospel of John in your mailbox soon, and when it arrives see for yourself who this Jesus is. He is the Truth that will set you free.

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News Item2/15/14 2:56 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
What I know about Houston, William, many of the Anglos can speak Spanish as a native. I believe SA did the same in Houston as they did in Austin. You have even a higher proportion of Hispanics than Austin, 44%, and I don't think that includes the 400,000 illegals? So, as I have pointed out, no doubt many Tejanos read and speak English every bit as good as most Anglos, and perhaps better? So, when you think of the number whose first language is Spanish or who prefers Spanish, it makes one sad to see all the trees that were wastefully cut down. I can tell you now, our illegals have a hard time speaking English, let alone reading it.

So, in your part of the country, especially, and perhaps in the Southwest in general SA should put out a bilingual Gospel of John.

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News Item2/10/14 1:32 PM
William S. Sutherland | Houston, Texas  Find all comments by William S. Sutherland
Jim, I can't speak for the situation in Nebraska, but as someone who lives in Texas, born in Austin, I think I am able to say from my first-hand experience that the average person will have no problem with the English, even those born south of the border. While it is true that not all immigrants (especially illegal aliens) assimulate into the American culture and some are slow to learn English, this is only a small minority. Most immigrants learn English because it is essential in order to do business, live, work, etc. And even those illegals who don't know much English, their children and grandchildren are usually bilingual, so your concerns are largely unfounded. And even some of us bolillo gringos can habla espanol. My nextdoor neighbor is hispanic, many other families on my street are hispanic, and the lady who cuts my hair is hispanic. We have no problemo communicating (mostly in English).
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News Item2/8/14 9:34 AM
Christopher000 | Rhode Island  Find all comments by Christopher000
You despise even the mere thought of there being a creator of all that is so why even bother chiming in on this forum? Why even stop by? You're not curious about anything because your pipeline to the universe along with your superior intelligence has told you God is a joke, or the thought of one anyway, so why continue to make random comments that nobody here cares about anyway? What's the point of even having bookmarked this forum?
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News Item2/7/14 7:15 PM
Alun Morgan  Find all comments by Alun Morgan
Pester Mike wrote:
Glorified junk mail
I think you've mistaken it for your thoughts and belief system, Pester Mike.

Now be a good fella and go find yourself some Muslims to persecute.

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News Item2/7/14 6:58 PM
Pastor Mike  Find all comments by Pastor Mike
Glorified junk mail
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News Item1/23/14 11:37 AM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I think in an earlier post many tejanos probably can handle English better than many Anglos can. I would still assume there is a large enough number who prefer Español over English to make it worthwhile to have bi-lingual Bibles etc., given out in the Southwest of the US.
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News Item1/22/14 2:48 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
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The two languages would be English and Spanish, 35% of Austin population are of Hispanic background, a large number of which, no doubt, have a better handle on Spanish than they do English.
That may be true if it is assumed that a particular background is the major determining factor in their handling of English. For instance if 35% are of Hispanic background, handling of English pertains to the ones born elsewhere, not the ones born here. So it is quite doubtful that all 35% have difficulty with English. My dad was an immigrant, yet not amazingly I understand English.
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News Item1/22/14 2:11 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
I think you'll find that outside of cigarettes, fires in homes are from the poor use of or poor maintenance of fireplaces and wood stoves.

The two languages would be English and Spanish, 35% of Austin population are of Hispanic background, a large number of which, no doubt, have a better handle on Spanish than they do English.

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News Item1/21/14 5:06 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
Jim Lincoln wrote:
Considering the fires started by fire places and wood stoves.
I really hope this is a bilingual copy of the Book of John.
Wood stoves don't start fires, fires are started in them.

Which two languages would you like to see in this copy of the book of John, amd why them?

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News Item1/21/14 2:21 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Considering the fires started by fire places and wood stoves.

I really hope this is a bilingual copy of the Book of John.

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News Item1/8/14 12:23 PM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Mike wrote:
We have a high efficiency natural gas furnace, works quite well. The house we're in now is well insulated, unlike the old farmhouse we lived in until 6 yrs ago, which had no insulation, but had a wonderful wood stove. I still miss the old place. Once a country boy...
Ah Mike, you can't beat an old farmhouse with a log stove. Much healthier and more fun. No wonder you miss it.
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News Item1/8/14 12:12 PM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
John UK wrote:
Phew! That is cold Mike. I guess it has affected travel, people trying to get to work etc.. Is your home warm enough? Log burner? Gas central heating?
We have a high efficiency natural gas furnace, works quite well. The house we're in now is well insulated, unlike the old farmhouse we lived in until 6 yrs ago, which had no insulation, but had a wonderful wood stove. I still miss the old place. Once a country boy...
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News Item1/8/14 11:07 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Mike wrote:
It was -2F here with 28mph wind, gusts to 40. A mite on the cool side. Warmed up to +10F now. Global warming strikes again! Thank heaven for SA, where the discussions are always warm.
Phew! That is cold Mike. I guess it has affected travel, people trying to get to work etc.. Is your home warm enough? Log burner? Gas central heating?
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News Item1/8/14 10:45 AM
Mike | New York  Find all comments by Mike
John UK wrote:
In Kentucky, an escaped prisoner turned himself in to get out of the cold.
Some parts of the Midwest hit -26C (-14F), as low as the Antarctic coast in winter, and much colder than the inside of a domestic freezer.
Temperature records were shattered in states across the US, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.
It was -17C (1F) in the small town of Hell, Michigan, prompting online jokes that the weather was so bad even hell had frozen over.
from BBC news
Brrrrrr. That's cold. It's nice and warm in Wales.
It was -2F here with 28mph wind, gusts to 40. A mite on the cool side. Warmed up to +10F now. Global warming strikes again! Thank heaven for SA, where the discussions are always warm.
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News Item1/8/14 6:04 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
In Kentucky, an escaped prisoner turned himself in to get out of the cold.

Some parts of the Midwest hit -26C (-14F), as low as the Antarctic coast in winter, and much colder than the inside of a domestic freezer.

Temperature records were shattered in states across the US, including Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York.

It was -17C (1F) in the small town of Hell, Michigan, prompting online jokes that the weather was so bad even hell had frozen over.
from BBC news

Brrrrrr. That's cold. It's nice and warm in Wales.

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News Item12/28/13 6:01 PM
ReinaValera1602  Find all comments by ReinaValera1602
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News Item12/28/13 2:38 PM
Jim Lincoln | Nebraska  Find all comments by Jim Lincoln
Well, William, as you well know many of the Anglos can speak Spanish like they lived in Mexico City all their life, though I don't know their ability to read it. No, the NIV is the most popular Bible, and those through 1984, are so much more superior to the KJV that people can certainly chuck the KJV for it. Oh, the NKJV follows the Textus Receptus, much better than the AV and is in excellent contemporary English, that could have been used. Anyway, John MacArthur covered the topic of The Biblical Position on The KJV Controversy very well.

But Tejanos, which yes, many no doubt can speak and read English better than many Anglos, may themselves would want an evangelistic word in Spanish to pass along to friends and family. So, in your city and in Austin (I think SA did Houston?) there should be a bilingual version of this booklet. Not having that, could be construed at the worse racist and at best ignorant.

Again of course I assume this booklet does a lot of explaining of the KJV (read translate), so I'm not as hostile as some people that I know are to this project, but as I said again, what is definitely bilingual city, there should be a bilingual booklet.

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News Item12/28/13 9:03 AM
Observer  Find all comments by Observer
Unprofitable Servant wrote:
We supposed to memorize Scripture??? I thought it was confessions, catechisms and the biblical part of the mass. So confused
You got that from a good Baptist so it's gotta be true!

Do you want Chapter and verse? I'm ready if ya need them. But of course you don't cos you're a good Baptist too.

Presby's need not worry. You can all just go bury your brains in your theology books again. The bible ain't of any use to you if you ain't reading it through your Presbyterian lenses. So get all your Presby presuppositions in place first then you can just cherry pick those verses that the lenses will let you see and you don't have to worry about the rest cos you can't even see them. Christianity suited to the unregenerates who are brought up to thinking theologically. Wa-hey!

Now back to work.

Have a good day y'all.

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News Item12/27/13 5:44 PM
Unprofitable Servant | Georgia  Find all comments by Unprofitable Servant
Observer wrote:
No matter bro. Some only commit verses to memory. The main thing is that Gods word is being studied, thought on, prayed over etc. and producing fruit in us. Surely that's the objective.
I did do it with a brother in The Lord who is a close friend and we used to encourage each other along the way. Great to have friends like that, eh?
We supposed to memorize Scripture??? I thought it was confessions, catechisms and the biblical part of the mass. So confused
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News Item12/27/13 5:06 PM
William S. Sutherland | Houston, Texas  Find all comments by William S. Sutherland
Since the Authorized Version is the most reliable as it is based upon the majority text, if they were to do so they could use the Spanish version known as the Reina Valera. However, I think this ongoing effort is aimed primarily at delivering the Holy Scriptures in English to every city in America. As an Austin native, I would never assume that the inhabitants of this town which is home to the University of Texas as well as Dell Computers and other high-tech companies are unable to read the version of the Bible that is still the choice of many Christians. I myself, with only a high school education, have no problems understanding the Authorized Version. I have read through the RSV and NIV and also compared verses from the NASV and ESV and found them to be wholly inferior to the Authorized Version. Returning to the issue of the non-English speaking Hispanic community, there are many Bible-believing churches in Texas which are bilingual and able to minister to those not conversant in English. I applaud SermonAudio and the Trinitarian Bible Society for this effort! Soli Deo Gloria!!!
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