I enjoy watching the Olympicsânot only to see great feats of athleticism but also to learn of the stories behind the athletes who compete. One athlete faced disappointing defeat four years ago and suffered a traumatic accident during a competition in an event just a few months ago. How would he react to bitter disappointment and setbacks? He responded with perseverance which yielded him a gold medal.
I think of men like Peter who seemed to fall on his face so many times. Before Christ died, he told Peter, âI have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethrenâ (Luke 22:32). Peter denied Christ and wept bitterly. Yet he didn't wallow in self-pity. He repented (again)! Got his eyes back on Christ (again)! And got up and back into the race (again)! When you are tempted to give up, remember this: âIf we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.â (1 John 1:9) âIf we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.â (2 Timothy 2:13).
Here's some feedback that we hope encourages you to remember that God is at work and uses His Word in powerful ways.
But first, some other encouragements!
At another SA staff meeting finally preparing to launch the Paperback Bible! It has finally been launched! Be sure to check it out!
Itâs finally here! The Paperback Bible available 100% free to download or preprinted in our beautiful new box packaging. The Bible by the Book makes the Bible more personal than ever!
We just got approval to have our 60-second trailer for the FAME FILM shown in over 850+ theaters across America Feb 22 as part of the preview segment of the anniversary showing of âIs Genesis History?â Be sure to mark that date in your calendar and show your support for SA, FAME Mission, and Is Genesis History!
Encouraging broadcaster feedback..
Below is some of the feedback from broadcasters we've received just this past week. We encourage you to contact them and tell them that you saw them here!
Bob Dennis, Immanuel Baptist Church www.sermonaudio.com/ibc11007"We had a young man come to us out of a rough background. He fellowshipped with our church for some time and then moved away. I had no contact with him for several years but just this week I received an email from him. He shared how he had wandered away from the Lord but had just come back to the Lord recently. He noted that he had experienced a difficulty journey back to the place of repentance and trusting Christ again, but he has been walking with the Lord again. He mentioned how he had recently begun to listen to sermons from our church once again through SermonAudio. I had no idea what the Lord had been doing in this manâs life. I share this as an encouragement to other pastors: you never know how your sermons on this site might be used by God to work in peopleâs lives. I am grateful that SermonAudio is dedicated to getting the Word out to the largest number of people possible using available technology."
Carl Jones, Immanuel Baptist--Carl Jones Bible Class www.sermonaudio.com/carljones"We really appreciate what your site offers us. We have managed to reach a lot of people and receive a lot of feedback through the years we have been on SermonAudio. From time to time I receive emails from all over the world from people who have benefitted from the teaching they have heard. Our class members often go home and listen to the lesson again as they do their study. Iâm just a plain old Tennessee Bible teacher and I never dreamed that we would ever have been able to reach so many people. It really is beyond amazing to us. We encourage others to use this site and see what God will do."
Josh Espinoza, Independent Presbyterian Church www.sermonaudio.com/ipcsav"The main thing I like about SermonAudio is their longevity. They have delivered a reliable ministry tool and have a proven track record. They are great to work with and always are responsive to needs we have and willing to listen to suggestions we offer. SermonAudio offers us such a great means to reach into homes and expand on to different platforms. It allows folks in our congregation to listen to messages on the go or as they sit at their computer at home. Iâm thankful that the SermonAudio staff is committed to developing, enhancing and upgrading their features on a continuing basis. Keep up the great work there!"
John Pistorius, Pastor, John Pistorius, Pastor www.sermonaudio.com/stjohnsreformed"We have found your site so useful in many different ways. Sometimes when people canât make it in to our sermons, they are able to listen to the sermon at home later in the week. We have some homebound members who regularly listen to the sermon this way. My wife is serving elsewhere in the church during the service so she enjoys listening to the uploaded sermons she misses. We are always surprised to see the different countries where our sermons are accessed! Just knowing that a lot of people listen to sermons who would never have heard them in any other way makes partnering with you worth it to me. People are out there who are hungry for the Word, who are nourished by the sermons on your site, and who are uplifted by this means of communicating Godâs Word. Itâs really invaluable for the spread of the Word."
We would encourage you to read through more testimonials we've received over the years from both listeners and broadcasters alike.
Bro Viv wrote: Why isnât Billy Graham on your list? More people came to know Christ than most of the â deadâ preachers preaching you have on here!!
As we have discussed ad-nauseam the points of Billy Graham's theology and fruit, you may want to watch some videos and read some articles on what Graham believed.
He believed there was more than one way to God. He was a high-ranking Mason who worshiped Lucifer. He believed abortion was okay as long as it was to save the woman. He also believed that it was okay for someone to be a homosexual as long as they were born that way.
I hope this is enough to place doubts in your mind regarding this so-called man of God.
My Own 2 cents wrote: I know, things would be a whole lot easier here if they use their bountiful energy, (which is apparent since we see a lot of changes taking place). Even if it was an simple thing like selecting a different font, it would be greatly appreciated. I hope they see these comments and work on their own website along with doing the extra stuff.
It seems to me that their comment section is more of an after-thought. This is evident as it takes them so long to remove abusive and/or spammer comments. Perhaps they should hire on volunteers to take care of what they don't want to do.
My Own 2 cents wrote: Good article. Sometimes I wish the SermonAudio team would put somme time into the comment forum they have on here. Maybe making it so â¶you can edit your comment after you post, â¶be able to put up a approved photo as your profile pic, â¶ and possibly a separate mobile app to get to the news feeds easier. This ideas could help in the over all user experience & could help with maneuverability.
Yeah, I agree. There's many improvements that should be put into place here.
Sometimes I wish the Sermon Audio team would put somme time into the comment forum they have on here. Maybe making it so â¶you can edit your comment after you post, â¶be able to put up a approved photo as your profile pic, â¶ and possibly a separate mobile app to get to the news feeds easier.
This ideas could help in the over all user experience & could help with maneuverability.