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And then shall they see the Son of man coming
in a cloud with power and great glory.  Luke 21:27

February 2005

Dear friend of KHCS,

The world’s attention has focused on the tsunami that swept through the Indian Ocean just a few weeks ago.  While most of the damage and fatalities have occurred in Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka (Ceylon), the waves even caused loss of life in east Africa, thousands of miles away! 

The worldwide outpouring of support for the stricken people in the affected area has been truly remarkable. 

Aside from the governments of the United States, Australia, Japan and a few others, help has come from Christian organizations such as World Vision, Compassion International, Mercy Airlift and many others. 

One notable exception has been from several Muslim clerics who declared that this was a punishment sent from Allah. 

Meanwhile, the United Nations, in its infinite wisdom, sent a shipment of condoms!  You can’t eat them, so go figure!

But some Christians have pointed to this major earthquake now updated to 9.2 on the Richter Scale as a sign that the Lord’s return is near.

I hate to disappoint anybody, but Jesus specifically stated that earthquakes would not be a sign of the end times.  See Matthew 24:6 - 8.

So, what is the sign that the Lord’s coming is near?  Persecution!  (Matt. 24:9)  Yes, it’s true that Christians have been persecuted for almost 2000 years.  But, there have been enclaves around the world, like America, that have seen little or no persecution of Christians.  Until recently.

You may have heard of the Christians arrested in Philadelphia for attempting to evangelize at the homosexual “OutFest.”  They face felony charges for “ethnic intimidation” (i.e. saying homosexuality is a sin), “possessing instruments of crime” (an amplified bullhorn) and “riot” (reading scripture).  They could face up to 47 years in prison for these “crimes.”

And you may be aware of the increasing pressure put upon Christians to “celebrate Christmas in the privacy of their own homes.” 

But, the first thing Jesus said in this passage was, “Watch out that no one deceives you.”  (Matt. 24:4, NIV) 

And that is why all believers in Christ must remain grounded in scripture and keep in close fellowship with our Lord.

I hope that the listener-supported ministry of Joy 92-FM helps you in your walk with Christ.  The teaching programs you hear on KHCS are chosen to instruct you in how to put your Christianity into practical action.  Our information programs are intended to let you know of events and issues that affect your life so that you may pray, and take appropriate action when necessary. 

No specific church or denomination provides the financial resources for KHCS to remain on the air.  We are supported primarily by the freewill, tax-deductible contributions of grateful listeners.

I hope that you are also grateful for the ministry of Joy 92-FM, and will contribute as you are able during 2005.  Your generous support enables us to keep on bringing you Information and Inspiration, 24 hours a day.  And please invite others to listen, too.  This is always a practical way to help this ministry.

In His joy!


Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager

P.S.  There is a goof on our 2005 Program Guide at 10 a.m. Sundays you can now hear Truths That Transform Weekend with D. James Kennedy.  I am sorry for any confusion this may have caused.  I would also like to invite you to listen for live concerts on CrossTones, every Saturday evening from 7 to 8 p.m.

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