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Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27b

March 2003

Dear friend of KHCS,

You’ve probably heard of the TV show, Fear Factor.  Maybe you’ve even watched it.  It’s called “reality TV,” though I don’t know what eating bugs and worms and jumping out of helicopters has to do with reality.  It’s certainly not the kind of reality you and I face every day.

But you and I have to face our own “fear factor” things that constantly worry us, whether they are relationship issues, concerns about finances, health, or other problems.  Now, that’s reality!

There is also the continuing threat of terrorism and the possibility that war in Iraq may have broken out by the time you read this.

You may have heard that, if America attacks Iraq, we will be hit by more suicide attacks.  Guess what if we don’t attack, we still face terrorist attacks.  So, from that standpoint, we are no worse off whether we invade Iraq or not.  History shows us that appeasement never guarantees peace.

Whether we go to war or not, there is a good reason to be prepared for eventualities.  You have various kinds of insurance, in case your house burns down or you get into an automobile accident, for instance.  But, you aren’t afraid of cooking dinner or driving to the store.  At least, I hope not! 

The Bible tells us, “God has not given us the spirit of fear.” (2 Tim. 1:7) When worries and doubts assail us, let us turn to the Word of God, not Satan’s “Fear Factory.” 

The Psalmist assures us (in Psalm 27:1, 3):

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the light of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.

God’s word provides the antidote for fear, as it gives hope for the future.

That’s why it’s important that you attend church regularly, read the Bible, and pray.  Also, listening to the ministry of Joy 92-FM provides you with encouragement to keep on keepin’ on for Jesus!

However, in these trying times, with proliferation of “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” we may be afraid of war.  But we should fear tyranny more than we might fear death.  That was the attitude of America’s founders, and we should do no less.  As Paul the Apostle said, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)  As Christians, death carries no real fear.

KHCS continues to bring you the confidence we have in eternal life in Jesus because listeners just like you care enough to faithfully support this ministry.

We face new challenges in 2003, and really need the tax-deductible contributions of many more of our listeners in the next few months.  But, your motive for contributing should not be our need, but on your blessing.  Do you receive a blessing from tuning in?  Are you strengthened and encouraged in your walk with Christ?  Is this encouragement worth as much to you as, say, your cable TV service, phone service, security service or pool service? 

Please pray about how your involvement as a Ministry Partner may be used to positively affect your life, and the communities of the Coachella Valley, and give proportionately. 

Thanking you in advance,

In His joy!


Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager