“…the righteous gives and does not hold back.” Proverbs 21:26
It’s easy for the true meaning of EASTER to get lost in bunnies, eggs, spring fashion and even controversy about its origin. At TLN, we will proclaim the most important event in in our Christian faith and in all of history: the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ!
Jesus’ birth was, of course, important as proof of God’s love and willingness to send His Son into a rejecting world. But the RESURRECTION was the completion of His mission on earth and made possible our salvation and assurance of eternal life!
We’re living in a culture that’s putting pressure on us as Christians to compromise our faith; you may be feeling it on the job, with friends or perhaps even within your own family. But I encourage you to refresh your excitement about the wonder of EASTER and stand uncompromisingly for its message which is the Hope of the world.
At TLN, we’ll be standing with you. We know that video touches hearts and breaks down barriers; it brings stories to life in ways that transcend even these written communications. That’s why we’ve remained faithful to our calling to television ministry for more than forty years now. In April, we’ll be airing The Jesus Film on Thursday nights. When people see the life of Jesus portrayed on screen, it is life-changing!
Because of your support and generosity, viewers are now able to watch TLN on traditional televisions as well as on laptops, tablets and smartphones. There are estimates that more than 200 million individuals have declared a decision to follow Jesus Christ after viewing The Jesus Film; will you start praying that many will tune in to TLN and find the saving love of Christ?
A few years ago, I was part of a group of parents meeting with our local school district to discuss concerns about the disallowance of any Christian symbols, including music during the Christmas and Easter seasons. An advocate for the ban told us, “Look, we don’t care if you talk about the historic Jesus or even about His death. Our problem is with the RESURRECTION – just leave that out.” We took time to explain that without the RESURRECTION, Easter is meaningless.
Paul makes it emphatically clear in 1 Corinthians 15: “If Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless and your faith is useless.” He goes on to write that if there was not a RESURRECTION, the apostles were lying and we would still be guilty of our sins. He concludes with “If our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.” The RESURRECTION is evidence of the sovereignty of God over life and death. Acts 13 tells us that we can have forgiveness of our sins: “Through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through Him everyone who believes is set free from every sin.”
I’d like to encourage you to stand together with us as we proclaim that message on TLN throughout the month of April. We’re thankful for your prayers for our ministry and generous financial support – they’re why we can tell a hurting and hopeless world about God’s great and vast love as evidenced through the RESURRECTION of Jesus. May the joy of our risen Savior be yours this season.
Jerry K. Rose
P.S. Will you tell a friend about The Jesus Film airing on TLN in April? We’ll also air musical specials like Miracles of Calvary, Light of Hope and Light the Way that commemorate the sacred season of rebirth and the inspiring Easter message of peace and hope. More information is online at tln.com.
Jerry K. Rose, Chairman of the Board, Total Living International
A Note from our President – From My Heart to Yours
Lay it All Down
Years ago I visited a church on Easter Sunday morning. Over the past 36 years while serving God in the area of media, I’ve watched this pastor’s passion lead many to Christ through his sold-out faith. I knew I would be among family celebrating the Resurrection of my Savior. The pastor’s words were passionate as usual. I reflected yet again on God’s love that is so great that He would sacrifice His only Son so we can experience complete wholeness and joy.
A lifelike cross had been constructed of darkened wood. It stood on the platform just above eye level as an impactful visual of what Christ looked upon the day He was crucified. I can still see the pastor complete his testimony telling us how difficult it had been years and years ago to give everything to Jesus – to leave it all at the cross. The drugs and lifestyle needed to go. The most difficult thing to leave behind was his music. He had to leave it ALL behind and trust God. He then walked to the daunting corner of the platform and laid his guitar down at the foot of the cross symbolically revisiting that day he committed his life to Christ – the day this pastor was all in. Pastor David never expected what came next. God gave his music back to him and so much more.
Looking back over the years, I could never repay God for all that He has done for me. Now, every Easter I reflect on that cross on the platform and I again symbolically lay everything I am down at the feet of Jesus – everything. Imagine this Easter if you relinquished all that you are and became all that Christ had for you? What if that action brought others one step closer to the Cross and our life-changing Jesus?
That one act at a church over 10 years ago still affects me today. Imagine how your sold-out commitment could change your life and others around you if you chose to lay EVERYTHING down at the foot of the cross, all your gifts and talents, as well as disappointments, giving it all to Him.
From Palm Sunday to Easter, TLN invites you to walk with Jesus through His final days on the earth and experience those days from His point of view. Be restored through TLN’s segments designed to take you on the physical and spiritual journey to redemption – on air, social media and our website tln.com. Check out the outline in this mailing and share it with a friend.
Many of our viewers and partners share how they are praying for the salvation of loved ones. Let them know about this opportunity to walk with Jesus beginning in April. Use our Prayer Form to jot down their names for our CareForce team to join you in prayer. And, trust us to pray with you as you ponder those areas of your life to surrender to the living Christ this Easter season.