Behind the Scenes with Better Life January 2019
Wow! It’s 2019; can you believe it? Let me thank you for your faithfulness to the ministry of Better Life. Without your commitment to this vital cause, many would not have found a new and better life in Christ. Still, there is much work left to be done, and I know that with your help we will continue to reach the lost for His cause.
This is a time when people make new year resolutions. Most people fall short of fulfilling their resolution. I have solved that problem and simply treat New Year’s as any other day. In fact, Denise and I go to bed a little early on New Year’s Eve as a little act of rebellion or protest regarding the frivolity of staying up late to watch the ball drop or the clock strike midnight or whatever the big to-do is. It’s simply just another day to us. Plus, staying at home cuts down on the chances of getting hit by an irresponsible celebrator, if you get my meaning.
No, Denise and I don’t stay up and watch for the new year to begin. I’m afraid that same attitude has drifted into the church in some ways. We all as Christians have been given instruction to watch and pray. Jesus said in Luke 21:34-36 (NKJV), “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”
I certainly can relate to that in several ways. Just like making a New Year’s resolution to, say, “exercise more” (for most of us the word “more” is not necessary because most of us don’t exercise at all), we want to exercise because we intellectually recognize it is good for us, but our heart is simply not in it. We also know intellectually we need to spend more time in the Word of God, more time in prayer, more time living for Jesus and less time simply living today to make it to tomorrow.
As children of God, as those who have come to accept the amazing grace that freely flows from the cross of Calvary, we should accept that the perfect Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, has taken your sins and mine to reconcile us back to Himself. We know that we are, even now being sanctified, that is, we are or should be day by day and moment by moment being transformed to have the character of Christ.
2 Corinthians 13:5 (NKJV) tells us to, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?”
I think we should all make this simple New Year’s resolution: to do just that. Ask ourselves, test ourselves, examine ourselves whether we “are in the faith.”
Let’s make this commitment today to continue to work toward the finish line. Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Christ and continue to support the ministry of Better Life to reach the lost and grow the kingdom of God. - KB
Meet the Better Life Team!
My name is Ademar Neto, and everyone calls me Neto. I was born and raised in the warm country of Brazil, in a large city called São Paulo. In 2006 I started working at 3ABN as a camera operator and rapidly learned a lot by working there. My favorite color is “all colors” and I love to cook. Ministry is all to me and I’m very glad God can use my talents to help Him to get the gospel through the air and reach people that would be otherwise unreached.- NA
Stories of Faith Upgrade
One of the projects we have for this new year is to make Stories of Faith it’s own program. For the last few years it has just been a part of Better Life Today, but with all the positive feedback we’ve received we think the time has come for it to stand alone as its own program.
One of the biggest parts of the upgrade will be to build a new set for the program. Above is a computer rendered design that we’ve been working on. This probably won’t be the final version, but we feel we’re getting pretty close.
Another part of the upgrade will be a new logo with additional graphics and artwork for the program. This is already in progress and we’re excited how things are coming together.
If you’d like to see our current Stories of Faith program just go to YT.BLBN.org and look for the Stories of Faith playlist we’ve created. If you’d like to support this program financially, please give us a call.
Thank you for supporting the outreach ministry of Better Life.
You’ll notice some changes in our Better Life TV schedule this month.
A big change is that we’ve moved the kids programs later in the afternoon to the 4 PM hour, Monday through Friday. This puts it more in line with when children will be home from school.
We’ve also added Doug Batchelor’s “Landmarks of Prophecy” to Sunday at 9 AM when more people may be looking for a church service on the air.
Better Life on Tour has been added to Sabbath mornings at 11 AM. We’ve been able to record some great speakers over the years and more people should be able to enjoy them at this new time slot.
Those of you who call in may notice a new voice answering the phone. Cody Nelson has joined our staff as a temporary employee and he will be helping us with spreadsheets and our FCC paperwork too. We’re glad to welcome him to our staff.
YEAR END RECEIPTS
Keep your eyes open for your year end receipts! We so much appreciate those who have supported us in 2018. We plan to have all the receipts out by the end of January.
What Did You Get For Christmas?
Remember, if you received an iPad, iPhone, Roku device or Apple TV for Christmas last year, be sure to download our Better Life TV app! You can stream all of Better Life’s 4 channels to any of those devices and channel 1 will be in HD!
If you don’t have one of these devices you can also stream our channels from our website at BLBN.org or see programs on-demand on YouTube by going to YT.BLBN.org! YouTube makes it easy to catch up on any Stories of Faith or Catching the Light episodes you may have missed!
Submitted by Rebekah Hill
This is one of my family’s favorite treats! The maple syrup and cane juice crystals are much healthier sweeteners than regular processed sugar. Plus, the nuts pack lots of nutritional benefits. A few of these nuts after a meal are a treat that’s just sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, without all the unhealthy sugars. This treat might just become your family’s next favorite treat, too!
4 cups, nuts of choice
1/4 cup, maple syrup
2 Tbs., cane juice crystals
Scant 1/8 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients until nuts are well coated. Bake in a greased 9”x 13” pan at 225ºF for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Turn oven off and allow nuts to cool in the oven. Enjoy!