Behind the Scenes with Better Life
September 2019

What Does the Future Hold?

by Charlie Oliver, Executive Director of Better Life

Photo by Johannes Plenio

Photo by Johannes Plenio

Summer is ending, and here we are at another beginning, as our children and grandchildren stand at the precipice of a new school year, with clean slates, hearts full of dreams, and perhaps some trepidation as they enter a new season of unknowns. Here I stop to wonder: should we be afraid of the unknown? Despite my own fears of an uncertain future, the Christian answer is a resounding, “No!” No, because the One we serve holds the future in His hands, and that my friends should bring us great comfort. Consider this passage:

“Then he cried out against the altar by the word of the Lord, and said, “O altar, altar! Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, a child, Josiah by name, shall be born to the house of David; and on you he shall sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and men’s bones shall be burned on you.’” 

1 Kings 13:2 (NKJV)

This declaration is followed immediately by a startling sign: Jeroboam’s outstretched hand becomes withered. But the lesson I wish to draw upon is even more remarkable. The unnamed prophet, speaking to King Jeroboam, names a specific king, Josiah, who will not be born for nearly three hundred years!

My friends, how can we worry when we serve a God who so clearly sees the future and expressed such love for us that He sent His only Son to die in our place. A God who has promised to prepare a place for us at a table that we will one day see with our own eyes.

Dear reader, the steps of our journey may be unknown, but we continue to have confidence that, through Christ’s loving grace, His destination of promise is very much attainable! So, in this grand journey, I choose to focus on becoming more effective in sharing the good news about Jesus Christ and let Him take care of the rest.

Friends, this last spring we shared with you about the economic challenges faced by the Better Life ministry.  In response to these challenges, and to remain on the air, we made the difficult decision to reduce staff hours. While these financial challenges persist, we continue to move forward in faith and confidence. We have become more streamlined and efficient and, as we continue to develop relationships and reach into new communities, we pray that we will soon be able to return to full time hours and redouble our efforts in sharing Jesus with our viewers. Let me share with you where Better Life is heading as we journey on together.

In Cottage Grove, we are working toward an agreement with a local cable provider that will bring Better Life to its community of over 75,000 people.  

Meanwhile, we’re also investing in technologies, working toward increasing our closed captioning footprint over the air, moving toward our goal of all new content being fully captioned.

We also continue to collaborate with other ministries to enhance our program lineup with even more quality, as we introduce new ministry partners to our viewers.

We are thankful to God for providing these and other opportunities to better engage and serve His people within our viewing area. Thank you so much for your prayers, financial partnership, and for sharing Better Life in your communities. Better Life cannot exist without God’s blessings and your thoughtful gifts. Let’s keep moving forward by faith!


Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski

Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski

Better Life is a Lighthouse

Better Life is a Lighthouse

The other day Sayuri was visiting Grants Pass and as she was walking down the street toward our office, a white van unexpectedly pulled up along side her. This was a bit startling, but then the window rolled down and the lady driver inside called out, “Hey! I know you! We watch your program all the time! Right guys?” The passengers in the van agreed. Then the lady waved goodbye, rolled up the window and left as quickly as she had come. 

Stories like that make us smile. It’s so good to know that Better Life’s programs are beaming out to touch the hearts of our family, friends and neighbors. In these times of bad news and heated rhetoric, it’s so awesome to have God’s truth shining out like a lighthouse in our communities.

We also received a call from a man in Grants Pass recently who wanted to know what our mailing address was so that he could send in a donation. He told us that he had recently moved to Oregon from Utah, discovered Better Life TV and was enjoying the programming. Praise the Lord!

We have another viewer named Oliver who lives in Sparks, NV. He calls us from time to time with Bible questions, which of course we are happy to help him with. Oliver began watching Better Life after his wife passed away, as he was considering what happened to a person after this life is over. While watching he began learning about the Sabbath and now, he’s become a Sabbath keeper! He says he now honors God’s Sabbath because he learned about it on Better Life TV!

The last time he called he asked us how we knew that Sabbath was Saturday. He wondered if maybe over thousands of years the weekly cycle might have been messed up or changed. We reminded him that when Jesus was on earth He kept the Sabbath and He referred to Himself as “Lord of the Sabbath.” We shared that for the last two thousand years that cycle has continued unbroken being kept by millions of Jews. This made him happy. 

As we ended our conversation, he said that he had begun writing in a journal every time God answered his prayers so that if he ever gets discouraged, he can go back and see what God had done for him and be encouraged. He said he also learned to do that by watching Better Life TV!

Friends, without Better Life TV how would these people learn the truth? Thank you for helping to keep this lighthouse from God burning bright!

Thank you for supporting the outreach ministry of Better Life.

NEWS NOTES

SCHEDULE CHANGES
This month we begin airing a new program entitled, “Incomprable Jesus” with pastor  Jay Gallimore. It plays new each week on Thursday at 2:30 pm and on Sabbath at 12:30 pm.

We have also begun airing “Breath of Life” on Sabbath afternoons at 7 pm. 

Check out all our programs with the program schedule located HERE

BETTER LIFE TODAY UPGRADE
Have you seen our new and improved Better Life Today program? We’ve added new updated graphics to give our flagship program a more modern look. Watch for our new programs to premier on Saturdays at 8AM, 2PM and 8PM over the coming weeks. We think you’ll like the change! You can also watch our first episode HERE on YouTube.

AUTO DEDUCTIONS
Did you know that you can donate to Better Life automatically? We can set up recurring donations from a credit card or checking account. Just call Better Life at (541) 474-3089 and we’ll help you get set up. It’s an easy way to help the ministry reach out to even more people!


Dairy-Free Ice Cream

Taken from the Better Life free cook booklet, vol. 1

1 can coconut milk 

1/2 cup cashews, raw 

2/3 cup honey

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. xanthan or guar gum powder 

2 trays of ice cubes

Blend all ingredients except for the ice cubes until very smooth. Once the mixture is blended add your ice cubes and blend again. Pour mixture into your ice-cream maker following its directions. Or place in freezer, and remove every hour or so and stir 3-4 times. Allow to freeze overnight to scoopable consistency. Makes 4-6 scoops

Tip: Add carobs chips or fruit of your choice for added variety.

Call for free recipe booklet! (541) 474-3089.