Glamorous add-adds?


Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? We all need to ask this question: If in the end our goal is to end up with the truth, are the glamorous add-on’s like video, audio and all the other technical accoutrements of Christian broadcasting making that truth clearer or not?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

This Passing Day ministry has been around for nearly twenty years now. Since 1999 we’ve grown from an email ministry to a few to a multi-media one reaching thousands. In the beginning a simple daily devotion was sent out to subscribers and they read it. Most at the time had little idea of who I was, what I looked or sounded like. In 2003 we began recording these daily devotions as audio files and in 2006 the radio ministry began. Now there was a voice behind the words. Today these daily devotions, now over 5,000 in number, are seen on video as well. Unfortunately my sad old face is now part of the ministry, not just a voice that occasionally cracks and a script that contains a misspelled word every now and then. I have to mind my “P’s” and “Q’s” a bit more than in the past, but the heart of This Passing Day is still the Word of God. Recently I had lunch with a listener who asked me why I didn’t dress up for the video broadcast Monday through Friday? She also suggested that I crop my beard a little bit and bring a little better lighting onto the set. I thanked her but reminded her that the bearded gentleman behind the microphone, spit screen and video camera was only a tool, and that the Holy Spirit had the real hard job. He was the one who had to make the words powerful not me. I could have the sharpest Van Dyke beard, shiniest teeth, studio lighting of the highest technical quality, and a daily change of suit, coat and tie and be the most ineffective spiritual broadcaster around. The effectiveness of This Passing Day in its impact on the daily spiritual lives of those who listen, read and watch it depends upon what is said and written in accordance to the Word of God. As it is truthful in that regard, God will use it. My greatest fear is that as This Passing Day advances technologically it might distract from the simple truth of God’s Word.

There are many sources out there from which you can learn the truths of God’s Word. Some are simple and others not. Here’s the question we all need to ask of ourselves: If in the end our goal is to end up with the truth, are the glamorous add-on’s like video, audio and all the other technical accoutrements making that truth clearer or not?

C.S. Lewis wrote. “He who has God and many other things has no more than he who has God alone.” (C.S. Lewis.)

The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:4. “My message and my preaching were not with persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power.” The apostle hit the nail on the head. It was all about the words being preached but not the preacher delivering the words. An audio and video presence is great as long as it represents the Word but does not detract from it, by bringing attention to the technology. If my daily broadcasts are designed to flatter me, they detract from flattering God. God forbid. You and I have the Word; we therefor have God. The add-ons are nice but these don’t draw us closer to God, for it is the Holy Spirit of God in Christ that does. This Passing Day is meant to point listeners, viewers and readers to the Word. Hopefully the beard, lighting and preacher’s shirt are merely collateral aids in that regard.

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We pray. Thank you Lord for your blessings on This Passing Day. We pray that you will keep this media ministry in your care for years to come. Most importantly, keep us truthful to your Word, always mindful of the temptation to grow, advance and reach out for the sake of progress itself and not the Kingdom Work you have called us to do. Help us Father to flatter you in our media approach and never ourselves. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)

Thank you for tuning into This Passing Day. Join us at thispassingday.com. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Dont let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to ‘“This Passing Day!’” <mark@thispassingday.com>. God bless you for Jesus sake

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