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This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane asked 18 says you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost parts of the earth elaborate on that person a moment, but I welcome you to this edition of TMG radio truth for a new Alex McFarlane here and I am so excited about a friend I want you to meet in just a moment. This is really been a long time in the making. The person that I want to introduce you to. I've had in my mind to bring on the show for a long time and we just now got around to doing it. Let me give you the full context of this verse and then I want to give you a full introduction to our guest. Acts 18 is very interesting because it says you will receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon you and you will be my witnesses, Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria. The uttermost parts of the earth that the word for power there, and she probably heard preachers talk about it is the word for ability power doing a mess. Obviously, from which we get the word dynamite you will receive dinner mess, power and award there is really ability power, but do you know more than 200 times the New Testament uses the word power and God says that he imparts to his church power. Now there is the ability power adeno there's another word very fascinating. Matthew 2818 through 20. Jesus has risen. He's about to send back to heaven and he says all power is given to me in heaven and earth, and he imparts that to the church now it's very fascinating listen to this the word and Matthew 28 for power is not ability power like acts 18, but authority, power, fascinating is the word from which we get the word jurisdiction to think about it, this world is God's turf jurisdiction and God says to the church more than 200 times, I'm giving you authority, power, I'm giving you ability, power to be his witnesses. Now somebody that is a great witness for the gospel is an amazing representative of our Lord and it is just a great person. His name is JJ Jasper and I'm so thrilled for the first time ever, and it certainly will be the last.
But for the first time ever we got JJ Jasper on TMG radio is a veteran morning on air radio personalities. A best-selling author is a dedicated Christian. He's built a great family answer, JJ. It's good to have you on the program and it's good to just follow what God is doing in your life. What a privilege I can say the very same things about you Alex.
As far as your how genuine and authentic you are, I hope everyone's doing well due to a mix up of pills on the kitchen counter this morning. It looks like am not in afterward.heart warms for the next 99. But that's okay. I'm glad to be here and what a joy to be a guest on your show wow well I'm just Carrington on Jeff is kidding and that you and your dear wife Melanie Melanie and we have seven children and now the Lord is been so good to his he's been better to us than we deserve is faithful and I you talking about that verse.
What a privilege to be able to share the gospel and tell people that Jesus is a life changer will, amen. And the reason that I was bringing up acts 18 Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria. The uttermost parts of the earth. The church is to have a ladle in many different pots you know where witnesses locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, but your man that wears different hats to you are a writer your broadcaster. Your your funny I'm your comedian, but your Eve also did a very serious message that will get to but him who is JJ Jasper. This multilayered servant of the king.
I grew up in Owensboro Kentucky a B student fair athlete paperboy great parents not a Christian family, per se. My grandmother had the biggest influence in my life. I sold out for the Lord Jesus Christ. She taught Sunday school for over 50 years. Long story short after high school moved in with my grandmother was just as far as the making all the wrong decisions with drugs, alcohol, dating just at the bottom of the barrel of an uncle who I looked up to was very, very religious. He was on all the committees he was very active in his church. He was born again.
He received Christ into his life, which seemed strange because he was the most religious person I knew and now he's saying I've been transformed. I realize my need for God repented of my sins received Jesus Christ into my heart and life by faith he had the biggest smile, the most joy in his life wasn't perfect, but from a distance I saw his marriage and prove I saw the joy I saw him sharing the gospel with others because of the boldness of my uncle and because of my grandmothers prayers and I was a live living with her and at this point I was at the lowest point my life that because of my uncle who would share. It's not religion it's a relationship it's about knowing Jesus and he would talk about Jesus, like he was his next-door neighbor.
He would say you know I was talking to the Lord this morning and he lay this memo harder Lord told me to go in and share the gospel with this person is life is bearing fruit. He is his relationship to the Lord was dynamic so because of my uncle Paul Gatewood because of my grandmother Gatewood because of her prayers and watch her always serving someone taking meals to people who were sick going to the hospital teaching Sunday school the love she had for Lord when I was a young man 19 years old. I got down on my knees and and did what my uncle talked about our realize my need for God humbled myself repented of my sins and receive Jesus Christ and in the heart and life by faith.
Now, when I was 12 years old I walked the aisle. A lot of you may understand what that means in, and that seems sincere but it 19th i.e. there became reality. That's right.
I was either born again or at least rededicated my life to Lord Modesto, my life changed and I can look back as a 19-year-old and see that all things are passed away behold all things became new Abby new friends, new attitudes, new wants and desires and you have gotten over Jesus is a life changer fixed a tumor to come back here on today's edition of transfer. New generation radio with our very special guest JJ Jasper from I am a watchman ministries. Here's today's I am a watchman minute for years the Farmer's almanac has speculated about the next year's weather every day meteorologist make weather predictions. Financial analysts often forecast changes in the market.
These forecasts and predictions are sometimes accurate but there's an information source that is much more certain is the Bible Bible prophecies are not sometimes true, they are always absolutely true. There are more than a thousand prophecies in the Bible and has no Bible prophecy has been shown to be in error. We can therefore have absolute confidence that the 100 or so prophecies yet to be fulfilled, including the rapture will unfold exactly as predicted in Scripture visit nine watchman.com for an abundance of free information on the important topic of Bible prophecy people be faithful, be a watchman, I am a watchman.com first Peter 315 tells us to be ready always to give an answer for the hope we have were instructed to be prepared to defend our faith.
This is Alex McFarland for the life he answers teams students we train at North Greenville University, a leading Christian college in South Carolina. The life answers. Teams are made up of students who will inspire and equip your congregation. These apologetics teams. We train speaking churches to youth groups and train Christians of all ages to address key issues of our times. From a biblical perspective like is there a God is the Bible true. What about gender and moral issues. Call me at 864977 2008 and we will arrange for the life answers team to come to your church and give a presentation that will benefit your people for years to come.
864-977-2000 eight and always be ready. Christians don't necessarily agree with one another when it comes to questions of religious pluralism, homosexuality, the role of government apportioned in the war. Too often, we manage these disagreements by ignoring them, yet were called to engage the world for the sake of Christ. How can we be effective if we avoid society's most pressing questions in 10 issues that divide Christians Alex McFarland challenges us to drill down to the biblical core of 10 current issues such as social justice evil and suffering, not Murphy and environmentalism as he echoes the biblical invitation come let us reason together only by engaging the Scriptures deeply thinking clearly and speaking truthfully can we, in God's family address our differences and discover the peace that comes with unity of purpose. 10 issues that divide Christians find this book and many email@example.com timeless truths in a soundbite culture for a new generation radio well-connected TMG radio will get to continue our conversation with JJ Jasper would do that. I do want to refer you to the recently redesigned were so excited about it.
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We're going to be in Richmond, Virginia, October 11 12 Mount Vernon Baptist Church pastor Josh Franklin always got such great friends in Richmond Virginia I think about Bradford Howard I think about John Seiden Stricker I think about Eileen and Charles Cochran. I think about the great Andy Redford at the Virginia Christian counseling center.
And all of my big Richmond friends you know who I'm talking about, but we're coming to Richmond with a transferring agent event October 11, 12, and it's a Friday night all day Saturday. This is kind of our format Friday night. We have several speakers like Todd Starnes from Fox news and other great speakers. People like Nikki Addison and Abe Hamilton, the third of the American family Association, but Friday night is very evangelistic because we set unity can't defend the faith. If you don't have the faith.
So week before we go any farther. Friday night TMG is very evangelistic but then all day Saturday. We do apologetics and how do you share Christ with an atheist. What about creation versus evolution.
What about the moral issues of our day.
What about the Bible. Can you trust that the Bible is the word of God and how do we in the 21st century where America and the West is become really almost militantly secular.
How do we present explained. If in the gospel but then in November were going to be in Ohio November 15, 16 landmark Baptist Church Cincinnati, Ohio seeking good website truth for a new generation.com truth, for truth for a new generation.com.
Listen, we generally have people come from 25, 26 states and this could be the event where people either come to the Lord, or maybe even come back to the Lord bring a skeptic. Bring your kids bring your church staff but gratitude for new generation in America we want to see you as we close out a big year of ministry much much the Lord is done in 2019. But we can't wait to come to Richmond. We can't wait to come to Ohio. And so, pray promote plan to attend.
It's email@example.com. Without further ado on a resume or conversation with JJ Jasper on his website is JJ Jasper.com and I've got ASCII brother. The initials JJ does it stand for joyful in Jesus. What is JJ stouthearted jump in Jehoshaphat know very simple James Jasper. Early on, any time you have a J first name and a J last name.
If you have an a Jenny Johnson and Jim Jackson. They almost always get called JJ and that was the case for me so no big mystery James Jasper well and you know before the break we were talking about how at age 19. God really got a hold of your life and if there's one thing that I could say characterizes you, it's joy.
Had Edison not invented the light bulb. Not to worry, JJ, Jasper has a joyful countenance that could've lit up a city. I really believe that. Have you always been that the sunshiny person that you are not ours. The class clown and diet. Laughter is good medicine. That's a gift the Lord gave me early on but you know or talk about testimony on so thankful that I met Jesus that I had an encounter with the living Lord, and he's given me a joy that is so much different than all the counterfeit that the enemy has put out so as to just sort of started in ministry early this almost immediately after becoming a Christian and worked with young people a lot. Fast forward to getting Christian radio and of been doing mornings since I started way back in 1985, one Christian station was there for five years W. CFB started with American family radio and summer of 1991 and have been doing mornings since then. I was going ask you how long have you been with the American family says Jan the little trivia on the very first day when they flip the switch.
I was the guy that say good morning Rio and I guess that makes me old even though I don't feel that all you don't look old but for since 1991. I've had the privilege just to be a cheerleader for Jesus.
We have almost 200 stations in 36 states and along the way as you mention, I do stand up comedy speak at banquets and crisscross the country couple weeks ago I was in Illinois the week before that Ohio the week before that Georgia and just enjoy it so rewarding to to make people laugh, to be at the men's ministry events while game suppers pregnancy resource Center sure annual fundraisers. I do a lot of those throughout the year and you know that verse in Ephesians 4, says the Lord can do exceeding abundantly more than we can ask or think more than we can ask and imagine that Scott testimony Alex it God is been so good to me and my family more than we could ever ask or imagine, you know, when you belay for the people listening God number one God wants them to have a personal relationship with Christ and the debts that's step one is to open your heart and be born again but God wants to do more in us and through us than we could ever dream folks will work to pull away for a brief break and then you're going to hear a story I guarantee the single most compelling story you're getting here all month you're about to hear, but Daniel 1132 says the people who know their God will be strong and do exploits. JJ Jasper is a man who knows his God and he's being used mightily of the Lord because, listen when you've got Jesus in the spirit of God indwells you God will do exploits through your life. We need we need to get rowdy for Jesus. If I can say that. And so Daniel 1132. Meditate on that verse, state, and when we come back. The story of JJ's book that the nation's hearing about and it will be the single most compelling story you here in a long long time to don't go away. TMG radio continues with JJ Jasper. After this, the P&G unashamed conferences coming to Richmond, Virginia, October 11 and 12. Experience core truths that make for an unshakable faith with Tina Marie Griffin Todd Starks Kemal Shelley wiki Addison project Chris Meyer and William Fetter.
Romans 116 says I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes come to the truth for a new conference get equipped, empowered and inspired to confidently share the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is committed to impacting our nation for Christ and the future and equipping you to be a difference maker.
Register now by calling 877 yes God one that's 877 yes, God, and the number one or visit the TMG website for a new generation.com. The TMG unashamed conference, Richmond, Virginia, October 11 and 12 dive deeper into your faith. There's been some confusion between the title of engage magazine and the term, engage, listen, would you marrying I see now that's what I mean engage magazine is a ministry to millennial's while getting engaged is Tom oh Melissa Wright. The thing is we want to be engaged that sweet but engage magazine is about being engage with your faith in the culture visit engage magazine.net no need to have a Bible degree from Liberty University to land sir, pray, worship and obey God they can make life more vibrantly when you're ready for a religious studies degree find more than 60 ministry degree option is to Dr. ministry one little black great forgive any courses at liberty University where we train champions for Christ. That liberty.\to learn more as limiting.\Explorer to learn more for apologetics, resources, books by Alex McFarlane and to find out where Alex is speaking. Visit truth for a new generation.com welcome back to P&G radio. God bless you and thank you for listening. We're continuing our conversation, JJ Jasper, a friend and colleague. He is the on-air morning host of the American family radio network hear a friend and again.
His website is JJ Jasper.com JJ is a very funny person, just a great robust communicator.
But being a Christian doesn't mean the absence of all pain and problems that is JJ here exactly right. Love to laugh. Laughter really is the best medicine as it says in Scripture but we were we were rocking along our life was marked by travel in ministry, a wonderful church home. Just incredible family and friends and we just we rarely had any trouble, and I like to speak of until 2008 and if I can share this part briefly. I in March 2008. My father-in-law who is just larger-than-life. My wife Melanie is a daddy's girl. He found out he had cancer in just a few short weeks. He we were attending his funeral, so he died in March, one week later wife Melanie had a miscarriage and then later of the same year, on Labor Day I had a near fatal horseback riding accident. I was in the hospital for 59 days in town somewhere for seven days. When the doctor came in and told Melanie if your husband survives the next 48 hours and she was like white light.
If he survives this is a horseback riding accident so from her perspective.
Imagine this, her dad, my wife's dad died in March, one week later she had a miscarriage. Those of you listening you you like. As you know how horrible and and and the grief associated with that. So her dad dies she has a miscarriage and her husband almost as the same year. At the end of the year we held together as a family and we we just said you know this is been the toughest year of her life, but our consolation was nothing can ever match that the trouble we've had him and we just that will in a year and then. That said, the next year by 2009 you were about to go through a deep valley that most people would find unthinkable, and at the book losing Cooper finding hope to grieve well is the story I first saw the television special of flame on the video but I your five euro sign them Cooper right. The joy of your life. We bought a farm horses cattle were riding in a dune buggy. The short version we run up and down this lane, we bought the dune buggy because it was low to the ground padded roll bars patted sidebars. He was buckled in after riding up and down the road positive that we always called do a doughnut wheat we were through riding a dad in his and his boy having fun a father and son making memories wind in our hair. I just returned from a trip from Denver. It was Friday, the weekend was here.
The sun was shining.
After we road house is going to do a doughnut was.
It was level, we are in the pasture turn the will. Florida spun around in the dune buggy flipped over and and it threw me out. I was not buckled in and Cooper was still buckled in the dune buggy was lying outside and I can remember Alex like it was yesterday when I hit the ground the very first thought.
I thought if I put a scratch on my little buddy.
He was my best friend, not our only son.
At the time I thought if I if I broke his little arm will never be able to forgive myself a race to the dune buggy was still laying aside and just a freak accident and that rollover broke his little neck and on July 17, 2009. My only son died in my arms. JJ what went through your mind when you knew that your five euro sign was gone and it was you are out just doing father-son daddy stuff what what were your thoughts shock, horror, all the things that people say it was surreal.
Something this catastrophic that this can happen in the blink of an eye. These things happen to somebody else. This is every parent's worst nightmare in your man living for the Lord yet godly man and a tragedy, exactly the darkest day of our life and I don't have the words and in the next few minutes to tell how how you just feel like you have a band around your chest. You can't breathe. It's all you can do to put 1 foot in front of the other the next days and weeks were just a blur.
You're in a fog that I will say his grace is sufficient.
God is faithful that Bible that we trust the Lord that we that we put our faith in those are just words on it on a page. It really is true and the lowest point of our life in our darkest day. God is faithful and Jesus was right there to hold her hand.
He's promised to never leave you never forsake you and and Jesus is the hero of our story were still standing.
Our marriage is strong or not bitter or angry God were still going to church and is not our strength. When you lose a loved one. They require supernatural help and guide Dave and God gave that to us. And so, so, to God be the glory.
What compelled you and Melanie to tell your story well AFA leadership approached as only months after the accident and they said we try to find some resources to help you.
There's not a lot out there for parents who lost a child.
In fact, think about this. A woman whose husband dies. She's called a widow, a child loses his parents there called an orphan. If you ever thought of it. There's not even a name for parents who lost a child because it's so horrific it so unnatural and so out of order you not supposed to outlive outlive your children and so on a Friday afternoon, we are having fun a daddy and his boy Saturday mid morning we were at the funeral home and the funeral director saying which one of these caskets do you want for lowboy all those words about surreal and this is just gotta be a nightmare. I know I'm gonna wake up AFA approached as they said they want to give his resources there there there was anything to choose from. They said you haven't turned to drugs or alcohol. Marriage is still strong. Still love God.
If and when you're able.
We want to make A movie. Number one, we want to give it away and not sell it. Number two. We want people and others hope on the other side of tragedy, so we did that is called flame on. You can go to JJ and Jasper.com it's right there at the bottom of the page. We give away hundreds of thousands of copies and I'm so sorry that were out of time, but I want to thank you and on behalf of the listeners throughout the USA, we want to say that we love you we appreciate you JJ and all that you do and you know because of all that we have in Christ. You'll see Cooper again yes yes will spend more time with him in heaven than we ever did here on earth. Folks are even listening to TMG radio Alex McFarlane with our very special guest today, JJ, Jasper and me just say this, Jesus is what your heart is hungry for. And if you are going through a valley, you need to know that God does love you. He will never leave your forsake you.
If you will turn to Christ, he will receive you, he will restore you and so if you need spiritual help if we can encourage you in your walk with the Lord. That's what we hear today for the out the website through all of our events and publishing true furniture.com. Thank you for listening. God bless you and we look for to being with you next time. TMG radio is made possible by the friends of Alex McFarlane ministry, PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404. That's PO Box 10231, Greensboro, NC 27404 call us at 877 yes God one that's 877 yes, God in the number one.
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