HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROTHER SWAGGART
Yes, I’m saying that to myself. I hardly believe it. Eighty-one years old and I feel like I’m about 28; however, I’m absolutely certain that I look a little older than 28. But I’ve never felt better in my life, and I give the Lord all the praise and all the glory.
No, I do not want anything for myself, and I mean that. But I do want something for the work of God.
If this evangelist has been any type of blessing for you and to you, then I’m asking that, to help us pay for television airtime to preach the gospel, you present a gift to the ministry of $81, $810, or $8100. Perhaps all of that is out of your range, but you could afford $25.81.
Like I said, none of this will go to me, but all of that will go for television airtime, which we always desperately need.
THE HOLY SPIRIT
I suspect that many of you have noticed that there is an increase in the anointing of the Holy Spirit on the services at Family Worship Center, plus the teaching over the network itself. And please believe me, what we are now seeing, for which we are so thankful, is only a portent of what’s going to happen in the very hear future. I believe that we are going to see the greatest move of the Holy Spirit respecting souls being saved and believers being baptized with the Holy Spirit, plus sick bodies healed, and people delivered regarding bondages of darkness, that the world or the church has ever known. I believe it’s going to happen, and I believe we are on the verge of it.
I find myself saying the following over and over, and I pray that you will take to heart my words, even though they are repetitive. Without you, we could not do what we are doing. Without you, this gospel would not be going to the ends of the earth. But it is going to the ends of the earth, touching untold millions of people, because of your faithfulness and your burden for the lost. So I say thank you, from the deep and the bottom of my heart.
And I also want to say thank you to all the people on our team who help to make it possible. I speak of the musicians, the singers, the technical people working in television and radio, and those who help make Family Worship Center what it is. Without them, we simply would not be able to carry forth as we are. In fact, the Lord has given us some tremendous people for which we are thankful and without whom we would be hard put to carry forth the load that we do carry. And I must not leave out our phone operators and volunteers. They perform such a valuable service.
As well, I’m so very thankful for the preachers that God has given us. They are, I believe, some of the very best in the world today. These are men and women who love God and who understand the Word of God, which means they understand the Message of the Cross as no others in the world. And please forgive me for singling out my son and my grandson. But I am so thankful for the anointing of the Holy Spirit that the Lord has placed on them. Nothing could make a parent and grandparent happier than that.
FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER MEDIA CHURCH
Someone asked me the other day as to how many we have in the media church. I thought about it a moment, and I think we would have to write a special program for the computers to be able to come up with that number. But I know, and beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it’s over 100,000, possibly even as much as 200,000 or 300,000. At any rate, how so very, very happy we are to have each and every one of you.
These people come from all over the world, and they want to be a part of what God is doing at Family Worship Center. We feel that our efforts are made a little easier because of all of these people who pray for us, and who stand with us, and who support this work.
Some ask the question, “What are the requirements for joining Family Worship Center Media Church?” There is only one requirement, and that is to be born again.
“But Brother Swaggart,” some do say, “Isn’t there a sum of money involved?” No there isn’t!
Your giving is between you and God. Of course, as you understand, it costs us money to bring the gospel into your home, your heart, and your life 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So, yes, we strongly encourage all of you to pay your tithes; however, once again, that’s between you and the Lord. We love you. We will do everything we can to be the pastors that you ought to have. And we encourage you to support the work both prayerfully and financially, but that’s as far as we will go with that statement.
THE EXPOSITORS STUDY BIBLE
Do you realize that The Expositor’s Study Bible has just passed the 2 million mark? I’m so excited about it, and I thank God for helping us to give something to the people that will help them to understand the Word of God just a little better.
When I was editing the notes for the Expositor’s, time and again I would sense the presence of God. I would mention to Frances how that I knew the Lord was going to use this Bible to bless people.
During those days, little did I dream that the Lord would help us to place The Expositor’s Study Bible into the hands of hundreds of thousands of third world pastors and preachers. How I thank God for that privilege. And how I thank you for helping to make it possible. I don’t know, as I am wont to say, that there is any missions work in the world that does more for God than this of putting these Bibles into the hands of these preachers.
Many of them could not afford one if they knew about it. They simply don’t have the money, period. Whenever they are given one of these Bibles, and in their own language, there is no way that words can describe the feelings that many of these people have. But it’s all made possible by you, and the Lord telling us to do this.
Once again, happy birthday, Brother Swaggart, and, once again, I say that to myself on your behalf.