Ankerberg Monthly Letter May 2014 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter May 2014

Almost all of us know someone who has rejected the Christian faith because of science. This month on television we will use the latest scientific evidence to reach people for Christ and hope to strengthen your faith in God as well.

Did you know that modern science has discovered the universe had a beginning? Astronomer George Smoot from the University of California—Berkeley states, “What we have found is evidence for the birth of the universe… It’s like looking at God.” This astounding revelation has enormous consequences.

For example, Nobel Prize winner Arnold Penzias has declared, “Astronomy leads us to a unique event, a universe which was created out of nothing, one with the very delicate balance needed to provide exactly the conditions required to permit life, and one which has an underlying, one might say ‘supernatural’ plan.” Isn’t it interesting that the Bible says, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

George Greenstein in his book The Symbiotic Universe talks about the implications of the universe having a beginning. He writes, “Is it possible that suddenly without intending to we have stumbled upon scientific proof of the existence of a Supreme Being?” Stephen Hawking concedes, “It would be very difficult to explain why the universe should have begun in just this way except as the act of a God who intended to create beings like us.”

If you have ever wanted to believe in God, but were concerned about contradicting known scientific facts, today’s science provides you reasons to believe God exists and powerfully created all things. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” from Genesis 1:1accurately describes what science has discovered.

This month on the John Ankerberg Show I’m airing a new series of programs on science with astronomer Dr. Hugh Ross. He is a PhD graduate from the University of Toronto and has conducted postdoctoral research at Cal Tech on quasars. He is the author of numerous books on the origin of the universe, producer of the documentary Journey Toward Creation, and serves as president of the organization Reasons to Believe.

Science Discovers the Universe Had a Beginning

In our first series of four programs called “Science Discovers the Universe Had a Beginning” Dr. Ross presents the scientific evidence that has led astronomers to conclude the universe had a beginning, and how God has designed the universe in precisely the manner necessary for human life to safely live on earth. Further, you’ll learn how God positioned the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune to protect the Earth. You’ll also see how God has uniquely designed the sun, moon, and stars for our benefit.

Step by Step through Creation

In our second series, Dr. Ross and I will take you verse by verse through Genesis 1 and 2 in four programs entitled “Step by Step through Creation.” You’ll learn how the biblical account of creation can be reconciled with today’s scientific evidence. Further, we’ll share clips from Hebrew scholar Dr. Walter Kaiser explaining the meanings of some of the Hebrew words used in the account of creation.

New Resources for You

So this month, I’m making available an exclusive package of resources available only at the John Ankerberg Show. It includesour two series, “Science Discovers the Universe Had a Beginning” and “Step by Step through Creation” on Blu-ray and DVD for $49 each. Then, I’m including two new study guides that parallel our two television series.Each study guide contains four sessions for your personal study or Bible study groupand is available for a gift of $8 each, or for five or more copies, $5 each.

Further, we are making available the documentary movie Journey Toward Creation which will transport you by state-of-the-art computer animation out into space and back in time through the solar system, past stars, galaxies, and quasars—all the way back to the moment the universe came into existence—and show you how God meticulously created and designed the universe. This updated second edition documentary movie is available on DVD for $30.

Finally, all 5 of these new resources are available together in a special package for your gift of $120 or more this month. See the enclosed card to order.

Taking the Gospel to the World

Now let me take a moment to share with you the latest news about our new global outreach. This month, we will begin offering our first TV programs in the world’s top 11 languages in partnership with international broadcasters who desire to air our programs in their countries.

These translated television programs will also be available for people around the world to view on their computers, tablets, and smartphones. When you download the free John Ankerberg Show app you can now watch our TV programs in 11 languages.

What’s next? As I shared last month, we are currently completing 50 programs in 11 languages for a total of 550 translated programs. This will provide one year of weekly programs and allow us to speak directly to 78% of the people in the world.

But now that broadcasters worldwide are beginning to use these programs, we want to prepare two more years of weekly programs. In addition, we have met other international broadcasters interested in our programs for languages we have not yet translated. To help fix this, we want to translate 150 programs in 20 languages to speak to about 83% of the world.

Now, I thank you for helping us with the first phase of this outreach. But we can’t do this next part without your partnership. As the Lord leads you, I hope you will help us reach even more people with the gospel. It costs approximately $1,000 to translate one half hour program into another language. Would you consider sponsoring part or all of a translated program?

Please consider that if God has blessed you recently in your finances, there may be no better eternal investment you can make than to bring the gospel to people across the world in the languages they speak. This month, please see the enclosed card to help in this project as God leads you.

God’s Word for Every Person

You’ve probably heard me mention the fact we are providing many language translations of the Bible at our website for users on any online device worldwide. A few months ago, we started with 753 language translations; today there are now 813 language translations available.

We encourage you to check it out for yourself and share this with everyone you know. It is free for you to use and share. Just click on the “Bible in your language” tab at JAshow.org to start.

Get the John Ankerberg Show App for Your Phone

Also, if you have a smartphone or tablet, be sure to download our free John Ankerberg Show app.This app will give you immediate access to our latest broadcasts of the John Ankerberg Show,as well as programs in the top 11 languages of the world. You will also be able access our daily question-and-answer clips, listen to our radio programs, or read the Bible in different languages.Just go to the App Store or Google Play and search for “Ankerberg.” Download the app and enjoy our programs, Bibles and audio Bibles, and other resources and share them with others.

Together for the Gospel

Never before has God opened such opportunities for us to work together to share the gospel. The same gospel that has changed us has the power to change others. Our Lord calls us to take this message to every person possible.

Our calling is not only important; it is urgent. Every day, around the world, about 153,000 people die. How many of them know the Lord? I want them all to have some chance to hear the gospel.

Thank you for all you have already done to make our ministry together possible. I enjoy hearing from you and pray each night that God will bless and provide for you.

Sincerely,

Dr. John Ankerberg