TWR Country Focus: Uganda
A young man in Uganda recently wrote to us, sharing (in part):
“I reached a point of burning any script that had the word of God. I hated myself and my life, and with time, lost meaning of existence. I remember on several occasions I attempted suicide because the world was meaningless to me.
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"Jesus, if you are the one that gives life as meant to be, I want it. Please get me out of this hospital bed well, and I promise I will leave no stone unturned in my pursuit of truth."
This was the heartfelt prayer of Dr. Ravi Zacharias at the age of 17 from a suicidal bed after a local Christian member instructed his mother to read John 14 to him from the Bible. Yet it was John 14:19b that spoke volumes to his teenage heart. Nine years he later graduated at Ontario Bible College. He earned a Master's degree of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield Illinois. Since then, he has been honoured with no less than six conferring doctoral degrees.
Written by Ingrid Heizelmaier
When I was 16, doing a good deed every day was just part of being a good girl-scout. Along with it also came the bad conscience… if, once again, I did not manage to do such a good deed that day. The good deed, however, never seemed to make up for what was going wrong in my life. And I asked myself: How on earth will I ever get an ‘okay’ from God? Later on, while driving on the highway, fear strangled me. What if this car would now smash into the concrete wall? I wasn’t prepared to meet the One who had created me. All in all, my belief as a teenager was a mix of thinking about things and just trying to do my best.
“Dr. Jeremiah, your teachings from the book of Revelation have opened my heart to understand that God is following His plans for this World. Your reference to the Book of Daniel about the Kingdom has helped me to believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord. I will worship Him till the end of my life.”
Dr. Jeremiah is a great encourager
Letters like these are typical of the degree of gratitude expressed by listeners to TWR Africa’s English broadcasts, which features popular Bible teacher Dr. David Jeremiah!
"Christ alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone, Grace alone, to the glory of God alone."
These are the 'Five Solas': The Latin phrases adopted during the Reformation some 500 years ago, to summarize the Reformers' theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity. Professor Martin Luther's key insight that helped triggrer the Reformation, namely that christians attain salvation only by the grace of God, is what we refer to as justication by faith alone.
This then what lies behind the build-up towards the major worldwide commemoration and celebration of the Reformation on 31 October 2017. The Reformation was primarily about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was then, but so it is now! The task of Reformation never ends, for every person, in every generation, needs to hear that Christ alone saves from sin and death, those who repent and believe-John 3:16.
Ingrid Heinzelmaier teams up with a distinguished guest, Prof Martin Luther, in the feature article of this edition of update to share their mutual hunger after the justication which God alone can give.
Join me along with many others on October 31st, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, to pause and praise God for the reviving, through the Reformation, the irrevocable fundamental truths which we hold to- Christ alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone, Grace alone, to the glory of God alone.
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