2016 was the year of the Combo Breaker! Some major changes hit this past year. What do they bode for 2017?
Monday, December 19, 2016
The same story every year, the same services, the same kid's costumes, the same sermon, and the same ole message. Beyond just escaping consumerism, maybe it's time for the church to rethink Christmas. Have we been missing part of the essential story that those who don't follow Christ need to hear on the only day they're in our pews?
Monday, December 12, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Did you ever wonder if there's something missing, that there's a disconnect in your walk with Christ? Is there a root for all the deep divides in the Body? Perhaps something is missing from too many of our lives. It might even be something important.
Monday, November 28, 2016
Monday, November 14, 2016
Monday, November 7, 2016
We've been hacking and slashing at each other for years. Words are our normal weapons but at times physical violence has exploded. Our nation is more divided now than it has ever been and the church is no exception. We need to know the tool of this division if we are to heal from it.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Just a few days later, this article appears, TRENDING: Universities work to purge male students of their ‘toxic’ masculinity. It's hard to see anything else but an example of leftist hatred of real men.
Are there jerks? Yes. Are there men who are all macho acting but aren't real men? Absolutely. (These are the phony Alpha Males I talk about in the episode) Do these guys represent the majority of men in the U.S.? Absolutely not! Most men are not violent or just waiting to rape a woman. That idea is patently absurd.
Still, we have forgotten what it really means to be a man. That's why I do the Real Men series of programs and teach on the subject as often as possible. True manhood is lumped in with the extremes of foolishness and is being replaced my a softer, more effeminate model. Sports, action films, rugged work, and other activities generally associated with masculinity are attacked as violent and evil.
The last episode of the TV series House I ever watched involved a patient that worked as a marriage expert with his wife. He was very sensitive and nurturing. It turned out that he had experienced an injury that had greatly decreased his testosterone levels. After treatment with injections and preparation to correct the injury, he started to take charge and make decisions. He was exaggerated into a jerk. His conclusion? Stop the treatments and not have the surgery because, "I was a better man before." I was sick. Real Men can be emotional but must be leaders in their homes, have a work ethic, and set an example for his children.
Please, don't let your sons grow up without an understanding of the character and integrity of a real man.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Monday, October 24, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The other night, a man who calls himself a pastor made a statement that made my blood boil. In the midst of a conversation, he said, "I know what the Scriptures say, but I believe this" and then proceeded to explain his view on the topic. I was a common view in the church and almost Biblical but not quite. Just a hint, if you have to express your belief with the statement, "I know what the Scriptures say but," you've probably believed something that isn't true.
Of course, this idea isn't new. People and teachers have crafted their own beliefs for centuries. Ignoring or using the Word out of context are the oldest deceptions the enemy has in his arsenal. If he can get us to live our lives based upon lies and spread them, he wins. Eventually, he can convince us of anything the further we get from the grounding of the Word.
Remember, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (II Tim 3:16,17) That's pretty clear. Ignore the Scriptures at your own peril. Teach others to do likewise, the peril increases. "My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment." (James 3:1) That verse gives me chills every time I read it. Each time I get behind a mic or take the platform, I remember that verse and focus on what the Word says. Those who would disregard any part of the Bible would do well to remember the same.
However, there are times that someone could say "I know what the Scriptures say but..." and it be perfectly acceptable. It all depends on what follows. Obviously, the previous and all too common use leading to false teachings and justification of sin isn't one that works well. In contrast, consider the following:
- I know what the Scriptures say but I'm having a hard time understanding it.
- I know what the Scriptures say but I don't know how to live it out.
- I know what the Scriptures say but I have questions.
Do you see the difference? The first use justifies the flesh but these come from a place of humility and a desire to grow. Asking questions seeking understanding is essential to anyone who follows Christ. No matter how long someone has served the Lord, no matter how well one knows the Word, there is still more to learn. We can grow only when we are seeking knowledge and how to gain true Godly wisdom from that knowledge.
If the latter is how you approach the "but," you're in good company. Seek the Lord diligently, "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Tim 2:15) That comes from seeking understanding and wisdom.
Monday, October 17, 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
Monday, October 3, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
We have tried to move forward with the extremely limited capacity that we have. We have been able to produce our weekly podcast but not much more than that. We have video footage from our first conference that we would release but we can't process it. Anything beyond the most rudimentary audio production is beyond the ability of the older model computer that was given to us after the crash first happened. Video work is completely impossible.
We need your help. We are starting a fundraiser to replace our tower and a few key components that are beginning to fail. We will be using a multifaceted approach as our limitations allow. The essentials of the need can be found on an Amazon wishlist created just for that purpose. The tower and monitor on the list are included for specs only as a guideline for anyone who chooses to help.
We do not have the resources to replace the lost equipment. Our ministry and personal budget run razor thin. Up to this point, we have been mostly self funded save for ticket sales to the Sex, Porn, & Freedom Conference and a few timely contributions. In order to fulfill the mission the Lord has given us, we can't operate that way anymore. This initial fundraiser gets us moving in the right direction. A follow up for the next phase is coming down the road.
Please, prayerfully consider how you can help. Give if you are able and if not, please share this as wide as you can on social media and in person. We trust the Lord that He will move on the hearts of enough of his people that we will accomplish that which has been entrusted to us.
The complete list can be found on Amazon following this link. If you would like to give financially, visit the Support page of our website.
The people of Laodicea thought they had it all together. They were rich and in need of nothing. Jesus didn't see it that way. Neither hot nor cold, they were lukewarm and the Lord could not tolerate that. His warning to them rings to us now. What does it mean to be hot or cold? Tune in to find out.
Monday, September 12, 2016
Jesus found the church at Philadelphia to be faithful. Certainly, no one describes the modern church that way. Or, in the midst, can faithfulness still found? If Jesus is still speaking to the church today through these seven, who is he talking to with this message?
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Monday, August 29, 2016
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
A Pew research poll released this morning surveys people who have left church who now profess to have lost faith in God. Many, I'm willing to bet, were raised more as cultural Christians (a large number admitted to never having really believed). The ones that stood out are those who stated that rational thought or science cancel out religion. I tend to disagree with that idea.
Several months ago, I had a chance conversation with someone who stated that he left church because no one could answer his questions. So, I responded out of genuine curiosity, "Okay, like what?"
He stood up straight and in a strong defiant tone made a statement rather than asking a question. "Miracles violate all laws of science!" He obviously thought that this would end all discussion. His tone indicated that he would brook no argument to his position.
Undeterred, I looked at him, "So, you don't have a question but a wall. Miracles, by definition, are violations of the known laws of science. If they fit in our understanding of science, they wouldn't be miracles." I'm not sure but I'm willing to bet that he had heard something similar before our conversation. He got very huffy and even more defiant. He made it clear that he wanted no more of this kind of talk. I think he was hoping that I would fumble and stumble or maybe try to use weak science or rewrite the Biblical account to explain miracles like some do. I merely stated my logical belief.
There are a lot of people who are striving to demonstrate a fictitious divide between faith and science. Vocal atheists including Bill Nye state their belief plainly that no one who believes in God can be a scientist. Personally, I find that statement to be completely irrational as I see the hand of a Creator through science. I believe that some of that is simply that the idea of the miraculous, even when there is evidence to prove that it occurred, breaks their safe world.
I am a logical, rational man with a background in physics. Of all the scientific disciplines, apart from healings, physics seems to be the one most often on the receiving end of these alleged violations. Walking on water? Crazy, right? What about that whole dividing the Red Sea thing? Liquid water doesn't behave that way. That's why they're miracles. In each of those two cases, water changed its properties. In one case, a liquid supports the weight of not only Jesus but Peter as well. The surface area of the human foot is no where near sufficient to create buoyancy. Water splitting and becoming walls on either side of the gap? Don't even get me started on why that just doesn't work.
I chose these cases because they are dramatic example of something that could not be easily dismissed. No attempt to alter the Biblical account has ever been able to measure up to each detail of the event. My scientific background says that these could not have happened. However, that same science points me to the Creator. Logically, if there is a Creator, He can exert His power over the universe he created.
Yes, there is an element of faith involved. However, it is my experience that science also involves an element of faith. Sometimes, the faith isn't in the actual data but in the interpretation of that data. For the man I mentioned earlier, he was hung up on how he saw the world and couldn't put it aside. He had faith in his interpretation of the world around him and anything that contradicted that could not be accepted. In truth, I didn't continue the discussion because I knew that he wouldn't be receptive to a word I had to say.
Do miracles make rational sense? That depends. It is rational if you accept the reality of a Creator and put your faith in Him. However, for a purely naturalistic world view, anything that violates the known laws of the universe can be a tough hurdle to leap. Miracles definitely break all the rules.
Please, when engaging in these discussions, please don't assume the other is a fool who only needs to come around to your point of view. Debating science versus religion won't get you far. A little piece of wisdom from my father, "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still."
Remember the mission. It's about Jesus and His work on the cross. Let the faith and belief in miracles take care of itself. It worked with me. I was well versed in science when I came to Christ at the age of twenty-four. Trust the work of the Holy Spirit. He is very good at His job.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Monday, August 15, 2016
The church of Ephesus and the church of Smyrna were the first two of the seven. To each, Jesus spoke different words. One He encouraged and warned, the other exhorted and corrected. These words spoke by Christ resonate to us now. What does it mean to lose our first love? Will the persecution come?
Monday, August 8, 2016
Monday, August 1, 2016
We pray for revival all the time but it never seems to come. Preachers and commentators all proclaim that the only hope for our nation and the world is another Great Awakening but the heavens seem as brass. Why don't we see revival? Are we actually ready for it? Do we even know what we're asking for?
Monday, July 25, 2016
Monday, July 18, 2016
Monday, July 11, 2016
My lovely bride and I had the honor of ministering at Gothicon as part of the Audiofeed Music Festival. What was it like to minister to a bunch of Christian Goths? Is that the contradiction in terms? Tune in to get real answers.
Monday, June 27, 2016
Ask yourself this question: When was the last time you heard a message on repentance? I don't mean a call to accept Jesus, but a real, solid call to repentance for the believer and unbeliever alike. Perhaps we need to take a long, hard look at this question and this dangerous and transformational truth. (From The Archives)
Saturday, June 18, 2016
This isn't like most Christian conferences. We aren't going to be asking anyone to confess or open up about their struggles. We're going to reserve those for smaller settings like men's or women's retreats or gatherings. Since this is a conference for both men and women, we are not going to do more than present information and the opportunity for a prayer of salvation. If someone wants private prayer, we will make accommodations in a separate room.
So, who should come? Everyone. It really is that simple.
- If you are an addict, come and discover that you are not alone and there is hope.
- If you love an addict, come and find support and tools to help.
- If you are struggle, find hope and peace.
- If you are in ministry, come and learn the truth about the depth and breadth of the problem and how you can help.
- If you're a parent, find out what your kids are facing today and where it's going.
- If you are curious, come.
This is for everyone. By coming, nothing is being admitted. If you struggle or know you are addicted, no one else will know. You will be surrounded by people who are addicted like you, those who've never used porn in their lives, and everyone in between. There is no shame in attending no matter who you are. No matter what, you can be part of the solution.
The truth is that we can no longer afford to be silent on the problem. For Jesus' Outsider Ministries, this is only a start, the first of many as we travel bringing a message of truth and hope.
Please, join us for this important conference. Pornography is destroying the Body of Christ from within and if we don't face it, the harm it does to our brothers and sisters could be irreparable. For more information, visit the special section of our site.
If you can't attend or still unsure, please contact me. We are willing to come and talk to any group with this same message.
Monday, June 13, 2016
"So much death. What can be done in the face of such reckless face?" In the light of the terrorist attack on Pulse in Orlando, how can the followers of Christ respond? What can we do when people who believe we hate them are attacked with true evil intent?
Monday, June 6, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Porn is invading every aspect of our culture. Even if we don't know it, we've been affected in one way or another. Women are especially vulnerable to the changing sexual landscape. Our sisters aren't immune. Tie-in episode to the Sex, Porn, and Freedom Conference series.
Monday, May 16, 2016
We're in a consumer driven culture. The church, it seems, is no different. Just listen to some of the music and a lot of the popular preaching. Maybe it's time to take a fresh look at the message we're sending. The future may depend on it.
Monday, May 9, 2016
Marketing can help the church grow. At least, that's what we've been told for years. One major national preacher decided what parts of the Gospel were marketable and ignored the rest. In the midst of the chaos, are there principles that can help and what parts hurt us?
Monday, May 2, 2016
(From the Archives) The pornification of our culture continues unabated. Large companies are moving towards targeting our kids with their sexual message with provocative clothes and other merchandise. That's just the beginning!
Monday, April 25, 2016
Monday, April 18, 2016
Monday, April 11, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Okay, the small one first. As we prepare for the Sex, Porn, and Freedom Conference, time has become more critical and short. We also have a number of ministry opportunities on the horizon that will require a lot of prep time and travel. To prevent the quality of the podcast from suffering, we have decided to drop to one episode a week. It will be uploaded Monday mornings at 6:30. The advantage for us and yours truly the host is that it can be recorded any night of the week and preloaded. We can then travel and minister as needed and have fresh, new content every week. This change goes into effect April 17th.
The big decision is one that we had to seek a lot of counsel on before coming to a conclusion. Most ministries incorporate as a not-for-profit corporation and file for a 501c3 tax exempt status. We have decided to go another direction.
There were a number of factors leading to this point. Since the last time we filed for a 501 several years ago, a lot of changes have occurred within the IRS and to the tax code and more on the way. More than one person, including an attorney, our banker, and other ministry leaders warned that the IRS doesn't like parachurch organizations. They don't grasp them and their purpose. More, it is likely that the free speech restrictions placed on not-for-profits are going to become even more draconian. Since we are unwilling to compromise one pen stroke of the Word, we would lose that status before allowing the government to silence us in the name of political correctness.
There are also more practical reasons. The bookkeeping is much simpler. We will practice financial accountability but we don't have to worry about the federal and state filings or restrictions. We will have to charge sales tax on any merchandise we sell at events but that isn't a big deal.
Since we are not a donation based ministry, there isn't a benefit to the status. The majority of the revenue we receive is from ticket sales, speaker fees, and merchandise sales. Sponsorships and table fees are conferences are still tax deductible for businesses as advertising expenses just like for any other trade show or conference. If someone wants to donate, we obviously won't stop them but there will not be a tax benefit for the contribution.
This was a tough decision but the right one. If things change down the road, we will revisit it. For us, it means that Jesus' Outsider and Deep Mystery Studio are essentially one and the same. The studio has always been linked to the show as the site of recording and as the vision shifts, they will be more integrated. Once the equipment we lost is replaced, we will be producing more media aimed at proclaiming freedom in Christ.
God is moving and there's a lot of great stuff happening now and in the near future.
Monday, April 4, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Yet another Pew research poll shows that more women are in church and consider faith to be an important part of their life than men. This likely isn't much of a surprise to most. There are reasons for certain and there are also possible solutions.
Thursday, March 24, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
We all know the idiom about how to cook a frog. The question is, is our frog already cooked? The sexualization of culture has progressed unchecked for a long time and has had a huge impact on the church whether we want to admit it or not. If you don't believe me, tune in to today's episode. Tie-in for the upcoming Sex, Porn, and Freedom Conference.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Those who do not understand the past are doomed to repeat it. Studying the past can prevent today's mistakes. The church is no different. Our past, good and ill, is important to understanding our course. Think today's blend of politics and faith are new? Think again.
Monday, March 14, 2016
Monday, March 7, 2016
Satire is just satire right? Sometimes we can learn from it even when it might bother us. Perhaps The Simpsons can show us more about how we are perceived than we would like to admit. From the archives, this episode takes a look at how the world sees us through the eyes of America's First Yellow Family.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Monday, February 29, 2016
Porn and sexual sins are ravaging the Body of Christ. Most of the people fighting these addictions don't seek help. In fact, most deal with a level of shame and condemnation that drives the sin further underground. If that's you or someone you love, you're not alone. Freedom is possible and closer than you think.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
You haven't forgotten that we're at war, have you? The church and the world have been at war from the beginning. As followers of Christ, we enlisted in the army of God when we said yes to Him. Now, we have to remember who the enemy really is and how to engage in battle properly.
Monday, February 22, 2016
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Monday, February 15, 2016
Well, Deadpool is out now and making a lot of money. He's the most successful of the string of antiheroes embraced by our culture but he's not the latest. Look no further than to the Father of Lies himself as a crimefighting detective. Lucifer as an antihero? Why not? We like them nasty.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Abortion is still a hot topic. If you doubt that, look no further than the histrionics coming from NARAL over a funny Doritos commercial. This is an issue we must face head on but how we do that is very important. Our approach to protecting life will mean the difference between victory and defeat.
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
- 33% of youth pastors admit to pornography addiction or to struggling with pornography
- 40-45% of Christian men admit to being addicted to pornography
- 70% admit to struggling with porn
- 25% of all internet downloads are porn related
- Fifty Shades of Grey has sold over 125 million copies worldwide with an estimated reach of nearly double that amount with libraries and book sharing. Millions of Christian women have been exposed to the BDSM lifestyle in its pages.
- Surveys range from 25-40% of women admitting a pornographic addiction.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Recently, a friend from the last congregation we served as pastors started listening to the podcast. He asked me about the name and where it came from. It occurred to me that if he asked that there are others wondering the same thing.
Jesus' Outsider was born from the life that the Lovely Bride and I have always lived. When it came time to shut down my (mercifully) short-lived political program and go back to the Gospel, we spent a lot of time in prayer about the name and the format. Ultimately, it was our identity in Christ that was the inspiration for the name.
For as long as I can remember, I have been an outcast. As a kid and teen, I was too geeky for the cool kids, not good enough for the A Band, and not athletic in the slightest. Even in the Navy, I wasn't exactly Mr. Popularity. Once I came to Christ, that continued. At first, many well intentioned people tried to shape me to fit the mold of what they thought I should be. Once that didn't work, I was relegated to the work that no one else really wanted. On occasion, I found a few people that I fit with but, for a wide range of reasons, these times were relatively short. The same is true of the lovely bride.
We've been a part of a lot of groups but, with most of them, we were in the but not really part of the group. The best description I can come up with is that we have been the socially acceptable outcasts.
This is the source of the name. We belong to Christ (There's a possessive to Jesus that we are His) but have always been on the edge of His people. After lamenting this for years, we finally accepted the situation as an asset rather than a liability. As outsiders, we can take on the issues that the insiders may not be comfortable addressing. We can reach out to the people that the majority doesn't know how to reach. Since then, the Lord has been close to us. We are outsiders and outcasts that found our home in Him.
Over the years, we have found others that are like us. They want Jesus but feel rejected by His people. Many, like us, have experienced what it's like to be forced into a mold that they just don't fit into no matter how hard they try. The outsiders, the hurting, the mentally ill, the seekers, and the rejects within the Body are the ones we connect with. As fellow outsiders, we understand where they are.
As I said, being outsiders for us has been freeing. There's nothing we can't address. We are privileged to preach freedom from the challenges and sins that the church doesn't want to address. Porn, mental illness, and others avoided by too much of the Body are our bread and butter. Our mission is to reach the unreachable, the teach the church to love the unloveable, and speak what many consider unspeakable.
We are Jesus' Outsiders. We belong to Him in Whom the reject, the outcast, and the nobody can find home.
Monday, February 8, 2016
There is a trait that we don't talk about much anymore yet it is important. It encompasses many of the virtues we need to successfully walk as disciples of Christ. If properly taught, this one forgotten trait might even bring more men back into the church.
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Thursday, January 28, 2016
For the Pharisee, image is everything. It wasn't legalism that drew the majority of Jesus' rebukes but their hypocrisy. They did everything to make sure they did all the right things in public, said all the right words, prayed elaborate prayers but it ended there. Surely, we're not like that today, are we?
Monday, January 25, 2016
We're back! Four years ago, the first episode when the program changed to Jesus' Outsider dealt with the leaven of Herod. Now, as the first episode of the relaunched program, we're revisiting the topic since it's even more relevant now than it was back then. Is Jesus really a rockstar? We talk about rockstar preachers but who put them there?
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
We have been able to make several key updates to the Jesus' Outsider website reflecting the shift from being a podcast page to a full media, evangelistic, and conference ministry. Preliminary team bios are on the page for the start of our core leadership team with more to be added soon. As soon as time allows, we will also be adding a resource page with an Amazon store and a separate store for apparel. Big things are coming but they take time.
The SP&F conference must go forward. The need is huge. We have dedicated an entire page of the new Jesus' Outsider Ministries site to the conference with more content to come. We've been teasing a little of what we intend but it's time to go farther. Even at our reduced capacity, we know we must do everything we can to make this happen.
That means we need your help. In order to book a venue, musical talent, and cover other starting expenses, we need some resources. There are a number of ways you can get involved in helping us get the initial boost in bringing this much needed conference to Peoria and, as the Lord allows, beyond.
- Individual Donation: Any amount helps, even as little as $5. There is a special PayPal link on the SP&F page on the Jesus' Outsider site.
- Business/Ministry Sponsorship: We are looking for ministries and businesses who understand the scourge of sexual sin in our community to sponsor the event. A rate sheet is available for anyone interested.
- Church Offerings: Allow us to come and share the vision for the conference and overall ministry with your congregation or appropriate committee. We also can bring a straightforward Gospel message for an evangelistic event.
- Spread The Word: If you are not in a position to make a financial contribution, help us to spread the word about the conference and ministry. Like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Share as many of our posts as possible with as many people as possible. In many ways, this is at least as important as direct financial assistance.
Tuesday, January 5, 2016
What's so important that we need to be fully functional again? Sure, the podcast has listeners who will miss it, but there needs to be something more that's worth the work and supporting.
There is. We are planning our first conference and it's going to be a big one. (Go big or go home, right?) A few have already been briefed on what we're planning but, in light of current situations, we going public now. To catch anyone who missed the last few posts, we had been working on planting a church but the Lord hit us on the side of the head and asked us why we were doing that when He had already given us a part to play in His kingdom that we had been neglecting. That word, along with a reignition of passion at a Josh McDowell conference, put us where we are today.
Our first conference is Sex, Porn, and Freedom: Breaking the Bondage of Sexual Sin. I told you it was a big one. In the years of broadcasting Jesus' Outsider, this topic is one we hit often especially since it seems that few are actually addressing it. It's the giant elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about yet it's destroying the Body of Christ and our nation. Oh, and it's not just a men's problem.
We're building a great lineup that will be announced soon. We'll be sharing statistics, tips on web and mobile device safety, and a lot of what you'd expect in something like this. However, we're going a lot further than that. We'll give you the science of porn, how the industry has changed and its impact on the greater culture, how to break the chains, and a dose of prevention.
One piece will be of great interest. My lovely bride will be sharing her testimony publicly for the first time. It's not a pretty story. She lived the BDSM lifestyle that millions of women were introduced to in Fifty Shades of Grey. Despite the growing acceptance of this lifestyle, it has consequences. Come and hear some truth about how people get into it, how BDSM affects those involved, and how hard it is to get out. During the story, we'll use the words and writings of the advocates to demonstrate the reality of what she shares. It will be challenging for her, but you won't want to miss it.
Our purpose in doing this conference is more than just providing information. We are going to demonstrate how widespread the problem really is within the church with both genders. That's just the beginning. Our goal is to break the silence surrounding sexual sin so that the light of the Gospel can shine into the dark corners of all of our hearts. We want to see people set free from these chains. We're doing this for anyone who wants to be free, desires to minister to people trapped in these sins, or just wants the information.
Oh, there's much more. This is just a teaser. We are tentatively planning for May but that will be dependant upon fundraising efforts and how fast the response comes through. As soon as the studio is fully functional, the Jesus' Outsider site and our Facebook Page will have all the details as they develop and when tickets go on sale. We'll be posting here as well as the full speaker lineup is confirmed along with the music (courtesy of Be Loud Promotions). It's going to be a day you'll not soon forget.
Saturday, January 2, 2016
Thanks to all who have made offers and have given aid so far. We do have a long way to go to get there.
For those of you who may be unaware, the studio computer system is completely inoperable. It is beyond repair. This has taken us completely out of commission including knocking Jesus' Outsider off the air.
Just before the failure, we were in the final stages of preparation to greatly expand our ministry into more than just podcasts. We had been working in planting a church but discovered that the Lord's will was in developing what He had already given us rather than adding new. We are doing conferences, more media work including expanding the reach of our current program and doing more ministry videos on the hard subjects we've been called to tackle. There's more to the vision but that's a tiny little snapshot. Unfortunately, we are dead in the water without a fully functional studio computer.
When I first posted, I estimated the total financial cost at around $2500. I deliberately figured a little high to set a good target. My experience with fundraising has been to set the goal higher than what's actually needed to increase the odds of getting the real need met. I didn't pad much (only a couple hundred dollars) but there is some wiggle room in the amount. The original basis was a built around a projected price of $1300-$1500 for the tower.
In doing some price checking, I found a tower hundreds of dollars less than the least expensive one I speced out originally that is ideal for our purposes. It meets and exceeds the minimum requirements for the most demanding software we use. It's on Newegg and can be found here. Please take a look at it and prayerfully consider how you can help us get this system before the sale expires.
I have been asked how I came up with the amount for the fundraising effort to get us back on the air and expanding. $2500 seems like a lot of money for a computer and it is. However, the need is based upon making the tower fully operational and that requires more than just the hardware.
Because the old system had been pushed well beyond its normal useful life, the programs I used everyday on it were out of date but still worked on the older computer. However, while the age and reduced system requirements allowed us to keep going on the old system, it does mean that they will not work on a new one. Our versions of Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and Quickbooks are so old that the manufacturers no longer support their installation. We will need to replace them and their price is included in what we are asking for in the campaign. For the Adobe Suite, I figured in three months of subscription to their cloud service which gives access to their entire product line. Considering the cost to purchase the entire suite freestanding was close to $3500, a monthly fee of $60 for a business or ministry is very reasonable.
We do have some additional hardware needs in the request but we should be able to get by with what we have until we can afford them. We do need to upgrade our printer to a higher capacity office model for quick print fliers, invitation cards, and other low quantity print jobs. The studio sound board works but, like the tower, has been pushed beyond its capacity and has a couple of dead channels. It does however, meet our requirements for now.
This is a serious attack from the enemy. Just as Jesus' Outsider Ministries and the related Deep Mystery Studio are about to break out and have a massive Kingdom impact, we're knocked out of the fight. I cannot believe that the Lord is opening up all these opportunities to make a monstrous difference and let us drop. The interest in the Sex, Porn, and Freedom Conference alone is even more that we ever could have anticipated. Without meeting this need, we cannot pull off this much needed seminar.
If you are able to help, please use the PayPal link on this page or on the Support tab on the Jesus' Outsider main page. If you prefer to mail us a check, please send us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the address and who to make the check out to in order for us to get back on the air and fulfill the vision the Lord has for us.
I am going of faith and am going to continue to work in the limited capacity I can under the assumption that the Lord is going to come through for us. There's not a lot I can do other than writing content until we have what we need to put it all together.
As a side note, some of our income was tied to this computer and we have lost that as well until we're back online. Please, share this need with as many people as you can. Pray for us while we see what the Lord has in mind as well as how you can help.