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Commentary Special

From the desk of John MacArthur

John MacArthur

Dear Friend,

While we receive a huge volume of letters every month, two that arrived not long ago stand out—so much so that I want to share them with you to encourage you in your relationship with Grace to You.

Although the situations they describe differ, the stories have two elements in common: Both stories demonstrate biblical truth penetrating spiritually needy situations, and, interestingly, both involve our reaching people in their automobiles. In other words, they illustrate the power of mass media to bring help to people right when and where they need it. The first comes from a law enforcement officer named Leon.

I have listened to you for about twelve years. I used to be a truck driver, and stumbled on your sermons one day and have listened ever since. 

I am now a deputy sheriff in Georgia. I’ve worked here for seven years and my job is nothing but negative. No one ever calls to tell the police how well they are doing. Instead, we are constantly responding to domestic violence, theft, drunkenness, drug abuse, and murder.

Last week, I was transporting a man convicted of murdering his wife. He was being sent to prison for a thirty-year sentence. We left for the jail at 10:00 p.m., just as “Grace to You” began. I turned the radio up so the prisoner could hear your sermon. We arrived at the prison just as the message was ending. I couldn’t help but feel sorry for this man. He is just like the people in the Bible who were murderers. I took the shackles off his legs and removed his handcuffs. I then went back to my town to wait on the next fight or accident or overdose or suicide or murder.

When my shift is over, I often pull up the GTY app on my phone and fall asleep listening to your sermons. My ears long for the truth that comes from the Bible. I just wanted to say thank you for your ministry.

Leon

The second letter comes from a man in eastern Canada who hears us on a U.S. radio station just across the border.

I am writing to thank you for your message yesterday titled “Night People/Day People.” 

I was listening to it on the 7:00 p.m. broadcast—I had gone to my car with my bags packed, just as your radio program was on the air. I was determined to leave my wife and kids after a terrible fight. I was resolved to at least take a few days off from my responsibility as a husband and father. 

But when I listened to your program, I was moved by your repetition of the phrase “We don’t belong to the darkness—we belong to the light.” I remember hearing the phrase over and over. Your message was a powerful reminder of the truth of my salvation as a new creation in Christ. That was so comforting and actually served to change my mind so I could return home to my family. My options seemed dire prior to your program, but the repetition of this reality for Christians was beyond comforting—it compelled me to return home.

Thanks for your ministry and the work it is doing in the hearts of men like me.

In Grace to You’s more than thirty-five years of ministry through Christian radio, I’ve heard similar stories many times—people finding us, sitting at their destinations in their parked cars waiting for our program to end, savoring the biblical truth they’re receiving through radio. In some cases, those “parked car” moments represent major turning points in their conversions or spiritual growth.

We never know who is listening nor what the circumstances are into which we bring God’s ever-relevant, ever-powerful truth. What we know for sure is that friends like you who give have a direct role in that divinely orchestrated, life-altering ministry. The Lord is working through you to bring about His eternal purposes. I hope that encourages you.

Beyond the impact you are having through your support, when you give you are also demonstrating confidence in God’s Word, profound trust in us as stewards of your gifts, and true Christian love at work. Be assured that your example encourages me! There’s nothing more loving we can do than bring people what they need most—divine truth. When you give to this ministry, or any ministry that honors and teaches God’s Word, you are truly loving others.

Thank you for all you do to encourage and sustain the work of Grace to You—for your love for God and His people, expressed through your support. May He reward you both in this life and the life to come for your faithfulness.

Love in the Truth,

John MacArthur

Pastor-Teacher

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