Finding the Purpose (guests Gracie, Kyle and Noah)

Finding the Purpose (guests Gracie, Kyle and Noah)

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Everyone’s looking for a purpose in life—and sadly, a lot of people aren’t finding one.  Is there no deeper meaning to be found, or are they just looking in the wrong places?

This week Kevin talks with several of his high school students about the question of purpose.  According to the CDC, suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 15-34.  If life has no point, it makes sense that many would not choose to go on living.  But what is causing the young people of this nation have such an increasingly bleak outlook?  Kevin’s students weigh in on the issue, sharing their firsthand knowledge of the crisis their generation faces.

People pursue all sorts of self-centered goals as their purpose, but in the end it’s always misguided.  Odds are you won’t be able to achieve the level of money, fame and power that you desire—and even if you do, you’ll only end up feeling empty.  Actor Jim Carrey once commented, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.” Three thousand years ago, King Solomon said basically the same thing: “…whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure…  Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind…” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11)

If self-gratification isn’t our purpose as humans, then what is?  The only one qualified to tell us this is the one who created us in the first place.  Fortunately, our Creator has done just that through His Word—but is this current generation willing to listen?  Who will give them the news?

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  —Matthew 6:33

This episode first aired on August 23rd, 2015.

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Jesus in Prison (EFL Radio Show)

Jesus in Prison (EFL Radio Show)

Jesus provided his followers with an excellent example of ministering to those who are in the greatest need of salvation: the poor, the outcasts, the orphans, the captives.  This week Kevin’s guest is Roger Ziegler, who for the last 15 years has been following Jesus’ example by taking the Gospel to R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility.  There are over 2.3 million prison inmates in the United States, and over 100 thousand in California alone.  Roger works with Pastors to Prisoners, a ministry dedicated to reaching as many of these people as possible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God has undoubtedly been working through the efforts of Pastors to Prisoners, touching the lives of more inmates every week.  In addition to Roger, Kevin talks with two men who were personally impacted by the ministry: Freddy and Ralph.  Freddy joined the LA street gang the Crips in 1973, and ran with the gang’s founder Tookie Williams.  His lifestyle of drugs and violence landed him in prison multiple times for a total of 21 years. Ralph struggled with an inescapable drug addiction for 35 years, spending 18 of them in prison.  Through Roger’s ministry, these men both found the one thing that could permanently change their lives when all else had failed: a relationship with Jesus.  Today they both act as living testimonies to the power of God, ministering to others who are just as broken as they once were.

For more information about Roger’s ministry, including opportunities to get involved, visit PastorstoPrisoners.org.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,”  —Luke 4:18

This episode first aired on August 16th, 2015.

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Jesus in Prison (guest Roger Ziegler)

Jesus in Prison (guest Roger Ziegler)

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Jesus provided his followers with an excellent example of ministering to those who are in the greatest need of salvation: the poor, the outcasts, the orphans, the captives.  This week Kevin’s guest is Roger Ziegler, who for the last 15 years has been following Jesus’ example by taking the Gospel to R. J. Donovan Correctional Facility.  There are over 2.3 million prison inmates in the United States, and over 100 thousand in California alone.  Roger works with Pastors to Prisoners, a ministry dedicated to reaching as many of these people as possible with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

God has undoubtedly been working through the efforts of Pastors to Prisoners, touching the lives of more inmates every week.  In addition to Roger, Kevin talks with two men who were personally impacted by the ministry: Freddy and Ralph.  Freddy joined the LA street gang the Crips in 1973, and ran with the gang’s founder Tookie Williams.  His lifestyle of drugs and violence landed him in prison multiple times for a total of 21 years. Ralph struggled with an inescapable drug addiction for 35 years, spending 18 of them in prison.  Through Roger’s ministry, these men both found the one thing that could permanently change their lives when all else had failed: a relationship with Jesus.  Today they both act as living testimonies to the power of God, ministering to others who are just as broken as they once were.

For more information about Roger’s ministry, including opportunities to get involved, visit PastorstoPrisoners.org.

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed,”  —Luke 4:18

This episode first aired on August 16th, 2015.

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Seeing Christ through Cancer (EFL Radio Show)

Seeing Christ through Cancer (EFL Radio Show)

One of the greatest objections to the existence of an all-powerful, supremely loving God is: why is there so much suffering in the world?  This is a serious question on a philosophical level, but it takes on a whole new significance when tragedy strikes close to home. How can we find meaning in suffering? Can something so negative be a blessing in any way?

This week Kevin talks to several of his own students (as well as the principal) from Christian High School, where he teaches apologetics. In particular he speaks with his former student Jason Lyon, who will soon be entering his senior year—and who was recently diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer. The question of suffering is no longer abstract to Jason and his friends, who must constantly face the fact that they do not know how much longer he has on this earth.

One might expect a young man in Jason’s circumstances to be racked with fear, anxiety, and maybe even hatred towards God for allowing such a thing to happen to him. As Job’s wife said when he hit rock bottom, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!” (Job 2:9) Yet Jason does not curse God; he has even called his experience a privilege. Why? Because his condition has brought him closer to God than he has ever been, and allowed him to have more of a positive spiritual impact on those around him than he ever has. Facing the mortal threat of cancer has shown Jason just how fully he needs God at every moment, and taught him to value what is really important.

Jason shares the perspective and insight that he has gained since his diagnosis, as well as the challenges he faces. His positive attitude is truly inspirational (which his friends and principal attest to), and he states that it is only possible because of his close relationship with Jesus Christ. Speaking as one with authority on the subject, Jason testifies that physical suffering, even to a great degree, is worth it if it brings a single person closer to God. Let those of us who aren’t in as difficult a situation learn from his experience, choose God above all else, and make the best use we can of the amazing gift of life God has given us!

If you would like to help Jason’s family cover his medical costs and give him the best shot possible at overcoming his illness, you can visit their GoFundMe page. Even more importantly, please support them in your prayers!

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep and death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”  — 1 Thessalonians 4:13

This episode first aired on August 9th, 2015.

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Evolution: Genetically Impossible (EFL Radio Show)

Evolution: Genetically Impossible (EFL Radio Show)

Scientific advancement is making it harder and harder to believe in evolution.  Kevin’s guest this week is Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins, Research Associate in the field of Genetics at the Institute for Creation Research.  Dr. Tomkins is a living refutation of a common evolutionary claim, which states that the only reason anyone believes Creationism is because they were raised in it by their parents.  Dr. Tomkins was in fact indoctrinated from a young age—but into evolution, not creation.  He became a born-again Christian while in college, and realized he would have to reconcile his spiritual beliefs with his scientific ones.  After recognizing quickly that attempts to reconcile biblical teachings with evolution are futile, he read Scientific Creationism by Dr. Henry Morris and saw how well it harmonized scientific findings with the Bible.  As Dr. Tomkins continued his academic career (going on to earn a Ph.D. in genetics), everything he learned confirmed his biblical beliefs rather than contradicting them.  In 2009 he joined up with ICR, one of the world’s foremost Creationist research organizations.

Kevin and Dr. Tomkins discuss evidence from the field of genetics that supports belief in God and the Bible.  This includes “mitochondrial Eve,” the female ancestor to modern humans implied by mitochondrial DNA, who is thought to have lived only 5-7,000 years ago.  Similarly, studies of the protein-coding “exome regions” of the human genome have provided a timeframe of only about 5-10,000 years.  Ultimately, as the field of genetics advances scientists are realizing that a) the human genome is unfathomably complex, b) it is continually deteriorating rather than improving, and c) there is no possible unintelligent evolutionary mechanism that can explain its origin.  This branch of biology provides even more reason to believe that God, not evolution, is our Creator.

“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.”  —Genesis 3:20

This episode first aired on August 2nd, 2015.

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