This Month's Letter
This Month’s Letter
Dear Friend of Insight for Living:
What four magnificent words! Raised from the dead (John 21:14).
Easter is the supreme expression of God's love. At the very moment the Savior breathed His last, having made the complete payment for our sins, God's wrath was fully satisfied. Fully! And then, resurrection!
That first Easter gave us two perspectives we had never had before. First, we discovered how much God loves us. Second, we learned that God's love compels us to do something in response: love one another (1 John 4:10–11).
The apostle John told us what that means in 1 John 3:18:
"Let's not merely say that we love each other;
let us show the truth by our actions."
When I think of someone who demonstrates this kind of love, Fernando Bochio comes to mind. In 2005, budget cuts left us unable to pay for the Trans World Radio stations and translators we were using in Brazil to produce our Portuguese-language broadcast. Fernando was one of those translators and the voice for the program.
Compelled by God's work through our ministry and his love for his country to hear the Truth, Fernando asked if he personally could continue to translate and be the voice for the broadcasts. We were able to hire him on a contract basis, but there was one big problem—at that moment there was no budget for keeping a studio where the translated messages could be recorded for broadcasting.
Fernando and his family had just moved into an empty-shell home near São Paulo, Brazil, and had planned to renovate it when they had saved enough money. Instead, Fernando and his wife, Ieda, sold their car in order to have enough funds to finish out their first floor as a recording studio. Meanwhile, Fernando, Ieda, and their three children lived on the unfinished second floor. Why?
Because they understood that love is more than receiving from God—it's also giving to others.
The Bochios' selfless commitment serves as a good introduction to a book titled Love One Another: 20 Practical Lessons by my friend Dr. Don McMinn, the pastor of Worship and Music Ministries at Stonebriar Community Church. For your gift this month to Insight for Living Ministries, I want to send you a copy of this wonderful book. Please be sure to request yours.
Raised from the dead! What four magnificent words . . . because they compel us to follow one practical command: love one another.
One way we can do that is by following another command Jesus gave just before He left the earth: "Go and make disciples of all the nations" (Matthew 28:19).
Will you give a donation today to help someone hear the message of God's magnificent love . . . possibly, for the first time in his or her entire life? We hear stories like this every day.
Your gift will play a vital part in God's work through Insight for Living Ministries. We have no other place to turn to meet our financial needs than to friends like you.
With you as our partner, we can continue to share the love Christ has shown us with those who are lost in this world that's lost its way . . . just like Fernando and Ieda continue to do for their country every day.
Because He first loved us,
Charles R. Swindoll