Starting on January 1, 2021, Truth to Ponder will be heard on KVOH, based in Simi Valley, CA. KVOH is one of the stations of “The Voice of Hope.” The program will air on their shortwave service at 8 PM Pacific Time on the frequency of 9975 kHz. The target area includes Mexico and Central America, most of the Southeastern United States including all of Texas, parts of the Middle Atlantic, Florida, and virtually all of the Caribbean, as well as part of South America. The program will air Monday through Saturday. You can find out more about the Voice of Hope at http://voiceofhope.com.
For the past few weeks, I have been asking the question “Is being on shortwave radio viable?” Several listeners have sent me emails and even regular mail indicating that they are listening on Shortwave. For all that have taken the time to let me know that you actually are there has been particularly important to me to know, however, some airings will probably have to be let go. Shortwave airtime is not free, and “Truth to Ponder” is not underwritten by some large organization or ministry. Truth to Ponder started with a “seed gift” from a dear friend who encouraged me to consider doing such a program. My wife and I are mostly retired, and our personal budget is not sufficient enough for us to underwrite such a venture for very long.
I have learned from replies that there are some that are unable to listen to the program as a podcast, and I understand that. Some can hear it both on air and online. As it stands now, it appears that most are hearing the program at either 4 PM or 6 PM Eastern time. If I chose one of those two times, which should it be? Or could I split the difference and air the program at 5:00 PM Eastern on 9455 KHz?
For this program to be helpful and useful a few things need to happen. First, more people need to know the show is on radio and online. Second, the program will need additional outlets. Third, the program will need some listener support. Even the smallest of gifts can help maintain this program. There are three ways you can help. First, from the website “Can You Help” page, you can make a secure donation through PayPal™. If you listen from Anchor Podcast you can use the following link: https://anchor.fm/bob-biermann/support. For those that prefer, you can also mail your support to Bob Biermann, 21 Berkshire Lane #263, Sky Valley, GA 30537.
I want to thank all those that have been listening, and I pray we can maintain our current schedule at WRMI. Be in prayer, and thank you in advance.
Monday September 14th began the third week for the show, “Truth to Ponder.” It has been quite an undertaking, and a lot of work to produce this radio show. Often, when you listen to a show of this nature, the guy (or gal) on the air makes it sound so easy. However, in my case I am totally a solo act. Not only am I the host, I do the research, look for guests, produce and engineer the show, maintain the website, and distribute the program. It takes several hours for each episode produce.
I am not complaining, as even though it is a lot of work, I believe there is a significant need for this type of radio show on shortwave, and podcast. We will in a vastly different world than just a year ago, and even more do that just a few decades ago. Our world is seemingly drifting into uncharted waters.
My hope is to bring to information for you to have, to better navigate these strange waters. You take time to share your thoughts with me, and make some suggestions for topics? It would mean the world to me.
The Coronavirus Church has done more to separate the “Chrinos” (Christians in name only) from the faithful believers. Here in the United States we have seen a myriad of how various churches have handled the lockdowns and draconian restrictions. Some, whose “mission” has become mostly Social Justice, the Black Lives Matter movement, identity politics, and the celebration of sin, have found their members are vastly more afraid of the Coronavirus than of an Almighty God. The words of Dr. Fauci are far more important, respected, and followed than the Word of God.
Many “Sacramental” Churches, that claim to believe in the “Real Presence” of Jesus Christ, are now afraid to partake of the Lord’s Supper. In the case of the Roman Catholic Church, who hold to the doctrine of “Transubstantiation,” which means the bread and wine that Roman Catholics receive at Mass are no longer bread and wine but the real body and blood of Christ, are also afraid to receive. I guess that Jesus tested positive.
Early on in this pandemic most churches of all denominations complied with state and local restrictions, however, over time it became increasingly evident that churches and houses of worship were being particularly singled out as absolutely “non-essential” by many in the political and elite class. Singing praise to God will kill you, but protesting, screaming in people’s faces, and looting along with burning down cities are harmless, vitally important, and constitutionally protected.
Receiving Communion will make you sick, but going to Walmart, the liquor store, or the cannabis shop is not a threat. The message is clear from those in seats of power, your faith is worthless…just give it up. After all, that pesky “freedom of religion” thing in the constitution is just an outdated relic; it’s all about the “Science” they say.
If you go back to April, with our “Two Week Pause” to flatten the curve was entering its 6th week, churches attempted to meet the needs of their congregations with “drive-in” services. You might remember an incident in Greenville, MS, where Democrat Mayor Errick Simmons took it upon himself even ban those types of activities as “non-essential.” The idea that Pastor Arthur Scott and Temple Baptist Church were causing a “coronavirus hotspot” by worshiping together over the radio while enclosed in separate cars is not just asinine — it’s unthinkable. The fact that Greenville police gave parishioners $500 tickets — even when those tickets were later dropped — is chilling. When police handed out $500 tickets to Christians at Temple Baptist Church, Pastor Scott recalled, “One of the police officers said the mayor wanted to make an example of our church.” The pastor continued “In Greenville, you can be in your car with the windows rolled down at a drive-in restaurant, but you can’t be in your car with the windows rolled up at a drive-in church service.
As of this writing many churches have decided to remain closed. Perhaps some of those churches are “non-essential” after all. Others are trying to comply but cannot seem to reconcile what the Bible clearly teaches. While it is true that St. Paul reminds us to “Obey civil authority,” St. Paul also reminds us that all “Authority” comes from God; and St. Peter makes it clear that when civil authority is in contradiction to the commands of God “We must Obey God, rather than man” (Acts 5:29). In this passage the apostles were ordered to stop preaching the gospel, but to do so would be to disobey God. They could have been easily killed for their defiance but were “fortunate” only to be beaten. In Acts 5:41, they rejoiced that they had been “counted worthy to suffer” for the name of Jesus Christ. Despite orders NOT to preach about Christ, they continued to preach and teach the good news of the Gospel.
So, let us jump to today; whom do you serve? God or man? If man’s laws are in opposition to God’s laws, which will you obey? When your faith is built on “Social Justice,” and not the claims of Jesus Christ, you become far more concerned about what men think than what God has commanded. In Luke 17:33 we read “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it” (KJV). Another way to put this would be when we are more concerned about this life, our status, and our security, and we try to cling to this life, we will lose it. If we are willing to obey Jesus Christ, and if called upon to let this life go, you will save it. St. Paul reminds us that this earthly life is like a vapor. In the grand scheme of things, it is vastly short, yet too many that claim the name of Christ put this life over His calling and His Word.
When this pandemic is over, I have no doubt that many churches (like many small businesses) will never reopen. Many churches will lose many members from a combination of fear or simply getting accustomed to not being in church. They will become ineffective, and in God’s eyes, “non-essential.” They will be the ones that risk hearing the words of Jesus found in Matthew 7: 21-23. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness!’” There is no doubt that we are on the precipice of a time of change and tribulation. Are you prepared to live in the persecuted church?[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
What happened to the first airing? For almost a year, I have been contemplating putting together an additional radio show. For weeks I debated a name and decided to go with “Truth to Ponder.” The next step was to build this simple website you are viewing this post on now. As the pieces started coming together, and airtime on WRMI booked, I set up a tentative start date of August 10, 2020. When I recorded my regular “Your Weekend Show” broadcast I even announced the start date. Well, something happened.
A family member in Florida has been needing some minor surgery, and we had agreed to be back at our home in Florida for a couple of weeks to help her out. I also had a few technical things I promised to address at Radio Station WRMI. We thought we would be making this trip in mid-September, but that has now been moved to mid-August. Because it is impractical to load up and move all the recording equipment for a short trip, I decided to move the start date to August 31, 2020, which is a Monday. Unfortunately, I was unable to re-record the weekend radio show, so the error is still there.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]
What is the difference between “Truth and Fact?” On the surface that may sound like a silly question, but it is not. About a year ago in Iowa some people snickered when Democrat Presidential Candidate, Joe Bidden, said the following: “We choose truth over facts.” Was that a typical Joe Bidden “gaffe?” When I first heard that my initial reaction was that is was, but then I gave the matter some thought a few months later and reached a different conclusion; it was a “Freudian Slip.”
A Freudian slip, by definition, is an error in speech, memory, or physical action that occurs due to the interference of an unconscious subdued wish or internal train of thought. Now, think about that for just a moment. People often reveal their true nature by their own words. I am fully convinced that Joe Biden actually does choose “Truth over Facts,” and that statement speaks volumes about the reality of the political world in which we live today.
In George Orwell’s almost prophetic novel, “1984,” we see a time in a totalitarian regime where there is a “Ministry of Truth.” If you know anything about this novel, you realize that the Ministry of Truth is nothing of the sort. It creates its own “truth” that you are expected to simply believe. “Truth” not grounded in facts is propaganda, and often is in contradiction of the facts. Our American Public Educational System has become the greatest source of political propaganda and unsubstantiated truth. Our young people are no longer given the tools to make rational and informed decisions, everything is now based on feelings, emotions, and a one-sided political narrative.
Let me give you a classic example I have experienced firsthand on several occasions. Many high school graduates and college students toss around terms like “Being Validated,” or all opinions are valid (accept conservative) and you must accept them at face value. I asked a recent high school graduate what that meant, and I was informed that everyone’s opinion is their own personal “truth.” “Really?” I remarked. I then asked the question and said “2 +2 equals 4, is that true?” The answer astounded me. I was told that 2 + 2 can be whatever you want it to be. I said, “So, if I say that 2 + 2 equals 17, is that true?” The answer was “Yes, because that’s your opinion, and your opinion (like the recent graduate’s) MUST be validated. In other words, everyone is entitled to their own truth, regardless of the facts.
Facts are the greatest enemy of subjective truth. That is why so much of Social Media shuts down people sharing facts, particularly if those facts defy the politically correct narrative, or the chosen agenda. The reality is that facts do not change, but “truth” is now relative. When “truth” and “facts” become mutually exclusive, we have embarked on a highway to tyranny where you are forced to accept “truth” not based in fact. Those on the left of the political spectrum really do value (their) Truth over Facts! Second Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when they will not listen to the sound doctrine, but, having itching ears, will heap up for themselves teachers after their own lusts; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” In other words, they accept a new “truth.”[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]