Ankerberg Monthly Letter August 2015 - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Ankerberg Monthly Letter August 2015

By now you have probably heard the news of what happened in our city of Chattanooga, Tennessee where a young Muslim man murdered five military men. The first shooting occurred just over a mile from our office. We are heartbroken for the families who lost their loved ones and express our sympathies to them. These young soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice to serve our nation.

These and other tragedies remind us of the brevity of life. Whether we are 15 or 50 years old, each one of us recognizes that eventually, inevitably, we will take our final breath. And we all wonder, what will happen to us one minute after we die?

On TV This Month: “What Will Happen To You One Minute After You Die?

To answer this question, I have invited Dr. Erwin Lutzer, theologian, author, and senior pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, Illinois, to come and produce two new series with us. His book One Minute after You Die has sold more than 700,000 copies. In it he writes:

At the end of the day…we need a reliable guide who can help us know what is on the other side. And only Jesus Christ qualifies. And that’s why we have to hang onto every word that He said in the New Testament because He alone is able to tell us what happens one minute after we die.”

We completed 8 television programs on the following topics:

  • Program 1—Trying to Peek Behind the Curtain of Death
  • Program 2—How to Overcome the Fear of Death
  • Program 3—What Actually Happens When You Make the Transition from Life, to Death, to Heaven?
  • Program 4—What Does the Bible Teach About the Death of Infants?
  • Program 5—Your First Hour in Glory, What Will Heaven Be Like?
  • Program 6—The Descent into Gloom: What Is Hell Like?
  • Program 7—Is God in Control of How and When You Die?
  • Program 8—Suicide and the Christian, and How to Have Complete Assurance You Are Going to Heaven

I encourage you to watch these programs for yourself or share them with loved ones. These are critical topics for those facing death, those who have experienced a tragedy, or for those who do not know the Lord.

As part of our new package this month, I am also including two other series with Dr. Lutzer entitled “Where Do We Go from Here?” and “Faith at the Breaking Point.” In these two series he presents five disturbing cultural trends that may be irreversible unless God steps in; and five unshakeable biblical truths Christians can hang on to in a world of chaos and decline. When you look all around and see no reason to believe that God is on your side, what does God want you to know so that you can believe and trust Him no matter what?

Dr. Lutzer also discusses the topic of temptation in “Faith at the Breaking Point” with a special program entitled “The Desert, the Devil, and You.” You’ll find strength and encouragement as we discuss biblical principles from Jesus regarding this issue.

These four series—Part one and Part two of “What Will Happen to You One Minute after you Die?” plus “Where do we go from Here?” and “Faith at the Breaking Point”—are available as a gift to you for $100. This special package includes a total of 14 important programs. Please see the enclosed card for details.

Also on The John Ankerberg Show: Dr. Stephen Meyer

Many of you have told us you are really enjoying our series “The Mystery of the Missing Fossils,” and “The Case for Intelligent Design” with Cambridge PhD. Dr. Stephen Meyer. Most of the information he is presenting is not mentioned in high school and college textbooks. That is why I hope you will get these programs for students you know that need to hear this evidence.


They will see the information that has led scientists to conclude that fully developed, complex animals suddenly appeared on earth during the Cambrian age, and had no prior ancestors. The programs also show why this fossil evidence goes directly against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Further, you’ll see why an all-powerful Intelligent Designer is a better scientific explanation than Darwinism for the sudden appearance of fully formed animals in the fossil record. The 4 programs in this series with Dr. Stephen Meyer are available for a gift of $49.

In our second series, “The Case for Intelligent Design,” we show that in his book The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin admitted he did not know how the first simple cell came into existence. But 150 years later, molecular biologists now know that the human cell is not simple, but complex beyond belief.

In the nucleus of each cell is the DNA molecule, which contains a storehouse of 3 billion characters of precise information in digital code. This digital code is crucial to the origin and function of all plants, animals, and humans. But where did the complex information in DNA come from in the first place? You will learn why an all-powerful Intelligent Designer is a better scientific explanation than Darwinism for the origin of the genetic information in the DNA molecule. The 4 programs in this series are also available for a gift of $49.

Third, we are making available the documentary movie “Darwin’s Dilemma.” This movie uses state-of-the-art computer animation to transport you back in time to the Cambrian Period so you can see the geologically sudden appearance of dozens of major complex animal types. You will witness the vast intelligence God used to design the first animals. This beautiful documentary movie is available on DVD for $30.

And if you would like all 3 of these new items together, they are available in a special package for a gift of $100. Please see the enclosed card for details.

A Report on Our World Outreach

Last month many of you helped us financially to reach into new countries via television. You may remember that God wonderfully provided $500,000 in matching gifts for us to even consider this. Last month we received another $410,000 from those in our TV audience. Combined we are at $910,000. We still have $90,000 in matching gifts available; our work is not yet completed.

Through your gifts, we now broadcast to more than 4.1 billion viewers worldwide in English. We have also begun broadcasting in Hebrew across Israel. Thousands of new viewers have started watching our programs in the Russian and Ukrainian languages.

In addition, a new Romanian network is also broadcasting our weekly programs. Our online Spanish episodes continue to reach new viewers across the U.S. and in more than 20 nations. New episodes for German DVD distribution are also in development. Our outreach to the 1.2 billion people in India broadcasting in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil is resulting in people coming to faith in Christ and growing in their walk with God. We have seen how God has opened opportunities for us to broadcast in 10 languages, and we are keenly aware we could not do this without you. Thank you.

What’s Next?

In addition to our ongoing outreach in these nations, God has opened opportunities we have not yet taken because we still need additional funds. We still hope to broadcast in Finnish, French, Brazilian Portuguese, Arabic, and Chinese. We are prayerfully asking God to provide funding for us to begin.

Second, please pray for Darlene and me, as we will be traveling to Calcutta, India next month for the Christian Media Summit. Last year, God used our trip to Mumbai, India so we could broadcasts into Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. During this trip, we hope to encourage and train Christian pastors and media leaders, as well as assist Indian nationals to stand strong despite growing persecution.

These opportunities need your prayers. Unless God works, nothing will happen. Will you pray for us as we travel to India? Will you ask God to open new language opportunities for us to broadcast to those who have yet to hear? Will you consider giving as God leads toward these efforts to present and defend the gospel of Jesus Christ?

Let me close with a message from one of the viewers you have helped us to reach. A U.S. military veteran recently wrote:

“I absolutely love the work John Ankerberg is doing for the advancement of the Lord’s kingdom. His shows have helped me more than I could possibly express in words. Many of life’s hardest questions have been answered through his work and I am eternally grateful. Thank you!”

I just want you to know that God is using your prayers, generosity, and ministry to change the lives of many. Thank you for your commitment to impacting lives for Christ.

For the sake of the Gospel,

Dr. John Ankerberg