As long as I’ve been preaching and teaching the Gospel of Christ, I’ve always considered the Kingdom of God BIGGER than just the local congregation. I’ve consistently thought of my responsibility as a preacher of the Gospel to be broader than just the local work.
“Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 15:15.
He also said,
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Matthew 28:18-20.
Both of those commissions, which we often consolidate into what we call “The Great Commission," involve "preaching," "teaching," “the world,” “every creature,” and “all nations.” It becomes apparent to anyone who is honest with Scripture, as Christians - Disciples of Christ, we have an obligation to teach and preach beyond the boundaries of the local work.
During my two weeks of convalescence, (read Preacher on a Stick), I had plenty of time to just think about our… my responsibility to spread the Good News of Christ and having at my disposal a thing called Google, I started investigating something I had heard about a long time ago… Internet Radio.
I discovered that I could set up an Internet Radio Station that would be on-air 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year… FOR PRACTICALLY NOTHING! Almost all of the things I needed to do this, I already had: a computer (check), a microphone (check), a high speed internet connection (just got it in – check), and content (check). So, having over 200 MP3 audio sermons from such preachers as Jimmy Allen, Avon Malone, Marvin Phillips, Neil Pryor, Jerry Jones, Joe Jones, Batsel Barrett Baxter, B.C. Goodpasture, Jim Woodruff, Rubel Shelly, and even one from Marshall Keeble… I decided to try and set a station up.
It has taken me almost two weeks of learning, trying, failing, re-working, codecs, encoders, lots of techno stuff, and a lot less sleep than I would normally get but RESTORATION RADIO is now online and broadcasting 24/7!
I’m still learning and I will eventually have to move the station to a premium pay server where I can go live and do an hour show each week. That question and answers show will have the ability for listeners to call in, ask questions, and participate in the show - live. Some of the premium pay servers also offer free apps for Android and Apple cellphones so people can listen while they work, walk, jog, and go about their everyday lives. Those streaming servers will also list the station in worldwide categorized directories that serve hundreds of apps.
Many prognosticators are predicting internet radio will soon take off due to the smartphone/free app market (Forbes Article here). The chart to the left is in MILLIONS of monthly Digital Radio Listeners!
Think about the possibilities in spreading the Gospel… Millions of people WORLDWIDE can hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and our restoration plea to go back to the Bible and just be Christians – 24 hours a day - 7 days a week!
I am hoping that people will start sending me MP3’s of Sermons and the media catalog of the station will grow to over a thousand sermons, (right now I have about 240-260 MP3’s). If you have content you want to donate, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Don’t forget to attach the file like I always do).
Also, the only hardware I need is an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) which can maintain the system for up to an hour if we lose power, (which, here, is a weekly thing during the summer and bi-weekly in the winter). The local business store has one for $360.00, (yeah… I know… everything is high here).
Tune in… Below is a link to Restoration Radio… listen, grow, learn… and spread the word! (Share this page).
God bless you and please pray for this, another outreach effort of Mission Marsh Harbour.
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations..." Jesus.