Author Archives: Billy David Dickson

Billy is a writer , Bible college student, radio show host, and youth worker. He has worked with young people for over ten years. His work includes teaching children youth in Bible studies, and Sunday School classes.
He currently does a radio show everyday at 6:19 E.T. on KCRO radio 660 A.M. in Omaha, Nebraska.

BREAKPOINT Remembering Ravi Zacharias

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 One of the last interviews I did with Chuck Colson, back when we started “BreakPoint This Week” as a weekly interview program on radio, was with Ravi Zacharias. I began that interview apologizing for all the times I had plagiarized him throughout the years, probably many times without even knowing it.

Though I’ve since become much more sensitive about identifying sources, Ravi’s teaching was profound for me. He was someone I cut my teeth on, a lifeline really, when my faith was undergoing an intellectual awakening.

Somewhere in college I came to realize that Christianity wasn’t just something you did, and it wasn’t even just something you felt. Even more (though certainly not less) than a personal relationship with Christ, I was realizing that the Christian faith was, in fact, true. From Ravi, I began to understand the extent to which you could not only think about faith, but actually think with faith.

Of course, that was the stated mission of Ravi’s life and ministry: to help thinkers believe and believers think. I was among the believers he helped to think.

Ravi and Chuck Colson had a very special relationship. Chuck deeply respected Ravi’s unbelievable ability to communicate. I spent hours listening to recorded talks from Ravi, over and over again, enraptured by just how vastly applicable Christian truth is to real life.

Ravi is a real-life example of what Paul told the men of Athens, that God places us in particular times in history. Ravi emerged at a time when many needed to see that faith could be deep, connected to the existential challenges of life while not only answering the skeptics and cynics, but challenging their assumptions and conclusions.

Ravi also seemed to have a great respect for Chuck Colson. When Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center lost our giant of a founder, Ravi’s wonderful tributes for Chuck were so kind, and a few years later, Ravi spoke for the 2017 Wilberforce Conference along with several members of the RZIM team. Ravi’s support is among the many ways God provided for the Colson Center in the years since Chuck passed.

When I heard the news yesterday that Ravi had died, I reached out to a friend, one of the many that Ravi really poured into, mentoring and building, who is part of the growing and dynamic team of apologists, speakers, and authors at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He told me that he was struggling to imagine a Ravi-less world.

I know that struggle. In 2012, when Chuck Colson passed away, many of us struggled to imagine a world without Chuck’s strong and stable voice of moral authority. God graciously gives us leaders like Chuck and Ravi, and we are better because of them. Yet, there will be a world without them.

Chuck and Ravi were giants, not only for me but for many others, who needed to know if Christianity could really stand up to the world of ideas and the challenging assaults of culture. In different ways, with different points of emphasis, different abilities, different back stories, they were able should show us it can.

Christian faith can take the shots of skeptics, cynics, and cultural forces and still emerge as true and beautiful and good. It’s worth mentioning they both had amazing personal stories of God’s grace. Chuck, of course, came to faith in the midst of political scandal, and Ravi in the midst of personal despair.

Losses like this remind us that Christianity is not ultimately a set of abstract truths, but the true Story of the world that precedes us and survives us. Certain characters in the story are elevated by God’s grace and His choosing. They run the race, and then the baton gets passed to the next generation.

That so many wonderful people are already in place at RZIM and ready to run is a tribute to Ravi’s life and ministry. At the same time, I know the feeling they must have, since there’s no such thing as filling shoes like his. Instead, to paraphrase Isaac Newton, we stand on his shoulders, seeing further because of his stature.

As for Ravi, his thoughtful and so-well-articulated faith is now sight. Still, as immense as his life and influence were, it’s only getting better for him. Or as C.S. Lewis put it, it was only  “the cover and the title page: now at last (he is) beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”
 

THE POINT: Ravi Zacharias, Giant of the Faith

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Apologist and author Ravi Zacharias passed away yesterday. He was 74.

The first time I interviewed Ravi on BreakPoint This Week, I apologized for plagiarizing him so often over the years. But it is hard not to quote one of the greatest apologists of our lifetimes.

Ravi challenged thinkers to believe, and believers—like me—to think. He offered a serious approach to faith that connected Christ to philosophy and intellectual rigor and existential struggle. He not only answered the challenges of skeptics, he left them with questions about their own faith.

A friend at Ravi’s ministry told me it’s hard to imagine a Ravi-less world. Indeed it is, but his legacy is secure in an outstanding organization with outstanding people.

Please join me in praying for Ravi’s family and for RZIM, now that he is, as C.S. Lewis put it, “beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”

 

You can’t get to first base without God

If you’re a baseball fan, it seems like winter is going to last forever. Then you hear those wonderful words: “Opening Day!” Snowballs turn to fast balls, and you’re happy again. You know, over the last years, one of the great stars in baseball has been Albert Pujols, who for many years made records on St. Louis Cardinals. And he has had some great seasons, acknowledged by many to be one of baseball’s all-time greats.

Now, in his book called “More Than the Game,” and it actually shows there’s a lot more to this guy than uncommon athletic ability. He says that baseball is, for him, ultimately a God-given platform to elevate Jesus Christ. But wait, isn’t that true of whatever position any Jesus-follower is in?

Now, Albert Pujols loved to see opposing players be out at first base, but apparently he can’t stand the thought of them being out at the gates of heaven.

He revealed in his book that he has, on occasion, asked players an eternity question while they’re standing on his base. He says, “Do you think you’re going to heaven when you die? If you died today, where do you think you’d go?”

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Covering First Base.”

https://hutchcraft.com/a-word-with-you/your-personal-power/covering-first-base-8703 )

Hugh Hewitt: Obamagate

The explosive news regarding the government’s handling of former National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Michael Flynn and the transition from the period from when President Obama was president to when President Trump took the oath of office ought to have the attention of every American.

President Trump has labeled it Obamagate.

Some have tried to dismiss it or label it as some sort of nutty conspiracy theory or “birtherism” and we should do neither nor allow it.

(  Billy’s thoughts- Obama should now go down as a disgraced president but since the left runs so many things in our nation the chances are he won’t.  You can listen to the rest of the above commentry or read it at http://townhallreview.com/2020/05/hugh-hewitt-obamagate/.’

THE POINT : A Missionary’s Last Mission

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 Here’s a name every Christ follower today should know: Joyce Lin. This 40-year-old American missionary pilot flew medicine, Bibles, and supplies to remote Indonesian villages for Mission Aviation Fellowship. Last Tuesday, while flying COVID-19 tests to a community in need, Lin’s plane suddenly went down, claiming her life.

The region where she was flying is notoriously difficult to navigate. But she did it anyway because, as her colleagues attested, she took joy in serving the Lord by serving others.

At the heart of Jesus’ commands about loving and serving others is this idea that every person is valuable in the eyes of God. So we should value their lives just as we value our own. Joyce Lin embodied that command, and her obedience is worthy of our imitation. Just like the thousands of examples across the Church, around the world, right now, of people living—maybe even dying—in the name of Jesus and serving others.

 

Resources:

Ravi Zacharias, Now with Jesus

https://www.rzim.org/read/rzim-updates/ravi-zacharias

Leave It To Beaver’ Star Ken Osmond Has Died At 76

Osmond played Eddie Haskell—the smart-mouthed best friend of Wally Cleaver— on the ’50s TV show. The fan-favorite character was originally only meant to appear as an infrequent guest star, however, Osmond’s stand out performance quickly ensured he’d appear regularly over Leave It to Beaver‘s six seasons. 

In addition to his acting career, Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970 where he worked as an officer until his retirement in 1988.
 https://kfab.iheart.com/content/2020-05-18-leave-it-to-beaver-star-ken-osmand-dead-at-76/?Keyid=socialflow&Sc=editorial&Pname=local_social

the-greatest-miracle-known-to-man

 

was an incredible moment when our second grandchild was born. My wife and I actually got to be in the birthing room only minutes after his arrival. There was that fragile, precious little handful of baby boy, and then across the room was that amazing life-support system they call the placenta. I couldn’t help but flash back to the birth of our youngest child. His delivery was the first one I was allowed by the hospital to be there for. (That was in the very old days, you know.) And I’ll never forget our obstetrician’s comment immediately after the baby and the placenta had come. He looked at me and he said, after having had this experience hundreds of times, “This is the greatest miracle known to man.”

I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “The Greatest Miracle Known to Man.”

Our obstetrician was almost right. The birth of a baby is the second greatest miracle known to man. The greatest miracle is that moment when a person like you or me is spiritually born into the family of Almighty God! If you’ve been born into His family, you know you have. Believe me, my new grandson knew something had changed dramatically! He didn’t understand it, but he knew it had happened!

https://hutchcraft.com/a-word-with-you/your-most-important-relationship/the-greatest-miracle-known-to-man-8701 )

 

 

Pray for Ravi Zacharia and his family along with his ministry

Reports are Ravi Zacharias are down to his last few days this side of Heaven. Please for him,his family, and their comfort.Pray honor would be brought to our Lord. 

 

 

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avi Zacharias’s Cancer

10-year-old raises money, helps provide 18,000 meals for those in need

A Brandon, Mississippi, 10-year-old used his legs to raise money for families in Mississippi.
 Last Sunday James Pacelli rode his bike for 10 miles to raise money for the Mississippi Food Network. 

“I saw on the news one day that the Mississippi Food Network needed backup meals for feeding Mississippi,” Pacelli said.
 Pacelli said he was sitting at home with nothing to do when he came up with the idea.

“It’s definitely very boring at my house. It’s the same every day, playing with my dog outside or doing schoolwork inside. I thought the bike ride had a benefit for me and for others,” Pacelli said.

After his mom posted a video of his idea, the donations started rolling in.
(  https://www.ketv.com/article/10-year-old-raises-money-helps-provide-18000-meals-to-those-in-need/32560646 )