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HE WENT AWAY SAD!   >>
“AND WHEN HE [JESUS] WAS GONE FORTH…THERE CAME ONE RUNNING, AND KNEELED TO HIM, AND ASKED HIM, GOOD MASTER, WHAT SHALL I DO THAT I MAY INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?” MK. 10:17

In all the wonderful encounters men and women had with Jesus, I can find only one where a young man left Jesus and went away sad!
Most of us know the story well — we call him the “RICH YOUNG RULER,” and in my search for yet more KEYS to your needs — I believe I have found another diamond!

So here we go again: “Why is Paul always tying our needs, our health, our prosperity to money?” It is really very simple — money in and of itself is nothing! What good is a piece of green paper? You see, God is not after money — He is after YOU — at least a part of you. Most of us work forty or more hours per week and take home a paycheck. Those forty hours are a piece of YOU — yes, a part of your very life; so when that tithe or offering pays for some time on your TBN — WOW! It’s just as though you gave a part of YOURSELF to that lost soul praying to receive Christ!

But that is only the beginning as we will see as this fascinating story progresses.

The sad part of this encounter with Jesus comes with Jesus’ answer to the young man’s question, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus gave him the stock answer from Moses’ law. Basically, keep the law as given to Moses on Mt. Sinai. The young man’s answer is hard to believe! He actually tells Jesus that he has kept the law —

“HE ANSWERED AND SAID UNTO HIM, MASTER, ALL THESE HAVE I OBSERVED FROM MY YOUTH.” Mk. 10:20

Jesus did not contradict or correct him, so obviously this was a very pure and blameless young man. In fact, the text goes on to say:

“THEN JESUS BEHOLDING HIM LOVED HIM, AND SAID UNTO HIM, ‘ONE THING THOU LACKEST….” Mk. 10:21

Now right here may be that next key, that next diamond that will unlock God’s treasury to meet your need!

The young man was not sinlessly perfect and of course Jesus knows all the deepest secrets of all hearts. He saw that possessions meant more to him than even the “ETERNAL LIFE” he was asking about. Therefore, Jesus put His finger right on the sore spot —

“GO SELL WHATSOEVER THOU HAST, AND GIVE TO THE POOR,AND THOU SHALL HAVE TREASURE IN HEAVEN: AND COME TAKE UP THE CROSSAND FOLLOWME.” Mk. 10:21

The text does not tell us if the young man took some time to think this awesome request over. Perhaps he studied this, thought for some time, or he may have made an immediate decision. All we know for sure is what follows:

“HE WAS SAD AT THAT SAYING, AND WENT AWAY GRIEVED: FOR HE HAD GREAT POSSESSIONS.” Mk. 10:22

To me this is one of the saddest stories in the entire Bible. First of all, he turned down Jesus’ invitation to be one of His disciples. Who knows, he might have been the replacement for Judas who betrayed Jesus!? But just as tragic, he missed Jesus’ next promise that would have made this RICH YOUNG RULER a billionaire or more!

Dear old Simon Peter turned the key when he asked the question that was probably on the minds of all the disciples who were hearing this historic encounter:

“THEN PETER BEGAN TO SAY UNTO HIM, LO,WE HAVE LEFT ALL, AND HAVE FOLLOWED THEE.” Mk. 10:28

By now, tragically, the rich young ruler is out of earshot — if not, he surely would have come running back at these words of Jesus:

“VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, THERE IS NO MAN THAT HATH LEFT HOUSE, OR BRETHREN, OR SISTERS, OR FATHER, OR MOTHER, OR WIFE, OR CHILDREN, OR LANDS, FOR MY SAKE AND THE GOSPEL’S….” Mk. 10:29

Now, here it is: Don’t waste your time on me with the hottest stock tip, or the best yielding CD, or the “safe bet” investment that your brother-in-law just got off the wire! The old saying is true: “A FOOL AND HIS MONEY IS SOON PARTED!”

Jesus gave us HIS ABSOLUTE FAILSAFE INVESTMENT policy! Here it is if you will receive it —

“BUT HE SHALL RECEIVE AN HUNDREDFOLD [PLEASE DON’T MISS THIS]—NOW IN THIS TIME HOUSES AND BRETHREN, AND SISTERS, AND MOTHERS, AND CHILDREN, AND LANDS — WITH PERSECUTIONS; AND IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE!” Mk. 10:30.

Tragically, the rich young ruler missed the best investment in all of time and eternity! Now, what about YOU? We, TBN Partners, have the most awesome investment opportunity again, in time or eternity! As we sow our seed into the GOOD SOIL of TBN, we not only have the joy of knowing that multitudes will hear the GOOD NEWS and be saved, but that WE WILL RECEIVE JESUS’ OWN PROMISE of 100-fold blessing for our gifts of love that will bring multitudes into the Kingdom of God in these final days of harvest!

Will you help us? Jan and I have given the best years of our lives to see this great TV message go out to all the world! Thirty-one years of our lives have been joyfully invested in this great Voice called TBN! Over 6,200 TV stations fed by 46 great angel satellites are beaming down at this very moment to virtually all the world!

Will you help us? Or like the rich young ruler, turn away sadly and miss the 100-fold blessing that Jesus Himself said we would have?

How we love you and depend on you, our faithful TBN Partners, lo, these 31 awesome years!
With great love and anticipation Jan and I await your letter or email of support —

Together we WILL NOT GO AWAY SADLY — we shall come before Christ singing, bringing our sheaves with us!!!

We love you!

The good news is: PHILADELPHIA IS OURS! Yes,WGTW-TV/DT Ch. 48 and digital Ch. 27 signed ON THE AIR October 1, 2004. PRAISE THE LORD!

On September 22, 2004, the FCC issued its approval for TBN to purchase WGTW-TV/DT in the PHILADELPHIA market. Philadelphia is the 4TH LARGEST television market in the country, with nearly 3 million households (about 6.5 MILLION people). GLORY TO GOD!!

A whole new CHILDREN’S NETWORK is now under development! Yes, the SMILE OF A CHILD NETWORK will feature cartoons, puppet shows, music and more to teach little ones about Jesus and His love. Stay tuned to TBN for more to come about this exciting project!

All of the drama, intrigue and passion of the book of Esther will come alive in TBN’s newest full-length movie, ESTHER: ONE NIGHT WITH THE KING. Currently in production, ESTHER is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide this coming March!

THE HEALING CHANNEL — TBN’s new ARABIC LANGUAGE network — will soon be on the air, reaching the nations of the Middle East with Christian TV programs in their own language! Your prayers and support are helping YOUR TBN take “this Gospel of the Kingdom” into ALL the world!

Join YOUR TBN family for a great week of REVIVAL PRAISE-A-THON®, NOVEMBER 1-5. Special speakers include: Paula White, Jesse Duplantis, Benny Hinn, Juanita Bynum, Rod Parsley, Bishop Clarence McClendon, John Hagee and others! Music guests include: Steve Brock, Mom & Pop Winans, Karen Wheaton, Judy Jacobs, Alvin Slaughter, Vern Jackson, Del Way and more! You won’t want to miss this great week of praise and worship! P.S.Your pledge may be made by calling TBN’s toll-free (in the U.S. and Canada) phone number: 1-888-731-1000, or on our secure website: www.tbn.org.

PLEDGE TODAY FOR MISSIONS! From Amman, Jordan to Australia and everywhere in between—when you pledge to support TBN’s missions’ outreaches, you are helping to bring the Gospel to virtually every continent on earth! Please be a part of this great end time Harvest of souls—PLEDGE TODAY FOR MISSIONS!

PLEDGE TODAY FOR STATIONS! Last month TBN signed on its newest station: WGTW-TV/DT Ch. 48 and digital Ch. 27, serving the Philadelphia, PA market! TBN reaches 49,243,678 U.S. households through its more than 400 owned and operated and affiliated broadcast stations in the U.S. alone—and others are on the way! Let’s take back “enemy territory”—PLEASE PLEDGE FOR STATIONS!