Clear Channels

“A clear-channel station is an AM radio station in North America that has the highest protection from interference from other stations, particularly concerning night-time skywave propagation.”

Believe it or not, AM stations still exists. KFAB-Am Omaha was one of my favorites as a kid. Kent Pavelka was the Husker football voice. On Sunday’s I’d listen to Brad Sham on clear channel KRLD. A buddy of mine, Dave Briggs, who was a Christian engineering pioneer (RIP, 2000), loaned me a short wave radio so I could listen to any station in the world. Back in the early 1980’s, listening in on Moldova or the Radio Moscow was pretty cool.

“Beloved:  We receive from him whatever we ask, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.”  I John 3:22

St. John has the kind of relationship with our Lord that is both secret and public. Only saints have this unique combination. There are plenty of people who have secret relationships with God. Users of hallucinogenic drugs and members of sects and parties (e.g. Gnostics) claim unique insights into God. Saint John had a clear private channel with God and it translated into a public message the whole church embraced.

You say, “I want that kind of public/private channel.”

Unfortunately, it’s a God thing. Lynn Hall, who still holds the Nebraska record for fastest mile in state history, used to say to his track disciples, “If you train the way I teach you, will you become a great long distance runner.” His answer, “Maybe.”

Saints are gifts from God.

Not everybody is called to the same level of holiness. EWTN founder, Mother Angelica said, “We are all called to be saints but there are saints and there are saints. Some answer that call we such a resounding yes that their yes to Christ deserves special recognition.”

Jesus saw a million little saint seeds in the Apostle John. That’s why he chose St. John to be one of the twelve. Jesus chose Judas to illustrate how devastating false saints will be to the body of Christ.

St. John writes, “Beloved, do not trust every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they belong to God…. They belong to the world; accordingly, their teaching belongs to the world,and the world listens to them.”

Judas was a clear channel vessel of God during those three years. How did Judas cross over from sainthood to becoming a voice of the antichrist?

Psalm 2 promises, “I will give you all the nations for an inheritance.” Perhaps Judas underlined and championed that verse to the exclusion of others?

We are children of the king who has all the rights and privileges of a citizen of heaven with a downward trajectory of the cross.

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Author: gbradepp

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