1/2/18-UPDATE: GREAT NEWS! PRAISE THE LORD! WE JUST RECEIVED OUR FINAL APPROVAL AS A 501c3 TAX-DEDUCTIBLE ORGANIZATION. WE WERE TOLD THIS WAS IMMINENT, BUT IT IS WONDERFUL TO ACTUALLY HAVE THE OFFICIAL APPROVAL IN HAND. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPORT!
December 21, 2017
Hi friends. I hope all is well with you!
I wanted to let you know how the Lord has been leading me since stepping back from the Senior Pastor role at McLean Bible Church (MBC) at the end of September.
After much prayer and thought, I believe the Lord has directed me to launch "Lon Solomon Ministries" as a separate 501c3 non-profit religious ministry.
MBC has decided that, going forward, it is not their long-term goal to continue to pay for my sermons and "Not a Sermon, Just a Thought" to be broadcast in the DC area. Therefore, after consultation with Larry Cooper, our elder chairman, and with his full knowledge and encouragement, I have decided to establish this new ministry.
The goals of this ministry will be:
1. To continue broadcasting (locally in the metro DC area on secular radio stations, including WAVA and XM Family Talk) my 30-minute sermons that were preached at MBC over 37 1/2 years. I am still committed to impacting the nation's capital with the Gospel as I always have been. Earlier in 2017, MBC decided to give up the 9:30 AM Sunday morning slot on WAVA, but, by God's grace, we have been able to secure the 9 AM Sunday morning slot on WAVA (an even better time slot!) and we plan to begin broadcasting again on January 7, 2018.
2. To continue making and broadcasting my one-minute "Not a Sermon, Just a Thought" segments on an increased number of secular stations throughout the DC metro region and beyond.
3. Lord willing, in the not-too-distant future, to begin a nationwide radio ministry using my sermons (just as John MacArthur, David Jeremiah, Charles Stanley, and others are doing) to provide solid biblical teaching.
4. To begin turning my sermons into books and Bible studies, so that they have a more lasting presence and can be a continuing resource for people around the world.
"Lon Solomon Ministries" is officially incorporated now. For now, our board consists of the required minimum three members: myself as President, Angel Voggenreiter, and Gordon Langlie--although we may be adding more members in the future. None of the board members receive any compensation for their service. Also, we have no paid staff. All the funds that are contributed to LSM in December will go directly to purchasing airtime.
In response to what people might hear on the radio, we plan to direct them to this site (lonsolomonministries.com) where they will have access to all my sermon materials, my testimony, a Gospel-presentation with sinner's prayer, my Spiritual Bootcamp series & workbook to help new believers start growing in the Lord, Jill's House information, Brenda's story, information about my Holy Land tours, etc. People will be able to contact us via email and an 866 number. They can donate safely to the ministry on this site via paypal or mail a check to us if the Lord leads them to do so.
Thank the Lord, we have offers pending, and open doors, for all four of the above-mentioned goals. Our ability to achieve these goals depends exclusive on funding. It will cost us about $250,000 annually to maintain our current level of broadcasting in the DC area (and XM). It will cost us around $500,000 annually to expand nationwide and pursue the publishing initiative.
I am writing you to ask if you would please pray and think about making a small, or a significant, contribution to "Lon Solomon Ministries" in December 2017 to help us get started. If you are part of MBC, I would ask you not to reduce what you were planning to give to MBC or Jill's House this December in order to contribute to "Lon Solomon Ministries (LSM)."
To donate now online click here. While we are awaiting final approval of our tax-exempt status in the next few weeks, the IRS and our accountant have informed us that any and all contributions you make to LSM this December can be claimed under your charitable contributions on your 2017 taxes.
If you prefer to give by check, please send your check to Lon Solomon Ministries, 8116 Arlington Blvd. #302, Falls Church, VA. 22042. If you want to be able to deduct your gift on your 2017 taxes, be sure that your check is dated on or before December 31, 2017--AND, that the envelope is POSTMARKED on or before December 31, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me personally at 703-280-1114.
Thank you for your prayers, your consideration, and your loving support.
Sincerely in Christ,
So What? is a broadcast extension of Lon Solomon Ministries. Click here for the SO WHAT? broadcast schedule.
Not a Sermon, Just a Thought's are :60 ads on secular radio, that engage people to think about their relationship to God. To learn more about Not a Sermon, Just a Thought, click here.
You can listen to Lon on XM Channel 131, Sunday at 12:00pm EST.
What is Lon Solomon Ministries?
Lon Solomon Ministries is a gospel centered 501c3 ministry reaching people for Christ through broadcast, print, bible studies and social media outlets.
Who is Lon Solomon?
Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home in Portsmouth, VA. While in college, Lon’s life became a relentless search for meaning and purpose. He sought to fill the void he felt on the inside with fraternity life, partying, gambling, and a serious drinking problem. When all this failed to supply the inner peace he was seeking, Lon became deeply involved in drugs, both as a user and a distributor. He turned to “spiritual” things at this point, diving into psychedelics, Eastern religions and even attempting a return to mainstream Judaism. But all this failed to resolve his inner turmoil, and he decided that suicide was the only reasonable way out.
It was at this time that Lon met a street evangelist in Chapel Hill, NC who began to talk to him about Jesus Christ. God worked powerfully through months of interaction with this man, resulting in Lon’s decision to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and Messiah in the spring of 1971.
Lon is a marvelous example of God’s transforming power in action.
Subsequent to his decision to accept Christ, Lon was able to quit the drug and alcohol abuse that had plagued his life for years. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Chemistry (1971). He completed a Th.M. degree in Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary (1975, summa cum laude). He completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies in 1979. He taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary from 1975-1980. In 1980, Lon became the Senior Pastor at McLean Bible Church. He received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2005.
Lon has been on the Board of Jews for Jesus since 1987, where he now serves as chairman of the Board’s executive committee. In September 2002, Lon was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve in his administration as a member of the President’s Committee on Intellectual Disabilities. Lon served two two-year terms in this capacity. Lon is the author of the book, Brokenness—How God Redeems Pain and Suffering and The 23rd Psalm for the 21st Century.
Lon and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1974. They have four children.
Lon’s 30-minute, broadcast called “SO WHAT?” can be heard weekly on a variety of radio stations. “So What?” characterizes the essence of Lon’s timeless message: What difference does the Bible make for our lives in the 21st century? His practical and down-to-earth treatment of Scripture is always challenging and thought provoking. Over the years, this broadcast has pointed thousands of people to Christ. Lon encourages people to get connected to a local Bible believing church. If you need help in finding a church near you contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lon also has 60-second radio spots called “Not a Sermon, Just a Thought” that air on secular radio stations throughout the DC area. Using common-sense language, these spots prompt non-Christian listeners to think about the validity of the Christian message for their lives. For decades, this ministry has prompted otherwise uninterested people to begin asking and seeking answers to questions about.Jesus.
Answer: This simple, yet profound, question is the most important question that can be asked. "How can I be saved?" deals with where we will spend eternity after our lives in this world are over. There is no more important issue than our eternal destiny. Thankfully, the Bible is abundantly clear on how a person can be saved. The Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). Paul and Silas responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
How can I be saved? Why do I need to be saved?
We are all infected with sin (Romans 3:23). We are born with sin (Psalm 51:5), and we all personally choose to sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:8). Sin is what makes us unsaved. Sin is what separates us from God. Sin is what has us on the path to eternal destruction.
How can I be saved? Saved from what?
Because of our sin, we all deserve death (Romans 6:23). While the physical consequence of sin is physical death, that is not the only kind of death that results from sin. All sin is ultimately committed against an eternal and infinite God (Psalm 51:4). Because of that, the just penalty for our sin is also eternal and infinite. What we need to be saved from is eternal destruction (Matthew 25:46; Revelation 20:15).
How can I be saved? How did God provide salvation?
Because the just penalty for sin is infinite and eternal, only God could pay the penalty, because only He is infinite and eternal. But God, in His divine nature, could not die. So God became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. God took on human flesh, lived among us, and taught us. When the people rejected Him and His message, and sought to kill Him, He willingly sacrificed Himself for us, allowing Himself to be crucified (John 10:15). Because Jesus Christ was human, He could die; and because Jesus Christ was God, His death had an eternal and infinite value. Jesus’ death on the cross was the perfect and complete payment for our sin (1 John 2:2). He took the consequences we deserved. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead demonstrated that His death was indeed the perfectly sufficient sacrifice for sin.
How can I be saved? What do I need to do?
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). God has already done all of the work. All you must do is receive, in faith, the salvation God offers (Ephesians 2:8-9). Fully trust in Jesus alone as the payment for your sins. Believe in Him, and you will not perish (John 3:16). God is offering you salvation as a gift. All you have to do is accept it. Jesus is the way of salvation (John 14:6).