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Don Hughes

Former CEO Great Plains Christian Radio

Leading our Listeners to a Life of Victory





Don’t you really appreciate a story of someone overcoming impossible odds and emerging victorious?  You see this in sports almost every weekend.  I enjoy so much those David vs. Goliath type games except when the Goliath is a team I am cheering for.  In all reality sporting events are a passing story.  What happens when it occurs in the life of a person?  I am constantly inspired by my children.  I always called my daughter, Amy, the Sunshine Princess when she was a little girl.  After she graduated from high school it was so difficult to take her to a community college and drive away.  With six children we didn’t have any money for college.  Amy looked for scholarships, financial aid, waited tables, took out student loans and emerged after eight years with two masters degrees in family counseling.  Wow!  Her story of setting a goal and exercising perseverance to reach the finish line is exemplary to other young people.  I could tell a story like that about each of our children.  With unemployment at 9.1 percent and prices rising so many of your goals will be reached as a broadcasters if you inspire your listeners with a voice of victory.

Living a life walking with Jesus is not easy.  You will have the forces of hell arise against you in an attempt to walk in the principals of scripture.  God allows the resistance of the evil one to reveal His grace to us,  “What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make his power known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath – prepared for destruction?  What if He did this to make the riches of His Glory known to the objects of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory,” Romans 9:22-24.  God does this through humble ordinary Christians and leaders in the church today that proclaim the supernatural power of God.  This is available through anyone who will lay aside their own interests and allow God to work in and through them. We need ordinary men and women that communicate Christ and not themselves.  Preachers are needed who are surrendered to the Spirit’s leading in proclaiming Biblical truth.  You have a powerful platform as a broadcaster to lead your listeners.

So often we place value on our productivity and see some as in failure and defeat and others popular, intellectual and successful.  However, what we really need is found in Colossians 1:27, “Christ in you the hope of glory.”  It is a move from appearances to reality in the supernatural work of God.  Not our work, but His.  It is not a matter of working ourselves into an emotional frenzy, but waiting on the real work of God in our lives.  Carefully consider in scripture what happens in a real work of God.  “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, Oh house of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of my Holy name which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone.  I will show the holiness of my great name.  I will show myself holy through you before their eyes,” Ezekiel 36:23.  The apostle Paul echoed this same thought in the introduction in the epistle written to the church of Rome, “Through Him and for His name sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith,” Romans 1:5.  The emphasis here is what we do is for His name sake and it is done by Him and not us.

There are some two billion Christians alive on the earth today.  There is a question as always concerning the legitimacy of some of the groups that profess Christ.  However, it would not take much for all of us to be joined in unity as Christ is central in most denominations now.  It is the true children of God know the voice of the Shepherd.  We need to sing this song together, “Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away displeasure toward us.  Will you be angry with us forever?  Will you prolong your anger through all generations?  Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?  Show us your unfailing love, O lord, and grant us your salvation.  I will listen to what the Lord will say; He promises peace to His people, His saints,” Psalm 85:5-8.  A real move of God is not developed by the construction of larger buildings where we conduct our programs, but by the desire of God to work through His people.  God desires to work through your broadcast ministry if you will allow him,  “Whoever believes in me, as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him,” John 7:38.  The Lord desires to work through us and bless us for the sake of His Holy Name.

So many churches, so many programs, so many Christian radio stations, so many efforts for His Kingdom and the Lord is pleased to see His children in efforts to show increase.  There are those in whom the Lord has great pleasure in the faithfulness of their work, but when God chooses to place his hand on a person or a work, power will be seen that is only from Him.  “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose,” Philippians 2:13.  We are like children who are taken to a concert to appreciate a performance by a great master of the instrument and are motivated to perform in such a way.  Some will perhaps continue and reach that goal.  However, in the work of God there is mastery than can never be achieved until the breath of God is felt across our efforts and the work is lifted up not for our benefit, but for the sake of His Holy Name.

So often we run ahead of God and perform well by the standards of the world and even find great success, but such accomplishment falls far short of what will occur when we understand that God’s work is so much more, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.  When we come to an understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us we begin our understanding of what it means to be saved.  At some point we will enter in His presence, but there are many uncertainties and lessons to be learned between those two points.  We are surrendered to The Lord and are guided by Scripture and the Holy Spirit as Paul says in writing to the church at Galatia, “But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit for the righteousness for which we hope (Gal 5:5).”  At this point we only have a taste of what we will absolutely know when we have a resurrected body like Him.

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death is your victory?  Where, O death is your sting?  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 15:54-55

I just wonder why individual Christians, broadcasters and the church are not doing so much more.  With so great a salvation that has been given to us, the truth and guidance of scripture, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the promise of glory which is just before us why does it seem that we are standing still when “the fields are ripe and ready for harvest?”  We seem to be so content in the routine of attending church and going about our daily functions when there are so many desperate spiritual and physical needs all around us.  We have been equipped and commissioned for extraordinary service to the Lord and have not grasped the dynamics of what can happen when we put faith into action.  “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do,” Ephesians 2:8-10.  The picture that comes to my mind is that of books on a library shelf that go unread as the works of God which He has empowered, but go undone for the lack of willing servants.

We need to understand that perfect provision has been made for the ministry He has commissioned.  It is as if there are great supplies in the storehouse of God to abundantly quench the heart’s desire of the spiritual starving with the bread of life and water that satisfies the soul.  What is lacking are those willing to open the doors and pray, load the provisions, drive the trucks and distribute the everlasting good news of the deliverance of God.  The church today is much maligned by the liberal media, but it seems that we are willing to accept what is being said, thereby affirming that we allow His name to be profaned.  The words of James 2:17-18 shouts at us, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.  But someone will say, ‘You have faith; I have deeds.’ Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

By our very name, Christian, we are called out by God to His glory.  We are empowered for ministry not based on a standard we have established, but an anointed strength from on high.  Paul in writing to the church at Thessalonica emphasized this theme as seen in the New Testament Church, “We always thank God for all of you, mentioning you in our prayers, We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thessalonica 1:2.  It is not a matter of human effort, but that of surrender and allowing God to work through us show us his power from on high.  What greater power is there other than the creation of all things, the blameless life of Christ in His earthly ministry, His endurance through the thirty-nine lashes and death on the cross and resurrection from the grave?  Following this the Holy Spirit came upon us.  We need to allow God to implement this power in ministry through us.

Oh God, that you would help me to allow the Holy Spirit to work through me and those that have joined together in the work of faith so that we may understand the dynamics of the power of God in everything that transpires.  Allow us to utilize the power that has been granted in such away as to only see you.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires,” 2 Peter 1:3-4.  Understand what is said here that it is “His divine power,” it is “His own glory and goodness,” and it is “His great and precious promises.”  We cannot claim any of it as the work of our denomination, organization or claim any credit of our own.  It is not us, but the object of our faith where we find victory as stated in 2 John 5:4-5, “Everyone who is born of God overcomes the world.  This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” 


With Great Plains Christian Radio Don put KJIL on the air in 1991 in a town of 1500 people, Meade, KS.  The one station expanded to nine full power stations and forty translators over a 19 year period.  Don developed the fundraising plan to take the organization to an annual income of over two million dollars in rural Kansas. Don was also involved with putting WMHK in SC on the air and WGRC in PA. Don has won numerous awards as an individual for news, sports, production and air personality.  Also, KJIL is a five time winner of Station of the Year. Contact Don