My Passion


I am glad to have been caught in the reckless raging fury that they call the love of God.
--Rich Mullens
Salvation is all about letting yourself get wrapped up in the love of God.

God created us so He could be in relationship with us (Genesis 1:26 and 27).

Unfortunately we blew it (Genesis 3).

To bring us back into releationship God sent his Son Jesus (or Yeshua in Hebrew): John 3:16.

Jesus lived a perfect life, so when he was crucified he became the perfect and final sacrificial Lamb. He took on our sin so that it would no longer keep us from God (II Corinthians 5:21).

All you have to do is trust Jesus (Yeshua) to do this for you (Romans 10:9-13).

You can do this right now! Have the kind of LIFE that's been bouncing me around the stage and around the world. Pray this prayer:

Dear Jesus (Yeshua),
Thank you for loving me. Forgive me of all my sins, everything I've ever done to let you down. [Take a moment and ask the Lord to convict you of specifics.] Cover them for me. Become Lord of my life and help me to live for you.
Amen.

If you prayed that prayer sincerely you can have assurance that you will have life more abundant while living on the earth and life eternal in Heaven. There's no magic to the prayer that's here. It's about trusting Jesus (Yeshua) as lord of your life: trusting that He knows what's best for you because he created you. It's about trusting Him to cover you when you mess up.

Now I encourage you to get plugged into a local Christ-centered, Bible-believing church, where you can grow in your relationship. If you're in the New York City area I keep a list at www.RichDrama.com/NYC. If not, feel free to contact me through the form at the bottom of the page. I've performed at some great churches around the world. There's a good chance I know a good one near you.

I'd love to know if you prayed to give your life to the Lord. Please let me know through the form at the bottom of this page.

If you're not ready to pray that kind of prayer and really mean it, read through the Book of John three times, asking the Lord to speak to you through it. Ravi Zacharias recommended that when he and Abdu Murray were addressing students at Yale University. You can hear their talks and answers to skeptical students' questions here.

There are many reasons to trust that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Jesus Christ fulfilled over 300 prophecies from the Old Testament. All of Jesus' disciples were executed because of their faith. John was the only one to die a natural death, but according to Tertullian he was boiled in oil because of his faith without being harmed, and everyone in the Coliseum became a Christian that day.

There's plenty of historical evidence to support things we read in Scripture. There is an extraordinary amount of extra-biblical evidence of much that was written in Scripture. I've seen the fallen walls of Jericho, the Pilate Stone (which confirms Pilate was governor of Judea when Jesus was crucified). I've been in the oldest church on earth, built over The Manger within 100 years of Jesus' birth. So it was the grandchildren of folks who were there who said, "This was the place." Read and watch The Case for Christ for more. This post has links to first hand descriptions of the sky going black at the Crucifixion.

That being said, people with presuppositions can look at history and archeology and twist it to support their biases. When the Dead Sea Scrolls came to New York City there was an audio guide that said the many idols found in Jewish homes were evidence that the Jewish faith evolved from pluralism to monotheism, but if you open the Word you'll see many prohibitions against idols and the Lord urging the people to get rid of the idols that they possessed.

Stephen J. Bennett, Professor of Bible and Theology at Nyack College, said:

I am careful not to allow the authority of Scripture to rest on interpretations of archaeology and history; but rather to find the authority in God himself, and in Jesus Christ his son. The greatest and most convincing evidence I see around me is lives changed by the gospel, and glimmers of the kingdom of God coming to earth.

A woman once told my bride, Joyce, that her changed life was the first miracle that woman had ever seen. Here's Joyce's testimony, her story of how she came to put her trust in Jesus Christ. Here are more testimonies.

Also, here are some more things to consider: Who Is Jesus and Knowing God.

Here's a video that puts things into perspective:



Here's another that explains our need for a Savior in order to approach a Holy God:



I've also posted other resources below. Feel free to add to the list.

32 comments:

Rich and Joyce Swingle said...

I just had a great conversation with some people about whether or not Jesus is God. Here are the scriptures I told them about: Ro. 1:4, 9:5, Mt 1:23; 1:18,20, 3:16; 28:19; Lk 1:35; 5:20-21; Jn 1:1,3,10,14,18; 5:18; 14:6ff.; 2Co 13:14; Php 2:6; Col 1:15-20; 2:9; Tit 2:13; Heb 1:3,8; 2Pe 1:1; 1 John 2:23, 5:20; Rev 1:13-18; 22:13

Since the Jehovah's Witness Bible changes some of these passages, you should look them up in another translation. You can find several at BibleGateway.com.

Rich and Joyce Swingle said...

Here are some books that may help you understand what it means to follow the Lord:

Right With God by John Blanchard

The Reason for God by Timothy Keller

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

More than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

Rich and Joyce Swingle said...

Here's another helpful resource: Reasons.org

Anonymous said...

The God who pursues those who deny him interrupted my existence and captured my soul with raw love. Three decades later, His tangible Presence and Grace still amaze me ~

Rich and Joyce Swingle said...

Here are some stories that have been shared at our church, Westchester Chapel, about how people have discovered the Lord's love for them: Testimonies.

Rich Swingle said...

Here's the testimony of my friend, Eric Metaxas, who attended Yale University. That crushed the faith of his youth and sent him on a path to universalism, but a vision woke him up to the reality of Christ.

Check it out: My Conversion Story.

Rich Swingle said...

I've posted other testimonies on my blog: Testimonies.

Rich Swingle said...

A woman wrote an article called "The Atheist's Dilemma" about how she became a Christian while studying at Harvard. I had a seminary professor who also found the Lord at Harvard. When I spoke on a Christian Union panel hosted by Harvard (RichDrama.com/IvyLeague) I saw 380 students from all eight Ivy League schools praising the Lord with passion.

Rich Swingle said...

Joyce and I were at a film festival and found out about a mini-reality series about a former atheist who is now a committed Catholic: RichDrama.com/MinorRevisions.

Rich Swingle said...

"Christianity is not a religion of impersonal assent to certain religious notions, defensible by rigid arguments. It is the dynamic personal relationship of the believer with God through Christ." (Richard L. Pratt, *Every Thought Captive*)

Rich Swingle said...

Here are some scriptures that speak of what Jesus Christ did for us...

Mark 10:45: “The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Romans 5:8: God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 6:23: The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:32: He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?

2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 8:9: You know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

1 Timothy 1:15: The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

1 John 4:10: In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Revelation 5:9: “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation . . .”

From Ten Gospel Verses to Keep Warm.

Rich Swingle said...

Billy Graham has spoken to more people in a live audience than any other person in history. On his 95th birthday he sent this message to America about our need for the Cross of Jesus Christ: My Hope.

Rich Swingle said...

An atheist professor at UC Berkley died and went to hell. You can hear his testimony here.

Rich Swingle said...

Here's one of Joyce's sermons that sums it up well: Preach the Gospel.

Rich Swingle said...

I was inspired by Joni Eareckson Tada's story as a child, and her current reflections on Salvation and suffering after 46 years as a quadriplegic have me weeping for joy over the splashes of heaven of which she speaks: Joni Eareckson Tada Shares Her Story.

Rich Swingle said...

This sums it up pretty well: Tests.

Rich Swingle said...

Billy Graham celebrated his 96th birthday with a new film: Heaven.

Rich Swingle said...

Greg Harris gives one of the best presentations of the Gospel for our generation that I've ever heard: Good Fruit Bad Fruit.

Rich Swingle said...

Here's a great list of things God says about you.

Rich Swingle said...

...God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.
1 Timothy 2:4-6 ESV

Rich Swingle said...

This is a video by Lee Strobel, who was an atheist who set out with his skills as a journalist to disprove Christianity: The Case for Christ.

Rich Swingle said...

Our friend Eric Metaxas shows that expanding technology reduces the plausibility that the universe could have existed without a Creator.

Eric allowed us to use his testimony when we were performing in Sochi during the 2014 Olympics: Eric Metaxas' Story of the Fish. We had it translated to several languages on www.WhoistheFish.com.

Rich Swingle said...

Here are 365 prophecies from the Old Testament fulfilled by Jesus Christ: 365 Messianic Prophecies.

Rich Swingle said...

Isaiah 52:13-53:12 was written over 800 years before Jesus Christ was born. It is fulfilled by numerous New Testament Passages.

Rich Swingle said...

Here's one way Jesus explains his Divinity: "If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
John 14:7-11 ESV

Rich Swingle said...

Here is a graphic novel version of our friend Tony Loefller's testimony: The No Direction Blues.

Rich Swingle said...

Here's a fantastic interview with a Jewish believer in Yshua as Meshiach: Jewish man turns to Jesus.

Rich Swingle said...

If you've ever had a problem understanding what Heaven is all about, here's a great and simple explanation: Animated Explanation of 'Heaven and Earth'.

Rich Swingle said...

This is quite exciting: Jewish Rabbis Are Seeking Jesus!

Rich Swingle said...

The New York Times reports on: The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus."

Rich Swingle said...

The Case for Christ is now available for streaming. It portrays an investigative journalist who sets out to disprove the resurrection of Jesus Christ, only to discover the evidence is overwhelming.

Rich Swingle said...

I found myself walking behind a man and a woman, and she was telling him about Jesus. She didn’t get to say much, because he was building his case that every religion had a charismatic leader (though none but Jesus claimed to be God, give his life through the most excruciating form of capital punishment in the history of humankind, and come back from the dead three days later). At one point he said God must be up there saying “Why can’t you see they’re all the same.” At that point I wanted to say, “No. God’s up there saying, ‘I sent my Son to die for you, why are you messing with all those man-made religions.’” But I held my peace and prayed for the right opening. At the end of the block I said, “You should check out The Case for Christ. The woman was delighted! The man was shocked. He indicated he would, and I pray that he does.