Letter From Hank

July 2014

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Dear Friend,

Do you know where you are right now?

I know … At face value, it’s a silly question.

But if we shift the frame of reference from a geographical one to a spiritual one, the answer might be radically different.

You see, I’m personally persuaded that you and I are in “occupied territory”:

“Enemy-occupied territory — that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.”

So wrote C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity. And I’m absolutely convinced that never has the need for “sanctified saboteurs” been greater.

For example, one only needs a brief exposure to today’s headline news to be appalled at the accelerating decline in critical spiritual and cultural indicators.

Whether it’s the alarming level of biblical illiteracy in our churches, the startling collapse of morality and common decency, or the increasingly flagrant and frontal assaults on traditional notions of human sexuality by growing numbers of radical extremists, it’s clear we’re in the midst of an ominous spiritual and cultural battle.

What’s more, it’s a battle whose outcome will determine more than just the quality of life for our children and grandchildren. It will likely determine whether there are rational grounds for optimism regarding our future or whether we should be bracing ourselves for a nightmare once thought impossible.

Although knowing where we are is important, that’s actually NOT my reason for writing. Because of your partnership with CRI, I know you realize clearly that we are involved in a titanic struggle with our very future at stake.

My reason for writing is actually to remind you of who and Whose you are…

You see, I know that in the well-documented “fog of war,” we can sometimes suffer a personal identity crisis:

We can forget that we are sons and daughters of the Creator of a universe that is billions of light years vast and stunning in its beauty and grandeur.

What’s more, we can forget that we belong to Him and that His power is constantly at work within us (Ephesians 3:20).

That’s why I want to send you a beautiful reminder gift…

Actually, it’s an inspiring reminder of who and Whose we are. And a way of saying thank you for standing with CRI as we strive to equip millions of Christians to be fruitful disciples and effective agents of kingdom change.

It’s called King of Creation. And if you’re at all like me, it will make your heart soar.

King of Creation is a collection of meditations on the splendor of God’s creative power and the brilliance of His inspired Word. As each chapter of this remarkable film unfolds, you’ll sense the presence, comfort, and grace of the Maker of heaven and earth.

Photographed in high definition, King of Creation is a stunning visual celebration of God’s handiwork and power — and much more. Along with stunning photography, favorite verses from the Old and New Testaments are brought to life by poignant renditions of cherished hymns like “Beautiful Savior” and “Amazing Grace.” You may recall the extraordinary films, The Privileged Planet, Metamorphosis, and Flight. If you enjoyed these films, you’ll be encouraged to know that King of Creation was made by the same team and the quality is every bit as breathtaking!

While my main purpose is that this be a “morale” builder for you to encourage you to continue fighting the good fight, it’s simply so good that I think you’ll want to share it with others. In fact, King of Creation preaches without the need for words!

Anyone seeing this production will not only realize that there surely must be a Creator but also yearn to know more fully the attributes of that Creator.

Through image, sound, and lyric, King of Creation clearly displays “God’s invisible attributes — his eternal power and divine nature,” which “have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20).

In short, if you understandably grow weary in the midst of life’s struggles and your efforts to be salt and light in an increasingly decadent culture, this will cause you to “mount up with wings as eagles” (Isaiah 40:31).

Because I’d like you to be blessed and uplifted by King of Creation soon, and because it’s your support that enables us to press forward daily on multiple vital ministry fronts, could I hear from you today?

Your generous gift will do more than help to undergird the research, writing, broadcasts, and publications that equip and encourage countless Christians around the world. It will be an encouragement to me and to the entire team here to know that you are continuing to stand with us.

Please take just a moment to make your gift today and strengthen our outreaches in the process. Just as soon as I hear from you, I’ll see that King of Creation is on its way to you in just days.

May God bless you richly for your partnership and the difference you continue to make in so many lives.

Standing with you for life and truth,

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Hank Hanegraaff

P.S. In the midst of continuing assertions from atheists that the universe and life are simply matters of blind, purposeless chance, British philosopher and theologian Keith Ward has noted:

“To the majority of those who have reflected deeply and written about the origin and nature of the universe, it has seemed that it points beyond itself to a source which is non-physical and of great intelligence and power. Almost all of the great classical philosophers — certainly Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Leibniz, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Locke, Berkeley — saw the origin of the universe as lying in a transcendent reality. They had different specific ideas of this reality, and different ways of approaching it; but that the universe is not self-explanatory, and that it requires some explanation beyond itself, was something they accepted as fairly obvious.”

As you and I know, that “something beyond itself” is the King of creation!

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More Questions and Answers with Hank

Q&A: Slavery, God’s Foreknowledge, and Ouija Boards

Q&A: The Book of Nature, Prophecy, and the Education of Women

Modern Evangelicalism, and Q&A

Flight: the Genius of Birds, with Paul Nelson

King of Creation with Lad Allen – Pt. 2, and Q&A