By Riley Manning/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – One of America’s most widely-known Bible teachers will appear live and in-person at the BancorpSouth Arena on Thursday.
Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries, will hold a rally to share God’s word in his direct yet comforting style.
“I’ve been very involved with the American Family Radio for a long time and I kept telling my friends there ‘one of these days, I’m going to come to Tupelo,’” he said. “So I did.”
Jeremiah launched Turning Point Ministries in 1982, as a radio broadcast ministry. Today the 30-minute program is heard on over 1800 stations, and Turning Point has expanded to include television and magazine products.
Himself a jack of all trades – televangelist, pastor, and author of over two dozen books – Jeremiah said he used the forum of his Turning Point rallies to engage the audience on things happening in their culture.
Next weekend, he will speak to the topic of fear.
“The Bible talks about the subject of fear quite a lot. Think how often the phrase ‘fear not’ appears,” he said. “With prime time news, we see so much tragedy, it’s easy to become paranoid. That’s why the message that God loves us is so important to hear.”
His rally, described as a “church service on steroids,” will include a performance by the former Gaither Vocal Band member Marshall Hall and pianist Ian Oakley.
So far, they have drawn big crowds at venues in Kansas City and Oklahoma City. Though Tupelo may seem small by comparison, Jeremiah said he and his team were expecting a packed house.
“It’s quite amazing to have 9,000 people together singing. It’s a feeling not like any other,” he said. “On stage, I get the full scope of it, and it can be quite overwhelming.”
Jeremiah serves as pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church, one of the largest churches in San Diego, but fulfilling a ministry at home and on the road is anything but tiring.
“I know I’m doing what God wants me to do, and I love what I do,” he said. “It energizes me. It’s a privilege to go to a new place and invite others to share in the love of Christ.”
The rally will take place on April 25 at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.