It’s Giving Tuesday and You Can Help Ed Boston Ministries

Today is considered Giving Tuesday, and I have never done anything like this before. Everything that’s a part of Ed Boston Ministries – from this website to buying business cards and everything in between is funded by Amy and I, except for about $100 this year.

Something that each person that reads this can do is pray for us individually and our ministry.

We have big plans for 2020, but with big plans come higher expenses. Would you consider helping our ministry by going to this link at our podcast host Anchor.fm then clicking the “support this podcast” link?

There are three donation selections $0.99, $4.99, and $9.99  monthly.

If a monthly program is not for you and you would like to give a one-time gift, you can go to our PayPal account https://www.paypal.me/edbostonministries and make your donation there.

We appreciate all of you and thank you for helping us spread the gospel of Jesus Christ all around the world.

Update on Amy’s Medical Condition

Many of you may have noticed that the number of posts, podcasts, and other things coming from us have gone down since 2019 rolled around.

Since Thursday, December 27th our lives have been pretty crazy and Amy has had several medical experiences she would rather have skipped.

This story actually goes all the way back to September 7th, when she had a pacemaker implanted. The results of this procedure were, well in a word, horrible. Constant pain, sensitivity, pacemaker moving around, etc etc and that leads up to December 27th.

After consulting with a different cardiac surgeon, the decision to do a pacemaker revision was made. The procedure was scheduled at 2:00 pm, December 27th (times is important to the overall story).

About ten minutes before 2, the new cardiac surgeon (who we love) came in, asked the appropriate questions prior to surgery and told us that he would see Amy in the operating room shortly.

2 o’clock passed, then 3 o’clock passed, 4 o’clock passed and shortly after that, the surgeon walks in the room and closes the door behind him.

The doctor was obviously shaken up and said the following, “The procedure prior to yours went horribly wrong and I am in no shape physically or mentally to do your procedure.” He followed that up by apologizing over and over.

He personally set up the new procedure to be done on Monday.

Amy and I recorded a podcast discussing this entire scenario. Unfortunately, there was an issue with background noise in the audio, and we couldn’t post the podcast.

The reason we wanted to share that part of the story is that it shows just how we never sure what tomorrow holds. We are pretty certain from the doctor’s reaction, that the person having the procedure prior to Amy didn’t make it.

It’s pretty certain that when that person went to the hospital that day, they didn’t think their time had come. The procedures that day were done in an outpatient area which would imply that it wasn’t a high-risk item being done.

We are more than certain that the surgeon didn’t anticipate the outcome that happened. He had just visited Amy a few minutes prior to starting and his mood was good and cheerful, exactly the opposite of when he returned with the bad news.

The Bible teaches us that we aren’t promised tomorrow and the person in this story is a real life testimony of that fact.

Now on to the next part of this long report.

The procedure for Amy was done on Monday, December 31st and everything went fine. It was planned that she would spend one night and that’s what happened. The doctor said everything went as he anticipated.

Things were going well until Amy woke up Friday morning. Her left arm was swollen, all the way down to the tips of her fingers. A trip to the Emergency Room showed that Amy had a large blood clot and other small ones in her left arm that was blocking the flow of blood.

After an injection of a blood thinner, and an adjustment to the blood thinner she has been on since her stroke in February of 2017, we brought her home with the assurance that it may take a while for the clots to disperse but that the clot shouldn’t get any larger.

Sunday morning when we got up for church, her left arm and hand were swollen even larger than they had been. Another trip to the ER and the ultrasound showed that the clot had indeed grown larger.

She was admitted to the hospital Sunday evening with an IV blood thinner drip used to control the problem. 3 nights in the hospital and Amy is now back home. She has to give herself blood thinner injections twice a day for 3 months.

Her return to work has been set back at least a week, but she is now recuperating at home and looking forward to getting back into a routine.

We certainly appreciate all the prayers from all over the country that has gone out on Amy’s behalf. We are looking forward to an amazing 2019, even if it has started with a little bump in the road.

Choose From 13 Different Podcast Sites To Listen To The Ed Boston Podcast

We are excited to announce that the Ed Boston Podcast is now available on 13 different podcast sites. Not only that, we are exploring even more options what we hope to be able to announce in the future.

Click on any of the links below to go to your favorite podcast site!

Thank you for supporting us by listening.

Podcast listening platforms

Merry Christmas from The Ed Boston Podcast

Amy and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Our family, friends, and followers are the reason we do this ministry, and we want to remind each of you why we celebrate Christmas.

First, here is the link to our Christmas Special 2018, and then below is the real reason for the season, from Luke Chapter 2.

Merry Christmas to all,

Pastor Ed Boston

Luke 2

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Join VIP Text List and Get A Chance to Win an I Can Only Imagine DVD

How about a contest? How about a chance to win a copy of the DVD “I Can Only Imagine”? That will happen if you text “EdBostonPodcast” to 31996.

When you text “EdBostonPodcast” to 31996, you will be added to our VIP text list and will get occasional texts from us (no more than one per week). We will run contests, make major announcements, and lots of other fun things, but remember – we won’t flood your phone with messages, no more than one message per week.

This contest will run until 8 pm eastern on July 5th and the winner will be contacted within 48 hours to get where you want your copy of I Can Only Imagine delivered.

 

National Day of Prayer Special – Tonight at 9 pm Eastern

Tonight Thursday, May 3rd, the Ed Boston Podcast Network will host a special time of prayer, scripture, and comments for our country. We will be live streaming on Facebook Live, You Now, and You Tube.

Here is some information from the National organization about today’s events and history of National Day of Prayer.

National Day of Prayer Theme for 2018

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God’s image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY. In 2018, our theme will be Pray for America – UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Our hope is that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders in America, will humble ourselves and unify in prevailing prayer for the next great move of God in America. We can come together in clear agreement that this is our greatest need. We can become a visible union, standing together in prayer. We can pray more than ever before, and practice extraordinary prayer for the next great move of God in America that will catapult the message of the gospel nationally and internationally.

Pray with us. Sponsor an event in your community. Become a volunteer. Order resources to help promote an event in your area. Support the National Day of Prayer financially. Together, we can mobilize unified public prayer for America!

“There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that does not begin with the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.” Dr. Ronnie Floyd

Podcast Featured In Local Newspaper

Amy and I were very honored to have our local newspaper, The Republic, feature our podcast in the local features – faith & community category. Click on the link in the headline below to go to The Republic website or read the story below.

Local resident’s podcast highlights faith of celebrities, other Christians

A voice broadcast from a home in a town of 2,200 people is sometimes reaching across the globe — and often highlighting the lives of celebrities and other notables sharing their Christian faith.

Hope resident Ed Boston considered nothing of that magnitude in 2008 when he launched the politically oriented Do The Right Thing Radio podcast with a Christian perspective. Back then, the right thing simply was to let his voice, and others, be heard.

“I was so green at all this,” he said. “I just had no idea. I would have guessed in the beginning that maybe a handful of people across the country would have listened.”

Now, according to BlogTalkRadio, the international medium through which the morphed and roughly one-hour Ed Boston Podcast is disseminated, the former Hope pastor now reaches listeners in far-flung areas including Canada, the United Kingdom and Egypt.

“That’s one of those ‘wow’ moments I have,” Boston said. “I’ve never quite figured it out.”

Besides, the now-polished interviewer who has completed some 1,600 shows is all about other questions.

The 55-year-old Boston, who lands such high-profile interviews as “America’s Got Talent” 2017 champion ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer and TV actress and producer Roma Downey, takes an upbeat, easy-going approach with guests.

“They know my job is not to dig (into the negative),” Boston said.

In fact, with a recent show highlighting cast and crew members from the faith-based nationally released movie “I Can Only Imagine,” he not only avoids what could be construed as negative, he gushes about the redeeming and restorative Christian message of the film. Plus, he closes every interview with a prayer. And with Downey, known from 1994 to 2003 as the star and leading character of Tess in the CBS drama “Touched By An Angel,” that practice led to a lighthearted quip he has used more than once.

“I always tell people that I prayed for an angel,” he said.

With other guests, such as WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jeff Jarrett, he would never have allowed their three separate conversations and programs to veer too far toward specific Jarrett struggles. Also, during a live broadcast en route to the nationally controversial Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, he floated his talk more toward biblical matters than some of mainstream media’s criticisms of the attraction.

His most faithful listeners, many of whom say they never miss a broadcast, readily identify with his unassuming ways.

Tony Ogle, a 55-year-old Columbus resident, discovered the program from chatting with Boston’s wife. He acknowledged that he grew up outside the Christian church and never was taught much about the Bible. He said Boston’s teachings and interviews give him strength “especially if I’m having a bad day.”

“He talks about real life — and unlike a lot of other (online) preachers, he’s not asking for anything,” Ogle said. “He’s straight up, honest and truthful. And sometimes what he says can (excitedly) raise the hair on my arms.”

Others also have developed an allegiance to the podcast.

Donald Middlebrooks, 55, a tow truck driver in the small community of Eastern Valley, Alabama, finds himself working six and seven days per week, including most Sundays. Such a schedule makes it difficult to attend worship services. So, a few years ago, on his smartphone’s Tune In Radio app, he typed in the keyword “religion.”

Up popped Boston’s podcast. Middlebrooks began listening every night as he was going to bed. He liked Boston’s easy-going manner with guests, plus a laid-back approach in a few sermons he caught.

“He definitely doesn’t preach down on the sinner,” Middlebrooks said, adding that he has little use for condemning preachers.

And the Alabama resident soon realized that, even though people in several other countries have listened to some of Boston’s programs, the podcaster still makes time for one-on-one chats with listeners. After Middlebrooks sent Boston a Facebook message saying he enjoyed the show, Boston responded with a phone call.

Since then, he has phoned Middlebrooks, a recovering alcoholic, to pray with him.

“That especially means a lot to me,” said the listener.

Host: Hope resident and former church pastor Ed Boston. His wife Amy Boston sometimes is on some of the podcasts, such as a recent review of the new film “I Can Only Imagine.”

A little help from his friend: Originally included producer Trevor Decker, who is now an adviser.

Length: About an hour.

Shows: Normally posted at 9 a.m. Saturdays. Others are posted during the week as he gets ideas, gathers thoughts and arranges interviews.

Where to listen online: blogtalkradio.com/edboston or the Facebook page for Ed Boston Podcast Network.