PALESTINE — The East Texas “Give Me the Bible” television program will celebrate its 25th year in telecasting during its annual conference Saturday in Palestine. The weekly program airs on five East Texas and Central Texas television stations as well as nationally and internationally via gospel networks.
“The 'Give Me the Bible' program started in April 1989 and will start its 25th year of production this April,” said Dan Manuel, one of the regular panelists of ministers featured on the show. “Thousands of lives reportedly have been touched by this telecast and a large number have become Christians as a result of the combined efforts of those who support the program.”
The annual conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Crockett Road Church of Christ on Palestine. The theme for the conference is “Let the Gospel Be Seen in 2014.”Speakers at the conference this year will be Dr. Jay Lockhart of Whitehouse and Manuel.
Many East Texas churches of Christ help sponsor the program that appears each Sunday on KETK NBC-56 and on KETK NBC -53 in the Nacogdoches/Lufkin area at 7 a.m. each Sunday. The program also can be seen on KLPN 58 in Longview on Fridays at 6 a.m. For the past four years, the program also is now broadcast nationally and internationally via the Gospel Broadcasting Network.
The “Give Me The Bible” program is telecast out of South Haven, Miss. at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. Plans are being made to telecast special programming at prime time spots during the coming year.
East Texas churches who currently support the program are Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine and other churches of Christ in Alto, Athens, Bullard, Bald Prairie, Cushing, Frankston, Hallsville, Hemphill,Diana, Groveton, Grapeland, Jacksonville, Jefferson, Kilgore, Lufkin, LaPoynor, Lyles St. in Big Sandy, Mt. Enterprise, Mineola, New Summerfield, Overton, Ponta, Quitman, Shady Grove, University Church of Christ in Tyler, West Lake Shores church of Christ in Chandler, Southwest Church of Christ in Tyler. he telecast is under the oversight of the elders of Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine.
The program is produced in the KETK studio two times a month in Tyler. The program features a toll-free number by which listeners can call in with questions or comments or to enroll in a free Bible Correspondence course offered on the program each week. A large number of people are currently enrolled in the Bible correspondence course which takes an in-depth look at the scriptures and provides students with assistance in their study of the Bible.
The daily commentary “Something To Think About” featuring Manuel also started in September of 2008. The commentary appears each morning Monday through Friday at 6:55 a.m. on NBC 56. The morning commentary give the audience a positive thought for the morning to begin the day and also serves as a promotional for the “Give Me The Bible” television program. These one-minute segments also appear on GBN and the Inspirational Network and over Fox and NBC affiliates in Bryan-College Station, Waco, Lufkin-Nacogdoches and Longview.
The "Give Me The Bible" program features East Texas ministers discussing various religious topics each week as well as answering questions sent in by the viewers.
Regular panelists on the program are: Joe Hancock from the Hallsville Church of Christ, Dan Manuel from the Crockett Road Church of Christ in Palestine, Steve Neville from the Broad Street Church of Christ in Mineola, Neal Thurman from the University Church of Christ in Tyler, Chris Vidacovich from Chandler Street Church of Christ and Perry Cowan from Shady Grove Church of Christ, Paul Hillier from the Angelina Church of Christ in Lufkin, along with other guests panelists, who appear on the program at various intervals and the regular panelists rotate as host or moderator for the weekly telecast.
The program covers a large listening area and is made available on several cable systems. Dish Network also carries the program in various affiliates. According to a recent Neilson Poll, the program has the largest religious listening audience on Sunday morning in the East Texas area according to recent data reports.