91023 Our History

A History of God’s Blessings

Inspired by Dr. Bill Bright’s vision to reach the world for Christ, Larry Chapman began a life-long quest to investigate the evidence for the Christian faith. When approached by a Young Life leader requesting answers to help a struggling student, Larry was prompted by his wife, Marianne, to write a summary of the compelling evidence supporting Christianity.

Larry Chapman

After reviewing evidence and scholarly perspectives on both sides of these issues, he authored a number of articles that examine the questions and present the evidence obtained through his many years of research.

Dr. Bill Bright

Through mutual friends, his articles were reviewed for potential publication by Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ. Dr. Bright was excited about the potential use of the articles as evangelism tools and endorsed their publication. The articles were produced by Bright Media Foundation after Dr. Bright’s death in 2003 as Y-Jesus and Y-Origins magazines.

With a desire to make the content of these magazines easily available to a larger audience, JesusOnline Ministries was created. The original articles were made available worldwide through the Y-Jesus.com and Y-Origins.com websites. JesusOnline Ministries then began actively promoting the articles through the use of online advertising to attract visitors to the sites.

The Y-Jesus articles have been translated into 18 languages with websites reaching people in every culture and country of the world.

In 2012, JesusOnline.com was developed with a focus on further outreach to young people and providing discipleship materials for spiritual growth and multiplication.

In the spring of 2020, the JO Discipleship App was launched to help visitors continue to grow in their spiritual understanding and relationship with God. It has become a community where we help members progress through the various stages of growth in their journey with God.

During the past 16 years, tens of thousands of resources have been provided to seekers, believers, and Christian leaders. The gratitude for these resources from international missionaries and pastors has been overwhelming, as many of them live in countries where Christian literature is difficult to obtain.