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Leave Sin Behind

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Reading: Isaiah 58:3-7 The men of Israel had many feasts and fasts which they observed. They thought that if they refrained from food either totally or partially, the Lord would be pleased with them. They found it easier to refrain from food than it was to stop sinning. In fact they had no real intention to break off their sins. The Lord was so displeased that he refused to dwell among them. He wanted them to cease to do evil and to learn to do well. Just saying they were going to do something wasn’t enough. He wanted change and action.This is the fast He calls for even now. To put away sin and wickedness. Not for a passing season, but for good! Prayer: Lord here and now, I confess and forsake every wicked thing I know. Deliver me from every sinful action and habit. In Christ’s name, Amen. The post Leave Sin Behind appeared first on The Tide.

Reaching New Believers in Thailand in Unconventional Ways

Less than 2 percent of the population in Thailand believes in Jesus, but The Tide® is hoping to grow this tiny yet significant group by reaching listeners in unconventional ways. Securing radio airtime in this predominantly Buddhist nation can be challenging, but we have been impacting souls with the hope of Christ through audio Gospel recordings in the Isaan language, spoken by 19 million people in Thailand.Though not yet airing over a radio station, the “Life Answers” program is distributed and utilized on portable media players called Envoy or Storyteller devices. As more programs are produced by locals, plans are in the works to broadcast via radio as early as this summer.“The Tide ministry’s reach through these media players is having a noticeable impact,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Our partners and workers on the ground in Thailand are also committed to makingprogramming available in multiple media outlets, such as posting audio and video Bible stories and testimonies on…

Nepali Christians Petition Government to Remove Anti-Conversion Law

Last fall, Christians in Nepal suffered a blow to their religious freedom when the government enacted an anti-conversion law that criminalizes Christians for sharing their faith in Jesus. Now, many Nepali Christians have signed a petition urging the government to remove the law, according to Mission Network News. A pastor in Nepal told the news outlet that the signing of the law has brought fear in the lives of Christians.The Tide® has been producing and broadcasting weekly Christian programming in Nepal since 2004 with the airing of “Prasasta Jivan” which means “Abundant Life” in English. The program has the potential to reach over 19 million Nepali speaking people with the message that Jesus came to give them abundant life.“It’s concerning that more Nepali Christians are experiencing religious restrictions and even persecution,” said Director Don Shenk. “In fact, Nepal is No. 25 on this year’s World Watch List for Christian persecution, when it was not even listed in past years. For…

Deep Roots

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It’s that time of year now when those little yellow flowers start popping up here and there in my yard. Like so many other people, I’ll now be waging a continuous battle against the dandelions in my yard that will last the whole year from spring through summer and fall. Yes, I am making it sound like dandelions are my enemy, so what would you think if I told you I wanted to be like a dandelion? You’d probably think I was crazy, but let me explain. I remember one particular spring day several years ago when my son and I were working at digging some stubborn dandelions out of a flower bed. I had explained to my son the importance of getting the whole root out. As I dug down around one root I could see it getting narrower and narrower, but then I came to a point where the thin root was attached to a thick, leftover root from the previous year. It was a perfect example to show my son how a dandelion from last year was able to come back because it had not been completely removed the previo…

Christians in Nepal Facing Increased Hardships

Christian persecution is finally getting due coverage in both faith-based and secular media. And part of the reason is the increasing awareness of the World Watch List from Open Doors USA, which lists the worst countries for persecution. Alarmingly, the South Asian nation of Nepal was not even included on previous lists, but this year is at No. 25—halfway up the list of 50.Nepal is one of the nations where The Tide® produces and airs Gospel Christian programming for listeners in their own language.“Since October 2004, The Tide ministry has been producing and airing a weekly radio program in the Nepali language called ‘Prasasta Jivan’ which means ‘Abundant Life’ in English,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “This program has the potential to reach over 19 million Nepali speaking people with the message that Jesus came to give them abundant life. Then in 2013, The Tide ministry added programming in the Tharu language to help make disciples and plant churches among the Tharu people of N…

Peace

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Reading: Colossians 3:12-17Peace. Simply peace. Before you go on reading this, I want you to take a deep breath. In and out. Remember that each breath you take is from God. This passage in Colossians has so many great words to live by. Let them wash over you as you read them.Everyone in this world searches for peace. Unfortunately, most of them are met with no success. The reason being that true peace only comes from Jesus Christ. We as christians know that, but often find ourselves running ourselves ragged anyway. It’s finals season, and stress lurks around every corner.It can be hard to imagine a scenario in which you find any peace at all right now. But Jesus calls us to let peace rule our hearts. He is the Prince of Peace. He is asking us to letHimrule our hearts.The common misconception is that peace comes when nothing bad is going on. Let me be blunt about this; if Jesus can fall asleep and take a nap on a boat during a hurricane, He can give you peace during finals, during stre…

Time for Evangelism Is Ripe in Albania

Although Albania remains one of the poorest nations in Europe, the country threw off the shackles of communism in 1990 to embrace democracy, joined NATO in 2009 and is now a candidate for membership in the European Union, according to Christian TodayThe Tide® has been producing and airing Christian programming in the Albanian language for several years, and has witnessed firsthand the change taking shape among Albania’s growing body of believers.Despite progress, Albania’s economy has remained stagnant in some areas, Christian Today further reported. Donkeys and carts are still common sights in rural areas, and 40 percent of Albania’s 3 million inhabitants are still employed in agriculture. Many people, especially the young, are choosing to start over in locations like Italy and Greece.“Albania seems to be on the cusp of great change, and many feel the time for evangelism is ripe and a significant window is now open to share the Gospel,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “But as int…