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Be Compassionate

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair – Isaiah 63:1-3aIn an attempt to maintain good health I occasionally go jogging. It can get very tiring, especially when I focus on how far I need to go to get back home, and so I try to occupy my mind with prayer and meditation as I run. One day I noticed a crumpled brown bag on the road ahead of me. As I got closer I noticed it was from a fast food restaurant and it appeared that someone had finished their meal and then just tossed out the bag. My initial tho…

Praying for Persecuted Christians Where The Tide® Broadcasts the Gospel

TheTide® has been broadcasting the Gospel over radio airwaves for much of its 70-plus-year existence. And each year, it seems that more and more Christians are experiencing persecution where The Tide shares the hope of Christ.Four countries where The Tide works to broadcast Gospel radio programming are ranked on the most recent World Watch List from Open Doors USA. The annual list highlights the top 50 nations where Christians are persecuted for their beliefs. The 2018 list includes India (No. 11), Nigeria (No. 14), Nepal (No. 25) and Bhutan (No. 33)—all locations where The Tide ministry partners with organizations and pastors to share the Gospel.“It’s especially discouraging—and sometimes frightening—to hear of the persecution believers face in the countries where The Tide ministry operates,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Some of these countries seem to be climbing higher and higher on the list each year, or suddenly appear on the list when they had previously not been ranked. B…

Now Hiring: Director of Development

The Tide is a Christian ministry that was founded in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania in 1946. Over the past seven decades this ministry has grown from a single domestic radio program into an international mission organization reaching people in 8 countries through radio programs and related discipleship activities in 25 languages.  The Tide is currently seeking a Director of Development to help drive further expansion and ministry growth by helping to build and broaden the base of financial support for The Tide ministry activities. The attached Job Description provides additional details. Interested individuals who are suitably qualified may submit a letter of interest and resume to The Tide Director at the address listed on the job description. Applications will be accepted until March 16, 2018.Director_of_Development_Job_DescriptionThe post Now Hiring: Director of Development appeared first on The Tide.

The Teacher Presents the Examination

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Reading: Hebrews 4:9-16The Teacher Presents the ExaminationCan a man examine himself? Even the medical doctor goes to another for diagnosis and treatment. We are examined by the living word of God and by the Holy Spirit. Our own methods and standards may not be very accurate. We might accuse or excuse where we should not.The boys of a certain village were all elated because they thought they were tall enough to be in the Queen’s Guard. They were as tall as the tallest man in the vallge. Their joy disappeared fast when they learned that he was too short. It is not wise to measure ourselves by ourselves. The Word is the standard. The Spirit presents the examination. Whenever we compare ourselves to others and judge our abilities against theirs, almost always it ends horribly. The only measure of who we are is who we are in Christ and his model on living.Search me O God! Reveal the thoughts and intents of my heart. Remove all hinderances. Amen.The post The Teacher Presents the Examinatio…

Sharing the Gospel in Four Countries on Open Doors World Watch List

The annual World Watch List from Open Doors USA highlights Christian persecution around the world and encourages prayer and support for the believers living in the 50 countries where persecution is most prevalent.The Tide® broadcasts Gospel programming in four of the nations on this list: India (No. 11), Nigeria (No. 14), Nepal (No. 25) and Bhutan (No. 33). Director Don Shenk said the ministry has been honored—for more than seven decades—to share the love, hope and peace of Christ with new and potential believers who are at risk every day for following Jesus.“The rankings on the 2018 World Watch List do not bode well for our partners on the ground in those countries,” Shenk said. “It is very disturbing to see India continue its trend of climbing higher on the list, and to see Nepal ranked at 25 this year after not even being on the list of 50 last year. And although not on the list, there are some indications that the situation in Albania is moving away from total religious freedom. O…

Provision

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Provision when there’s NothingReading: Matthew 6:26-34Christmas Eve, my husband and I went to go look at Christmas lights. They were half and hour from our apartment, so we decided to get dinner out. We came out from dinner, got in our car and….nothing. No clicking as if the battery was dead, just nothing. We called AAA, got our car towed back home and crawled in bed around 11:30 that night. They told us it was the starter, so we were prepared for that.When the mechanic came on the 26th, that’s when we new we were in trouble. He told us our engine had bit the dust. With no car, and everyone home for Christmas, we weren’t sure how we were going to get to work even. The full time handyman at church lended us his wife’s car for that day and the next, but after that, we had no way of getting around. That’s when my parent’s showed up.They had been wanting to get a new car for my mom anyways, so they sold us their minivan! What was even cooler, the money we made from our last paychecks cove…

Bringing the Hope of Christ to Listeners in Kosovo

Christian Serbs who wanted to take a trip for Orthodox Christmas earlier this month to a church in Kosovo cancelled their plans after local Kosovo Albanians said they would stage a protest. According to a news outlet that reports on justice issues, the potential threats ahead of the church visit will not deter the Christians from their beliefs, “dignity, human and religious rights.”The Tide® has been broadcasting Gospel radio programming in Kosovo for the past three years, and this latest headline is evidence that Christian opposition still exists in these regions, even though the doors of religious freedom have been opened somewhat. Director Don Shenk said that even though their lives can be difficult, many new believers glean hope from The Tide programs.“We are blessed to hear from listeners in Kosovo whose lives are being changed by the hope of Christ through radio programming,” Shenk said. “Our hearts break when we hear from listeners in Kosovo who are experiencing difficulty in t…

One Step Forward: Roadblock

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Reading: Philippians 1:12-20Have you ever felt like you were putting all your effort into something, only to see
you weren’t actually getting anywhere with it? Paul could have easily seen his situation
like that in this passage. He was in prison. But Paul looked past his circumstances to
see what God was doing. Everyone that worked in the prison new why Paul was there:
he loved Jesus and was telling people how to be saved. Just by sitting in that prison he
was showing them an example of Christ like living. On top of that, people who knew he
was in prison stepped up to tell others about the gospel!Paul could have easily seen his imprisonment as a roadblock, or a setback. But he
saw God’s hand moving despite what was going on. Even some people were preaching
to spite Paul. But he didn’t care, because God’s word was getting taught. What can we
learn from this? Sometimes life will throw a prison situation your way. You’ll feel like
everything is going fine, like you’re doing all the right…