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Marking Three Years of Broadcasting the Gospel in Albania

Three years ago this month, we began sharing the Good News of Christ with listeners in Albania and neighboring Kosovo.“Imagine living in an environment where steps had been taken to attempt to remove any sense of spirituality from the culture,” said Director Don Shenk. “A place where church buildings, temples, mosques or any other type of religious structure was either destroyed or renovated for other use. For almost 30 years, Albania was such a place. Under the communist regime, the authorities in Albania went so far as to remove the word ‘God’ from their dictionaries. But this all changed during the 1990s, and today Albania is open to missionaries and allows total religious freedom.”However, Shenk added, less than 1 percent of the entire population of Albania embraces evangelical Christianity. The Tide broadcasts through the ministry partner Radio 7 are making inroads with potential and new believers in this predominantly Muslim nation.In January 2015, we began producing and airing …

What Do We Ask For?

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I have often had people ask me, “is it wrong to ask God for ___?” I sometimes ask myself the same question. These verses tell us the answer. God came to Earth to be a man in the form of Jesus. Jesus had temptations everyday, for everything that we have been tempted in. He was tempted to lust, or to envy, or to lie. He was tempted to let His circumstances defeat Him. He was tempted by Satan himself in the desert (Matt. 4). There is not a single temptation that we face that Jesus hasn’t also been tempted in. The difference is that He chose to not sin and not give in to that temptation. What most people gloss over is that Jesus also had free will, being fully God and fully man. He always had a choice. But He relied on the strength of His father, just as God calls us to do.Now, to clarify, this doesn’t meant that we can only ask God for help when we are tempted. It simply means that Jesus understands the things we go through better than anyone else. Jesus literally walked through them bef…

Canadian Gospel Music Concerts

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This year, The Tide annual spring promotional events in Canada will consist of Gospel music concerts featuring The Stiff Family from Wellesley, Ontario. The Stiff Family is a family of six who seek to glorify God in their music and in all their endeavors. They’ve been singing and playing together as a family since the fall of 2013. In the Bluegrass tradition they play acoustic stringed instruments that include banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and upright bass.There is no admission charge for the concerts, but a free will offering will be received to benefit the Gospel Tide radio ministry. The program for the evening will include a brief presentation by The Tide Director, Don Shenk, who will bring updates from around the globe to illustrate how God is using your support to touch lives and build His Kingdom in the hearts of people who are finding new life in Christ through The Tide radio programs in 25 languages. You are cordially invited to join us, and encouraged to bring along some f…

Bringing Hope of Jesus Christ to Listeners in Kosovo in the New Year

About three years ago, we began broadcasting gospel programming in Kosovo, reaching people who have experienced turmoil and desperately need the hope of Christ. Thus far, says Director Don Shenk, the fruits of those labors are being realized.“The Tide ministry’s presence is Kosovo is relatively new,”Shenk said, “and we are so thankful for God’s provision in finding and securing radio partnerships there so the people of Kosovo and neighboring Albania can hear the message of Christ and His saving grace.”Alma, a listener in Kosovo, reported that she lives in a remote village and the closest church is in the city:“It is difficult for me to go to church for a Sunday service or meet with other believers,” Alma said. “I’m so happy that I can listen to Pastor G preach on the radio. That’s my only church service, through the radio. I listen to the radio with my mother and my friend—most of the time in secret from other people around us. Thank you for helping us walk in the light. Our hearts ar…

Resolutions

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It’s early in the year, so New Year Resolutions may still be fresh in your mind. Did you make any New Year resolutions? What were they? A high percentage of New Year resolutions are centered on self-improvement, with some of the most common being things associated with living a healthier lifestyle, such as eating wholesome food, getting more exercise, or losing weight.  All of these reflect the principle that we are primarily a product of what we take in and what we do.  This principle is not only true in respect to our physical bodies, but can also be applied to all aspects of our identity including our spirituality, and our mental and emotional being.When writing to the believers at Corinth Paul taught that God treats us as a temple where His Holy Spirit lives. With that being the case it is important for us to be very aware of, and selective in, what we use to build and maintain that temple. This goes beyond diet and exercise, to include what we take in through reading, watching TV…

Programming Reaching New Believers in Albania’s Largest Cities

It’s commonplace for modern-day Americans to see people walking down busy city streets, earbuds plugged in, perhaps taking them to another place through music, a podcast or a news broadcast. This is the case in big cities around the world, too. In fact, some of the content through those earbuds may be from The Tide®.For example, Enea who lives in Tirana, the capital and most populous city of Albania, reported that she has been listening to Radio 7, The Tide ministry’s partner broadcast in Albania, since she was a child.“I grew up spiritually because of the radio, and it is like a close friend to me,” Enea said. “I want to   thank you specifically for the program ‘Sipas Fjales.’ I listen carefully to Pastor H, and my understanding of the Word of God has increased. I learned a lot on his program on humility. Sometimes as Christians we have the wrong understanding of humility. I’m thankful to Pastor H who helped me to know the real humbleness of the heart as the Scripture teaches us.”Lik…

Hills and Valleys

Psalm 88:1-2 Lord, you are the God who saves me;  day and night I cry out to you.  May my prayer come before you; turn your ear to my cry. In the fall of 2011 I reached what felt like rock bottom.  I was having difficulty completing work for my clients and I wasn’t doing well physically or emotionally.  It was a very dark time in my life.  The way of life that I understood to be “Christian” was exhausting and I wasn’t sure it wasn’t worth it.  By that point, my relationship with God had become more of a show or mask.  I remember telling my parents, “If this is what God is like, I don’t think I want Him any more.” A close friend pointed me to Psalm 88 and read through it with me.  You know how most Psalms have at least some joy in them?  This one doesn’t have much.  But as my friend pointed out, that’s ok.  Life isn’t always sugarplums and roses.  The author of this Psalm is pouring their heart out to God even though they don’t understand what’s happening in their life.  At that point, I …

‘Every Knee, Every Tongue’ Gives Believers the Chance to Spread the Good News in 2018

Many people make New Year’s resolutions, vowing to perhaps get healthier, be kinder or stop a bad habit. But keeping those resolutions is much tougher. According to U.S. News & World Report, about 80 percent of those who make resolutions give them up by February.For those who make a resolution to impact God’s Kingdom in 2018, The Tide® has a suggestion.“In 2017, The Tide unveiled the new initiative called ‘Every Knee, Every Tongue,’ in which believers can make a big impact with just a small effort on their part,” said Don Shenk. “We’ve discovered that just one dollar can reach 20 people in villages, towns and cities worldwide with the Good News of the gospel. People are amazed when they learn how easy—and affordable—it can be to reach hundreds or perhaps even thousands with a relatively small monetary gift. Imagine the impact we can make worldwide in 2018 as we share more about the saving grace and unmatched love of Jesus!”“Every Knee, Every Tongue” allows people to help place gos…