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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…

Works Can’t Make up for Love

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I have counselled with many couples about their home problems. Frequently, they charge each other that “the first love has gone.” They live together, they work and eat together. They go away together, they may even attend curch together, but love has disappeard. Then work is drudgery and play is boring. Unhappiness is the result.The angel said to the church at Ephesus “I have seen your hard work and your patient endurance,” but, “you have le your first love.”Can you recall old days? When you loved to commune with God. When workfor the Lord was a delight. When you anticipated the quiet hour, to read or pray. Remember the pleasure in listening to the ministry of the word? In all probability the routine of Christian service is kept up, but the warm motivating love has gone away.The angel threatened to remove the candlestick, unless there would be repentance and restoration. Let us ask the Lord for new love to be shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.Prayer: Lord, I repent. Restore…

Radio 7 in Albania, Celebrates 15 Years of Spreading the Gospel

More than three years ago, The Tide® began partnering with Radio 7 in Albania to produce and air Christian radio programs in the Albanian language. Radio 7 recently celebrated its 15th anniversary of reaching the people of Albania for Christ, partly through The Tide ministry’s program called “Sipas Fjales” or “According to the Word.”“Our partnership with Radio 7 since January 2015 has been wonderful,” saidThe Tide Director Don Shenk. “It is an honor to reach Albanian listeners with the Good News of Jesus through Radio 7, and we congratulate them for 15 years of service to the King—and pray for many more decades of reaching people for Christ.”Radio 7 reported that this verse from Psalm 126:3 is a reflection of the past 15 years in ministry: “The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Radio 7 began with a desire to follow the Great Commission to preach the Good News wherever Albanians live. Over the years, projects and outreach efforts have included helping new …

Honesty

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Tests! There are many of them now a days. Tests at school, for driver’s license, civil service, selective service, and job applications.Paul calls for a spiritual checkup. “Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine.” Maybe you slipped. Prove yourselves, in that if you work a problem the right way, you can prove that the answer will be correct. Is your profess faith in Christ bringing the correct answer to life? Stop, look, and listen, for if you follow Christ in full obedience, then the result is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. Are these things present in your life? Is there peace and joy? Does the Holy Spirit control your life? Be honest when you look at yourself and make change where it needs to be.Prayer: Search my heart, O Lord! See if there be any wicked way in me. Show me where there is lack. Cleanse me from evil and quicken me by Your spirit. Help me to make corrections where needed. Amen. The post Honesty appeared first on The Tide.

Missions Team Returns from Albania

Our missions teamrecently returned from Albania, where representatives conducted a Leader-to-Leader training seminar for pastors from across Albania and Kosovo. Traveling to Albania as part of the group was Director Don Shenk, who noted that Albania was once an atheist state and is now predominantly Muslim, but since 1998 Albania has legally allowed total religious freedom. Despite many mission organizations entering Albania, however, it is still estimated that less than 1 percent of the population are evangelical Christians.“The purpose of our visit to Albania was to encourage and resource pastors who are engaged in leading young congregations and planting new churches,” Shenk said. “Since 2015, The Tide ministry has been working with some of these pastors to effectively share the Gospel with Albanians in their own language in a culturally relevant context. After this wonderful time of training and outreach, we can now further encourage them to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit a…

You’ve Got to Believe It!

Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him,“Because you have seen me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen me and yet have believed.” (John 20:29 NIV)How often have you heard someone describing a spectacular event say, “If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it!” Recently in a magazine I saw an advertisement for a bed mattress. In order to convey just how luxurious and comfortable the mattress is the caption reads “You’ve got to feel it to believe it.”  Let’s face it, we live in a society where “seeing is believing.”  It just seems to be part of our human nature to want to experience things for ourselves before we are convinced of their validity.  That’s probably because so often we form opinions on things we hear about, and then find our whole perception being changed once we experience it for ourselves.  That’s what happened with Thomas when he first heard that Jesus has risen from the grave and is alive.He didn’t believe it…

Easter 2018

As Christ followers, we are daily aware of our privileged life as adopted children of the Most High God, but it is still very special and meaningful for us to celebrate Easter every year. It is a wonderful time of very specifically remembering and honoring what Jesus did for us through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection.Here in America we live in an environment where we can freely live out our faith and publicly join together with others to joyfully celebrate Easter. Our government even recognizes Easter as a national holiday! In some parts of the world, however, Easter is not celebrated, and there are many who have not yet personally responded to the call to belong to Jesus Christ because they haven’t yet heard the Gospel message.Fortunately, people like you whose hearts are filled with Christ’s compassion for the spiritually lost have been generously helping The Tide ministry in our efforts to make sure all people everywhere have the opportunity to hear about Jesus i…

See the Lord

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Reading:Luke 19:1-10When men get desperate they do the unusual. Zaccheaus did! He left the office and the the business and went out to the place where Jesus was to pass by. He was quite determined, so as the huge crowd fought against him, to see Jesus Zaccheaus climbed up a tree! Before the day was over, he was the envy of ever one in the crowd-think, how would you feel if Jesus was having dinner with the tax collector! The Master knew that nay person that would make such effort to see Him would certainly be open and receptive to His teaching, and so Zaccheaus was.Zaccheaus found Him. He, like Moses in the desert, turned aside to see the Lord. To find the Lord you must take time and go where He is. He is in the scriptures. He is in the House of God. He is in the quiet devotional hour. Take time! Go where He is, climb the tree or get on your knees, and you will see Him, for He will surely pass by your way.Prayer: If youll come to my heart Lord, I’ll remove everything that is offensive,…

Positive Developments Help Reach Believers in Nigeria, Despite Rising Persecution

Even though Nigeria holds the No. 14 spot on this year’s World Watch List for Christian persecution, positive developments are still occurring to help advance the Gospel and reach new believers. The Tide® shares the hope of Jesus Christ through radio programming in Nigeria and regularly hears reports from leaders in the country where the 70-year-old ministry works to spread the Gospel to unreached people groups.In Nigeria, leadership recently reported that radio stations in the African nation had raised fees for airtime. “To the glory of God,” the representative shared, individuals and organizations came forward with the necessary funds so the Gospel programming could continue. The Tide-aided ministry in Nigeria is also engaging in one-on-one counseling for those in need, as well as helping displaced families whose homes have been burnt down by insurgents from Boko Haram. They not only have no roofs over their heads, but also scarce food, water, clothing or medical care.“Nigeria is th…

Quiet Spirits

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Quiet SpiritsReading: 1 Thesselonians 4:7-12Have you ever heard a sermon preached on this scripture? Do you remember it? Study to be quiet and to mind your own business. Boisterous and meddlesome persons create their own problems and stumble over their feet. Better stay out of controversies that have no answer. Don’t be joining riots to prove your point, or raise disturbances to get attention. It is far better to be quiet. Don’t talk too much. While there are many words there is no want for strife. “Mind your own affairs” is the way the Amplified version puts it.There is nothing much more obnoxious that I know, than a person with a pious look who thinks it their business to manage the a airs of everyone in the church and in the community. Let us submit to an honest examination by the Holy Spirit. A eddlesome spirit is hard to detect. Listen carefully to what the Lord may want to say.Prayer: Thank you Lord for showing me my heart. Make me gentle. Help me to be quiet, sweet, and agreeab…

Be a Witness for the Lord

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Reading: Acts 8:1-8The early church grew by leaps and bounds. They soon filled Jerusalem with their doctrines. Persecution arose and they were scattered. Scattered, but not stopped. Scattered to witness and preach Christ.It is very evident that in the Jerusalem church, they were all witnessing Christians. They prayed that with all boldness they might give witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus from the dead. Philip and his family witnessed to Samaria. It was a very unlikely place, but God honored the word and many were saved and mircales were performed. There is an urgent need for witnessing Christians today. A good question to ask yourself is, “How much have I witnessed for the Lord in the last year?”Prayer: Lord, forgive me for failing to witness. Give me a new touch on my soul. Inspire me to witness and I shall try. I pray for Your help. Amen.Be on the look out for a new devotional ebook coming out soon!The post Be a Witness for the Lord appeared first on The Tide.

Albanian Missions Team

In mid-March a mission team from The Tide ministry will be traveling to Albania to conduct a Leader to Leader seminar for pastors from across Albania and Kosovo.  Albania was once an atheist state and the population is now predominantly Muslim, but since 1998 Albania has legally allowed total religious freedom.  Despite many mission organizations entering Albania since it opened up in 1998 it is still estimated that less than 1% of the population are evangelical Christians. The purpose of our visit is to encourage and resource pastors who are engaged in leading young congregations and planting new churches. Since 2015 The Tide ministry has been working with some of these pastors to effectively share the Gospel with Albanians in their own language in a culturally relevant context.  We now want to further encourage them to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and to work cooperatively to build God’s Kingdom in the hearts of people throughout that region of the world. Please pray with us …

2017 Was the Worst Year for Christian Persecution in India

A new report in The Christian Post finds that as Christian persecution continues to rise in India under the governance of a Hindu nationalist party, an evangelical group described 2017 as “one of the most traumatic for the Christian community” in 10 years. The Tide® has been sharing the Gospel in India for four decades, and reaches new and potential believers there in multiple languages.“With a population of over 1.3 billion people, India is very densely populated,”saidThe Tide Director Don Shenk. “Over 2,000 of the 2,295 people groups in India are still considered unreached with the Gospel. Multiple religions are practiced throughout India, but Hinduism is the largest religion there, and only about 2 percent of the population professes to be Christians. That means there are still over 1.2 billion people in India who don’t yet know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior! And the fact that those who do believe in Christ are experiencing persecution gives us all the more reason to pray…

Smaller Parts

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Reading: Psalm 46, Matthew 28:18-20, Rev 7:9-10I have a tendency to take on large and complicated projects.  My longest-term project has been the renovation of the stone farmhouse that belonged to my grandparents.  Because my family and I are living in the house while we renovate it, we have to break the large job into smaller parts.  Some of them are easy to figure out, like adding a wall or taking down an old ceiling.  One of the hard jobs, though, has been building a new staircase.  Because this job is so complicated, I really didn’t want to tackle it – but this past December, it had to be done.  I began by measuring and drawing and then, as I focused on doing the next necessary part, I found that although it took time and attention, the staircase began to take shape.Scripture is clear that God will be exalted by all the nations (ethnic groups), and that a great multitude from all nations will praise Him.  It’s also clear that we have a part to play in this.  How often though, are …

A Report from Zimbabwe

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We closed 2017 with a new political dispensation due to the resignation of former president Robert Mugabe. We thank God for a peaceful political transition. Although there was jubilant celebration in the streets at the time of his resignation, the living conditions have not improved. We have seen the upsurge in basic commodities such as food, utility costs and transportation for the past quarter. This has a negative impact on the everyday livelihood and needs of the ‘Amagugu Evangeli’ radio ministry and puts the majority of our listeners in distress.During this past quarter, the studio technician, Jonah, and our radio preachers attended to responses from 765 listeners who made contact through WhatsApp, texts and phone calls. Listeners request prayer and counseling on salvation and faith, marital problems and family matters, employment and economic issues, educational needs and sickness.Our main radio program has shifted in times from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. We were not …

Giving Hope to Zimbabwe in the Midst of Strife

The African nation of Zimbabwe is experiencing very hard times, and its people desperately need the hope of Jesus Christ. According to a news story in Business Report, South Africa’s leading business-focused publication, the Republic of Zimbabwe is one of seven countries that could go bankrupt in 2018. Zimbabwe was in disarray last year following the resignation of former President Robert Mugabe. Even though his resignation made Zimbabweans jubilant, an estimated 95 percent of the workforce has been left unemployed, the outlet reports.“The people of Zimbabwe are in the midst of a great deal of strife,” said The TideDirector Don Shenk, who was born in then-Rhodesia. “Prices for food and health care are skyrocketing out of control,infrastructure is crumbling, and there are widespread shortages of cash and medicine. While people were celebrating the resignation of President Mugabe, their lives have not improved much, with uncertainty and unrest still prevalent.”Although small changes in …

A Straight Road Makes Travel Easy

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A Straight Road Makes Travel EasyLuke 3:3-16Huge super-highways criscross the country. The high places have been brought down. The valleys have been filled. The crooked has been made straight. The way has been prepared for trade and commerce to flow into our cities.So the grace of God flows into any life when the way is prepared. The crooked must be made straight. Zaccheaus did, and the Master came to his house. The mountains of self-sufficiency must be brought down and the valley of neglect must be filled up, where such neglect has caused the corosion of the good soil of the soul. The rough must be made smooth. The stumbling blocks of doubt and unbelief must be tossed aside. Then the Lord comes to us in the full sweetness of His assurance.Lord, I ask of you, through the power of the Holy Spirit, prepare my heart for Your coming, so that my life will be enriched by Your fullness. Amen.The post A Straight Road Makes Travel Easy appeared first on The Tide.

Ministry Carries on in Face of Persecution

Each year, Open Doors USA publishes its World Watch List to raise awareness of Christian persecution around the world and to encourage prayer and support for believers living in the 50 countries where persecution is most prevalent.Many of our listeners inhabit regions where there are serious repercussions for turning to Christ, as 22 of The Tide heart language radio programs reach people living in four countries on this year’s list.In Nigeria, Christians suffer from violence perpetrated by Islamic militant groups. Nepal was not even ranked in last year’s list, but now nearly all Christians there experience some form of persecution to the point that pastors and believers are hesitant to openly carry a Bible in public. Buddhism is seen as Bhutan’s heritage, and Christians there experience tremendous pressure to conform to local religious practices or lose social benefits such as government-provided education and health care.It is disturbing to see India continue its trend of climbing hi…

Rising Inflation Negatively Impacting Zimbabwe’s Families

While the economy here in the U.S. is flourishing, inflation in Zimbabwe is spiraling out of control, putting great economic stress and unrest upon its people. The Tide® has been broadcasting the Gospel in Zimbabwe since 1983, and The Tide Director Don Shenk was born in then-Rhodesia. His missionary parents and brother still reside there.“We often hear from our partner pastors in Zimbabwe that the out-of-control inflation and unstable government takes a toll on the people,” Shenk said. “And even though Zimbabweans were celebrating in the streets afterformer president Robert Mugabe resigned late last year, unrest and uncertainty aren’t yet in the past.”According to a recent news story in the Zimbabwe Independent, inflation continues to rise, posting at 3.46 percent for the month of December—0.49 percentage points higher than November. “Inflationary pressures mainly came from food inflation, which stood at 6.60 percent,” the outlet reported, while health care costs are increasing as wel…

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…

40th Annual Spring Golf Benefit

The Tide® Annual Golf Benefit provides a great way to make a global impact for Christ while also participating in a pleasurable hobby. This year our golf outing will take place on June 21.This will be the 39th consecutive year for The Tide international radio ministry to host this event at the Penn National Golf Club in Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Over the years, The Tide Annual Golf Benefit has earned the reputation as a great event that is popular among golfers of all ages and skill levels. A few hours of golf for you can help provide eternal hope for others!This benefit will be a scramble and will kickoff with a shotgun start at 8:00 AM on the Founder’s course. The cost per golfer is $85 if registered before May 30 or $90 if registered after. The cost covers the green fess for 18 holes of gold and a golf cart. Complimentary refreshments will be available at various locations around the course and a free picnic lunch will also be provided. Please note: this opportunity is only avail…

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 …