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Looking into the Word

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Reading: James 1:19-27We look into the mirror and then so soon forget. We are searched by the scripture and so soon forget, we are moved by a sermon–but then go our ways, “one to his farm, another to his merchandise.”James makes his point clear. The Word of the Lord, or the minister, may draw the portrait. And it may be accurate enough. It may be frightening and sometimes embarrassing. But then so soon we go our ways and forget to do anything about it. Hearers but not doers of the work. We are like a man that promises to pay his bill and yet never does. However, the man that looks into the perfect law of liberty and then continues therin, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deeds, and whatever he does shall prosper.We must do at once what we know to do. There must be no delay and no forgetting. Most people know what to do to become a Christian, and most Christians know what to do to become better Christians, and that is the place to…

My Heart for The Tide: Jonathan Lloyd

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My walk with Jesus began when I was a five-year-old who was convicted of my sin and wanted to be forgiven.  I was blessed with a rich heritage of faith, and as I grew older, I also grew in my understanding of and commitment to Jesus Christ.  After college I worked as an engineer, but felt a nudge from the Lord to gain discipleship training and ministry experience.  I joined what was then Kingdom Building Minstries’ summer discipleship program in 1999 where I had my first experience in overseas short-term missions, spending a month in Thailand teaching English as a practical mission outreach.  During this time, I sensed God’s calling to future mission service. I returned to my engineering job at the end of the summer and then interned with KBM to help lead a team to China for a month in the summer of 2000.  During these trips, God confirmed in me a heart for reaching the nations with his love and a commitment to be obedient to participate in this great task. I married my wife, Erica, i…

Reaching Out to the Poor in Kosovo While Spreading the Gospel

We have been partnering with local pastors and Christian groups in Kosovo for more than two years, and tangible impact is being felt. A pastor in Kosovo who broadcasts Gospel radio programming in partnership with The Tide ministry also leads a congregation in Gjakova. The group has expanded its outreach into the nearby town of Klina through contacts with radio listeners there.“Our partner pastor reports that the opportunities and the openness of people in Klinahassurprised everyone,” said Director Don Shenk. “God has opened many doors and allowed our ministry partners to meet key and influential people, but also many poor families. This spring, a local church visited the director of Social Welfare in Klina and was provided with a list of 11 families in need. Soon after, they spent a day visiting these families and distributing food. Many were widows, orphans or sick, but all were in need of the love and care of Jesus.”The pastor in Kosovo also reported that three people from one of th…

The Tide® Connects With Those Worshipping at Creation

Thousands of music fans and followers of Jesus gathered at Agape Farm in Mount Union, Pennsylvania, last week to hear from their favorite musicians, worship God and enjoy creation. For many years, The Tide® has had a presence at the Creation Festival at the center of the Keystone State. And for the past several years, The Tide ministry has shared just how easy it is to share the Gospel with people around the world.We broadcast Gospel radio programming in 25 heart languages in eight nations on three continents. At Creation, the ministry shares that just $1 can reach 20 radio listeners with the Gospel. Last year, donations at Creation enabled more than 35,000 worldwide to hear the Gospel, and the exciting totals are still being tallied from last week.“Year after year, The Tide ministry has enjoyed connecting with people who are worshipping the Creator and telling them how our partners and radio programming worldwide helps people in all corners of the globe build a lifelong relationship …

Museum of the Bible Bus Trip

We’re going on tour to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.! This trip will be on October 25, from 7:30 AM-6:45 PMItinerarySelf-guided walking tour of the Museum of the Bible in Washington DC and an evening meal on the way home. Hosted by The Gospel Tide staff members Mark Story & Don Shenk.Cost$95.00 per personCost includes chartered coach bus, full admission to the museum, an evening meal with beverage at the Golden Coral (Frederick), and all associated trip gratuities.  Our group will receive early admission to the museum, expedited entry, a personal group host, and 20% off all merchandise at the gift shop. Note: lunch is on your own at the museum.  This is a walking intensive day trip that requires participants be able to stand and walkabout for extended periods. There are strategic locations to sit and view multi-media presentations throughout. More information available at www.museumofthebible.org.Meeting PlaceWeis Market located at 1056 Wayne Ave in Chambersburg. Mee…

New Bhatri Language Broadcaster for The Tide Gives Testimony of Life Change

The Tide® recently began offering Gospel radio messages in the Bhatri language to a primitive people group in India, and the broadcaster of this new programming is sharing his testimony of life change. David was brought up in a Hindu family, and began listening to the Trans World Radio Christian programs on a radio his father had purchased. Slowly, David came understand there is a living God who can give him peace, and he was able to see the power of God that changed his life. Once he gave his life to Jesus, David attended Jharsuguda Bible College and earned a bachelor’s degree in theology. He began preaching the Gospel and planted several churches.“The Tide ministry is blessed to be working with David, as he records programming in the Bhatri language for the Bhottada people in India,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “David is honored and thrilled to be the speaker of the Bhatri language for this people group so they can hear the Good News Radio Hour in partnership with The Tide min…

Forgiveness

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Reading: Mark 11:22-26There are two marks of a Christian–giving and forgiving. No one can become intimate with Christ and remain selfish. If one draws close to the Lord, his selfishness will disappear. You can generally know how close on is to the Lord by how unselfishly he lives. I have never known of any truly great Christian that lived selfishly.And as for forgiveness, nothing that I know puts more sweetness deep down in the sould than forgiveness. An unforgiving spirit and bitterness go together. So the way to develop sweet Christian radiance is to be forgiving–not only when others may ask it, but before they ask–forgive. It was while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He has said, “If we forgive not, then we will not be forgiven.” If we forgive, God will forgive and then we can come boldly to a throne of grace. Ask for what you need and it shall be given to you.Prayer: Lord, I do forgive my friends, family, _____. I leave any and all injuries with You. Eliminate any selfish…

Who Are the Bhottada People of India?

The Bhottada people of India are a primitive group of farmers, and they have no radio programming in their own language—no way to hear about the hope, love and saving grace of Jesus Christ–until now. The Tide® is introducing Gospel programming in a new language—Bhatri—to reach this precious, and valued by God, people group in India.“The Bhottada tribes are agriculturists, so farming is their main source of livelihood, raising paddy rice in the wet lands of the region,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Thus far, the Bhottada have never heard about how Jesus Christ can truly change their lives. Now, we have the chance to reach this people group in their own language, and it is an honor to carry out God’s command of spreading the Good News in this way.”The Bhottada people are animistic, meaning they attribute lifelike qualities and feelings to objects and items in nature, such as rivers, rocks and wind. The Tide partners created a relationship with the Bhottada tribe because they live …

God Sees All

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Reading: Psalms 139:1-12; 23-24Some years ago I was a guest at a large orphanage near the city of Philadelphia, PA. The children sang for me. I have never forgotten it, “You Cannot Hide from God.” And no one can! Dark places are made light under his searching eye. God sees and knows the thoughts and the intents of the heart. The spirit is quick and powerful to discern in detail our motives. God sees our innermost being. That is where he inspects our motives, our inner secret desires, our meditations, our affections. Like Elisha’s fountain at Jericho, if the source is bitter the stream will be bitter. To cure the river you must heal the spring. Christ on Calvary purified the fountain of life and causes it to bring forth sweet water.Prayer: Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole. Break down every idol, cast out every foe, now wash me and I shall be whiter than snow. Amen. The post God Sees All appeared first on The Tide.

The Tide® Gives Listeners Strength to Declare Their Faith in Jesus in Buddhist Thailand

The mission of The Tide® is to creatively share the Good News of Jesus Christ worldwide through media and partnerships. This is exactly what’s happening in Thailand, where The Tide shares the Gospel in the Isaan language, spoken by 19 million people.Although The Tide focuses primarily on radio, the avenues to share the love and hope of Christ are varied in Thailand and include portable media players, audio and video, and social media.“Even though Thailand isn’t one of the countries currently being watched for Christian persecution, we know from the feedback of our listeners that they are facing some difficulties because of their faith in Jesus or even their interest in Christianity.”For example, partners of The Tide in Thailand shared that a Bible-believing husband and wife were among only about five Christians in their entire county. They had been very vocal in sharing their faith until their extended family joined together to pressure them to recant of their faith at a family funera…

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…