What the Chinese Church Can Teach Us

Living the great paradox of real Christian Faith, the Church of China has become powerful in unimaginable ways. We'll try to explain it, even so, as Norm welcomes Cher in studio for an exploration of lessons learned, and what the Chinese Church continues to teach us about real faith and real living.

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The Church That Grows

If you've listened to Compassion Radio for any length of time, you know how impressed we are with the modern day explosion of the Church in East Asia. Hundreds of millions of new believers in only two or three generations. Some have tried to dismiss the phenomenon economically or politically. But the Chinese believers know the real reason - God's Word unleashed.

Norm is joined by 'Brother Josh' today - someone who really knows the power of the Word and the power of the Church that knows how to wield it as a potent spiritual weapon.
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Near Russia, with Love

When you're in the neighborhood, drop by! Norm gets invitations like that alot. And he got a surprising one on the way home from his recent fact-finding, relief-delivering trip to Northern Iraq. This time, Ukraine was calling, and it was too inviting not to stop. Norm reports from Kiev with a final update on Erbil and news on 'the news' in Eastern Europe...

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Norm in Erbil, Pt. 2

Norm joins Bram by Skype to bring the latest news of Christians on the frontlines of the war with ISIS. Today the believers in northern Iraq are literally living out the scripture to care for the widow, orphan, imprisoned and displaced. And they're doing it times 65 thousand, each and every day.

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Norm in Erbil, Pt. 1

'Around the World in 80 Days' captured the imagination of the planet when Jules Verne first published it in 1873. Nellie Bly tried it for real a dozen years later. She discovered the world had already shrunk by more than a week, accomplishing the feat in only 72 days. A century later, with the right connections you can drop in on any spot on the planet in 72 hours. And in the 21st century, we can bring the world to you in 72 milliseconds. Which is what Norm will do for the next two programs, as he reports from the epicenter of the World's hottest conflict, and the most important frontline of faith.

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Our Plate is Full

In America, we're heading into the stretch toward the Thanksgiving holiday. And that will probably lead to a whole other kind of 'stretch.' Why? Because our plates are 'full.' That's a good thing. Something for which to be deeply grateful. There's a flipside to the phrase 'my plate is full,' and it usually has to do with stress and anxiety. Which kind of full plate are you experiencing?

Cher joins Norm in studio for this thought-provoking discussion.
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Spiritual Freedom For Russian Prisoners

What does it mean to be 'free?' What kind of freedom can Russian prisoners hope for? When despair abounds, where is Jesus? Dean Malespina has some surprising and powerful stories to tell!

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Challenge and Opportunity

Tim Toronchuk's been around awhile. On a number of continents, this quite observer has been a real problem solver. He sees possibilities where others see nothing but impossibilities. Why? Because he's seen God's hand at work.  It's time for his insight into today's big issues.

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The Vicar of Baghdad, Pt. 3

Norm and Canon Andrew White conclude this troubling, challenging, yet ultimately hopefully look at the current state of Christianity in the Middle East.

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The Vicar of Baghdad, Pt. 2

Norm continues a seminal interview with Canon Andrew White of St. George's Church, Baghdad, Iraq. In the process we get an eye-opening account of what's really going on in the face of the ISIS onslaught.

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The Vicar of Baghdad, Pt. 1

Canon Andrew White is a modern day apostle in the truest sense. He's taken the Gospel to the ends of the Earth and pastored for decades in one of the world's most important hotspots: Baghdad, Iraq. This beleaguered city is probably the most crucial crossroads of faith on the planet. Canon White continues to take the Gospel right to the very gates of Hell - and he wouldn't have it any other way.

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Muslims, Christians and Jesus

Carl Medearis is one of those rare people who really know both the religion of Islam and the various cultures it calls 'home.' Where many scholars have relationships with ideas, he's gained his understanding by building solid and productive relationships with real people. And what he found about Muslim understanding of Jesus is profound. Even more important is the genuine openness of Muslims to a real relationship with Jesus.

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New Testament Evangelism Today

When did the New Testament end?

It didn't.

The living testaments to God's love are still transforming the world in our day and age. Norm's guest, Dr. Michael Green writes and speaks with a fluent energy of the amazing transforming power of the Gospel that yearns to be unleashed in every generation of Saints.

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Do We Have Room for Prophets?

Everything that God has to say can be found in the Bible, right? Stop and think about that for a minute. Would that mean that God has nothing new to say? Or even more troubling, that He has absolutely nothing to say to those living in the 21st Century? Is there no new wine for new wineskins? Are we just custodians of what came before? Is there something else we need to consider?

Norm explores this question with an old friend, Gary Burge, today.
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When God Closes a Door He Opens a Window

Yes, it's cliche by now. But cliches become that very thing because they're more than often the rule! While Compassion Radio stands ready to rapidly deploy when God opens new doors, we're not in the business of busting them down. While we wait for His perfect timing, it's always interesting how God provides abundant opportunities to peek into His 'bigger picture.'

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Norm in Kuwait

How welcome is Jesus in the Middle East, today? Well, Norm went to find out! This classic report, from the Iraq War years, serves as an eye-opening lesson in the power of Gospel to find acceptance in the most unlikely places.

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The Iraq We Have Lost, Pt. 2

Sometimes to see your way forward, you've got to look back at where you came from. Today is part two of a series on the struggle and triumph that is the Family of God in Iraq.

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The Iraq We Have Lost, Pt. 1

Compassion Radio has been active in outreach, evangelism, discipleship and care in some of the world's most difficult places. Iraq holds a special place in our hearts. We've accomplished much. We've missed some opportunities. We've mourned the continued suffering.

We are not, however, giving up. Why? Because God is there ministering to His remnant, and winning new souls to His Kingdom. Today begins a new series that frames our decades of effort and what has been won and lost.
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The ISIS Threat in Iraq, Pt. 2

Yesterday began a profound, troubling, difficult and hopeful discussion on the current threat to the Christian family in the Middle East, and the very nations where they live. Today Norm wraps up our 'Declaration of Dependence' on God's sovereign power to implement His sovereign rule in an area of the world that seems so lost.

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The ISIS Threat in Iraq, Pt. 1

Village after village falling to a resurgent terrorist threat; Iraq in crisis... again. Will it ever end? Well, history tells us all things eventually come to an end, that for everything under Heaven there is a season. It is undeniable that the current season of violence is extraordinarily difficult - especially for disciples of Jesus in the Middle East. It's something Compassion Radio knows and understand. We've been there! And more importantly, we're going back. As your ambassadors.

Today and tomorrow, Norm lays out the map for how Compassion Radio is engaging the current realities and embracing the future hope God is laying before us.
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Christian Islamophobia

People have been burning books since they have existed. It has always been an act of supreme disrespect and hate. The Nazis did it and we condemn them for it.

On September 11, 2010, a church in Florida intended to hold a public burning of the Qur'an. Delayed by public outcry, they eventually followed through with their threat. Why? Apparently to tell the Muslim world what Christians think of them. Millions of Christians in predominantly Muslim countries were put at risk. Thousands died, were beaten or lost their homes to religious retribution.

The violence was horrific and contemptible. But the actions of this Florida church were ALSO unconscionable and completely contradict the Spirit of Christ.

So, what should be our attitude toward Muslims, including those who attacked Christians? How should we engage them with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Norm's guest, Dr. Warren Larsen will highlight the most important things we can do to turn the tide of hatred and prejudice.

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Deep Wells of Grace

Norm's guest today knows some of the deepest pain a man can experience, and he'll share it with uncompromising frankness, today. So why would you want to listen? Because his story is not one of despair or failure. In fact, what he has to say just might be the words you need to hear in your darkest hour.

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