When the Going Gets Tough, The Kingdom Gets Growing, Pt. 1

Where is the Gospel going in 2017? Everywhere God leads His people, that's where! Thank God there are so many willing to go where the Gospel is needed. Today, Bram welcomes Ed Weaver, CEO of T4Global one of the world's leading orality ministries. They are bringing the Gospel to those least served in countries least open. Call it the 'Last Mile' of the Great Commission. He brings big vision and insight for the future of Christian outreach.

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Remember & Forget - Themes for a New Year

Looking forward to amazing things in 2017? So are we. Sometimes discovering the 'new' means first forgetting the 'old.'

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An Advent for Compassion Radio, Pt. 2

Today, Bram, Cher and Jim continue an expectant, joyful conversation on how Compassion Radio continues to impact the world and our listeners. Then we take a look at where we're going in 2017...

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An Advent for Compassion Radio, Pt. 1

We stand on the shoulders of Giants. It's not long from now when Compassion Radio will celebrate its Diamond Anniversary. Today, Bram, Jim and Cher give tribute to the founders of this ministry and the legacy we've been gifted. We're convinced the work and witness of Compassion Radio has never been more needed. We hope you'll agree... and join the adventure!

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The Peace of God For the Palestinians

War after war after war.  That's the story of the Holy Land, right? Seems like that's the only thing going on over there. But is that the whole story? Don't ask the mainstream media - they're not asking the really interesting questions. Our own Norm Nelson, however, has a knack for getting to the heart of the real story, and it leads to some pretty interesting places. Like the center of the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in the heart of Jerusalem.

Today's program features an interview with "Steve" from 2002, as the second Intifada was heating up. Think you'll hear a politically polarizing opinion? Think again - it's about how God is in the middle of it all.

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The Anchor of Bethlehem

With the constant pressures, conflict, lack of opportunity and unending sameness of it all, it's no wonder Palestinians are getting out of the Occupied Territories as fast as they can. The same is no less true in one important border town - Bethelehem. Yet one place is holding onto hope - Bethelehem Bible College. In fact, you could say they've become an Anchor of Hope.

One person has been quietly working, learning, teaching and engaging the issue from a multitude of directions. His name is Dr. Paul Rowe, Professor and Coordinator of Political and International Studies at Trinity Western University in British Columbia. Today, he joins Bram to share his personal knowledge and hard-won insight. Read more about it in his recent article for Oxford University Press: Preventing the Next Flight from Bethlehem

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Behind the Scenes at Bethlehem Bible College

Today, Cher Nelson digs deep into the history and impact of Bethlehem Bible College with a couple who knows all about it - our old friends Terry and Carol Madison. During some of the most tumultuous years of Israeli/Palestinian Conflict, God raised up one of the most unique and effective training centers for Christian pastors, evangelists and leaders. And He did it right in His own hometown!

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Advent with Compassion Radio

Today, the Compassion Radio team shares in Word and Song what 'Advent' means to them...

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The Case For Christmas

How do we know that the story of Christmas is true? And what do we mean by that? Today all across the world, billions of people are taking time out to acknowledge that something very important happened over two millennia ago. We say it didn't stop way back then - it's still happening. Today, Norm offers a special, thoughtful, musical look at the meaning of Christmas, and the real person at the center of it all...

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Our Experiences at Bethlehem Bible College

Cher visits with our special guests, Raymond and Katherine Hine.

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My Family History With Bethlehem Bible College

Cher visits with today's special guest, Dr. Alex Awad.

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A Different Christmas This Year

Today's program features Cher, Bram and Jimmy all in the studio at the same time. That's a rarity!

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Christ at the Checkpoint, Pt. 2

J.M. Smith joins Bram for more indepth discussion on the situation in Bethlehem. In an age of concrete walls, watch towers and razor wire, how welcoming is the city where Jesus was born, to those who worship Him, and to those who might?

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Have This Mind in You Pt. 2

Norm concludes his discussion with Mark Labberton, recently-installed president of Fuller Seminary.

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Have This Mind In You, Pt. 1

Mark Labberton is making a big impact in his job as President of Fuller Seminary. Norm finds out how and why, today.

 
 
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Bethlehem Bible College: The Gift of Hope

Salim Munayer is more than an interesting fellow. He's the Dean of one of the world's most important seminaries. That it happens to be steps from the birthplace of the Savior of all mankind isn't just coincidence.  Bethlehem Bible College is probably the most critical player in an epic struggle in an epic land. Will the witness of Jesus Christ persist and grow in the land of His birth? It's a question that BBC is answering with an emphatic "YES!" And Norm's guest is a big part of that answer.

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Discovering Bethlehem Bible College, Pt. 2

"Dr. Pat" could have a comfortable job teaching in any number of colleges and universities around the world. Yet she has dedicated her life to the furtherance of the Gospel in the neediest areas of the Middle East.  She'd ask "Whoever said ministry was supposed to be comfortable? How about adventurous? Risky? Powerful? Meaningful?" Now that's more like it. Dr. Pat and Bethlehem Bible College have a lot in common...

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Christ at the Checkpoint, Pt. 1

J.M. Smith loves the Word of God. He wanted to learn all he could about its history, its meaning and its prophesy. So, he studied. And he studied, hard... What he found didn't seem to check all the theological boxes he was raised to believe, so he went right to the source - the cradle of Christianity. What he found in Bethlehem shattered his preconceptions, and opened him up to a bold new faith - a faith in a Savior who is radically transforming the Middle East even now. He tells Bram Floria about it today, in part 1 of this series.

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Lost History of Christianity, Pt. 2

Today Norm and his guest, Phillip Jenkins, conclude an eye-opening and invigorating look into the real history of Christianity.

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Lost History of Christianity, Pt. 1

Where do my people come from? For millions of avid genealogy hobbyists, it's a burning question. They find it fascinating to uncover all the unique accomplishments and  discoveries of their ancestors. Learning how we fit into history can have a profound impact on how we live today.

The same thing is true of the Christian family. If we'll take the time to look, we'll find a the truth of our family tree can have a profound influence on how we live and witness in this generation. Norm starts this two part conversation with his guest, Phillip Jenkins.

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The Miracle of Bethlehem Bible College

Yesterday we introduced you to Bethlehem Bible College, a modern-day miracle. Just knowing that faithful Christians are bearing witness to the risen Christ in the city of His birth is encouraging enough. But to learn that they are training Palestinian pastors and evangelists to expand that witness throughout the Middle East ought to move us to celebration!

In this literal 'Cradle of Christianity,' Bethlehem Bible College fearlessly follows their Lord and plans to execute the Great Commission. Today, Norm and Cher discuss some of the amazing people they met at the 'Christ at the Checkpoint Conference.'

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Discovering Bethlehem Bible College

It's  sleepy little town in the shadow of a big city. And between them stretches a slender thread that holds the salvation of all mankind.  At least that's the image we like to keep in mind. Today Bethlehem stands in the shadow of distrust, politics, militarization and miles of reinforced concrete.  The wall that now divides the Holy Land rivals the Great Wall of China in its height and interruption.

But God is at work in those shadows... in a big way. And one institution, just steps from the birthplace of Jesus, is bringing His light and life to the West Bank and all the occupied territories. Norm invites good friend and expert, Terry Madison, to explore the real issues facing today's Middle East pastors and evangelists - and what Compassion Radio is doing to help.

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