What’s the Big Idea?

Jim joins Norm for a discussion on what's really important - and worth talking about!

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The Bible on Orphan Care

Moses was sent down the River Nile on a basket and a prayer. On the hard streets of Johannesburg, South Africa, many newborns don't even have that. They are left to die in dumpsters and gutters by desperate women who see no way to save their own lives, much less their children.

So, what does the Word of God say about such things? Norm is joined in studio by his wife, Cher, as they take a hard look at the cruelty of modern life. Along the way they discover some surprising pockets of hope.

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Rescuing a Generation

What do you see when you look in the window of a nursery or childcare center? Joy? Trouble? Potential?  Well, when the folks at Door of Hope look in on  the orphans they've rescued from the streets of Johannesburg, they can't contain their emotion. In front of them are not the rejects of society, but the very future of their nation. Cher joins Norm in studio to discuss why.

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The Door of Hope, Pt. 2

Today Norm and Cher complete their very personal assessment of the Door of Hope project in Johannesburg, S.A.

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The Door of Hope, Pt. 1

When God puts beautiful children in your arms, words cannot adequately describe it. Every parent who has ever longed for a child understands. And there is never a child that God does not also love with an all-consuming passion.

In the suburbs of Johannesburg, S.A., God said to Norm and Cher "Here, would you hold this for a moment?" And their lives haven't been the same since...

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Spy for Hope!

Dan Wooding and Norm Nelson each have a few secrets. Get them together, and they're likely to spill the beans. Today, we'll get behind the scenes in the world of international missions with two of the greatest characters in the business!

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Remember and Forget - Themes for a New Year

Looking forward to amazing things in 2015? So are we. Sometimes discovering the 'new' means first forgetting the 'old.'

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Jesus in Beijing

David Aikman lives on the edge. From the collapse of the Soviet Union, to the the rise of China, he's been a major news bureau chief and the 'reporter's reporter.' He also has an abiding commitment to the Christian church. His knowledge of the rise of Christianity in China is widely read in the West, and by the Communist leaders of China. Norm digs into his conversation with this fascinating journalist with enthusiasm. You will too.

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Smuggling Bibles: A Matter of Obedience

More than half a century ago, a young, idealistic Dutchman set out on an unlikely missionary endeavor, driving his little Volkswagen Beetle full of bibles into the Soviet bloc. He broke the laws of a number of nations as a result. It was the right thing to do, and kicked off a modern mission movement. We know him today as 'Brother Andrew.' His work continues today and is the template for the work we continue through Compassion Radio. Today, Norm shares from the heart about what it means to be 'obedient' to God even when the civil authorities may disagree.

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Power in Persecution

"I find I am strong when I am weak..." So the Apostle Paul lays out one of the foundational paradoxes of the Christian faith.  It's a living reality for the persecuted Church of China. We've seen that paradox close-up, and it changed this ministry for good.

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Prisoner for Christ in China

Norm is joined in studio by his wife Cher today, as they take an intimate look into the life of some of China’s great saints. What is it really like to be a ‘prisoner for Christ?’ We’ll find out today.

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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. Jim Governale joins Norm in studio for this special, thoughtful, musical look at the meaning of Christmas, and the real person at the center of it all...

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Are You Ready for Christmas?

It's just a day away. If you have children in the house, they're reminding you every five minutes how many hours are left before all the gifts get to be unwrapped. But are you ready for Christmas? How much are you anticipating God's birthday? Today Norm asks some penetrating and important questions as we face this most holy and amazing birthday celebration of the year.

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Persecuted But Powerful, Pt. 2

Norm concludes this two part series with his wife Cher in studio.

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Persecuted But Powerful, Pt. 1

Norm and his guest Peter Xu discuss what life is really like for the underground Christians of China and elsewhere in Asia. Part 1 of a 2 part series.

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China Today, Pt. 2

Fred Messick and Al Deuck join Norm for a second day with the latest on the situation inside China today...


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China Today, Pt. 1

What is it really like inside China today? Has it drastically changed for Christians? Is it an enlightened time in the history of the world's most populous nation? OR is the situation a bit more complicated? We'll find out today and tomorrow as Norm interviews some new friends, Fred Messick and Al Deuck.

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Bibles, Prayers and Money

What does it take to reach a nation for Christ? Well, in China it often comes down to a copy of God's Word, faithful believers committed to prayer and a train ticket to the next town. In other words, faith. Today Norm and Cher discuss some important insights into God's economy, how He's multiplying the faith of believers around the world in almost unimaginable ways, and how we can stay up on the latest developments. The good news is that it's not too late to get in on the action!

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The Word for the World

What can a bible in China do? Save a soul? Encourage a believer? How 'bout "Change the World?" That is precisely what the Word of God is doing through the believers in China. Cher joins Norm in studio for this enlightening and powerful look at the real impact of scripture in the world today.

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Going Is Better!

"Play it safe." "Don't take chances." "Be Careful." "Only do what you know will succeed." All things a cautious parent might say to protect their children.

Fortunately, our God is not a cautious parent. He intends to raise intrepid risk-takers. How else is he going to grow His family in every nook and cranny of the earth He created?
Jim joins Norm in studio for today's discussion on the hows and whys of Compassion Radio.
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House Church Revival in China

How did China become the world's largest Christian nation?  Well it began in a living room, and spread like wildfire.  You'll get the full story today.

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Comments on a Miao Village

For eons, people have fled to the mountains in pursuit of safety; inspiration; solitude; encounter with God. In recent years, Norm and Cher have journeyed to discover what God is up to in the 'highest' regions of the earth. What they found was awe-inspiring. And it had little to do with the scenery!

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