Go Afraid!

LeRoy & Cindy Metzger have absolutely no business attempting missions work in the central African nation of Malawi. They're both previous beach bums and drug abusers.

But something interesting happened on their way to Hell. God saved them. And not just from themselves. They've been saved to a life of amazing ministry. Today Norm asks the right questions to tease out their amazing story.

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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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Magnificent Martyrdom, Pt. 2

Yesterday, Norm introduced us to one of his spiritual heroes, Marj Saint Van Der Puys. As one of the surviving widows of the Auca Indian attack on American missionaries, she bore the grief and struggle of rebuilding a life with young children. To raise godly, compassionate children in such circumstances would constitute a triumph. But Marj accomplished much more than that. Today these to old friends reminisce and look forward to a future of even more amazing chapters in the Great Commission.

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Magnificent Martyrdom, Pt. 1

It was the great mission drama and tragedy of the 20th Century: Five young, visionary missionary adventurers doing the impossible - bringing the Gospel to the most feared headhunters of the western Amazon Rain Forest. They developed new technologies and methods. They made friendly contact with the tribe. They were unified in prayer and purpose. They worshiped powerfully. They had families absolutely committed to the goal.

Yet they were struck down... and millions of Life Magazine readers were horrified at the images and the seemingly senseless tragedy of it all.

Today and tomorrow, Norm visits with a dear friend who lived through it, Marj Saint Van Der Puys.

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Remembering Marilyn

Compassion Radio is not about bully pulpits. It's about thousands of gentle voices, big hearts and mustard-seed faith. One such soul embodied all of that, and she was right at the heart of this ministry.

This week in 2014 we gave tribute to Marilyn Huizenga, a lady who quietly ministered to thousands, and made Compassion Radio much of what it is today.

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Are American Christians Soft?

It seems like Christians get a bad rap on a lot of issues. That doesn't mean we're off the hook, though, when it comes to honest soul-searching. Today, Jim and Norm explore how the current generation of Western believers really stand in the history of God's Kingdom - and what more there might be for us if we're willing to go the extra mile...

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Search and Rescue

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Jeff Crandall has been in a World of Hurt. From the bleeding edge of the War on Terror, to the backcountry rescues, his career with the Military as a combat helicopter pilot has put him in some difficult situations, to say the least...

All along the way, God and His Word have been rescuing Jeff! He shares his story with Bram, today.

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The Unknowns, Pt. 2

Today, Bram finishes a fascinating discussion with Ethan Morse, Chief Warrant Officer 5 with the California National Guard, and Sentinenl of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Badge #548. His documentary "The Unknowns" is a masterpiece, but it's the life that God has grown in his heart, and the spiritual fruit that God is growing in his life that are the bigger story...

To learn more about Ethan's exceptional documentary "The Unknowns," follow this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sToKMDso_E

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The Unknowns, Pt. 1

As a young boy, Ethan Morse had a dream - to be a guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Only one problem - it's not something for which you sign up. Actually, it's an honor that finds you...

Well, sometimes those dreams are planted in our hearts by God himself, as Ethan was eventually to discover. The story, from starry-eyed boy, to angry teen, to the shaken generation of 9/11, to one of the highest honors known to a soldier, was alll in God's plan. Ethan's story now includes a powerful biographic documentary on the making of the most storied soldiers to serve on American soil, the "Old Guard."

To learn more about Ethan's exceptional documentary "The Unknowns," follow this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7sToKMDso_E

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Eternal Life in the Fields of Death, Pt. 3

Bram concludes an important series on challenges facing returning Veterans. Guest Chris Plekenpol joins him by phone from his church in Austin, TX.

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Eternal Life in the Fields of Death, Pt. 2

Part 2 of an important series with Chris Plekenpol, former Army Captain and Pastor.

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Eternal Life in the Fields of Death, Pt. 1

Chris Plekenpol joins Bram for a fresh look at the Spiritual warfare that faces Veterans today. Part 1 of a 3 part series

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Faith, Healing and the Worshipful Life, Pt. 2

Bram and Sandi Floria welcome back guest, Marty McCall, for a second day. As a performer, soloist, songwriter, poet and worship leader, he knows how to convey a powerful story. He also possesses a lot of faith.  But even he wasn't prepared for all that God had planned in his battle with cancer.  Bram and Sandi Floria join Marty in Nashville, TN as he finishes his amazing account.

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Faith, Healing and the Worshipful Life, Pt. 1

Does God want us to live forever? Well, of course He does.  But is it only a 'spiritual' life we're talking about or something more? What are we to make of sickness and suffering in the world today? Are eternal things and earthly things supposed to remain separate?

Not on your life!

Our guest for two days is Marty McCall. He jumped deeply into the waters of grace as he faced his own life and death struggle with cancer.  How God led him through is a powerful story, and and even more powerful challenge to the rest of us today. He joins Bram Floria and his wife, Sandi, for an intimate and electrifying look at what real faith looks like under fire.

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Faith in the Fog of War

He's seen things he'd rather forget. Horrors we don't want to even imagine. Where could God possibly be in the war-strewn streets of Iraq during the early days of the Second Gulf War? Norm's guest today, tells us. His personal experience stretched his faith to the limit. His commitment was close to shattering. Yet at the very moment of despair some amazing things happened in the heart of Sergeant Chris Plekenpol. We're please to bring his story to you today.

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Liquor Mama and the Witch Doctor, Pt. 3

So much can happen when you say "YES!" to Jesus. Just ask Mark and Sidney Launder...

Today, Bram finishes up a moving and inspiring interview with two modern day, frontline missionaries to Ethiopia. The stories they've had to share are like headlines ripped from the New Testament - and now God is truly doing something new in the heartland of this ancient nation!

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Liquor Mama and the Witch Doctor, Pt. 2

Yesterday we met Mark and Sidney Launder - unlikely missionaries to the heart of tribal Ethiopia. They were kind enough to introduce us to "Liquor Mama" and the "Witch Doctor." It's a true God-story, and those kind of stories never end where they start. Today the Launders share the 'rest of the story' with Bram as they visit in Coeur d'Alene, ID.

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Liquor Mama and the Witch Doctor, Pt. 1

Mark and Sidney Launder had it all - wonderful kids, meaningful work, a beautiful community and terrific friends. And then, God...

What follows is a marvelous story of God's moving, calling, triumph, tragedy and eventually, God Himself. If you've wondered what it's like at the very edge of modern missions, this unlikely missions couple will open your eyes. Along the way, Jesus might even inspire you to reach for something... more.

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Helping Those Who Hurt

Someone you love is hurting - they're experiencing a heart-rending tragedy. You want to help. You don't know what to say.  Barb Roberts has been there - a number of times. and from that experience comes an important book which you need to read. Cher interviews this unassuming and important new author.

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Stewards in the Kingdom, Pt. 2

Yesterday began a fascinating interview with Scott Rodin, a financial expert with a dream: liberating people to pursue their biggest, God-sized dreams. With a little intentional planning and a little faith it's possible to change the world. Sometimes we need more than just a little know-how. We need that extra encouragement from someone who knows what they're doing.

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