Divine Appointments

Serendipity - 'an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.' The faithful Christian life can and should be full of unexpected and delightful coincidences. But it's no accident, of course. When God sets the agenda, we find ourselves in the most joyful place we could possibly imagine - the center of HIS will.  And others will discover a loving God through us.

We don't think it's an accident that Norm welcomes author Bob Jacks to discuss Divine Appointments, today...

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Joy Junction

He's living the American dream. An immigrant working his way up from poverty to great riches and success. Except this immigrant story turns the concept of 'success' on its head. Jeremy Reynolds didn't come to America to gain wealth and fame. He came to serve. And the kind of wealth he's building can only be counted in another Kingdom. And wherever Jeremy serves, there is an abundance of joy. Jeremy Reynolds and Joy Junction is a very different kind of success story.

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God’s Pantry

How do you go about stocking your pantry? An organized list? Whim? Leading with your stomach? However you go about it, it's all about filling a void. How would God go about it? He has no needs, but His pantry feeds more than bodies. It nourishes souls.
Tom Sweeny joins Norm for a discussion on what you might find in God's Pantry.

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Stewards of 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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Stewards of the Kingdom, Pt. 1

Scott Rodin knows a lot about solid financial planning. But even the best plans don't necessarily lead to a meaningful life. Today Norm and Scott explore some really big ideas about money, opportunity purpose and God's blessing.

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World Mission Initiative, Pt. 2

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of one of America's most famous and important addresses - Martin Luther King's 'I Have A Dream' speech. The soaring rhetoric, evident truths and appeal to justice galvanized a generation. Have you ever considered that from the beginning of his ministry, Christ himself called his followers to social justice? Norm's guest today, Dr. William Carl, makes the case, and shows how the Gospel is more than just correct theology.

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World Mission Initiative, Pt. 1

What does it mean to 'preach the Gospel?' Seems like a simple thing at first glance. "Just tell them the truth!" might be your first thought. But what if your audience is blind to your message? What if they can't hear through the din of confusion, culture differences and mistrust? What do you do?
Well, if you want to reach them for Jesus, you'll need to find a way that works. Norm's guest today, Hunter Farrell, has some insight on the matter. We need to listen.

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Not Motivated by Benefits

What motivates you? Success? Love? Money? Fame? Power?

Well, for those of you in the 'serving professions' like teaching, counseling, pastoring and such, there are deep an meaningful rewards. But not many of them are understood or admired by the world. Good thing God's Kingdom is based on on altogether different kind of economy! If you're looking to be rich, consider what 'wealth' really is!

Jim Governale joins Norm in studio for a look at the differences between benefits and rewards...

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Afghanistan: an Open Door Closed? Pt. 2

Today Norm concludes a sobering and essential look at the state of religious freedom in today's Afghanistan. How did we get here? What's ahead? How do we pray? Our special guest "John" has the answers.

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Afghanistan: an Open Door Closed? Pt. 1

Since 2001, Compassion Radio has led our partners into the heart of this beautiful and troubled land numerous times. You've marveled with us as God has opened doors to the Gospel in many unlikely ways. You've trekked with us through mountain passes and visited with warlords in their bunkers. You've listened in on lessons in schools and Christmas gift distributions.

Is it all over? Has the window of opportunity closed to us? It's a hard question and a hard reality. Norm takes a hard look at it, today and tomorrow.

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A New Bible for Muslims

How do you reach Muslims for Christ? With the Gospel, right? And where do we find that? In the Word of God, of course. But which Bible is  the right Bible for the task? Now that's a more complicated question, and not so easily answered... until now.

Norm's guest knows a thing or two about reaching people for Christ in the world's hotspots. He's about as intrepid as they come and can hold his own in any discussion on the Great Commission. We're glad to welcome back our old friend, Dr. Viggo Olsen.

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Bangladesh Revisited, Pt. 2

From a rustic frontier medical mission outpost, to a world-class research and treatment hospital treating tens of thousands in the poorest region of the world - that would be enough legacy for any man's life. But believe it or not, there's a lot more going on in Chittagong, Bangladesh. And God is on the move in Southeast Asia.

Today, Norm finishes a powerful look at the Gospel at work in Bangladesh with one of our heroes of faith, Dr. Viggo Olsen.

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Bangladesh Revisited, Pt. 1

Not many missionaries have inspired us like Dr. Viggo Olsen. He's the Dr. Livingstone of our generation. Getting on in years, you'd expect a general 'quieting' of a life, a time of reminiscing. The stories of what God did in and through his life would be fascinating enough to carry our programming for months. But if that's what you expected, we're sorry to disappoint. There's still much more to do in the nation of Bangladesh, and Viggo's not waiting around for someone else to get busy!

Today and tomorrow, Dr. Olsen and Norm revisit some of the highlights of the last  half-century, but more importantly look ahead to what God will do...

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Compassion In Kenya, Pt. 2

Today, Norm concludes a power look into what effective compassionate action can accomplish in Africa. It's the 21st century, folks! It's time for some fresh thinking on a very old mandate. Richard Bransford joins Norm for part two of this interview.

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Compassion In Kenya, Pt. 1

Africa needs help. It has for a long time. So why should governments and non-governmental agencies keep pouring money in the continent? Arguments can be made for - or against - continuing international aid.  But something we need to keep reminding ourselves is this: There is NEVER a time to quit being compassionate! So - what does that look like? And how can Christlike compassion work in ways that government largesse has failed to do? Norm's guest, Richard Bransford, has the answer. And he knows what he's talking about, because he 'walks the walk.'

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Invitation to World Missions, Pt. 2

Norm concludes his discussion with Dr. Timothy Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary as they look at seven 'mega-trends' facing the Church in the 21st Century.

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Invitation to World Missions, Pt. 1

Who were the greatest missionaries of all time - The original apostles? William Carey, Mary Slessor, or Hudson Taylor? Or was it David Brainerd, John Paton, Adoniram Judson, or Robert Morrison? Well, if today's guest has anything to do with it, someone - maybe many - from this generation will join the pantheon of God's 'Lions of the Faith.' Norm welcomes Dr. Timothy Tennent of Asbury Theological Seminary for part 1 of an enlightening discussion on where missions and the Church of Christ are headed in the 21st Century.

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Cafeteria Christians

It's the great smörgåsbord of faith. In a culture of on-demand, custom-made convenience, we treat our spiritual lives the same way. Not so, you say? You're totally devoted to an historical Christianity? Well, you might just discover a few surprising, even troubling, things about your spirituality today.  So what do American Christians really believe, and what can we do about it? Today, Norm interviews someone who knows how to ask the right questions, George Barna.

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Bangladesh Adventure, Pt.3

We've shared many of Norm's travel adventures over the years, but Bangladesh in many ways takes the cake. Norm and Cher review some more of his amazing stories of God's bountiful grace in action, and the amazing people who made them come to life.

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Cyclone Outreach in Bangladesh

Bryan Gregory was there when one of the largest storms on record wiped away the lives of tens of thousands, and stole the livelihoods of millions. It's a story of tragedy, but it doesn't end there, as you'll hear today.

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Healing Bangladesh

Jesus, the Healer. It's one of the wonderful images of scripture. It gives us hope that He might just do for us, what He did for others two millennia ago. We believe in miraculous healing - we've seen it with our own eyes. We have also seen how God miraculously uses willing hands to do His healing work. You'll hear about that today as Norm welcomes some new friends, Jim Long and Steve Kelly.

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Building for Christ in Bangladesh, Pt. 2

When an unbeliever comes to believe in a God of unbelievable power, unbelievable things are bound to happen. Today Norm finishes his latest conversation with one this generation's true super-heroes of the Faith, Dr. Viggo Olsen.

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