Restoration Through Tragedy - Part 1

Today we're going to hear the testimony of a gentleman named Jason Black. Bram recently had the chance to sit down with Jason at a busy diner on the outskirts of Austin, Texas. The testimony you're about to hear has its share of jaw-dropping moments, twists and turns. This is part 1 of a 2-part series.

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Do Hard Things

This is a CLASSIC presentation from Compassion Radio that originally aired on 5/3/11.

What are you most proud of? The things that came to you easily? Or the hard-won accomplishments in life? Beyond the obvious answer, we need to take a look at the cost of doing things right the first time. That's something we have to calculate each and every month around here, as we decide which projects to tackle, and how to present the opportunities to our partners - like you. Our producer, Jim Governale, joins Norm in studio today to discuss what it means to 'Do Hard Things.'

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What if No Christians Are Left?

This is a Compassion Radio CLASSIC program that originally aired on 8/5/15.

Today in the Middle East, the Rule of Unintended Consequences is in full force. Military action intended to liberate and stabilize has resulted in a new truly Dark Age. That is most true for the oldest Christian communities on Earth. The slaughter and displacement could result in not a single Christian left in a number of countries. Does it matter? Should we care? Norm and Cher dig into the tragedy.

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Sex Trafficking in America, Pt. 2

Rick Naylor joins Bram for day two of a hard look at the problem of human trafficking and what the Body of Christ can and should be doing about it. The stories that led up to Rick's commitment are a real gut punch. God's response has been a real hope-lifter in a time of great evil. And it's a call to action...

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Sex Trafficking in America, Pt.1

Rick Naylor had it all - a great family, a great job, a great community, a great church, a great life. Then he heard some disturbing things in a prayer meeting about things going on in his own home town. He asked God what he could do to help. God said "Stop it." And now, Rick is taking on one of the biggest blights on modern society - human trafficking. He's not alone in the fight, but he's gonna need a lot of faithful, prayerful help.

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Christians in the Age of Wealth, Pt. 2

Craig Blomberg joins Norm for part 2 of a thought-provoking discussion on Kingdom living in all aspects of life: material, emotional and spiritual.

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Christians in the Age of Wealth, Pt. 1 (Compassion Radio Classic)

Life in the modern world is a struggle, right? There are bills to pay, responsibilities, futures to plan for. And often we're reminded that we're living in the most prosperous times in the history of the world. On top of that, our faith calls us to a kind of generous living that requires serious stretching of our faith, our time, our pocketbooks. Something's gotta give, right?

 
Our guest today and tomorrow has some fascinating things to say about Kingdom living in a marketing age. Norm welcomes a new friend, Craig Blomberg.
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Sharing Christ with Muslims, Pt. 2

Yesterday, we reintroduced our Compassion Radio Family to some very good friends, Mike and Samya Johnson from Call of Love Ministries. Today we pick up on the previous conversation about how to really reach out to Muslims in the name of Jesus. It's so much simpler and riskier than we thought!

 
To learn more about the ministry of today's guests, visit their website!: http://www.calloflove.org/
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Sharing Christ with Muslims Pt. 1

Is it really possible to win Muslims to Christ? Not really. Then again, we don't ever 'win people to Christ.' The Holy Spirit does that. But that doesn't mean we're off the hook. There's also something about a little passage called the 'Great Commission' that contains a few items we probably should consider...

 
How does it all fit together? Does God really want to save Muslims? What's his plan? Where do we start? Ah, now we're getting somewhere. Today we begin a two-part series on what it's going to take to reach this generation of Muslims from all over the world. Hint, it starts with "Hello..."
 
To learn more about the ministry of today's guests, visit their website!: http://www.calloflove.org/
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Catching UP with Jim and Bram

Take a breath...

We've had to remind ourselves to do that this month. It's been a month of profound changes at Compassion Radio, as you well know. But it's also been a time of profound re-COMMITment to the things that matter the most to us. Today, Jim serves as guide to the inner geography of this radio ministry we call 'Your Radio Voice for Global Mission.' Where's the map leading us? Well, you're about to find out.

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South East Asia - Dangers Within and Without, Pt. 2

Bram and Sandi conclude a powerful discussion with Chris and Faith Creech about their mission work in South East Asia, and the powerful spiritual healing ministry for pastors that grew from the need they discovered.

You can learn more about their current work at: http://toxicchurch.org/

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South East Asia - Dangers Within and Without, Pt. 1

Chris and Faith Creech had a hard but productive tenure leading some booming churches in North America. But then God...

The Lord Himself has a way of planting seeds in us that take many years to sprout, and even longer to mature and bear fruit. But bear fruit they have in the lives of this intrepid couple, as you'll hear today and tomorrow. Along the way, they've run into some Pauline attacks, and some even more dangerous threats to the Body of Christ in Asia. How they met these challenges is a story we need to take to heart...

You can learn more about their current work at: http://toxicchurch.org/

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Deep Wells of Grace (Compassion Radio Classic)

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 Jerry Sittser's 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.

Jerry's bio can be found here: https://www.whitworth.edu/academic/faculty/index.aspx?Username=gsittser

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The Micah Challenge

Reporting for a second day from the Calvin College Faith and International Development Conference, Lyric Floria introduces us to Jason Fileta and his "Micah Challenge USA"Movement. What do Evangelicals have to do with extreme poverty and fair trade? Not enough, says Jason! Faithful followers of Christ have a lot to learn about how the world really works, but we also have amazingly effective solutions for the problems facing our world. We just need to get our faith and knowledge working together...

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It’s Our Mission - Period!

Field Correspondent Lyric Floria brings a fresh report from the Calvin College Faith and International Development Conference. She introduces us to a new friend, Donna Terpstra.

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An Intrepid Life, Pt. 2

Today, Bram concludes a moving interview with Roger Marsh, in a KBRT interview on a recent 'The Bottom Line' program. Together they capture some important highlights from the Rev. Dr. Norm Nelson's amazing life. And we'll discover how that legacy continues to affect and inspire the future of the Compassion Radio Broadcast.

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An Intrepid Life, Pt. 1

Some are born to adventure, it seems. In the case of the Rev. Dr. Norm Nelson, that seems a redundant statement. But it's not so much the amount as the quality of adventure that makes his life a stand-out. You see, the real adventure began only after Jesus got ahold of his heart and rocked his world. It happened suddenly it seems, yet after a life-time of careful logical pursuit of TRUTH.

Today and tomorrow Bram visits with Roger Marsh, host of the daily Crawford Broadcasting call-in show "The Bottom Line," to share memories and commemorate Norm's exemplary 'Gospel Life.'

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What’s so ‘Good’ about ‘Good Friday?’

It's a paradox. God willingly sacrifices Himself for the humanity that boastfully, gleefully kills Him. It makes no sense. There was absolutely no beauty in the torture, the pain, the blood, the death. Everything we hope for in a Savior is savagely obliterated in the violent scene played out in Jerusalem.

And yet...

We can't not look at the Cross. At the broken and battered offering. What is really going on at Calvary? Norm takes a hard and lingering look at what Christ did and continues to do.

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Who’s On Trial, Here?

Was it a legal hatchet-job? A tragedy of cosmic proportions? Or something else, altogether?  The trial of Jesus for sedition stands out in history as a seemingly unexplainable injustice. But that's really not the message God intended. What He did intend, and accomplished, goes far beyond our wildest expectations. Today Norm takes a very different look at the story.

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Ukraine: Worship on the Frontlines, Pt. 2

'God never wastes a crisis.' Fred Heumann has personally learned that this is true. Today in Ukraine, a pivotal nation to the future of Christianity in the heart of Asia, a great awakening is happening among the Orthodox and Evangelical Believers of Ukraine. In the face of foreign aggression they are lifting high the Cross - and they're doing it together. And that is Good News.

Fred Heumann, a seasoned 'musicianary' and theologian is heading back to the Ukraine soon to continue his formative work of training a new generation of Worship Leaders and Pastors in the skills necessary to lead the Body of Christ into battle - spiritual battle. And he's 'in it to win it.' He joins Bram by phone from Nashville, TN.

If you'd like to learn more about the Ukraine Evangelical Theological Seminary where Fred teaches, you can find it here: http://uets.net/eng/

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Ukraine: Worship on the Frontlines, Pt. 1

Worship is the frontline of Spiritual Warfare. Any good Worship Leader will tell you so. By theology and experience we know that spiritual strongholds don't fall by the force of compelling logic, but by a mighty move of God's Holy Spirit softening hearts and bending wills toward TRUTH.

One person who knows the power of worship is Fred Heumann. Over 40 years of intrepid missions and worship arts, he's seen some mighty moves of God and profound changes in world history. Now he's pursuing his passion to equip the next generation of worship leaders, pastors and 'musicianaries' with a solid knowledge of God's methods and plan. Today he joins Bram to discuss how his ministry, MusicWorks International, is doing that important work in the key nation of Ukraine.

If you'd like to learn more about the Ukraine Evangelical Theological Seminary where Fred teaches, you can find it here: http://uets.net/eng/

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Prayer, Penetrating the Impossible

How far can prayer take you? All the way to Heaven? Indeed. Today, it has done that very thing as our own Dr. Norm Nelson has 'Graduated to Glory.' We can't think of a better tribute to the powerful, faithful, prayerful witness that has been Norm's life.

It seems impossible that we no longer have our Anchor in this ministry. And that is precisely why this program is so needed right now. Can prayer penetrate the impossible? Norm's guest on this Compassion Radio Classic is the reknowned  Jack Hayford. He knows a thing or two about faith and prayer. As a pastor, theologian, author, songwriter and speaker he's had a tremendous impact on the church of this generation. And he believes God can do the impossible. We'll see it if we are willing to pray for it.

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