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Praying for TBN

This year the Trinity Broadcasting Network celebrates its 40th anniversary.I used to watch TBN often especially during the early 1990s.Their programming (as well as teachings from other ministries) helped me grow as a young Christian.For awhile, my then-pastor had his TV program broadcast on TBN.
In 2003, I got to tour TBN’s headquarters in Santa Ana, California.During which I met an evangelist named Edward who usually visited TBN once a month but hadn’t been there in three months.That morning the Lord specifically told Edward, “Go to TBN!”After buying one of my Evangelism 101 books, Edward said he would teach from it that night in a prison he ministers at.That would explain why I went through a lot of spiritual warfare that day.
Then in 2006, an incident occurred that didn’t set well with me.While watching one of TBN’s Praise-A-Thons, I called to make a donation but asked them not to send me that month’s love gift, which was a poster of a young King David.A few days later, the post off…

Good Luck?

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday celebrated by both Irish and non-Irish alike.What some people may not know is that this day originally began as a Christian holiday but has become more secularized like Valentine's Day, Christmas and Easter.One symbol often associated with St. Patrick’s Day is the shamrock.Saint Patrick (who was once a missionary) reportedly used the three-leaved clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.
In recent years, someone finding a four-leaved clover represents good luck.Wikipedia defines luck as “a belief in good or bad fortune in life caused by accident or chance.”Many people believe good luck charms such as a rabbit’s foot or a horseshoe will attract positive things in their lives.
Then there are things associated with “bad luck” like black cats and Friday the 13th.My birthday is on the 13th of January.One of my most memorable birthdays that landed on a Friday was my 14th in 1978.While nothing really terrible happened to me…

Travel Tips for the Mission Field

For over a dozen years now I’ve mostly lived out of a suitcase as a missionary.I often traveled with all my personal belongings since I haven’t owned my own home (√† la Corrie ten Boom).Along the way, I’ve learned a few things that I want to pass on to you.These tips should be beneficial whether you go on a short-term missionary trip or out of the country for an extended period of time.
For any trip it is wise to pack lightly.How many times have you brought things that weren’t needed at all?In July 1997 I flew from Minneapolis to Chicago with other evangelists for a weekend City Blitz.The pastor organizing the trip asked us to use only a carry-on bag so we wouldn’t have to wait for our stuff in the baggage claim area.Since it was summertime, I got along fine using a backpack containing necessary toiletries and very light clothing.Other advantages to using only a carryon bag is that it eliminates the possibility of lost luggage by the airline plus it can help you avoid baggage fees.

He Gives and Takes Away?

One major reason I shied away from Christianity during my youth was outdated-sounding Christian music heard on the radio and at roller rinks. Fortunately there's now a greater variety of Christian music I enjoy. I’ve grown to appreciate modern worship music. That’s one of the things that inspired me to launch Signs and Wonders Radio.
Unfortunately there are modern worship songs that have religious lyrics.Some may quote Scripture but taken out of context.One of which is “Blessed Be Your Name”, written by Matt & Beth Redman and recorded by a variety of Christian artists.I would like this song better if these lyrics weren’t included…
You give and take away You give and take away My heart will choose to say Lord, blessed be Your name
How many times have we heard Job 1:21 quoted to explain away tragedies such as the death of a child?“The LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away” is not a statement of truth but a comment Job made in ignorance.John 10:10 says that Satan comes to steal, kill…