Shine.FM Music Team Top 20 June 2018

1)      MercyMe                            Grace Got You

2)      Tauren Wells                      When We Pray

3)      Cory Asbury                       Reckless Love

4)      Hawk Nelson                     He Still Does (Miracles)

5)      Consumed By Fire            I Need You God

6)      Austin French                    Freedom Hymn

7)      Micah Tyler                         Different

8)      Casting Crowns                 God Of All My Days

9)      Jordan Feliz                         Witness

10)   I Am They                            My Feet Are On The Rock

11)   Sidewalk Prophets           Come To The Table

12)   Matthew West                  All In

13)   Zach Williams                     Fear Is A Liar

14)   Matt Maher                       What A Friend

15)   Lincoln Brewster              No One Like Our God

16)   TobyMac                             I Just Need U

17)   Chris Tomlin                       Resurrection Power

18)   Jesus Culture                     Love Has A Name

19)   Natalie Grant                     More Than Anything

20)   Rend Collective                 Counting Every Blessing

Daughter of God – Reach A Village

This girl is the first Christian in her village. In the past, she hated Christians. She heard they eat meat and do other disgusting things not allowed by Buddhism. She wanted to travel to Yangon to get a job. She heard of a man offering a school program there. It was a Christian man teaching the Bible and that is when her heart opened to the Gospel. She learned about the love of God and became a believer. She loves the song “I Surrender All” and cries every time she sings it. “It touches me very deeply in my heart. I cannot control my tears.

Now I am concerned about my parents and the others in the village. I love Christ more than anything and I want to share Him with my village. I now know that my Buddhist religion is empty and has no meaning for me. All of our statues are lifeless and cannot help us. God has been providing for all my needs. I am a daughter of God. I am enjoying my life now.”

My mother asked her if she became a Christian. She said “No, I have become a daughter of God”. Her mother has not condemned her, but there are other villagers who say bad things about me, but I forgive them because they do not know what they’re doing. Please pray for me, my mother, and our village.

Buddhist Monk Turns To Christ – Reach A Village

I was born into a family of devout Buddhists, and was raised in a village. Though my family was very religious and went regularly to the temple, I used to drink and gamble. When I reached high school age, I moved to another area. When I finished school, I did not want to return to the farm to work but instead went to Yangon to look for a job in the city. While there, a man approached me and asked if I wanted to go abroad. Some of my friends went to Malaysia as migrant workers, but my parents could not afford to send me to work abroad. But a Christian pastor saw me and ask if I would like to go to Korea. If I gave him $400, he could get me to Korea for work.

He said, “Now if you go to Korea, it is a Christian country. Do you know anything about Christianity?” “No, I only go to the monastery and I know about our religion and the laws and beliefs.” I even stayed as a monk in the Yangon monastery. Even though I was quite versed in Buddhism, I didn’t know anything about Christianity. The pastor said, “Well, if you go to Korea, you will have a short training about Christianity to see if you’re ready or not to go.”
My parents said that it sounded good you and encouraged me take the short training.

It was the very first time I’d ever met a Christian. They did not worship at all like Buddhists. Buddhists bow down before an image; instead, they just sang songs, smiled, and seemed very happy. A very strange feeling came to my heart. The pastor urged me to study for a few more months so I would really understand Christian-ity. So I attended the training and became very interested. One of the teachers during the training said, “Jesus is not just the God of the Christians. He is the God of everybody. You can test him and see that He is the God of all.”

I learned about two different kinds of gods: one that is the Creator who created different things in the earth and the other god was created by human hands. The teacher made it clear to me that there were many gods under heaven, but in heaven there is only one true God. And this true God came down from heaven in Jesus Christ to save sinners. When I heard about the Savior Jesus, I believed that He was my real father, my heavenly Father. I had known many stepfathers, but this father was real. This was the God who had made me. Before I finished the training, I knew that I was a citizen of heaven and I no longer wanted to go to Korea to work. I was born again by His spirit and became baptized.

When I went back to my village and told my parents that I was so glad that now we can go to a heavenly kingdom. If we know Jesus, through Him we can get to the heavenly kingdom. But my mother was very angry. “I wanted you to go to Korea but you did this silly thing and believe these silly beliefs.”

All of my former friends and relatives gave me a new name. I was a former Buddhist in the priesthood, so they called me ‘So-lo-que’. It means ‘a little Christian dog.’ My family was very embarrassed of me. I was a disgrace. My parents ask me to leave the house. I told them, “You may be able to feed me here on earth to keep me alive, but you can do nothing for me after death. But Jesus said that if we believe in Him, He will take care of us after death.” I gladly left my parents and continued to study the Word of God. After some time, I went back to my village, and I tried to witness to them again. By this point, I truly understood my faith in Jesus Christ. I did not talk about religion to them, but about my relationship to Jesus Christ. And I tried to introduce them to the living Savior. At that time, they were more open and receptive to the Gospel. I shared about the changes in my life. Slowly, they understood and changed their attitude toward me. My friends began to ask me to share my life-changing story because they remembered how bad I used to be. By the grace of God and my persistence, one after another, the other people began to received Jesus.

I believe I have sowed the eternal seed into their hearts. I have become a true son of God and now many of them also have become followers. I planted the church near the market with two other families. There are about 15 of us. My wife and three daughters are all believers. One of the ways I share my faith is through my hands. People with ailments especially the older people appreciate my skills in massage. As I relieve their pain, I share the Gospel with them. I have reached many people that way. Please pray for our new congregation—that each one will become a true disciple of Jesus Christ and take the Gospel back to their own areas and their own families.

Enna – Reach A Village

Enna is the only survivor of her family from Cyclone Nargis that claimed 84,000 Burmese lives in 2008. Relief workers from churches came to help the survivors. One worker gave me a Bible. I began to read it from the beginning and learned that there was a creator of heaven and earth. I was trying to earn a living by washing clothes, and earned about $1 per day. I borrowed money from a friend of mine and needed to repay it but had no money. I asked God to help pay my debt. On two different occasions, I found money that someone had left in my house! I was happy to repay her. It was at that time that someone shared the Gospel with me and I knew that I should believe and became a Christian. God has blessed my life ever since.

What’s Wrong With Christians Living Together Before Marriage?

Dear Dr. Bill,

 

I recently heard you talking about dating for a year before getting married and that couples shouldn’t live together before marriage. Why is this important if both persons are spiritual, have faith in Jesus Christ, and respect each other?

 

–Heather

 

Dear Heather,

 

A few months ago I mentioned many couples today believe that living together is a good way to find out if they are compatible — sort of a “test drive” that will improve their chances for a successful marriage. While that seems to make sense, actually the opposite is true.

 

Research shows that couples who cohabit before marriage have a 50-80% higher divorce rate than those who don’t. These couples also have higher rates of domestic violence and are more likely to cheat on each other.  If a cohabiting couple gets pregnant, there is a high probability that the man will leave the relationship, resulting in a single mom raising a fatherless child.

 

As a Christian, it’s important for you to know that God has some very specific things to say about sex. Our sexuality is a marvelous gift that He has given us. But the Bible clearly tells us that it is to be expressed within the context of marriage.

 

There are many scriptures that address this issue. One of them is found in the book of Thessalonians. It says: “It’s God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality, that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable.”

 

I would encourage you and your boyfriend to remain sexually pure until marriage. If you are already living together, you need to know that God considers this a sin.  If you truly want to follow Christ, it’s important to take seriously what He tells us in His Word.

 

An excellent book on this topic is “Before You Live Together” by Dr. Dave Gudgel.

 

Thanks for writing Heather.

 

I’m Bill Maier for Shine.FM.

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SACKed June 3rd

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This week’s SACKed idea is another easy one — leave exact change in a soda or vending machine!  Wouldn’t you just love to head for your afternoon pick-me-up and find that someone had already paid for it?!  Don’t forget to tape a SACKed card on those quarters, and call us to share your story at 855-987-4463.

 

SACKed Feb. 24th, 2014

This week’s SACKed idea is for all the ladies!  All you have to do is buy a bottle of nail polish, write a little note that says YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, and tape a SACKed card to it all, and leave it in a public bathroom!  Wouldn’t it be nice to pop into the bathroom during a hectic day at work or in the middle of running errands and find this sweet reminder?

Of course the men can get in on the action as well, by either choosing something manly, OR by purchasing nail polish and leaving it for his wife or daughters!

Shine.FM Top 20 – November 2013

1.  Mandisa “Overcomer”
2.  Big Daddy Weave “The Only Name (Yours Will Be)”
3.  Toby Mac “Speak Life”
4.  Matthew West “Hello My Name Is”
5.  Steven Curtis Chapman “Love Take Me Over”
6.  Jamie Grace “Beautiful Day”
7.  Building 429 “We Won’t Be Shaken”
8.  Seventh Time Down “Just Say Jesus”
9.  Matt Maher “Lord I Need You”
10.  Matt Redman “Your Grace Finds Me”
11.  Chris Tomlin “God’s Great Dance Floor”
12.  Casting Crowns “All You’ve Ever Wanted”
13.  Phil Wickham “This Is Amazing Grace”
14.  Jason Gray “With Every Act of Love”
15.  Switchfoot “Love Alone Is Worth the Fight”
16.  Newsboys “Live With Abandon”
17.  Josh Wilson “Pushing Back the Dark:
18.  Sidewalk Prophets “Keep Making Me”
19.  Ryan Stevenson “Holding Nothing Back”
20.  Dave Barnes “Good”