It’s hard to believe we are coming close to the end of another decade! It’s been a decade of change in both our culture and in technology. But the gospel has NOT changed. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” And our commitment to spread the message of God’s love through electronic media is stronger than ever. And we do so unapologetically. A friend of our ministry recently shared a startling observation: “Christian media is the last line of defense in our post-Christian culture.” If so, then our commitment to our mission needs to be even stronger than when we started over 40 years ago.
That’s why it’s even more important that you stand with TLNWest as we “fight the good fight” (Romans 8:37) into the next decade!
Your faithful support has enabled the Good News of Jesus Christ to penetrate into more homes and hearts than you probably realize. TLN and TLNWest continue to proclaim the gospel via broadcast and cable television in our core markets of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area as we have for more than four decades. But with new advanced technology we can now be viewed on ROKU, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV and our own 24/7 IP stream. We reach those who are homebound through television and the internet on laptops, smartphones and tablets. Acts 1:8 motivates us to expand our ministry to global audiences: “And you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”TLN’s Christ-centered message is now available around the world to millions of people and we know that millions of minutes are in fact being viewed.
Will you join with us in our gospel mission as we continue to grow locally and globally into the next decade?
In our current culture, we can no longer assume that the majority of people, even our own friends and neighbors, have heard Christ’s salvation message and have accepted Him as Savior. Through TLNWest, we intend to do everything we can to make sure that the gospel gets to as many people as possible. We’re making sure that viewers will have that opportunity on our television stations and all the other available electronic media sources available every single day. As they watch, we will encourage them to visit our website page explaining how to receive Christ [www.tlnwest.tv/salvation]. It’s exciting to know that even in countries where the gospel is suppressed, TLN’s message is alive and well to set people free through Christ!
The way that people watch and access media has changed greatly over the last decade. That’s why the Total Living Network has focused its efforts on original programs that speak to this current generation. And that programming can be seen “on demand” on cable television, IP platforms and our web streams. Significant Insights hosted by TLI Chairman Jerry Rose continues to focus on important cultural and public policy issues that affect the Christian community. Recent guests include Matt Soerens, author of Welcoming the Stranger, addressing the issue of immigration; Rev. Alvin Bibbs, Roy Patterson and Dr. Eric Wallace covering racism and the Christian response; and Julie Roys, KJ Johnson and Pastor Myles Holmes in an important discussion on church governance and spiritual failure in church leadership. Faith Chicago and People Like You, with host TLI President/CEO Debra Fraser, showcase the “good” that is being accomplished by organizations and ministries in our core markets of Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. Ministry Minutes shines the light on organizations making an impact in our communities, like Phil’s Friends, by two-time cancer survivor Phil Zielke and The Justice Journey Alliance which seeks to reach an ever-increasing population divided by race and injustice. Inspirational documentaries over the past decade have won numerous Emmy and NRB awards. TLN has partnered with Moody Bible Institute for several years to bring the outstanding speakers and messages from Founders Week to viewers all over the world. It is your faithful support that has made this powerful programming possible. It is your support that has also helped underwrite local ministries and churches that would otherwise not be able to afford to share the messages that provide spiritual growth for countless viewers.
Will you stand with us to produce and expand Christian programming that’s relevant and compelling throughout the next decade?
The direction that our culture is heading weighs heavily on my heart and should be of major concern to every Christian and non-Christian alike. In the first three decades of our ministry, the Christian worldview was respected and it was gratifying to live in a country where we had the freedom to openly share the gospel through television stations that represented that worldview. But today, freedom of speech itself is being challenged. The Christian message is under attack by those who reject God and the Bible and whose goal is to silence Christians. We could not have imagined just a few years ago that the Bible would be called “hate speech,” but that’s what’s happening in our nation’s godless trend. For this reason, the Total Living Network has a strong commitment to protect our right to proclaim biblical truth through its membership in the National Religious Broadcasters Association. Representing Christian media with the NRB, we have lobbied on Capitol Hill and enlightened our elected officials on the challenges that we are facing and the importance of our ministries in providing a vital spiritual voice to our nation.
Will you stand with us into the next decade as we fight for religious freedom and freedom of speech at the federal, state and local levels?
Last but certainly not least, prayer has continued to be foundational to the Total Living Network throughout the past decade. We seek God’s direction for our ministry as we gather regularly as a staff to pray. And we are honored to lift up the prayer requests of our viewers and partners, joining our CareForce prayer ministry every week, year in and year out. We believe that God answers prayers – not only because He claims He does, but because we have seen experienced answers through the prayers of our staff and CareForce ministry!
Will you stand with us as we commit to praying for every prayer request, and will you pray with us and for us, into the next decade?
TLNWest is Total Living for Total Life: SPIRIT, MIND and BODY. We are grateful for all of the incredible things God has done through the Total Living Network this past decade. And we’re excited and filled with anticipation about all He’s going to do in this fifth decade of our ministry. As our partner in ministry, I pray that you are excited with us.
As we near the completion of this decade, will you consider an especially generous year-end gift, perhaps even doubling your donation this month? We need to finish this year strong and your generosity will make a big difference. We are committed to spreading the gospel and together will reach our community and the world! Thank you and may God richly bless you.
A Note From Our President – From My Heart to Yours
Like Stacey, are you trusting God to come through for you?
Does it seem outside the realm of possibility?
Stacey’s story reminded me of my own daughter’s illness when Kristen was two years old. For months she would remain undiagnosed as Jack and I held her and prayed for her. A prayer team prayed for Kristen regularly. As time went on it was more difficult to trust, but we held on through prayer and faith. Kristen would eventually be diagnosed and in God’s timing, the symptoms were gone! That’s why I take seriously the impact we have as influencers for Christ. Together, we help inspire people like Stacey and often ourselves to greater faith and answered prayer – even those outside the realm of human possibility.
Thirteen years later, another member of the TLN team has been praying for a little boy named Toby whom doctors can’t diagnose and whose mother is frantic with worry. As this staff member along with the TLN prayer team walk alongside this family in prayer, we’ve seen young Toby’s health improving and his mother witnessing God at work.
We really do care about each and every one of you. Our ministry team takes every struggle seriously. Each need receives prayer and any missed calls receive personal attention and follow up.
This month as you take time to thank God for the blessings He’s given you, think about others around you. Some are in need of a blessing too and an opportunity to know the abundance of joy found only in Christ. TLN and you are working together 24/7 this Thanksgiving season to share Christ to those seeking Him and to those reaching for that which seems impossible. Nothing is impossible with God! As you support TLN, you are supporting the entire ministry: community outreach and the creation of Christian programs that are viewed locally and across the globe. You are supporting TLN’s CareForce, intercessory prayer team, ministries that share the vision with us and more. You make it possible for Stacey to find support all these years later and the opportunity for her daughter to grow through the ministry of TLN as well. In fact, your support influences generations.
Thank you for your support of TLN whether you began this month or 40 years ago. You are an influencer for Christ by standing with us and making a difference in the lives of others.
What are you thankful for? Share it with us and we’ll rejoice with you. And at this beautiful time of the year, share with us the miracle you’re trusting God for and we’ll bring it to the Lord with you. Me? I’m thankful for friends like you. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.