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A Little Can Help A Lot

Help Spread the Gospel

Have you ever thought that you wanted to give to world missions, but, felt as if you simply couldn’t afford much. Then you just decided that it made no sense to just send $5 or $10. So you just added a little extra to the plate on Sunday, then you wonder if you could do more.

What if you could do more? What if you could join with other Christians by contributing a little, and the others contribute a little and together you are helping an established work of the brotherhood spread the gospel across the globe. By being willing to give what we have and working with others we can all share in the work of the Lord.

$75 for 7 Billion Souls

It’s that idea that prompted the team of Truth for the World to begin their new  $75 for 7 Billion Souls Campaign.

“Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;” Mark 12:43

Truth for the World’s Global Efforts

Last year we shared with you the wonderful works that Truth for the World endeavors to manage and maintain around the globe. They truly are seeking to go in to all the world. But they can’t do it alone. They need the help of brothers and sisters in the Lords’ church to help provide for the financial needs of the work they are doing.

Currently, Truth For The World is running an annual deficit and needs to increase the amount of annual income it receives in order to continue the current projects underway and grow the new projects and outreach that have been planned. Kendal Rasnake, shared with me that their estimated budget for 2015 will be about $177,000, but that their projected annual income will be about $35,000 below that.

That means that they will be short of their annual goal and whenever a budget comes up short, most likely, something will be cut. As a result they have made the decision to kick off a fund building campaign in which they are seeking to raise about $75,000 more for their annual income. The goal isn’t to add money to coffers but rather to add funds that will help in spreading the gospel to reach 7 BILLION souls for Christ.

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Does $75,000 sound like a sum of money that is entirely not within your personal reach? It’s not for most people. But think of it this way. If 1000 members of the Lord’s church would commit to send $75 a year (or $6.25 a month) then the $75,000 is entirely within reach! $75 is within the reach of many Christian families living in the U.S. It might mean sacrificing 2-3 meals eaten out at a nice restaurant per year, or just 2 cups of coffee per month, but when you consider the number of souls that will have the opportunity to hear the gospel preached, the sacrifice seems to be very minimal doesn’t it?

So maybe you are wondering how your $75 can actually spread the gospel. Kendal shared with me how they plan to break down the desired goal of an additional $75,000 per year.

The extra $75,000 per year in annual income will allow Truth for the World to:

  1. Keep the current staff and services. – $35,000
  2. Add one more full-time staff member to share the workload and grow new projects such as more online Bible courses- $30,000
  3. Add global shortwave radio broadcasting to over 1 billion people – $10,000

Truth For The World doesn’t just send out a missionary or two once a year, they are spreading the gospel each and every week of the year. Through the shortwave radio signals they have established on 6 continents, Bible Correspondence Courses sent  globally, as well as TV programming and Bible Lessons via a mobile app, the good news message is being proclaimed regularly all year long.

Christ’s commission is for every disciple to follow. Yet, each individual may not have the opportunity, finances or ability to go out further than their own neighborhood. But, God never intended for each of us to bear the work load alone. Rather we are to work together as a collective body for the furtherance of the gospel message. Choosing to donate to Truth for the World means that you become a fellow laborer in the work the global evangelism effort that they are endeavoring to maintain. Their efforts can be used around the globe, even in, your own neighborhood. So while global evangelism seems like it is, out there, somewhere else, it really starts at your own home and can spread to the farthest reaches of the globe.

$75 for 7 Billion Souls

How can you help Truth for the World?

Article written by team member: Renee Brown

 

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To Cleave Unto Each Other

Truth for The World Shares the Truth About the Word Cleave

Cleave Unto Each Other

How should a husband and wife cleave unto one another? That’s one of those words that could mean multiple things. But God said from the beginning that a husband should cleave unto his wife. It must be very important for marriage. So what does it mean? Today, Truth for the World is sharing their article “Cleave Unto Each Other: What Does That Include?” with the R16:16 readers. We encourage you to link through to see all of the wonderful marriage materials that they have.

Cleave Unto Each Other: What Does That Include?

Cleave Unto Each Other

3 Thoughts on What Cleaving Means in Day-to-Day Marriage

“Cleave” is a funny word.  It can mean two different things that are practically the opposite.  You can cleave a piece of wood which essentially breaks it apart.  Or you can cleave unto another being which essentially pulls you together.

 There are a bunch of uses of the word “cleave” in the Bible, and generally it seems the 2nd definition is being discussed.  This is true in regard to marriage as well.  “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:24)  God means that when a man and woman become husband and wife they must cleave to each other.  Even though the verse only mentions the husband as the one doing the cleaving, the latter part of the verse indicates that it is to be mutual.  The word “one” here is translated from a Hebrew word that means “united.”   The husband is to cleave to the wife, and the wife is to cleave to the husband and thus they are to be united.  We could not have unity if one or the other were pulling in an opposite direction.

But what would the idea of “cleaving” really mean to me in my day-to-day marriage?  God told us to cleave to each other but what does that include?

  • Hold On Tightly – Grab your marriage tightly and try the hardest you possibly can to never let go or never give up.  Think of the strongest glue possible binding two pieces of wood together, or the nut so fixed on the bolt that it will not turn to come off.  They are so tightly bound that the world can pull on them and bang on them and beat them, but they never separate.  Never let the words “divorce” or “quit” even be part of your vocabulary.  Tell your spouse, “I’m in it to the end!” and mean it!  How reassuring it is to a spouse to know that no matter what arguments or trials in life may come, and no matter how mad we may get at each other, eventually we will calm down and cleave together because we are both committed to loving one another and we have told each other so!

Tight Marriage Bond

  • Submit To One Another – Ephesians 5:21-25 states, “Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;”  We are to submit to each other and that’s what love is.  Love is putting others first and yourself last.  Say to yourself, “I am here to cleave to and serve my spouse, not to serve myself.”
  • Cleave To God – The Bible has several verses where people are told to cleave to Him.  (Deuteronomy 10:20, 11:22; Joshua 22:5, 23:8; Acts 11:23)  We will never be the best husbands or wives we can be if we are not cleaving to God and building ourselves up as Christians.  Let His word be the final say.  Let His priorities be the family’s priorities.  Let His role for you in the marriage be your role.  Let communication to Him and study of His word be practiced.  Draw closer to each other as you draw closer to God.

We invite you to use the resources of Truth For The World to enhance your growth as a Christian and your marriage, including our several TV programs on marriage in our series Words To Live By: Home and Family.  They can be viewed on our website here: http://truthfortheworld.org/words-to-live-by

Submitted by: Kendal Rasnake, Truth For The World

(All verses used are from the King James Version)

www.truthfortheworld.org

Truth for the World is a global evangelism effort of the church of Christ using media and personal ministries. The work is overseen by the church of Christ at Duluth, Georgia.

 

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The Home and Family

Improving Family, One Video at a Time

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On the Truth For The World YouTube channel (TFTWTV), we have videos about the Holy Spirit, Calvinism, kings of the Bible, etc.  But the most-viewed video of 2013, so far, is Words To Live By: Home and Family – “Being  a Good Husband or Wife.”  In fact, 5 of the top 10 videos so far this year are from the “Home and Family” series of our TV program Words To Live By.  People are apparently interested in the home and family.

While we can’t read people’s minds about why they are viewing the videos, we would like to think that they are looking to improve their own family, and they are turning to God’s word to learn how to do it.

We all want a good family life and we already know that we need to follow God’s word in order to have it.  But carelessness, apathy, or a false sense of security will allow us to make mistakes, neglect the home or not defend it against attacks.  Any one of these may have devastating effects on the home and family.

We need to define our family as God’s word defines it.  We need to constantly be evaluating ourselves within a marriage to see if we are fulfilling our roles properly.  We need to be watchful for attacks against our home and family.  In fact, we need to be holding God’s word up to ourselves constantly as a father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, or whatever to see how we are measuring up and how we need to improve.

James 1:22-25 states,

“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”

Would this not also apply to us as we fulfill our roles in the home and family?

As mentioned before, our TV program Words To Live By produced a series on the “Home and Family.”  In doing so, we grouped our programs under three main subcategories.

  1. Plan – What was the original plan for the home and family?  What did God intend it to be like?  What is God’s definition for a family?  The programs in this category were:
    1. “In The Beginning”
    2. “Marriage”
    3. “The Marriage Vow”
    4. “Marriage and the Song of Solomon”
    5. “Blessings of a Christian Home”
    6. “The Value of a Great Family”
  2. Roles – What are the different roles we are to have within the home?  What are the responsibilities we have to God and to other members of our family?  The programs in this section were:
    1. “God’s Need for Men”
    2. “A Worthy Woman”
    3. “Being a Good Husband or Wife”
    4. “Husbands, Love Your Wives”
    5. “Wives, Love Your Husbands”
    6. “Children’s Responsibilities to Parents/Parents’ Responsibilities to Children”
    7. “What Have They Seen in Thy Home?”
  3. Threats – What are the different attacks against the home and family?  What should we do about them?  How can we avoid the breakdown of the home?  The programs in this category were:
    1. “Threat of Worldliness on the Home”
    2. “Movements That Affect the Home”
    3. “Attacks Against the Home”
    4. “Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage”
    5. “1 Corinthians 7”
    6. “What Broken Homes Do to Children”
    7. “Reasons for Unfaithfulness”
    8. “What David Did Not See From His Rooftop”
    9. “How to Avoid the Breakdown of the Home”
    10. “Will the Home as God Would Have it Survive?”

Surely our programs would not address every scenario that might be experienced in a home or family.  But the idea was to use the Bible to offer Words To Live By.  Those words would then be able to guide people as they addressed their own situation.

In reality, many of the problems that we face today regarding the home and family would probably disappear if we would simply go to God’s word on these three areas and obey it.

Think about the plan God had for the home and family.  If we would follow God’s word, would there even be such a debate in the United States today about what really constitutes a family?  Would we have those dictating to us to accept homosexuality under the false illusion of “tolerance”?

What if we each filled our roles in the family and carried out our responsibilities?  If wives submitted themselves to their husbands and showed them respect and care how much adultery would there be in marriages?  If husbands loved their wives just as much as Christ loved the church, would women rebel against their leadership or try to run the home?

Roles in Family

What if we prepared against the inevitable attacks of the world and Satan against the home and defended our families?  What worldly influences would be eliminated from our family?  What evil trends in society would not even make it into our home?  What sins would not be allowed to destroy or even disrupt our family?  What falsehoods would not pull our children away from God and the church?

We all think about how to live the Christian life, but how much of living that Christian life involves how we act and interact within our family?  In other words, if we will turn to God’s word and improve our obedience of its commands regarding the home and family, would we not also greatly improve a significant portion of our Christian walk?  And would not stronger, more Christian families also improve the church which we attend?  And would not generations to come be blessed by our faithfulness?  The reminder that we are only one generation away from apostasy might be appropriate here.

Judges 2:10

“And also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel.”

Let us not seek out our own design for the family, but rather follow God’s plan.  Let us not decide how we wish the family to function but have the courage and sacrificial love to follow God’s appointed roles and responsibilities.  Let us not be lethargic or careless but instead prepare for attacks against the home and defend our family with every ounce of strength we have.

Our TV programs, Words To Live By: Home and Family are at your disposal to aid you in improving your Christian walk and strengthening your home and family.  They may be found on our YouTube channel by going here https://www.youtube.com/user/TFTWTV or searching for “TFTWTV” on www.youtube.com .  They may also be viewed on our “Truth For The World” channel on Roku devices, or on our own website here: http://truthfortheworld.org/words-to-live-by.

 (All verses used are from the King James Version)

Submitted by: Truth For The World

www.truthfortheworld.org

Truth for the World is a global evangelism effort of the church of Christ using media and personal ministries. The work is overseen by the church of Christ at Duluth, Georgia.

 
 

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R16:16 Welcomes Truth for the World

To the Sower’s Spotlight

TFTW

In our current spotlight we are featuring Truth for the World.

Truth for the World is a global evangelism outreach of the church of Christ using multi-media and personal ministry. This ministry is overseen by the congregation at Duluth, Georgia.

The evangelism efforts of this congregation is extensive. Here is a brief synopsis of what they are doing.

  • Radio, Shortwave, AM/FM

1-minute, 15-minute, and 30-minute radio programs

Radio programs are on-the-air in the U.S., the Philippines, and Nigeria.

Radio programs are broadcast globally to 6 continents via shortwave

Radio programs are downloadable via the TFTW website

A sub-collection of our audio programs are available on the Internet Archive (archive.org)

Truth For The World Internet radio station airing 24/7 via SHOUTcast

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Duluth Church of Christ Internet radio station via Live365 airing worship services, Bible studies and Truth For The World radio programs

Podcasts

  • Television

·         programs on-the-air in the U.S. and the Republic of Palau and online globally

·         YouTube and Roku channels

·         Videos available on DVD and Blu-Ray

  • Print materials, tracts and bible studies

Bible Q&A book

Articles

Tracts for downloading, e-mailing and printing

Basic Facts of the Faith

Mission Magazine

  • Bible Education Courses

Bible Correspondence Courses available on our website or through-the-mail

Interactive, multimedia educational module on the Steps of Salvation on our website

  • Website/Blog

 Website is available in four languages: English, Spanish, Chinese, and Indonesian

Social media including Facebook, Twitter and Google +

  • Mobile

Mobile app containing articles, tracts, the ability to stream radio and TV, and a plan of salvation quiz is available for Android and iOS devices

Text-blasting sends out TFTW news and Bible information to those who want to receive this information via texts.

Truth For The World Internet radio station can be heard over-the-phone by calling our phone number with AudioNow.

Mobile website

  • Personal Missionary Trips utilizing gospel meetings and lectureships.

2011 – Australia, India (our church elder), West Virginia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines

2012 – Mexico and West Virginia

2013 – India, Peru, West Virginia, and Mexico

How can you help?

Prayer. Be in prayer for the efforts  of this ministry, each and every aspect of this work has the ability to bring souls to Christ.

Partner with Truth for the World. If you are a member of the church of Christ, they will accept your monetary donation via their website.

~~Article written and compiled by Renee Brown; R16:16 Team Member

 

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