“…the righteous gives and does not hold back.” Proverbs 21:26
As we start a new year of ministry, I’m so thankful that we’re starting it with YOU. You are an integral part of all that we do at the Total Living Network – we simply couldn’t reach viewers with the Gospel without your support. And we’re prayerfully anticipating all that God has planned to allow us another year in which to proclaim His truth!
At the same time, I’m concerned about you and your family. There is a lot of uncertainty in America and the world today that creates anxiety and stress in our lives. Every day we’re confronted with news about the turmoil and divisiveness in our country. And there are increasing challenges for Christians who are determined to live their lives according to biblical principle. There is enormous pressure to submit to the anti-biblical cultural trends that are defying our time-honored moral and spiritual values.
The challenges to our Christian faith today are more than we’ve ever had to deal with in America – and this can be overwhelming…I’m sure you would agree that in the midst of all this there needs to be a place you and your family can go for emotional and spiritual comfort. A place you can recommend to your friends and loved ones in need of that same comfort; an oasis offering a sense of rest, hope and peace.
As we begin this new year, our commitment at TLN is to do everything we can to provide you that place of peace and hope through our television ministry.
Our goal this year, as it has been in years past, is to provide programming that will bring you, your family, friends and loved ones into the presence of God, because it is in His presence that there is hope, help and healing.
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” His rest is far more than the world can offer. It’s in His presence that we gain an eternal perspective that transcends the flood of negative news reports, political chaos and the challenging circumstances you often face. While we don’t know what the year holds, we enter 2019 with a sense of excitement and anticipation because God is in control and He has something good ahead for you and all of us who know Him and trust Him.
My fervent prayer and the fervent prayer of everyone at TLN is that our ministry will be a source of spiritual blessing to you and your family throughout 2019.
There is a favor I would like to ask of you. If TLN has been a source of blessing to you and your family, we would really appreciate hearing about it. If you could take a minute and share a specific blessing and send it to us on the enclosed form, it would be a tremendous inspiration to us here at TLN.
And while we keep all names confidential, your testimony also inspires other lives that need affirmation and encouragement. Our “God stories” are powerful!
Along with that note, would you also enclose a financial gift as you’re able, to help us get the year started? Perhaps you would consider a recurring gift each month through 2019. The Total Living Network depends on your faithful giving for our continued ministry. Thank you for being a part of the TLN family and may you experience God’s richest blessings this year.
P.S. In December I wrote that we’re dedicating January 7 – 11, 2019 to a time of focused prayer. Please read the following from our President, Debra Fraser for the specifics. I hope you’ll join us on each of those five days as we corporately gather in prayer.
Jerry K. Rose, Chairman of the Board, Total Living International
A Note from our President – From My Heart to Yours
“I am doing a new thing.”
A new year symbolizes fresh starts, newness and rejuvenation. We establish resolutions with anticipation of changing past behavior or excelling in areas deemed important. Some gladly leave last year behind and hope that the next 12 months will somehow turn out differently. TLN would like to challenge you to place that hope in Christ so that you are assured that the “differently” will be a path well walked.
Isaiah 43:18-19 encourages us to move on and look forward, not back:
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I AM DOING A NEW THING!
I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
We at TLN are trusting God to do a new thing for all of us in ministry focus. “Directing people to Christ” – often for the first time – has been our mission and priority for 40+ years. In 2019, viewers will have a DAILY opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through a series of brand new on-air segments. We now live in what some have termed “post-Christian-America,” and the opportunities to hear the message of God’s abundant, saving love are fewer and farther between.
I’m passionate about introducing people to my Savior – and I know that you are too!
In 2019, TLN viewers will be invited to receive Christ as their Savior through daily, special moments on our air and pointed to a dedicated personal website page that prompts immediate response and resources to start their faith journey (tln.com/salvation).
“I am doing a new thing.
As we embrace this new year of ministry, we resolve to begin 2019 in concentrated prayer. The week of January 7 will present an opportunity for united prayer on topics including families, the nation, global interests. Our staff will be meeting daily to pray over these areas. View the schedule below so that you can see it as we pray together. We are stronger together!
Week of Focused Prayer
Monday, January 7: Strengthened Body of Christ – our bond not be broken but be fortified
Tuesday, January 8: Our Nation and our World – a return to Christian values in our world and God’s perfect peace would reign
Wednesday, January 9: Our Families, Kids and Safety in our Schools – our loved ones be saved and safe
Thursday, January 10: Churches and Christians in Business –protection, strength to stand rooted and grounded in their calling
Friday, January 11: Religious Freedoms –Christians will be free to live their values and freely proclaim the Gospel