“REMEMBER NOT THE FORMER THINGS, NEITHER CONSIDER THE THINGS
OF OLD. BEHOLD, I WILL DO A NEW THING; NOW IT SHALL SPRING FORTH;
SHALL YE NOT KNOW IT? I WILL EVEN MAKE A WAY IN THE WILDERNESS,
AND RIVERS IN THE DESERT”!
Thirty-five years ago, Jan and I never dreamed what
this “NEW THING” would become! We thought
one small low power station covering most of Southern
California was certainly “NEW” enough for us!
I wrote in my book, HELLO WORLD, that these
awesome years were like a giant rollercoaster ride: at
the top seeing the great things God was beginning;
only to plunge down often in an agonizing state of
despair! Yes, God in His mercy did not reveal His
master plan of “NEW THINGS.” I’m sure if He had, it
would have crushed us and the RIDE would have been
over! I tell most of the story in HELLO WORLD. If you
do not have it, simply ask and try to enclose a special
offering — large or small. If I told EVERYTHING,
you probably would not believe it!
So, before we examine this “NEW THING,” let
me tell you one very special story which I will always
know was a major key that made possible this “NEW
The year — 1973. We had finally made a deal to
buy time on a small station up on Mt. Wilson, high
above Los Angeles. Jan and I had invested our life
savings of $20,000 and even pledged our home as
collateral, since our goal was to ultimately purchase
the station for 100% Christian television. But, to our
dismay, after only three days on the air — 9 to 12
PM — our life savings was nearly gone! The owner
demanded cash in advance before he would sign the
station on! It would take too long to describe the
fear that gripped my soul (read my book). Our pastor
Syvelle Phillips and Jan agreed to have a brief minithon
to share our impossible need with the few viewers
we hoped we had!
I was physically and mentally washed out, so
I begged to go home and pray for them! Oh Paul —
great man of faith — NOT! As I drove home I was
literally pounding on the steering wheel crying out
to God, “Why does it have to be so hard,” I prayed.
“Oh God, we have given you everything: our home,
our lives, even our life savings!” For a moment there
was silence — only the sound of the motor and the
air swishing by. Suddenly, that “still small voice”
SPOKE! The word of the Lord literally stunned me!
“PAUL, YOU DID NOT GIVE ME ANYTHING!”
For a moment I was speechless. The Voice
“YOU DID NOT GIVE ME YOUR LIFE SAVINGS —
YOU ONLY LOANED THEM TO ME.”
Dear Father — it was true! I had taken back a promissory
note — hoping that in time TBN would be able to repay me.
Oh, yes — God knows every secret of our hearts!
By now, I was home and as I switched on the TV and
threw myself across the bed, I made a deal with God. I said,
“Dear Lord, if you will cause your people to pledge $20,000
tonight, I will tear up the note and truly give our savings to
By then, our pastor and Jan were in full swing — pouring
out their hearts and burden to help TBN stay ON THE AIR
and sharing our vision for 100% Christian TV, someday even
24/7! I could see my angel Jan on the phones. I called and
somehow was able to speak to her. I told her about the voice
of the Lord and the vow I had made about our savings. I
explained the money was hers and mine together and wanted
her agreement for this monumental move — not so great
by today’s standards, but certainly monumental for us 35
years ago! There was silence for only a moment and then the
sound of tears as she not only agreed, but that we two would
be agreeing in prayer for this impossible miracle. I then told
Jan to tell our pastor that a man who loved Christian TV
with all his heart was pledging $20,000 if the people would
match it that night! Through the tears, I could hear her say a
final word, “I love you,” and she was gone.
I watched during a song as Jan whispered our challenge
in the ear of our pastor and the miracle began! The challenge
was given and the phones began to ring and ring and ring!
By the way, be careful what you vow to God — He always
keeps His part and expects you to keep your part! If you
don’t, the Scripture says if you linger you must add 20%
to your vow (Leviticus 27:30-31)! I’m sure the theologians
and heresy hunters would condemn such actions, but for
two simple little kids it was all we could do and I know for
certain I had truly heard the voice of God!
Well, the critics will just have to live with their doubts
because by the time the program was over the precious
pioneer partners had not only matched our gift, but the grand
total was $50,000 plus! Glory, hallelujah, praise be to God
— our miracle was now reality! And since the need was so
urgent, many dear partners actually drove down to our little
studio at 111 West Dyer Road in Santa Ana, California to
bring their pledges! For days we laughed, shouted, praised,
and basked in the glory of God which had entered into TBN
and all of us in a powerful new way!
At the time, I did not realize the great law of God that
we had triggered, but 35 years later I can see that we had
unlocked “THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN” (Malachi 3:10).
Jan and I are witnesses that from that day to this, TBN has
had more than enough to see this fl edgling little station
grow into a mighty worldwide network with over 12,000 TV
station and cable affi liates, fed by 70 satellite channels, as
well as the Internet! And not just one network, but nine great
networks: TBN, The Church Channel, JCTV youth channel,
Jan’s Smile of a Child network, plus Spanish, Italian, Arabic,
Russian and Farsi networks! To God be all the honor, praise
and glory world without end — Amen!
Well, I got carried away with one of the greatest miracles
our God gave us in these awesome 35 years! I nearly forgot
the other reason for this historic month of February 2009. As
most everybody knows, on February 17th the old standard
of analog TV goes off forever! The “NEW THING” is now
DIGITAL TV, and your TBN has been forced to build 35
new digital station transmitters at about one million dollars
each! Isn’t it interesting that we build 35 new stations in our
Jan and I are asking you, our veteran Partners, to
put God’s word to the test — vow a vow and watch God
open the windows of heaven for you just as he did for Jan
and me those 35 years ago.
God knows how much we love you and bless you for
making this great Voice possible in Jesus’ precious Name!
P.S. “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and
new things do I declare: before they spring forth shall I
tell you of them”! Isa. 42:9 KJV
Dear partners, I have asked Paul Jr. and our Vice
President of Engineering, Ben Miller, to show you in this
newsletter the options you have to receive TBN and in many
areas all five of our domestic networks free through-theair!
Read it carefully and if you still have questions, email
Comments@tbn.org, or go to www.tbn.org and click on
the “DTV Answers” banner, or the “Don’t Lose Your TBN