“SING TO THE LORD ALL THE EARTH! SING OF HIS GLORIOUS NAME! TELL THE WORLD HOW WONDERFUL HE IS…. SEND US AROUND THE WORLD WITH THE NEWS OF YOUR SAVING POWER AND YOUR ETERNAL PLAN FOR ALL MANKIND….” Psa . 66:1-2, 67:2 TLB
The psalmist concludes these verses with the very word that is bursting in my spirit as I write:
“PRAISE GOD O WORLD!” Psa. 67:5 TLB
Yes, I write this letter to you with “joy unspeakable and full of glory”! How could we have even dreamed what God was planning 38 years ago? As my mind reached back through those years, the Holy Spirit brought this most precious word to my spirit:
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and his ways past finding out!” Rom. 11:33 KJV
About three years ago, my son Paul Jr. came to me and said, “Dad, technology is changing our television world. The Internet is growing beyond anything we ever imagined. Very soon we will be watching TV via the Internet with not a few channels, but literally thousands of channels with the click of the mouse.” Back then I did not know the difference between “the mouse” from the cat! Bottom line, he went on to say, “We have to build a new kind of TV station, an Internet station, or we could be lost in an ocean of web information beyond our wildest imagination!
And so, iTBN® was born. But when I heard “the rest of the story,” my eyes glazed over with the knowledge that not only could all 10 of our networks be seen worldwide — we could also literally go back and retrieve and store virtually all of our TBN programs from the past!
So, three years later with a few petabytes into a “hard drive” the size of a small room, I got to throw a new kind of switch during the Behind the Scenes program, and with balloons, confetti, party horns, and the Hallelujah Chorus, iTBN® was dedicated to the Lord on September 15, 2011! We concluded the program with Bill Gaither’s choir singing, Precious Memories!
Ah, yes, how precious are the memories of your TBN. My mind did a rewind back to 111 Dyer Road and the day it seemed all was lost. A few of you “old timers” remember those miracles from 1973 and the birth of this great Voice. Jan’s and my future was literally ON THE LINE! We had signed personal guarantees for the $100,000 down payment for Channel 40!
The day and deadline had arrived. It was about 2:30 PM and the banks closed at 3:00 PM. Our volunteer staff were cleaning out their desks — it was over. Our dream of owning our very own TV station was dead. But guess what? Our God has been known to RAISE THE DEAD! HALLELUJAH! Yes, at about 2:30 in walked our miracle: Scotty Scotvold, a total stranger who had been watching the few hours a day we had been purchasing on Channel 40.
I’ll give you one of my little secrets. Whenever I get a little discouraged, my mind and memory go back to that awesome day! How can I ever doubt Him? Yes —
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been his counselor?” Rom. 11:34 KJV
Ah, dear partners, rest in His word that He will never leave us nor forsake us — “For lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the world [age]” (Matt. 28:20 KJV).
Dear Scotty is in heaven today — oh what a reward he will surely receive! He told me how God had spoken to him to bring a gift for the new TV station. He did not know that this was the absolute deadline — $100,000 or the deal was dead — and we were $35,000 short! After a brief word (at the time I wished it could be briefer), Scotty handed me a folded piece of paper — a check? Yes, A CHECK! And partners, as God is my witness, it was exactly $35,000! Ah, the doubters, the naysayers have reached me too late! I snatched the check from him and raced for my car. Our thanks would have to wait — it was about 10 minutes to 3:00! I broke all the speed limits — thank God the bank was not far. As I burst through the door of the California Federal Bank, I saw the clock: it was 5 minutes to 3:00! I knew very well where the escrow desk was — I had been depositing every penny there through that summer of 1974 and had reached only $65,000. Scotty’s $35,000 made it exactly the $100,000 that secured the purchase of what is now KTBN-TV and will be forever known as CHANNEL 40. The digital conversion has changed most of our 35 full power stations to different channels, and you may have a different cable or satellite channel, but our God has brought a mighty Voice to this world: Trinity Broadcasting Network, with 77 great satellite footprints and over 20,000 cable, dish and broadcast affiliates worldwide. Dear Partners, say it with me
“PRAISE GOD O WORLD”!
I have asked Paul Jr. to write a brief paragraph to help some of us “Internet helpless” (me included) how to access and explore iTBN®, the newest TV station for your TBN. I’m having fun watching some of our early Praise the Lord programs from the 1980s and forward. Paul Jr. tells us that over 10,000 hours of early TBN programs have been stored in that room-sized hard drive I mentioned earlier. But he goes on to say that many more hours are being stored, plus all of the current programs are being stored daily.
So, dear partners, where do we go from here? Only our God knows. I will conclude with part of Psalm 71, which is my prayer for my future:
“O God you have helped me from my earliest childhood — and I have constantly testified to others of the wonderful things you do. And now that I am old and gray, don’t forsake me. Give me time to tell this new generation (and their children too) about all your mighty miracles.” Psa. 71:17-18 TLB
Jan and I love you more with each passing year — it will be 39, next year!
Matt and Paul Jr. joined Paul on Behind the Scenes where he “threw the switch” to launch TBN’s new Internet station — iTBN!
On August 25, Paul and Jan celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary with YOU, our TBN family, and recalled God’s great miracles in the early days of the ministry.
- iTBN lets you relive those TBN moments over the past 30 years.
- iTBN is easy and simple to use.
- iTBN can be watched on your computer, iPhone or iPad.
iTBN® is the next generation of TV from TBN, the world leader in Christian television.With iTBN, viewers can watch many of their favorite TBN programs from the past 30 years. iTBN features a search tool for popular TV ministers and program guests. iTBN includes the 24 hour streaming programming from TBN’s five popular networks: TBN, Church Channel, JCTV, Smile of a Child and TBN Enlace. iTBN is available at www.iTBN.org.