Posts Tagged ‘Christian TV’

THANK YOU, SKY ANGEL!

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

Well, my friends, the time is all-too-near when we will no longer have the blessing of convenient access to the wealth of programming Sky Angel has brought into our homes for many years. I recall how excited I was that day (I think it was in the early 80s) when I saw a full-page ad in a Christian magazine for the new Sky Angel satellite service. I could not wait to find out what I needed to do to bring all that programming into my home, and then take the steps to make it happen!

Back then, the Christian TV offering was limited to a few early-morning ministry broadcasts on the weekend and maybe one or two weekday programs, and Christian radio was mostly one local station, or maybe a low-signal station in a nearby town. I recall searching the radio dial to find a station, any station that would bring biblical teaching into our home. There was no choosing a favorite station format or listening to radio via a crystal-clear signal. I was grateful for everything that was available, but when Sky Angel came along, I reveled in having so many choices! In those early days, my favorite trick was setting a 5-minute recurring recording for each of my favorite programs, thus utilizing the satellite receiver to automatically change the channel to my next “favorite” program all day, every day. It was like setting up my own custom Christian station…sweet!

When the IPTV service started, I added an FM transmitter that sends Sky Angel audio to radios in every room in my house, even the garage. And I am able to keep a remote on my nightstand and change the channel during the night without leaving my comfy bed. It’s been a blessing beyond words!

We are losing some features I will really miss…having so many TV and radio offerings accessible in one convenient, readily-accessible format…being able to choose from all the faith programs that were broadcast over the last 48 hours…even the simple convenience of having a program guide that consolidated all program listings in one place for quick reference. In today’s increasingly godless culture, I’ve concluded that we need to take in biblical truth and uplifting, family-friendly programming at every opportunity, and these are features that made it easy to do so.

Can I still find a way to watch a favorite TV broadcast or listen to a ministry’s daily radio program? Yes I can, for much of the programming at least, but it will take a lot more time, effort…and intention. Not to mention adding additional equipment and setting up a variety of alternative means for accessing the programs. The truth is, because of its all-in-one-place format, Sky Angel made it much more likely, for me at least, that I would take the time to “feed” myself a steady diet of excellent, edifying TV and radio program content. Thank you, Sky Angel, for making that possible over the years!

My friends, I know you share my sadness at what we will lose when Sky Angel ceases broadcasting in a matter of days. Like you, I’d be so delighted if it just were not so! But even as we lose the Sky Angel offering we have enjoyed, let’s not stop being intentional about feeding ourselves—there are solutions. For those of you who are current DISH NETWORK subscribers, and those who may decide to become DISH subscribers now—I pray you will be richly blessed by Sky Angel’s Angel One, Angel Two, and KTV (Kids and Teens Television) channels that are part of the DISH lineup. Be sure to visit Sky Angel’s Facebook page for information about the programming that will be offered on these channels, and take advantage of everything they offer—we see now how important that is! If you are a senior adult like me, I know you can remember the days when we didn’t have any Christian TV channels at all—thank God for all those, like Sky Angel, whose mission vision is to keep on working to make the gospel available to all! May God go before them and give them success!

I have started a Facebook group where we who will soon be “former Sky Angel subscribers” can discuss ideas and share solutions that will help us all to continue enjoying our favorite faith and family-friendly programming. Today’s technology opens up so many exciting possibilities! Please come join the conversation! You can find the group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristianTVInfo/, or simply search Facebook for “Former Sky Angel Subscribers” — I hope to meet you there!

And once again…thank you, Sky Angel, for using the power of technology to impact our lives for all these many years! Only eternity will reveal all that God has accomplished in so many lives! May we continue to cross paths as you keep on with your vision to reach many with the gospel!

Sky Angel iPad App

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I must sound like a broken record, mentioning again how much I like the Sky Angel iPad app! My main reason for subscribing to Sky Angel is to have convenient and constant access to a smorgasbord of faith programming choices. I find that on both the WebTV and the iPad app, I can jump around very quickly to check out programs, including programs that were on anytime during the 48-hour playback window. The iPad app is so well-designed and user-friendly! Easy to start, stop, and change channels. I can easily use a slider to move through programs within the 48-hour playback window. Frankly, I use the iPad app more than I use my two IPTV Sky Angel boxes, although they certainly have function for me as well.

Do you know that you can get Sky Angel WebTV for $14.99/mo., then add the iPad app for $5/mo.? And you can start watching on these two platforms in minutes without any equipment. Sky Angel offers these two programming options with a 48-hour tryout basis and, of course, no subscription requirement.

I have come to believe that in today’s godless culture, we who are Christ-followers need to take in a steady diet of biblical truth, not only in our daily devotional times, but also throughout the day. Technology is inert–it can be used for good or for evil. You can be sure that the enemy seizes every opportunity to use technology to take us down a destructive path–let’s take advantage of the ways the Lord provides opportunities for us to strengthen and encourage ourselves in the Word.

There are a number of ministry programs I watch regularly, and it’s so easy to access them whenever I have the time to watch/listen. I also find it very encouraging to listen to testimonies of God’s work in people’s lives. Many programs offer that kind of encouragement, including James Robison’s “Life Today,” Cornerstone TV’s new “Real Life” program, and many others. When I finish listening to or watching quality Christian programs, I often think of the difference between investing my time in something that will stay with me and positively impact my life and others–as opposed to scanning through TV channels just looking for something that will entertain me for the moment and have no lasting impact.

I hope everyone is enjoying this Christmas season! Thank God for His Son–His Gift! too wonderful for words! (2 Cor. 9:15)

Road to Emmaus

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Have you ever wondered how it was for Jesus’ disciples and followers during the time between the resurrection of Jesus and when He returned to heaven?

Road to Emmaus is a video which covers that very time period. It is a very well done video; you really get the feeling that the scriptwriter paid close attention to the biblical text and, more importantly, was led by the Lord in putting it all together. Also, the acting was superb.

The feeling I had at the end of the video was, He did His part — He trained His disciples, and then He died for their sins; and now it is time for our part — now it is time for us to be about the work of the Lord.

This is a great video; I highly recommend it. And it’s only 1/2 hour long!

You can find Road to Emmaus under Video on Demand / Movies / Vision Video.

Creation Ministries International

Saturday, October 19th, 2013

I always enjoy watching shows about creation from a scientific perspective. This is the kind of show that Creation Ministries International shows on Sky Angel.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013 I saw a very interesting program about Charles Darwin on the CMI program. I saw it on the NRB channel, channel 181, at 12:00 AM.

The program was very detailed and gave lots of information about Charles Darwin and about those who had an influence on him. However, the thing I liked about this program was that it gave the entire story from a Biblical perspective; in other words, it pointed out when Darwin believed something other than what the Bible taught.

If you were a scientist and knew about Darwin’s theories, my guess is that this program would pique your curiosity. After seeing it, you may in fact question the validity of Darwin’s theories, because everything was presented in a scientific way. I believe that that was exactly what the producers had in mind, to get people to question Darwin, rather than simply accept what he said.

I encourage you to watch future episodes of Creation Ministries International’s programming.

Christian Royal: In the Potter’s Hands

Friday, August 30th, 2013

I just saw a wonderful episode of Joni and Friends called “Christian Royal: In the Potter’s Hands”. It was about a young man with Down’s Syndrome named Christian Royal.

When Christian was a child, the schools didn’t know what to do with him, so his parents kept him at home and taught him there. One day they discovered that he had a love for pottery, so they took him to a potter, where he received lessons in making pottery.

I don’t want to tell all of the details, but let me just say that Christian has become a master potter whose creations are loved and purchased by many people.

If you hurry, you can catch this episode on channel 179 - The Liberty Channel. It was on the evening of Thursday, August 29, 2013.

(In case you miss it, you can catch it on the Joni and Friends website:
http://www.joniandfriends.org/television/christian-royal-potters-hands/)

Christian’s website is http://christianroyalpottery.com/.

Don’t miss this one. You will be very glad you watched it.

The Miracle Worker

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The Miracle Worker is the story of Helen Keller, that is, when she was a little girl.

Helen Keller became blind and deaf when she was very young. In order to make her happy, her family indulged her. But this caused her to become a very spoiled child.

Not knowing what to do, her father inquired around and wrote letters. He soon hired Annie Sullivan of the Perkins Institute for the Blind.

I don’t want to tell the whole story, so I’ll stop here. But let me encourage you to watch The Miracle Worker. You will be glad you did.

You can find The Miracle Worker in Video on Demand / Movies.

Exploring Sky Angel: NRB Network

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

I am enjoying the programming on the NRB Network on this Lord’s Day. I just finished watching “Christ in Prophecy,” and NRB also carries the one-hour version of “Turning Point” with Dr. David Jeremiah’s teaching and “Grace to You” with John MacArthur. The NRB Network’s website’s listing guide includes detailed episode information for the various programs:

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I plan to spend some time over the next week or so checking out NRB programs I have not yet watched. This could become my favorite faith channel!

The Torchlighters: Perpetua

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013


The Torchlighter series is a group of videos distributed by Voice of the Martyrs. It tells the story of some of the people who have been martyrs in the history of the Church.

In the early days of Christianity there was a lady named Perpetua. She came from a well-to-do family who lived in Carthage, part of the Roman Empire. She became a Christian and soon was jailed for it. She was martyred by the Romans in AD 203, because she refused to recant her profession of faith.

This video tells her story of the time she spent in jail, of her refusal to recant her faith in Christ, of the effect her faith had on others, and finally of her martyrdom.

I encourage you to watch Perpetua. You will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith. You can find it in Video on Demand / Movies / Vision Video.

The Torchlighters: Richard Wurmbrand

Monday, July 29th, 2013

After World War II, Romania became a communist country. It became illegal to preach the true gospel; pastors were required to be members of the state church and preach messages which were approved by the government.

Richard Wurmbrand left no doubt where he stood. He went to a public meeting of pastors and church leaders and denounced this sell-out by the church to the government. As a result, he became a marked man.

It wasn’t long before he was put in prison for his faith. His wife and son were also persecuted.

He spent many long years in prison, staying faithful to God the entire time, in spite of horrendous torture and beatings. He was then released.

He started an organization called Voice of the Martyrs, which gives assistance to persecuted Christians everywhere.

You will be inspired by this story. You can find it in the Video on Demand section under Movies / Vision Video.

Harlem Grace

Monday, July 29th, 2013

I just saw a great little video called Harlem Grace. Harlem Grace is about a Harvard-educated lawyer, Joseph Holland, who decides to serve God and give something back to the community by setting up his law practice in Harlem. He tries to reach out to people, but no one seems to want to hear what he has to say. He then realizes that he could reach out to homeless people. Thus begins his journey into ministering to homeless men in Harlem.

If you’ve been wondering what you can do for God, I encourage you to watch Harlem Grace. You just might find that there’s something that you can do for God.

You can find Harlem Grace in Video on Demand / Movies / Vision Video.