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Visitors to Joy Christian Radio

Our “Share the Joy” celebrations are always lots and lots of fun and fellowship!  This past April , we had Cub Scout Pack #562 from Tullahoma paid us a visit, and they had some wonderful things to share with us!  Enjoy!

Our next Share the Joy celebration is scheduled for November 2-6, 2015.  I can’t wait!!

New Custom Jingle for Joy Christian Radio

Recently, Terry Tidwell (writer of “God will Make this Trial a Blessing”), along with his wife Vickie and James Fuller got together at the studios of Joy Christian Radio for an interview and recording session.  Here is one of the wonderful things that came as a result of that meeting!  OUR NEW CUSTOM JINGLE!

How well do you know your Bible?

How well do you know your Bible?  It seems the average American is Biblically illiterate, according to a study from Barna Research.  CBN News did an article on this some time back that I stumbled on, and it is eye opening!  This article was based on and  inspired by that news story from CBN News:
Some Christian leaders say this generation is the most Biblically illiterate in history. The problem: young Christians are guiding their lives by popular culture instead of Scripture.  The consequences are devastating, not just for the Church, but for society as a whole.  CBN News spoke at random to young people on the beach:
CBN News: Can you name three of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope.
CBN News: Can you name one of the 10 commandments for me?
Young Man: Nope
“Can you name the first book of the Bible?” they asked another young man.  “Testament,” he replied.
To a young woman, they asked, “Do you think you can get to heaven by doing good works?”
“I think there are pearls in heaven, like a bonus point, you know,” she replied.  Americans Biblically Illiterate
It’s clear that many Americans — including Christians — don’t know their Bible.   Just look at the numbers from this recent Barna Survey and study:
More than 60 percent of Americans can’t name either half of the Ten Commandments or the four Gospels of the New Testament.
Some 80 percent including “born again” Christians believe that “God helps those who help themselves” is a direct quote from the Bible.
31 percent believe a good person can earn his/her way into heaven.
And, most self-proclaimed Christians don’t believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit actually exist.
Although the Bible is very clear about the sinless nature of Christ, 22 percent believe that Jesus sinned while he was on the earth.
“I don’t think he was sinless altogether, no,” one young man said about Jesus.  “What do you base your belief on,” we asked. “My opinion,” he said.

Now, if you are wondering how this has impacted our society, just read the news.  School shootings.  Legalized homosexuality and homosexual “marriage.”  Homosexuals in our society being hailed as “brave” and “leaders” who announce their homosexuality publicly.  Christians being ostracized and pushed back into the four walls of their churches while being forbidden to practice their religious beliefs in public.   Businesses and individuals being forced to buy insurance that includes items that violate their Christian beliefs such as abortion-causing drugs.  All this, and I’m just getting started.

So, what do we do?  It’s simple, actually.  We read the Bible and pray.  A genuine relationship with Christ will make a difference in your life, and in the lives of everyone you come in contact with.  Then, it will spread to others and the Christian nation we knew and loved will return.  But, only if we do what the Bible says to do.  2 Chronicles 7:14.

You are loved with an everlasting Love.  Jesus died for you, and He lives in Heaven making intercession for you even now.  Why not give your heart to Him right now?  It will be the best thing you have ever done in your entire life.
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Ed Smith

2013 in Review

I hope and pray that each of you reading this has a wonderful New Year and that 2014 finds you closer to God than you’ve ever been before!

As I reflect over 2013, I first realize that today is the one year anniversary of our residence in Tullahoma! I can say that I couldn’t have asked for a better or more wonderful year! Although 2013 was very challenging at times, God was always by our side and always made provision for us. Relocating ourselves and Joy Christian Radio simultaneously was a huge challenge that took an entire month to complete, but God helped us to accomplish it, and the work of building our new studios and setting up our new home was in full swing by the first of February. As the year progressed, many obstacles and even attacks of the enemy of our soul came, but God always provided a way out and the defense necessary to stand against the forces of evil that tried so hard to stop our work and mess up our lives. In spite of the obstacles, attacks and setbacks, Joy Christian Radio was able to accomplish several wonderful milestones. God helped us to put another station on the air in early September, to sell our final “investment” station and use the proceeds to upgrade our computer and on-air systems during the summer months, to create and put the Bible Talk Network on the Internet, to accomplish the renewal / repair of our main transmitter at Tullahoma giving us a signal that reaches every part of our licensed coverage area, and to end the year with a 25 Days of Christmas celebration that was among the most successful promotions we’ve ever done! Add to that the multiple and countless calls, letters, emails, Facebook posts and messages, personal contacts, visits and the many other ways that people contacted us to let us know that the radio ministry was a blessing to them plus all of the financial support we received to help us carry on our ministry work and you will see the abundance of God’s blessing. Also, you will quickly have to admit that Himself had God opened up the doors of Heaven and poured out that blessing that He promised throughout the year that we couldn’t even contain. Yes, indeed, 2013 was a banner year for us personally and for Joy Christian Radio.

God is Good. We are abundantly blessed, and we look forward to another year of God’s blessings as we proclaim the Gospel of Christ to our world. Remember that you are loved with an everlasting love…and we love you, too. Happy New Year everyone!

Ed Smith, Joy Christian Radio

Transmitter Follow Up

God has worked a miracle for Joy Christian Radio!

Over the Thanksgiving holidays, a large donation was made that completely covers the entire cost of refurbishing our ailing transmitter at Tullahoma!  We are rejoicing over God’s provision and His blessings!!  Also, the company that we purchased our used transmitter from just a short two months ago has provided us a loaner until we can get repairs done!  We are hoping to be able also to repair the used transmitter to use as a backup!!  God is good, and He has blessed our ministry!

Thank you to all who prayed and to the generosity of the anonymous donor who made this wonderful gift to our ministry enabling us to get our Tullahoma signal back up to full power!

In Our Master’s Joyful Service,

Ed Smith

Our Ailing Transmitter

Our Ailing Transmitter!

Our Ailing Transmitter This Crown Transmitter is the “original” transmitter that came with the station when we first acquired WLYJ, 88.5FM in March, 2012.   It has failed due to age and component fatigue, and we have exhausted our “temporary” transmitters.  We had a burnout of the “used” transmitter we purchased a short two months ago; then we had a burnout of my small FM transmitter that had previously kept us on the air.

Currently, we are operating at a very low power of 200 watts, and although we sound really good locally, the signal is not getting out very far.

Will you help us get the “light” of this “lighthouse” bright once again?   Help us to reach people with the Gospel that COULD hear us if this transmitter was on the air right now!

Contribute today to the TRANSMITTER REFURB FUND!!

Liars

I am more and more concerned about the greatly increasing numbers of liars who call themselves Christians these days. A person much more wise than I said, “a person who will lie to you will also steal from you.” So very true. The practice of lying about just about anything anytime is rampant, and this practice seems now to be no longer a major concern of Christendom….at large.
It hasn’t been that many years ago that it was very rare in American society for one to lie to a “man of the cloth” or to the church at large. Not anymore. The Church and its Clergy were respected in America. Not anymore. Many in government now laugh and scoff at the very idea of a Christian who genuinely loves their Savior and who actually put into practice that which they hold near and dear to their hearts. Those who actually “practice” their faith are ridiculed and lied to on a regular basis; cheated in business, damaged in ministry and run down in reputation. “It’s just business,” they say. Now, these liars are cheating God’s Ministry on the very same level that they lie and cheat all others in society; even more-so in some cases as they laugh and mock the very Christians and ministries they lie to and steal from.
It is sad, but it is true that when our souls are compromised by a lying tongue and a stealing heart, that same compromise ends up engulfing the entire society. Our society is sick with sin, sick with liars who abound. People who lie first to themselves, then to others. We’ve lost our integrity and character while compromising it on “just business.” Compromised all morals in the name of the almighty dollar. Compromised our very soul in the name of “profit.” America is sick unto death unless a cure is introduced soon.
The saddest part of this whole scenario is that the cure for liars and sinners has been here all along….but, now even government is barring us from talking about that cure in many public places. We must PRAY. We MUST speak up! We MUST live our faith. Only Jesus Christ can deliver America now, and that will only happen when Christians stop compromising, repent of their sin and turn once again to the Savior! God help us to have a REVIVAL!!!
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Excitement ahead for Joy Christian Radio!

OCTOBER / November, 2013 NEWSLETTER
From the Desk of Ed Smith,
Founder / President Joy Christian Radio

I bring you greetings in the matchless name of our wonderful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I trust that you all had a wonderful summer and the Fall is wonderful as well. Joy Christian Radio has enjoyed the blessings of the Lord this summer, and we have a lot to be thankful for! I would like to share some of our blessings, but first, I would like to mention our Fall “Friend Raiser!”
It is hard to believe this much time has passed, but it has!! Late October is the time to begin our Fall “Friend Raiser!” We do this twice a year; once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Our entire operation here at Joy Christian Radio is dependent on our listeners for prayer and financial support. We believe this is the operational model that God led us to employ, and He has blessed His plan through the years!
Joy Christian Radio operates our fund raising efforts in a very different manner than most other radio stations, in that, we don’t have a “one week, wall-to-wall, do-or-die effort” that absorbs an entire week of “regular” broadcasting; nor do we have “eternal begging for money.” Instead, Joy Christian Radio splits it up over a longer period of time, and we don’t preempt much of our regular programming! You see, we operate under the premise that whatever God gives us, He will make it work to keep us alive. He has always been faithful to follow the model He gave us, and it is a joy and a thrill to watch Him at work. One highlight of our Friend Raisers is that we have “open house,” when we invite our listeners to come to our headquarters and spend some time here getting to know the operations of the network and so that we might have the opportunity to get to know many of you! This Fall, we will have three “open house” celebrations here at our headquarters in Tullahoma, Tennessee between now and the end of the year. Please refer to the “event calendar” for the specific dates for these activities.
This Fall’s Friend Raiser, as always, is more targeted towards making friends, renewing and connecting with old friends, and connecting with our listeners. It is a lot of fun and a wonderful time of ministry! We will present our budgetary needs for the next six months of operations, and we have a very special and much needed project that we would like to see accomplished. I hope and pray that you will begin now to pray about what the Lord would have you do this Friend Raiser season!! Be a part of this ministry! You are our family! We so very much want to see the world have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Christ, and radio is reaching many for Him!
We will be searching for volunteers to assist us throughout the Friend Raiser season. If you are interested, please call Marie at 931.222.1633. No radio experience is necessary, and no broadcast experience is necessary. Plus, if you tell us that you don’t want to be on the air, we will honor your request!
Here is just a tiny tip of the iceberg of improvements that God has blessed us to be able to accomplish this summer: 1) We overhauled our computer system. That’s no small task! New file servers, new FTP server, new “play-to-air” machines, new production machines, and a new Internet-only radio network! 2) We overhauled our “live” broadcast system and remote control unit. Again, no small task. 3) We started “Bible Talk,” the brand new Internet-only Bible preaching and teaching network! And, we’re already got listeners!! 4) We installed a “new” (actually used) FM transmitter at our WLYJ, Tullahoma station!! It is wonderful! Our signal here at headquarters is much improved!! So, HELLO TO MANY WHO COULDN”T PICK US UP PRIOR TO THIS!!! We are thrilled to have you join the family!!
All of this was made possible because God blessed us to be able to close on our final “investment” AM radio station early this summer! For those who might not be aware of this, Joy Christian Radio was built on ingenuity and a lot of “blood, sweat and tears.” We are NOT money people; never have been, never will be. Instead, I used the talents God gave me as a broadcaster, engineer, operator, manager and “flunky” to acquire “troubled” AM radio stations for little of nothing, fix them up, get them on the air producing some income and sell them for a profit. This money was used to operate our young and growing network and to invest in stations that we wanted to “keep,” such as WLYJ, WLYG and WLYY!! (That’s Tullahoma, TN; Centre, AL; and Copperhill / Blue Ridge, GA if you are unaware of our stations!). All of the proceeds of our station sale this summer were used to purchase the equipment I mentioned.
We used every penny that was donated from the Spring Friend Raiser to operate! And, we were able, for the first time in our history, to use every penny of the investor station sale this summer on equipment! We’re so thrilled! It has been in the past that we would have to use a large portion of our station sales to operate, but not this time! So, we are greatly improved in quality of operations and are now poised for some real growth and improvements that you will love in the months to come.
One more detail and I will let you go. For those of you who are new to our Friend Raisers, we “clear the board” and start over each time! So, if you pledged a monthly amount that is not yet finished, please just keep on keeping on! But, you can let us know if you want to continue to do it again for another six months if you feel led to do so, and I pray you will! Last time, we had a church that jumped in with both feet in support of Joy Christian Radio! Their faithful support has provided a very large portion of our operational funds each month through a monthly love offering, their members who have broadcasts on Joy Christian Radio, and those individuals who support monthly! I am praying that other churches catch the vision and follow the Godly example set by this church! God is already blessing their faithfulness! The response to their outreaches on Joy Christian Radio has been very good, and I pray it gets better. Pastor, will you pray about discussing NOW with your church the idea of supporting this MISSIONS ministry? Never thought of us that way? Well, you should. Joy Christian Radio reaches people that nobody else can reach. And, the “Inspiration for your family and Information you can trust” coming from Joy Christian Radio is second to none in our area! I am very excited about the Friend Raiser!! Please join us!!
In Our Master’s Joyful Service,
Ed Smith

A Thought for Cheaters and Usurpers….Don’t do it.

One of my pet peeves is using the line “it’s just business” as an excuse for cheating others in business matters.  Christians should not ever be engaged in such behavior, but, sadly, it is a common occurrence for people of God to lay aside their convictions and beliefs in order to cheat someone in business, or cheat on their taxes, etc.  There is nothing that demonstrates more clearly the ungodliness that lives inside their heart than when it is displayed openly under the guise of “it’s just business.”

This is a warning to those who cheat others while ignoring their own convictions of the Gospel, especially to those who would cheat or take unfair advantage of a Church or other bona fide Ministry:

“Those who cheat or take unfair advantage of others in business, no matter how they may prosper on this earth as a result of their evil deeds, will eventually pay for their treachery.  Especially, when it is God’s Kingdom work that has been cheated or taken unfair advantage of.  Those usurpers who, in that manner gain profit from God’s Kingdom will themselves surely shall not escape God’s Wrath for their evil deeds, for their evil deeds most always carry eternal consequences.  When a usurper successfully uses a Church or Ministry for personal gain, that usurper could well find that he has the blood of untold numbers of souls on his hands as a result of the consequences of his evil deeds.”

It is much better to live the Christian life one professes in all things, including business matters, than to ditch our trust and commitment to Christ in the name of “it’s just business.”

“Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. — James 5:1.

Joy Christian Radio – What’s in a Name?

Joy Christian Radio.  That name is more unique that most people realize.  Yes, there are many different “Joy” Radio’s out there.  Joy AM’s and Joy FM’s.  Joy Radio this and Joy Radio that.  But, there is only one “Joy Christian Radio” in the nation, and we are it!  We own all the Internet domain names of that designation, including the .com, .net and .org.  We were the very first in the nation to use the name “Joy Christian Radio” as our name and logo.  So, when you say our whole name “Joy Christian Radio,” you are speaking of us.  So, please be sure you say our whole name when you refer to us.  We are “Joy Christian Radio,” and that separates us from the others.

So, how did we come up with this name?  Joy Christian Radio is a name that came to be over a few years of usage, experimentation and prayer / meditation on God’s Word.  I wanted a unique name that would identify who we are, and would also share our mission in one breath.  I have used the name “Joy Christian Radio” for about 30 years in various venues where I have worked in Christian Radio.

I first decided that I wanted to use the name “Joy” as part of our name because I always loved the concept of “joy” in the Biblical sense.  Based on the last part of the verse in Nehemiah 8:10 that says, “the joy of the Lord is your strength,” I knew that concept had to be incorporated into the name somehow.  I realized that the source of our strength is found in the Lord, and nowhere else.  As I pondered that passage over the years, I came to realize that the term “joy” does not equal the term “happiness.”  I realized that there are times that I’m just not happy about things!  Right now as I write this blog post is one of those times.  We just found out that the compressor at our station in Centre is blown and it will cost almost $4,000 to replace it, and our people at Centre cannot come and preach on Sunday afternoon in 85-90 degree heat in the building.  That thought does not make me want to smile!  This news and other news of a similar nature, quite frankly, causes me grief when I think of the financial struggles we are in the midst of as we try to get our new flagship station off the ground in Tennessee, and as we continue to await the funding to get our new station at Copperhill, Tennessee on the air.  I don’t think anyone could say this news made me “happy.”  With that in mind, I think we could all agree that there are times that we are not happy….for whatever reason.  But, this news didn’t steal my JOY!

JOY, on the other hand, comes from a source much deeper than ourselves.  True Joy comes from God above.  The very idea that the Creator of the Universe would even be interested in living in our hearts is enough in itself to overwhelm us!  But, there is more!  God actually loves us enough to die for us!  The thought that our Heavenly Father loves us enough that he has even numbered the very hairs on our head (for some of us, that isn’t too difficult to keep up with!) is a comfort and lets us know just how much He loves us!  Joy is not dependent on how you or I feel!  It has nothing to do with being happy!  I can be most unhappy and still have the Joy of the Lord in my heart!  It can be the absolute worst day of my life with my whole world burning around me and there is still that ABIDING JOY that comes from the Lord!!  Joy doesn’t leave when the world walks out.  Joy sticks around when all my strength is gone and picks me up when I fall.  Joy grabs me tightly by the hand when I am shocked and saddened by some terrible tragedy and whispers in my ear, “God is in control.  It will be alright!”  Indeed, “the joy of the Lord IS my strength.”

But, in order to use it as a name for our organization, I felt there needed to be more explanation.  I quickly realized that there is no genuine JOY apart from Christ!  The JOY that brings “peace that passes understanding” cannot be found in large bank accounts or huge homes or posh living arrangements.  No automobile or other mechanical manmade marvel can bring true JOY!  No power or prestige or fame can bring true JOY.  Only Christ can bring JOY and give the PEACE that passes our human understanding.  So, it was only natural that I would want to combine two words to name our organization!  “Joy” and “Christian,” to designate “genuine JOY from Christ” was the name that God gave me!

Joy Christian Communications, Inc (our organization’s legal name) was born and named after this concept.  Joy Christian Radio is a part of this special ministry that God Himself has raised up!  When we started out (and still to this very day), I didn’t have money or ability to buy or build radio stations that are valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars each!   I didn’t have the collateral to borrow that much money.  Joy Christian Radio is a perfect example of a ministry that God built from nothing into what it is today!  And, there is nothing super human or extra-specially talented about me.  I am just a man with a passion to tell others about the abiding JOY that comes from knowing Christ, and the determination to never quit until I’ve completed God’s mission for my life.

Joy Christian Radio was dedicated to Christ from her very inception, and continues to be so today.  Every piece of equipment.  Every radio station license.  Every transmitter and tower.  All of it belongs to God.  And, this is not a shrine to me or anyone else.  Every penny that comes into our hands in the name of Joy Christian Radio is used as wisely and efficiently as is humanly possible for the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ.  We have set up our non-profit corporation so that there is no legal way any of my family can ever personally profit from this ministry.  This is God’s, not “mine.”  I am not the “owner” of any of these radio stations.  God is.  We gave it all to Him, and we will never take any portion of it back.

So, we can come before you, our family, friends, listeners and supporters and declare to you that this organization is a good one to invest in and ask you to prayerfully do so!  As you invest in Joy Christian Radio, you are investing in souls and in the Harvest.  You are investing in a ministry whose mission is to passionately spread the Gospel of Christ and to be a source of edification, education and information to the children of God.  Yes, we proudly “sing to the choir,” and “preach to the preachers!”  All of God’s children need to be strengthened by the ministry of God’s Word, and Joy Christian Radio is about the Father’s business of doing just that.  Your prayers and financial support of this ministry is greatly appreciated, and we promise to never squander, waste or mis-spend God’s money.

May God richly bless you all as you prayerfully support this wonderful ministry that is touching hearts and lives wherever we go.

 

In Our Master’s Joyful Service,

Ed Smith

Founder / President Joy Christian Radio