English: “What’s Going On?” February 2017

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

Mary and Joseph as Marriage Counselors?

The mother and earthly father of Jesus probably never intended to have careers as marriage counsellors. But authors Robert and Pamela Crosby say Mary and Joseph became just that—not that they set up an office practice—but that they led by example. The Crosbys point out Bible passages about the parents of Jesus—perhaps overlooked in terms of marriage advice—that show the ways their marriage worked. The authors share their observations with Paul Ladd. The interview will run on Your New Life Station on Sunday, February 12, and Monday, February 20.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim, the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim is that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Daylight Time (CDT) is five hours behind. When some parts of the world return to standard time for the winter, Eastern Standard Time (EST) is five hours behind UTC, and Central Standard Time (CST) is six hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time all year rather than daylight time. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.

You can also use this website www.worldchristian.org or our listener website, www.knls.org to hear the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. But music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In January, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Alessia Cara, One Republic, Starley, and the Veronicas.

Souder & Friends

Larry Souders tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. February will feature classic S & F segments that lean toward the fun side of S & F including kazoos, a car show, the human bottle opener, and the heartwarming story of people who are not handicapped, but handi-capable.

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

Upcoming Reports for February 2017:

If you’re a pilot and looking for work—you might want to spend some time in Alaska. Dermot Cole reports on The Last Frontier’s pilot shortage and the increasing use of drones to compensate for the shortage.

Alaska is a land of volcanoes. Dermot also reports about the eruption of the Aleutian volcano Bogoslav.

FM radio is going out of style in Norway. Kelly Ann Monahan reports about the new digital technology that’s replacing analog FM.

Kelly Ann also reports about a new super flash drive (which is super expensive) and the recent recognition of a previously-unrecognized organ in the human body.

U2 will perform, for the first time, at the Bonnaroo music festival in Manchester, Tennessee, USA. Marcy Bryan has details about the iconic rock group’s 2017 world tour.

Marcy also examines the Biblical roots of the Syrian civil war and the war’s effect on individual families.

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) is using more assertive methods in its efforts to locate intelligent beings outside our planet. Should we be worried? Doug Poling reports on Today’s News & the Good News.

Doug also reports about an ebola vaccine that works.

Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movie A Dog’s Purpose and the Vessels album by 21 Pilots.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Believers’ Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Promises with Bob Borquez
  • Questions that Deserve Answers with Larry Souder
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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