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Welcome. Here's What You Need To Know

Thanks for visiting our website, www.thomasterry.com. Before you browse the site, please click here to read more about our ministry with Cru and how you can help us use media to reach the world for Christ.

I’ve been in Christian media since 1983 working in radio, television, and the Internet in Arizona, New Mexico, Florida, Turkey, and Mongolia. Now the Lord is giving us a ministry with the Jesus Film Project that will have us involved in showing the Jesus Film on television stations worldwide.

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16 Leadership Lessons I Learned In Mongolia

I recently posted this list on Facebook about 16 lessons I learned about leadership during my time as President of Eagle Broadcasting Company in Mongolia. A few people suggested I expand on this list by telling a few stories about where these lessons come from. So, here you go.

Enjoy!

  1. If you love people, they will do anything for you
  2. Manage Loosely
  3. It's not about what you say or how you say it. It's about what the hearer understands
  4. Everything is personal
  5. You can never lose your integrity, you can only give it away
  6. You can never make a good deal with a bad person and you can never make a bad deal with a good person
  7. You don't have to win every battle to win the war
  8. As a leader you are a source of pride for your people. Don't disappoint them by acting common
  9. Stand for your principles and be willing to take a loss
  10. Embrace cooperation but never kiss it
  11. If you are a hired manager then keep this in mind, you are entrust with someone else's dreams
  12. Don't take credit, give credit away
  13. Build community amongst your staff. You are working for something bigger than yourselves. Let that vision unite you
  14. If you treat people badly they will behave badly. Treat people well and they will rise to the challenge
  15. If you want to know a person's true character, give him power. Grant high authority slowly, don't lavish it on someone all at once
  16. If you lead from behind it will come back to bite you in the butt
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Have You Answered The Ultimate Question?

No matter who we are we must find an answer to the ultimate question of life: "Who is Jesus?"

Why is this the ultimate question? Because Jesus made some extravagant claims about himself which, if true, can have a life-changing impact. And not just for individuals, but for nations, as history has shown.

When asked who Jesus is I come up with three answers that seem to me to be most important. If these things are true about Jesus then we must wrestle with what that means in our lives. Discovering who Jesus is is not simply an academic exercise. It is much more. So, allow me to give you my three answers and then three ways we must examine the claims of Christ if we want to see a radical change in our lives.

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How To Become A One Mina Man

Hello. My name is Tom Terry. Perhaps you’ve heard of me. I’m that guy in Luke 19. You know, the servant who hid away the mina that his master entrusted him with—the one mina man. Okay, so I’m not “that” guy. But I’ve felt like it quite often and I’m sure that you have too. If you’re a Christian then you’ve probably had the experience of feeling like you are not doing enough to build the kingdom of God on earth. In some cases what we feel is true and in some cases it is false. We worry and say, “I could never do that.” Or, “I’m scared of doing that,” to whatever it is that we might be asked to do with church, a ministry, or missionary. In fact, of all of the excuses I’ve ever heard or said about not doing a particular thing the biggest one, and the biggest lie is, “I could never do that.”

Instead of venturing out to take a risk in our service to God we plant our butts firmly on the couch, TV remote in hand, and use our excuse to entertain ourselves believing that since we’re “already in” when it comes to Heaven, so we don’t have to do much more. But, oh my friend, how wrong we are.

So allow me to help you become all that you can be when it comes to being a failure in God’s kingdom. I can do this because I’ve been down that road more than once. In fact, I’m down the road too often, even now. I’m an expert in this and I want to help you become the one mina man you were meant to be. First, take a look at the story of the one mina man in Luke 19:12-27, then I’ll give you seven sure-fire ways you can also become a one mina man.

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The All-Powerful God Of Limitations

Have you ever heard this one: Can God create a rock so heavy that even he could not lift it? Did you know that there is a biblical answer to that question? The answer is rather simple. Jesus collapsed under the weight of his own cross. The theological answer is that God could create such a thing when he submits himself to his own rules of creation as when he became a man, lived as a man, and died as a man for our sake.

When I first heard this question as a young Christians I was a bit perplexed. Does God have limitations? I always thought of God as being so powerful that he could do anything and that he had no limitations. But as I’ve grown in Christ I’ve learned that God does indeed have some limitations. And these limitations are remarkable in that they don’t take anything away from who he is. Rather, they encourage me that I’m involved with a God who is so utterly dependable because he is a god who does not, in fact, cannot change (Hebrews 13:8).

God is all powerful and all knowing and ever present. But he is not a God without limits. In fact, God has a few limitations. And these limitations should encourage us that we serve the real and true and living God. Let me give you five limitations of God.

  1. God is limited by his character
  2. God is limited by his power
  3. God is limited by his nature
  4. God is limited by his love
  5. God is limited by his words
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A Christian Response To The Crises In The Muslim World

This is going to be controversial. I’m going to say something about Hamas, ISIS, terrorism, and Israel—and you may not like it. I don’t know if I like it. But since when do we not declare a truth just because we don’t like it?

Once, when I was working in TV ministry in Mongolia, I was talking with a group of donors, telling them about the successes we were seeing in our TV ministry. At the end of my comments an elderly man named, Richard came up to me and said, “I fought in the Korean War. My regiment fought against a Mongolian regiment that was sided with the North Koreans.” He began to weep and said, “You have turned my enemy into my brother.”

There is a people group today that as Americans, we look at and say, “That is the enemy.” Who are these people? Middle East Muslims. Because of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the threats of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS, and more, we look at that area of the world, or that people group and we say, “That’s the enemy.” We see them not only as our enemies, but even as enemies of God as they seek to intentionally harm and kill God’s people (as we have seen happening recently in Iraq). Yet, as individual Christians we must keep in mind that their judgment lies not with us, but with God. It is our job to “love our enemies.” Remember the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans 5 which essentially says that while we were still God’s enemies, Christ died for us. Did you catch that? We were God’s enemies. Yet, he died for us anyway. We were his enemies in no less way as many in the Muslim world are today. God loves the Muslim world to no greater or less degree than he loves us, than he loves you. As Christians, it is our role to help turn our enemies, even God’s enemies, into God’s friends—even the ones bent on our destruction.

This can be a hard teaching to accept. It’s one thing to say that we love our enemies. It’s another thing to actually do it in a day-to-day, practical way. If the ISIS terrorist stood before you, ready to slit your throat, how would you express God’s love to him when he is an enemy seeking to destroy you at that very moment? Instead, should you hate him? It seems that we can have both emotions. To further complicate the matter, let’s compare these statements from the Bible:

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Together Through The Bible Returns

From 2007-2009 I hosted a popular television program in Mongolia called, Together Through The Bible.

Produced in a documentary style in both English and Mongolian, each week I taught on a variety of subjects, usually tied to Christian character and essential Bible truths.

Originally, the program was limited to ten episodes meant to be filler for an open slot in our schedule. But when it launched, during our first season the program was our highest rated offering, sometimes pulling five times the audience of our nightly news programming. We quickly extended the first season beyond ten episodes to fill out season one. Because the program was rated so highly we renewed for a second season. However, my duties as Managing Director of Eagle TV prevented me from continuing the program beyond its two-year run.

Hosting Together Through The Bible was a wonderful experience. I hope you find these programs useful to you in your walk with Christ. Click below to view any of the programs.

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Like An Eagle: Free Sample Chapter

Have you had the opportunity to read my newest book, Like An Eagle? If you haven't, then you might enjoy this sample chapter about some of our most controversial and difficult challenges in Mongolia with Eagle TV.

To purchase the book, visit Amazon for the paperback or Kindle versions.

Enjoy.


The News 

To say that Eagle TV was a Christian TV station is not really painting an accurate picture. I prefer to define Eagle at that time as a news/talk station with strategic hours of Christian programming. I’ll talk in a coming chapter about our Christian programming, but suffice it to say that it wasn’t anything like the Christian TV programming often seen in America.

Eagle TV built a reputation for being the most independent TV station in the country. Certainly, all of our news staff were Mongolians and they had their own personal political biases. But, unlike the other stations in Ulaanbaatar, Eagle TV was owned by an American nonprofit, AMONG Foundation. AMONG had no Mongolian political agenda in terms of supporting specific political parties or platforms. AMONG’s first concern was with sharing the love of Jesus with the Mongolian viewership. However, the station needed to earn its own income and there were opportunities to help contribute to Mongolia’s new-found freedom and democracy. So, when the station was originally founded, it had a dual purpose: advance Mongolia’s freedom and democracy through programming that advocated freedom of speech, press, and conscience; and advocate Christianity through originally produced evangelistic and discipleship-oriented Christian programming.

The news was not only our bread and butter. It gave the station a reputation that it couldn’t acquire otherwise. I lost count of the number of times I would get into a taxi or be in a store and someone would recognize me from Eagle TV. “Eagle TV is my TV,” they would say. “Only Eagle TV tells the truth.” What makes this remarkable is that Eagle never positioned or branded itself as “My TV” or as telling the truth. This was something that occurred at the audience level without any marketing push from Eagle. Never once did anyone tell me anything similar about any of the other Mongolian TV stations they watched. For many people, Eagle wasn’t just a TV station. It was almost an institution. When the station was forced to shut down in 2003, one person even came to our studio and wrote on the wall, “Eagle come back to us!”

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Robin Williams And Six Inescapable Truths About Sin And Depression

The tragic suicide of Robin Williams left Americans grieving for one of its most beloved entertainers. Soon, media outlets and social media were discussing depression, its effects, and its role in suicide. Some Christian bloggers took the position that depression is a sin. As someone who has experienced bipolar depression I have my own perspective on the issue. To be up front, never in my experience with depression did I ever consider killing myself. I had long before determined that murdering myself was a sin and a violation of God’s plan for my life. However, in 2008, for a period of several months, I was in a severe state of depression. I was mostly nonfunctional. My perspectives were all screwed up. I had a wrong view of myself, my family, my ministry, my life. Though I would not intentionally kill myself, I still wanted to die. If something bad had happened to me, then I would not have done anything about it. I would have let happen whatever would happen, even if it meant letting me die. I suppose that’s as close to suicide as I had ever come.

During my time of being treated by a doctor and going through counseling I was also reading books about how the brain functions, what it needs to stay healthy, and how certain mental disorders can permanently change the brain, literally causing physical damage to the brain. Everything we feel and experience centers on our brains. With our brains we experience the world around us, the world inside us (whether real or imagined), and how we feel about our experiences. If the doctor could come up with the right cocktail of medications we could alter my perceptions, minimize my mania and depression and get me thinking straight again. I was one of the fortunate ones. Finding the right mix, along with counseling, brought me back to a healthy mental state in a matter of months. For many people suffering from bipolar disorder the treatment can take years.

When I was suffering from depression I felt strongly that I was in sin. I reasoned that if I had faith in God and believed his promises that my depressive feelings were a failure on my part to trust God with my present and my future. Taking that view did not help me. In fact, it only made things worse. It became a spiral until I sank deeper and deeper into depression that kept me from functioning. But when I began to understand that the interaction of chemicals in my brain was a significant factor in my depression I reasoned that perhaps depression is not a sin after all. If I am prisoner to my body and to my brain how can I feel anything other than what my brain chemistry makes me to feel?

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Finding The Truest Expression Of Christianity

I recently watched an interesting documentary about four college students who took a trip to Europe for the purpose of discovering true Christianity. Entitled, Beware Of Christians, the college students went traveling about Europe to see how Christianity was practiced and what made it different from their American expression of Christianity. Their purpose was to try and discover what might be called “true Christianity.”

Near the end of the movie the four college students essentially came to a simple conclusion, the truest expression of Christianity is to love God and to love others. While I don’t want to necessarily invalidate their discovery, I find that there is a subtle yet foundational problem in their premise.

They went into the world for the world to change them instead of going into the world to change the world for Christ. 

It is true, in a large sense, that the greatest expression of Christianity is to love God and love others. But the greatest expression of loving God and loving others is itself two-fold: sharing the Gospel and sacrificing yourself for others. Without the Gospel going out to change the world the world remains lost in sin with no hope of eternal life. While it is true that you can travel the world, learn much, and thereby have your life changed, the purpose of our Christianity is not to have the world change us, rather it is for the Gospel to change the world. 

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