Month: April 2015

A Healthy Reminder

The last few months I’ve been taking the time to really focus on my personal health.  No, thankfully I don’t have serious medical concerns right now.  However, I have struggled with seasonal depression almost every winter for the last several years.  So to combat this and up my game, I joined a local gym, started eating more nutritious food, started sleeping more, and really brushing those teeth, flossing too!  I’ve even treated myself to the occasional massage! While I know that these things are important to my long term and personal health, I inexplicably struggle with guilt whenever I...

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Seasons

Why is it said that it is often the darkest before dawn? Why do we read about the turn from ashes to beauty in Scripture? Why is it that the rainbow follows the storm? I think of Christ’s death and resurrection as this same “mystical” phenomenon. A mysterious wonder that Scripture portrays as sort of just the way life is, physical or eternal. A baby is born a sinner to be offered a gift of redemptive life. A child becomes a better reader, after she has trudged through the dreaded hours of phonics. A teenager finding their thrill in...

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Committed to Truth: A Challenge to Missionaries at Home and Abroad

As missionaries, we are called to protect truth. Sound teaching, rooted in biblical truth, is essential to ministry. However, since living abroad in the mission field, I have seen a pattern of “evangelism” coming into countries while claiming to proclaim the gospel. Upon closer observation the messages are filled with the idolatry of prosperity. This message produces fast growing congregations of insecure consumers of the gospel, rather than free and forgiven servants. On the other hand, I’ve also found circles of missionaries teaching doctrine that closely resembles pagan tantric worship based on work, special words or prayers; a form...

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Celebrating in the Joy We Have in Christ

As Christians, we are promised Joy as a result of living a life centered on the truth of God’s love for us. “These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.” John 15:11 We find in the Bible that when someone chooses to live a life in accordance to God’s word and love, they produce “fruit” or attributes as a result of the Holy Spirit working within them to change their heart to a heart that reflects God’s own heart. Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the...

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Ridiculous Faith…

…precedes miraculous results. Scriptures: 2 Kings 4:1-7, John 2:1-11 Read it on Bible Gateway here. As we bridge the gap between the Old Testament and the New Testament today, we are looking at how God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and… how miracles come through some ridiculous preparation. The two passages this morning have more than just miracles in common. In 2 Kings, we see a desperate woman asking for help for her household. She is told to gather jars. And so you find a desperate woman gathering jars with her sons. That’s… ridiculous. If you stopped the story...

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