As we continue to story of the survival and strength of the Russian Church in the early 1950’s… On the day I heard the story about that conference, I was able to visit with some young people. The younger ones were excited about the chance to meet a real, live American; they wanted to practice […]
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A story, which for me, contained a warning of how fast things can change in the world but more importantly in the Church. I read the following in a book on the Church overseas… The place is Russia in the early 1950’s when three charismatic pastors were organ sizing house churches. While they were experiencing […]
The completion of the Great Commission will include great suffering, but eternity will prove it is worth the price. There are three significant truths in that statement. 1> The Great Commission will one day be complete. One day, disciples will have been made and churches will have been multiplied in every nation and among every […]
We are thinking about what it means to be a follower of Jesus and to be involved in His mandate to “seek and save the lost” as we “go into all the world and make disciples.” We looked at the simple strategy of the Devil and the issue of believers who don’t take seriously the […]
As I travel and minister I encounter committed followers of Jesus who trust even His toughest teachings. They understand that anyone who wishes to save his life must first be willing to lose it. They are willing to take that risk because they believe that, ultimately, good will defeat evil. Love will finally overcome hate. […]
Early in my life as a believer I knew that God had called me, and every believer, to “go into al the world and make disciples.” When I read about God’s desire to reach the entire world with His love and grace, I quickly saw that I had a personal responsibility to fulfill that mission. […]
As I read through the New Testament – which I do on a regular basis – I always note something new or see something in a different light than the last time I visited the story or the passage. It has been true this time as well. As I have been reading the four gospels […]
I have been having a week of remembrance. Yes, it is Remembrance Day this week and, as always, I remember those who fought and died in the various wars my country has been involved in. The freedom I experience today is a result of their personal dedication and sacrifice. However, I am also remembering two […]
The second benefit of being a man or woman of character (Psalm 15) is found at the end of the psalm. After describing the person of character in detail (see Part One), the psalmist concludes, “He who does these things will never be shaken.” Now this is a benefit you don’t experience immediately. It’s something […]
Let’s turn from looking at the key relationship – intimacy with God – and look at our personal relationships. You’ve probably known someone in your past who pursued a relationship with you for all the wrong reasons. Once you got close to him, you realized he had a hidden agenda. Do you remember how that […]