4 Verses for Cultivating Thanksgiving

The end of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving always puts a smile on my face. Two things stand out. In the midst of a Thanksgiving feast, Charlie Brown and friends have popcorn and jellybeans on their plates. Such simple food, but it makes total sense for kids to have these foods at Thanksgiving. They are being […]

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Diwali

The Hindu celebration of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, begins Sunday, Oct. 30th. It’s a five-day celebration that holds deep significance for your Hindu friends, neighbors and co-workers. Here are a few things to know about Diwali: Lights and firecrackers are everywhere during this time. Diwali is a bright and loud celebration. […]

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Mirages on the Mission Field

I truly believe that people give themselves to trust in whatever they believe will give them life. In a previous post, I discussed inordinate loves and the missionary. If our loves are misdirected then we misplace our hope. On the mission field, there are many mirages, or illusions that promise life but end up leaving […]

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Missionaries need the Bible

At the risk of being labeled Captain Obvious, let me begin with a simplistic yet important statement: Missionaries need the Bible. Ministry is fulfilling, but it is also hazardous. Language, culture, and new experiences of spiritual warfare compound these hazards for the missionary. In the midst of long days and nights of ministry, missionaries often […]

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Unreached: Unengaged

“Unreached, Unengaged, under-engaged, 4, 083 people groups, almost 3 billion people….” These terms and statistics refer to peoples living around the world that have little to no gospel influence in their community. While terms and statistics are helpful in quantifying the need and tracking progress, they are terrible at telling stories of real people. Stories […]

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Feeble Prayers in Our Chaotic World

Living in a new normal doesn’t feel so normal. The word tragedy is too much a part of my vocabulary these days. I have searched for other words, but tragedy describes best the world events constantly swirling around us. Istanbul, Brussels, Paris, Boston…the list could go on. We live in a chaotic and fallen world. […]

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What to Know about Ramadan

This year, the month of Ramadan is from June 6– July 5, 2016. What is it? Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims (those that identify with the religion of Islam). During this month, Muslims fast (one of the five pillars of Islam) from dawn until sunset every day. Each evening, the fast is broken […]

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Mission Trips: Keeping it in the Family

Q and A with Jordan Mathias: Missions and mission trips are nothing new to the Mathias family. My wife, Page, and I lived and served in the Middle East for a number of years. As a family now living in the US, we pray and look for opportunities to share the gospel with our neighbors. […]

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Living as an Everyday Missionary

Proclamation of the Gospel is central to living everyday as a missionary. Think of it in this way: God is on a mission to reconcile the world—people—to Himself. He has done this through the greatest news on earth…the Gospel, which is about the life, work, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Now we, who have been […]

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Today, Pray for a Missionary in South Asia

Today, pray for missionaries serving in South Asia. They have a handful of faithful churches in their area. Their team is training them to grow in their relationship with God as well as share and multiply into other churches. They’ve been there for over a year, and have seen a few people decide to follow Jesus! Also, […]

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