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apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

apoLuo WORKSHOP CONTENT #001: apo…WHAT?

#1 in a series devoted to sending churches. The content of this post is adapted from BMW’s 6-hour apoLuo workshop. Numbered articles are intended to be read sequentially for maximum benefit. (This article originally posted in 2013 and is being published again for new readers that may have missed it.–Editor.) That’s apo-luo, not apo-luau. No…

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Witnessing Outside the Box

Witnessing Outside the Box

Early in the afternoon, I left the Hong Kong skyscrapers behind and headed into the nearby mountains with a friend I have been witnessing to for the last two years. We hadn’t gotten together for a couple of months so as we hiked through the jungle-like forest and sat beneath a towering waterfall, we caught…

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Can You Quote It?

Can You Quote It?

Can you quote the mission statement for your church? You are way above the average church member if you can.   The most foundational declaration about your church is the purpose statement (or, mission statement). This one sentence explains “WHY” your church exists. Everything else your church does should be built on this statement. Every…

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Daily Kindness Opens a Door

Daily Kindness Opens a Door

A young man in his twenties fled his home country to arrive in Europe. It was no easy trip. He fled on foot, eventually ending up adrift on the sea in a small, crowded boat. He and the others were rescued before the boat sank. He finally made his way to our home town. He…

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The Need for Discontented Christians

The Need for Discontented Christians

The Christian life is (or at least should be) a contented life. All needs, desires, and ambitions are satisfied by the Lord Jesus Christ. The prevailing thought, though, is that Christians are not content enough in their relationship to God through Christ because if they were, there would be no need to find sufficiency in…

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Patience Yields Eternal Reward

Patience Yields Eternal Reward

Sometimes we forget that ministry comes with deep costs. Sometimes it costs financially, but more often the costs come in a different form. For one woman, whom we will call Anna, neither shame nor ostracization were her costs. Instead, she found her greatest expenditure to be patience. Anna’s profession of faith came with an aspiration:…

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God, Bless the Missionaries

God, Bless the Missionaries

How many times have you heard the prayer: “God, bless the missionaries.”? How many times have you prayed that way? Obviously, missionaries want to be blessed, so please keep praying for that. But your prayers for missionaries could be a lot more specific. Prayer letters or updates from missionaries help you be more specific, but…

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Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Peace in the Midst of the Storm

As many of you know, Antigua was graciously spared from the eye of hurricane Irma passing through. Instead of the 180 mph winds predicted we received 50-75 mph. Instead of the 10″ of rain we only received 2.5″. Your prayers were answered! Although Antigua was spared, our sister island, Barbuda, was devastated. Pray for 1500-2000…

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Praise from Puerto Rico

Praise from Puerto Rico

Thanks everyone for your prayers! We and everyone that we know here in Puerto Rico is safe! Lots of opportunities now to serve and share. God answered prayers and kept us safe by redirecting the last half of the hurricane [Irma] northwards into the sea so we did not get the full effects of a…

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The Congregation As Missionary Recruiter

The Congregation As Missionary Recruiter

Note: This is the last of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. A third “domino pusher” is the people in the church. The entire congregation can get involved. There is a tendency to view the “call” into ministry as a solo act. Our independent spirit views going…

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