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Spiritual Grandfathering

Spiritual Grandfathering

As I walked through the busy streets of a densely populated Asian city, my mobile phone dinged, announcing a new text message. It read, “Good morning, Pastor, in this morning, I tried to lead my son to accept Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour, but I failed…” One week before, the gentleman who sent this…

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Divine Appointment in Disguise

Divine Appointment in Disguise

It was 1981. Bob and Cecilia’s hearts sank. The door was firmly and finally closed. No way would the remote interior tribe allow foreigners to live in their village. Fast-forward thirty years. Their chief, Antimu, lands himself in prison—for murder. A week later the fierce warrior leader is surprised to be visited by a white…

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When Oops! is Part of God’s Plan

When Oops! is Part of God’s Plan

The sound of a low steam whistle came from the street. I jumped up from my chair, knowing what that sound meant–snack time! I ran out and hailed the man on his blue motorbike, the back outfitted with a gas burner used to make steam. The steam comes up through a board with holes drilled…

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Seeing God’s Hand in a Taxi Cab

Seeing God’s Hand in a Taxi Cab

“No $500 bills,” the bearded taxi driver grunted in Cantonese. “You must have change.” A friend and I had just climbed into the taxi on the way to teach a Bible class. The taxi driver had no interest in conversing with us so my friend and I chatted in the back seat. Two days later,…

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Finding Freedom Behind Bars

Finding Freedom Behind Bars

Prison is a mission field in and of itself. One elderly Latino inmate was saved in prison years ago before being taken off death row. He learned to read, write and study. He has taught many men and led many of them to Christ. This man wrote: I only have a little time left (lung…

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A Murderer With No Sin

A Murderer With No Sin

“You’ve never sinned?” “No,” came the response from a man who had seen much in his 65 years. And that’s how the conversation went as he responded to each of the missionary’s promptings about lying, stealing, etc. After years of sharing the gospel, something happened that we never prepared for: we had finally found the…

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How Many Christians Does it Take?

How Many Christians Does it Take?

Do you ever wonder how many Christians it takes for one person to come to Christ? Consider the case of two school girls in Australia. Ruby and Charlotte met in junior high, and their friendship grew naturally. Ruby’s family had taught her the gospel from the earliest age, but Charlotte’s family had no interest in…

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Just Spectacular!

Just Spectacular!

That is what it was like recording the Farsi version of King of Glory. The whole week was energizing as we saw how the Lord pulled together a recording session that was first thought to be impossible. About three quarters of the way through the project, the person doing the recording stopped and said, “Now…

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God – the Secret Keeper

God – the Secret Keeper

A commonly used name for God is “Creator King.” However, the local tribal people we minister to believe His ability to create is not attributed to His uniqueness, sovereignty and omnipotence but rather His keeping of secrets. Here is one example: It is said, “When God was going to put Adam’s spirit into him, He…

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Little “Godly” Lies

Little “Godly” Lies

Whether they are identified as “white” lies or “little” lies, the truth is that we are all guilty at some point of succumbing to the engagement of them. That’s where one discussion went at a particular Bible study in the book of Hebrews. This particular study was made up of many unbelievers, and so few…

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