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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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Apoluo in South America

Apoluo in South America

Recently it was my privilege to take the APOLUO seminar that BMW provides to North American sending churches to a group of leaders in Villa Carlos Paz, Argentina. (Note: a search in this blog for “Apoluo Workshop” will result in several articles on the content of the Workshop). There were three church leaders in attendance…

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Many Religions

Many Religions

Hong Kong is a city where East meets West. Culture and ideas mix together or clamor for dominance. Religions, philosophies, and traditions compete for influence. Each morning as I walk out of our village, I pass the village altar for the worship of ancestors. At the altar, the villagers have left offerings and incense for…

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Roberto

Roberto

“Pastor Marcos, I want to lead the singing in church. I love music. I am a musician.” So said Roberto, a middle aged man in the all Hispanic congregation that I had planted some months previous to this conversation. Since I had basically been a “one man show” up to that point, leading the singing,…

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National Churches as Sending Churches

National Churches as Sending Churches

American churches and missionaries should encourage national churches in other countries to become sending churches so that they send their missionaries to fulfill the Great Commission. Especial consideration should be given to challenging national churches to send their missionaries to the places where American (or Western) missionaries cannot go; to unreached cities, unreached people groups…

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A Shocking Shopping Trip

A Shocking Shopping Trip

The furniture salesman was quite friendly. “What is your occupation?” he asked. I hesitated. His clothes demonstrated that he was not from my religious background. What would he think of me? “I am a Christian missionary,” I replied. Later in the conversation, the furniture man said, “I want to personally deliver your furniture; and when…

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Does Your Church Have an Acts 1:8 Culture?

Does Your Church Have an Acts 1:8 Culture?

A simple definition for culture is “the way we do things around here”. We accept things as normal when it aligns with our culture. It shows up in every facet of life… the way we eat and what we eat. The way we greet each other. The way we talk and the words we use….

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Beyond Christmas:  Remembering  Supporters

Beyond Christmas: Remembering Supporters

The Christmas season is a unique time. It combines intense busyness and stress with instances of reflection and sentiment. Searching for Christmas gifts creates a conflict of emotion that mixes the tension of finding the perfect gift with the joy of giving the perfect gift. For Christians though, it is a time to love God…

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Heartbreak and Hope on the Islands

Heartbreak and Hope on the Islands

High expectations preceded Michael’s fall—both his own expectations and those of his missionary mentors. A ministry student at Bible college, no one knew of his secret girlfriend and the sordid hotel tryst. Though he was smiling and singing as usual at church, his conscience nagged him about the hypocrisy of his double life. Miserable and…

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Mixing Bowls

Mixing Bowls

You could make a cake without a mixing bowl but it would be rather messy. Imagine blending the ingredients in the dirt or on your lawn.   It is clear from Matthew 28:19-20 that “making disciples” is the goal of the great commission. It is equally evident from the New Testament that the local church…

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