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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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Funding Missions — Part 1

Funding Missions — Part 1

It takes money to do missionary work. It takes money to get to the field, stay on the field, work on the field and return from the field. This is true for both short-term missions and career missions. Since the dawn of the so called modern missionary era in the time of William Carey, most…

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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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Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Missionaries or Mercenaries?

Note: Originally posted October 2014. Deputation is a word that strikes fear into the heart of many people looking at the missionary enterprise. Some have said, “I wouldn’t go around to churches and people begging for money.” Others look at missionaries as people who can’t make it anywhere else so they go looking for well-meaning…

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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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I Think I Have a Training Problem

I Think I Have a Training Problem

Spending most of my career and ministry in education and training, I often hear “This person is not doing X. Please arrange some training for them.” After the training was delivered and generally well received, it was not uncommon that the person in question still wasn’t doing X. Obviously, training wasn’t the only issue. In…

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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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Achilles Heel

Achilles Heel

Note: Originally posted October 2014. According to Greek mythology, Achilles was a brave hero of the Trojan War. The story line is that his Mother, Thetis, attempted to make him immortal by immersing him in the river Styx. She held him by the ankle and dipped him completely. The only part not touched by the…

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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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