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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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The Pastor As Initiator in Missions

The Pastor As Initiator in Missions

Note: This is the sixth of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. A previous post (Pushing Dominoes 8/16/17) used the metaphor of falling dominoes for preparing and sending out a missionary and the first person who could push a domino to start the process is the family….

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A Story of Millennial Sheep

A Story of Millennial Sheep

Not so long ago, there was a little flock whose future was in trouble. The shepherd worried that the young sheep were drifting away from the fold. Should he tether those young sheep to keep them from going astray? Should he tell them frightening stories about what lay outside the fold? The shepherd decided that…

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Pushing Dominoes

Pushing Dominoes

Note: This is the fifth of seven articles on becoming a sending church that started with “Cancel the Missions Program”. In Romans 10:13 we read that “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”. Paul then presents a row of dominos that must fall for this to happen. “How then will…

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Are the King’s Expectations Too High?

Are the King’s Expectations Too High?

Many in this country don’t think they are that bad. They might say they are just fine. I guess that may be true if you don’t believe in absolute truth. What is right for you doesn’t mean it is right for me – especially when it comes to spiritual truth. If there are no standards…

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The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey

The Longest Journey is the incredible story of two young Italian women whose greatest desire was to do good in the world. They entered convents and became Catholic nuns, but over time they found this path leading them away from fulfilling their desire to help the poor and to give true spiritual sustenance. Many decades…

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