Tag: Mission

Witness Well

A Fragrant Gift is One that is Prompted by Love

The Apostle Paul expressed love, care and concern for his former congregation while awaiting trial in Rom. Out of thanksgiving for the special relationship he had with each member, he pours out his heart in thanksgiving for the prayerful and financial support they have given him. “Yet it was good of you to share in …

Gary Haugen on Just Courage: Changing the Darkness

Gary Haugen is founder of International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights agency that rescues victims from violent forms of oppression, including slavery, sexual exploitation, trafficking, police brutality and illegal property seizure. He recently wrote a book entitled, “Just Courage: God’s Great Expedition for the Restless Christian”. The following are notes I took during …

A remedy for those times when we are feeling anxious

Is your life right now characterized as being anxious? I have many positive and fond memories of being a graduate student. My wife and I lived in a small apartment in student housing. I recall enjoying my classes and the professors, teaching tennis and golf, playing golf often with my wife, and enjoying the nice …

A Prayer to Uncover the Mystery of Christ

Everybody likes to read a good mystery. Notice that several of the dramas on television are crime-related and involve a mystery. Through a process of uncovering clues and interrogating key witnesses, the truth is ultimately uncovered and the mystery solved. The truth of the gospel can also be considered a mystery – especially for those …

A Prayer for Energy and Power to proclaim God’s Word

In our busy and hectic lives, we easily grow weary of tending to our spiritual needs. Where do we find the energy and the time to share God’s Word with others? Where do we receive the inspiration? Perhaps the life and ministry of the Apostle Paul gives us some clues. Paul’s ministry centered on the truth that …

Are Christians Too UnChristian?

Many surveys have reported how young people place a high degree of importance on walking the talk. They look for value in the life being lived more than the words being expressed. The Barna Group has comes out with reports from surveys that convey startling beliefs and actions among Christians in American today. In a book, “UnChristian” …

Defining A Man’s Pursuit for Greatness

Jesus told the disciples, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”  (Mark 10:43-44) When we consider great men throughout history, we tend to think of them as talented over-achievers who accomplished great things. Is being considered “great” a common desire among all …

A mission-minded prayer to use my circumstances for His glory

Difficult, even tragic events will come into our lives causing us to question their purpose. A young man bold in his witness of the resurrected Christ was silenced forever by the stone-throwing religious zealots. This tragedy shook the young Christian church, but God used this event for a greater purpose. The death of Stephen launched the first …