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The Top 5 Lies Christians Believe About Evangelism

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According to a study released this year by Barna Group – an organization that studies religious trends in the U.S. – a growing percentage of Christians believe that evangelism is optional. If my conversations on the topic with fellow believers are any indication, the reason an increasing number of them believe they can forego sharing the Gospel is because they don’t believe they are (or can be) equipped to do it effectively. This is a lie – one that is founded upon other lies, some of which I have written about in the past. For those who have not read my previous articles on this topic, here are the top five lies that I have observed to be the biggest hindrances to Christians living evangelistic lifestyles. Read More

A Girl and Her Bags

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We had just finished a packed two days, meeting a Board member for Lifeway Haven (Recovery home we work for). After two days of meeting his family and sharing testimonies of how we came into our relationship with God, it was time to return to Lifeway. Our directors drove us there and we returned tired and ready to unpack and settle back into our routine. About five miles from where our car was left, we all noted a young woman sitting on the side of the road. Her head was buried in her hands and she was surrounded by about six bags of luggage. It was HOT and it appeared she was stranded. Read More

The Living God

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Have you ever heard someone share a testimony about their personal experiences with God and ask yourself: “Did this actually happen?” Or have you read a story in the bible and questioned if the miracles could occur today? For years I asked God this question: “Do You still perform miracles today, like you did in the bible?” Read More

Fostering & the Challenges of the “System”

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This past month I met with a foster dad to talk about some of the difficulties his family is facing with their foster children. This particular family is open to the idea of adoption, and their commitment to these children has been inspiring: they’ve remained consistent in contact with the birth family, reached out for various counseling and therapy appointments, scheduled doctor’s visits to supplement the extra needs that their children have – all things that don’t really come to mind when talking about being a ‘foster parent’ causally. Fostering a child is more than just having a child in your home because, at least for a time, there are extra appointments and needs that have to be addressed. Read More

The Battle for Our Universities

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“This is the biggest prayer and worship meeting at Columbia University!” boasted the young Muslim student.

“We have priority to pray in this room every Friday at noon,” he continued. We knew it wasn’t a “coincidence” that the room we booked for our prayer meeting at Columbia University was double-booked with Jumu’ah (the global Muslim prayer meeting which happens every Friday at noon). Our team watched as a stream of 200 Muslim students and professors filed through the door, rolling out their mats for prayer. Read More

All Inclusive Gospel

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I just returned from a mission trip to Romania where I was helping prep and establish a new base plant alongside many other amazing missionaries. Some of these amazing friends had already been on the ground for almost a year, others were experiencing their first overseas adventure. All, ready for the feast Jesus had set before us. For me it was a sweet homecoming, returning after a few years to Romania and encountering the sights, the smells, and the atmosphere this intriguing land has to offer. There is something so satisfying in that perfect place Jesus has for you, at the moment of time He has destined you to be there. Read More

Prayer Transcends Party Lines and Transforms Government

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One year ago, God began to turn our world on its head as He started to speak about His heart for our government in Washington, D.C. After five years of serving as missionaries in California, God uprooted us and sent us to our nation’s capitol with the burden to pray for our government. While we had been praying generally for America and revival for years, it was clear that God was getting our attention in an extremely specific way to begin to intercede for the leaders of our nation. Read More

Strategic Access

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“You are different. Never have I met a person with kindness inside of them.” Sammy didn’t speak great English but I knew he was seeing Jesus in me. I was there as a businessperson and I expected the life, love and light of Jesus within me to be a witness. However, there was a threat if certain ones knew I was a Believer. “Tell me about what you believe?” He was genuine, openly interested. My hesitancy unintentionally provoked even greater curiosity with Sammy. I knew it had to be him asking the questions. Read More

The Girl Who Used to Have Cerebral Palsy

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Huge News About Ruby…

Almost exactly 3 years ago Sarah and I were sitting down with our social worker with a burden on our heart about the heroin problem in the Cincinnati area. We told our social worker about our desire to open our home once again in hopes to do what we could do for heroin-exposed children. While requests in foster care are not at all how the system works, our social worker heard us. A short time later, little Ruby Geneva came to us, 3 months old and 10 lbs, skin peeling but her feisty little smile beaming. (Ruby is the one in moms lap stealing the show in the above picture) Read More