Lame man Lessons

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Recently I had the opportunity to teach two bible classes at a local Christian school. There is quite the age and maturity difference between sixth graders and tenth graders, but the bible has a wonderful way of relating to both. Acts chapter three was the bible passage being discussed with special attention being paid to the scene around the healing of the lame man. Read More

Run Your Race; Win Your Race

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It’s so easy to slide into the routine of wishing we could be more like someone else. We get tired of the same ol’ us and we wish we were more like this person or that person. It can happen to the best of us. I’m not faulting you. The problems is that we are unique. Every little thing about us is unique! Your darn right we are! Our DNA, looks, personality, fingers and toes and the list goes on. There is no other YOU on this planet. And this planet needs you. Desperately! Read More

Life in Brazil isn’t all a Carnival

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*This is the first in a two-part series on Brazil.

I didn’t plan on being in Brazil during the world famous “Carnival” season. As a typical American, I thought that Carnival was synonymous with Rio, but I soon learned that Carnival happens all over Brazil. Here I was in the 2nd biggest Carnival city, Recife. One day my host was taking me to a nearby restaurant, and there was a huge traffic jam full of people on their way to the celebrations in a not so near beach. Welcome to Brazil during Carnival! Read More

Facing Eternity

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Recently I got a call from Gateway Jewish Ministries to visit a Jewish man in Frisco hospital who had terminal cancer. Many had shared with him and been praying but no one had been able to lead him to his Messiah. They told me he had possibly only hours to live and would I be willing to go. Of course I agreed, it was about a one hour drive to get there. Read More

In the Tent of a Refugee

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For many years now, the Middle East has been on my heart. Newer to my line of sight is the current refugee movement. I say refugee movement, rather than refugee crisis, because as a community, we feel strongly to refer to this as such. We have been inspired to use this wording because we do not want to give agreement to the alarmist worldviews but instead are agreeing with a Kingdom-view, that God is on the move, and He is creating a movement of peoples for His greater glory! And this past month I have been privileged to not only witness, but to also play a part in that greater glory as we reached out to the refugees in Greece. Read More

I wish you were my daddy!

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¨I wish you were my daddy!¨ She nonchalantly said as she hugged Ronald goodbye. It  was a day like any other. We had known Jasmine and her family since she was little older than a toddler, and spent many hours with her an the children and youth in her neighborhood in the Lima shantytown of Pacifico.  Jasmine and her sister had been there, four years ago to see Ronald and my relationship turn from friendship into romance. She had been to our wedding, and she´d seen us become parents. She treated our daughter as her little sister, and we thought of them as part of our family. Read More

Missions & Poverty

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It seems like the words “missions” and “poverty” have always been synonymous with one another. At least culturally, people seem to conclude that most missionaries are poor financially and their main outreach or ministry should be to the poor of the nation they are serving. While it is true that most missionaries are dependent on donors for their financial support, it does not make them inherently poor. It is also true that many missionaries focus their ministry efforts on the socioeconomically poor and poor in spirit, but this does not paint a complete picture. To see the realities of the missionary and those they serve, we have to dig a little deeper. If we don’t, the word poverty will serve as a general, sweeping term that may not fairly or accurately depict the missionary or their work. Read More

Missions & Winning!

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One of the greatest challenges of any missionary is overcoming a results based mentality. I have to raise a certain amount of money, I have to lead this many people to Jesus, I have to write this many newsletters, I have to post this many times on social media. The list can go on and on. Not to long ago I heard a famous pastor pose these questions, “So what does a WIN look like for your church and/or what does WINNING look like for your ministry on a weekly or daily basis?” While I believe those are great questions, I also feel like it has the potential to lead us down an unrealistic path. Let me expound… Read More

Missions & World Urbanization

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I’m one of those that prefer being out in the rugged bush land trouncing in, over, around and through Gods wonderful creation. Most of my missions upbringing was spent in the rural settings of Mexico, Haiti, Ghana, Laos, Cambodia and of course, China. Good friends of mine and missionaries with 30 years of experience in China have even pegged western China as the “Last Frontier”. If you have spent anytime around missions, you have heard the grave stories of eating bugs on sticks, grilled dog or cat and things pulled from the ocean that you can’t readily identify. Yep, it’s one of the great things about missions and one of the things that has endeared itself to me. No, not the nasty food, but rather the rough, rugged, tough settings where missions can take you. It’s where advancing God’s kingdom and adventure meet together and produce unforgettable experiences and memories. It’s a wonderful thing, but there is this one little problem… The world is becoming one HUGE city! Read More