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    What is a Missionary?

    Jesus said to them again, “…As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” —John 20:21

    A missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. The great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. The source of our inspiration in our service for God is behind us, not ahead of us. The tendency today…

    True Satisfaction

    A professor, speaking during a symposium, shared that she flies a lot and is often bumped up to first class. While chatting with her seatmates, she sometimes hears variations of her life story—stories of people who’ve graduated from prestigious universities, taken the best internships, and landed top jobs. They’ve done everything the world told them to do, but many still feel empty inside.

    Submitting to God’s Purpose

    I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. —1 Corinthians 9:22

    A Christian worker has to learn how to be God’s man or woman of great worth and excellence in the midst of a multitude of meager and worthless things. Never protest by saying, “If only I were somewhere else!” All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made…

    The Proper Perspective

    Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ… —2 Corinthians 2:14

    The proper perspective of a servant of God must not simply be as near to the highest as he can get, but it must be the highest. Be careful that you vigorously maintain God’s perspective, and remember that it must be done every day, little by little. Don’t think on a…

    Real and Present

    A poll released in early 2017 revealed that nearly one in five Americans define themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” Though it’s difficult to nail down what exactly that means, the phrase generally reveals a person’s subjective sense of some higher power or essence but no commitment to any tangible religious tradition or community.

    Treasure in My Heart

    After reading an encouraging and inspiring passage from the Old Testament, I suddenly felt the urge to praise God. Finding myself bursting into worship was a beautiful, unexpected experience. Although my problems weren’t suddenly solved, I felt an immense peace and confidence in God’s presence with me.

    The Unheeded Secret

    Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world —John 18:36

    The great enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ today is the idea of practical work that has no basis in the New Testament but comes …

    Before the Great Ocean

    With his masterwork of physics, the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Isaac Newton changed our understanding of how the world works. He was able to describe and predict natural phenomena to a degree which had never been done before, and his principles continue to be used to this day. Yet Newton was never under any illusion about the limitations of his brilliance. Despite all he’d discovered, he admitted to feeling like “the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.” Even the great Isaac Newton knew he didn’t know it all!

    The Key to the Missionary’s Devotion

    …they went forth for His name’s sake… —3 John 7

    Our Lord told us how our love for Him is to exhibit itself when He asked, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:17). And then He said, “Feed My sheep.” In effect, He said, “Identify yourself with My interests in other people,” not, “Identify Me with your interests in other people.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 shows us the…

    Entertaining Angels

    During a hard time for my family, tears came to my eyes when Alabama’s hit song “Angels Among Us” came on the radio. The song describes how, in our darkest times, when we feel lost and alone, God can use the kindness of others to give us just enough hope to keep hanging on, to keep believing in a God of love. As the words washed over me, I was reassured by remembering how in the hardest times God has always reached out to me through others’ love.

    The Key of the Greater Work

    . . . I say to you, he who believes in Me, . . . greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father —John 14:12

    Prayer does not equip us for greater works— prayer is the greater work. Yet we think of prayer as some commonsense exercise of our higher …

    The Key to the Master’s Orders

    Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. —Matthew 9:38

    The key to the missionary’s difficult task is in the hand of God, and that key is prayer, not work— that is, not work as the word is commonly used today, which often results in the shifting of our focus away from God. The key to the missionary’s difficult task…

    The Key to the Missionary’s Message

    He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. —1 John 2:2

    The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing limitless about those. But—…

    The Key to the Missionary’s Work

    Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” —Matthew 28:18-19

    The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and supreme Lord over His…

    A Call to Community

    During the fourteen years I’ve lived and served in East Africa, I’ve had a few opportunities to join others on safaris. Typically, we’ve encountered large herds of elephants, Cape buffalo, zebras, and gazelles.

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