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    The Missionary’s Goal

    He…said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem…” —Luke 18:31

    In our natural life our ambitions change as we grow, but in the Christian life the goal is given at the very beginning, and the beginning and the end are exactly the same, namely, our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him— “…till we all come…to…

    The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

    You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am ….I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master… —John 13:13, 16

    To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of my heart and…

    The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose

    Now the Lord says, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant… —Isaiah 49:5

    The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to glorify God…

    Legacies of Love

    I was paging through my great-grandmother’s Bible when a treasure fell into my lap. On a small scrap of paper, in a young child’s handwriting, were the words, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted” (Matthew 5:3–4 kjv). Scribbled beside those verses in wobbly cursive was my mother’s signature.

    My great-grandmother had a habit of teaching her grandchildren to write Scripture verses so they would learn them and take them to heart. But the story behind this verse brought tears to my eyes. My grandfather…

    Missionary Weapons (2)

    Ministering in Everyday Opportunities. Ministering in everyday opportunities that surround us does not mean that we select our own surroundings— it means being God’s very special choice to be available for use in any of the seemingly random surroundings which He has engineered for us. The very character we exhibit in our present surroundings is an indication of what we will be like in other surroundings.

    Missionary Weapons (1)

    Worshiping in Everyday Occasions. We presume that we would be ready for battle if confronted with a great crisis, but it is not the crisis that builds something within us— it simply reveals what we are made of already. Do you find yourself saying, “If God calls me to battle, of course I will rise to the occasion”? Yet you won’t rise to the occasion unless you have done so on God’s training ground.

    Heaven Rejoices When The Lost Is Found

    If you’ve ever lost and then found a wedding ring, a passport, or a family pet, you probably remember the relief and joy you felt when you recovered what was lost! And today on Discover the Word, the team concludes their weeklong study on “The God Who Pursues,” as we discover the joy God has when […]

    God Is Actively Seeking The Lost

    God is actively seeking those who are lost! And today on Discover the Word, the team will give us a new perspective on the radical lengths to which God will go to find those who are far from Him. It’s part of series titled “The God Who Pursues,” and you can hear it today on Discover the Word!

    A Powerful Love Story

    It’s often said, that “seeing is believing.” So today on Discover the Word, see how one of the Bible’s most powerful love stories reveals that the God we follow is “The God Who Pursues”! It’s a story of betrayal and forgiveness, faithlessness and reconciliation. Get a new vision of God’s radical love for the lost when you […]

    We Have Great Value

    Imagine you’re running late for your first day at a new job and you’ve misplaced your keys. You’d turn the house upside down to find them! Because the more important something is, the more intense the search is to find it! And today on Discover the Word, the team will show us that God intensely pursues […]

    “The God Who Pursues”

    What’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about God? Well, today on Discover the Word, the team considers how our God is “The God Who Pursues.” It’s a brand-new series of conversations that focus on Jesus’s parable in Luke 15 about a lost sheep, a lost coin, and two lost sons. Be part of the Discover […]

    Dedicated to Love

    As a convert to Jesus Christ, Nabeel Qureshi has written books to help his readers understand the people in the religion he left. His tone is respectful, and Qureshi always displays a heart of love for his people.

    Qureshi dedicated one of his books to his sister, who has not yet put her faith in Jesus. The dedication is brief, but powerful. “I am begging God for the day that we can worship him together,” he wrote.

    We get a sense of that kind of love as we read Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. “My heart is filled with bitter…

    Living Out Loud

    While staying at a hotel in Austin, Texas, I noticed a card on lying on the desk in my room. It said:

    Welcome

    Our Prayer is that your stay here will be restful

    and that your travels will be fruitful.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you, and make

    His face shine upon you.

    This card from the company that manages the hotel made me want to know more, so I accessed their website and read about their culture, strength, and values. In a winsome way, they seek to pursue excellence and live out their faith in the workplace.

    Their philosophy reminded me of Peter’s words…

    Side by Side

    In ancient times, a city with broken walls revealed a defeated people, exposed to danger and shame. That is why the Jews rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem. How? By working side by side, an expression that can well describe Nehemiah 3.

    At first glance, chapter 3 might appear to be a boring account of who did what in the reconstruction. However, a closer look highlights how people worked together. Priests were working alongside rulers. Perfume-makers were helping as well as goldsmiths. There were some who lived in nearby towns and came to give a hand. Others made repairs opposite their houses.…

    The Babushka Lady

    The “Babushka Lady” is one of the mysteries surrounding the 1963 assassination of US President John F. Kennedy. Captured on film recording the events with a movie camera, she has proven to be elusive. This mystery woman, wearing an overcoat and scarf (resembling a Russian babushka), has never been identified and her film has never been seen. For decades, historians and scholars have speculated that fear has prevented the “Babushka Lady” from telling her story of that dark November day.  

    No speculation is needed to understand why Jesus’s disciples hid. They cowered in fear because of the authorities (John 20:19)…

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