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New Testament History for Global Missions

There is confusion around “mission of god” or “missio dei” and the concept of being on “mission from God” or “with God” in this world. Really, until the 1900’s missions and mission meant the same thing. People simply went out seeking to reach all that would listen with regard to the gospel of Christ. In…

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Motive for Global Missions

As a new follower of I remember having a distinct conversation with God. The conversation sounded something like this “God, I will go anywhere as long as you don’t send me overseas to do any work, especially in Africa… amen.” That conversation stemmed from a place of ignorance, fear, insecurity and obligation. I don’t believe…

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Baptism Teaching

BAPTISM Water Baptism According to the New Testament Who Should Be Baptized? Notice three things the Bible Says: The people who heard Peter’s Pentecost sermon asked, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37)  He answered: “Repent, and be baptized…” (verse 38)  Their response: “Those who accepted his message were baptized…” (verse 41) “But when they…

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Communion Explanation

In out culture today we have the unique privilege of celebrating a special activity in the life of the church.  The Lord’s Supper.  Our goal as a church will be to regularly practice this celebration as a way of practicing our faith.  Traditionally this is done by passing & consuming of bread or a wafer…

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Psalm 3 | Deliver Me

Read: Psalm 3 Middle school is one of the toughest times for students and parents in the United States.   Children are transitioning from kids to young adults and with that change comes the feelings of inadequacy and insecurity.  These feelings pour out in various ways to be sure.  One way in particular is when bullying…

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Psalm 25 | Loneliness

Read Psalm 25 I travel to different place all around the world. Mainly it is connected to my work as a Pastor. In my time working in all of these different places I have experienced a great amount of joy… and sorrow. Joy in the way that I have been blessed to meet and make…

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Never Alone

I remember his face looked hardened. Cold at times. Mean. Every time I asked my dad what was wrong with him, my dad looked at me like I was crazy. He said, your uncle Jimmy is a very nice man. I remember saying “I don’t think so dad”! My dad’s warm laugh always made me…

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What is Diversity?

Simply stated… the word “diversity” speaks to issues of “difference” or the desire for these differences to create “variety”. This can happen amongst race, religion, food… you name it. Have you ever tried to define the word “diversity”? I have… I had the brilliant idea of simply stating “diversity” means “different”. I was wrong. Not…

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Beatitudes in Short

Matthew 5:1-12 is known as the “Sermon on the Mount” or the teaching on the Beatitudes. Have you ever heard o the word “beatitude”? It comes from the latin word “beatus” which is a combination of the word “happy” and the word for “blessed” in latin. Here Jesus is speaking to a crowd of people…

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Why is the World  Silent on Yemen?

Yemen Known by the Ancients as “Arabia Felix” translated as Fortunate Arabia, Yemen is now one of the poorest countries in the world. The country sits at the edge of the Arabian Peninsula and is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the north, the Red Sea to the West, the Gulf of Adam to the South…

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