An updated version of Acts 14:19-23: But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of … Continue reading What if Paul Planted Churches Like We Do Today?
Where do you start after taking almost five months off from blogging? The last time I posted a blog was May 7. We had been in Nebraska for a full month and were neck-deep in fundraising. Time was at a premium. Blogging was not a priority. It’s appropriate, I think, to share my thoughts about transition and God’s faithfulness in the midst of it. The past year for our family has been one giant transition (you can read about its origins here and here). No transition is easy. And ours doesn’t feel over yet. But isn’t transition—and the enduring nature of … Continue reading In Transition, God is Enough
Inspired by Philippians 4:10-20 Dear Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel, We have greatly rejoiced in the Lord because it’s very clear you are concerned for us. Indeed, you’ve always been concerned for our well-being. You’ve showed it in various ways. Yet you didn’t always have opportunity because our needs weren’t always tangible. Sometimes they weren’t even noticeable! Our need now is for prayer and financial partners in our new ministry. But this need is not burdensome. Even if it were, we’ve learned how to be content in any situation. We know what it’s like to struggle. We know what it’s like to prosper. In all … Continue reading A Brief Message to Our Ministry Partners at Grace Chapel
[Through Jesus we have received] grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6) The first Christmas was a mission trip. The mission trip of all mission trips. Jesus left the comforts of his home in heaven to come here, a foreign land. Why did he come? It was for nothing less than to inherit the nations as his own possession, drawing all men to himself. In the opening words of his great letter to the Romans, … Continue reading Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations
Thanks for joining me today, as I interview the Apostle Paul again to help us better understand Philippians 3. Let’s get started.Paul, thanks for joining me again. Can you tell me why you wrote Philippians 3:2-17? To write the same things to the Philippians is no trouble to me and was safe for them. Okay, well I love a good review, too! Any other reasons you wrote this section you’d like to mention? [I want them to] look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. Paul, you are fired up! Why? … Continue reading An Interview with the Apostle Paul on True Righteousness
A song by Johnny Cash, taken from the Apostle Paul: O Death, where is thy sting? O Grief, where is they victory? O Life, you are a shining path. And hope springs eternal, just over the rise, When I see my redeemer beckoning me. Oh row my ship over the waves of your sea Let me find a safe port now and then Don’t let the dark one in your sanctuary Until it’s time to pack it in O, row, row my ship With the fire of your breath And don’t lay a broadside on your ship as yet Blow … Continue reading “1 Corinthians 15:55”