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06 Feb

Promise, Risk Reward

“If our single, all embracing passion is to make much of Christ in life and death, and if the life that magnifies him most is the life of costly love, then life is risk, and risk is right. To run from it is to waste your life.” John Piper “Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.” Ps 119:140 Everything God does in history and for his people, he does through...

16 Jun

Our National Anthem

Our National Anthem: Envy or Greed? “Greed is good! Greed is right! Greed works! Greed will save the USA!” – From movie Wall Street –1987 “Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.” –David Livingstone Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor,...

05 Feb

Intelligent Mysticism: Feelings and Fellowship with God

“It is necessary for us to recognize that there is an intelligent mysticism in the life of faith…of living union and companion with the exalted and ever present Redeemer…he communes with his people and his people commune with him in conscious reciprocal love….The life of true faith cannot be that of cold metallic assent. It must have the passion and warmth of love and communion because communion with God is the crown and apex of true religion.” –John...

12 Nov

Its The Mission, The Mission, The Mission!

“We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand...

05 Sep

The Transforming Power of the Gospel

For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. (1 Thess. 1:4-5) The one truth that sustains us, that sends us to the end of the world, that keeps us going when in the midst of great darkness, that gives us direction when counseling people overwhelmed with deep pain, that give us confidence when praying for...

18 May

That Is Why We are Here!

“My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:2-3) Last Saturday, some of the village pastors gathered with me to select those who would attend our new ACTION Malawi School of the Bible. One of the pastors in the...

18 Mar

Doing the Impossible…by Teaching.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20  I love being a teacher. That is what I have been...

05 Feb

What a Privilege!

“Jesus replied, No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of heaven.” (Luke 9:62) It is such a privilege for me to be here in Malawi. Sure, I miss the water running all the time, the electricity being on all the time and the internet working all the time. I miss the football games and the basketball games and Rubios and Wendy’s and even MacDonalds, in my weaker moments. I...

14 Nov

Give Me That Book: A Synopsis

Give Me That Book, by Dr. Gary Rieben, will be released on December 1, 2013. A special pre-release price is being offered to orders  made by December 1, 2013. That price will be $22 dollars a copy, mailing expenses included. To receive your book at this price, send your check with your order to GMTB, Box 1045, La Quinta, California, 92247. You may also order by using the Paypal link found at “Book Sales” on the front page of this website....

04 Nov

Personality Tests and Missionary Candidacy

“Testing is a way to get at the truth sideways, and if you believe that the only way to get at the truth about another person is to administer a test, then you’re not only fooling yourself, but you’re also demonstrating a very negative view of mankind. You’re saying that truth cannot be determined by asking the subject, or those who know the subject, but only by asking a testing expert. (-George Dudley, President of Behavioral Science Research Press) Missionary candidacy...