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03 Aug

When it is Pitch Black: Look up

“When we don’t know everything, we have to trust one thing: God is for us.” Romans 8:32 We will all experience dark times when we do not feel God close; when we feel like our way may not be ordered by God; or when the questions are more numerous than the answers. God has woven into the fabric of faith times when we are ignorant about what He is doing, or what we are doing, or what we should do next....

17 Apr

Death in us-Life in You

“Mission sooner or later leads into passion. In biblical categories…the servant must suffer…..Every form of mission leads to some form of the cross. The very shape of mission is cruciform. We can understand mission only in terms of the cross…” Douglas Webster “For we who live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:11-12) As...

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...