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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...

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...

17 Oct

ADHD and Meds: A Despicable War Against our Little Ones

   “If a parent forced a child to take alcohol, a depressant, in the mistaken belief that he was curing a “chemical imbalance” in the child’s brain, we would not hesitate to have the child removed from the home. Yet millions of children are forced to take mind-altering drugs in the equally mistaken belief that depression and other mental illnesses are biologically caused, for which there is not a shred of scientific evidence.” -Keith Hoeller, editor in chief, Review of Existential...

11 Oct

Hannah: An Awesome Work of Grace

I want to introduce you to an unbelievable work of God’s grace. Her name is Hannah. I met her at our orientation to Action Missions International this fall. She was a candidate to join ACTION and plans to go to Brazil as a missionary. She has already spent several months there. When you see Hannah you are tempted to think there is no way this precious life can make it on the mission field. Her jaw is squared and locked. She...

29 Mar

Prayer Diary from Malawi 2013 #4

“Gems from the Seminars” There is one thing that the Malawians do well. They can pray! When they take time to praise God and ask for his blessings it is like being in an old time Pentecostal revival. Everybody prays out loud, most with hands raised. It is a moving experience. One thing they don’t do well is apply Scriptures. I think the problem is less about arrogance and more about ignorance. They simply have not been taught the principles and commands...