Missions

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...

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...

12 Mar

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #3

I wish all of you could visit Malawi. It is called the “Warm Heart of Africa” and that it is. The people are so gracious and hospitable. We have been welcomed into their hearts and we feel like family. The other day the Chairman of Action Malawi Trust, our host, decided he had a “word from the Lord” for us. He decided that we should spend the rest of our lives in Ntcheu. Sarah could do the ladies ministry; Holly...

05 Feb

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #2

As you would expect, we are constantly adjusting to life in the midst of Africa. Sleeping under a mosquito net, having our water for baths and the toilets delivered to us on the heads of the locals, eating the Malawian cuisine, learning the language and the customs are a daily challenge. Everyday we experience something new. Every day we face new challenges. Everyday we become more Malawian. The people here are very warm and hospitable. They have set ways of greeting...

25 Jan

Prayer Diary From Malawi 2013 #1

“May those who fear you rejoice when they see me; for I have put my hope in your word.” [Psalm 119:74] When I left the pastorate, I prayed for three things: That the Lord would provide opportunity for ministry around the world; that He would provide the funds necessary for that ministry; and finally, where ever He would send me I would find people waiting and hungry for His Word. He has graciously answered all three. In...

07 Jan

Holy Heroes #9 Martin Luther: One Man and God

For the Scripture says to Pharaoh: “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Rom 9:17See how much he has been able to accomplish through me, though I did no more than pray and preach. The Word did it all. Had I wished I might have started a conflagration at Worms. But while I sat and drank beer with Phillip and...

10 Apr

Holy Heroes #5 Martin Luther: Assertions

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb 13:7-8 “I was born to contend on the field of battle with factions and with wicked spirits. That is why my works abound with war and tempest. It is my task to uproot the stock and the stem, to clear away the briars and under-wood, to fill...

28 Aug

Siritual Warfare #13 Unsung Heroes

 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should one like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” [Neh 6:11-12] “We are neither to give in, nor opt out. Instead we are to stay in and stand firm, like a rock in a mountain stream, like a rose blooming in mid winter, like a lily growing...