Category Archives: missions

Teachability Rides a Chariot

We live out our lives making decisions.  Many are like ‘forks’ in the road.  They are made and they shunt us in another direction.  Some are dramatic, we see very quickly that the road is going to take us in a … Continue reading

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The God of Coincidences

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.” 1 Corinthians 15:25 In the spring of 1995, I was taking my family across the border into Mexico to live. All we owned was what we … Continue reading

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Little Sin, Little Love— Much Sin, Much Love

 “Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.”   Luke 7:47  I have been a disciple of Jesus for almost 35 years.  But it seems that I really … Continue reading

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Suffering: Finding Some Reasons

“Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.” Hebrews 2:18, (NLT) “Whenever you meet someone who has really suffered; been limited, gone through things for the Lord, willing … Continue reading

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Making Pain Work for You, [Trials]

“Then they went back to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch in Pisidia. 22They encouraged the followers and begged them to remain faithful. They told them, “We have to suffer a lot before we can get into God’s kingdom.” Acts 14:21-22, CEV … Continue reading

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Riding the Underground, [with Jesus]

“And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ Mark 6:31, ESV Our Savior would never drive us … Continue reading

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Leaving a Wilderness [w/ A Lot of Help]

“Who is this coming up from the wilderness,       Leaning upon her beloved?”   Song of Solomon 8:5  _________________ Once while stranded in the Alaskan wilderness I almost froze to death.  It was cold, 20 F below zero. About 30 years … Continue reading

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