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Sugar is not sinful in itself, but odds are the average person eats too much of it. This month we give up all manufactured sugars and artificial sweeteners, while retaining natural sugars like those found in fruits. When we fast manufactured sugar, we feast on natural sweetness. It helps us appreciate how much sweetness there…

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University students join our teams for internships, study abroad opportunities, and other educational initiatives. One such student (we’ll call him Jack) recently joined the training team in Egypt as part of our four-month semester abroad program. Jack is a bright young man with a huge desire to show the love of Jesus to Muslims. The…

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By Dick Brogden There is no long-term, incarnational, healthy, vibrant, wise, balanced, deep, heart-level mission without language and culture proficiency. It is possible to minister in a trade language; it is permissible to speak through a translator; and there is even limited good when we bumble along with a few phrases, big smiles, lots of…

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During a screen fast we give up movies, TV, videos, sports, social media, and entertainment viewed on or through an electronic device. We keep only what is necessary for work and ministry. Fasting TV and entertainment is a great opportunity to feast on reading. Perhaps you continue to use a Kindle or e-reader for Bible or book reading….

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An Arab pastor serving in a difficult context (and who has suffered much for his faith) recently spoke to our team. His passionate words gripped our hearts and challenged us to once again lay down our lives in surrender. He spoke a truth that we know in our heads but that is so often very hard…

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An image fast gives up obsessing over our looks in order to feast on what God looks like. An image fast relegates making oneself look good and concentrates on making Jesus look good. This could mean that you alternate two sets of clothing all month long or wear the same pair of shoes. It could…

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The Internet for all its convenience is a demanding master, a helpful servant but a cruel lord. This month we give up news, sports, personal emails, and any luxury the Internet provides, such as shopping. We retain the Internet for practical reasons like business, work email, and banking. If something happens in the world worth…

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July’s Kingdom fast is the Internet. Yes, the Internet. Which you are currently using. As with every month’s fast, feel free to participate with us for part or all of the month. For those who want to participate in July’s Internet fast but due to circumstances cannot close their computer and shut off their email for…

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One goal for our teams is that they will be multinational, multiagency, and multigenerational. A majority of our team members today are young and full of energy and excitement, which we love. Being multi-generational gives us depth and experience. Older people tend to lower emotional temperatures (i.e. kids may argue in front of parents, but…

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Giving up eating out or ordering food in is an opportunity to feast with family and friends. This fast is not about the reduction of spending on food, though that is not bad either. This fast is about feasting on the tranquility that the home is intended to provide. It is about growing in our…

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The best way to have prayer answered is to pray what God wants us to pray. We do that by praying the injunctions of the Bible. Pray the twelve kingdom prayers over an unreached people group. A one-minute prayer for each of the twelve kingdom prayers totals twelve minutes of prayer over that UPG. 1. Pray…

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By Dick Brogden I recently visited Mars Hill in Athens and I wanted to address something theologically as we work amongst the unreached. Acts 17 (which records Paul’s visit here when he addressed the Agora crowd) is often used as a hermeneutic against bold proclamation. But if you look back at the beginning of the…

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This is our final part in a series on Sabbath and it looks at what you should actually do on a Sabbath. As you can see, the four things are pretty general, and just as our Member Care team tells team members to make their Sabbath their own, so we encourage you to do the…

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The electronic age has made gaming an individual activity and turned it into an obsessive hunt for further levels of accomplishment. This month we relinquish video games, games on our electronic devices, even board games and card games in favor of more active outside or physical play. This month try to spend the time you…

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This is the second part of a series on Sabbath that our member care team shared with team members—four things that are necessary to keep a Sabbath. It is our hope that you will find inspiration in it for your own Sabbath keeping. 1. Faith The Sabbath has similarities to the tithe. First, Abraham, the…

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A report from a house church in the Arab world that takes an unexpected and humorous turn at the end. ***** We never cease to be amazed at all the Lord has done through these young believers. Some things blow us away; other things just make us laugh. A young MBB (Muslim Background Believer) has…

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The observation of a Sabbath is one key to healthy living in Jesus, and not just in the Arab world but wherever you live. Our member care team shared a series on Sabbath with team members and we wanted to share it with you. Here’s the first installment drawn from an article entitled “Four Reasons…

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The music that others have created for us is a gift, but if we are not mindful, we could forget how to make our own music to the Lord. If we are reliant on iTunes, CDs, or the radio for our praise, what will we do if those things are taken away? This fast brings us into…

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We recently passed along a list of do’s and don’ts for sharing with our Muslim neighbors with our team members. This list does not just apply to the Arab world, but to wherever followers of Jesus among Muslim neighbors. DO: Approach your Muslim neighbor right away and initiate contact with him/her (men with men, women with women)….

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Fasting from shopping gives up buying personal items that we can live without. It does not mean you stop purchasing food, gasoline, and daily consumables or stop paying your monthly bills. By limiting ourselves to only the essentials we realize how much we can live without, and this brings us into solidarity with the poor…

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Arabic is a difficult language to learn, but fluency is critical to God-glorifying church planting. Dick Brogden recently encouraged team members about the importance of language learning in church planting. ***** Hello, Live Dead Arab World Family, I wanted to send a short exhortation to those of you who are new to the field and still in…

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A caffeine fast helps us humbly realize how dependent we are on stimulants other than prayer and the presence of Jesus. This month some will choose to abstain sodas, coffee, tea or other caffeinated drinks. The intention of this fast is to help us realize our propensity to addiction and make us slower to criticize the addictions…

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One day while Jesus was in the middle of instructing His disciples on principles of church planting, a preacher came up to Him to make sure of his salvation. Jesus told him simply to love God and love his neighbor. Breathing a sigh of relief, for Jesus’ requirements seem simple, he confidently inquires: “Who is my neighbor?” Once…

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A Daniel-like fast (eating only fruits, vegetables and grains) at the beginning of the year is a great way to refocus your body and soul on Jesus. All fasts should be linked to prayer, and by simplifying our diet, we seek to simplify our life, slow down, listen to the Holy Spirit and obey His directions for the…

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As we wrestle with holism, let us avoid the unhelpful generalizations which posit that those who are engaged in compassionate ministries do not proclaim, that those who evangelize do not touch with compassion, and that compassion or evangelism are best done through programs rather than interpersonal reach. Arguing against straw men generates heat but not…

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Ask a child in December if he or she is excited about Christmas and you’ll often be met with eyes displaying anticipation and expectation. (Then ask me! I’ve been playing Christmas music for months!) Anticipation is a beautiful thing. Expectation, though, is a weightier word; it contains that word “expect” in it, which means we…

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Andrew Murray in his book Abide in Christ says this: The Love that fills heaven and eternity is to be seen here daily in the life of earth and of time. The life of love is the chief evidence of Christianity, the proof to the world that God sent Christ and that He has shed abroad in them…

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“‘Truly I tell you,’ Jesus replied, ‘no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to…

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In a distant land of the decaying, I happened upon a hospital. There were many pseudo-hospitals, clinics and traditional healers scattered in the shadow of its mighty walls, but a quick inspection proved them dirty and inadequate. I made my way into the hospital via a backdoor and climbed the stairwell to the top floor….

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A young lady recently emailed Dick Brogden with a question about teaching missionary kids in the Arab world. Should she come as a missionary on support or look for paid teaching position? ***** Hello, Mr. Brogden, I am a university student majoring in elementary education. I was on a Chi Alpha trip to Cairo and…

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Last month (June) we were challenged to fast restaurants. The heart of the fast was not about staying away from McDonalds so much as it was about hospitality. Hospitality is a big deal in the Arab world—and it has been for quite a while (check out Genesis 18). Before I arrived in Cairo, I thought I…

A young man recently wrote for some advice on taking time off from school to focus on the Word. Team Leader Overseer Dick Brogden offered a few thoughts on how to manage this season of life. The young man writes: Hey, Dick, Right now I’m stretched a bit thin working full-time, studying full-time year-round, leading a…

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I stepped from the taxi at 4:00 in the morning, took a deep breath, and walked toward the airport doors. I presented my passport to the security guard who asked for my destination. “Baghdad,” I replied in a surprisingly confident voice, and he directed me to the right side of the terminal. I showed the…

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Last month’s Kingdom Fast was produced music. No music for the month. But if one did it right, there shouldn’t have been much silence. This fast was about using our own words to express praise to Jesus. Rather than turning to someone else’s words of praise to Jesus, we were encouraged to sing our own…

The March Kingdom Fast for Live Dead is shopping (groceries and bills not included). Physically this fast is easier than caffeine. There are no withdrawal headaches. Mentally though, it takes some work, like remembering not to hit “Buy now with 1-click” for a $0.99 book on Kindle. Oops. Goal #1 for the remainder of March: Stay away…

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Last week my wife and I attended an international church service in Tangier, Morocco. The majority of the congregation was comprised of immigrant Africans, but there were others from Asia and Europe as well. The speaker was a visitor from Kenya. He was a great communicator, an engaging speaker, charismatic and funny, but he did…

I enjoy drinking coffee, but I also enjoy its nuances, smells, and aromas. It’s about more than just getting up in the morning and making a simple cup of coffee, but making sure I can “craft” it for the perfect taste. You could say that coffee is an art for our family. Our overseas life…

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In January my husband and I participated in a Daniel fast for 21 days. Together with our teammates and churches back home, we fasted and prayed for gospel breakthrough in the Arab world. The fast was much more difficult than we anticipated. Can I just tell how easy it is to justify the things we…

Each month Live Dead missionaries participate in a kingdom fast. February is caffeine, and one of our team members shares the challenges with she faces. In my life caffeine means coffee. My dearly beloved. My morning’s best friend. The first week was rough, complete with headaches. This second week, though, something interesting happened. Loneliness replaced the headaches. I…

A young man recently wrote for some advice on joining a Live Dead team in the Arab world. Team Leader Overseer Dick Brogden offered insight and ten priorities to pursue today, before ever leaving for the field. The young man writes: Where I am right now: I’ve been married for three months. I am $70,000 in debt…

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Our family left the States for North Africa two months before the New Year, and in those two months we spent time in three different countries. We were in our new home for approximately one month, and now we await new visas in our passports so we can return. But that one month consisted of…

Working among Muslim Arabs in the Middle East, much of my time is spent trying to find bridges to the gospel that my Muslim friends will understand. I read books, talk with other missionaries around the Muslim world, strategize, plan, translate stories and work tirelessly for the goal of Muslims coming to Jesus. For a…

During the holiday season, Middle East team members joined a local church to share a day with refugees. Every month this local church serves the refugees that come through its doors, faithfully sharing all they have, including the gospel that compels them. In small groups of three and four, children trickled into the meeting hall….

From the Middle East Training Team Some of our team members visited Baghdad several months ago and met with a local pastor. They shared the vision of the training team and talked about partnership ideas. The pastor agreed that training is important, but he pressed us that it must go beyond strategy and technique. “I…

  Join us in praying for the Arab world by working through the 18 Days of Praying Guide. Together we can change the world!

READ: Malachi 4, Matthew 28, Mark 16, Acts 28, Revelation 22 BEGINNINGS The Alpha is the Omega. God does not change and He who ends things starts things, He who is the end is the beginning. God is humanity’s end. When we long for His salvation (Psalm 119:174), we are in reality longing for Himself….

READ: Zechariah 14, Acts 15, Revelation 21 MYTH BUSTER Currently there is an inordinate emphasis on size and speed when it comes to the development of the church. Church history soberly shows that orthodoxy tends not to spread as swiftly as heresy and that bad teaching outpaces good. It is the slow, steady repeated truth…

READ: Zechariah 13, Acts 14, Revelation 20 TO FLEE OR NOT TO FLEE God’s Word is both a comfort in affliction (Psalm 119:50) and a source of persecution. Revelation 20:4 tells of the souls who were “beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God.” The Word of God both gets us…

READ: Zechariah 12, Acts 12-13, Jude PIERCING WORDS God is continually pierced by the foolish things that come out of our mouths. Rather than grace and supplication (Zech. 12:10), we tend to speak the words of Herod–eloquent arrogance (Acts 12:23). We fall in love with the sound of our own voice and believe the flatterers who tell us…

READ: Zechariah 11, Acts 10-11, 3 John BEAUTY AND BONDS Generosity of heart is a prayer that God answers (Acts 10:2, 4). A gracious heart takes the greatest joy when others walk and grow in the truth (3 John 4). A stingy heart restricts the ministry of others and seeks to minimize their influence. Barnabas…

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