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: Song of Solomon 4, John 11, James 5 PERSEVERANCE Missionaries who live and labor in the Arab world face an ongoing tension: We desperately want to see millions of Arab Muslims come to Jesus, and to be discipled and planted in churches that reproduce themselves, yet we see so very little. We read the…

READ: Proverbs 9, Mark 13, 1 Peter 5 COMPETING CALLS Wisdom or Folly. Both wisdom and folly spread an alluring banquet and they share an identical invitation. “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here” (Prov. 9:4, 16). Both wisdom and folly offer pleasure, and both call for our indulgence. Wisdom presents relationship and knowledge of the…

READ: Psalm 69, Ezekiel 40-42, Mark 13, 1 Corinthians 4 ENDURANCE IS WHAT WE DO In our family we have three simple rules for our boys: Love Jesus, Don’t Whine, and Don’t Quit. Implicit in the last two rules is the virtue of endurance. Though it is not often extolled as a virtue, to be Christian is…

A couple years ago I purchased a violin as a hobby. I started out really excited. The first few weeks I had it, I played it nearly every day. I figured out a couple tunes, and even did a Skype recital for my nieces. After a while, my interest fizzled, and I set my violin in…

READ: Ezra 4-6, Psalm 140, Luke 8, 2 Peter 2  THE LONG VIEW Tattletales often have golden tongues. The “adversaries of the children of captivity” offered to help build the temple (Ezra 4:1). Zerubbabel sees through the ruse and refuses their help. The rascals then write to Artaxerxes “because we receive support from the palace, it…

READ: Exodus 16-18, Psalm 23, Matthew 23, Acts 23 Abiding for Others The best thing we can do in Church Planting among unreached people (or in ministry, or as a mother, or as a follower of Jesus who desires to make disciples) is to Abide in Jesus. When we “stand before God for the people”…

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