READ: Song of Solomon 3, John 10, James 4 NECESSARY, NOT SUFFICIENT Christians tend to be wooed by the power gifts. In ministry and especially frontier mission, we are tempted to put our hopes in the silver bullet of signs and wonders. We think if God will but demonstrate His power, the nations will turn…

READ: Ecclesiastes 11, John 6, Revelation 22 NO MORE CURSE Jesus is coming soon. If this was true 2,000 years ago (Rev. 22:12), it is more true now. The day that Jesus returns will live not in infamy, but in eternity–for from that day on there will be no more curse (v. 3). Oh, what…

It’s a holiday throughout the Muslim world. It’s Dhu al-Hijjah, the last month of the Islamic calendar. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are in Mecca, the most holy city in Islam. Young and old, rich and poor, male and female, they all wear white robes as a symbol of purity and equality. Pilgrims recite 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…

Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without a barbecue in the park. So when my host country celebrates theirs, I pack up my family, friends, and a picnic. Since local women spend a majority of their lives indoors, this is one of few opportunities to meet them in the park. We plant our picnic paraphernalia under…

 READ: Psalm 31, Isaiah 52-54, Matthew 3, Acts 10  THE BAD GOOD NEWS The good news is bad to the one who enjoys sin or embraces deception, for the opening word of the gospel (Matt. 3:1-2) is “Repent!” John the Baptist, Jesus, Peter, Stephen, Paul, and all biblical preachers have one thing in common: They are disliked…

READ: Psalm 29, Isaiah 46-48, Matthew 1, Acts 8  END FROM THE BEGINNING Four air force helicopters just flew over our apartment, tanks are deployed around the city–another normal day in the Middle East where instability is the normal. In these last days it is futile to wait for the pristine moment to move, live,…

by Mark Renfroe, Area Director for the Arabian Gulf, Middle East, and North Africa, Assemblies of God World Missions From time to time, my work brings me into contact with stories of Christian in the Arab world who face persecution for sharing their faith. This week, I heard the story again, but this time it…

by Matt Sprenger, Chi Alpha Campus Pastor, Fairmont State Univ., Fairmont, WV I wasn’t raised a Christian, but since childhood I’ve had a mental portrait of Jesus – his looks (long flowing hair, well-manicured beard and skin, blond hair, blue eyes) and character (tender, gentle teacher). After serving the Lord for 22 years and spending…

READ: 1 Kings 10-12, Psalm 102, Matthew 13, 1 Timothy 1 SUPER G’s  For being the wisest man to ever live, Solomon sure was stupid. He did not heed God’s warning about marrying those of disparate faiths (1Kings 11:2), instead “clinging to them in love.” And “when Solomon was old his wives turned his heart…

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