READ: Zechariah 7, Acts 1-2, 1 John 3 NOT FOR YOU TO KNOW Followers of Jesus love His promise of empowerment. Facing overwhelming odds with underwhelming strength, we cling to the lifeline of God’s promised power: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8). We are well versed with the…

READ: Proverbs 20, Luke 8, Jude IN THE LIGHT Our bondages cease to awe us after a while and begin to comfort us. We prefer our pigs and are afraid to be free (Luke 8:26-39). When sin settles in it becomes bondage, and to the bound deliverance is more intimidating than slavery. Slavery is predictable…

READ: Proverbs 19, Luke 7, 3 John SUBMITTED FAITH  Jesus neither cries nor dances when we want Him to (Luke 7:32), for He is subject to neither our authority or our expectations. John the Baptist, who knew Jesus best, was still offended (or at least disappointed) in both what Jesus didn’t do and in how He…

READ: Psalm 139, Malachi 34Matthew 21, Hebrews 3 GREAT AND TERRIBLE JESUS The Old Testament ends with a warning about being cursed and a reminder that the day of the Lord is both great and terrible (Mal. 4:5-6). The New Testament reminds us there really are only two options for humanity. Either we fall on…

READ: Psalm 130, Zechariah 9, Matthew 12, 2 Timothy 2 UNFORGIVABLE If you are worried about the “unforgivable” sin, you don’t need to be worried about it. That fact that you are worried about it is proof you have not committed it. Jesus teaches in Matthew 12:31 that all sins will be forgiven save the one of…

READ: Psalm 128, Zechariah 7, Matthew 10, 1 Timothy 5 LISTENING Christians tend to talk to God too much and listen too little. When an Arabic conversation starts to get away from me, I stop listening (trying to understand) and start talking. When we talk, we tend to dominate the conversation. Sadly, prayer can be…

by Hunter Glenn (not his real name). Hunter has spent 6 of his 13 years in the Arab world. ____ I think part of living dead is sacrificing the things that we can’t get in [our country]. Sacrificing myself to the Lord is another thing. I did not make the decision to come to [the…

by Hannah Largent (not her real name). Hannah is 12 years old. She and her family have lived in two Arab countries for a total of 6 years. ___ As a third culture kid, I find opportunities to live dead, to live for God, that I would not have if I lived in America. I can…

READ: Psalm 66, Ezekiel 31-33, Mark 10, 1 Corinthians 1 NO EXCUSES It is noteworthy that one of the most well recognized passages of scripture concerning proclamation was written by a muted prophet. Ezekiel was stricken mute by the Lord, and while unable to speak, God reminds him that he is a watchman and that…

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…

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