READ: Ecclesiastes 1, Luke 20, Revelation 12 OVERCOMING The devil on earth is like a man-eating shark that has thrust itself onto a crowded beach. Ferocious, deadly, powerful, but limited: not omnipresent and running out of oxygen. A fish cannot live on land. Revelation 12:12 assures us that though the devil comes against us in great wrath,…

READ: Psalm 150, Mark 4, James 1 WORD UP The Word of God is central to missions. Because mission takes place in contexts that are inherently deceptive, it is critical that there is no deception in our words or lives. All lying has to be removed from us (Psalm 119:29). Christians deceive themselves when they…

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 62, Ezekiel 19-21, Mark 6, Romans 13  LOVE PAINS Love inflicts pain, even as it does no harm (Rom. 13:10). True love repeatedly disappoints, hurts, confronts, refuses, and disciplines. This is certainly how God has loved us, and we should not expect to love others without hurting them. Love hurts but does not…

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 52, Jeremiah 49-51, Matthew 24, Romans 3  RESTING SMALL  The entirety of God’s Word is truth (Psalm 119:160) and we are invited by Jesus to fall in love with His Word all over again. A distinguishing mark of those who have gone (or who are going) through suffering is their renewed love for…

 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…

by Annie*, a Live Dead Arab World missionary  Not long ago, I joined a local English language center for coffee. The topic was generosity. My job was to ask questions and ignite conversation. I started with “Does your family give? To whom? When?” However, I quickly realized stinginess is a universal disgrace, so my questions…

READ: Joshua 16-18, Psalm 70, John 2, 2 Corinthians 10 CAPTIVE THOUGHTS  Capture requires activity. We have to possess what is given to us, to actively pursue our inheritance (Joshua 18:3). We cannot expect to participate in the mission of God in slothful or reserved manner; we must aggressively take land for the kingdom, and the land…

READ: Numbers 28-30, Psalm 50, Luke 6, 1 Corinthians 6 WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”(Luke 6:45). And often the missionary mouth speaks scathing destruction. Attila the Hun was wimpy compared to what issues from Christian mouths. Our little tongues set all kinds of forests on fire…

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