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Prayer: The Primary work of God's People

Posted by David Manske , 02 April 2014 - - - - - - · 1827 views

Our local churches pray! My family and I have benefited from the intercession of Alliance people. Personally, I’ve seen God’s hand move and open opportunities for our church plants, showing God’s blessing and fruitfulness. Firsthand, I’ve seen God do amazing things for our IWs, whom we back in consistent prayer.

Thank you, to the many prayer...


Never forget it!

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 13 March 2014 - - - - - - · 1478 views

Discipleship and mission are inseparable. Never forget that.

The beautiful reality is that no matter the size of your church and no matter your mission budget (or lack thereof) God has given your church everything you need to develop a dynamic mission movement right where you live.

Discipleship and mission are inseparable. Never forget that.



The Eyes Tell It All

Posted by Don Sappington , 10 March 2014 - * * * * * · 1549 views

You’ve seen the photos.

Little kids with penetrating dark brown eyes peering at you—piercing into your soul—haunting your spirit—calling out for your to act on their behalf. Advertisers are all over this; they picture handsome men, beautiful women with eyes that are relentless in capturing your gaze. The eyes tell the story—the eyes tell it...


What's holding you back?

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 21 February 2014 - * * * * * · 1366 views

What are your dreams? What is holding you back from pursuing them? What part does the Holy Spirit play in that pursuit? Those were the questions we talked about in our small group last night.

I couldn’t help thinking about my sister Cathy who passed away just 3 weeks ago. Cathy was an international worker with the C&MA for 29 years, teaching math...


Messy, Messy

Posted by Kent Copley , 16 February 2014 - * * * * - · 1523 views

When my oldest daughter, Tori, was a toddler she was meticulous. She was a fairly clean eater who required little cleanup, was in many ways organized, and loved to stack blocks high. However, once in a while the ornery toddler in her would come out. She’d place her hands in the middle of her food plate, look at us, then swirl her hands around in the food,...


Stand and Watch

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 11 February 2014 - - - - - - · 1238 views

God doesn't need me. He doesn't need you either. He is working right now to bring about His kingdom on earth, and He could do it just fine all by Himself. But He loves us, so He invites us to partner with Him.

God drives this point home with Gideon so clearly that it's almost comical. In Judges 7, Gideon and his ridiculously outnumbered army of 32,000...


More Concerned About Cushion Than The Cross

Posted by David Manske , in Field Notes, Uncategorized 24 January 2014 - - - - - - · 1625 views

The acceptable year of the Lord is any year when [all true Christians] will begin to “do justice and love mercy and walk humbly with their God.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, May 29, 1966 Two years before his assassination, Dr. M.L. King Jr preached in Brooklyn, New York, at Cornerstone Baptist Church. His message came from Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 4:18-...


The Danger of Eye Contact

Posted by Bill , 20 January 2014 - - - - - - · 1266 views

I’ve had the privilege of being overseas to live but more recently to visit international workers. One of the first major cross cultural nuances you can learn about is eye contact. In Europe or the US (among those of Euro-heritage) it is a sign of honesty and respect, in much of Asia it is a sigh of confrontation even aggression, and...


Good News

Posted by Don Sappington , 19 December 2013 - * * * * - · 1327 views

"I am here with good news for you, which will bring great joy to all the people." That was the triumphant announcement of the angel to the shepherds on the night Jesus was born. "I am here with good news for you." This announcement, this declaration, this triumphant message is just as relevant today as it was 2000+ years ago.

Over the last couple of...


The Marriage App

Posted by Kent Copley , 24 November 2013 - * * * * - · 1429 views

The Marriage App
November 22, 2013

I am would like to share a resource with you that I believe is helpful to the marriage relationship. Marriage. Talk about a hot button. Through the lens of society or various cultures there are so many opinions, aren’t there? If we were to bring up the topic of marriage in the office, amongst friends, and or church...


The Antioch Nature

Posted by NandCard , 01 November 2013 - - - - - - · 1363 views

I love the story of the Antioch church, traced in Acts 11:19-23, 13:1-3 and 14:26-28. This story reveals what I call “a missionary ecclesiology.” It is a view of the nature of the church that can pulse in our congregations today - from the very beginning of new church plants to the rebirth and revitalization of older congregations. The more our...


Loving God, neighbor and the foreigner among us

Posted by David Manske , 25 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1244 views

My family is a “typical American” family. One side of my own genealogy goes back to the late 1700s, the other side begins with German immigration in the mid-1860s. My wife is a second-generation American. My son is foreign born. My daughter is a “third-culture-kid.” America is rooted in immigration, (see attached graph) yet the American church is...


Layers, Labels and Lies

Posted by Bill , 19 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1154 views

One of the most destructive illusions we adopt as ransomed heathens who start to mature into respectable Christians is the tendency to simplify the world. We are told faith is simple and want the temporal world we deal with simplified. In order to do that categories become established. These categories then help us to divide humans we come into contact with...


The Power of One

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 08 October 2013 - - - - - - · 1186 views

The prophet Jeremiah had a difficult task. He was to speak of the destruction of the city of God. Yet in the opening chapters of the book that bear his name God makes a powerful promise that it still worth pondering today.

“…Look around and consider, search through her squares. If you can find but one person who deals honestly and seeks the truth, I...


Let's Do This

Posted by Ralph Trainer , 20 September 2013 - * * * * * · 1792 views

Let's Do This

I officiated a wedding this past weekend. I've been asking myself since, "What if I lived with this intentionality?" Printed on the Wedding Program was Matthew 28:19. When I walked into the reception, there was a very noticable sign that said, "Mathew 28:19" -- it almost felt like a...


Soon to be a "missionary mom"

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 14 September 2013 - - - - - - · 1588 views

Faces of people I care about are smiling at me from photos on the refrigerator. Some of these are family, others are former students or dear friends. A lot of them are missionaries I've met over the years. One photo that stands out is of my oldest daughter and her husband taken in front of the Eiffel Tower (the real one in Paris, not in Las Vegas). They...


I Have a Few Questions for You

Posted by Kent Copley , 07 September 2013 - * * * * * · 1232 views

This month my writing topic is simple. I have a few questions for you. I would love and value your input. At our local church we have a +35 year history and a congregation that has ranged from 600-750 in attendance. Yes we “do” missions. We are involved locally and globally. Let’s start the conversation.

Locally…there are a number of ministries...


No Alternative

Posted by NandCard , 23 August 2013 - - - - - - · 1416 views

A word this week about strategic prayer in missions…

I want to applaud the fact that strategic prayer is one of five key elements or activities of ministry partnerships in The C&MA.  It is a tremendous blessing that so much headway has been made over the past decade, bringing Alliance people and churches into closer, active partnership with our...


Mission Life

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 19 August 2013 - - - - - - · 1578 views

With all of our Simpson WorldSERVE teams now home and preparing to begin the new semester, we’re in a season of post-trip reflection and evaluation. The most common debrief dilemma we get from students is, “how do I live here in light of what I learned there?”  I couldn’t be more thrilled with this challenging question, knowing...


In Memory Of...

Posted by David Manske , 02 August 2013 - * * * * * · 1383 views

On Memorial Day weekend, we honored our deceased loved ones, and those who have impacted our lives. No doubt, you remembered someone in your family, or in your life, and retold their story of military service, valor or sacrifice. It was during the Vietnam war that I was growing up in an Alliance church and I saw missions in a new light. Families like...

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