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On-Site with Insight

Posted by Don Sappington , 27 July 2013 - * * * * * · 1177 views

There are some things that you just have to experience firsthand to really understand; you know what I mean.

A friend told me of the thrill of skydiving, but i cannot fully appreciate it because I havce not experienced it myself. I have seen amazing photos of landscapes and historical sites; but it is just not the same if you have not been there...


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The Contender

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 15 July 2013 - - - - - - · 1221 views

David was no stranger to difficulty. He spent many years of his life on the run from the likes of Saul, a man who was bent on killing David. The Bible tells us that David gathered a small band of fighters around himself. Over time it would have been easy for David to wage a desperate battle for control by pitting his band of irregulars against the troops of...


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Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

Posted by Bill , 07 July 2013 - - - - - - · 1114 views

This Sunday morning during worship we were singing the verse from “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” about He gives and takes away”.  It was at that moment I realized, with some finality, that a man I consider a visionary, mentor and good friend was about to be” taken” away. Taken out of my orbit anyhow, and moved to another place. He had been...


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Evidence of C&MA DNA

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 25 June 2013 - - - - - - · 1088 views

For the past couple of years, we in the Alliance have been talking about C&MA DNA.  I like that term because it implies something living, organic, passed on from one generation to the next.  It is also something that identifies the origin of an organism as well as its current composition. There you have it--Future, Past, and Present.

A key element of...


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Pastor and Leader Entitlement

Posted by Kent Copley , 10 June 2013 - - - - - - · 1210 views

Entitlement is a word that is often thrown around in political settings.  We see it when one group  demands another group help them out.  It’s more and more common.  Recently, I’ve seen it amongst our youth.  In the absence of a youth pastor, my wife and I have been teaching the high school group on Sunday mornings and helping twenty-seven students ramp...


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Partnership Values for Short Term Teams

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 03 June 2013 - - - - - - · 1707 views

Happy June! As we enter this summer season of launching short-term teams around the globe, I thought I would gingerly open this can of worms and share some of the ways we at Simpson University are seeking to do it well (Lord help us!). There are certainly plenty of ways to do it wrong, and I'm sure we've all seen or been part of a bad trip...


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Prayer and the Paradigm Shift that Saved the World!

Posted by NandCard , 24 May 2013 - * * * * - · 1249 views

In Acts, chapters 10 and 11, we read the familiar story of Peter and Cornelius.  Cornelius was in Caesarea and was praying (10:1-3).  Peter was in nearby Joppa and was also praying (10:9ff).  The story is one of how God uses the prayer of a seeker and a servant to bring about a momentous change of understanding reality – a paradigm shift.

Paradigms are...


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Primal Care

Posted by David Manske , 18 May 2013 - - - - - - · 1315 views

The health of your marriage, is the health of the church, said the speaker at Exponential 2013.

Peter Scazzero was talking about ministry couples - church planting couples specifically. My mind immediately jumped into my reality. I have been a church planter, and currently work with church planting couples. I have been a long-term IW, and currently...


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God is at work in some amazing ways--creative, surprising ways--around the world.

Posted by Don Sappington , 10 May 2013 - - - - - - · 961 views

The more I hang out with our international workers (IWs) around the globe the more impressed I am. God is at work in some amazing ways--creative, surprising, ways--around the world.

In the last ninety days I have connected with twenty-four of our international workers on-site in their six unique ministry settings. We have some great workers out there -...


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Think Smaller

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 25 April 2013 - * * * * - · 1149 views

If you want to change the world, I want to challenge you to think on a smaller scale. As more Alliance churches catch a smaller vision for missions the greater our collective impact for bringing the Gospel to the world will become. Below are three ways an Alliance church can be thinking smaller in order to have a greater impact for the Gospel.

Keep...


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Living in the Shadow of the Past

Posted by Bill , 19 April 2013 - * * * * * · 1192 views

The Setting: A squatter’s ghetto in the middle of Manila, home to 25 million people. My wife and I are visiting the family of Mariana who died of an asthma attach last Friday. She has 8 children; the youngest is 2 months old. They all live in one room on the second level of a short dwelling cobbled together from repurposed wood and tin.

The Smell: We sit...


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What are we going to do? Change the world!

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 06 April 2013 - - - - - - · 2564 views

Like many people during the last few weeks, I watched THE BIBLE (at least parts of it) on the History Channel.  The scene that stuck with me is when Peter thinks back to his encounter with Jesus in the fishing boat.  Jesus tells Peter to follow him.  Peter asks, "What are we going to do?"  Jesus' response is memorable--"Change the...


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"U've Gotta Start in Jerusalem B4 U Go 2 Judea, Samaria and the Ends"

Posted by dcheshier , 24 March 2013 - - - - - - · 1264 views

Recently our church added a new approach to get our people to "Be Light" and embrace 'til the whole world knows'. Previously we have led/promoted missions experiences to various places around the world while praying, believing that The Father would call... a few to go, some to give regularly, many to pray and the heart...


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SENT

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 16 March 2013 - - - - - - · 1203 views

I have been stunned as I read through the book of John to notice how often Jesus tells his listeners that He was sent by the Father. It seems that He concludes almost every statement with the qualifier “because The Father has sent me,” and that He consistently deflects attention from Himself and towards “the One who sent me.”
  
Curious, I...


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Relationships and networks for 21st Century Great Commission Effectiveness

Posted by NandCard , 08 March 2013 - - - - - - · 1123 views

Lately among our Alliance international workers, we've been talking a lot about how our profession is changing.  I believe that one of those ways is that, more than ever, our workers are people who minister hand in hand with our sending churches.  International workers are seen less and less as special people sent far away for long periods of time to do...


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The Cell Phone Test

Posted by David Manske , 01 March 2013 - * * * - - · 1670 views

Have you taken the "cell phone test"? Whether you have a "smart-phone" or a "phone of average intelligence"...grab your mobile device and open your contacts list, and start perusing the names...as you do, ask yourself 3 progressive questions:

How many “diverse” names are on my list? (unlike me in...


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Change is Happening All Around Us ... or Is It?

Posted by Don Sappington , 22 February 2013 - * * * * * · 1087 views

Change is happening all around us ... or is it?

I'm sure you have noticed the changing face, the changing ethnic mix in America and in your community. Frequent a mall and people watch for twenty minutes, you'll see it. Drive in to you local mini-mart or pull in for gas you'll see it. And if you have been to a major amusement park recently, oh...


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Minute to Win It: Promoting Missions in 60 Seconds or Less.

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 08 February 2013 - - - - - - · 1984 views

I hate to admit it, but this past summer I was sucked into watching ordinary people attempt silly little carnival games for big money. I’m a “Minute to Win It” fan. There is something captivating about the show. I know how it’s going to end, but I watch anyway.

Watching the show reveals a powerful reality: a lot can happen in 60 seconds.

The...


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Sprinkles, Oreos, or Chocolate Syrup?

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 01 February 2013 - - - - - - · 1295 views

I'm the missions leader at my local Alliance church.  We give to the GCF, invite international workers to speak several times a year, have the flags of our partnership countries hung proudly in the sanctuary, include weekly missions prayer requests in the bulletin and have several of our number who are currently serving or persuing overseas service with...


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God Room

Posted by Rachel Baker , 28 January 2013 - - - - - - · 1556 views

Written by Ralph Trainer

The Lord recently reminded me of the, "God Room" principle I had come across a number of years ago in reading, "Rebel with a Cause" by Franklin Graham.

I am convinced that when God gives vision for something, He provides fully!

Here's the God Room Principle:  God Room is when you see a need and...






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