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Rough Two Years

Posted by Kent Copley , 13 January 2013 - - - - - - · 1345 views

December 31st my family watched football, played games and waited for the ball to drop in Times Square.  There is great hope and opportunity in a new year isn't there?  But what about reviewing a year?  Many of us have seen the year-in-review tv shows reminding us of tragic events, deaths, accomplishments, etc., and the memories start flooding...


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Fully Present ... then and now.

Posted by Don Sappington , 15 December 2012 - * * * * * · 1392 views

"The implications of the name Immanuel are both comforting and unsettling."

These words drew me in to want to read more as I have been focusing on the CHRIST of CHIRST-mas and His mission to the world. And so, I am yielding my blog so Michael Card can continue his thought.

He goes on to say, "Comforting because He has come to share...


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Feliz Natal - through new eyes!

Posted by David Manske , 08 December 2012 - * - - - - · 1282 views

Feliz Natal - through new eyes! I've always enjoyed the Christmas time of year - a time with family and friends. I especially enjoy the Christmas story - the many facets of the story, the mystery of the events, the star-struck-super-enthusiastic shepherds!

For most of my adult life, my wife and I have spent the Christmas season away from people and places familiar to us. We might...


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Better

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 02 December 2012 - - - - - - · 1002 views

Sometimes I read Scripture and think, gee, those disciples really didn't get it, did they?  (I'm sure they'd never think that about us...)

Classic example:
In Acts 1, after Christ has risen from the dead and spent 40 days continuing to teach His followers, it says the apostles “kept asking him, ‘Lord has the time come for you to free Israel...


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Who are you talking to...?

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 15 November 2012 - - - - - - · 1382 views

Right now the next generation of kingdom professionals are sitting in our churches and our schools. Some of them know God's call and are faithfully pursuing it. Some of them are in the midst of wrestling with their calling. Others have not yet been called but God has set the date and is preparing them even now.

So I have a simple question for those of...


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They're Counting on Us

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 09 November 2012 - - - - - - · 1166 views

I received some news this week that challenged me to take a hard look at how I pray, specifically for our international workers and the places they serve.  Do I really believe that their ability to stay on the field and their physical, emotional and spiritual health depend on MY prayers?  Do my prayers REALLY make a difference in breaking through the...


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We probably don't want everyone in the church making disciples!

Posted by Ralph Trainer , 05 November 2012 - * * * * * · 1343 views

Recently I heard Francis Chan speak at a Catalyst Conference on "Making Disciples" He said, "We probably don't want everyone in this room making disciples!"

He went on to say, "We know there are people in this room right now who are cheating on their spouses, so why would I tell you, "Go, duplicate yourselves."...


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A report from the field

Posted by Bill , 29 October 2012 - - - - - - · 1040 views

Recently I had the privilege of visiting several international workers that are engaged in foundational work of breaking ground for the Gospel so that the church of Jesus Christ can begin building or rebuilding. Few of the churches will look familiar to those of us in the west, who, equate a certain type of physical building with church. In fact, many of...


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He keeps loving the wrong people!

Posted by NandCard , 20 October 2012 - - - - - - · 1559 views

"You are moving there!? But that's a Muslim country!"

"Isn't that nation clearly one who Biblical prophecy teaches will oppose Christ at Armageddon?"

"I don't see why they are sending you there, of all places."

These are all statements I've heard over my years as an Alliance...


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Hey God, it's 2am!!

Posted by Don Sappington , 05 October 2012 - * - - - - · 1658 views

Do you wake up at 2:00 am with your mind whirling? I sometimes do; I did again just recently. There was a definite theme to the whirling thoughts this morning, God was speaking to me and I was in a listening mode.

Okay, I confess the thoughts came a little jumbled at 2:00 am. After a long time of tossing in bed, listening, rolling the thoughts and message...


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The Spirit of God Comes

Posted by Kent Copley , 28 September 2012 - - - - - - · 1179 views

Over the last year I have been processing many things of ministry, such as leadership, and the challenges and decisions we are faced with daily.

I’ve been reading about Samuel, Saul and David. I’m enjoying the reading and studying. A few things have caught my attention. Growing up I wasn’t raised in a church, and I pretty much knew nothing of the...


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Going the Distance

Posted by David Manske , 22 September 2012 - - - - - - · 1221 views

I'll confess - I like to run, especially in the mornings. Running clears my head, long runs give me lots of time to see God's hand all around me, to meditate and to pray sans earbuds. Allow me to use running as a metaphor to bridge to an aspect of Christian ministry.

Running long runs I've seen people sprint, jump, gimp and walk across the...


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The Really Best Empty Bucket List

Posted by Angela Sawtell , 12 September 2012 - - - - - - · 1309 views

Recently Sarah Bourns, a sender of college short-term teams and a mobilizer for longer term workers, wrote on the On Mission Blog about the intense level of fire and zeal the "Passion Generation" has for changing the world. As Sarah wrote, "I've seen too many of my friends and students, not to mention myself, be quick to jump on every...


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Where's the $ Going?

Posted by dcheshier , 05 September 2012 - * * * * - · 1203 views

In the last few years our missions giving has remained flat but our missions involvment has increased! First the exciting news...those going out. This winter a couple from our church began their own 'medical' mission around the world to install and repair medical equipment. Another family left this spring for Loja, Ecuador doing leadership...


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Sizzle, Pop and Swagger

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 24 August 2012 - * * * - - · 1665 views

Sometimes I fear that Jesus would have been voted off his own reality television show.

Then again Jesus was never really concerned with popularity.

Am I? Are we?

Jesus did not call His disciples to popularity he called them to die. This is the heart of discipleship. To be a disciple is to be a follower. To follow Jesus means to take the path of suffering...


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Vintage C&MA ...

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 17 August 2012 - - - - - - · 1439 views

Last week I gave a couple of tours through the various areas of the Alliance National Office here in Colorado Springs. Some of the features I pointed out were the cornerstone from the Gospel Tabernacle from 1889, a communion set that was buried in Jerusalem during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and dug up again in 1955, a painting commemorating C&MA...


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On Mission?

Posted by Bill , 05 August 2012 - - - - - - · 1414 views

What does it mean to be "on mission"? Is it our effort to share who we have experienced Christ to be, or is it holding on so tight to Christ that his "mission" is accomplished without our explanation. Or is it both? This is more than a simple comparison of "our work that we wish him to bless" and "seeing where he is at...


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Who's this really about, anyway?

Posted by NandCard , 28 July 2012 - - - - - - · 1539 views

Two images illustrate how life on mission draws our attention toward two groups of people.

Image #1: a moving Sunday morning service at a local US Alliance church. Adults and teens lined up across the platform step up to the microphone to share the ways God moved deeply in their hearts on their recent missions trip. One cries as she shares about a family...


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God's Story

Posted by Sarah Bourns , 01 July 2012 - - - - - - · 1800 views

As a sender of college short-term teams (and a mobilizer for long-term workers!), I hear a wide variety of motivations for going "On Mission."
It’s a cool cross-cultural experience
You can take cute pictures of kids, eat weird foods, have crazy stories to tell
You can work really really hard and feel really good
You will...


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Is your heart pounding?

Posted by Don Sappington , 25 June 2012 - - - - - - · 1359 views

Before my eyes were even open this morning, the words were pounding in my brain, all ... all ... "ALL we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way: and the Lord hath laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all." Isaiah 53:6 (KJV) Think of it, all of us have wandered down some deadly trail in a wilderness of...






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