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How Do You Feel About The 'Lost'?

Posted by David Manske , 15 June 2012 - - - - - - · 1596 views

Recently, I had the privilege to sit at Ajith Fernando's feet and learn. This Sri Lankan author of 15 books, and a lifetime of ministry with YFC was an inspirational wealth of insight and teaching. It was a rare privilege...maybe you've experienced something similar.

When talking about Paul's discourse in Athens and the topic "Reaching the...


A Stairway To Heaven....no really!

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 10 June 2012 - - - - - - · 1304 views

It's a staircase and it stands out for all the wrong reasons.

Staircases are meant to connect us from one level to another. They offer access to new places and people. Almost every staircase I've ever seen made perfect sense to me. Except this one.

It is an ornate cement staircase leading to a lovely old church, but that's not what bothers me....



Posted by Sarah Bourns , 03 June 2012 - * * * * * · 2781 views

My generation (those of us in our teens, 20's, and 30's) has informally been dubbed the "Passion Generation." Evidently, we're full of fire and zeal and a longing to change the world!

I'm exceedingly expectant that because of this great passion, today's young adults will affect major changes in issues of poverty, trafficking, creation care, disease...


Is there Fruit on your Peach Tree?

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 29 May 2012 - * * * * * · 1289 views

I have a peach tree in my backyard. We planted it 3 years ago. The first summer we were just glad it had leaves. Last year I spotted what looked like a fuzzy cherry pit--and that's as big as it got. This year you can tell it's a PEACH tree; we've had to prop up the branches because there is so much fruit!

So why am I writing about a...


A lesson from the India Network

Posted by Bill , 08 May 2012 - - - - - - · 998 views

I am just coming off a two day meeting called the India Network. I am encouraged by the efforts of a local church and their district to identify individual groups working towards a common goal but in unintended isolation from each other. The isolation is not intentional but simply the byproduct of not knowing these other organizations exist. The India...


When a Good Plan Comes Together

Posted by NandCard , 27 April 2012 - - - - - - · 1247 views

I love it when a good plan comes together. When a variety of factors come into alignment in a way that produces multiple good outcomes, it is a joy - a pleasing work of art. Especially when the plan is in the work of the Kingdom.

Today I’m leaving a country in North and Central Asia where I’ve seen a wonderful Kingdom plan come together. Let me...


Start a Fire!

Posted by David Manske , 20 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1286 views
prayer, international students and 1 more...
Starting fires ... I'm a fan of "Dual Survivor." Doubtfully, I'll be stranding in Brazil's Pantanal swamps or lost at sea in a leaky raft, but it's cool to vicariously live on the edge with Dave and Cody! To me, the show's hero is Dave - not because of his pigtails, or minimalist barefoot lifestyle, but because of...


A Journey With God

Posted by Don Sappington , 13 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1278 views

The sound pierced the pre-dawn silence waking me from a deep sleep. The early morning call to prayer brought an unsettling to my spirit, a sadness in my heart, and accentuated the reason for our trip to the most populated Islamic country in the world, Indonesia. Laying there in bed listening that morning, my heart cried to God,

“Lord Jesus,...


Living the Call to Send

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 03 March 2012 - - - - - - · 1584 views
Mission, Missions and 3 more...
Either we are called to go or we are called to send. That's it.

Consider for a moment how your life would be different if you felt called to go. Your whole world would fundamentally change.

You would have to learn a new language, eat strange food and learn to love a new people group. You would need to sell most of your stuff and put the things you...


Where is the Light?

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 21 February 2012 - - - - - - · 1423 views
mobilization, Matthew 28:19 and 1 more...
If you go to NASA's "photo of the day website", you can find a 2007 world map showing how much electric light is visible on the earth from space. It is interesting to see that the eastern U.S. is almost totally lit up as is most of Europe, India, Japan and large parts of Asia.  South America has its bright spots on the northern Caribbean...


The Big Idea

Posted by Bill , 05 February 2012 - - - - - - · 1121 views
The big idea: Our lives are on display to show God's work in us not our work for God.

I've been visiting with many international workers in Asia the last couple of weeks. We have had in depth conversations about faith and what instruments they have played this last year in the great composer's symphony of life. One theme that unifies their...


All the Above

Posted by NandCard , 27 January 2012 - - - - - - · 1382 views
missions, mobilization and 2 more...
A NEW LOOK! One evening a few weeks ago, my living room was full of people, all related to the Alliance, all working in one of the most under-reached populations of the world. It was a pleasant evening as we shared stories of God at work, and discovered some of our mutual friends and contacts in the work we do. It was a blessing to be able to pray...


He'll Find You

Posted by Kent Copley , 12 January 2012 - - - - - - · 1561 views

I felt brain dead. Over the last month our senior pastor had returned from a three month sabbatical where I took on many additional responsibilities. I was in leadership to put on our annual Christmas program. We'd replaced three staff members in a two week period, which called for their training as well. We are ramping up for a campaign for a new...


Are we Going to do Anything or Just Talk About it?

Posted by dcheshier , 01 January 2012 - - - - - - · 1020 views

All of us have gone to meetings where wise decisions were made and risks assumed. We have also likely been to those where decisions never were made and risks avoided. Two words come to mind as I think about how a meeting proceeds.

delve: to look into, investigate, research, probe, dig into, explore, inquire into, examine, dive into, fish for, plunge into,...


Find Your Sodom

Posted by Steve Grusendorf , 12 December 2011 - * * * * * · 1812 views
Mission, Missions and 5 more...
They all died. Every single one. Their violence, their immorality, their savagery had led them to the brink. They reached the edge of the cliff so quickly that it was a small matter to jump off...even if it was to their own demise. They were the people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

...but they could have been saved you know.

Hours before the fire and brimstone...


Wow ... What a Phone Call

Posted by Don Sappington , 02 December 2011 - * * * * - · 1210 views

I just talked to a very excited, encouraged, energized pastor. Would you like to know why?

God is at work in some amazing ways in and through a partnering relationship his church has developed. It all started with a phone call several months ago. "Pastor, would you be interested in coming with me to visit the "Smiths" (international...


Lives Faithfully Lived

Posted by Angela Sawtell , 21 November 2011 - * * * * - · 1359 views

2 Samuel 22:26 "To the faithful You show Yourself faithful, to the blameless You show Yourself blameless."

He is faithful in the little things. He is faithful in the big things. He has always been faithful and always will be. His promise to show Himself faithful to those who are faithful allows me to face the harsh winds, but it does not leave...


The Unengaged.

Posted by David Manske , 14 November 2011 - - - - - - · 1696 views
solutions, evangelized, missions
The Unengaged. Once upon a time this rumor circulated around a small private coed college. If a dangerous man-eating lion roamed the campus, it would starve to death! Of course, that was a stab at the type of male students on campus or evidence of female dating dissatisfaction.

In spite of this blog title, The Unengaged, it has...


George Bailey or Bruce Almighty?

Posted by Ruthie Hankins , 07 November 2011 - * * * * * · 1313 views
change the world, missions and 1 more...
I love the opening scene of "It's a Wonderful Life". You hear the voices of people interceding on behalf of George Bailey and then you zoom out to galaxies and stars and realize that God has heard and is getting ready to send the answer to those prayers. It reminds me that God is listening and ready and able to answer (though the answer may...


My life as lord vs. the Lord of my life

Posted by Bill , 29 October 2011 - * * * * * · 1122 views

Sometimes there is confusion in my relationship with God and the reasons that I commune with him. This confusion infuses itself into my daily living with how I talk to him and how I honor him (or don’t honor him). This skews what I expect from the relationship and what drives my motivation for sharing about him in what I say and how I treat others. As is...

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