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Discovering Your Purpose

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 15 August 2009 - - - - - - · 803 views

All of us long to understand why we're here on this planet, what our purpose is. These words from Hudson Taylor are challenging and insightful as we seek to discover our purpose:

"Finding one's purpose with God can be a strange and mysterious journey. Or it can be as plain as asking God for a task and then watching your desire for that task...


Are you growing?

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 08 August 2009 - - - - - - · 873 views

As a Christ follower, are you growing? If so, what have you done in the last week to contribute to your growth?

There are two dimensions to personal spiritual growth. First and of greatest importance is God's part . . . his grace and redemptive involvement, his Spirit's work. Your intentional investment is the second.

I'm sure you've...


A Strategic Question

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 10 June 2009 - - - - - - · 720 views

Here's a huge question that has been stalking me for weeks now. If we brought every US Alliance international worker home and started all over again, where would we go? In other words, if we could make a fresh start today, to what countries would we go? What countries would we not go to? Let's ponder this question in our hearts for a few moments . ....


My Mother

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 13 May 2009 - - - - - - · 741 views

Most who read this blog will never meet my Mother. She's 85 now, frail, with deteriorating eyesight. Recently she signed a power of attorney so that I could help her with her bill paying and banking.

As I got into her financial records, I noticed a mysterious, monthly withdrawal of a relatively substantial amount. Concerned, I asked her for an...


Retreat when the goin' gets tough?

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 20 March 2009 - - - - - - · 741 views

Over the past few days we've had the agonizing experience of a personnel reduction of thirty missionaries. We worked feverishly over many months trying to avoid this. It got to the point recently where we realized we had no choice, especially in light of the economic challenges impacting our nation. As we shared this news, our missionaries (including...


A Lewd, Vile Act

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 10 January 2009 - - - - - - · 921 views

A recent picture I saw made me feel great angst and distress. It was taken in a country where the persecution of Christ followers has risen dramatically in the past year. A radical persecutor bent on destruction and death was standing on top of a church building. He was committing a lewd, vile act with the cross on the front roof of the church while others...



Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 10 December 2008 - - - - - - · 869 views

Today I'm in the cold northern part of our country, and I've run into some areas where my cell phone coverage is not very strong. In fact in a few places I've been, I can't send / receive calls due to lack of coverage. When I'm in dead spots, it feels frustrating.

In looking at our world, there are dead spots. They lack coverage. The...



Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 08 November 2008 - - - - - - · 892 views

The early church had the idea that there were three kinds of martyrs, and that in one way or another every Christ-follower can live out one kind:

1) Martyrs in will and deed - like Stephen in Acts 7, a lover of Christ who gave his life for Christ

2) Martyrs in deed, not in will - like the baby boys in Bethlehem in Matthew 2 who died for Christ without...



Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 16 October 2008 - - - - - - · 946 views

A car jack enables leveraging. When I need to change a tire, the jack enables me to multiply or leverage my strength to lift up the car. The jack enables me to do more quickly and with greater ease and effectiveness what would otherwise take four or five really strong men much more effort to do.

When thinking about leveraging, I realize there are...


About Our Economic Crisis

Posted by Bob Fetherlin , 23 September 2008 - - - - - - · 752 views

The news again today was not encouraging. The price of crude oil is up, the stock market is down. The US Congress is wrestling with a massive bailout plan for the US financial industry, which is in deep trouble. Housing foreclosures are at unprecedented highs. It looks very distressing and feels downright overwhelming.

While I'm not wishing or...

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