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READ: Zechariah 10, Acts 7-9, 2 John LEAVING HOME We have made Christmas about coming home and being comfortable. Jesus’ approach to Christmas was to leave home and be uncomfortable. Christmas has become safe and cozy, a time to relax and give gifts to one another. The original Christmas involved God leaving the comfort of heaven to…

READ: Psalm 99, Jonah 1, John 3, Galatians 5 BECOMING LESS It is God’s presence that compels, fuels, and demands mission. We cannot claim to be intimate with Jesus and not be passionately, radically stirred for the nations. To know anything about Jesus is to know that He burns to be glorified by every tribe,…

Dear Sir, Thanks for writing. I am thankful you are prayerfully and lovingly looking out for your daughter and son-in-law, and by extension all of us. There are certainly momentous changes going on in Egypt right now. We are watching very carefully. One eye takes in the physical dangers, risks, and developments, while the other…

READ: Psalm 72, Daniel 1-3, Mark 16, 1 Corinthians 7  MASCULINE MISSIOLOGY The church and the missions sending agency have different purposes. It is a mistake of great consequence to organize and run mission agencies the same way we organize and run churches. Ralph Winter referred to the church as a “modality” and the mission…

READ: 1 Chronicles 4-6, Psalm 117, Matthew 28, Hebrews 2 MISSION STATEMENT Jesus has all authority on heaven and earth. Because He is supreme it is fitting that He gives us orders. Every Christian then should live and die under these commands: GO. The Greek has the sense of “as you are going.” Implicit is movement and flexibility. The…

READ: 1 Samuel 16-18, Psalm 86, John 18, Philippians 1 DEATH GAIN  Jesus, knowing all things that would come upon Him (suffering and death), “went forward” (John 18:4) to drink the cup the Father gave Him (v. 11) for He accepted that it was expedient for one man to die for the people (v. 14). If…

READ: 1 Samuel 4-6, Psalm 82, John 14, Ephesians 3 INGLORIOUS In 1 Samuel 4 the ark of God is captured. Israel had gone to war against the Philistines, and knowing they needed help, knowing God dwelt above the cherubim, they brought God along (v. 4). “God has come into the camp!” they shouted, and…

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