Missions

Missions

Commissioned

Back in the 1970’s a statewide scandal came to light in Oklahoma when it was learned in county after county that hundreds of county commissioners were guilty of taking kickbacks on contracts for roads, bridges, dams, and other county construction projects, as well as pocketing money on county purchases. Those guilty commissioners disgraced a noble word “commission”. This…

What A Mighty God We Serve

Ah, the beach! Don’t you just love getting away from the routine and the grind of daily life and heading for the shore? It is such a stress releaser – so refreshing – and a boost to intensifying our view of God. The ocean’s expanse, the rhythm of the waves, and the beauty of sunrises constantly shout, “There’s an awesome Creator behind all this!” And then, having been…

Check Your Pulse

The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” Judges 6:14-15 If you have a pulse God can use you! God used a poor English cobbler (William Carey) to translate…

In This Together

We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed.  –  2 Corinthians 6:9 A couple of months ago I started using a new devotional each morning entitled Uncommon Life Daily Challenge by Tony Dungee & Nathan Whitaker (Tyndale House Publishers, 2011). Most days I come away…

Dream A Little

In the month of September our family celebrated two birthdays. Those are special times aren’t they? God’s grace has allowed each of us these many years and more specifically this day to get to know Him better and to make Him known to a world that lives as if He doesn’t exist. Some folks hate it when the next birthday rolls around because it reminds them of how “old” they…

On Mission

Do you remember when God came seeking and reaching out to you? There’s no telling how many people: He led to pray for you, He used to love on you, He lived through to show you that life in Jesus is so much better, and that He spoke through to share the gospel with you. And oh, how the Spirit of God reached into your darkness and helped you to see the light. You were a…

My Heart’s In Toronto

Speaking about my heart – I left a part of it in Toronto after spending a week there on my recent mission trip. I returned to China Grove/Salisbury with a greater determination to work with you in reaching our area for Christ. Yet my prayers will also be traveling to Canada via heaven asking God to reach the 5+ million people who do not know Jesus in a personal way. I ask…

Let’s Go Fishing

For quite a while now I have been without a real hobby. When my body was younger and my health was better, basketball and racquetball held my attention and brought great satisfaction. Ah, but those days are over. Coin collecting has recently drawn my attention, but hasn’t brought much enjoyment. Reading still brings pleasure but I don’t get into the mood very often. I…

Commission Or Co-Mission

Back in the 1970’s a statewide scandal came to light in Oklahoma when it was learned in county after county that hundreds of county commissioners were guilty of taking kickbacks on contracts for roads, bridges, dams, and other county construction projects, as well as pocketing money on county purchases. Those guilty commissioners disgraced a noble word “commission”. This…

Are You A Pioneer?

“Pioneers”? I don’t know about you but I have always been attracted to pioneers. Abraham/Isaac/Jacob of the Old Testament, Apostle Paul of the New Testament, Daniel Boone or Lewis & Clark of American history – they all broke out of their comfort zones and set out to explore new lands. There is something exciting about their courage, their sacrifice, and their…
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