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Making Disciples

The Baptism Discussion

Over the last few years, I have found that one of the most spirited discussions that I could have with other Christians is that of baptism. To give you an example, here are some of the questions that we have discussed: Who can baptize another person? At what point should a person be baptized? How […]

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Mission of God

Immigrants, Refugees, and the Gospel

In this moment, according to the UN, there are more than 20 million refugees who have been displaced from their home and who find themselves in another country looking for refuge. Beyond this, there are another 48 million people that have been displaced from their homes, but are still living inside of their own home […]

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Stories from the Field

It Was Her Chance

Last week, we met to read and discuss the scriptures with a group of friends made of multiple countries including Africans, Americans, and South Asians, all of whom are seeking to follow Jesus, although each in different stages. Some were believers, others coming from Muslim backgrounds who have not yet fully decided to follow Christ. […]

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Making Disciples

A Strange Type of Evangelism

In Luke 10, we see Jesus send out his disciples. Very often, we find that Jesus does his ministry work in a way that is different from how we might think to do it, but this story is a strange one indeed. Reading through the story initially, it appears that Jesus is sending his disciples […]

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General

What is My Role in the End Times?

Over the last several months, especially during the time of the pandemic starting in early 2020, and even more as governments around the world have issued “Green Passes” for vaccinations, a common topic of conversation amongst Christians that we have met has been the End Times, the time of the end of the world as […]

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Quarterly Goal Setting

Goal Setting in Q1 2022

Home and Family Prayer and Bible Reading Generally speaking, I start each day with a time of personal prayer and reading the Bible. Then, during the week, Monday through Friday, our family will typically read the Bible, and pray for about 30 minutes while we are in the process of eating our breakfast. Then finally, […]

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General

The Birth of Our King

Each morning, our family reads the Bible together for about 30 minutes while we drink our coffee and eat breakfast. This week, leading up to our Christmas celebration, we have been reading a few selections from the Old Testament, working to understand together how God planned to bring the Messiah to the earth. This morning, […]

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Making Disciples

Am I Good Soil?

I have frequently heard people speak about the parable that Jesus told, recorded in Matthew 13 and Mark 4, about the four different types of soil. Here is what Jesus said, as Matthew recorded it in chapter 13: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along […]

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Making Disciples

Sowing Seed Broadly

Jesus’s disciples asked him why he taught the people in parables instead of speaking to them directly and in a way that would be more plain to them. Jesus explained that the secrets of the kingdom of God were meant to be given to the disciples, but not to the rest of the people. As […]

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Prosperity Gospel

The Prosperity Gospel and Joshua

One of the scriptures that our Nigerian friend suggested was proof to God’s desire to make us rich is in the beginning of the book of Joshua. Here is what it says: Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to […]