True godliness does not turn men out of the world, but enables them to live better in it and excites their endeavors to mend it.

- William Penn

December 6, 2014

Christmas Greetings from Belgium

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Ministry Essentials @ 4:13 am

Christmas Greetings from Belgium December 2014   The emotions people feel as they anticipate Christmas do not always correspond to those pictured in holiday store fronts or glitzy advertising campaigns – happy and harmonious families seated at table as they hail the arrival of the golden turkey, or friends gathered around a crackling fire beside […]

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December 3, 2014

December 2014

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 3:50 am

December 2014 I suspect by now you have already had your fill of Black Friday, Christmas rush, decorating, making lists and checking them twice. You should be tired of it. In fact, we know the “reason for the season” but somehow still get caught up in the fervour of getting through the holidays. They have […]

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November 6, 2014

November 2014

Filed under: General — Dave @ 5:33 am

November 2014 There was nothing visibly special about it really. But to those participating—powerful. I wish I could say it was life changing. Few things are that. But some things actually stir deeply catalyzing a course correction in the heart. We know the impact was profound though not really noticeable, which is the way real […]

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September 30, 2014

October 2014

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Dave @ 10:02 pm

October 2014 Lately, I’m finding myself praying: ‘Abba, into your hands I entrust my body, mind, and spirit and this entire day—morning, afternoon, evening, and night. What ever you want of me, I want of me, falling into you and trusting you in the midst of my life. Into your heart I entrust my heart, […]

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September 3, 2014

September 2014

Filed under: General — Dave @ 6:35 pm

September 2014   Our souls are deeply connected to God through the indwelling Spirit of God. Yet, too often, this connection gets buried under obligations, routines, and distractions—we loose sight of our truest self. That disconnection leads to all sorts of things—the most obvious is feeling lonely and empty. Unfortunately, the most natural thing we […]

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August 6, 2014

August 2014

Filed under: General — Dave @ 11:57 pm

August 2014   “Why pray when God already knows… ?” I wondered when he would ask. He’s like that. And now that he is 16, the questions are coming more frequently. It’s not cynicism; at least not yet. He’s truly searching for his own faith and struggling with the automaticity of religion he experienced in America […]

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July 2014

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 1:50 am

July 2014   A couple months ago I pointed out the importance of community for people living cross-culturally. Community is key to personal vitality. There is another important element of community as well. It is essential in validating our message.   Jesus is quite clear on this, I think: “Let me give you a new […]

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June 2014

Filed under: General — Dave @ 1:48 am

June 2014   We live in a day where life is treated more as a problem to solve than a mystery to enter. Of course, mystery has been reduced to “who done it”, which implies that it, too, is something to solve. However, in scripture, mystery is not the absence of meaning or discernible data […]

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May 2014

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 1:44 am

May 2014   I have come across a few independent studies on International students and the correlation between how well they do or don’t do in school living Internationally. Each study came to a similar conclusion: cross-cultural vitality is dependent upon the quality of their relationships within their adopted culture (this could be with people […]

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October 1, 2010

October 2010

Filed under: General — Ministry Essentials @ 5:25 am

I read recently that the “essence of Christian spirituality is following Christ on a journey of personal transformation”.  The end point of this journey has less to do with arriving somewhere than it is about ‘being’ with and in Christ.  He is both our companion and destination. Consider the Israelites’ Exodus from Egypt.  God’s people […]

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