Christian LifeJourney through Cancer

Blessings through Burdens, part one

This is part one of Beth's "Journey through Cancer" series. Click here for part two. For more posts, see "One Seed" and "The Work of Your Hands," parts one and two. I was 41 in April 2007 when we were hit “out of the blue” with a diagnosis of aggressive breast cancer. Another bombshell followed: a 50% survival rate (due to the…

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Christian Life

Taking Your Faith Public

John C. Paton was a missionary who, during his later years, was determined to take the Gospel to the South Sea Islands. In one church where he preached an elderly saint approached him and attempted to dissuade him from going. “Why, you will be eaten by cannibals!” Mr. Paton replied, “Mr. Dickson, you are advanced…

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Christian Life

Dare to Pray

Most of us have been praying different sorts of prayers all of our lives. We learned to pray as children and have been praying ever since. We pray for our food, for health and provision, for others, for the lost, and for things we want or even desperately desire. We have learned to pray daily…

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Christian Life

Walking in the Spirit

We live in a period of church history where a great deal of emphasis has been given to the third member of the Trinity – the Holy Spirit. A visit to any Christian bookstore will reveal more written material on the Holy Spirit than on the other two members of the Trinity combined. While some…

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Christian Life

Life on Mission

Everyone will spend their seventy-or-so years living for something. Sadly, most people will end up living for the wrong thing – and not even realize it! For example, name the most famous athlete you can think of. Michael Jordan? Michael Phelps? LeBron James? You probably would not have thought of Mark Spitz. But he was…

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Life in Our World

Speak and Don’t Be Silent

The Henry Jackson subcommittee was established by Congress in 1965 to review the diplomatic service of American ambassadors. This statement was contained in their final report, “When an ambassador overseas negotiates or speaks in private or in public, his audience needs to feel that he . . . speaks with the authority of the President…

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Life in Our World

This Is Not Our Fathers’ World

As we discussed in our last post, as ambassadors for Christ, we are to go into the world and urge men to be reconciled to God. However, if we are going to accomplish that objective, we must have some understanding of the cultural context that surrounds us – we must discern our times. A review…

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Life in Our WorldMinistry Life

The Embassy Is Still Open

Postmodern thinking surrounds us. And it has incredible potential to sway us as we swim about in its waters. While the dangers are many and the temptation to accommodate or assimilate is great, the gravest danger presented by the postmodern worldview is a radically altered view of truth. Postmodernism at its heart is a foundational rejection,…

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