Is 2023 the only Year of the Mission?

God sends, Jesus calls, here’s how to respond.

When I say that the year 2023 is for me the Year of the Mission, what do I mean? It’s not that other years weren’t mission years, nor that future years won’t be. It is a way of organizing my plans and my teaching. Something I do each year, using a theme for emphasis. Continue reading “Is 2023 the only Year of the Mission?”

3 important principles for starting again

These principles put into practice what Jesus did.

When inventor Thomas Edison watched his laboratory burn to the ground, he supposedly commented that he was happy to be able to begin again from scratch. That attitude has reminded me over the past several days that God gives us many opportunities in the midst of trials, disasters, and suffering. Continue reading “3 important principles for starting again”

Love your enemies

Jesus’ cure for hating others is two-fold.

The Jews hated the Gentiles. The Dead Sea Scrolls contained a teaching that Jews should “hate all the sons of darkness each according to his guilt in God’s vengeance.” Some might say the Jews had cause to hate the Gentiles for the number of times they were mistreated, taken into captivity and slavery. Continue reading “Love your enemies”

Principles of restoration

Two principles are at the core of restoration.

“Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began” (Romans 16:25 NKJV).

The effort to restore true Biblical Christianity is, as we discussed in last week’s article, an unending and never fully accomplished goal. In order to pursue it seriously, however, certain essential principles must be followed. Continue reading “Principles of restoration”

Good examples of Christ living in us

Shine the light of your eternal love in our hearts today.

They said to the mountains and to the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of the one who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb, because the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?’ Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. (Matthew 24:44 ESV)

Тому будьте готові й ви, бо прийде Син Людський тієї години, коли ви не думаєте! (Матвія 24:44 Ukrainian)

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