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Category Archives: From the Pastor

  1. A holy hope

    Last night was so powerful. The Holy Spirit was working in ways I couldn’t wrap my head around to heal and restore people, and I think part of how he was doing that in me was in not letting me understand or control it. If God’s work depends on us understanding and controlling it, God’s work would be very limited, and God is not limited. Yet in his grace He does his work both in and through us. We get to be conduits, and even as God’s grace passes through us to others we ourselves are transformed.

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  2. We’re better together

    One of the best parts of this trip has been experiencing it with Scott Dove. Scott has taught the middle four of our 10 lessons, wrapping up his part earlier today, but even before he taught his first lesson, the students had discerned his heart.

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  3. All to Jesus

    In our evening worship the other night we sang the hymn “All to Jesus” with its repeated refrain “I surrender all.” It has proven an apt prayer for our time here, as those we have been with truly have surrendered so much to follow Jesus.

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  4. Fired up for the work of evangelism

    Revelation 2-3 records seven letters from Jesus to seven of his churches in what is now Turkey. Today, Scott Dove and I were able to visit two of those churches: Philadelphia and Laodicea.

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  5. Wake up and pray!

    “Wake up!” After having traveled for nearly 24 hours straight with very little sleep I didn’t think sleep would be an issue but while I had no problem falling asleep I woke up at 4:30 a.m. local, which was 8:30 p.m. back home.

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  6. Own your weaknesses

    I’ve been thinking about weakness lately. Frankly it is a subject I’d rather avoid.

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  7. 5 things we learned on mission in London and Dubai

    Pastor Jon Heeringa and two of our covenant partners recently returned from nearly two weeks in London and Dubai. There, they learned about Christian outreach in the Muslim world. Jon says he took away several main lessons from their time. Here are Jon’s thoughts, with a short video on each.

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  8. The power of one Bible

    On December 2, we will take a special offering to provide Bibles to new Christians in places where getting Bibles is not only difficult; it could be against the law. But the Word of God is the power to save, and so we are helping equip these new believers so they are grounded in truth.

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  9. Jesus is on the Move

    “Asian is on the move.” It’s one of my favorite lines in C.S. Lewis’s classic “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and my affinity for the line has grown on this trip because it is clear Jesus is on the move in the Persian and Arabian world.

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  10. From prisoners to friends

    It’s a jail break! Or at least that is the best metaphor I can come up with. This is a land in bondage but it feels like in the process of transferring prisoners from the jail of Islam to what might be an even more secure jail of consumerism/materialism our Lord is staging a jail break. And make no mistake the Dubai Mall attached to the Burj Khalifa and the Emiratis Mall with its Ski Dubai facility are as much temples of demonic worship as the Grand Mosque. Yet God is at work and in powerful ways.

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