Hopeful New Year

Hopeful New Year

We will faithfully trudge into January, back into language learning and the 9-5 of childcare, cultural contextualisation, discipleship, housework, team and family life. But we cry out, Lord, for another Pentecost.

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Come ye to Bethlehem (like Ruth)

Come ye to Bethlehem (like Ruth)

As we sing “O come ye to Bethlehem” over the coming weeks, I am thinking about the story of someone else who came to Bethlehem. Her name is Ruth.

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30 shekels of silver

30 shekels of silver

One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.

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Compassion: Mankind as Victim

Compassion: Mankind as Victim

When reading the parable of the Good Samaritan through the eyes of Augustine, Kenneth Bailey or Matthew Henry as metaphorical Christology, we encounter an important…

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Minibus Theology: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack"

Minibus Theology: “The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack”

I wish I could say “Don’t worry, nothing’s going to happen to us” as I tuck my kids in at night. But I can’t promise that. Here’s what I say instead.

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Thanksgiving: an act of rest

Thanksgiving: an act of rest

Keller defines godly rest as “to be utterly satisfied with what’s been done.”

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Unity in Diversity (at Conferences)

Unity in Diversity (at Conferences)

In my experience true togetherness has to start somewhere. It’s a road of faithful awkwardness until unity starts to ring true.

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2 ways to serve refugees today

2 ways to serve refugees today

The numbers of refugees and internally displaced people in the Middle East are staggering, but here are 2 ways you can serve refugees TODAY.

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Vulnerability & the Age of Ultron

Vulnerability & the Age of Ultron

Cross cultural workers often feel the pressure to be good at everything – superhuman, even. But maybe vulnerability packs a secretly beneficial punch…

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Come (weary, burdened) to Jesus

Come (weary, burdened) to Jesus

“Come all who are weary, I’ll give you rest.” An invitation from Jesus in Matthew 11.

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Walking with Elijah through unmet expectations

Walking with Elijah through unmet expectations

Elijah’s story helps us walk through unmet expectations.

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Take another scroll

Take another scroll

How do you handle disappointment? Jeremiah, Carey, Kipling and John point us to robustness: “Take another scroll”

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"We left everything behind in Baghdad, but we have a mighty God"

“We left everything behind in Baghdad, but we have a mighty God”

Bassam holds his sleepy daughter in one arm & tells the story of his last few months in Baghdad. “We left everything behind, but we have a mighty God.”

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Sent like Jesus: on sending and being sent

Sent like Jesus: on sending and being sent

Christmas is the triumph of meekness. Witness God’s soliloquy in Luke 20:13: “What shall I do? I’ll send my son! Maybe they will honour him.”…

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Appreciation Training Camp

Appreciation Training Camp

One of the great sins in cross-cultural living is non appreciation. But genuine love for people will mean that you cannot dismiss or discount their world.

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Obey Jesus. Come get your daily bread.

Obey Jesus. Come get your daily bread.

Your loving Father has daily bread for you, and he is willing to give it freely.

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No Shortcuts

No Shortcuts

I prayed for a miracle. It didn’t happen. There were only two options left: Work hard, learn bit-by-bit and practice, or give up the dream.

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Grace-sandwiched Giving

Grace-sandwiched Giving

Generous giving isn’t Christian karma. God’s grace motivates our giving, and our giving is evidence of God’s grace – the filler in a grace sandwich.

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Build a faith inheritance. Start today.

Build a faith inheritance. Start today.

In 1962 Don and Carol Richardson traveled to Southeast Asia with a dream of bringing the message of Jesus to the Sawi people.

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Waiting with Guns and Grappling Hooks

Waiting with Guns and Grappling Hooks

If there is such a thing as a typical girl, I am not one of them. I would rather hike than sunbathe. I would rather drink a pint than a cocktail.

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At the end of Faith, there is Grace

At the end of Faith, there is Grace

How many cross-cultural workers relate to Peter? He heard Jesus say “Come,” climbed out of the boat, and started to walk on the water.

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Day 12: There will be no more night

Day 12: There will be no more night

Look at the stars. The world is growing ever fuller of them. In our day, in our time, the world is filling with a starry host. Millions of blessed people…

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Day 11: Into His Wonderful Light

Day 11: Into His Wonderful Light

I live in a part of the world where power cuts are frequent. There’s been a big improvement, but life comes to a near standstill when the power goes off.

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Day 10: Fully Satisfied

Day 10: Fully Satisfied

Is it possible to be satisfied in this life? Consider the culture we live in: before you unwrap your gift a newer, better, faster version on the shelves.

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Day 9: Light for Revelation

Day 9: Light for Revelation

After Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi, the last Old Testament prophets to write scripture, there were no more recognized prophets in Israel for 400 years.

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Day 8: We saw His star and worshiped

Day 8: We saw His star and worshiped

Without thinking twice, the Magi set off on their long journey to see the new king, and in doing so invested their time, money, personal safety and more.

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Day 7: The Shepherd

Day 7: The Shepherd

I don’t know who was first to think it, but Jacob was first to say it. As an expert herdsman, he recognised the essential shepherding functions…

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Day 6: Radiance of God's Glory

Day 6: Radiance of God’s Glory

If you want to see God – look at Jesus. Jesus is both the brilliance, the light, of God’s glory. He is also the delight, the sheer happiness of God’s glory.

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Day 5: Tender Mercy, Rising Sun

Day 5: Tender Mercy, Rising Sun

Because of God’s tender mercy, Zechariah says that “the rising sun will come to us.” Jesus, the rising sun from heaven, brings us both healing and light.

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Day 4: Light to the Ends of the Earth

Day 4: Light to the Ends of the Earth

Do you belong to Christ? Then you are a child of God, through faith. And you’ve been adopted in to a beautiful, messy, worldwide family.

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Day 3: The People Walking in Darkness have seen a Great Light

Day 3: The People Walking in Darkness have seen a Great Light

Just as I had finally got to sleep on the sofa, teething baby in my arms, I heard a faint call from the bedroom upstairs. A familiar call of “Muuuum” grew in length and volume until it was heard all around the house.

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Day 2: Look at the Stars

The other day I was with my toddler on the way back from the grocery store. He has recently developed an obsession with trucks…

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Day 1: Let there be Light

The storyteller clears his throat. His listeners quickly settle into their seats, inhale, and wait. Then he begins: “In the beginning, God…”

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Light of the World - An Invitation by ToWinSome.com

Light of the World: An Invitation

An invitation to behold Jesus, the Light of the World, through an Advent series of short scriptural meditations leading up to Christmas.

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Those who can't, pray?

Those who can’t, pray?

A well-known quote says “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Sometimes we approach prayer the same way. “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, pray.”

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The Song of the Arrow - Season of Preparation

The Song of the Arrow – Season of Preparation

Isaiah 49:1-6 is “The Song of the Arrow.” It speaks to those in the season of preparation, between beginning to feel stirred to go, and getting on a plane.

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Plodder with a Bursting Heart

Plodder with a Bursting Heart

Some of us are faith people. Sprinters. Some are patience people. Marathoners. To relocate a family, learn a language and plant a church requires both.

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"A slave to everyone" (1 Cor. 9:19-23, Part 3)

“A slave to everyone” (1 Cor. 9:19-23, Part 3)

We must seek to identify as closely and deeply as we can with the people we are reaching. But why? Our series continues today with four more reasons.

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"I have made myself a slave" (1 Cor. 9:19-23, Part 2)

“I have made myself a slave” (1 Cor. 9:19-23, Part 2)

If you are concerned about reaching new nations for Christ, then you are concerned with contextualization. The Son of God had to incarnate. So do you.

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