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Made ON Purpose and FOR Purpose


Posted By on May 18, 2020

A recurring theme throughout our teaching is that we each have been made ON purpose (Psalm 139) and we also have been made FOR purpose (Ephesians 2:10).  Many of us, who are not involved in a formal (institutional) church ministry, sometimes wonder whether or not we are doing something that matters or whether it matters to God when we use our gifts for making things, cooking things, building things, serving people, and so on. So we...

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Do You See Grapes or Giants?


Posted By on May 4, 2020

The book of Numbers, chapters 13 and 14, tells the story of the leaders of the tribe of Israel who were sent to scout the Promised Land and report back to the Israelites as to what they saw. Remember that just prior to this, the Israelites had witnessed God in action many times as He brought them out of Egypt with miracles and plagues.  They had also just walked through the Red Sea on dry land. Remember that those selected to scout...

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Africa is 20-30 days behind North America as it relates to COVID-19 cases.  This virus started in Asia, moved to Europe, then to North America, and now Africa.  The WHO predicts 3 million cases in Africa with 300,000 deaths. I spent two full days this past week, with Zoom call after Zoom call, listening to our partners in Africa and how the COVID-19 virus was affecting them personally, as well as their community, city, and nation. To...

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“The government is recommending…” “The government has announced…” “The government is not…” These words fill our world these days, as we watch what governments are doing to address COVID-19 around the world.  Some of these reports make us happy, some make us angry, some make us concerned. While the voice of government and the health community, it is also important for the Global...

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I know that the past few weeks have been a hardship for many of us, as we have been confined to our home.  It’s been difficult to change the routine of our lives in the light of the threat of COVID-19. But as I watch what has been unfolding in Europe and the US, I can’t help but imagine what the same unfolding will look like in Africa.  For most of us in North America, our “shelter in place” is really a luxury,...

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On the plane to Cameroon this weekend, I read a book called Visions of Vocation by Steven Garber. It is one of about twenty books that I have stacked on my desk, mostly gifts from my thoughtful husband who picks up any and every book he can find for me on the subject matter. As I read so many books like this, I honestly didn’t expect many more new things to be revealed.  But I was pleasantly surprised. He asks this key question...

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