Burning-Heart-burn-fire-heart-love-hurt-redThe Lord is stirring so many right now to go to the nations of the earth and preach the gospel. Many, especially young people, are hearing the call to go to those who have never heard. I’m personally touched in this way, believing God’s plan is to mobilize the greatest mission thrust the earth has ever seen in this generation. This is the hour we will see a massive army of missionaries mobilized to the hardest and darkest parts of the earth for the glory of the Name of Jesus.

I was thinking if I were 20-ish and felt compelled to go to the nations I would like to know the most important things to sustain my heart on the field. It’s no secret that a large percentage of missionaries find themselves off the field within a very short period of time. I’d want to know the heart realities that sustain someone while they’re serving the Lord in a culturally unfamiliar and spiritually challenging location. Without getting into necessary natural issues like language training and dealing with culture shock(yes, it’s real), I want to offer you essential components that will sustain your heart in a missions context. Read More

life-is-the-word-typographyThere’s a famous quote, “The most important things in life aren’t things.” This is so true. Unfortunately, in America we live as if things are the most important thing. In the church and out – we emphasize natural successes above nearly everything else. From an early age we educate our children so that they will be successful. I’m all for education and literacy, but because our motive is that they would be “successful”, we start them on a cycle of futility that will never satisfy. It looks something like this: We want them to do well in grade school so they can get into college. We send them to college to get a good degree. They get a good degree to get a good job. They get a good job to make a lot of money. They make a lot of money to buy a nice house and start a family so that they can have kids, send them to school and hopefully to college to get a good degree. What’s the point? Read More

suncloudsOk, I’ll admit it, that title is HUGE. I mean who really knows THE MOST important thing about God? I’m even trembling a bit as I write this. But here’s 2 reasons why it’s important: 1) We need To Know Him as He is and not as we supposed Him to be and 2) the most important thing about God has a massive effect upon us. Whatever His main thing is, will automatically be our main thing.

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most-important-thingWhat’s the MOST important thing about you?

How you look? Definitely not.

How ’bout who your parents are or how much money you make? Nope.

What about where you live or work or go to church? Uh-uh.

The most important thing about you cannot be measured by any natural means. We spend countless hours investing in all of these things but none of them is the most important thing about us. THE MOST important thing about you is, drum roll please…

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bound4lifeAs my wife and I stood silently praying in front of the abortion clinic the woman across the street got increasingly agitated. She yelled at us, mocked us and continually called us haters. Over the course of the next hour, she held up signs that read, “Timothy McVeigh Fan Club” and “Haters.” She took pictures of us with the signs in front of us. The entire time, we did not talk or fight back, we simply stood there, silently praying for those entering the abortion clinic.

Ironically, after we finished, my wife said, “I’m pretty sure I know her.”

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God is from everlasting to everlasting. Uncreated. He has no beginning and no end. He has been forever and forever will be. I know those lofty statements are difficult to wrap your mind around, but they’re true nonetheless.

What’s interesting is that the Scripture actually gives us a glimpse into what God was doing before He created the universe. The Bible uses phrases like, “Before time began”, “Before the world was”, “Before there was ever an earth” that all describe this season of existence…when it was just God.

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As a young believer I remember hearing testimonies of men and women who had experienced power encounters with God. I had been saved from a life of dark sin and adopted the mentality that since I had gone after sin with great fervency I wanted to pursue God with even greater passion.  I wanted all that God had. Read More