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The rich young leader was challenged to abandon that which was dear—his control, his riches.  Jesus judged his status as incomplete …

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Following Jesus

Serve Him with All Our Being

God doesn’t need our help. He can do anything. But since He created us and planned for us to serve, let’s serve Him generously with all our being

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Getting Ready

Between Eden and Eternity

When you find yourself doubting that you can impact eternity remind yourself that God is competent to fulfill the dream he has planted in you.

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Gifts and Skills

Assisted to Assist

The account of Jesus healing Peter’s mother-in-law is recorded in Matthew, Mark and Luke. Why is it so important that this single solitary healing early in His ministry receive so much press?

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Life’s Events are Not in our Control

We hang on to our career because we cannot imagine the Lord directing our paths to move into full-time service for Him. But even Jesus did not organize the unfolding of some very key events.

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Gifts and Skills

You are a Special Treasure

“Treasure these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” (Duet 11:18) What are these words the Lord wants you to treasure in your innermost being?

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Careers & Missions

Indistractable?

The question for the new year is not, “Where am I in life?” but “Where am I in Christ?”

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Following Jesus

Public Service Announcement

PSA normally stands for Public Service Announcement.
It is an acronym to remember as we walk the earth each day: Pray, Scan, Ask.

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MissionNext

A Thanksgiving Reflection

What is it about holidays that brings Charlie Brown movies out of the woodwork? Everywhere we turn, it’s time for another Peanuts episode!

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Careers & Missions

Only Our Best

We have been forgiven much. The expectation of the Lord is for us to be overflowing with a grateful spirit. We are bought with a price. Therefore, our time and our skills are His, but He wants us to serve willingly.

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Following Jesus

A Generous Response

It is recorded in all four gospels that Simon, healed by Jesus of leprosy, hosted a dinner in Jesus’ honor – a one-time act of service. But it is the thankful woman that invests the best she has to offer—she anoints the head and feet of Jesus.

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Following Jesus

The Cost of No Decision

We know in business and in other areas of life, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. It is a big risk to avoid risk. We are to lay up our time, talent and treasure for our eternity with Him.

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General

Starship Earth

The consequences of choice have already been determined by the sovereign God, and from this there is no appeal.

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Following Jesus

Life’s Events are Not in our Control

We hang on to our career because we cannot imagine the Lord directing our paths to move into full-time service for Him. But even Jesus did not organize the unfolding of some very key events.

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Following Jesus

The Lord is There

Effectiveness in ministry or marketplace is related to connectedness to the Lord and 1) Bible, 2) Bible, and 3) Bible.

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Following Jesus

Fear of the Unknown

What if we run out of money?  What if times are hard?  Is Covid a problem? What about medical care? What if I can’t stand

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Following Jesus

Step Out of Your Shoes!

It is not “God has a wonderful plan for your life.” It is “God has a wonderful plan,” and you are part of it. God can use you when you allow Him to step into your shoes.

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General

User-Friendly Prayer App

We can use our lives to push the boundaries of the kingdom with quick or focused prayers to make a difference in the corridors of eternity.

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Careers & Missions

But I am With You

Moses objected when challenged by God, “Who am I that I should go …” The Lord’s response? “Certainly I will be with you.” That was to be enough for Moses, and intended to be enough for you and me. 

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Careers & Missions

Anticipate Adventure

Give the sacrifice of time to be in the Word and, by faith, see where the wind of the Spirit will blow.

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Following Jesus

The Jesus Cup

In all circumstances we must be satisfied with Jesus. Allow your cup to run over.

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MissionNext

Introducing MissionNext

CEO VLOG POST – Sept 2023 This Vlog is of special interest for those following the MissionNext Journey. https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/560702755

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Getting Ready

Working Through Barriers

Jesus meets us when we step out in faith and work through the barriers to accomplish what he has put in our hearts. He meets us at the point of need.

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Careers & Missions

Who Me?

God has assigned us to be responsible to represent Him well

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Following Jesus

The God of the Few

It is often the few and the bold entrepreneurs in ministry that make a difference among the nations

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Getting Ready

Lord of Loose Ends

Prayerfully engage with God to do something big. See if He is good for His promise to multiply your efforts 30, 60, 100X, or even 5000.

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Getting Ready

Our Hope is in Him

The more we long for Jesus — to know him intimately and love him fully—the more we are deeply satisfied. And the more we want others to find that same joy.

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Getting Ready

Turn the Page

After the darkness, despair is turned to delight after we turn the page to the resurrection of Matthew 28. There is a dazzling display of power ending never.

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Missions at Home

Pandemic Places

Throughout history, Christians have cared for the sick around them, providing food and water instead of abandoning them often with their “quaranteam.”

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Following Jesus

Desperate for Jesus

Seeking the Lord in great earnest is the best way to get a clear assignment from Him and see Him work in us and through us.

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Getting Ready

It Pays to Pay Attention

The hints for effective living are already within us. God’s will for us, his direction for us, generally has more to do with what gives us new life in Him, what energizes us and what gives us delight. It pays to pay attention!

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Getting Ready

Costly Speech

See what it is like to work with righteous, godly people in the world of missions.

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Careers & Missions

God’s Thunderclap

Calling all people to repent and realign their lives with the infinite worth of the glory of God.

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Following Jesus

Who is Your Neighbor?

Jesus identifies the neighbor we are to love as ourselves as someone who is the most ethnically, culturally, linguistically distant from us.

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Following Jesus

Be Interrupted

Still today Jesus urges us to go. His instructions: Go. Be interrupted. Make disciples of the nations.

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Getting Ready

Getting an Assignment

The decision to accept an assignment to disciple the nations is a transaction between you as a Christ-follower and the Holy Spirit.

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Getting Ready

Obadiah – A Major Message

For Esau it was the lure of short-term gain of the flesh, the here-and-now, and immediate comfort over the long-term joy God has promised as was the perspective of Jacob.

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Gifts and Skills

Humble Beginnings; Humble Life

It is no coincidence that Jesus calls us to an attitude of humility. Jesus is our Example in Chief. He told us to give of our resources and ourselves cheerfully and generously.

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Getting Ready

Prescription For Joy

Many have pursued their mission and vision and have seen the Lord multiply their efforts 30, 60 and 100-fold. It leads to great joy!

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Getting Ready

Lord, Increase My Faith

The more God responds to our requests to be used by Him, the more likely it is that our faith will be increased so our next request will be even bigger.

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Getting Ready

No Time to Waste

We have been created for a global purpose—called to participate on the front lines of this mission.

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Careers & Missions

Grace Journey

The final scene in Philippians is like the end of a movie. At the end of chapter 4 the screen goes dark and names roll up. Normally it is time to tune out. But wait! This is important!

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Missions Abroad

The Future of Missions

What does the future hold? “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Hab 2:14

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Careers & Missions

Through the Eye of a Needle

For a camel to go through a small opening in the Jerusalem wall – the eye of the needle, the camel has to be stripped of anything weighing him down and get on his knees. This is a great picture of what we must do…

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Following Jesus

The Jesus Cup

It does not matter what the circumstances are, we must be satisfied with Jesus. Allow your cup to run over.

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Careers & Missions

The Other Three Billion

We now have the means to reach people we have never been able to reach previously. Now is the time to be intentional about offering your time, talent and treasure to Him.

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