Apples and Oranges and Fruitfulness

Apples and Oranges and Fruitfulness

Apples and Oranges and Fruitfulness It is surprising to learn there are hundreds of thousands – maybe a million different kinds of fruit. For example, there are over 7500 kinds of apples, and among the class of citrus fruits, there are about 1000 types of oranges. The...
Getting an Assignment

Getting an Assignment

Getting an Assignment Isaiah met the Lord as described in the riveting passage of Isaiah 6. He saw himself as under judgment—under the sentence of death. But then, through his interaction with the Lord, was wonderfully cleansed and redeemed. His salvation was free; it...
Open Gates of Opportunity

Open Gates of Opportunity

Open Gates of Opportunity In Matthew 16, Jesus asked Peter a question that rings through the corridors of the centuries, “But who do you say that I am?” We all have to answer that question. Our eternity hangs on the answer. Peter acknowledged that Jesus...
Working Through Barriers

Working Through Barriers

Working Through Barriers Consider the ministry experience of the team that took the paralytic to Jesus.* The four friends had a goal to see to it that the paralyzed man had an encounter with Jesus. They had an active faith, believing that involving Jesus would make a...
Indistractable?

Indistractable?

Indistractable? Have you ever been to a national park with incredible scenery only to see people gazing at their cell phones? Many of us spend considerable time on our electronic devices responding to the urgent. Many of these pursuits are for good stuff, but it is...
Near Death as a Dear Life Experience

Near Death as a Dear Life Experience

Near Death as a Dear Life Experience King Hezekiah at 39 was told he had a week to live having some sort of infectious condition. The account of his reaction is recorded in Isaiah 38. Immediately Hezekiah was filled with regret—regrets regarding his relationship with...
Between Eden and Eternity

Between Eden and Eternity

Between Eden and Eternity Of all the things to put our hope in, like wealth or wisdom, nothing compares to the sure foundation of our God. He has proved Himself faithfully weaving a vast covenant narrative with His heart’s cry for humanity articulated through...
Let it be According to Your Word

Let it be According to Your Word

Let it be According to Your Word Mary is a key person in the movement to tell the whole world that God is anxious to redeem. He loves us and wants to spend eternity with us beginning now, ending never.While still a teenager, Mary exhibited humility of spirit and a...
Obadiah – A Major Message

Obadiah – A Major Message

Obadiah – A Major Message The book of Obadiah is largely ignored. Why? Well, it is in the Old Testament, it is in the Minor Prophets, it is about a people long gone, and it is a small book. But why is it there? It has a major message.On the surface it is a...
Humble Beginnings; Humble Life

Humble Beginnings; Humble Life

Nelson Malwitz Recently my brother, a retired investigative reporter, did a little sleuthing in Chicago where our Mom was born. Talking to a long time area nurse, he mentioned the name of the hospital where Mom was born in 1917. The original hospital has since been...
Your Faith & The Impact of Intimacy

Your Faith & The Impact of Intimacy

Your Faith & The Impact of Intimacy Did God create David to slay Goliath? Or did God create Goliath to show His glory?The story of David and Goliath has several main characters: Saul, the armies, the family of Jesse, and, of course, David, Goliath and the Lord....
Prescription for Joy

Prescription for Joy

Nelson Malwitz James, the brother of Jesus, gives us a prescription for joy. But this narrow path is more challenging than most of us would prefer. In James 1:2 he writes that when you meet various trials your faith is strengthened. Notice it is not “if we are...
Lord, Increase My Faith

Lord, Increase My Faith

Getting Ready Luke records the disciples asking Jesus to, “Increase our faith.” (Luke 17:5) We often ask for wisdom, but when is the last time you asked the Lord to increase your faith? Luke in Chapter 17 reports that the Lord responds to the disciples in...
No Time to Waste

No Time to Waste

Nelson Malwitz Here is a challenging, provocative quote: “We do not have time to waste. We do not have time to play artificial games in contemporary culture or wage artificial wars in comfortable churches. We have been compelled by a God centered passion, and we have...
Grace Journey

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. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you. 22...
A Generous Response

A Generous Response

Nelson Malwitz The gospels narrate how Jesus made a visit to the house of Simon the Leper at Bethany. Bethany was the home of Simon the Leper as well as Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. During the course of the evening, a woman, called a “sinner,” anoints the...
You are a Special Treasure

You are a Special Treasure

In a passage in Deuteronomy 11 the Lord issues advice to obey his word. “Store up [Treasure] these words of mine in your heart and in your soul.” What are the words the Lord want you to treasure in your innermost being? Is it “Do better”?...
Anxious to Bless

Anxious to Bless

People say “Bless you!” when you sneeze. This phrase in our culture weakens the word “bless.” The biblical idea of blessing is a strong thread. In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord starts off with a list of virtues for which he wants to bless...
Future of Mission

Future of Mission

This week the Missions Leaders of North America are gathering under the topic “The Future of Mission” at the 2019 MissioNexus conference. MissionNext is participating along with most of our partner organizations. The current global situation is that for...
The Jesus Cup

The Jesus Cup

Is your cup partly full or partly empty? Who fills your cup for you?In Ghana, I stayed in the home of a well-respected and effective ministry leader. It was a very nice home by Ghana standards – and by US standards 60 years ago. They could not drink the water,...
Responding to Perfect Leadership

Responding to Perfect Leadership

Paul communicates how God leads our lives in several ways:- Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But the one who sows to the Spirit will from...
Trade Up

Trade Up

I see some great questions as an Internet missionary. Such as,I really need your help spiritually. My Christian life is no longer what it used to be. I am not active any more and I need a God revival. OrHow do I control my bitterness and destructive attitudes? It...
Passionate About What You Are Doing?

Passionate About What You Are Doing?

Our church sponsors a missionary that has a soccer ministry in Austria. When you speak to Jason, he cannot understand why others don’t see the importance of his vision. He is passionate about the task the Lord has assigned him.Visiting the Perspectives headquarters,...
Things only Missionaries Understand

Things only Missionaries Understand

There are things that only another doctor can understand about the real life of being a doctor. There are things that only a mother or a teacher can understand about those roles. In the same way, only another missionary can really understand the life of a missionary....
Unexpected answers to prayer

Unexpected answers to prayer

God surprised us with unexpected answers to prayers during our seven month whirlwind after being accepted as members of Wycliffe Bible Translators.  My husband completed his semester of teaching University and I began an online course. We wrote letters, visited...
14 -Tips for interacting with other cultures

14 -Tips for interacting with other cultures

How will a culture God calls me to compare to mine? Most cultures are similar in that people get up in the morning, work and care for their homes. They supervise their children and want life to be better than that of the previous generation. Cultures differ in that...
Elijah and Our Story

Elijah and Our Story

The story of Elijah can be our story, stepping up in prayer. He prayed in faith and God answered. As time went on, the requests became bigger, trusting in a bigger God. As time went on Elijah prayed bigger prayers as God proved himself more than capable.  The first...
Why is There Suffering in the World?

Why is There Suffering in the World?

If God is good, why is there suffering in the world? From the larger perspective, that question can take a long time to answer and entire books have addressed this. Let’s look at the question at a micro level that affects our lives. Some buildings have doorman....
Get Out of Hell Free?

Get Out of Hell Free?

Leaders and of some renown and some entire denominations have drifted reintroducing old wine theology in a contemporary wine skin. It is outlined in a book by the title, Love Wins, for example. It captured the imagination of the secular media and others, proposing a...
Your Passion

Your Passion

Jeremy is a missionary that has a soccer ministry in Austria. When you speak to him, he cannot understand why others don’t see the importance of his vision to use this platform to introduce youth to Jesus.. He is passionate about the task the Lord has assigned...
What Does the Lord Require?

What Does the Lord Require?

There is often a sense of nostalgic when quoting Micah 6:8. This is deemed an important ideal to the human spirit, regardless of religious or political persuasion. But unpack this a bit. What are the implications for you and me? What are the expectations of the Lord...
Step Out of Your Shoes!

Step Out of Your Shoes!

Before God sent Moses on his assignment during the stunning encounter at the burning bush, Moses was instructed to take off his shoes. Why was Moses asked to step out of his shoes in Exodus 3? Holy Ground? Let’s examine that further.Notice in that passage God...
Going Fishing

Going Fishing

Gospel writers Matthew (28:19-20), Mark (16:15) and Luke (Acts 1:8) all give clear Great Commission pronouncements. What about John? He handles this in a different way in John Chapter 21 telling the story where Peter and the others have gone fishing.The details of the...
Only Our Best

Only Our Best

As God’s chosen people were settling in to be their own people group before God to represent Him to the world, the Israelites were given an instruction to give to the building of the tabernacle and serve others in Exodus 35. Verse 5 reads:From what you have,...
The God of Small Beginnings

The God of Small Beginnings

Have you ever noticed in a sports contest that when a team is ahead with time running out, the strategy often changes from playing to win to playing to avoid losing?  So many of us live life this way.  We live to avoid taking a risk, avoid a significant challenge,...
The Cost of No Decision

The Cost of No Decision

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian endeavoring to follow Jesus during the Nazi reign, wrote a benchmark book, The Cost of Discipleship. It is a call to forsake our attachments to this temporary world, for here we have no lasting city. It is a call to die to...
It Pays to Pay Attention

It Pays to Pay Attention

There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the burning bush; he looked, and the bush was blazing, yet is was not consumed. Then Moses said, “I must turn aside and look at this great sight.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God...
Assisted to Assist

Assisted to Assist

The story of the healing of Peter’s Mother-in-Law at first impression is a throwaway miracle. It does not receive much pulpit time. In the gospel of Mark, this event is sandwiched between Jesus casting out demons; her healing; then that same evening Jesus served...
What’s the Big Deal?

What’s the Big Deal?

Someone I looked up to as a successful marketplace and ministry lay-leader once told me, “I don’t want to be involved in anything unless it is a big deal.” I rather liked that idea and adopted it as my own. After all we have a big God and we can...
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