Frightfully good

Note: We continue to pray for our good brother John Henson’s recovery. He continues in ICU in a Nashville hospital. He writes both for TFR and Forthright Magazine.

Some frightfully good material is coming out of certain quarters among us. Some of it comes from people converted out of the world. They feel the sharpness of the gospel. They know the despair of the darkness and the freedom of the light. They do more than rail at the devil; they ramp up the beauty of redemption and the bounty of God’s plan. They do more than throw a verse at the reader only to launch into strange territory; they engage the text, explore its context, make pungent application.

I confess to feeling embarrassed by the insipidity of some other writings, especially in the area of devotionals. (Perhaps it’s a case of this pot calling the kettle black.) In the presence of the Almighty God, why offer up pablum that has been repeated so often it only rates yawns? It is one thing to be simple. Simplicity recommends itself every time. It is quite another to be simplistic and bland. (It seems best not to muddy the waters with names and addresses.) Continue reading

#corollaries, #missions, #prayer, #writing

Christian action verbs make for good study series

Our little project of studying Christian action verbs is close to the half-way point. There’ll be 52 of them, in all. I hope to use it this next year, so I’m writing them up and publishing them to the Brazilian devotional site. Some of them are getting translated for “Walking with God.” Today’s is entitled, “Action: Judge.”

The format of the 3×5 index card is such an interesting one that a number of our projects are put in it, including this one. So one has to write with brevity and make every word count.

The emphasis of this project comes from such passages as Mt 7.21, words of our Lord Jesus in the sermon on the mount, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven—only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven” (NET). So what does this doing of the Father’s will look like? We take a look at that. Continue reading

#corollaries, #missions, #plans, #translation

Baptist group cuts missionary numbers. What about us?

Yesterday, RNS published a story of a missionary couple in Africa supported by the Southern Baptist denomination’s International Missionary Board. They’re taking early retirement and returning to the US after 33 years abroad, because the IMB is reducing the number of missionaries it supports after a drop in funding. The SBC is losing members, thus income is down. This was announced back in August. The RNS report puts a face to the numbers. Continue reading

#missions

Moshers’ permanent residency approved in NZ

From Lance, Kristen, and Silas Mosher, received Oct 12: We just heard from Immigration New Zealand, and our residency has been approved. To save you from all of the details, this basically means we can live and work in New Zealand for as long as we would like, with a few conditions. Continue reading

#missionaries, #missions, #new-zealand

Prayer: friend’s mission trip

A devoted brother in Christ will travel Thursday to a city with no church to teach a person interested in living according to Jesus’ principles in the 21st Century. If you’d like more info on his trip, see this link:

http://gospeak.tiddlyspace.com/#MinasMissionTrip3105

May God use this opportunity to bring the gospel to yet another location where it has yet to be heard.

#evangelism, #gospel, #missions

Convenience and connectivity cost too much

Convenience comes at a price. It may seem paradoxical, but usually that price is measured in the loss of health. Convenience purports to save time, but we don’t seem to be better off in that area, do we? Often, too, we pay dearly in monetary cost. Continue reading

#bible-study, #brazil, #corollaries, #missions

Barton Kizer in Cusco, Peru: Another river baptism today

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Barton writes: “Another river baptism today! Coritza was first introduced through the medical campaign in March and then studied the Bible with Corinne. Today she was baptized into Christ!” — via Photos from Barton Kizer’s post in Cusco Missions.

So many good things happen in the kingdom of God, daily, that we just don’t know about. These are the things we ought to share, to encourage us and others.

If you’ve come to this post from the Brotherhood News story, Facebook often blocks access, but you can try the link above. We didn’t want you to get a dead link.

#baptisms, #missions