In Memoriam

Even though we had known each other for fifteen years, I did not talk to our neighbor, Sonia, very often. We would have a little conversation once in a rare while. We prayed together out on the street the morning of 911. I had not really talked to her much since that morning as I stood at her door early in 2007. She invited me in and our conversation took an unexpected turn. “Rajan is an alcoholic,” she told me. I was shocked! I never suspected Sonia’s husband had a drinking problem. “I’m thinking about a divorce,” Sonia confessed. I … Continue reading In Memoriam

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The Seed of the Church

Three Men Martyred in Turkey The details were grisly and shocking. The brutal murder of three Christians has the attention of many people in Turkey and around the world. Susanne, the wife of the German missionary, told reporters, “Oh, God forgive them, for they know not what they do,” quoting Jesus’ words on the Cross. Her words are powerful in a world where revenge is the norm. Martyrs: The Seed of the Church We do not know at this time what the impact of the murders and of her forgiveness will have on Turkey. Throughout the centuries, wherever martyrdom occurs, … Continue reading The Seed of the Church

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“I Don’t Understand”

Bonnie Witherall opened the door to the Sidon clinic in South Lebanon. Five shots rang out from the religious extremist’s gun and she joined the ranks of martyrs in the throne room of God. Bonnie had ministered to Palestinian refugee women in Sidon. After her death, many other missionaries were kicked out of the country or asked to leave, and the local believers were living in fear. They did not reopen the clinic and did not reach out to their Muslim neighbors. So this modest building in the heart of Hezbollah territory, once full of life with outreach to kids, … Continue reading “I Don’t Understand”

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Martha? Or Mary?

“I don’t care what the Bible says,” Elma stated. I was a little taken aback by this statement and several others she made. I had put together a handful of verses for her, but she was obviously not going to be interested! She then told me a lot of her life story, mixed with tears. She had lost her husband thirty years ago and two of her children had died young. I decided afterward that I had prepared to talk to a “Martha,” but Elma was a “Mary.” One of God’s lessons for me this year comes from a message … Continue reading Martha? Or Mary?

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Hasten His Return

“Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.” ~ 2 Peter 3: 11 – 12a I was reading yesterday in The Move of the Holy Spirit in the 10/40 Window by Bush and Pegues (page 24). The book is older and did not have current statistics. However, the number of Christian martyrs is staggering! “Between 1900 and 1980, approximately 26 million, more than half of all Christian martyrs ever, were killed.’ As I … Continue reading Hasten His Return

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