Pray…and Hope

“The prayer was no sooner prayed than it was answered. Jesus called 12 of his followers and sent them into the ripe fields.” Matthew 10:1 (The Message) I wish that this were my normal prayer experience – say a prayer and it is answered! Here is the context. At the end of Matthew 9,...

Was There a Better Plan?

The plan was simple: take some American Olympians on a mission trip during their off-season. The plan looked even better when one of them won an Olympic gold medal! Things were shaping up to be a first-of-its-kind ministry trip for us. Then the dreaded texts started coming: “I’ve been injured and need to rehab,”...

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack. He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He renews my life; He leads me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for You are...

Strengthened By Prayer

On the night before Jesus was crucified, He took His disciples to the olive grove called Gethsemane, where He told them, “Sit here while I go and pray.” (Mark 14:32-42) The mission of God has sometimes been called a rescue mission, but I think it’s better to describe it using Luke 15 as a...

Workers Raised Up through Prayer

  As I have traveled in these past six months, one thing has impressed me about the places where we are seeing new fruit: a prayerful belief of those involved that God is at work. Success is not simply about using creative approaches or trying harder. It is about walking in dependence on the...

Not Just a Hearer, but a Doer Also

How does thinking about reaching “everyone” with the gospel change how you do things? Demeke is an evangelist from Ethiopia. He participated in an MC2 training, a four-phase training process to give people a vision for outreach and equip them to launch new churches and faith communities. Demeke faithfully implemented his training. A phase...

Mobilized for Mission

One day last September I attended a lunch hosted by Bekele Shanko, Cru Vice President for Global Church Movements, and Erick Schenkel, JESUS Film Director. Bekele and Erick spoke about “the vision and progress of planting an additional 5 million churches around the world.” During the program, Phil Cohn, director of Christ for All Peoples,...