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February 2018

Aged to Perfection

By |February 14th, 2018|

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be
perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. ~ James 1:4 (NASB)
READING: Hebrews 6:1-16
Veteran missionary mentors told us we would need a pressure cooker for cooking meat in Colombia. But frightening memories of those hissing monsters that we saw in the kitchens of our mothers and […]

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Standing in the Gap #2

By |February 13th, 2018|

…but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. ~ Acts 12:5b
READING: Acts 12:1-17
The best time to put a prayer team in place is before we need it. But how can we find reliable prayer warriors who know how to pray effectively for our church planting project?

Every circumstance is different. Sometimes our mother church […]

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Standing in the Gap #1

By |February 12th, 2018|

I looked for a man among them who would build up the wall and
stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land… ~ Ezekiel 22:30a
READING: Ezekiel 22:23-31
I’d never met the pastor’s wife of the church in a neighboring town but when I heard she was facing back surgery in a few days, the […]

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Grace and God

By |February 10th, 2018|

Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah a second
time: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and proclaim
to it the message I give to you.” ~ Jonah 3:1
READING: Jonah 3
We often ask of God, How much does he love me? But the relevant question is not how much God loves but when he […]

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Grace and Worship

By |February 9th, 2018|

Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered
a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows. ~ Jonah 1:16
READING: Jonah 1:11-17
The men rowed desperately to evade the storm. And when the storm subsided, their fear of the storm transformed into a fear and worship of God.

It’s not that some are desperate and some are […]

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Grace and Prayer

By |February 8th, 2018|

Each man said to his mate, “Come, let us cast lots so we may learn on
whose account this calamity has struck us.” So they cast lots and the lot
fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us, now! On whose account has
this calamity struck us? What is your occupation? And where do you come
from? […]

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Only by Prayer

By |February 7th, 2018|

After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately.
“Why couldn’t we drive it out?” He replied,
“This kind can come out only by prayer.” ~ Mark 9:28, 29
READING: Mark 9:14-29
This is an encouraging passage for church planters. Read the entire story. “Everything is possible for him who believes,” Jesus says in verse 23. Then there […]

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Time for a Prayer Retreat

By |February 6th, 2018|

But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. ~ Luke 5:16
READING: Luke 6:12-16
If the holy and perfect Son of God needed regularly to go away and pray to His Heavenly Father, how could any of us survive as church planters without regular prayer retreats? Jesus regularly withdrew to pray. Despite the crushing need of […]

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Ask for Help

By |February 5th, 2018|

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery.
Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ~ Ephesians 5:18
READING: John 16:7-14
Do you feel that ministry is too demanding – that you need help? You are right, you do need help. And the most important help you need is God’s Holy Spirit filling you every day, empowering […]

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On This Rock

By |February 4th, 2018|

…on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of
Hades will not overcome it. ~ Matthew 16:18
READING: Matthew 28:16 – 20
During the hot summer of 2000, Pastor Bashir Deewan and I prayed, planned and planted our first church in Francis Town, Karachi. How difficult it was to purchase this small piece of land […]

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