Partnership is both a biblical imperative and a practical reality. The more the world sees us working together, and the more the Christian community sees us working together, the more impact we will have. We need to repent of any sense of competition.
What do you think of when you hear the words “Bible translation work”? Maybe you envision grey-headed missionaries bent over a make-shift desk in a thatched hut somewhere in rural Africa, translating God’s Word into the language of a primitive tribe. Or maybe it doesn’t conjure any visions. Maybe you think Bible translation work is a thing of the past, something that’s no longer needed.
Widows, orphans, the poor, refugees… These are people whose lives have taken unexpected turns. They are all suffering in various ways. And if you’ve read the Bible, you know God has a special place in his heart for them. He cares about the downtrodden, the outsider, the stranger, the lonely.
I once heard prayer described as being God-conscious 24-hour a day. I like that. To me, prayer is part of what it means to have a two-way relationship with God.
“For we believe that Jesus died and rose again…” – 1 Thessalonians 4:14, NIV When we think of Easter, we think of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. And obviously, that’s what it’s about. Easter is the centerpiece of our faith. But one of the things that has been gnawing away at me for the last couple of years is that we have almost set aside death and resurrection as just about Easter. In reality, it’s a motif, as …
People start the year with the best of intentions. Whether they’re setting out to get in shape or to learn a new language, they have high hopes. But by February disappointment and defeat have set in. They give up. The same is true with our goals for Bible reading. We pick out a plan and then… around three weeks in… oops… missed a few days. We think, “Well, that’s not gonna work.” And we decide to maybe give it another …
At this time of year, lots of people are making New Year’s resolutions. I bet you can guess what the most popular resolution is. That’s right: losing weight/getting in shape. Many of us aren’t eating right or exercising, and we know we probably should be. So at the start of the New Year, we give it another go.
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