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Be On Guard

“O Timothy, GUARD the deposit entrusted to you.” – 1 Timothy 6:20, emphasis mine “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to GUARD until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard(…)

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Ministry Update – July 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS UPDATE LETTER God is so good to us, all the time. I just want to begin this update by telling you how thankful I am that God’s goodness comes to me through you; through your prayers and support of my ministry. It has been a busy month here(…)

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July Mid-Month Ministry Update

Already the month of July has been a crazy one. I just wanted to throw in a quick update to say that stuff is moving along quickly right now. God has blessed us with the ability to buy a car for the work here. It isn’t new, but after spending some time with mechanics getting(…)

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Responding to Reckless Faith (A Personal Confession)

Here in Haiti, unless I have other church engagements, I have been attending Port-au-Prince Fellowship, which is an English-speaking church originally targeted (it seems to me) at the large number of expats, NGO volunteers, and foreign government workers. Today the church has a pretty balanced congregation of English-speaking Haitians and us foreigners. I love this(…)

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Do You Not Remember?

In my quiet time, I am slowly reading through the book of Mark, which is the shortest of the four gospels, but is packed with great stories, teachings, and examples set by Jesus. Mark didn’t mess around with his writing, and as such, often packs quite a punch. The other day in my study time(…)

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Jesus, Who Do You Say That I Am?

There is a great story in the Bible that you’ve probably heard preached many times where Jesus comes to the disciples and He asks them, “Who do you say that I am?” Eventually Peter speaks up and declares, “You are the Christ, the Son of God.” That’s powerful, right? But what interests me the most,(…)

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Ministry Update – June 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS UpdatE LETTER The other day at church a young man from L.A., here on a short term mission team, asked me what I have learned or if I had any advice for him. What I told him was not profound, but I believe it is the same advice necessary(…)

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What’s the Plan?

The Bible is very interesting when it talks about God’s plans. He has personal plans for us (Jeremiah 29:11) and even when it seems like things aren’t going according to plan, God tells us that he is still working behind the scenes for our good (Romans 8:28). God is a personal God, so it makes(…)

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Ministry Update – May 2012

————————————————————————————————————————— You can also subscribe to the Heart of God Haiti newsletter here. ————————————————————————————————————————— As I write this letter, I am reminded of the writings of King Solomon: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to break down, and a time to build up” -Ecclesiastes. 3:1-3 As(…)

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The Book That Reads You

I have often heard the quote concerning the Bible, which says, “this book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book.” If I were to be really honest here, in my shallow faith I always thought this was a relatively dumb saying. There is no way reading a book would(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 3

For the last couple of weeks I have been sharing my observations of characteristics and experiences had by the Christians in the book of Acts. If you have missed them, be sure to read part 1 and part 2. And then today, to close it out, here is the final section of the book of(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 2

Last week we began looking through the book of Acts at the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life, then known as “The Way.” As I have continued in this study in my personal time, it became clear to me that two posts(…)

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Ministry Update – April 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS UPDATE LETTER Two months in and my mission to Haiti is completely different than what I expected. Yet, God has sovereignly used this assignment to lead me into a deeper awareness of the needs in this country while preparing me for what lies ahead. One thing I’ve learned(…)

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Life in the Book of Acts – Part 1

Lately I have been spending a lot of time in the book of Acts, just making observations in my journal of the characteristics that marked believers and the things they experienced as they followed the Holy Spirit in this new life. In this post I share my findings from the first half of the book(…)

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How to Live Tax-Free

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?” He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or(…)

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Because He Lives, We Live!

(This is Part 3 of my Easter Weekend series. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2) This is it. This is the day on which all of eternity shifts. Easter. Resurrection Day. Death is defeated. Jesus lives! As I have meditated on the resurrection, I am reminded of Peter and John standing before the High(…)

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The Darkest Day in Christian History

(This is part 2 of my Easter Weekend series. Click here for part 1.) Put yourself in the place of the twelve disciples for a minute. For about the last three years you have walked with Jesus and seen every great miracle and heard every teaching he has presented. You have possibly been one of(…)

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Crucified

(This is part 1 of an Easter weekend blog series) To Christians, today  is known as “Good Friday,” a  celebrated holiday so called because it is the day that the sacrifice was made for our sins in Jesus willingly dying on the cross. For those of us who have tasted the grace of God, however,(…)

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Ministry Update – March 2012

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS UPDATE LETTER On March 1st I landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and as cliché as it may sound, I really can’t believe it’s already been a month. As an always-busy American, one of the hardest things for me to adjust to any time I enter a third-world setting is(…)

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Rules Don’t Equal Righteousness

What is the essence of true spirituality? What does it look like for someone to live out  in the world the life they received through new (spiritual) birth in Christ? These questions have been weighing on my mind a lot lately as I have been discussing with others the call of the Christian as an(…)

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