Praying for Growth

Have you ever stopped to listen to yourself pray? Do your prayers sound anything like the inspired prayers of the New Testament? The overwhelming focus of biblical prayers is on the spiritual needs of others, challenging us to pray for the greatest need of those around us: to believe and grow in Jesus Christ. Paul prays for […]

Mutual Encouragement

One of the blessings of our partnership in the gospel ministry is that we are encouraged by the very brothers and sisters we seek to encourage. The apostle Paul, who had never visited the church at Rome, spoke of this phenomenon in Romans 1:11–12. “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto […]

Do Not Be Afraid

Fear is part of life in a sin-cursed world, but it is unnecessary when we are rightly related to God through Jesus Christ. As God’s children, we can calm our hearts when we hear Jesus tell us, “Fear not,” and follow him openly and boldly. Matthew 10:24–30 gives us five reasons. First, when we identify […]

A Quiet Goal

Many times we enjoy the “highs” and excitement of life, but when those die down, we grudgingly return to the normal, everyday, boring routines of life. Paul commanded the Thessalonian church to make it their goal to live a quiet, drama-free life. “And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, […]

Consider Jesus

We find it easy to complain and wonder why our life is so difficult, but as followers of Jesus Christ, we need only consider Him to put things into perspective. The writer of Hebrews reminds his readers, who are suffering the seizure of the property and being threatened with even greater persecution, to keep their […]

Let Your Light Shine

Jesus told his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). This is a great reminder that Jesus’ followers need to open their lives and their mouths to proclaim Jesus Christ to […]

Clothed in Humility

The apostle Peter admonishes Christians, “Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he […]

A Praiseworthy Name

Every place values different things. Here in south Texas, a few cooler days (around 70°) are a refreshing and appreciated change of pace. Perhaps where you are, a warm, sunny day may have everyone talking. Your favorite hometown sports team may be a bitter rival in another city. But no matter where in the world […]

How Will They Hear?

Greetings from warm and windy south Texas! We are both one week into our two-semester Spanish language program at the Rio Grande Bible Institute in Edinburg, Texas. Some may wonder why we would spend a whole year this way between deputation and Chile. While we are eager to get to Chile and join the Flincks and […]

Is Chile the Only Spiritual Desert?

As we have traveled to churches over the past fourteen months and talked with many people, we have tried to communicate the spiritual needs in northern Chile. Antofagasta and the surrounding areas are spiritual deserts, in dire need of the gospel and Bible-preaching churches. But we make sure we also let people know that Chile […]