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03
Aug
0

The people of the King work to feed the people of the world

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Why is the feeding of the 5,000 the only miracle performed by Jesus recorded in all four Gospels? Perhaps one reason is because this miracle so clearly demonstrates that Jesus is a king who provides for the real needs of the people of the world. Scholars believe 75 percent of the people in Israel during New Testament times could be classified as peasants who primarily lived in poor, rural contexts heavily dependent... Continue reading
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01
Jul
0

When the faithful are forced to the caves, how will we respond?

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As we walked up the steep hill and crossed over the final wooded path, the Anabaptist cave came into full view. Almost five hundred years ago, early Anabaptist leaders from Zurich were chased out of the city and found refuge in the neighboring villages. Each Sunday they would climb into the hills to worship in seclusion and in conviction of their belief in Jesus Christ. Gathering to worship in this sacred location... Continue reading
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01
Jun
0

A North Korean Call for Peace Today

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By Elijah M. Brown Mrs. Kim escaped North Korea on her fifth attempt. Two days before meeting her, I had stood on the DMZ border of South and North Korea and felt the weight of tense conflict infused with hope that perhaps breakthrough and reconciliation could be possible. Now, sitting with Mrs. Kim in a small corner of a vibrant Baptist church outside Seoul, she said: This is a story of pain and torture,... Continue reading
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09
May
0

God’s Word is Not Chained

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Chains, through the centuries, have held Christians in bondage. They have not, however, held back God’s word. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy -- “God’s word is not chained” (2 Timothy 2:9). This truth remains even while so many Christians are confined and restricted even today. Chains  – in the Greek, δέω – figure prominently in the New Testament. -- John the Baptist bore public advocacy to a corrupt government even as... Continue reading
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01
Apr
0

The day Gabriel Ole was Killed

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With a quivering voice, Blanche Ole quietly spoke over the phone from the Central African Republic (CAR): It is very, very difficult and I have no words to say what happened. My husband left the house as he does normally but he never came back. Later I just saw the cops. I don’t know where to start. My husband left the house in the morning and never came back and you hear... Continue reading
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01
Mar
1

Too noisy to listen, too silent to speak

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My life is filled with noise. With preschoolers whose running and laughter floods our home to the calls, plans and conversations that shape daily ministry and the constant beckoning of a fully connected phone, silence can be elusive. It is part of what made the words, “you are to stay in Le Puits, ‘the well,’” all the more surprising. This last month I participated in the Global Christian Forum (GCF) (www.globalchristianforum.org), a... Continue reading
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05
Feb
0

When prayers change a nation

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Emergency. That was the word Alberto Mamani, president of the Bolivian Baptist Union, used to describe what was beginning to unfold in Bolivia. Early last month as part of broader legislation meant to address human trafficking, Article 88, paragraph 11 of the new penal code in Bolivia raised the possibility that inviting and helping facilitate someone’s participation in a church worship service could lead to prosecution and imprisonment for seven to 12... Continue reading
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01
Jan
4

Is the Kingdom of God Enough?

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In mid-2017, while traveling in Somalia to visit with a network of underground believers on behalf of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, I was profoundly impacted by the testimony of Iman. Several years ago – though he had never met a Christian or seen a Bible – Iman’s reading of the Quran led him to the conviction that God was revealing God’s love to humanity through the person of Jesus Christ. When... Continue reading
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