October 15, 2018

Prayer has less to do with words and posture and more to do with intimacy and closeness, like a child has with his father or mother. As in prayer, the nearness of God is not determined by space and time, but rather by the inner relationship and intimate fellowship we have with Him in our hearts. Just the other day, I was meeting with a few of my coworkers in the ministry. Before we started to discuss some things we were… Read more

October 11, 2018

In 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “There will be carnal reasoning among believers, backsliding, laziness, self-centered living and self-seeking. But for you, Timothy, be different! Be bold as a lion; don’t be afraid. Be authentic and genuine. Be unselfish. Don’t follow the crowd. If need be, Timothy, stand alone. But for you, be faithful until the end. There is a crown waiting for you.” (2 Timothy 2:1; 3:10, 14; 4:5, paraphrased) This call to live by godly… Read more

October 10, 2018

Christianity is not following a system, theology, doctrines or some ideas. It is following Christ. In all things that we do, we must keep in mind that the highest, most sacred call the Lord gave us is to walk with Him, to love Him and to know Him. That’s why the Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians: “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). All because of Jesus. In chapter three, Paul explains… Read more

October 9, 2018

What Is Prayer? Simply put, prayer is conversation between Father and child. Have you ever noticed how a child comes and talks to his mom or dad? You never need to look for a dictionary to find out the meaning of the words children use. They come just as they are. They come simply. You will never find a child getting into a frenzy and fluctuating his voice as he talks. All you will hear is a small voice, in… Read more

October 5, 2018

One morning after prayer I was talking to a senior leader in our work on the mission field. . . . In our conversation we were discussing who might be able to take a certain new position. I asked him, “What do you think about this particular brother? He seems to be a really godly man. Why don’t we think about putting him in that position?” We talked back and forth about this brother’s abilities, his lack of experience and… Read more

September 27, 2018

A young man from an Indian village stood at the railway platform waiting to board the train. In his arms he carried a small baby wrapped in a torn blanket, while two young children, frightened by the strange surroundings, held onto his shirt. Finally, loud warning horns went off as, at last, the train thundered into the railway station with a deafening noise. As the train came to a screeching halt, the doors flew open letting a stream of passengers… Read more

September 26, 2018

One of our great difficulties in life is that we try to understand Christ and relate to Him in terms of time and space. When we talk about being near someone or looking at someone, we think in terms of our eyes and ears and distance. But time and space are only relevant to us as finite beings. God is everywhere . . . which is why the psalmist declares, “One cannot hide from Him anywhere, He is closer to… Read more

September 20, 2018

In 2 Timothy 2:5, St. Paul writes, “Anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.” Take notice of the fact that no athlete—to whom Paul compares the servant of God—makes up the rules of the game. They are pre-established by the authorities—with no gray areas. One must run strictly according to these rules or else the judge of the game will disqualify him, even if he is the first… Read more

September 19, 2018

The life of a civilian and the life of a soldier are worlds apart. The civilian is under no one’s order. He can do as he pleases. From nine to five he can work as an employee at his job, earn his money, go to his home in the evening, enjoy his weekends and plan his vacations. He is a civilian. But the soldier’s life is different—he is under orders. He cannot simply do as he pleases. He leaves his… Read more

September 18, 2018

In 2 Timothy 2:3, the Apostle Paul writes to Timothy, “Join with me in suffering, like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” Everyone, at some point or another, faces suffering, the soldier especially. However, it is not so much what we suffer, but how we suffer that matters. The way our heart responds to suffering is crucial, because by it we will either advance or become stagnant. To suffer like a good soldier is to willingly endure all for the… Read more

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