Scattered thoughts as I get into my last day in Ethiopia and then catch a plane for home:
— I could eat Ethiopian food every day.
— I love teaching in this culture. There is an eagerness to learn and an attention to the value of education I don’t always get to see in my normal context. Continue reading “Final thoughts from Ethiopia”
The first week is finished at Addis Abeba Bible College where I am teaching a two week course on Wisdom Literature.
There are two other American pastors on this trip and one Ethiopian pastor who lives in Dallas. Each are teaching their assigned subjects for these two weeks as well. Continue reading “Thoughts from Ethiopia”
In four days I leave for another teaching trip to Ethiopia. This is my second journey and I can’t wait to be in this beautiful place again.
As soon as I get back (it’s a two week assignment), we dedicated our new building, ministry, and coffee shop in a special Sunday service. Continue reading “4 days to Ethiopia”
Missional is a word that seems more trendy than real. For me, it’s become more real than trendy.
Many pastors want their churches to be permanently and pervasively missional, but churches can’t be missional without multiplying disciples. Being missional is more than an occasional event to help the poor or practice friendship evangelism with a neighbor; it’s a body of people being equipped and unleashed to see the kingdom of God take root in a neighborhood, an agency, or a company. — Bob Roberts, Jr., Lessons from the East
Today’s reading for MULTIPLY discipleship is Romans 12. This passage fits perfectly following a very powerful day at our church. We had a great missions service in the morning with a packed out house. It’s Missions Emphasis, so it’s always exciting to hear what God is doing in the toughest places of the world.
We had a Prayer and Praise night last night that focused specifically on missions. Local and global, we had 90 minutes of powerful intercession.
This morning, I see this passage to read and hear these words from the Spirit: “Lock it in. You’ve broken through in some significant areas. The enemy is alerted and ready to lash back. Lock it in.”
Live transformed thinking this week. Live in a way that keeps our eyes UP, alert to what the enemy is doing… and attack more. Don’t let up.
I then saw this C.S. Lewis quote passed along by a friend on Facebook:
” In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth — only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis
Pray with an alert spirit this week!
Every week I spend time praying for the persecuted church around the world. Here is a great video on Egypt.
With the election over, I can put away my snarky hat (for the most part) and get back to other matters far more important.
Beyond the “Alex from Target” and Taylor Swift issues of our day, and certainly WAY past the “War on Christmas” issues are the serious matters of prayer for what goes on in the world.
Christians being driven out of towns in Syria.
Missionaries being threatened in areas simply because they are American and warnings have gone out for radicals to find Americans and kill them.
These are times we need PRAYER.
Please pray for believers around the world who are in FAR more harmful areas than comfortable Americans at a mall who hear “Happy Holidays.”