Our church began supporting Bryan and Cheri as missionaries in Africa many years ago, and I was always encouraged to read their reports. Their letters were full of stories of people saved, churches planted, training national pastors and workers, and pioneering new villages with the gospel.
When the Stensaases would return to the States for furlough, Bryan and I enjoyed great fellowship, and he was always eager to tell about what God was doing in Uganda.
Unbeknownst to me, Bryan began developing neuropathy in his feet several years ago. This is a painful disease for anyone, but for a missionary who is constantly hiking jungle trails, it’s severely limiting. (more…)
Last week, I gave my personal endorsement of Ted Cruz for President of the United States, and he asked if I would describe why I have done so. (I’d like to note that this is my personal endorsement only, not a ministry endorsement.)
We are blessed in this election cycle with multiple candidates whose campaign positions are conservative and value based. For that, I am thankful. But to me there are a few areas that set Senator Ted Cruz apart, and I am honored that he asked for my endorsement:
He is a Christian. Being a Christian is not a requirement for holding public office, but I do appreciate that Senator Cruz shares a clear testimony of being born again through the blood of Christ. There are many politicians that claim the title “Christian” in an election cycle to gain support from evangelicals. Senator Cruz has been unashamed of Christ through the years, before in the Senate and now in the broader political arena of running for President of the United States.
He iscourageousfor religious freedom. I’m concerned about the slipping religious freedoms in America today. (My recent minibook describes how Christians must learn to live and witness as a minority here in the United States.) I’ve been grateful for Senator Cruz’s acknowledgment of our threatened freedoms and the marginalization of Christians, and I’m thankful that he’s grafted this issue into his campaign platform. (more…)
A well-turned phrase can condense profound truth into a memorable statement. For this reason, I like quotes in general.
Some of my favorite quotes, however, are statements from missionaries of yester-year who are still remembered for their dedication and surrender to the Lord. In fact, it is their testimony that makes their quotes so weighty. They didn’t just talk about surrender, sacrifice, and eternal investments; they lived it.
Below are fifteen of my favorite missionary quotes. They are convicting, helpful, and encouraging to me. I hope they are to you as well. (And if you’ve never read the biographies of these missionaries, I’d encourage you to do so.) (more…)
Do you ever wonder how a nation that carved the words of Scripture into its stone monuments and inscribed “In God We Trust” on its currency could come to the place where the Bible is openly scorned and its truth is disregarded?
Although there have been concerning trends in our nation for years, it seemed to me that the Supreme Court decision this past summer granting same-sex marriage as a constitutional right brought this rejection of God to the level of an official national position.
Just decades ago, we saw the resurgence of what some called the “moral majority” in America, but today, Christians who believe the Bible can only be described as a “moral minority.”
How did we get here as a nation? Is there hope for a national turning back to God? And more importantly, what can Christians do today to make a difference for Christ? (more…)