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THE FORGOTTEN JUNGLES

RIVER MINISTRY IN PERU BY JESSE MATTIX South America’s jungle lands are deep in the middle of the continent and stretch into the neck of Panama. The jungle is almost forgotten, but a careful reading of colonial history and archaeology reveals places where the Inca people took refuge as they retreated from the Spanish on the western side of the continent, later known as Peru. To the Spanish who took the Pacific side, the jungle was a place of abandonment and exile; fear of wild animals and disease kept them at a distance. The Portuguese, who colonized the eastern side [...]

THREE THINGS THAT DIVIDE US (AND SHOULD THEY?)

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!Psalm 133:1 ESV The KJV uses the word “brethren” instead of brothers. And while David was not specifically referring to those of us (tongue in cheek) referred to as “the brethren”, he would certainly apply it to us if he could have seen the future. The unity of the Spirit is an undisputed truth. Unfortunately, it is something Paul had to exhort the Ephesians (and us) to endeavor to keep. Living out the reality of unity in the body of Christ requires hard work. It is crucial to decide what [...]

IS A GANG MORE LOVING THAN YOUR CHURCH?

It was heartbreaking because I thought the gangs are a better picture of a family than the churches? The gangs are a better picture of the body than we are? They are having a fellowship and a sharing that we don’t see in the Church of Jesus Christ?Francis Chan This is a sobering thought and I hope that this isn’t true of your church. But if it is, what is the remedy? Could it be like the message to the church at Ephesus that you need to return to your first love? Loving others doesn’t come easily. It takes work. [...]

LOVE IN ACTION

Reaching Ireland through Christ’s Example BY COLIN & NATALIE BURNETT One of the challenges in reaching people with the Gospel is finding the balance between proclaiming the Word and meeting practical needs. Both are needed but not one at the expense of the other. We see this harmony exemplified in the Lord’s life as He went about doing good. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

5 REASONS SOMEONE MIGHT STAY AT YOUR CHURCH

Over 17 years ago my wife and I walked into our current church and by the end of the morning we said to each other, “We’re home.” What makes a church “home”? What makes it special? What makes it worth committing our lives to it? Here are a few suggestions from personal experience. 1. The church is a family This shouldn’t need to be stated. A church that is loving, caring and intentional about serving others will be a true Christ-centered family. This kind of family life is going to be tough to leave. It takes work though. It doesn’t [...]

REACHING THE SAMA DILAUT

AN ADVENTURE OF REDEMPTION BY DANIEL MINNELLA Staring at the steaming pile of boiled fish entrails and the side of roasted, grated cassava, I remember the missionary stories I learned in Sunday school years ago. “This is what it takes, I guess.” I squirm a little as I raise the ball of food to my mouth and see the faces of my companions watching me as if I were about to perform an impossible feat. I drop the warm, spiny ball into my mouth and chew. “Lord, please don’t let me barf,” I pray. I force a smile and say, [...]

NINE DAYS, SIX VILLAGES, ONE MISSION

Over nine days, from the end of January to the beginning of February, my dear brother Micah Tuttle and I, along with a team of eight Peruvians, journeyed into Peru’s jungle to build relationships, disciple, hold openair gospel meetings, and encourage believers. The following journal entries, written by Micah, are overviews of our days. Reading of eating jungle rats, of navigating jungle terrain far from the reaches of cell towers, and of preaching until our bodies want to collapse can muster up imagery that is disconnected from reality, but don’t miss the connection. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

IS A MID-WEEK MEETING NECESSARY?

I have heard some people recently decry churches who have stopped their corporate mid-week meeting or to meet in home Bible studies instead. Their reasoning is that the church “should” get together during the week to pray, have fellowship and learn from the Word. I certainly have no problem with a church meeting for those purposes at any time. The question that comes to mind is this, “Is a mid-week meeting mandatory from scripture?”  Of course, the simple answer is no. Is a mid-week meeting beneficial? I believe this question needs to be answered by each local church. It would [...]

5 REASONS WHY PLURALITY OF LEADERSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT

Yesterday one of my fellow elders who served for over 32 years in our assembly stepped back from the elders group. He will be missed to say the least. While we haven’t always agreed on every decision since I joined the elders over 6 years ago, we have never had angry or bitter words against each other (or in the elder’s group). I wouldn’t have wanted our leadership without him. Here are 5 reasons a group of leaders is so important to the growth of a local church. 1. Teamwork guards against extreme views The danger of a one-man leadership [...]

ANGOLA

Gather the people together . . . that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the Lord your God and carefully observe all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 31:12) The red sun of dawn stretched its golden arms over the eastern horizon of the centuries-old city of Luanda. Many inhabitants of that African city still slept, but one Portuguese couple had been awake all night. On that July day in 1971, shortly after sunrise, their middle child, a boy, was born. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine