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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

CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN THE FIELD

In August 2018, we completed 10 years of being in Nicaragua. It has not always been easy, and we have learned a great deal about spiritual warfare. But we have seen the hand of the Lord work in amazing ways. The hand that was in control at the beginning is still in control today. We serve an amazing God, and Deuteronomy 31:8 still rings true for us. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

IS CHURCH A SPECTATOR SPORT?

Some years ago I was invited to attend a football game at the “big house”.  No, no, not the prison! The “big house” is the nickname of University of Michigan football stadium in Ann Arbor. The stadium is huge with a seating capacity for over one hundred and seven thousand spectators. I have never been so cold. I even went and bought a Michigan ‘hoodie’ in an attempt to get warm, but I digress…. A hundred and seven thousand people in the stands all watching two small teams of eleven players each, plus three officials. That’s just 25 people providing [...]

FLIGHT FOR A CAUSE

Aviation Strengthens Ministry Efforts in Zambia BY CHRIS BRUNDAGE For the past five years, I have been involved in mission aviation at Chitokoloki is a Mission Hospital. Chitokoloki is a busy, rural hospital with 110 beds and a team of missionaries, including a doctor, nurses, administrative support, and maintenance workers, from Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Chitokoloki is situated more than 350 miles from Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

FELLOWSHIP

What is fellowship? Is it merely sharing a meal together? Is it praying together? Is it both? Is going over to a shut-in’s house or showing hospitality?  Words matter There are two Hebrew words translated as fellowship in the KJV, one noun and one verb. In the Greek there are both feminine and masculine nouns and a verb.  Secular dictionary definitions are, frankly, nebulous and unclear. You could say a club, union league, alliance, confederacy or guild is a fellowship. I can leave any one of those and it’s no big deal. I was in a game club when I [...]