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ELDERS: ACTIVE OR PASSIVE?

Not long ago, a man said something like this: I enjoyed the ministry today, but one thing you said really caught my attention. It was the statement that there is an active as well as a passive side to the work of elders. I need to do some serious thinking about that, because … through most of my years I have been a passive elder. I remember wondering how many other elders might feel the same way. Some will wonder that an article on such a subject could be needed at all. Isn’t it obvious that both active (action) and [...]

GOD PROVIDES A WAY

BY TIM & JOY BEER : Throughout Scripture, we are reminded of God’s concern for the poor, the helpless, and the widowed. We are told not to afflict them because the Lord administers justice to them and is their defender. The Bible warns against those who prey on widows and also clearly instructs the church to look after those in need. In the developing parts of the world, the church of God is constantly faced with the needs of such people, and their sad plights move Christians. Many years ago, a previous missionary, Mr. Charles Geddis, started a village here at Loloma for elderly people who had [...]

A GRANDFATHER AND GRANDSON SERVING IN ECUADOR

BY ANDY ROGERS : I recently had the privilege of visiting the village of Morete Cocha with my grandpa. My grandpa’s name is Lloyd Rogers (Missionary Prayer Handbook Day 23) and he has served the Lord in Ecuador for many years and in many jungle villages. We also traveled with Pepe. Pepe grew up in Arajuno, a Quichua community in the jungle of Ecuador. He was about eight years old when he fi rst met my grandpa and spent a lot of time with him. He still remembers how he wanted Grandpa to adopt him, even though he wasn’t an orphan! Pepe moved to Canada when he [...]

DEALING WITH CONFLICT IN YOUR ASSEMBLY

Have you ever felt the need to write up a code of conduct when working with folks within the assemblies? Most people would argue that it shouldn’t be necessary if we are in the Word. Everyone should be following the example Christ set for us and the instructions written in the New Testament. But as I was discussing conflict with a good friend of mine, she pointed out to me that not all conflicts are spiritual issues, they are often human issues. I think this is the main reason why there are many instructions in the New Testament in how [...]

WE SUFFER WITH THEM

One thing that has made an impact on my Christian life has been my awareness of the importance of remembering and serving those who suffer for their faith in Christ. In 2007, I became a local volunteer with the Voice of the Martyrs Canada, a ministry that serves the persecuted church. In my limited travels around different assemblies and reading assembly-based literature, I find this subject to be rarely addressed. Other evangelical churches that I have visited in the past also appear to be largely silent about this subject. When it is addressed, it is usually historical, hearkening back to [...]

CENTRAL AMERICA

A Short-term Trip to Help and Encourage BY CONRAD & BECKY LECHELT We recently shifted from missions work overseas to joining the MSC Canada WorkerCare team (Missionary Prayer HandbookDay 31). After being on the mission fi eld in Asia, we learned how encouraging it is to have people visit and show interest in our work and lives.We also a national or foreign worker who needs an injection of enthusiastic assistance with a building project.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

LOOK FOR A LYDIA

RELIEF AND GOSPEL WORK IN PILAR, PARAGUAY BY ROSEMARY KONKOL After many years of growth in the Lord and praying about full-time missions work, Dale and I met in 1997 at the Missionary Orientation Program hosted by CMML and MSC. We married and began to pray about where the Lord would have us serve together.   Taken from CMML Missions Magazine

LEADERSHIP IN THE CHURCH: NOT LIKE THE GENTILES

Whether you read research out of the National Institutes of Health[1] or simply observe children at play, you will find evidence that humans are hardwired for hierarchy. Consequently, hierarchy feels “natural.” It seems “good.” And if we’ve learned anything from post-modern culture it’s that “It can’t be wrong when it feels so right!”[2] We even have biblical passages to which we can appeal in support of hierarchy. Leadership norms Yet Jesus had a few things to say about hierarchy that don’t line up with what we often see. He didn’t deny it; He just turned it on its head: You [...]

JOHN & JENNIFER KINLAW

John’s Testimony I grew up in a family that did not know the Lord but thankfully loved me and gave me wonderful childhood memories. In high school I started to go down the wrong path. My parents divorced at the end of my senior year, and for the next 10 years I lived a life full of crime and drugs.... Jennifer’s Testimony I grew up in a home where my parents loved the Lord with all their hearts and sought to teach us to do the same. From the time I can remember, I knew that I was a sinner [...]

IS YOUR ASSEMBLY A WELCOMING CHURCH?

If you were to ask most people in assemblies today whether they thought their church was welcoming to visitors you would probably get a positive answer. The reality is that for many of us it’s very difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of a first-time visitor. We are so used to seeing what we are so used to seeing that we miss the glaring weaknesses and how we are perceived by visitors. In his book, Becoming A Welcoming Church, Thom Rainer shares some very practical and helpful thoughts on how we can be as welcoming as possible to a first-time [...]