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Grace When You Disagree

February 20, 2017

It seems there are more opportunities for division and disagreement right now than ever.

Many world events have caused Christians to take opposite sides on issues.

The recent election in the USA
The worldwide issues with refugees and immigrants
A global fear of the foreigner.

There are those embracing terms like evangelical and inclusive, while at the same time others are fleeing them.

Economic Disparity
Racism
Moral debates

Being unified as a church is harder than ever.

The apostle Paul had some experience in these areas.

He needed to bring together the arch enemies of the Jews and the Gentiles in the church of Rome. This required dealing with moral and cultural issues.

The church in Corinth was divided over spiritual gifts, freedom in Christ, and lawsuits to name a few.

Power Money Gives Us

February 24, 2015

Last month at A Life Overseas, we discussed the dangerous stories we can tell in order to raise funds.

This requires further consideration if we provide funds, pay national workers, or are just generous in any way. While the debate on this one is hot and heavy, I doubt we can make absolute statements.

“Always and never” are tricky when settings, organizations, and methods are so different around the world

What I would like to look at is the power money gives us over people.

Even something as simple as “good, ole Godly generosity”; sharing money puts us in the place of power.As foreign workers, we must always be aware of the power we have (real or perceived) over those we work with.

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Here are some things to consider about the power of money:

The Missing Link

May 29, 2012

You’ve heard of the missing link? Maybe he or she is looking back at you in the mirror!

It has been my experience that we often have a missing link or disconnect in our Christian lives.

I see this disconnect in discipleship where people are passionate for one cause and blind on a very similar issue.

I see it in our interaction with the world of politics. We blindly go with a party line and lose the ability to think and analyze an issue. We want to be told what to think, do and believe.

I see it in our response to sin.

Sometimes the sins we hate the most, actually have smaller tentacles in our own lives, although in a slightly different form.
– We hate sexual sin, but pay no attention to the need for modesty.
– We decry violence against women and children, but look at pornography on the side.
– We rightly believe unborn children have value yet lose interest in helping people once they have been born.