Do Missionaries Actually Experience Stress?

When Sheri and I moved to Vienna to start our ministry behind the Iron Curtain in 1974, we had our first furlough four years later.

I thought we had done a great job of adjusting to our cross-cultural work until we got back. Then I didn’t want to visit any church for deputation, see my relatives, or give one report to a donor.

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Shame on You! Ever Hear That Before?

Many of you are working in ‘shame’ cultures where that method of treatment creates thinking patterns and modifies behavior.

But even in cultures with other types of ethos, ‘sinful’ actions still create a ‘personal shame’ culture in the souls and psyches of individuals.

In this blog post, Bill Tell, Lay It Down, makes a valuable distinction in Christian anthropology and sanctification — the key difference between ‘behavior’ and ‘personal identity.’ Then he gives 75 lies about us created by focusing on our behavior, rather than focusing on our identity in Christ. Continue reading

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How to Win the Battle Against Porn in 2018!

I happened to see a blog post today through Patheos on pornography use in the USA including Christians. Everybody struggles no matter what the religion. I want to pass this post on in case someone you know is struggling with this (and the stats indicate a lot of us do), and wants to gain victory over this pervasive vice in 2018.

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Does Someone Visiting You Need Travel insurance?

Hope you are off to a good New Year in 2018 and we wish you a powerful year!

Will you have visitors coming your way this next year? Or are you responsible for organizing international trips for others?

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Are You Thriving in Your Fundraising? (Follower Change)

As I age (73 at the moment) I find the connections in my mind allowing me to speak clearly and quickly are not working as well.  So public speaking is fast becoming obsolete.

However writing is still going well for me, since I can read and revise at my own pace.  And I love to write.

So I’m going to continue writing, but am asking you to make a ‘Follower’ change.

If you are on the treadmill mode of raising finances for your ministry, I’m asking you to go to my fundraising blog, www.FTMTribe.com, and sign up to follow me there. Continue reading

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Clear Your Emotional Ministry Plate with a Debriefing!

When Sheri and I started Life Impact through our Oasis in Sunriver, Oregon, we always enjoyed doing Debriefs with our missionary guests.

Often they didn’t realize that something negative and depressing was stuck in their emotional crawl.   Like a tire with a small air leak, this issue was slowly sapping spiritual and emotional energy.  Anger was closer to the surface of reaction.

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Are You Leveraging Your Fundraising Efforts!

As I write this, I’m sitting at a Toyota Garage getting our Avalon serviced.  Cars, Cars, Cars!  All around me, red, white blue, and black.  And what an amazing machine!

The automobile demonstrates the power of leverage!   Every time you open the door, jump in, and put in the key . . . what happens?

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Do Conditional Promises Negate God’s Grace?

Included here is an interesting discussion about God’s Grace and His conditional promises, written by Ron Bennett, Staff member with The Navigators.  He very clearly makes a good differentiation between the two and motivates us to take advantage of the many promises in the Scriptures.

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Dreams Still Have an Impact

Today it seems our Lord is continuing to bring Mus lims to Himself through visions and dreams. Here is an exciting story illustrating that fact. (fr P I)

A young Christian woman in a Muslim country was in a taxi on her way to a Bible study. God told her, “Tell the driver, ‘Jesus loves you.’” The driver had a long beard and was wearing the baggy shirt and trouser that identify fundamentalists in that country.

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Are You Stressed Out, or Stressless?

I want to introduce you to a good friend of mine, Bill Tell.  He’s worked with The Navigators all of his career, is a wonderful Bible teacher, and focuses much of his teaching on communicating about Grace.

The Grace of God could eliminate a lot of our internal emotional baggage that wears us down over time, if we could only understand and see the connection between the two.

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