Whatever You Do, Don’t Burn Out!

Going down in flames on the Mission Field at one time was a sign of total commitment to Christ and His cause.  Today most of us consider it a loss to the Great Commission enterprise.  T. J. Addington would agree as his article here on “Ministry Burnout” indicates.  LessonDon’t Burn Out on the Mission Field or in the Pastorate!

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Bloom Where We’re Planted!

Being servants where God has put us and being content to serve Him there, is the theme of this post from Mark Brewster, LI Staff Oasis Host in Lewiston, ID.

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One of the dangers of living in our American consumer culture is the temptation to view the Church more as a business or corporation than the Body of Christ. That perspective has the potential for a pastor to see himself as a company employee who wants to climb the corporate ladder of success, with increased responsibilities and “bigger and better” churches along the way. Continue reading

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Retirement Hits Sooner or Later!

Sheri and I are now officially ‘retired’ from our 45 year career in missions.  For us that means a several things: we now fund our life with our retirement account and social security; we have more spontaneous time for each other; we can slow the pace of life a bit; and we can take on another pursuit in the Kingdom.

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Burn Out, Rust Out or Last Out?

In our early days of being challenged for missions through The Navigators, the idea of going all out 100% for Christ’s cause was the challenge.  Of course, that’s what we want to do — only one life, ’twill soon be past.  Only what’s done for Christ will last!”  But how we do that is also important.

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Since we don’t know how long we’ll live, we do need some type of ‘pace.’  I’ve just had my 72nd birthday.  I didn’t realize I’d accomplish 44 years in missions, but I did.  How was my pace?  Some positives, some negatives.  Wished I could have done more, or done it better.  But at least we made it this far and we’ve got life today to invest for Jesus!

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Why Are US Missionary Budgets So High?

This question is undoubtedly raised with every missionary out there raising support.  And it’s a ‘downer’ emotionally because the missionary is put in the position of defending the budget used to send and keep them on the field.  There’s nothing wrong with accountability for our use of funds, but ‘budget sticker shock’ often prejudices a mission committee toward the missionary before the process even starts.

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Ever Wonder What’s Up with Third Culture Kids? (TCK’s)

I’ve passed on articles before from David Lewis’ blog hosted on his website, http://paracletos.org.  Dave and his wife, Irene, are excellent missionary caregivers and have a beautiful care center called, Baan Sa’bai.

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Jon Gordon, www.jongordon.com, shares interesting stories of inspiration and motivation.  Here’s the story about Luke Tyburski, raising the personal question for me:  How far am I willing to push myself in 2016?  As Sheri and I enter our next era of life and ministry, this is an important question for me to consider.  How is that for you?

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The Butterfly Effect Might Get You in 2016!

A New Year gives us opportunity to assess the past and look forward to the future.  As we do this, sometimes we get discouraged:  What impact is my life making?  That’s hard to measure because of the “Butterfly Effect.”

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More Stats — This Time Related to Chastity!

Can you find a sit-com, movie, or even a churchgoer who today thinks having sex and living together prior to marriage is something negative?

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What Does Your Life Look Like Going Forward?

We are headed to Pine Valley, CA for the 3rd Life Impact Staff Conference!

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We started LI in 2003 in our Oasis in Sunriver, OR.  Our goal was to strengthen missionaries for the work God called them to.  The needs were great, and the workers coming and going for coaching and retreat were very thankful.  The work Continue reading

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