Stories, practical resources & thought-provoking articles to help mobilize God's people in Canada to be fruitfully engaged with God, on mission.
Once upon a time, a seemingly uninterested man participated in a Discovery Bible Study in a cafe around the world, and then everything changed...
Anybody who has visited my house knows I like to garden. A few years ago, my husband and daughter built me a greenhouse so I can start my plants from seed. Each precious seed is carefully placed in prepared soil and carefully nurtured to grow strong before being transplanted into the garden to grow up and produce a harvest.
Recently I’ve been rereading the Parable of the Sower (or maybe better called the Parable of the Soils) from Matthew 13.
What is startling to me in this parable is the complete disregard of the sower for all the seed that is wasted. No gardener deliberately throws seed on the path, or amongst weeds, or on rocky ground. Seed is reserved for fertile soil.
So why is this sower apparently happy to waste so much seed?
Join us in praying for our Buddhist neighbours.
When I have a bit of extra time, I enjoy cooking. I especially enjoy cooking for other people, and I particularly love trying new recipes. It’s a bit risky trying new recipes out on guests, but I do it all the time!
Some recipes are complex and take a long time—sometimes the reward is worth the effort, sometimes not. I have a recipe for Petit Fours (a fancy little dessert cake) that takes most of a day to make but is a favorite of some of my family—so worth the investment.
But some recipes surprise me with how simple and delicious they are. Try this one – watermelon chunks, lime juice, chopped fresh mint. For a summer side salad, it’s amazing.
Sometimes when we talk about disciple-making we tend to think ‘Petit Four recipe’ complexity rather than ‘Watermelon Salad recipe’ simplicity. And then we let the thought of the complexity put us off even trying to be involved in disciple-making.
What if we could simplify our ‘disciple-making recipe’ down to just a few ingredients?
Here’s a ‘simple recipe’ for you to try out...
An Open Door.
In 1 Corinthians 16:9 Paul writes, ‘a great door for effective work has opened to me’ referring to his plans to stay in Ephesus to respond to the opportunity there. This 12-minute 'made in Canada' video is a reminder of the opportunity that is right outside our doors amongst the growing Muslims diaspora community. Shared with permission this video offers a range of practical advice from some who are experienced in engaging this community.
Be encouraged as you watch that God is at work drawing people to himself.
And hear the challenge of this video:
Sometimes we wait for God to move—but perhaps God is waiting for us to move.
There is an open door waiting for you. Walk through…
We, as followers of Jesus, are called to prioritize inviting others to follow Him.
Why? Because Jesus did.
Making disciples was demonstrated to be the priority of Jesus. He said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)
In light of this, how do we, as disciples, make disciples?
Over these past two years my ministry context has allowed me to experience the impact of the pandemic on the church in the East and the church in the West.
The impact of Covid is global, but I have had the opportunity to interact with the church in a variety of different situations and contexts and observe the difference of response.
What drives the difference?
How can we learn from our brothers and sisters in the East as they responded to the same or even greater challenges than us?
Would it help to prepare us for the future?
A few years ago, I spent several months reading and re-reading the book of Acts. I was trying to understand how the Church had gone from a handful of people hiding out for fear of the authorities, to a bold and fearless community growing at an exponential rate.
As I read, a pattern began to emerge:
Prayer preceded Holy Spirit empowerment, which led to bold, public witness about Jesus Christ, accompanied by affirming signs and wonders,
resulting in many coming to faith AND active opposition from others,
which then caused Jesus’ followers to go back to prayer … starting the cycle all over again.
Here are 8 disciple-making principles that have become crystal clear to me from the Acts accounts ...
I love the story from Matthew 26, in which a nameless woman smashed open a priceless alabaster jar of perfume and poured it out on Jesus. She gave up what was probably her most valuable possession (the cultural importance of this burial perfume is something we won't get into here) and broke it open for Jesus. That action forced her to use it on the spot, and the loss of the perfume was irreversible ...
As your name deserves, O God, you will be praised to the ends of the earth. Your strong right hand is filled with victory. (Psalm 48:10)
Let’s take a moment to remember.
In my city there are hundreds of little wooden crosses placed downtown along the river each year in November representing local women and men who went and died fighting in numerous wars.
Today, I’m remembering soldiers of the cross who, in obedience to God’s call, went to the ends of the earth bringing good news of Jesus; God’s strong right hand is consequently filled with victory in many nations of the world.
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