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God’s Light to See God’s Nature

For Jesus, heaven is more than an idea; it’s his reality, his natural habitat. God welcomes us into his reality. But we limit his message and his kingdom to a set of principles, ideas.

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Power and Faithful Obedience among Nations

My head and my heart struggle with the incongruity of a Christian faith that aligns with an imperialist power to put down evil aggression. I’m still working on reconciling this question. And yes, God is still working in me to know his power that is made perfect in weakness.

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God’s Light To See God’s Sons & Daughters of God

This is the final post of our Prayer Guide for Universities. There’s much more to pray about, but we offer these to fuel your prayers for what the first General Secretary of the United Nations called the “most powerful institution on earth.” Surely, if we are to complete the Great Commission, we must focus on the universities.

We focus ministry in a university setting and we pray for universities because God intends to saturate the earth with the glory of his kingdom. He has not finished, and He has not given us any different instructions.

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God’s Light to See God’s Character

The universities are like worship centers, where every kind of work is honored, and where the fields of study represent God’s nature as the original Communicator, Law Giver, Architect, Creator, Healer, Teacher, Counselor, and Father of all families.

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God’s Light to See Shame

We must recognize the devastating lie of shame, which drives even innocent people, like Adam and Eve, to turn from God and to depend on their own strength and wisdom to make their own way in the world.

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God’s Light to See Power and Work

Though broken and twisted, we still have God’s fingerprints on our identity and He still has a good purpose for all of us. Like our Creator, we can create our own universe through our imagination; God “set eternity in the human heart” (Eccl. 3:11).

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God’s Light to See the Mission of God

Most church-goers will occasionally see a missionary when they return for a home visit. And many churches remind us to “pray for the missionaries.” When churches do not present the Great Commission accurately, church members are confused about missions.

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Praying for God’s Light on the University Campus

Follow me on a virtual prayer walk around a dark university campus. During this time of prayer for universities, let’s pray for God to turn on some bright lights of revelation so we can then take an actual prayer walk on a university campus in our area.

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A Call to Pray for Universities

At the Student Centre of the University of the Nations, we are praying for students, for the heavy load they carry even through the pandemic, for their mental health, for those who are losing hope and turning to drugs and suicide. During the month of May, I prayed for a different university campus every day.

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Introduction: Why University Ministries?

It’s time again for students of all ages to return to school. University students have had at least one full school year disrupted by the Covid pandemic. And it’s not over. The Delta variant has caused another surge and many schools are trying to find a way to teach students without contributing to an unnecessary spread of the virus with additional strain on hospitals, and possible loss of lives.

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Five Smooth Stones

If you are called to engage this world in response to God, you need to know it will be a battle. Just as “David . . . chose five . . . stones from the stream”, I encourage you to pick up these five stones before you declare victory.

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James O – TrueHopeKenya Virtual Tour

True Hope Kenya, led by James Oliech, is seeking interns to come and assist his work with youth in a major slum community in Nairobi. Visit the YWAM Converge partner page to learn more about True Hope Kenya.

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Day 18 West Chester University – #PraytheCampus

West Chester is celebrating their 150th anniversary. While praying on this campus, I thought of abiding and producing fruit that lasts a long time, like 150 years or more. What does it mean to abide in Christ? When you abide in him, what kind of fruit will be produced?

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May is #PraytheCampus Month

Loch Haven University! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Day 6 – Pray the Campus! This small university makes

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May is #PraytheCampus Month

Moravian College! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! This small school in Bethlehem, PA has a

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May is #PraytheCampus Month

Lehigh University! Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! Lehigh has significance to me because one of

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May is #PraytheCampus Month

Pray the Campus in your community. For Students, Faculty, and the Future. Pray the Campus! First post! Stockton University. All through May we are posting

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Day Thirty: Love

These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.

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Missional Church Emerging

Missional Church Emerging. I’m excited to be scheduled to teach five sessions of the Missional Church Emerging course. These lectures will be part of the

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Day Thirty: Love

These are the ways love responds, because love is not a force or a feeling. Love is an action within relationships. Relationships do not happen without love being there.

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Day Twenty Nine: Kindness

Brotherly kindness is common kindness. It is engaging with the world, with your neighbor, in ways that any other person with a human heart would do.

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Day Twenty Seven: Perseverance

Watch Video Today we build on yesterday’s thought, Self-Control, to Perseverance. Peter’s second letter outlines the progressive steps toward making your calling and election sure.

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Day Twenty: Calling

During these last ten days of the coronavirus self-quarantine, I will be focusing on 2 Peter 1 and the primary qualities that we are to make every effort to add to our faith.

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Day Nineteen: Crushing

The call to leadership is a call to be crushed first. May God give you grace if you are called to lead. And remember, after you come to a realization of who you really are, return to God. Come boldly to him for grace to help. And strengthen your brothers and sisters.

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Day Seventeen: Witness

Watch Video My wife and I were reading in Trent Sheppard’s book, The Jesus Journey, this morning and we came across this verse and this

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Day Sixteen: With

I was to be leading a book study in my home during this time. It’s a book called With, by Skye Jethani. Jethani outlines five postures most people have toward God.

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Day Thirteen: Church

Fellowship with just one other person, and Jesus says, “I am there.” We can count on Jesus being with us in our homes. Jesus is doing something around the world.

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Day Ten: Forgive

The path to that kind of forgiveness is to admit, like the thief, that you have sinned. It’s not an antiquated term; it’s the word we use for those acts that “miss the mark”, fail to achieve righteousness, falling short of God’s best, his glory.

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Day Nine: You Say

Watch the video Notice the things that Jesus says. Luke 23:3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said

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Day Eight: Prepare

Watch the video Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying,

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Day Seven: Reset

For this extended 30 days of quarantine in April, I’m doing Thirty Thoughts for you. Here’s Day Seven: Reset I can’t honestly say I have

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Day Six: Faith

Watch video Today’s thought is the word Faith.  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received

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Day Five: Study

Watch video Today’s thought is the word Study.  “Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker that does not need to be ashamed.” 2

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Day Four: Home

Watch video Today’s thought is about being Home..  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to

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Bus Ride from Hell

Hours later there came a change. It began to grow light in the bus. The greyness outside the windows turned from mud-colour to mother of

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Taking Thought

This morning I wrote to a friend who has lost something precious, his faith in God. What does one do when they lose faith? At

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Light of the World

This is great news! Xian was an engineering student at Carnegie-Mellon University when he did his internship with us in East Timorese in 2003. He attributed his life’s calling to serve the poor, particularly through solar lighting, to that summer when he witnessed the severe burns on a small child’s face when a kerosene lantern caused a fire.

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My Story

I was humiliated. One year out of college, a junior auditor with Coopers & Lybrand, preparing for two years of humanitarian service with the Peace Corps, I was locked up behind bars. Finger prints, mug shots, and my name, John T. Henry, was placed on police record for loitering on the streets of Baltimore.

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That moment when…

Paul had one of those moments. He had a social post too. The letter to the Ephesian was circulated to the house churches in the second largest city in the Roman Empire.

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Leaving the Ladder

When I was little I used to climb a lot. My mom says she found me up in trees or on the roof of the house. I was stuck. I may have been a good climber, but I didn’t know how to get down from my high perch.

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People Pleasers

The way of Christ is not an invitation to oppression, spiritually trafficking humans to fulfill the pleasures of people.

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