Summer Bummer

No Summer Bummer “Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my load is light.” (Matt 11:28-30, […]

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I’m In … Beijing 2014 – Ken Driedger

 “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream…” C. S. Lewis Through a series of circumstances too strange to fully understand yet, God has brought me right into the middle of a global phenomenon that may never have happened quite like this before.  It is a reality in which […]

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Prayer Before Action

“Pray that the Master’s Word will simply take off and race through the country to a groundswell of response” II Thes 3:1 MSG For years I have thought of International Church as a groundswell of response opportunity.  Many IC Pastors and Leaders are result oriented type people.  In broad terms we want action to happen.  […]

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Ministers hide to die alone

This term, used by a friend, conveys a powerful message about tragic consequences for some ministries when they do not receive needed support.  For a pastor or any other full-time servant of God, where should they go to request and receive adequate assistance?  Who should they contact?  When can such a need be merely a […]

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Global Invitations to the Table

When I was a student at the Canadian Theological Seminary in the early 1980’s, my missiology professor talked about CDC or Closed Door Countries and CAN or Creative Access Nations. Thirty years later, we [now] talk about globalization, rapid mobility, mass migration/diasporas, labor/economic re-alignments, and communication connectedness.  Three decades ago we debated how to penetrate […]

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Seek First the Kingdom Of God

Paul’s Perspective on Discipleship and the Kingdom Paul taught that the Kingdom of God was not in food or drink, as seen with outward signs like that of Solomon or David, when they celebrated their inaugurations with great feast and festivities. Rather, Paul said that the signs of God’s spiritual Kingdom are manifested by “…righteousness, […]

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Yangon: “Hanoi 20 years ago”

This was the line I heard several times during my visit to Yangon, Myanmar. Because of the nation’s recent opening up of international commerce and foreign aid, expatriates are flocking by the thousands to the ancient capital of Burma. A city of six million, Yangon is on the verge of modern development and an attractive […]

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Elijah’s burnout: Lessons to learn for ourselves (2)

In the previous article, we left the prophet Elijah during a significant time in his ministry, that of discouragement and depression.  Yet he was on the verge of the most decisive moment of his life: an encounter with God.  It is sometimes in our darkest hour that the Lord likes to meet our needs; when […]

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Seek First the Kingdom Of God

Seek First the Kingdom Of God Matthew 6:33 (The Message) “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:33 (New American Standard Bible) “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” […]

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