It’s Not About A Person, But His Presence.

Report from Jason Wallace: While in Uganda, God gave me a message for a church in Kabwangasi: "God has given you purpose and you are agents of change. Every follower of Christ has His Spirit and can be a witness of God's love to the community around us. As His followers, we must recognize the gifts He has placed in us and in our fellow brothers and sisters. Through encouraging one another in our giftings rather than look down on each other, we can grow stronger as Christ's body. Lifting up each other, we can restore fellow believers when they fall into temptation or ...

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Growth In Christ

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. Luke 8:22 Not every journey God sets you on starts with a tingling feeling, special sense, emotional encounter, or even what we would call a "spiritual" direction. But any invitation from Christ is a potential for growth. Just like with the original 12 disciples who were invited to cross over to the other side of the lake, we as His children are always challenged to grow deeper in our understanding of who Christ is. The journey of growth and ...

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Women Ministering In Ethiopia

Blog by: Kelly Wallace. “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Acts 2:17" (NIV) God is clear that He will pour out His Spirit on all people. He didn’t say men only or older people only. Men and women, young and older, can be conduits of God’s spirit. On the recent mission in Eastern Ethiopia, I was pleasantly surprised by the number of women ministers who came for the training, prayer, and fellowship. Young women, older women, ...

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Giving Everything You Have

Blog by: Dave Burkholder Throughout history, from creation until today, God has one primary mission; relationship with the pinnacle of His creation – YOU. There are numerous qualifiers we can use to test how we might be doing in this eternal relationship. For example: how we spend our time, how we react when we get cut off in traffic, our response when life presents us with a tough situation, our love for the unlovely, etc. Are we quick to run to creator God and cry out to Him when things get tough or do we try the “normal” things first to solve problems on our ...

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Deliverance

When I was in the military I remember having to endure listening to the movie Poltergeist playing in the background while riding on a bus to a training. When a fellow soldier, who knew I was a believer and wanted to pick on me, asked me what I thought of the movie, my response surprised him.  “Thing that always bothers me most about movies like that” I said “was how powerful the demons were portrayed and how powerless the “priests” were when they encountered them.” This led to an interesting conversation about encounters with the demonic. Recently on a ...

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Bump in the Road

Sometimes it seems that as soon as we make progress on a goal or some small feat in life, we hit a speed bump – or worse, a road block. We hear ourselves sighing, fretting, or saying “I’ll never be able to do this.” We may be tempted to give up before we’ve really gotten anywhere. Can you relate? If not, then you are in a good place to encourage others who’ve hit a bump or block. If yes, let’s keep talking. What does your roadblock look like? Is it discouragement? Difficult circumstances? Finances? Sickness? A broken heart? Something else? Joseph knows ...

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Is It You Lord?

I can still remember the first time that God spoke to me. I don't remember much before the age of 9 because of depression. Filled with anger and hatred toward myself and others - I just wanted to end it all. In the midst of a suicidal attempt God spoke to me. His words were kind and loving. He told me not to end my life because He had a purpose and plan for me. At that time, I didn’t want to hear that God loved me but He continued to gently and lovingly beckon me to be His. After arguing for a while, He finally convinced me that my life was worth something and ...

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On the Ground: One Woman’s Experience

The following is an article from my good friend Michelle. She was the Interview Team Leader for Petros Network during our October trip to Ethiopia. A couple weeks ago my faith got a complete makeover when I sat down to help interview many of our Ethiopian Missionary Pastors in Jeldu-Gojo. Hearing pastor after pastor tell stories of being stoned, beaten, imprisoned, etc. and the miraculous ways God provided during these times, was convicting beyond words. And what made these pastors most emotional wasn’t describing the horrors of their suffering, but how God used ...

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Have any Dried Oatmeal?

My wife and I recently moved into a new home. While we enjoyed the space and location of our previous home, and it was hard to leave it, we had many confirmations that this move was God’s direction at this time – not just one of our three year itches. With the move has come lots of joy and excitement because we believe God is positioning us for what He has next in our lives. The excitement of new place is that, well – everything is new to you. But along with new comes the unexpected. For instance, our dishwasher has decided it has seen better days and is retiring. ...

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The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of Power

For the past few years through Leavethe99, I have been traveling to remote locations in Ethiopia and South Sudan with LeadOn and Petros Network. During those trips, we have helped train and support hundreds of pastors who are sent to unreached areas. Every visit, I have the honor of meeting, praying for, and hearing the stories of brave men and women who boldly go to areas that most couldn’t even imagine. One common theme has been intertwined in the stories they share - the Kingdom of God coming in Power. Living in the western culture, sharing our faith often becomes ...

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