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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Deep Roots

A couple of years ago while in Kenya, I decided to take a walk around the place we were staying. There were several beautiful plants and it was a relaxing environment to reflect on our latest trip. While walking, I noticed that there were multiple places in the landscape where among the beautiful plants the ground was cracked and dusty.  It looked like photos I had seen of drought. Nearby I saw the caretaker of the grounds and asked him what was happening. He explained that as the summer months came, there would be a heat drought and the whole yard would soon look just ...

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Modern Day Resurrection

"I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.” - Jesus In Ethiopia I was following up with a pastor who was sent to an unreached area to see how the church was progressing. One of the common questions we ask is, “How has God been moving lately?” He then began to share an amazing story of how his faith was tested. After much prayer, he believed he was to preach one night on how God has power over death and the grave. While he was finishing up his message a man ran up to him and told him that his 1 year old son ...

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Growing in Seasons of Hardship

Our lives are full of many seasons, according to Ecclesiastes 3. It speaks of a time for life and a time for death, a time for war, and a time for peace. Some seasons are filled with times of blessing, and it can seem that nothing can go wrong. Other times we go through hardship and it can seem that nothing can go right. In hard times, even good things that happen can be overshadowed by the feeling of loss or hopelessness. It can be easy in difficult times to question God’s goodness or, for some, even if there is a God. Seasons of testing are hard. They can seem ...

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Who Cares?

I spent some time with my mother-in-law in ICU today at the local hospital. Normally, I would have been at church, but I needed to get an update from her doctor and see Sherran so she knows she’s loved and not forgotten. Her youngest son, my husband, has been sick the last 3 days and unable to go see her. Her oldest son lives a few hours away and came to see her during the week. I thanked the doctor for their excellent care, and he mentioned how blessed Sherran is to have so many people who love and care for her, because many patients don’t have that. I said “Reall...

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The Prince of Peace

In scriptures we are told of an encounter that Jesus had with a man who was possessed. The man lived among tombs and would cry out and cut himself with stones.  He was so powerful that chains and shackles could not restrain him. When this man met Jesus, he was freed from the demonic possession and restored to his right mind. After years of living in torment, the man was set free and now could live a life in peace. I have been told by some in the past that miracles like this don't happen today. I have never put much weight into those comments - as I have personally had ...

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On the Frontlines

I am a big fan of hero movies. Whether it is movies about real heroes or super heroes I just love the idea behind individuals that risk and sometimes sacrifice their lives for a greater cause than themselves. In the military we often find those valiant warriors are on the front lines of the battle. About three days ago I returned from a trip to GooJoo where we trained 270 pastors. During that trip I was surrounded by many heroes. Doctors and nurses who served over 900 people at a clinic in just four days; Trainers who encouraged missionaries that will go out to unreached ...

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Got Fruit?

In our backyard is a fig tree that was here when we bought our house. The original homeowners brought the young fig tree here from New Jersey 20 years ago. When we moved in my family was delighted at the prospect of picking fruit out of our own tree. It’s a sprawling tree that the previous owners would cut back in late fall, and by summer it would grow back bigger than the previous year. We decided we wanted to continue picking and sharing the fruit of this tree. This summer, however, we’ve had personal setbacks that have barely left time to mow the grass, let alone ...

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I Love You Most!

I had an encounter with a young man once who loved Rock and Roll. It was when I was working as a stocker at a grocery store. At the time I generally would sing praise or worship songs as I worked. It seemed like I could see God’s hand working even in the most mundane things. While in the dairy section stocking milk, the young man ran up to me and said, “I want what you have.” I knew he was referring to my relationship with God and the joy God had given me. But before I think of how to respond, I heard the words coming out of my mouth, “You can’t have what I ...

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In His Time

Has someone ever told you that pulling off a bandage quickly is better than pulling it off slowly? I have heard this since I was a child, and even today I prefer to just deal with the pain of quickly ripping the band aid off versus having to slowly pull away at the edges. Many will agree that dealing with extreme pain for the moment seems more appetizing than dealing with a slight less pain over time. Yes, it hurts for a few seconds, but then the pain is quickly forgotten. A few weeks ago I was working from home when I heard my mom yell for help. I quickly got up from ...

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