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by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 29th, 2014 | | no responses
We serve the needs of our communities because Jesus calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:39) and teaches us to pray His kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in Heaven –(Matthew 6:10) As human beings we have the responsibility to tackle challenging problems that our community and the rest of the world face; problems that many turn their back on. As members of a church society, we have to step outside the comfort of our walls to make a positive contribution to society. And many times, the church’s ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 22nd, 2014 | | no responses
For many of us, God has brought people into our lives that in some way led us to Christ or helped us to be strengthened in our spiritual walk. Quite often, this happens in a small group setting where people develop relationships with other Christians that help them grow in their faith. Whether you’re involved in a church group or a small group for college students, the same principles apply. Make sure your own priorities are right The group leader doesn’t have to be a Biblical scholar in order to lead. The most important characteristics ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 | | no responses
Anyone considering going on a mission trip is likely to be in the market for information on the topic. Relevant Magazine reliably produces great content, and we’ve picked our favorite 5 from their recent batch. Please give them a quick review, and feel free to check out the posts in full by clicking on the “Read more…” link. 1. Do Missions Destroy Culture? This great piece discusses the objection (based on unfortunate historic fact) that missions are nothing more than “Missions is against culture—it’s merely colonialism disguised as good will and religion.” This is no ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 8th, 2014 | | no responses
So, everything’s lining up for you to go on your first long term mission trip. You’ve prayed about it, been on several short term trips, and you know that the Mission field is where you’re called to be, not for a week, or even a couple months. You’re going for the long haul. A semi-permanent move comes with much greater challenges than a short term one. Once you’ve made this big decision, a myriad of small ones become your new challenge. How much can you bring with you? How do you get it to your ….
by Thelma Bowlen | Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 | | no responses
In Isaiah 52:7 it says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news…” I read this verse while I was preparing for an extended missions field internship in the jungles of southern Mexico. But once I started to pack my bags, I realized that my feet might not be so beautiful after a few treks through the jungle, and some heavy-duty hiking shoes were needed! Missions Field Shoes – Chacos & Merrell Hiking Boots! Reluctantly, I laid my $3 Old Navy flip-flops aside and I headed to a nearby ….