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Fear November 24, 2015

This week I was on an airplane flying from the West Coast to work in Philadelphia. I was upgraded to first-class, which happens at no charge when you fly as much as I do. I was in seat 4A, which is a window seat. There was already an elderly lady in 4B, which is on the aisle. When I got on the plane she got up and let me in the row. I greeted her and we had a very brief conversation. But then all of a sudden she reached over and held my hand. She had her eyes closed so I thought that maybe she didn’t realize that she was doing it. But she kept holding my hand and it got awkward. So I kind of moved my hand and she finally opened her eyes and said, “I’m sorry I’m just so afraid when I fly. Can I just hold your hand?” So, looking around to see if there was anybody from the mission or from my church that might see this, I said, “Sure.” And this dear elderly lady held my hand until we got up in the air.Continue

Teach Us To Pray November 18, 2015

One amazing sentence in Scripture comes from Luke 11:1 where it says, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray.'” Jesus, by praying in front of his disciples, was modeling prayer to them. They saw that He had this connection with the Father and desired to have the same. We see so much of how Jesus prayed to the Father as we read through the gospels. One of my favorites is in John 17 where Jesus is praying for himself first, then for his disciples, then for all believers. When He prays for His disciples it’s intimate. It’s deep. It’s sensitive. It’s emotive.Continue

The Unseen (from the Archives) November 13, 2015

In this post from 2013, Ridge reflected on 2 Corinthians 4. How can we keep our eyes on that which is unseen rather than focus on the difficulties in the world around us?

This morning I was reading in 2 Corinthians 4 that we are treasures in jars of clay. That really means that even though our bodies, our outward appearances, the world around us, and our possessions are decaying, God does something so powerful inside us that the treasure is not what’s outside. It’s the incredible gifts of the work and person of the Holy Spirit encased in jars of clay.Continue

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (from the Archives) November 10, 2015

In this post from 2013, Ridge looked at the work Dietrich Bonhoeffer did to make change in a horrible time, and how our field staff strive to speak out in our own difficult world. How can you find areas of neglect, speak out, and call people to Christ in your communities?

Dietrich Bonhoeffer died in the Flossenburg Concentration Camp on April 9, 1945. What’s amazing about Bonhoeffer is why he died. He went back to Germany to train pastors and to stand with his people against the Nazis.Continue

The Heart (from the Archives) November 4, 2015

In this post from 2013, Ridge uncovered the importance of the heart as described in Proverbs 4. How do we guard our hearts?

There’s a lot of debate about what the center of being is – the soul, the spirit, or the heart. Certainly from a physical standpoint, the heart is the center. It pumps the blood; it keeps its owner alive. Without it, there is no chance of life.Continue