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By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 25 2016
Animal sacrifice is all through the Bible. It was the practice laid out by God for His people in the Old Testament to atone for their sins and seek God's forgiveness. For people whose livelihood depended on raising livestock for food, milk, offspring, pelts, etc., to give up one of their animals for this ritual -- in fact, the most perfect ones -- was really a sacrifice for them in terms of losing all that the animal provided them to live. It wasn't just a symbolic act.Yet, when Jesus came -- God Himself in the form of a man -- and walked among us, He made the ultimate sacrifice of His very...
By Howard Culbertson on May 20 2016
Jesus was a vision caster. For instance, early in His ministry, He challenged two Galilean fishermen to leave their nets and become “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19). Jesus spoke so compellingly that Simon Peter and Andrew immediately followed Him. To those two men and to multitudes of others, Jesus cast a vision of what life in the Kingdom of God could be like. In one of His first sermons, Jesus’ pithy “beatitudes” in Matthew 5 point to God’s design for human beings. Jesus talked about how relationships should work. He challenged people to make good choices. He told His followers to go...
By Michelle McLane on May 7 2016
When it comes to modern audiences, short and powerful pieces maintain attention. For Ayman Kafrouny and his wife, Grace, keeping this year’s Arabic Easter television programs brief was essential in their efforts to share the gospel.Kafrouny, a well-known secular Lebanese vocalist, left his profitable career when he gave his life to Christ and became pastor of a local Nazarene church. Now, the Kafrounys create television programs to share the Good News with Arabic-speaking people. By featuring celebrities asking questions about Christ, personal testimonies, and dramatized Bible teachings, the...
By Gina Grate Pottenger on May 4 2016
The Church of the Nazarene in Amersfoort, Netherlands, has responded creatively to the good “problem” of growing too large for its original church meeting place: Last September, the congregation established two additional locations in other parts of the city. In Trinitarian language, the church is now three-in-one. Founded nearly 25 years ago, the church had reached a membership of about 300. The high school theater where they met had seats for just 150, so they moved to two services. But it still felt crowded, with little space for newcomers. “People felt lost in their own...
By Santiago Bereche on Apr 29 2016
Después del terremoto del 16 de abril, que resultó en mas de 600 muertos y miles de heridos, los nazarenos buscaron a sus miembros desaparecidos, sufrieron la destrucción de sus hogares y lamentaron la muerte de sus seres queridos. Sin embargo, esto no les paró y no perdieron la oportunidad de ayudar a los demás – y compartir con ellos la esperanza que hay en Jesús. El superintendente del distrito Costa Norte, Santiago Bereche fue a ver lo que estaba pasando y escribió este informe. Ha sido difícil hacer algún tipo de evaluación por el derrumbe de las carreteras. El domingo 17 de...
By Ted Voigt on Apr 27 2016
How do we decide it’s time to act?  When is the moment we step out in faith in a new direction, and how do we know it will be worthwhile?  And what if we fail?Clive Tutty, pastor of the Uddingston Church of the Nazarene just outside of Glasgow, Scotland recently took a step out in faith with his congregation, but their story isn’t what you might expect to hear.  They spent over four months planning, praying, weighing the costs, assessing the risk, and then they did something bold: they moved their Sunday morning service to a cinema.“We’ve been toying with the idea of going...
By Santiago Bereche on Apr 26 2016
After the April 16 earthquake shook parts of Ecuador, killing more than 600 and injuring thousands, Nazarenes searched for missing church members, suffered the destruction of many of their homes and mourned loss of life. But, that didn’t stop them from jumping into action to help others – and tell them about hope in Jesus. District Superintendent Santiago Bereche, of the Ecuador North Coast District, went to investigate what was happening and wrote this report. It has been so difficult to make any kind of an assessment due to the collapse of the road system. On Sunday, April 17, the...
By Shannon Herndon on Apr 19 2016
It’s not every day that you hear baseball and bullfighting in the same sentence.Josh and Shannon Herndon, missionaries in Spain, recently partnered with a Work & Witness team from the U.S. to lead baseball ministry for the children of Illescas, where the Herndons live and minister. Because baseball is not widely available in Spain, it has proved an incredibly popular way to build relationships and serve the community. (Read more and watch a video.)The Herndons wrote about how baseball opened the door to a local school, and to … well, read on.On March 12, 2016, a Work & Witness team...
By Kaitlyn Williams on Apr 13 2016
One by one, the children are checked and examined for medical needs. One has a serious wound on her leg, and another needs a great deal of dental work, because, from a variety of causes, his teeth are deteriorating. Yet another child is suffering from a painful worm infection.These children have numerous physical needs, some of which are not being met because they do not have access to medical attention. There are thousands upon thousands more of these cases across South Asia; many go without treatment while trying to continue on with their lives.Han and Corry Tan are trying to change that....
By Howard Culbertson on Apr 11 2016
Jesus went about His three years of earthly ministry in intentional and proactive ways. He did not wait for life’s interruptions to dictate His direction, pace or overriding priorities.Jesus models how missionaries can ensure that their day-to-day actions move them forward toward long-term objectives. To be sure, missionaries can accomplish good things even when they operate primally by spur-of-the-moment decisions. When they do that, however, they risk being “blown here and there by every wind” (Ephesians 4:14).Numerous Gospel passages indicate the intentionality with which Jesus lived and...

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