Worship music coming from Haiti! We have a great OYC site in Jacmel, Haiti!
Every year, the Bible is the most sold and read book in the World. Look carefully and you’ll see the graph doesn’t start from the book shelf, but from the top of most of the books. You might look at this and have a sigh of relief, but there are so many that don’t have this book, and more that don’t understand it. We need to be teachers, trainers and goers!
Welcome to Prague. The capitol of the Czech Republic, and a city full of history, beauty, and people who need God!
Prague, and the Czech Republic as a whole, are often considered to be one of the most unreligious places in the world. You will have to do the research to learn what the atmosphere of religion and faith is like in the Czech Republic. Even more important, if you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, you will join the church and body of Christ who are fighting to spread the gospel in this city.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,Ephesians 6:10-14
Check out the OYC site in Prague!
Depending on the location, culture, and people, there are different barriers to faith. In some places, atheism and a secular view can stop people from even considering the existence of a supernatural being. Other places may have many gods. In any case, and on a One Year Challenge, it is important to have an answer for why we believe, and to be loving and respectful still. Let William Lane Craig be a good example for us.
Thought provoking. Darren Carlson brings up a topic that is really important for discussion. One of the foundational considerations of the One Year Challenge, is that you have time to become a contributor. Another is that you can be in a place that needs help, but also has the resources to support and help those who come develop and grow.
“Notice how Christ uses that word deny twice. He said to Peter the first time, “Deny himself” (Matthew 16:24); He said to Peter the second time, “Thou shalt deny me” (Matthew 26:34). It is either of the two. There is no other choice for us; we must either deny self or deny Christ. There are two great powers fighting each other the self-nature in the power of sin, and Christ in the power of God. Either of these must rule within us.”
― Andrew Murray, Absolute Surrender
If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, there are probably a lot of pros and cons you are weighing. There are probably a lot of sacrifices to make. Murray reminds us of Jesus’ teaching, that we cannot serve to masters. This book, although quite short, is full of great teachings that can prepare any disciples spiritual life to grow deeper in Christ.
If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, chances are you a part of the 17%, sadly there is an even smaller percentage in that 17% that is living it out. Let’s strive to be different, to be set apart. Take some time to consider and meditate on Christ’s commission.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Matthew 28:16-20
If you’re thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, you’ll want to know about the place your going, the people there, the language and food. While these things can only truly be discovered by going, and going for a more than just a short time, you can get a sneak peak via the worldwide web!
Read about Jacmel, the site for out OYC in Haiti, and its deep culture and response to natural disaster.
Okay, we are going to let the rich young ruler have it here.
There’s a rich young ruler in all of us! Holding onto ourselves, our possessions, our plans. And we are all offered much more by Christ.