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Francis Chan: Giving it all away? | the way?

This article, posted two years ago on desiringgod.com was written by Francis Chan and gets deep into the thinking of how humans view evangelism. If you are considering taking the One Year Challenge, Chan’s words are certainly an encouragement to walk by faith in God and not faith in our own understanding.

We all walk in complete spiritual darkness unless God decides to shine his light on us. In some mysterious way, God shines light in a person’s heart so that he instantly sees the beauty of the gospel. No amount of human effort can produce this. Salvation is a miracle of God.

Many of us would say that we believe this theological truth, but our actions betray us, revealing just how much we trust in people, speeches, and events. On more than one occasion, people have begged me to speak to their lost friends, believing that my words would make the difference. Too often, I have granted their wish (rather than correcting their theology), and tried desperately to come up with the perfect words to talk their friends into falling in love with Jesus. Do you see yet how ridiculous this is?

Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that Satan has blinded these people. Apart from God’s working, our begging someone to see the beauty of Christ is as pointless as begging a blind man to enjoy the beauty of a sunset. Do we direct our begging, first and foremost, to God?

Read the full article here.

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Below are quotes from Hudson Taylor’s autobiography, comprised of various journal entries and writings. Taylor is one of the most influential missionaries, and considered a father of modern missions. He went to China at a young age and faced countless barriers, persecution and obstacles, yet persisted faithfully by the power of the LORD.

If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, there are several blessed lessons to learn from these examples who have given their whole life to the mission!

“My experience was that the less I spent on myself and the more I gave away, the fuller of happiness and blessing did my soul become. Unspeakable joy all the day long, and every day, was my happy experience.”

“And I will go! I may no longer doubt to give up friends, and idol hopes, And every tie that binds my heart. . . . Henceforth, then, it matters not, if storm or sunshine be my earthly lot, bitter or sweet my cup; I only pray, God, make me holy, And my spirit nerve for the stern hour of strife.”

― James Hudson Taylor, 

The Autobiography of Hudson Taylor: Missionary to China

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Missions.

Scott Green Goes Home to the Lord

“Two Cents for Missions” This is a sermon given by the late Scott Green in Seattle, WA. Scott has been an influential leader in the church and helped to plant the church in Hong Kong, he served the church in Berlin and led in Seattle. All of these cities are not known for their interest in faith, quite the opposite.

Through this man’s life, many lives in these cities were touched and seeds planted that have already become great trees.

Listen to Scott’s two cents on missions, and considering being a part of the greatest commission in a place that needs workers!

Listen here.

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How Many Churches Did the Apostle Paul Start? - ChurchPlanting.com

Below is an excerpt of an article on “the missionary challenge” in the Apostle Paul’s life. It was written by John Piper 35 years ago. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, Paul is a great role model to learn from.

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If you were to ask Paul, “Well, if it is Christ that accomplishes everything in your missionary life and gets all the glory, what do you do?” he would answer, “I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.

I trust his sovereign grace to conquer the greed and fear and vanity of my heart.

I trust his sovereign grace to give me hope when I am depressed and friendship when I am lonely and spiritual power in the face of satanic forces and words of truth and wisdom when I need to preach.

I trust his sovereign grace to give me love when I am hated and peace when I am surrounded by turmoil and perseverance when I feel like quitting and want to go home.

And I trust him to give me just enough health and protection to do the work he called me to do, as long as he has called me to do it, and just enough sickness and danger to keep me deep and earnest and real in my prayers.

When you step out in faith like this on the way to the frontiers, it is not you who step but Jesus Christ. And forty years from now when you write your last missionary letter you will know exactly why Paul said, “I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me–to him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

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From Ferguson and Shaw’s book, “Golden Rule Leadership”. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, one of the goals on your mind may be to make an impact for the Kingdom. And the question that naturally follows is, “How?”

This book is great for the aspiring leader of men and women’s hearts. Applying principles from Jesus’ example and teaching to our leadership today.

9781577821328: Golden Rule Leadership: Building a Spirit of Team ...

We need to be honest about the nature of and differences in our gifts, as described in Romans 12:3-8. Leadership is a gift of God, as are the other gifts that are mentioned. Gifts are just that — gifts. We do not earn them nor deserve them, nor are we superior because we have them. If we rely on them in a prideful manner, gifts become obstacles to our own growth and to seeing our need for others. For example, I have a reasonably good intellect (although my mind’s computer is definitely slowing down with age!) Why? From a divine perspective, it is because of God’s gift. But from a human perspective, it is principally because of my gene pool. I could just as easily been born with a low IQ or with significant learning disabilities. The fact that I have good learning capabilities has nothing to do with my value at all. If 1 Corinthians 12 teaches anything, it is that in the family of God, no one is inferior and no one is superior.

What an important lesson to learn as disciples. The younger we can straighten this our not just in our minds, but deeply in our hearts, then we can began to view people in a way closer to Christ, with a humility that God gives and that makes us available to treat others better than ourselves.

If you are thinking of taking the One Year Challenge, consider picking up a copy of Golden Rule Leadership. The mission may have to wait in some ways while the Coronavirus is at large, but our heart preparation should continue!

Great Images: The Anatomy of a Great Message

You don’t have to be a preacher or full time minister to get some solid takeaways from this infographic. How can we share the gospel with friends in our daily conversations?

Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

Proverbs 13:3 “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life, he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.”

There are several scriptures, particularly in Proverbs that warn us of the power of the tongue. If you are thinking about taking the One Year Challenge, consider the importance of learning how to better deliver the gospel message. Of course, we want to rely on the Spirit’s guidance, but we also want to prepare, a knife is easier to wield when it is sharp!

The Anatomy of a Great Sermon [Infographic]

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Would you go bald for bucks? How about support those doing so?

Below you can see a zoom call between 8 brothers who offered their hair for the cause.

8 of the guys who offered to shave their heads for the fundraisers connect on zoom.



Over the last month, as a part of a campaign which is part of the Loaves and Fishes COVID19 relief by HOPE worldwide, 27 people shaved their heads right down to the skin to help generate awareness and fundraise for relief efforts against COVID-19. One of the latest to do so was Nadine Templer, the International Volunteer Programs Officer for Hope even participated at the $20,000 mark!

You can watch her video here!

You can check out the details and learn how you can contribute here: https://nyacfundraisers.causevox.com/BaldforBucks…