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When People Try Make You King

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“In the inner depths of every leader, there is a desire to be needed, to be a hero, to fix things. It appeals to our ego to be important. But be warned – if we find our significance by being put on a pedestal, it is only a matter of time until the same people

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Loaves & Fishes

Don’t Do Miracles By Yourself

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“Notice that Jesus did not do the miracle of feeding the five thousand directly Himself, but by working through His disciples. He performed the miracle, but involved others in its completion. Even though their faith was low, He still used the disciples. He trusted them to play an important role in spite of their unbelief.

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross – Quote…

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“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not

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Isolation

Leadership Tests: No One Likes Them and We All Go Through Them

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“God tests leaders. In the scene from Jesus’ ministry to the multitudes in John 6:4-6, Jesus asks a seemingly innocuous question to test Philip. Later in the Gospels, we learn that Philip was most likely an accountant, a man who dealt in exact numbers and precise records. When Jesus tested Philip, if we listen carefully,

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Ten Commandments

Imperative People

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“Another way to describe the religious leaders of Jesus’ day would be “imperative.” Imperative people must be in control. The Pharisees who confronted the lame man who Jesus healed on the Sabbath are a prime example. Imperative people: Are uncomfortable with people whose ideas are different from their own Have an inborn craving for control

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Iguana & Cat

Leading Unlikelies

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“Jesus loves terrorists. He loves Muslims. He loves rebels, critics, Democrats, liberals, gays, socialists, Communist comrades, Republicans, sassy teenagers, Goths, pot smokers, and ex-cons. Even worse, He wants them in His church. He even wants them on the front row of your church. In John 4, Jesus reached out to a crass, sleeping-around woman, and

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Woman at Well

Connecting and Chemistry

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“The lady who has become known as the “woman at the well” is a mystery to us. We don’t know her name. We only know she was of a snubbed gender and a despised race. Yet Jesus connected with her and something remarkable transpired. Through this story, we learn about the value of connecting with

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Preferential Treatment

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“In chapter two of John’s Gospel account, we read of Jesus driving unjust merchants and moneychangers from the temple. Directly following this, in chapter three, Jesus welcomes a member of the very class of people who allowed these injustices to take place. Jesus welcomed both poor and rich, those without rank in society and those

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Palestine Christmas

Salvation ‘excludes no one’

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This is an article by Jonathan Brenneman, from the Cape Times, 17 December 2015 issue. “During this time, Advent Christians around the world turn their attention toward Christmas and to that little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born.  Bethlehem holds an extra special place in my heart because I know someone else who

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Jesus Turns Tables

Prophetic Voice

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“Jesus raised His voice against corrupt merchants in the temple, and in doing so gave leaders for all time an example of the importance of speaking against injustice. A little background is helpful to understand why Jesus was provoked to action. Worshippers came to Jerusalem from all over the Roman Empire to observe the annual

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Open Hand

The Principle Of The Relaxed Grasp

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“Needy leaders are grasping leaders. If leaders trust God to bring them the people they need, people will sense their security and be more likely to feel safe with them and follow their lead. Insecurity comes in all forms. An insecure disposition can develop over time as a poor response to difficult circumstances. A deeper

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Complicity

Complicity Versus Confrontation

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“The great privilege of leadership is in influencing other people’s lives. The grave responsibility of leadership is confronting sin in people’s lives. This is part of the price of leadership. Complicity is knowing about immoral, illegal, or unethical activity and covering it up through silence. It is saying nothing when something should be said. Those

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Muslim Dream Man

A Dream of Light That Brought Refugee To Jesus

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Achmed lives with his family in a refugee camp. He had never seen himself as a good Muslim and would often beat himself up about his lack. One night, he had a dream where he was in complete darkness. Then suddenly, a hand reached out to him, pulled him out of the darkness and into

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Guest Article by Dr Dave Cashin

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How ISIS is Spreading the Gospel “I have been a Muslim for forty-one years, in all that time have never questioned Islam. But now, I have decided to leave it.” A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my students. She has been working amongst Muslim women and had just had a

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Perfect Love Casts Out Terror!

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That’s how Jonathan, a co-worker living in the Middle East described his response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. “Perfect love casts out terror.” The outpouring of terror in Paris and Beirut make me angry – but it does not dictate my attitude to terrorists. Jesus defines my responses to terror, more

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Wolf in Sheep Skin

Leading With Discernment

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“Effective leaders must be discerning. It’s important to look below the surface of people’s words and actions to see the deeper motives and character issues. Exercising discernment is not about being critical or judgmental, but about looking beyond appearances. Leaders must be discerning if they are to know the strengths and weaknesses of those they

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Buy-In

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“Buy-in is believing in a leader. People buy into a relationship first and then the person’s vision. Through close association with Him, Jesus’ disciples bought into Jesus and then His vision. They even became willing to die for Him. Every effective leader has a core team of people who believe in him or her personally,

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Leaders Choose Their Own Teams

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“Leadership comes with many pressures and countless responsibilities. But one of the great privileges is choosing who serves on our teams, whether that be a ministry team at church, or a leadership team in our business or school. Certainly, we look to God to lead us to the right people, but He allows us to

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Friends

A Leader’s Friends

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“Effective leaders spend time with their followers. Followers become friends. Personal association as a lifestyle was Jesus’ primary way of training and equipping His disciples. Jesus drew men and women close to Himself. His disciples were not distinguished by a particular doctrine, but by being with Jesus. He took His disciples with Him on trips,

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City Lights

5 Things You Need To Know About 21st Century Small Group Ministry

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Have you ever wondered why it’s more difficult today for the church to attract urbanized non-Christian people? This article by Mark Howell, explains a simple but highly significant change in our culture… “When we woke up this morning, we woke up to a very different world than our parents lived in. Truth be told, we

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Jesus Calls

Leaders Call Followers

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“Jesus very deliberately called certain men and women to follow Him. And He taught them to invite others as well. Good leaders raise up other leaders. Jesus made disciples of ordinary people. He disciple them to faith in Himself as the Son of God – He didn’t wait for them to come to faith before

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Dad & Son

Called To Lead

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“Many people think being “called” by God only applies to pastors, missionaries, or those employed by professional Christian ministries. But this view is damaging to the lives of “ordinary” people, and it is detrimental to the purposes of God. Jesus called fishermen and doctors and carpenters and accountants to follow Him, to become leaders of

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Man in Mirror

A Leader’s Identity

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“Identity is a correct understanding of who we are… Identity is the most important dimension in the formation of a spiritual leader. Those who have a correct understanding of their identity attract people to follow them for the right reasons. We don’t make disciples or build a team by striving, exhorting people or manipulating them.

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Guest Blog…

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This guest blog by Michéle Phoenix is outstanding! It speaks to me as a missionary, but it applies to pastors, elders, church workers, and all those who follow Jesus with a clear sense of spiritual purpose.  I trust it helps you as it did me… and if you serve on the missions commission of your

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Please Pray…

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Friends, One of our AN couples based in India is asking for 50,000 people to pray for the Padhar of India near where they live.  This is the group they are going to visit and reach.  There are a few believers but not yet a people movement to Christ.  Please pray. To read more please

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Jesus Loves Africa!

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Jesus loves Africa! Of that I am sure. There is great brokenness in Africa, but there is also great beauty. I see beauty in the hospitality of African peoples. There’s beauty in the smile of African people. And there is great beauty in the music  –  no one can sing like Africans!! There’s beauty in

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Guest Article

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This is an article written by Mark Buckley from Living Streams Church.  I think it is worth pondering on… August 2015 – Selah I became friends with Larry Bresnan my senior year in high school. Larry went to a Fellowship for Christian Athletes camp after graduation and gave his life to Jesus. Larry found peace

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Those Who Grieve Well, Grow Well

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Last day to get Leading Like Jesus FREE on Kindle!!!  Click here! The goal of processing grief is not to understand the reasons for loss, but to receive God’s comfort in the midst of loss. Four responses to loss that will circumvent the comfort God wants to provide: Blame it on the devil – over

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Ten Responses To Conflict

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Leading Like Jesus FREE on Kindle today!!!  Click here to check it out! In my book Leading Like Jesus, I go through a Biblical approach to dealing with conflict. Here is a short portion of that chapter… “It is hard to accept a conflict as unresolvable, but once we prayerfully come to that realization, it allows us to

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Leaders Speak With Authority

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This is an excerpt from my book Leading Like Jesus: 40 Leadership Lessons From The Upside Down Kingdom  Click here to check it out on Amazon or here to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited and get it FREE tomorrow and Wednesday!!! “The source of Jesus’ authority can be the source of your authority as well. He

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Leadership Tests

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This is another excerpt from my new book LeadingLike Jesus. This book is FREE to Kindle Unlimited customers on the 23rd & 24th of June!!!  To subscribe to Kindle Unlimited click here To purchase this book on Kindle click here To purchase a paperback copy of this book click here “God does not initiate every

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A Very Simple Thing…

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This is a little story from my book Leading Like Jesus. “Living in a small Holland village, I remember walking down a long hallway in the training center I led. It was very early in the morning so I had the building all to myself for prayer and meditation. As I paced up and down

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The 10 C’s of Team Selection

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This is a portion from Leading Like Jesus that I believe is helpful to those who lead and pioneer new movements … “Don’t let desperation for help drive your team building! Jesus chose team members prudently. Effective leaders have a clearly defined set of qualifications for team members. Team Selection Guidelines: Courtesy – Do they

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Leading Like Jesus FREE For Two Days Only!!!

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“Three Reasons To Spend Quiet Time Alone With God… God wants it – one should not take lightly an invitation from the Creator of the universe to be with Him We need it – we need the wisdom, forgiveness, power and spiritual food for our soul that only God can give. Others wait for it

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Prayer Essentials for Busy People – Part Two

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WHY PRAY? To strengthen my own resolve in prayer, I made the following list in my journal of biblical reasons for prayer: FOR HEALING OF OUR LAND & REVIVAL OF GOD’s PEOPLE  ~  2 Chronicles 7:14  “…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and

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Prayer Essentials for Busy People

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We need time with the Lord every day in order to live victorious lives and enjoy His grace in difficult circumstances. Communion with God must be the cornerstone of our lives otherwise our emotional and spiritual well runs dry. We need time with God for our fears to be calmed, our wounds to be healed,

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Devastation in Nepal

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The earthquake devastation in Nepal keeps getting worse – more than 8,000 dead and many more missing and injured. Are the earthquakes in Nepal judgment from God, like one Christian blogger suggests? No way. Some believe the predominantly Hindu country is being judged by God. Obviously, God has a right to judge any nation any time

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What Can We Do When We Discern Weakness?

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This is an excerpt from my new book ‘Leading Like Jesus‘… To download from Amazon click here “What can we do when we discern weakness or things that need attention in the lives of others, including our spouses, close friends, co-workers, or spiritual leaders? See the good.  Look for their potential and their calling from

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Leading Like Jesus Available Today!!!

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    My new book ‘Leading Like Jesus’ is available for purchase in the Kindle store today… Go to Amazon to buy your copy!

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New Book! Leading Like Jesus to be released May 6th!!!

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“The best way to learn to be a great leader is to study and emulate the lives of great leaders. I have made that a practice for many years. This book is about Jesus – not the misrepresented Jesus, claimed exclusively by some Christians, as belonging only to them – but Jesus, the inclusive leader,

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Jesus, The Servant Leader

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Part Three: The Leadership of Jesus

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Jesus, The Servant Leader

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Part Two: The Spirituality of Jesus

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Jesus, The Servant Leader

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Part One: The Mission of Jesus

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Itinerary – Floyd McClung – 2015

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APRIL 23 – 25:      Denver, Colorado  –  SIMPLY JESUS GATHERING MAY 24:                  Colorado Springs, Colorado  –  TBD (to be determined) MAY 30 – 31:           Castle Rock, Colorado  –  ROCK CHURCH MAY 31 – JUNE 1:    Castle Rock, Colorado  –  YOUTH WITH A MISSION – Leadership Training School JUNE 5 – 7:                Hamilton, Ontario, Canada  –  LIVING HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH

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New Book!

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Carl Medearis is an international expert in the field of Arab-American and Muslim-Christian relations. He acts as a catalyst for a number of current movements in the Middle East to promote peace-making, as well as cultural, political and religious dialog leading toward reconciliation. Carl, his wife Chris, and three kids lived in Beirut, Lebanon for

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Love Never Ends: A Meditation…

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The following is a piece written by BRIAN ZAHND.  If you would like to see the original post or read more from Brian please click on the link to view his blog site –  Brian’s blog   Why is there something instead of nothing? The only answer I can imagine is Genesis 1:1. In the beginning

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How I Pray Each Morning

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I believe we can live victoriously every day. I believe we can enjoy the grace of God in difficult circumstances and when we are down emotionally. Personally, I need time with the Lord every day, or my emotional and spiritual well runs dry. When that happens, my faith level goes down and I start listening

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Whose Side Is God On? by Greg Albrecht

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The following is an excerpt from Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul Vol. 2 © Copyright 2013 by Greg Albrecht, published by Plain Truth Ministries, Pasadena, CA, USA.   Used by permission. “Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in

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How Jesus Related to People

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Part Two…  2.  Community From the crowds, came the seekers.  One senses in reading the Gospels that there were people in and out of Jesus’ life who were actively seeking to know more.  Some of them are made known to us in the gospel accounts, like Nicodemus, Zacchaeus, or the Roman centurion.  There must have

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How Jesus Related To People

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This is Part One of an exerpt from my book ‘Follow’… We can discover the answer to the question of what evangelism is, in looking at how Jesus related to people.  In my study of the gospels, I have found it very helpful to realize that there were patterns of how Jesus related to three

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Jesus Started a Church

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Perhaps the most radical thing Jesus did while on earth, besides taking the punishment for our sins on the cross, was starting a church. There is generally agreement amongst Bible scholars and theologians that what Jesus did with His disciples was not a church. But I disagree. Jesus said He would build His church –

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How To Get Vision For Your Life

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Vision for our lives is a clear mental picture of what could be. A vision for our lives is an inspiring picture of what could happen through our service to God and to others. Vision is also an inner longing for something you have not yet experienced but believe God wants to see happen through

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Peddling Pictures of Jesus

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Christians have many different mental pictures of what Jesus is like, but only the true Jesus of Scripture is worthy of our devotion. It is possible that the mental picture we have of Jesus is one of our own creation, a Jesus we have created in our image to serve our desires and needs. When

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Leading In The Flesh

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Esau: The Man Who Sold His Destiny for Momentary Gratification Genesis 25:25 – 34 “ See to it that no one fail to obtain the grace of God; that no root of bitterness spring up and cause trouble, for by it many become defiled; see to it that no one be immoral or irreligious like

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10 Benefits of Small Groups

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Small groups create opportunity for personal development and spiritual growth. Small groups are great places to meet new friends and build personal relationships. Small groups allow a movement or large community to communicate and network. Small groups are the best platform to find purpose: large meetings build identity but small groups build purpose. Small groups

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Small Group Leaders

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They are positive and encouraging They pray for their members They are a servant facilitator to others They keep the group looking outward to reach others They contact members of the group regularly They mentor an apprentice leader They plan fun times together They are vulnerable and approachable They are learners with everyone else They

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Five Keys To Effective Small Group Leadership

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There are five keys to leading an effective small group: Love Life Listen Learn  Lead Good leadership is more about love than technical skill or experience. Anyone can lead a small group if they practice these five principles: LOVE the people in the group The best way to lead a group is to love and

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Leadership: Context Determines Contextualization

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Context is the often over looked ingredient in any leadership system. Many a leader has made the fundamental error of solving problems on a tactical level without addressing the larger system in which they operate. Leaders with visionary gifts can lose their true self in trying too hard to solve problems. Doing what they do

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What Makes a Leader?

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This article is an adaptation of an article by the same name, found in the book, On Leadership. It is an excellent article and a great book. Many leaders I have interacted with over the last 50 years have either been highly motivated or greatly skilled or very intelligent, some even have been very mature

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Leading Your Team Into the Unknown

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Innovate or die. That’s how one great leader described the dilemma of change. If we hold back innovation we do so because of fear of change, fear of losing people, fear of the bottom line. But leaders lead. Either they lead or someone else will. Innovative leaders assess and they insist on change based on

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Seven Ways I Turn Creative Ideas Into Action

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I get a lot of things done.  But I’ve had to learn to work effectively in order to do so.  I’ve learned to let things go undone in order for my dreams to turn into reality. I’m a visible leader, so people have expectations of what I should do.  I’ve learned not to be the

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Help Build a Beautiful Shack Home!

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I met Zoe as a waitress at The Meeting Place cafe in the southern suburb of Cape Town where Sally and I live. Over the last few months of appointments at The Meeting Place, I came to be impressed with Zoe’s work ethic and friendliness. Zoe’s a great waitress. I would describe her as responsible,

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Is It Really Possible?

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Is it possible to complete the great commission?  And if it is possible to “make disciples of all nations” as Jesus commanded us in Matthew 28, should it be something we should really worry about? I believe we should.  So does Mary Ho of All Nations, Grandview, Missouri. The following is an article written by Mary,

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The Power of “No”

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The excerpts below are from a great article from Psychology Today, titled The Power of No.  I highly commend this article, found on the Psychology Today site: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201310/the-power-no Here are a few carefully chosen excerpts: “As a general guideline, five situations benefit from increasing strength to say No. When it keeps you true to your principles and

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Why Jesus Said “No”

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Matt 4:1-11  –  Jesus said no to leadership power, position and prestige Matt 5:31-32  –  Jesus says no to divorce for any reason except breaking one’s marriage vows Matt 5:33-37  –  Jesus said no to making superficial oaths Matt 6:25  –  Jesus said no to worry Matt 10:34  –  Jesus said no to false unity

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15 Things To Say “No” To

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Say no to negative chatter about others Say no to emotional entanglement in relationships Say no to life without margins Say no to compromising your values Say no to pleasing people Say no to being made responsible for the choices of others Say no if you can’t follow through Say no to the destructive thoughts

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The Fruit of Your Labors Will Follow You – Part Three

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Jesus had fruit that followed him because he lived a determined life.  He cultivated the heart of a warrior and the lifestyle of a lover. He was fiery, he was focused, he was secure. Everything he did flowed out of a secure, love relationship with the Father. This kind of love is warfare… not necessarily

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The Fruit of Your Labors Will Follow You – Part Two

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At a very young age, seeking to recruit a friend to join him in China, Robert Morrison wrote these words, “I wish I could persuade you to accompany me. Take into account the 350 million souls in China who have not the means of knowing Jesus Christ as Savior…” The year was 1806. At this

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The Fruit of Your Labors Will Follow You – Part One

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My wife, Sally, and I visited the cemetery in Macau, China, where Robert Morrison and his first wife, Mary, are buried. Robert Morrison was the first Protestant missionary to China. He lived 52 short years and died in Canton in 1834. During his twenty-five years of work as a missionary he translated the whole Bible into

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Contentment Does Not Mean Happiness

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A friend of mine is going through a hard time. She asked if I had any thoughts to share about contentment……so it got me thinking. The Bible exhorts us to be content in whatever situation we’re in. (Philippians 4:11) I asked myself what that meant for me right now……am I “content” with cancer? Can we

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Helping People Respond to a Fallen Leader

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It is shattering for people to put their trust in a leader and then discover that leader has betrayed their trust. When a leader sins, not only is their life and the lives of their family devastated, but the lives of those who follow them are also deeply impacted. Below are a few things to

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Catalyzing a Movement of Leaders

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The best leaders are the ones that reproduce themselves. They don’t just have a succession plan, they create an atmosphere of multiplication many times over. These are the leaders that make themselves dispensable. The men and women who function out of a deep level of personal security. They strive not only to do a great

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The Five Leadership Functions of Jesus

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In their outstanding book, The Leadership Challenge, James Kouzes & Barry Posner build their case that leaders are made, more than born. They describe five functions ordinary people use when they bring forth their best efforts in challenging circumstances. I have adapted the five essential functions presented in their book to show how Jesus first modeled them. The source

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A Thoughtful Christ-Centered Response to ISIS

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NOTE FROM FLOYD: This article by friend Carl Medearis is from his website and used by permission. Though it was posted a little while ago, it is very relevant today. by CARL MEDEARIS Obama admits to not having a strategy. Duck Dynasty Godfather, Phil Robertson, wants to “Convert ‘em or kill ‘em.” So what is

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The Art of Conversation

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“A conversation, even a brief one, should have all the best features of any functioning human relationship, and that means genuine interest on both sides, opportunity and respect for both to express themselves, and some dashes of tact and perception.  Conversation can be such pleasure that it is criminal to exchange comments so stale that

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Learning to Love People You Don’t Like

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I wrote a book by that title.  It sold well.  Better than the earlliest edition of the book, titled, ‘Father, Make Us One’.  I think people appreciate the ‘realness’ of the new title. It’s hard to love some people.  If you’re like me, I enjoy some people, patiently endure others, and actively seek to avoid a few.

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Cracked Bowl

Update After Round Four

Dear Faithful Intercessors and Friends, When I went in last week for chemo, they said my blood work showed my numbers were too low to do the treatment. They wanted to do the blood work again that morning. I sat waiting for a couple hours and finally “passed.” My neutrophils were a bit below minimum,

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Why Some Leaders Fail to Get Things Done

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When leaders fail to get the ‘main thing’ done it is because of one simple, fatal shortcoming: failure to perform. It is not a lack of vision, or shortage of brainpower. It is the inability to act decisively when decisive action is called for. When asked why Microsoft rose to the top amongst so many

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Ten Keys for Casting a Compelling Vision

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  Make sure it is clear in your own mind.    What is the vision that burns in your heart in 25 words or less. If you need hundreds of words to summarize it, it’s not compelling. What did God say?    Share the story of your spiritual journey and the amazing “co-incidences” that convince

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Four Questions to Ask When Dealing With Disappointment

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A young man, whom I respect, recently asked me for some insight on dealing with a situation that brought him much disappointment. He had been journaling and reflecting on his experience but wanted some help in processing it constructively. I encouraged him to ask himself four questions as a way of turning his disappointment into

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Stone Wall

Cancer and Joy – Carried Over the Wall

When I was told that I had an ovarian tumor, a large almost 8 pound one, and then, subsequently, that it was malignant – my first thought was how am I going to get through the surgery and chemo treatment? It seemed like a huge, giant wall in front of me that I had no

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Adventure With God

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What makes an adventure an adventure? I got in trouble a few years back while speaking to a church in Canada.  As I introduced my wife, Sally, I said “she doesn’t like adventure, like I do…” The folks in the church had a good laugh at my expense. They knew Sally and the wild lifestyle

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Flowers & Sky

Cancer and Joy – God’s Compensations

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NO ONE WANTS CANCER! But after the initial shock of discovering I have cancer, I concluded that God was with me in this journey. Consequently, I could expect God to reveal Himself to me every step of the way, in small and great ways. Cancer is something that all of us fear – dread –

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Circle Rainbow

Cancer and Joy – The Wrap-Around Presence

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One thing I certainly never thought about doing in life is the day I would walk into the chemo-therapy room – and I would be the patient. I had no idea what to expect or what would be happening to me. I had several surprises in store for me on this day that felt overwhelming.

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Attention Distraction Disorder

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There are many tasks a leader must do, but one stands out above the others. Leaders must focus the attention of their followers. To do that, he or she must focus their own attention. There is a constant battle for the energy and attention of leaders. If a leader does not master the challenge of

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Chick under Wing

News After Round 3

Hello all, Some moments have felt dark on this chemo/cancer journey I’m on. Strangely, I sense the Lord’s care and peace with me continually, and yet there have been moments that feel dark because of the pain and suffering. While praying and worshiping this morning, I realized that often the “darkness” is simply because I’m

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The Benefits of Being Part of an International Movement

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Churches and missional communities that lack affiliation with an international network suffer as a result.  Some belong to networks, true, but often they are only national in scope.  This lack of association with leaders from other countries creates cultural, strategic, theological and organizational myopia. Lack of multi-cultural and multi-national association creates a silo affect:  members

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FREQUENCY ILLUSION – It’s All In Your Mind

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I learned a new term recently:  frequency illusion. Once we notice something that annoys, surprises or pleases us we tend to notice it more and more, even to the point of over weighting its frequency in everyday life.  The way we observe the world is through the lens of our biases, our “frequency illusions.” Trend

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Things You Shouldn’t Say to Cancer Patients

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My wife, Sally, has cancer.  Actually, I should say, she is overcoming cancer… and doing a great job of it too.  She is finding joy on her cancer journey.  She looks for joy.  She chooses joy.  And she gives joy to others.  She has bad days and is honest about them when they come, but,

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Mindfulness

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“When you’re mindful… rules, routines, and goals guide you – they don’t govern you.”  Ellen Langer (Harvard Business Review, March, 2014) The skill of “observation” is a lost art for many leaders.  Observation, or “mindfulness”, is the art of actively learning new things from our daily experiences. Mindfulness makes you more sensitive to context and

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Defining Priorities in Work and Life

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Prospering in life comes as a result of the careful combining of work and home. This focus is important in order to ensure you don’t lose yourself, your loved ones, and your foothold in life. Those leaders that effectively involve their families in work decisions and activities are healthier people. Those that don’t, face the

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Adopt or Plant?

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Movements of churches tend to emphasize adoptions or new church plants, but rarely can you do both on a significant scale and be successful.   Here is the challenge: whatever existing churches you adopt under your brand, you need to manage. It’s an matter of alignment. If the churches you adopt do not have the

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Letter From Sally

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Hello, I was encouraged and inspired by a story a South African friend sent to me recently. It dates back to 1902 during a war here in South Africa. Some women were sitting in the dirt in a concentration camp – hungry, discouraged, praying for the war to end. One of the ladies glanced at

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The Place For Partnerships

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Partnerships can be tricky, but they can also allow movements, organizations and churches to coalesce around solutions to problems that are beyond their ability to handle individually.   There are many levels of partnership: we partner with governments when we receive permission to pass through their borders; we partner with foundations, churches and individuals when

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How to Build Longevity on Your Team

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LONGEVITY As a young leader I was impressed to learn that well-known evangelist Billy Graham was surrounded by a team of long serving friends and co-workers, most of whom had been with him since the beginning of his campaign career. The team began to be formed in the mid-1940’s, and stayed together for over half

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Speak and Lead from the Heart

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Recently I listened to a well-known leader speaking on leadership.  It was passionless.  Flat.  Carrying no emotion.  Just information.  It made minimal impact on the audience.  Great content, but it left me wondering what he really believed. Skepticism will be transformed to belief when your listeners believe that YOU believe in what you are saying.  Delivering a deeply emotional

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Sally’s Update

Dear Praying Friends, You’ve been praying…….there have been answers!!  My white blood cells went from dangerously low to almost normal in 2 weeks.  That was pretty amazing, and a wonderful answer to prayer!  I couldn’t have continued my treatment without that. With my 2nd chemo treatment, I’m now a third of the way through.  That

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First Impressions

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Biased first impressions create hierarchy in groups.  They are driven by perceptions about age, race, gender and education.  True leaders counter biases and influence the group to see differently. How do we re-set our first impressions? Rethink generalization of people Repent of negative first impressions of people Pray a simple prayer about your reactions to

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Urban Culture Transcends Borders

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My urban journey has gone from Kabul to Amsterdam to Cape Town and as I lived in these very different places, I became fascinated with the rise of cities.  I was provoked to develop a theology of the city, which I have reflected in my book, ‘Seeing the City With the Eyes of God’. Here

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The Focused Leader

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I learned an essential leadership skill from a mentor.  The skill of giving undivided attention. This man always looked people in the eye, smiled and listened attentively.  He did not allow others to interrupt.  He worked at remembering peoples names. People were important to him –  and it showed. Great leaders focus… inwardly… on others…

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AFRICA’S TIME IS NOW

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African nations are beginning to take responsibility for Africa – instead of looking for handouts from the West. Africa’s economy is growing faster than that of any other continent. However, there are 50-plus countries in Africa, so the growth needs to be looked at country by country to get an accurate understanding of what is

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How to Prompt Trustworthiness in Others

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When we feel and express gratitude towards others it fosters a sense of trustworthiness in them, which in turn, leads to trustworthy behaviour.  Even the most broken person has potential for greatness.  When we see that potential, we convey it in our attitude. Be intentional about expressing belief and gratitude in people and you will

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Who Can You Trust?

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God’s trust in us is a gift based on His grace.  We should trust people for the same reason… His grace.  After all, everything outside of hell is grace. Most people don’t rise above the expectations of others unless there is someone who believes in them, who really thinks they are worth believing in. Be

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HOW SHOULD WE PORTRAY FEMALE LEADERS?

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The questions we ask and the words we use to frame the conversation about women in leadership can be biased and offensive if we are not careful. Our choice of language can reinforce negative stereotypes of female leaders. Women should not be portrayed as “bossy, emotional or too nice” just as men are not to

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Temptation After Victory

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Most leaders make their greatest mistakes after their greatest successes.  Beware the temptations that come after a great victory.  When things go well, don’t let it go to your head.  Everything good in your life is a result of the blessing of God. When God uses you, get on your knees and thank him.  He

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Creativity

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“There is no such thing as a mistake in the creative process.”  John Cleese

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Failure

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There is no such thing as failure if you learn from it.

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Reframing Our Mindset About Problems

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REFRAMING OUR MINDSET ABOUT PROBLEMS Problems are opportunities. The trick is to reframe your perspective from one of solving problems to appreciating an opportunity. You have to shift your perspective from inside (your church/business/school/synagogue) to outside, (how visitors/members/students/clients) perceive it. It means asking those you serve how they want to be served, not how you

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Choose Who You Serve

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Wise leaders don’t wait for people to choose them, they carefully select who they will serve and then build their life mission on that decision.  A shotgun approach to servanthood can lead to an unfocused life…nice, but ineffective.

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Balance?

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Forget about being balanced.  Balanced people are boring.  Live for the extreme.  Believe in something so passionately that balance doesn’t worry you.  Let your worry be ‘will my life count for something?’.

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Personal Mission Statement

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A great way to decide on your life’s mission statement is to imagine what you would like people to say about you at your funeral.  Imagine if you could ‘listen in’ to the future… and hear what your children and co-workers say about you.

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Do You Want to Grow as a Leader?

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GROW By Ron Edmondson Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Check out his blog at: http://www.ronedmondson.com This article is taken from the Acts 29 blog site at http://acts29-today.blogspot.com/ Do you want to

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One Down – Five to Go

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Dear Praying Friends, 1 down and 5 to go. My first day of chemo treatment went as well as I could have hoped for. I felt enveloped in God’s peace and care all through the day. On the way there, I told Floyd that my body was a little nervous, but my heart was at

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A Leader’s Legacy

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The key issue for a leader is what you leave behind.  It’s not how spellbinding your words are, nor how funny… it is what you leave behind, the legacy that outlives you.  Ultimately, people are the greatest fruit of your life.  It’s the people that you have shaped by the influence of your life that

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Six Surprising Characteristics of Effective Leaders

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From Thom Rainer’s great blog site comes this fascinating article This blog has looked at characteristics of effective pastors from different perspectives over the past few years. But this information may prove to be a bit surprising. A couple of caveats are in order. First, the idea of “surprising” can vary from person to person.

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Dispensable Leaders

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The best leaders are the ones that try to make themselves dispensable.  If he or she is helping people around them not need them, ironically, people they work with want them around more than ever.  That type of leader is selflessly helping people around them acquire as many skills as possible so he can let

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Creative Leadership

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“When you collaborate on something that is fundamentally creative, you get to places that you would never get on your own.” John Cleese   Ideas have a way of building when they can bounce back and forth between people working together as a team.  You know an idea is good when you hear it, and

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He is worthy. He is worthy. He is worthy

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I just received this from a young man working with our movement in North Africa. It reminded me of the Moravian slogan,  “The Lamb is worthy to receive the reward of his suffering.” … He is worthy.   He is worthy.   He is worthy.  He is worthy of all of us, every last bit.

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Syrian’s are Dancing Again!

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I listened to one of our teams report yesterday after returning from ministry in Lebanese Syrian refugee camps.  There has been such unending sadness for the refugees… but on the last night of the two month outreach when they went to say goodbye they heard dancing music coming from the camp!  “We haven’t danced in

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Counter Intuitive Discipleship Values…

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Go slow to go fast! Outsiders raise up insiders – an inexperienced insider is more effective than a highly trained outsider Focus on a few to reach many Self-discovery learning in the Word is more powerful than instruction learning Disciple people to conversion – don’t wait to convert them before discipleship begins. Dream big but

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All Nations Team Held by AK-47 Wielding Angry Father

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I just received a message that one of our All Nations teams in the Middle East was held against their will for several hours by a very angry father carrying an AK-47. Why? Because he found a Bible in a gift box given to his 8 year old son. The team has been doing food

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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has died. South Africa has lost its greatest son, the people have lost a father. During his long life, Mandela inspired countless individuals. Here is a collection of quotes that personify his spirit from USA Today: 1) “Difficulties break some men but make

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10 Simple Discipleship Truths

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Hello, the following article is lifted straight off Steve Murrell’s blog, found at http://stevemurrell.com/home/    Steve is the founding pastor of Victory Church in Manila with 105,000 members and still growing. His blog and regular entries are excellent! I highly recommend them for all pastors, church planters and fellow leaders in the upside-down kingdom.  

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5 Ways the Prosperity Gospel Is Hurting Africa

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This article is from Charisma Magazine. I did not write this article but I agree with it 100%. I have traveled in Africa for 43 years in 30 countries. I have lived in South Africa since 2006. What is written in this article is one of the most needed messages in Africa Today.  http://www.charismamag.com/blogs/fire-in-my-bones/19113-5-ways-the-prosperity-gospel-is-hurting-africa  

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Syria Refugee Crisis

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More news from Syria refugees crisis. This article is taken from the website of Christian Aid. You can give to All Nations Serve Syria project: √ To donate in the USA, send a check made out to All Nations, and send it All Nations Support PO Box 55, Grandview, Missouri, 64030. Please attach a note

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One Third of Syrian Christians Gone From Syria

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One Third of Syrian Christians are gone, says cleric. Oct 24 2013Oct 24 2013 Patriarch claims more than 450,000 have fled, but opinions vary Almost a third of Syria’s Christians have left since the start of the civil war, according to one of the country’s senior clerics. Syria’s most senior Catholic leader Gregorios III Laham,

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How Not to Respond to the Syrian Crisis

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I just returned from a two-week visit to some of the Syrian refugee camps in the Middle East. Before I describe seven ways not to respond to the Syrian crisis, allow me to share a few impressions from my visits with the refugees themselves.   I am working though some deep emotions from the heart-rending

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Why I am against American intervention in Syria

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1. We are not the world’s police. America cannot and should not seek to police the world’s moral and military problems. There are even more serious cases of oppression and cruelty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Darfur, and North Korean – where does it stop? 2. Jesus’ command to be peacemakers applies to

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What About Teaching and Preaching in Disciple-Making Movements?

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Check out davidwatson.org for great resources on making disciples and church planting. by DAVIDWATSON on AUGUST 27, 2013 “What about Teaching and Preaching?” is the number one question I receive when talking about Disciple-Making Movements, the Discovery Bible Study and Discovery Groups (which are inductive and self correcting through a coaching process); and to the

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5 Broken Views of Discipleship and How to Fix Them

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I’m grateful for the great articles from Terry Moeller at Acts 29.  Terry consistently passes on the most consistently helpful articles on leadership, church and discipleship I have come across. The following article by Ed Stetzer is another winner. See  http://acts29-today.blogspot.com/ by Ed Stetzer  There is a lot of talk about discipleship these days — and

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Continual, Vigorous Church Planting

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“The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for 1) the numerical growth of the Body of Christ in any city, and 2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else–not crusades, outreach programs, para-church ministries, growing mega-churches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal

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The Gift of Rejection

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God uses rejection to shape our inner world. John 6:60-71 records a time when some of the disciples of Jesus rejected him: “Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to

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Ten Functions of an Apostolic Team

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Apostolic team defined: “a band of men and women called together by God to advance the kingdom and glorify God by making disciples of lost people and planting and multiplying churches”. Romans 15:7-20 The primary difference between elders serving in a local church and an apostolic team is vision and function. Elders serve by equipping,

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Spiritual Fathers and Mothers in the Lord

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There is a cry in many people’s hearts for someone to father or mother them. There are many spiritual orphans who have never had the opportunity to be loved into wholeness. Fatherlessness is a curse on a nation, and the result of that curse is wounded people carrying an orphan spirit. The pain in the

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Working With a “Second”

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A few thoughts…about working with “seconds” – number two leaders: – choose seconds to start with who share the same vision and values – share your big dreams and ideas with him/her and ask them how to see dreams happen, ask for advise for next steps, then don’t pull sudden changes once you’ve done that

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Facts About Syria

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(CNN) — Syria is a Middle Eastern country sharing a border with Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. The Syrian uprising began in March 2011. As of June 2013, more than 90,000 Syrians have been killed, according to the United Nations. About Syria: (from the CIA World Factbook) Land Area: 185,180 sq km, slightly larger than North Dakota Population: 22,457,336

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Syria…

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The article below from The Guardian newspaper in England is a deeply disturbing reflection on the war in Syria. It details the INABILITY of world bodies to solve the Syrian crisis. What I find most disturbing is the probability the Syrian civil war will become a regional war. Already it has spilled over into Lebanon

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Short Promotional Video About Discipleship

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Floy & Sbu talk about discipleship from Floyd McClung on Vimeo.

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The Principle of Saying Hard Things

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John 6:22-71, especially verses 30-34 (The Message): “They waffled: “Why don’t you give us a clue about who you are, just a hint of what’s going on? When we see what’s up, we’ll commit ourselves. Show us what you can do. Moses fed our ancestors with bread in the desert. It says so in the

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The Principle of Leadership Connection

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   “A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”.    The lady described in this story from John 4 is unknown to us. We don’t know her name. We only know that she was of a snubbed gender and a despised race. Yet Jesus connected with her.

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Ten C’s of Leadership Team Building

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    One of the privileges of leadership is choosing your own leadership team. In principle, you should not work with people on your team you did not choose. Though we must be open to accept those God sends us, and though others may expect us to “inherit” team members by virtue of the fact

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Acts 13 Apostolic Leadership Qualities

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Most leadership experts I know define leadership as influence. That is one aspect of it, but I don’t think it’s the whole story. Based on a cateful look at Acts 13:1-3 we find apostolic leaders have seven qualities: Leaders have HS insight. They listen to God. Leaders demonstrate initiative. They take action. Leaders exert influence.

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Simple Doesn’t Mean Stupid or Unbiblical

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I love this article written by a colleague here in Cape Town. We teach these principles, bu more importantly, we strive to live practice them as a way of life. If you want to make disciples of the lost, grow your church or start new churches with those who don’t know Jesus, I think you

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8 Signs of a Healthy Church and Healthy Leaders

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Note from Floyd:  I found this article from churchplants.com to be very stimulating, so much so that I have added my own comments. Some leaders are not aware of what emotional health in their church family looks or feels like. Dysfunction is so common that most of us grow up “unhealthy” but don’t know it. Perhaps

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FALSE PROSPERITY GOSPEL IN AFRICA

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I am so grieved after reading this blog entry of a friend and co-worker. I disciple young African leaders in what I call the Young Leaders Forum. I know now I have to deal with the unbiblical aspects of the prosperity teaching. If you read this article, please pray for God’s heart. Please don’t take

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Global Trends

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Global Trends That Should Impact How We Do Church and Mission Church Planting Movements (see the book Miraculous Movements) The “rest” is out doing the “west”: 80% of all missionaries are from non-Western countries Websites and other media allow fast flow of information easily accessible to everyone Strategic partnerships and coalitions Growth of Islam and

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Bill Hybels on Church Planting

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From ChurchPlants.com… Bill Hybels: “What I’d Do Differently If I Planted a Church Today” By Bill Hybels The suburban Chicago church plant, launched by a 22-year-old Bill Hybels back in 1975, would dramatically impact the face of American Christianity. What later became one of the nation’s first megachurches, which now draws some 25,000 worshippers each week,

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Quite Time Religion

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Here is a thought going through my head this morning, “What religiondoes not allow, grace does”.  I was speaking to someone recently about their struggles with their “quiettime”. It struck me while we were talking that the goal of quiet times is not quiet times, but conversation with a person, with God. It’s speaking to someone, and allowing them to speak

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Safe theology. Dangerous life.

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A co-worker and a man I disciple, Noah Kaye, wrote the following article after I spoke on values, safety, and what is really dangerous. REad more from Noah at www.noahkaye.com. Floyd   Many people worry about their safety and security. We happen to live and serve in South Africa, a country bound by fear and

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You can lead people if you don’t “need” people

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John 2:23-25, “During the time he was in Jerusalem, those days of the Passover Feast, many people noticed the signs he was displaying and, seeing they pointed straight to God, entrusted their lives to him. But Jesus didn’t entrust his life to them. He knew them inside and out, knew how untrustworthy they were. He

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Complicity and Confrontation

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Note: These are notes from the first gathering of the Young Leaders Forum. I meet regularly with emerging African leaders to encourage them and pass on lessons learned over a lifetime. Each time we meet we focus on one biblical character, and from their life learn a competency related to some aspect of godly character. Floyd

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Planning Not to Be Needed

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Every great leader is a leader who wants others to outdo him, to excel him and to replace him. The test of a leader is to be able to serve without a title or position… what a great challenge!   “One aspect of a job well done as a servant leader is what we do

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Seven Marks of Disciple Making Churches in the Muslim World

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Note: This article is from Joel News International Write to info@joelnews.org West-Africa: Seven marks of new churches in the Muslim world For more than seven years Jerry Trousdale studied disciple making movements in the Muslim world, especially in West-Africa. In that period more than 6,000 new Muslim-background churches were started in 18 countries, comprising 70

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Six Types of People You Meet in Church Planting

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6 Types of People You Meet in Church Planting By Acts 29 Network by Todd Bumgarner As a church planter, you are called to raise up disciples and leaders. It’s an investment of time and energy that is critical to the mission of your church. One of the hardest truths early on in church planting is

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When is Church Growth Not Healthy Growth?

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Mark Buckley mark@livingstreams.org via fellowshiponemail.com 12/29/12 to me  I am a big fan and a friend of Mark Buckley, who pastors Living Streams Church in Phoenix, Arizona. Mark and his wife Kristine have been the guests of All Nations in the past and will come again next year, God willing. We are willing – just want to work out

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Join the Largest Prayer Meeting in the World

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Hello, 20 years ago God allowed me and several others the privilege of helping to pioneer what is most likely the largest prayer initiative in the world, called “30 days of prayer for the Muslim world”. Since that time it has spread all over the world so now millions of people pray during Ramadan for

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A New Book: Mirror, Mirror – A Reflected Life by Carolyn Ros

I wanted to draw your attention to a new book published from a friend. It is called Mirror, Mirror: A Reflected Life and is by Carolyn Ros. From the press release: Carolyn Ros, or Kari as she was known during her growing-up years, seemed to have everything going for her as she graduated from high

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New Videos

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I wanted to draw your attention towards two new videos, shot during my furlough in the United States. Both were shot during my time at LCC Redding. You can find a more permanent link to them in the sidebar of our homepage, and I will also link to them here. The first is on Discipleship

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Leadership is a Performing Art

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Leadership is a performing art, not a science. It is the art of influencing others, not just to accomplish something together, but to want to accomplish great things together. Servant leaders challenge existing processes without manipulating or overpowering people, then they enable others to act by encouraging their hearts, modeling the way forward, and inspiring

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The Use and Abuse of Spiritual Authority

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         Because of the tendency of good but sometimes immature leaders to respond to selfish or needy people with overbearing authority, and because of the influence of cult figures on so many unwary young people, it is important to be aware of some of the unhealthy extremes leaders can go to in exercising their leadership.

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Called of God

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From the excellent website, churchplanting.com comes this devotional article.   Called of God By Peter Sung And he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?” But he had nothing to say. ~ Matthew 22:12 READING: Matthew 22:1-14 Every Christian is at once called to salvation and to ministry. Christians minister because

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NOT ONE KNOW FOLLOWER OF JESUS

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Pray for the Manasir Prays the people group called the Manasir, of Northern Sudan. They are an amalgam of Arabic/Nubian descent, very closed to outside influence. Absolutely unreached, there are no known believers among this tribe of 59,000 people. Although they are hostile to Christians, because they are in the 10/40 window, they’ve had Christians

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Is Jesus the Only Way to God?

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  Is Jesus the Only Way to God?   1. Jesus is a unique and special revelation of God to humankind. He loves all peoples and will reject no one who comes to him sincerely. God welcomes every person to seek him and to pray to him. He lovingly draws every person to His son, Jesus

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America – Where do you go from here?

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OUR DEAR AMERICA – Where do you go From Here? by Wolfgang and Mercy Simson. From www.revivalschool.com Today, Obama has been re-elected; all the efforts of many Christian leaders, prayer movements, “prophets” and “concerned Americans” who have lobbied, written appeals, articles, books, letters – some have even done films – to warn not to vote

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A Positive Vision for Church

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A Positive Vision for Church by Joe Miller From ChurchPlanting.com Posted: 22 Nov 2012 08:50 AM PST When I spoke at the 2011 House Church Conference in Florida, I met many wonderful people committed to living out their faith in a house church. But, when it comes to the discussion between House Church and Legacy Church

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This is Sin

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“Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.” Susanna Wesley,

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Hell

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“Hell then is the trajectory of a soul, living a self-absorbed, self-centered life, going on forever.” Tim Keller Hell is not a doctrine to debate, rather a sad state of existence to grieve, to weep over, to pray for, and to cause us to reflect gratefully on His great mercy.

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Does God Have a Preference for Our Next President?

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My wife asked me just a few minutes ago, “Does God have a preference for our next president?” I told her, “I don’t know but I sure don’t like it when some people act like they know”. I love these thoughts from Charliesays.It. Very thought provoking. “Hope can be found in a human being –

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How Will I Decide Who to Vote For?

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How do we decide who to vote for at election time? I look for the person who’s morality includes the widest range of bIblical concerns regarding morality and justice and peace. Biblical immorality includes lust for power, ungodly war, economic exploitation of the poor, support for evil industries (pharmaceuticals, tobacco, etc., who push expired and

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100 Tibetan Buddhists Come to Faith Through Thanka Art

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Over 100 Tibetan Buddhists have come to faith in Jesus through a unique and culturally appropriate way of sharing the good news of Jesus. Thanka Art! Read about it below… awesome! Thanka Art: a Bible for Tibetan Buddhists All Nations has produced the only complete Biblical Thanka set known to be in existence. A Thanka is a

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Vision From God and Finishing Well

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–Paul– His vision helped him overcome his past. He was responsible for people’s deaths and persecution. Phil. 3: it Freed him from guilt and shame. He pressed into the vision the Lord gave him. You can’t change your past, but you can pursue your vision. Principle: keep your eyes on the vision. – Joseph –

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Five Relationships to Help You Finish Well

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about relationships that help us finish well. There are five that I can think of right away that have been extremely meaningful to me. 1. Spiritual mentors – who develop us. We need people who are further along than us in the race of life, people who keep us

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How Do You View the Jewish-Palestinian Conflict?

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Check out www.MiddleEastExperience.com This website provides you with everything you’d ever want to know about the Middle East – from all perspectives.  Even up-to-the-minute news feeds from all the top english news sites.  Daily videos, polls, local blogs, articles – from every side of the issue.

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Discipleship is Intentional Relationship

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As you know, I am passionate about discipleship. But it often happens that as soon as I speak my passion with some people they get a glazed look in their eye, and then start backing out the door! I think they feel some potential pressure and guilt coming their way, or maybe another program they

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Fifteen Signs of People Who Don’t Finish Well

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There are approximately 100 biographies in the Bible, and of those, only 30-35% of the people finished well. Why does it happen? To answer that question, we need to understand what it means to not finish well.  The 15 characteristics below explain why people don’t finish well. If any one or a combination of the

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Leading Change

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Note: I have attempted to lead change and failed several times in my leadership journey. And I have successfully led change on other occasions. The article below is from the excellent site, www.churchplanting.com   I would add to the significant wisdom in this guest article, change has to be values based, and not for the

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It’s How You Finish That Counts

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It’s not how you start the race, nor what happens in the middle of the race, but it’s how you finish the race of life that really counts. The Bible speaks of life as a race. There is no question about whether you will grow weary or falter along the way, it happens to us

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Changing the City With the Gospel Takes a Movement

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http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/09/03/changing-the-city-with-the-gospel-takes-a-movement/ Changing the City with the Gospel Takes a Movement When a church or a church network begins to grow rapidly in a city, it is only natural for the people within the ministry to feel that God is making a difference in that place. Often, however, what is really going on is “Christian reconfiguration.”

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God Returns to the City!

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Many years ago my wife and I had the opportunity to live and work in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, Holland. The “Red Light District” was flourishing in those days, with thousands of prostitutes sitting behind windows and live sex shows running through the night. We prayed and ministered with faith and hope that

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Tough Guys Discipling Tough Guys

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Note: I received this letter yesterday from a wonderful lady who is a world changer for Jesus. She is the founder and director of Siya Sebenza in Port Elizabeth, a job training and now, a disciple making training program. I have been coaching Ena in the 12 principles of obedience based discipleship that I like

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Your No Moses But God Has Called You to Lead – from Tony Spry at churchplanting.com

Check out at great web site, ChurchPlanting.com – the following article is written by Tony Spry and found on their site, along with many other great articles. Floyd   Moses was a reluctant leader, yet God used him mightily.  He dealt with fear, yet he went forward to do what God had called him to

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Creation to Christ…The God Story

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The God Story – Creation to Christ Lesson One – Creation – There is one true God and He created all that is. He lives by His Holy Spirit in the hearts of true Christians who are born again. • God Created the Heavens and Earth………………… ……Genesis 1:1-24 • God Created Man and Woman………………… …………Genesis

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10 Reasons Some Leaders Don’t Follow Paul’s Example of Church Planting

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Because of the orderly fashion in which the book of Acts is written, and because of the missions and leadership truths Luke deals with, we can assume he intended Acts to serve as a training handbook for those committed to spreading the Gospel. Unfortunately, many Christian leaders don’t see it that way. I am convinced

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The Power of Encouragement

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Hello, I’m not sure if this is a true story, but it is certainly a story of “truth”. I try to practice this simple truth with people I know, and people I meet for the first time, seeking to discern what God has put in a person and speak words of affirmation and hope and

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TWELVE PRINCIPLES OF DISCOVERY DISCIPLESHIP

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DISCOVERY DISCIPLESHIP seeks to empower emerging leaders to bring about sustainable transformation in society and to ignite self-sustaining, reproducing movements of Jesus’ disciples making more disciples, and through that, to build healthy reconciled communities and nations. Discovery discipleship is based on Biblical principles of personal and community obedience to Jesus Christ. The principles of discovery

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Four Steps to Know God’s Will

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I am often asked, “How do you discern God’s will?” I must admit, I am pretty childlike in my approach to decision making. I follow four simple steps as a normal part of my decision making practice, but they are especially helpful when I get stuck, or when I get so emotionally involved in a

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Discovery Bible Study

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D-Group Elements: Up, In, Out   Discovery Bible Study – A Big Step in the Disciple Making Journey   There are three elements of a D-Group, or “discovery Bible study”. Every group meeting should strive for keeping to the “one-third, one-third, one-third” principle: one third in worship/prayer/accountability/vision ( Up ), one third for discovery Bible

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How God Has Designed the Church to Transform Cities and Nations

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Four Ways God Transforms Cities and Nations    Mark 1:14-15 – Jesus began his public ministry by announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God. He taught more about the Kingdom than any other topic. It was his main theological framework. If we don’t understand the Kingdom, we don’t understand the teachings of Jesus. And

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Debriefing Questions – Two Approaches

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Debriefing Questions – Two Approaches The Appreciative Approach – Start with what was positive and move from that point forward in debriefing. 1.What was life giving to you? 2.Why do you think it brought life to you? (what were the values/principles at work that made it life-giving) 3.What three wishes do you have about the event?

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My Name is Pride. I am a Cheater.

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My name is Pride.  I am a cheater. I cheat you of your God-given destiny… because you demand your own way. I cheat you of contentment… because you “deserve better than this.” I cheat you of knowledge… because you already know it all. I cheat you of healing… because you’re too full of me to

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A Fresh Perspective on Team Building

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12 C’s of Teambuilding by Ajay Matharu – www.ajaymatharu.com Clear Expectations: Has executive leadership clearly communicated its expectations for the team’s performance and expected outcomes? Do team members understand why the team was created? Is the organization demonstrating constancy of purpose in supporting the team with resources of people, time and money? Does the work

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Take Your Disciple Making to the Next Level

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To take your discipling to the next level, start by listing those you are discipling who fall into one of two groups: 1. occasional disciples – write a list of their names, how often you meet with them by their names, and the goals they have set for themselves and the goals you would like to see

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News From Sally

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HOME!  There’s truly nothing like it.  I’m very grateful for hospitals and the care we can receive, but I’m also really glad to leave them!  And I am once again so very thankful that the Lord had organized our circumstances to be moved into a 1 level home (instead of our previous 3 levels) when

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Don’t Dampen the Work of God

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“Preach abroad….It is the cooping yourselves up in rooms that has dampened the work of God, which never was and never will be carried out to any purpose without going into the highways and hedges and compelling men and women to come in.” – Jonathan Edwards

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Worship. Mission. Community.

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Three short quotes from my book, Follow (published with the title Following Jesus in South Africa) “The first disciples did not just attend meetings…: gospel intentionality was their life. … Christian community was the very center of their lives because they knew it was the center of God’s purposes on the earth.” “How you love

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Explosion of Simple Churches

This just came in via email. . .from Steve Addison’s blog Movements.net Hi Steve Here is just a glimpse of what God is doing in our region impacting thousands of Assamese Muslims. We are expecting another batch of believers (1400 approx) to be baptized within the next few days. ‘This is one of the ‘

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Discipleship is Intentional Relationship

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Discipleship is intentional relationship … Discipleship in intentional relationship by initiating spiritual conversations. Discipleship is intentional relationship by asking people their dreams. Discipleship is intentional relationship by hearing a person’s story. Discipleship is intentional relationship by coaching people to share with others what they are learning about God – before they are saved. Discipleship is

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How Do You Initiate Discipleship Into a Relationship

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To initiate intentional discipleship into an existing relationship that is not intentional about discipleship, I suggest you introduce a level of intentionality to your friendship, remaining relational but seeking to be purposeful. I did this last week with a friend who is also an emerging leader… I invited him out for coffee to a local

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Cross Gender Mentoring and Discipling

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Can women disciple and mentor men, and vice versa?  We are all well aware of the dangers of emotional entanglements outside the marriage relationship. The moral failure of pastors, prophets and TV evangelists is a painful reminder of human vulnerability. The purpose of this article is not to answer the question of why spiritual leaders

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Apostolic Passion

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What is Apostolic Passion?   The term “passion” is used to describe everything from romance to hunger pangs. I don’t know what it means to you, but for me passion means whatever a person is willing to suffer for. In fact, that’s the root meaning of the word. It comes from the Latin paserre, to

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What Is The Need For Discipleship?

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There is a great need… need for people who are morally pure… need for people to rethink and reshape what they believe and practice on kingdom principles… need for people who are passionate to spend time with Jesus… need for people who know how to disciple others…and do it! need for people who take initiative

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Report From a Remote Village in a Far Away Place

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It took a 30 min walk to the river then we took a three hour canoe ride up river where we then walked 45 min through rice patties, mud and a rough trail at the base of the mountain.  What an amazing experience.  We visited with a family that received Christ last year and were

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Eight Principles For Church Growth

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Jesus said he would build his church, and we are to make disciples. His part is building the church, and our part is making disciples. He won’t do our part for us, and we can’t do his part for him. Numbers of disciples are important. The book of Acts is filled with references to how

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What Frees People to Be Imaginative Leaders?

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“There are three facets of the discovery processes that free people to be imaginative leaders: 1) freedom to make mistakes 2) the importance of serendipity in freeing oneself from one’s own thinking processes 3) the will to overcome emotional barriers”. Edwin Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

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Making Mistakes

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“Making mistakes is relatively unimportant in an atmosphere of adventure…” Edwin Friedman, A Failure of Nerve

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DISCIPLESHIP IS NOT A DIRTY WORD

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I’m pleased to publish a guest blog by J. Lee Grady. Lee is the former editor of Charisma and the director of The Mordecai Project. You can follow him on Twitter at leegrady. His latest book is 10 Lies Men Believe (Charisma House). I value Lee’s courageous stands on issues the church needs to deal

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One Hundred Dead Men Don’t Make a Church

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“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do no constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.” – A. W. Tozer

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Choosing Your Team

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There are a lot of pressures and stresses for senior pastors and ministry team leaders, but one of the compensations is this privilege: you get to choose your team. In principle, you should not work with people on your team that you did not choose. Never violate that principle.  Though we must be open to the

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Positive Gossip

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A church community can be torn apart by negative gossip, but in the same way, it can be healed and drawn together in deeper unity through what one leader I know calls, “positive gossip”. When you are with people and they speak negatively about someone, take time to speak out positive things you know about

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The Seven “C’s” of Great Visionary Leadership

1. Confidence/security to carry out the vision – the opposite is a driven, insecure, controlling person 2. Capacity emotionally to endure opposition to see the vision become a reality – the opposite is a person who is emotionally fragile, emotionally unstable or emotionally unhealthy 3. Competence/skills to organize people and manage resources to see the

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Five Stages of an Apostolic Movement

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Five Stages of Growth of an Apostolic Movement   By Floyd McClung   One has to look no further than the Book of Acts to find a pattern of how apostolic movements evolve and develop. The five stages of growth described below are based on the assumption that just as there are natural stages of

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What will it take to change our colleges and seminaries?

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“The men that will change the colleges and seminaries here represented are the men that will spend the most time alone with God. It takes time for the fires to burn. It takes time for God to draw near and for us to know that He is there. It takes time to assimilate His truth.

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What Cripples Decisive Leadership?

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“The less confidence leaders have in their ability to stand alone after making a decision, the less likely they are in making one.” Edwin H. Friedman, A Failure of Nerve Commenting about the impact of the reactive, herding instinct going in America on leaders, Friedman says, “It is always easier to be the least mature

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Can’t Come to Cape Town for Five Month CPx?

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If you can’t come to Cape Town for full five month CPx, check out the “mini-CPx” we offer July 7-14, called Jesus Discipleship Experience (JDx). E We teach seven counter-intuitive disciple making values. This July the JDx will focus on being led by Holy Spirit as disciple makers. Write info@all-nations.co.za for more info. Teachers: Floyd

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Run the Race “to win”

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Paul the apostle said “run the race to win”. What does this mean? Keep your eye on the the eternal reward. There will be great rewards in heaven if we run well and finish the race.Keep your eye on the big prize. Live to hear Jesus say, “well done – I’ve been waiting for you!”

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You are commissioned to supernatural ministry

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You are commissioned to supernatural ministry! – Matt 16:18 – Jesus said, “I will build my church”. Serving God will give you purpose. He builds his church through you! That is his purpose. Only the Holy Spirit can save people – but, He does it through you. – Matt 16:19 – Jesus said, “I will

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You exist to fulfill the purposes of God

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Thoughts shared by friends Bob and Joanne Leach with CPx students this morning as they are commissioned for church planting outreach: John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in

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Making Covenants With God

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David Grieved Well There are times we must get alone with God and grieve, like David did in the psalms. We cannot grow spiritually, we cannot keep a clean heart and a tender spirit, if we dont know how to grieve before the Lord. If we grieve well we will not accumulate resentments…take up offenses…blame

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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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“Unless a man obeys, a man cannot believe. ” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, page 66

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The Next Big Thing

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“THE NEXT BIG THING IN YOUR LIFE AND MINE SHOULD BE THE NEXT THING GOD TELLS US TO DO, WHETHER IT LOOKS BIG OR LITTLE AND OUR EYES. The very fact that God tells you to do it makes it big! Our next big thing is the next person God puts in front of us

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African Family Structure Speaks to the Heart of Being a Missional Church Community

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My friend Bruce Chitambala from Zambia gave me some great insight into how to communicate “church” to emerging African leaders. Bruce said he has learned to speak of church as family not as institution. As soon as we speak about church in the more traditional way, it conjures up salaries, positions, titles, education and power.

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Mission Agency or Mission Church?

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Which are we? Local church or apostolic mission agency?  I have pondered this question for years. IS it God’s will for all he does to happen in and through local churches? Or is there a role, biblically speaking, for mission agencies? I have worked on the side of the mission agency, then served as pastor

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 17 (d)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: 1 SAM17d-PODCAST

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Tested by Defiance

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1 Samuel 17:24-25 Our enemies will defy us, and sometimes our friends will, too! Goliath defied the army of Israel – out of a proud and evil spirit. 1 Samuel 17:25 says, “So the men of Israel said, ‘Have you seen the man who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel…’

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 17 (c)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: 1 SAM17c-PODCAST

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 14 (c)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 14c

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Courage and Security

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Someone wrote to me after listening to my 3 minute podcast on Saul and his struggle with lack of courage and deep insecurity. I wrote back with some practical suggestions that have helped me on my journey. Here they are: 1. I cried out to god for revelation of his love for me as a

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 17 (b)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: 1 SAM 17b-PODCAST

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 17 (a)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: 1 SAM 17a-PODCAST

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Samuel Style Leadership Versus the Saul Style of Autocratic Leadership

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A lot of people have written to me in the last few days asking me to share more about the Saul Syndrome. Rather than focus on a negative leadership style, I would prefer to share about the positive strengths, the life-giving strengths, of Samuel’s leadership, and in the days and weeks to come, I will

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 17 (e)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: 1 SAM17e_PODCAST

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 13 (a)

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A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 13a

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How Do You Recognize A Leader That Can Change a Nation?

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By human standards, David was not qualified to be a leader. He was too young, too untrained, too “wrong family”. David became a warrior…but his tender spirit was his defining trait (See The Maxwell Leadership Bible, page 340). David was defined as a man by two things: tender heart – he spent time alone with

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God On Mute

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“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” What an alarming question for God to ask God. No word from heaven. No miracle. No sign except the darkness itself in the middle of the afternoon. Jesus legitimatized for all-time the need we have for exclamation. He demonstrated that the explanation may not come when

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 14c

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 14c

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (j)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 12J

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People Group Definitions

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Below are some important definitions to help us think about making disciples of all nations in Africa.  A people group is a distinct tribe, ethnic group, or race. Examples in Africa are the Fulani, Xhosa, Hausa, Yoruba, Oromo, Berbers, Larim, and Somali’s. There are 100 million Arabs in Africa, and over 65 million Berbers. There

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (i)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 12i

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

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Introduction: In the inter-testamental time, the time between when Malachi was written and Matthew wrote his gospel, there was no prophet to speak for God – or from God. During this time, a longing grew in the hearts of the people of Israel, a longing not only to hear from God, but also for God

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Change

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Change. Few people like it. Except those who thrive on change, such as visionaries, entrepreneurs, and pioneers. In today’s world, change is normal due to the rapidly expanding availability of information on the internet and the global nature of the world economy. There are three dimensions to change: Arena of change – the circumstances Agenda

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (h)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: POSCAST_1 SAM 12H

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (g)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 12G

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Randy Alcorn on Heaven

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“We must work to resist the bewitching spell of naturalism.  Sitting here in the dark world, we must remind ourselves what scripture tells us about heaven.  We will one day be delivered from the blindness that separates us from the real world.  We’ll realize then the stupifying bewitchment we’ve lived under.” Randy Alcorn, “Heaven”

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (e)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM12E

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Randy Alcor on Heaven

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“The truth is exactly opposite of naturalism’s premise — in fact the dark worlds lamps are copies of the sun, and it’s cats are copies of Aslan.  Heaven isn’t an extrapolation of earthly thinking; earth is an extension of heaven, made by the Creator King.” Randy Alcorn, from “Heaven”

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (d)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM12D

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1 Samuel 15: Saul’s Rebellion and Rejection as King

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An individual, a family, a local church congregation, and a nation can lose their calling and and forfeit their destiny if they rebel against the Lord long enough and consistently enough. 1 samuel 15 is an example of God withdrawing his calling on a man’s life, and the impact God’s judgment has on the nation.

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (c)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM12C

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (b)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM12B

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 12 (a)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM12A

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 10

A devotional from 1 Samuel:PODCAST_1 SAM10

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 9

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 9

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 8 (c)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 8c

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 8 (b)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 8b

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The Saul Syndrome

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Can a leader or nation lose their calling and destiny?  There is more than one example in Scriptures of this happening. King Saul in the Old Testament is but one example. Saul suffering from a pattern of inner brokenness and outer rebellion that caused him to lose his kingship. He suffered from what I call

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 8

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 8a

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 4

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 4

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 3 (b)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 3b

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 3

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 3

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 2 (b)

A devotional in 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 2b

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 13 (b)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1SAM 13b

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 2 (a)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 2a

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 1

A devotional from 1 Samuel 1: PODCAST 1 SAM 1

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Podcast: 1 Samuel 13 (a)

A devotional from 1 Samuel: PODCAST_1 SAM 13a

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The Intersection of the Prophetic & Apostolic Ministries

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In the below discussion, Joe Ewen and I discuss the prophetic & apostolic ministries, specifically targeting the tensions that exist between the two and how they are each vital to ministry within the local church.  The format was quite loose: Joe spent about 20 minutes discussing prophetic ministry and I spent 20 minutes on apostolic

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“The 10 Second Rule”

(The below isn’t something I wrote–just something that really resonates with my heart.  I wanted to direct you all to this resource because of that. More info can be found by click here.) (It’s a simple rule for a revolutionary life!) What does it actually mean to follow Jesus? Simply put, it means to believe

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Disciple Making & Church Planting: God’s Way to Transform Nations

 I recently wrote an article for Mission Frontiers.  This is an excerpt with a link to the full article.   Jesus bypassed the cumbersome religious structures and irrelevant worship practices of his day, and started something living and organic. The word “organic” is a good one to describe a spontaneously reproducing simple church movement because

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How Do I Protect My Heart With So Many People Coming and Going in My Life?

by Sally McClung Many years ago I was talking to the Lord about getting close to people…….only to have them leave and go somewhere else.  The Lord spoke so clearly to my heart and told me if I’d be faithful to love people and give myself to them, He would give me more friendships than I

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Why Are So Many People Going To Hell?

A friend recently asked me, “If there are seven billion people on the planet, and one billion are Christians, why are so many going to hell? That means six out of every seven people are lost. Doesn’t the Bible teach that God wants all men to come to repentance?”   Good question. And it came

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Writing Your Own Spiritual Will

Writing Your Own Spiritual Will on Vimeo. Click here to download just the audio

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World Mandate 2011

 I am excited to have the opportunity to share at the World Mandate Conference in Waco, Texas, September 16-18. World Mandate is a conference for anyone who loves Jesus and wants to know more about his heart for the nations of the world! Located in Waco, Texas at Baylor University’s Ferrell Center, we have people of all ages from all over the country who gather

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Why Evangelicals Should Stop Evangelizing

There is a must read post by my friend Carl Medearis on CNN about why we should stop evangelizing and start talking about Jesus. I encourage you to read it and give me your feedback. It is provocative, engaging and of critical importance. Carl makes some very important distinctions we should give serious thought to…  Many evangelicals

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Amusing, Insightful & Honest Church Planting Report from Zambia

 by Dan & Regina Bumstead 5 months ago Mandate Schools sent a team for 6 weeks. One young guy – just a normal church kid back home – did something heroic. He met two families broken with sin, shared a message of hope for a better life, and baptized the men as repentant converts. The women remained

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A Story From The Field

From a church planter in a key area: I am busy working on a newsletter, but I thought I’d tell you this story – as this has made my day last week! In the clinic we started praying with patients as we are able, often asking God for a Word of knowledge or picture or

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Doing as the Apostle Paul Did

 10 Reasons Pastors and Missionaries Don’t Follow Paul’s Principles of Church Planting   Because of the orderly fashion in which the book of Acts is written, and because of the missions and leadership principles Luke deals with, we may assume he intended Acts to serve as a training manual for pastors and missionaries who were committed

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Massive Fire in Masi – 1500 Shacks Burn Down – 5000 Homeless

It’s the largest fire known to us in the history of the Western Cape. 1500 shack homes burned down two nights ago in Masiphumelele, and 5000 people are now homeless. We are sheltering people at Africa House (our church offices and training center). All Nations has been involved from the earliest moments the fire started

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On Recent Events

I believe the death of Osama bin Laden brings a righteous measure of comfort to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 because the mastermind who caused so much loss and pain and the face of global terror can no longer spread his evil. There is a place in God’s ways for evil to

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Judgement, Hell & the Character of God

There is currently a growing debate on the part of some writers and teachers regarding the right of God to judge sin and wickedness with eternal punishment in hell. Hell seems unloving and unjust to some.  There are several closely related but distinct doctrinal issues involved in this discussion: – judgment – hell – universal

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Church Planting Models

Ask different organizations and churches for their model of church planting and you will probably get totally different answers. There is no universally agreed upon list or model of church planting. A lot depends on the target audience and the social, religious and political context – and the history and calling of the founder of

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926 Unreached People Groups in Africa!!

We are asking for an inheritance in Africa among the unengaged, unreached people groups of this vast continent of over 1 billion people. Most of the people groups still unreached are Muslim, or tribal groups living in hostile environments. There are reasons they are unreached. But…. Jesus died for them and longs to receive their

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All Nations Zimbabwe Update

The grace of God at work in devastated Zimbabwe! The language is flowery but from a trusted friend who trained in CPx. FLOYD Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord Jesus, On Monday the 7th of February during my quite time I heard a knock on the door. Swiftly, I sauntered towards the door. I opened

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A Tribute to the “real Floyd McClung”

Sally and I received a phone call this morning, February 18, from my brother in the United States informing us that my dad passed away. We fly to the States in two days time for the funeral. I informed you last night in a previous email that he was near the end of his life,

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Ten Principles of Highly Effective Leaders

1. Commitment To Being a Life-long Learner   2. Exercise Servant Authority 3. Deliberately Develop and Disciple Other Leaders 4. Hold Clearly Defined Biblical Leadership Values and A Dynamic Ministry Philosophy 5. Have a God Given Sense off Destiny 6. Possess Healthy Self-Awareness 7. Love and Respect People 8. Proactive not Reactive 9. Gather and

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How Do We See The Situation in Egypt?

My friend, Carl Medearis, has addressed the situation in Egypt in this insightful letter. Lots to think about and pray for. Above all things.  Dear Friend, Ben Ali of Tunisia steps down. Hosni Mubarak of Egypt steps down. But wait…. Hezbollah take over Lebanon. Hamas gain control of Gaza (old news). The Muslim Brotherhood grows

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Reading the Bible for all its Worth

  I was recently asked by a friend about reading the Bible for all it’s worth.  Here is what helps me: I read the Bible according to my learning style and personality: goal oriented, extrovert, tactile… and I love to teach, so I read with that in mind. I have to have a goal –

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Specific Prayer Brings Specific Answers and Specific Glory to God!

Below is a letter from one of our leaders – i am including it for you to get a feel of what is happening here in our lives and in our work in Cape Town, South Africa. The Lord spoke to me at the beginning of the year to “build my church”. I felt the

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Twelve Years of Running

Below is the story of one Muslim who has come to faith in Jesus. He was discipled to faith by one of our All Nations church planters in a Muslim land. This church planter is a new believer, an African, who is growing as an effective leader and church planter.   12 years of running

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A Warning From The Lord

It’s not easy when you receive a warning from the Lord regarding false teaching, but the Lord gave me just that kind of warning recently. I was impressed with Paul’s warning to the elders of the church in Ephesus (Acts 20) to guard the flock against wolves in sheep’s clothing, and God spoke to me

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The Seven Top Joys Church Planters Experience

Seeing new believers worship Jesus for the first time! Creating new wineskins that surprise non-Christians with how cool church really is! Pioneering in faith for the impossible, then seeing God do miracles! Being part of a church planting team united in in the same values and vision! Raising up new leaders who find their destiny

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Faith-Full

Submissive. Psalms 78:8 Be not like their fathers, A stubborn and rebellious generation, A generation that did not set its heart aright, And whose spirit was not faithful to God. Steadfast. Psalms 78:37 For their heart was not steadfast with Him, Nor were they faithful Utterly Truthful. Proverbs 14:5 A faithful witness does not lie,

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Seven Reasons to Go

By Floyd McClung That world is covered in spiritual darkness. Four billion people out of the 6.9 billion on this planet never heard the good news of Jesus, and are separated from Him by spiritual darkness, and even in some cases, deep deception. I have listed the reasons that compel me to go, and why

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Choose Your Passions – Don’t Let Them Choose You

A few years ago I was separated from my wife for eight months. I saw her occasionally during that time, but it was for brief interludes and never alone. Sally was caring for our daughter Misha at the time. Misha who was suffering from a muscular disease called fibro-myalgia. (she is now completely healed!) We

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Three African Mighty Men of God

These three young men are some of my newest hero’s. They left two days ago from Cape Town on a faith journey to a distant African land to be and to bring good news to Muslims. If you think of Paul the apostle returning to visit the new churches that he started, then you have

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Make friends. Have fun. Change lives! TDJ!

If you are between the ages of 17-30, check out Ten Days for Jesus! It’s coming up soon – write today if you are interested! The dates are Dec. 4th to 16th. What is Ten Days for Jesus? It’s a movement which begun as an annual event based on the story of Christmas. It is hosted by

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Simple But Not Cheap

I believe being a disciple of Jesus is liberating. Not the cheap, easy kind of discipleship that offers lots of blessing with no sacrifice or accountability. I’m speaking about the simple-but-deep, lay-down-your-life kind of discipleship. Such discipleship is not for those who want to follow the latest spiritual fad, chase the newest/hottest experience being promoted

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into Africa

DIFFICULTIES AND HARDSHIPS… It is these things I am afflicted & oppresed with; yet the wisdom of God orders them for my good. They keep me from trusting my heart. They convince me of the insufficiency of all inherent righteousness. They show me the necessity of depending on Jesus.They press me to pray. They show me the need

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Another Excerpt From Follow

From Floyd’s new book Follow – available on amazon.com in the United States, or from All Nations office in South Africa: “Follow is about the foundation on which we build our lives – Jesus Himself. The only way we can truly authenticate ourselves as seekers and followers of Jesus is to measure ourselves by the

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From My Newest Book – FOLLOW

Chapter Two: “Obedience” “The transformation that we cannot bring about in ourselves, takes place in and through Jesus; through His extraordinary obedience of dying on the cross. I’m are not speaking of ordinary transformation, like transforming a house through the renovation of one room. I am speaking of an extraordinary transformation, the entire house being

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Follow

“Jesus did not come to earth to set up “Christian nations”. Jesus modeled being an under-king. His kingdom was not married to any political party or country. We learn from this that we must continually go back to Jesus and His example of “subversive resistance” to all that is contrary to His way…I seek to

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How to Witness on Trains, Planes and Automobiles

By Danny Lehman (honolulufrontier{at}gmail.com) Jesus made it clear that his disciples were to travel, whether across the sea (“…into all the world…), or across the street “(like Philip), we are to put one beautiful foot in front of the other and GO and proclaim the good news (Rom. 10: 15). In Bible times chariots were to

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Check Out CPx!

Leadership and Church Planting Training in Cape Town, South Africa Four days ago 41 students from 9 nations graduated from our leadership and church planting training program called CPx – located in Cape Town, South Africa. 24 of the graduates are joining my wife and I full time to plant more churches in Africa. Others

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Church Planting Curriculum for CPx

All Nations, Cape Town, South Africa CPx is a part of All Nations Family, an international alliance of missional communities, ministries and members committed to making disciples, training leaders and planting churches. CPx focuses on the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts as our primary texts for learning how to fulfill our goals

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Why We Must Love Osama Bin Laden

It is the best of times and the worst of times for Sally and me right now.  This little literary phrase really boils down our lives. We are so thankful for you and others who have stood alongside us through so much, so of course we want to keep you informed to what is happening in

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Amazing African Women Film Society!

In the last few weeks we have had one wonderful breakthrough after another here in Cape Town. We have often asked the Lord for keys to reaching one of the disadvantaged communities here in Cape Town, and it has come through the high school. Below are some of the highlights shared by the CPx students

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Short Term Team Reaps Fruit of Long Term Workers in Zambia

One team of students from our church planting school (CPx)are now in Zambia. They are working with a long-term team of students who are graduates of past CPx’s. The long-termers have been telling the God story, laying foundations in villagers minds about the foundations of the gospel: creation, rebellion, sacrifice, return/repentance/ commission. Recently there was

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A CPx report from Cape Town

A report from team leaders Brandon and Juliana Jones, students in CPx who are now working in a local community called Masi here in Cape Town: Candace and Nick are from Zimbabwe could be the catalyst for a move of God throughout the Zimbabwean social network of Masi. Brandon and Lifa met them through another Bible study

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Holistic Discipleship and Church Planting

“Planting churches among unengaged and unreached people groups really means engaging in holistic discipleship. To start simple churches without caring deeply about people’s whole lives is pretty superficial, and to be engaged in transformation of people’s social and economic circumstances without leading them to faith in Christ and gathering them in new communities of faith,

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How To Pray For a Nation in a Time of Crisis

When a nation is in crisis we can either see what God sees for the nation, and align our hearts and thoughts with Him, or we can be overwhelmed by circumstances and allow offence and cynicism to take control of our heart. We can see how God sees and have faith, or we can see

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A Prayer for Faithfulness

A prayer written by one of the students in CPx, our training program for leaders and church planters. “I want my behaviour to be consistent; I want my initiatives to be creative; I want my teaching to be truthful. I want my compassion to be real; I want my heart to be tender; I want

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Update on Killing and Racial Tension in South Africa

One of the greatest tests to face South Africa as new nation seems to be upon us. This past weekend Eugene Terreblanche – his last name literally means “white earth” – was bludgeoned and hacked to death while taking a nap on his farm. Two of his black farm workers turned themselves into the police

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The Most Important Week of the Year

Passion Week of Jesus From Luke’s Gospel Chapters 19:28 – 24:53 Sunday The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem – 19:28-40 Jesus weeps over the city of Jerusalem – 19:41-44 Monday Jesus cleanses the temple – 19:45-46 He teaches the Passover crowds – 19:47-48 Tuesday He contends with religious rulers – 20:1-8 Jesus again speaks

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The Servant Leader’s Ten Commandments

by Floyd McClung Thou shall not make thyself a god or big boss to the people that you lead. Thou shall not allow people to flatter you, and thou shall not take for your self big titles. Thou shall not require an unquestioning loyalty from others, nor shall you teach people that you are their

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Access Ministries and Church Planting

Have you ever heard of an “access ministry”? One of the keys to discipling new believers is finding the right “access ministry” to connect to their hearts. An access ministry is what we do to serve people that opens them to hear the good news of the gospel. Not every church planter/disciple maker is good at

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Passions and Practices of Apostolic People

Are you prepared to lead your followers on a journey of pioneering passion? If so, then this issue has to be settled: are you certain that you want your followers to be apostolic people? Here are some of the apostolic passions and practices of the church in Antioch and in the lives of Paul and

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The Short History of One Black Man

To the right is a picture of a good friend and one of our key leaders in All Nations Cape Town. Bruce Chitambala is single, 33 years old, a university graduate, and comes from the beautiful land of Zambia. He has a passion for sports – especially soccer – and loves to disciple anyone he

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It’s Africa’s Hour!

Yesterday I met with an Ethiopian brother who is a student in CPx, our leadership and church planting school. He has started and oversees 164 churches in Ethiopia, so he is not a novice. He endured the time in the 1980’s when the communists ruled Ethiopia and persecuted the Christians mercilessly. My question to this

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Five Fold Church-Planters

By Rachel Haley CPx student – All Nations Cape Town Apostles: Apostolic church planters pioneer movements in new places and find ways to mold the church-planting model to fit new cultural challenges. They are idea people who whole-heartedly believe that truth applies to all peoples and cultures and they don’t try to change the people

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Making Disciples

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Developing a Culture of Discipleship in Your Community

By Floyd McClung Defining terms: Develop: to change, to become mature; to develop is not to teach but to model, assist, watch, then leave or hand things over. To develop disciples is more that teaching disciples. Culture: A culture is an environment. A discipleship culture is a culture of radical obedience and passion to make

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Ten Questions to Ponder for 2010

Check out these ten questions to ponder as you enter 2010.: What’s one way you could utilize time to increase your enjoyment of God? What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year? What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life

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Living With Courage and Boldness

Every day we brush shoulders with people who can only make it through life by showing tremendous courage. They live in the disadvantaged communities of Cape Town (Masiphumelele, Red Hill, Ocean View… and others). and face danger and deprivation as a way of life, yet they are rich in love, dignity and joy. They have

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Why Christmas is So Special to Me

I love Christmas – the decorations, the tree, the gifts, the baking, the special meals, the surprises for people, the caroles – I love it all. It’s truly my favorite time of the year. I even loved the cold weather……and the snow when we had it. In fact, that’s one of the things I miss

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Foundational Beliefs Concerning Church & Mission

Foundations for Church and Mission Taken From the Book of Acts Floyd McClung Holy Spirit Power– Acts 1:8, 5:12,16,32, 4:31 The church in the book of Acts depended on Holy Spirit’s power to witness, appoint leaders, experience breakthrough signs and wonders, discern and overcome the lies and attacks of the enemy, and to endure suffering.

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The Disciple Making Process

How to Start and Multiply Simple Churches Through T4T = Training for Trainers By Floyd McClung Below are a few foundational discipleship practices that when followed will produce a simple five-step process for making disciples (and stating simple churches). Each step in the process has a priority that overflows into practical application, which together serves

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How to Discern False Prophets, False Teachers and False Doctrine

By Floyd McClung There are some people who claim to be teaching the truth but are in fact are false teachers and false prophets. There is a difference between what is true and what is false. Paul the apostle wrote to the Galatians and warned them about false doctrine. He said even if an angel

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Don’t Fear Failure

"I hope you fail!" Who would say something like that?? Failure is a word that most of us would like to remove from our vocabulary. None of us like it, and we certainly don’t want to experience it. But we’ll all face it sometime. The important thing is to be ready to turn to God

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Don’t Pass the Torch – Start With it in Their Hands!

Keys to starting a church planting movement Coaches and leaders in church planting movements agree that there is no ‘passing of the torch’ as much as it is starting ‘with the torch in their hand’. One of our team leaders has been bending over double to make sure, in his words, “I don’t ‘pastor’, but

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God at Work at Work!

Hello, I just received the following note from one of our All Nations leaders, Werner Els, living in Pretoria, South Africa. It is incredibly encouraging report about God at Work at Work! I believe God longs for His church to break out of the "church" happens on Sunday paradigm, to see what He will do

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What’s the Difference Between Godly Initiative and Fleshly Ambition?

Peter the Apostle – Acts 1:15 By Floyd McClung Peter was by definition a leader who did not wait for someone else to lead. In Acts 1:15, there is an example of Peter taking initiative to find a replacement for Judas. Some would say that the man who replaced Judas, Matthias, was never heard of

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Casting a Compelling Vision Acts 1:4-8

In Acts 1:1-8, we find Jesus’ disciples thinking in terms of what is best for their country; they totally misunderstand the nature of the Kingdom of God and what Jesus is about to do through them to advance His kingdom. They asked Jesus, “When will you restore the kingdom to Israel”? They are in a

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Leadership Selection in the New Testament

Acts 1:15-26 There are several truths in the New Testament regarding leadership appointment: Church leadership was never determined by democracy. Leaders were chosen by other leaders and approved by the communities they were part of, but never voted on. Local church communities were sometimes invited to be part of the process of choosing leaders, but

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Bride Price

I referred to "bride price" in a recent letter to some friends. One of them asked me what this means and why I am against it. The bride price practice in Africa is part of the socio-economics of Africa. It is a way of providing a sort of pension for parents. Young men and their

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The MAWL Process

Discovery Groups exist to lead a group of people to Christ and form a new church. During the limited  lifespan of the group, the role of the church planter changes. His goal is to remove himself from the group so that leadership will emerge from within the group. The MAWL (Model – Assist/equip – Watch 

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God’s Story – Creation to Christ

Lesson One – Creation There is one true God and He created all that is. He lives by His Holy Spirit in the hearts of true Christians who are born again. God Created the Heavens and Earth………………… ……Genesis 1:1-24 God Created Man and Woman………………… …………Genesis 1:25-28 Truths to learn and obey from these Bible verses

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D-Group Companion

Here is a quick guideline on running a D-Group by using the ABC process. Use this as a “how to” guide and keep in mind as a church planter you will be training trainers to start more D-Groups that can grow into new churches. You do this not so much doing it yourself (except in

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Becoming a D-Groups Starter!

D-groups are discipleship groups that can grow into little churches or remain small groups in a local church. The key element of D-Groups is multiplication – that is what gets people active in being a disciple and making disciples. Expect some groups to fail. Focus your energy on coaching on those that are willing to

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Questions & Answers About All Nations Cape Town

Including Our Twenty Year Dream Floyd McClung, November 13, 2009 1. What is the overall mission and purpose of All Nations Cape Town? We do three things in All Nations: we plant churches, train leaders, and make disciples. We do this by engaging the poor and unreached through practical programs to serve people’s needs, and

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D-Groups Simplified

“You have heard me teach many things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Teach these great truths to trustworthy people who are able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:2 NLT). A,B,C Format – It’s very important to follow the pattern called “ABC” (call it anything you want to call it).

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Come Join Us For Ten Days in Cape Town!

Hello, This is your invite to spend ten days with us in Cape Town! Ten days for Jesus! I’ll be teaching almost every day on Making the Basics Beautiful! If your between 18 and 30 years, want to do something special this holiday season, and are hungry to grow in your faith – apply now!

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Bo-Kapp Outreaches

Bo-Kaap reaches out to and impacts foreigners who have been coming to Cape Town, especially those from Muslim backgrounds, networking with local Christians and churches. The ministry grew out of our ministry to Cape Muslims until 2006. A vision was followed up to reach out to and impact foreigners who have been coming to Cape

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Masiphumelele Outreach

Our team is working with disciples to raise up indigenous leaders, starting in Masiphumelele, spreading across South Africa up into Africa and beyond. We received a specific word from the Lord to move to Cape Town, to serve the poor by sharing the good news of Jesus. Our vision is to share with the poor

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Our Kids Made NBC Evening News

Hi, As a proud father and mother, we have to tell you about our daughter and son-in-law being featured on the NBC Evening News in the United States. Lionel and Misha started an organization called "Giving Anonymously." It was featured as one of the news items on the NBC evening news with Brian Williams, Sun.

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Human Beings and Not Human Doings

This article is from the July, 2009 edition of Today magazine in South Africa: What is the biggest thing you have learned at CPx Raymond? “That we are human BEings and not human doings! So often we feel pressurised to do this or do that and fill in a tick box list! But God has

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Why Church Planting Movements Don’t Happen in Christianized Lands – So Far

Hello, There are massive movements taking place all over the wold right now. North Africa. Iran. India. China. Africa. Millions of new believers are coming to Jesus. Five million among the Bojpuri in India is just one example. Believers are suffering for their faith and the church is being born in unimaginable sacrifice. Why are

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The Seven Laws of Leadership Selection

Hello, I have been learning about leadership selection for more than forty years. I was selected by men and women who believed in me at a very young age, and from them, and the example of Jesus and Paul in the New Testament, I have learned the seven laws of leadership selection. Perhaps “laws” is

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Belonging Happens Before Believing Happens Before Behaving

We ask people to believe in something before they belong to it. Jesus asked his followers to belong to his movement before he asked them to believe. He understood that belief is not a set of propositions to give ascent to, but a person to know, love and then obey. Jesus approached building his community

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Church in the Home By C.H. Spurgeon

These first believers were in such a condition that their homes were holy places. I beg you to notice this, that they were breaking bread from house to house, and did eat their food with gladness and singleness of heart. They did not think that religion was meant only for Sundays, and for what men

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Church Is Gospel Is Community

Hello, I wanted to drop you a short note to share the main thing on my heart right now. It comes out of our struggle to be a loving community. We are learning to reach across the barriers that naturally separate us: race, age, gender, poverty/affluence, nationality… The racial and poverty barriers are the hardest

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Church Is Gospel Is Community

Acts 2:42-47, 4:23-37, Romans 12:1-21, Luke 6:12-37, 46-49 The community of disciples Jesus gathered was the re-birthing of an ancient dream in the heart of the Father. God created Adam and Eve and Israel and the church and you and me to have a people for himself, to be his image in the world, to

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extreme intense severe radical relentless unyielding FOCUS

Hello, I am burdened for those people in the world who have never heard the name of Jesus one time. They are gathered around the globe in their own language/cultural groups, what we call tribes or peoples. An unreached people group is different than an unevangelized people group in that: – an unreached people group

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Too Much Form and Too Much Freedom

People all over the world are getting liberated to be faithful members of the body of Christ and yet not be bound by institutional forms of church. There is a difference between the wine, the church, and the forms church take, the wine skins. Jesus gave his disciples, and us as his disciples, the wine

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Welcome to CPx

Hi, The letter below is from one of our team leaders here in Cape Town, South Africa. He is writing to welcome new students for our leadership training program called CPx. I thought you would find his letter insightful about what happens in a CPx. Blessings, Floyd— Hey everyone! My name is Gawie Malherbe. I’m

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You See Bones – I See an Army

Floyd’s new book, You See Bones – I See an Army can be ordered directly from the publisher if you would like to order a copy at a discounted price. The “Bones book” as Floyd calls it, is a best seller in Holland, South Africa and other countries and has recently been released in the

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How an Eight Year Old Boy Started a House Church

Matt is my son, a quiet, mild-natured 8 yr old who wouldn’t easily be classified as the next ‘Billy Graham’ evangelist. But last year he became really friendly with a kid in his school and as they chatted about being a christian one day, Matt asked him if he’d given his heart to the Lord,

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Dan died last Tuesday

He began simply as my patient – 42 years old battling a male version of breast cancer that had metastasized throughout his entire body. But, after two years, Danny became my friend. A truly close friend – we mutually valued each other. When I was down, I usually headed his way for a visit. Dan

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GOD LOVES MUSLIMS!

How would Jesus respond to Muslims? We know how. He would treat them like he treated the Samaritan woman at the well, the Roman centurion who came to Him for help, and the tax collectors and prostitutes. Jesus would treat Muslims like he treated Simon the Zealot – the Zealots were urban terrorists of the

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A Woman Who Would Not Give Up

Hey, A few things from my heart to yours about the training center we are trusting the Lord to buy. The Lord spoke to me this morning through Luke 18:1-8. It’s the parable of the Woman Who Would Not Give Up. She was unrelenting in her pursuit of an answer to her plea. God spoke

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Reasons to Believe – Reasons Not to Believe

Every morning when I open my emails and read letters with news of people’s prayers and gifts, I am deeply moved and encouraged. It builds my faith. I confess it is quite easy for me to experience unbelief. I don’t seem to have to work at it…when I think about the economic mess we experience

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It’s Signed! Help Us Ride the Big Wave

Hello, Every year they have a "big wave" surfing contest here in Cape Town. It’s hard to imagine surfing in Africa, but there are some huge waves that come crashing on the shores of the Cape of "Good Hope." The largest wave ever ridden in Africa, and maybe the world, was surfed by a guy

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New MP3 Series – Starting a Church Planting Movement

Floyd speaks to a group of church leaders in Northeast Scotland about how to start a movement in their area. Though the illustrations he uses and the information he draws is from the area of Scotland where he is speaking, the power of what he teaches applies anywhere. Check out this new 3 part series

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Starting a Church Planting Movement to Reach Your City, Region & Nation, Part 3

Practical Tools to Get the Job Done – the title says it all. Floyd and Alex share a couple practical tools to help people get started. 25.10.08.starting.a.church.planting.movement.3.mp3

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Starting a Church Planting Movement to Reach Your City, Region & Nation, Part 2

The Way to Reach the World – Floyd and Alex talk about the best way to reach a city or region and why it is the biblical approach for any city, region or nation! 25.10.08.starting.a.church.planting.movement.2.mp3

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Starting a Church Planting Movement to Reach Your City, Region & Nation, Part 1

Know the Land – Floyd is speaking to a group of church leaders in Northeast Scotland about how to start a movement in their area. Though the illustrations he uses and the information he draws is from the area of Scotland where he is speaking, the power of what he teaches applies anywhere. Floyd is

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FROM RED HILL TO CAIRO!

Hello, I thought I should share some news and prayer fuel for Red Hill… this is the community where a fire destroyed many homes and wrecked havoc in many people’s lives last February. We have been involved in serving the people of Red Hill and spreading the good news of Jesus there since the fires

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Injustice

It`s extraordinary to me that the United States can find $700 billion to save Wall Street and the entire G8 can`t find $25 billion dollars to save 25,000 children who die every day from preventable diseases. Bono, rock star and anti-poverty activist

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Some of Our Friends Think We’re Crazy

Some of our friends think Sally and I are crazy. Firstly, in 2006 we moved to South Africa, with one of the highest violent crime rates in the world. Secondly, supposedly we are promoting

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Why Leaders of Integrity Are the Key to Transforming Africa

“I committed my life to Christ when you prayed for me for the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptation… I realized that I can have all the riches in the world, but if I don’t have Jesus in my life, what do I have?” One of our workers in Red Hill squatters camp

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Four Minute DVD Tells All

For a "tell-all" story about All Nations watch the video below. Four minutes is not long, but it tells the heart of our story and where we are in the journey.

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Raymond’s Sorrow – Ten Days for Jesus

I just received a message from Raymond on his way back from a weekend in Mozambique. Four churches were started with over a 150 new believers just two months ago. Raymond went back to encourage the believers and to appoint leaders. That is not particularly unusual news in Africa, but it is unusual when the

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Our Awesome God

Several years ago, while we were still living in Kansas City, I felt a desire growing in my heart.  It was pretty simple and straight forward……a desire to live by the water.  I must say that I couldn’t understand it!  Here we were, living in Kansas City in the middle of the U.S.  You couldn’t

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Growing Older

One of my “heroes” is a lady named Lura Garrido.  She was Floyd’s secretary in Amsterdam many years ago.  Lura speaks Spanish and was very concerned for the Spanish speaking prostitutes in the Red Light District where we worked.  She asked Floyd for half a day a week to minister to those ladies.  Then she

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Stories from Baby Safe

Baby Safe is our ministry to young mothers in need and babies that are at risk. This story is written by Bethany O’Connor who leads Baby Safe. “There was a young girl I had been looking for this week, after having been told about her, from friends in Masi.  I found her yesterday. Basically she

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We Take So Much For Granted

I’ve been reflecting lately on how many things we know and learn in life that we just take for granted.  They don’t seem like a ‘big deal.’  For instance: knowing how to plan/organize knowing how to study having/managing a bank account knowing how to use an ATM machine having a budget how to mail a

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Missional Living

By Floyd McClung There is much talk these days about missional church. I am more interested in missional living. When we speak of the church we can easily point out the church’s faults and irrelevance but exclude ourselves from the criticism. It is easy to find fault with “the church” but much more difficult when

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Baby Safe for Baby Dumping

When the storm drains are cleaned twice a year in our area, the city’s waste management reports seeing small, dead, baby bodies. This is traumatic for the city workers, and its reported that a psychiatrist is on staff to debrief the workers. “Baby Dumping” is officially undocumented by officials, but it is not uncommon. What

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Faces and Places in Cape Town

Click the first image below and you will take a short journey to see faces and visit places where All Nations serves in Red Hill, Cape Town, South Africa. More than 75 fire-destroyed shack homes rebuilt. Micro businesses started. Simple churches begun. Lives changed. Servant leaders called out. Gardens planted. Take the Red Hill journey….

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The Importance of One

Recently I read the story below of the starfish.  It made an impact on me! “Once a man was walking along a beach.  The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day.  Off in the distance he could see a person going back and forth between the surf’s edge and the beach.  Back and

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Violence Rips Apart South Africa

It is a sober time in South Africa. Violence has swept through the nation like a wild fire. I have to tell you about the terrible events unfolding in South Africa, and what God is doing in the midst of tragedy. But it is a long letter. I understand if you are in a rush….

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Helpless? Hopeless?

In recent weeks we’ve been encouraged by things that are happening here in South Africa.  At the same time, we’ve also been overwhelmed by the wave of upheaval and violence that has shaken our nation. Some of the things that have blessed and encouraged us have been taking place in Red Hill (the community that

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Good News From Red Hill in Cape Town

I am so excited to send you news about our ongoing work in Red Hill. We are deeply encouraged. The report below is written by one of the students who attended our leadership/discipleship program. Take a few moments and be encouraged with us, will you? Blessings, Floyd and Sally “These last two weeks we’ve felt

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On the Edge of the Kingdom Among Rastafarians in Cape Town

God is doing some amazing things through our people as they serve on the edge of the Kingdom: Baby Safe project for abandoned and unwanted babies: Bethany has been meeting more people about  “baby safe” project. She has been really encouraged by the feedback and advice received.  Her desire now is to have a drop

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When Opportunity Knocks

When I was growing up, I often heard my mother say – “when opportunity knocks, answer the door.”  My mother had sayings for just about everything – I only wish I had wrote them all down!  Common sense, fun, amusing phrases of wisdom! In my mind, the word opportunity has always had a positive meaning

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Home

The months seem to be flying by in a blur.  We’ve been here almost 19 months now.  For most of that time I’ve seemed to constantly be running around just to trying and keep my head above water.  To say it’s been busy would be a gross understatement! We’ve just had a week in the

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Did We Fail Red Hill?

I sat with a group of our leaders yesterday, debriefing our efforts for the last three months to plant churches in Red Hill, and other communities where we work among the poor and needy. It was an honest discussion about whether our efforts have really made a difference. One leader said, “If we had sown

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Africa Does Not Need More Foreign Aid

I learned something this past week that really impacted me and confirmed that we are on the right track to make a lasting impact on Africa. I learned that between 1980 and 1988 the US government pumped $83 billion dollars of foreign aid into Sub-Saharan Africa. $83 billion dollars! During that same period of time

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Red Hill By Headlights

Last night we were in Red Hill, the community where we have been working to do relief work after the fires that swept through there. One of our teams did a gospel drama by the light of cars shining on the actors. The wind was whipping sand in our faces, but the people of Red

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God Is Building A New Kind of Leader in Africa

Spirit-filled and Spirit-led young African leaders know only too well the giants of poverty, sickness, foreign domination and failed leadership at work to destroy their great continent. They also have a vision of what God can do through them as servant leaders to turn things around in Africa. Floyd McClung, leader of All Nations in

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Light on the Red Hill

I want to tell you what God has been doing here in Cape Town, especially in CPx and Red Hill. We have 70 outstanding students enrolled for six months IN CPx, our leadership training program. Actually, they are not students in the normal sense of that word. All of them are leaders with varying degrees

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URGENT: Photos and letter from Floyd

Dear Friends, The relief work in Red Hill continues. As you read this we are completing the task of getting all of the 72 families in the two burnt our settlement camps into a shelter so they are out of the wind and rain. The people did a lot of work themselves but we supplied

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Urgent from Floyd and Sally McCLung

A few days ago a massive fire swept through the southern peninsula of Cape Town. The fire destroyed many homes and brought chaos to many people

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The Most Amazing Clock I Have Ever Seen

As you begin the new year, please take a moment to consider how many people’s lives are being impacted, changed, destroyed, and saved…. Click here to visit what I call the “reality” clock.

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Camels in the Road

Floyd tells an amazing story about the night he almost ran over a camel while driving in Afghanistan. He draws one of the "five most important messages of my life" from the story. 04.07.07.floyd.mcclung.camels.in.the.road.mp3

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Courage to Change

We cannot live life how we should live it without courage. We miss out on the blessings learning new ways to be and do church without "courage to change." Floyd’s message not only challenges people to change, but inspires them how to become a person of great courage. 04.07.07.floyd.mcclung.courage.to.change.mp3

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Go Full Time!

Floyd does not hold any "punches" as he puts out a surprise challenge to everyone in his audience to go "full time." Listen to hear more of what Floyd had in mind! 04.07.07.floyd.mcclung.go.full.time.mp3

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God Stopped the Fire – God Stopped the Rain

During a 24 hour prayer watch in the early hours of December 17th, somewhere around 3:00 AM in the morning, while standing on the back deck of our team house here in Cape Town, one of the young people working with us saw flames shooting high up into the sky a couple kilometers away in

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Questions and Answers About Spiritual Fathering and Mothering

Floyd follows up a weekend of teaching with an open session of questions and answers regarding spiritual mothering and fathering. The following issues are addressed in the Q and A time: How Does the Bounded Set and Centered Set Paradigms Apply to Spiritual Fathering and Mothering? What are the differences between Spiritual Fathering and Mothering

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Returning to the Father

Floyd tells his favorite story, the story of two brothers and how they both strayed from their father, and how their father welcomed to return home.  Floyd addresses the religiosity of those caught up in

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Five Different Kinds of Christian?

Click here for original articleUnderstanding the disparity of those who call themselves Christian in America.A new national survey co-sponsored by Leadership. Reported by Helen Lee. Jennifer Hua identifies herself as a Christian. A 35-year-old former attorney studying Christian counseling at the Wheaton College Graduate School (Illinois), she has gone to church all her life and

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Willow Creek Update

I used the wrong language in my recent letter about Willow Creek. I described what they are learning as “repentance.” I apologize for that. The word “repentance” was not the right word to use about the study they did called “Reveal.” Below is a blog posting from Greg Hawkins clarifying what exactly did happen at

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Willow Creek Leaders Repent of Program Based Church

Rarely I have been more proud of a church leader than when Bill Hybels recently repented for doing church the wrong way. I love Bill’s honesty and respect him even more than I did before his repentance. I also found his confession deeply affirming. I have been endeavoring to teach, write, model and call pastors

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How To Pray For Africa

A young man wrote to me this week, asking how he can pray for us in Africa. Here is what I wrote him…would you join him in praying for breakthroughs and releases for Africa? We don’t ask  for ourselves, but for Africa’s 860 million people and 54 countries to be transformed by Jesus. Thank you!

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An All-too-Common Problem

When we were preparing to move here to South Africa, we talked about the problem of crime in the country. I wanted to work it through in my heart so that I was prepared for whatever we would face. If God was calling us here, I wanted to live in peace, not fear. I believe

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A Memorial for Nkolo

The paragraphs below were written by Inesa, one of our team members. She wrote it as a memorial for Nkolo, who died a few days ago of AIDS. — A member of one of our short term outreach teams, Ella, has spent the last 3 weeks ministering at an AIDS hospice. She mostly spent time

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Great Faith? Or Wishful Thinking?

When we moved to South Africa it seemed like a huge impossibility for us to buy a home. Many reasons – lack of funds, very high prices, not being able to get a mortgage (a “bond” in South Africa), etc. We looked at places to rent, but found that to be a very discouraging process.

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A Day of Miracles

We’ve had some pretty big things we’ve been praying for recently – both personally and for our workers.  We’ve needed to see some “impossible” things happen! A family has been making plans to come from Germany to join the ministry here.  Although the Home Affairs department in South Africa had granted their visa, the embassy

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Reflecting on an interaction with a “Masi” Resident today…

A Reflection About an Interaction With a Resident of Masiphumelele, a A Community of Beautiful People We Seek to Serve – Written by a team member named Karen Strickland “I’ve been living here on these wetlands for twelve years now. We have been forgotten and overlooked. People come in here and raise our hopes then

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Doing Church Differently

I have gone through a metamorphosis in my understanding of church in the last few years. The best way to illustrate the change in my understanding is to tell you about our involvement with Nash Sports Academy and the youth of Ocean View. Nash and Joann Booysen are co-workers with us in Ocean View, a

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George…..and friends!

George…..and friends! I recently had quite a surprise when I looked outside on the living room deck and saw a large baboon walking along the railing. I had heard of “George,” as he’s called by everyone in the neighborhood, but this was my first time to “meet” him. Baboons normally move around in large groups

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Ministering Dignity – Holistic Spirituality

We’re in a season of hosting a number of short term teams from overseas who are coming to minister here. We’re often asked if groups of people coming into a new culture can really do much good in 2-3 weeks. We always say emphatically “yes!!” Recently we had a small example of what can be

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A Bible Study on Spiritual Authority

I have written a new article on Spiritual Authority. You can read it online in my articles section here or download the PDF file here.

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A Bible Study on Spiritual Authority

by Floyd McClung Click here to download PDF Introduction: This is a four-part study on the Biblical nature of authority as it relates to spiritual leadership: A partial list of verses from the New Testament on the subject of authority The meaning of the Greek word(s) for authority as used in the New Testament Some

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Timothy and the Incarnational Principle

A few weeks ago and I wrote and told you that one of our workers, Timothy, was beaten by a gang of criminals. The bottom line is these guys are against what Timothy and our team is doing. We are seeking to plant a church in the heart of a very poor township called Masiphumelele.

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Living Passionately

More copies of this message by Floyd have been sold than any other message he has given in North America. The title captures the bottom line: we can want to be passionate without living passionately. Floyd both inspires and teaches the way to live a life of spiritual passion. 20.02.04.floyd.mcclung.living.passionately.mp3

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What Missionaries Do – Who Do What Paul Did!

Floyd describes the heart of Paul’s missionary ministry, and challenges his listeners to do do the same today. 20.02.04.floyd.mcclung.what.missionaries.do.who.do.what.paul.did.mp3

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Religion No – Jesus Yes

Floyd goes for the "gut" in this message to several thousand teens and young adults. 20.02.04.floyd.mcclung.religion.no.jesus.yes.mp3

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Creating a Leadership Culture In Your Church Or Organization

Floyd provides the "how to’s" for those needing help in creating a culture that produces leaders. Everyone needs leaders, but not everyone knows how to spot, select, and develop leadership. More importantly, Floyd talks about how to develop a leadership development "atmosphere." 20.02.04.floyd.mcclung.creating.a.leadership.culture.in.your.church.mp3

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God Space

Is “God Space” another cute Christian cliché? Or is it something real? “God space” is real to me, and it was genuine for the man who first introduced me to the term. Dr. Bob, as he was called, was dying of leukemia. He was on his last missionary journey, just a few weeks away from

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The Forgotten Ways of Church

I was recently sent a review of a new book by Alan Hirsch, co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come. I found the review so stimulating that I had to pass it on to you. For our friends who live in South Africa, I am thinking about ordering a number of these books. If

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ONLY ONE…

Friend, Do you ever feel overwhelmed and don’t know how to respond to the masses of people in need? We find comfort in these amazing words. May they guide and strengthen you today as well, Floyd and Sally ONLY ONE… My child…I’ve often heard you question…and this message is myanswer…hear Me well:You’re concerned about the

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Winter

It’s winter here in the southern hemisphere.  Well, technically, it’s still autumn – but we’ve had lots of “winter” (read cold!) days.  We’ve also had many pleasant, sunny days, so it’s not all bad.  But the weather has turned, the nights are definitely cold, and my ‘used to central heating’ body is going through some

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Anybody Can Be a Missionary!

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a typical front line type person! I prefer to be in the background. I’m more practical. I enjoy helping to get things done by serving and working behind the scenes. You won’t find me preaching on a street corner. I most likely won’t be leading an outreach

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That’s My King

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Forty Years

Floyd and I recently took a couple days to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  Forty years.  Wow – that’s a lifetime!  I have lots of friends that aren’t even that old.  The children of Israel wandered in the desert for that long.  When we speak of it, we talk about how l-ooooo-n-g that was!!  And,

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My Favorite

I must confess that I don’t like the kinds of questions that have to do with “biggest,” “most,” “best.”  You know the kind I mean.  What is your most embarrassing moment?  What is the best…….?  What is your biggest…..?  I don’t tend to think in those terms, and I always feel so put on the

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We Will Succeed

We live near a township called Masiphumele, which means “we will succeed.”  I love that!  The confidence, courage, statement of faith that the name reflects is wonderful.  The name is on a stone sign at the entrance to the neighborhood – proclaiming the desire and hope of success. As we meet people from “Masi” and

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Led by a Cloud

When I’ve read the Old Testament story of the children of Israel being led by a cloud each day after they left Egypt, I’ve often wondered what that meant……or more specifically, what it might have looked like.  There are clouds every day.  What’s to distinguish one from another?  What makes one more special? When we

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Under His Wings

I don’t usually think of a bird as something that I would feel safe and protected under!  When the Psalmist used the analogy of finding refuge “under his wings,” that always sounded a little weak to me. A while back we were with some friends at a restaurant in Pretoria called “The Blue Crane.”  We

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I Think I Need Translation!

I am still learning the "English" language here.  I’ve written before on my "Sally" page about wondering if we speak the same language.  So many words are new, different, or used differently.  Here are some more I’ve been learning: hoot: to honk the car horn rocket: a green leaf vegetable used in salads and cooking

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Daily Life

I’m regularly asked what my daily life is like in South Africa.  In many ways it’s the same.  There’s still laundry to do, the house to clean, groceries to buy, errands to run…..the ordinary things of life don’t change.  I guess the biggest difference in that area is that things seem to take longer.  There

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The Father’s Heart for Africa

Recently an article from one South Africa’s largest Christian magazines published this article about Floyd and Sally and their journey to Cape Town: When I first learned that Floyd McClung, author of the hugely popular The Father Heart of God, now lives in Cape Town with his wife, Sally, I was admittedly pretty intrigued about

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Missing Out

Our grandson, Luke, just celebrated his 4th birthday.  We received the email invitation to his party at the zoo.  We sent our regrets.  We knew he wanted a bicycle.  We sent a check for his parents to buy that for him from us.  We called on his birthday to talk to him.  After 3 attempts,

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CPx South Africa Application Forms

Read more about our training opportunities by clicking on the “Training” tab above. -> All Nations Serve Internships-> CPx Employer or Teacher Reference-> CPx Application Cover Page -> CPx Pastor Reference-> CPx Application Form

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About the Virginia Tech Tragedy

There is no cliche

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Facing Fear

There seems to be one consistent, often discussed topic of conversation here – fear, and concern for safety.  Friends talk about it, shopkeepers talk about it, strangers talk about it……..there’s an article in almost every issue of the newspaper and it’s a popular topic on the television news.  I am regularly asked why we came

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Hunting “Dangerous Game”

I love all (or, mostly, all) of God’s creatures……but I don’t want them in my house!  Sossy, our Airedale Terrier, is the only one I really care to have living indoors with us. We recently had one of these uninvited creatures in our house……a good sized black lizard.  Just thinking about it gives me the

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A Historical Note

I am contemplating the words of one of the first Europeans to land in Cape Colony, what is today South Africa, written on April 8, 1652. His lofty ideals were not to be lived out. I wonder what would have happened, in the history of the land, indeed in all of Africa, if they had

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FIGHTING FIRE……..LITERALLY!

We have been away for a retreat with our All Nations family here in South Africa for a few days. We were at a conference center in the mountains outside of Pretoria, in the northeast of the country. All during the weekend, we could see brush fires burning around us, but at a distance. Veld

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A Word in Season

Many things have changed in South Africa in the last 13 years since apartheid was abolished. It’s a new day, new season in many ways. And yet, I notice so many have a “downtrodden” spirit. You can feel it. It has grieved and saddened me. I’ve prayed and asked the Lord what I can do

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Our Furry Friend

Floyd loves dogs!  We’ve had a dog for most of our (soon-to-be 40!) years of being married.  Some I’ve liked, most I’ve tolerated….because I love Floyd. :}  Our current dog is “Sossy.”  She’s a sweet, fun, affectionate Airedale terrier…….not too big, but big enough so that Floyd doesn’t think she’s a “pretend” dog.  I think

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CPx FAQ

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions All Nations CPx

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The Purpose of Simple Church

Floyd reminds the listener that there are many ways to do church, and then shares principles for turning a simple church into a missional community. floyd.mcclung.the.purpose.of.simple.church.mp3

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Simple Church in the Nations

This teaching given at a conference on the house churches gives perspective to what God is doing world wide in the house church movement. Floyd invites the listener to see simple church as a means to an end, not an end in itself. He gives practical suggestions for how to do church in a way

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Arm Yourself to Be Aimed in the Right Direction

Floyd shares his conviction that every believer will suffer, the question is whether we will suffer for the right things. Mixing humor with straight talk, Floyd shares why he believes we should embrace suffering rather than run from it. floyd.mcclung.arm.yourself.to.be.aimed.in.the.right.direction.mp3

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Living for Eternal Rewards

Floyd describes the choice every believer has to either live for temporal or eternal rewards. He shares his belief that there are rewards in heaven, and asks the hard questions about what kind of rewards we want to live for. 24.02.07.floyd.mcclung.living.for.eternal.rewards.mp3

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Trusting God for the Impossible

Lessons in Faith – In this message Floyd shares with a group of leaders some of the key lessons he has learned about believing God. He tells stories from his interaction with spiritual mothers and fathers who helped shape his life and how they inspired him to trust God for the impossible. This is a

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It’s Africa’s Hour

Floyd unburdens his heart to South Africans and those called to work in South Africa to seize the opportunity to help build the new South Africa. Speaking from Psalm 78, verse 9, "…they turned back in the day of battle" he reminds South Africans that they have a destiny to be pioneers, adventurers, and explorers,

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God Will Shake the Nations

How do we interpret political upheavals and natural disasters in the light of biblical prophecy? Are we living in the last days? Floyd shares insights from God’s word that helps the listener understand the purpose of "shakings" going on in the world today, including circumstances that shake our personal lives. 19.02.06.floyd.mcclung.god.will.shake.the.nations.mp3

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How to Know God’s Will

When followers of Jesus face important decisions, how do they discern the will of God? Floyd explains the process of hearing and knowing the voice of God. He gives the listener "handles" to hold onto as they walk through the decision making process. Sharing intimate and sometimes humorous experiences from his own life, he illustrates

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Discipleship

How did Jesus equip his disciples? He demonstrated and imparted a new way of living to them. Then he sent them out to experience it firsthand for themselves as they reached out to others. In this inspiring message Floyd explains how each one of us can be a disciple-making follower of Jesus. He breaks down

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 8

When a Woman

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Latest News About the Death of a Great Warrior for God

The following tribute was written by Pastor John Thomas about the life and funeral service of Pastor Phillip Mokson: Pastor Phillip Mokson The last 17 days have been days filled with pain and tragedy as we have sought to work through the murder of Pastor Phillip.  There have been difficult days of deep, dark valleys

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More Creepy Crawly Things

As I wrote about earlier, I don’t like creepy crawly things!!  I killed a good-sized scorpion in the living room last night!  Even after I’d killed it, its tail kept trying to attack.  I’m glad I found it before our dog did.  She’d have probably thought it was something to play with and would have

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Mourning What is Lost – Honoring What Has Been

We experienced a tragedy recently when a pastor, a dear man of God, was shot and killed by a distraught man he had been counseling. In fact, this man had tried to take his own life a few weeks before, and the pastor had found him and saved his life. This pastor was a wonderful

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How to do a Debrief

Someone asked me recently how I handle team debriefing. Here is how I answered their question. Debriefing to me is all about learning, growing, and working through the things God wants to me and the team to learn. Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is the best teacher. It is best that debriefing

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Mourning What is Lost – Honoring What Has Been

We experienced a tragedy recently when a pastor, a dear man of God, was shot and killed by a distraught man he had been counseling.  In fact, this man had tried to take his own life a few weeks before, and the pastor had found him and saved his life. This pastor was a wonderful

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MP3 Messages

Here are some of my messages from last year. Discipleship Finding God’s Will For You Life God Will Shake The Nations To download these MP3 files to your computer, right click on the link and select “Save Link As” or “Save Target As”.

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A New Year

I can’t believe we’re already a month into a new year!  Where did 2006 go?  It seemed to fly by!  Of course, I guess making a big international move had a little something to do with that. We’ve had major things happening in these few beginning weeks of the year – wind, heat, fire, death. 

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A New Year

I can’t believe we’re already a month into a new year!  Where did 2006 go?  It seemed to fly by!  Of course, I guess making a big international move had a little something to do with that. We’ve had major things happening in these few beginning weeks of the year – wind, heat, fire, death. 

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Suffering and Sacrifice

By Floyd McClungHebrews 13:12 and following says,

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Every Day is an Adventure When You Live in Africa

Every day is an adventure for me in Africa. I never quite know what might be in store for my day when I wake up . There is, seemingly, never a dull day….and, I must say, I enjoy it a lot. FIRES – Recently, we’ve had a terrible fire blazing in our part of Cape

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Should We Love Muslims or Pray Against Them?

One scholar is predicting a clash of “Christian” and Muslim civilizations in the future, with inevitable victory being won by the more “dedicated” and persistent Muslim forces. Others see Muslims as our enemies right now: “They are all terrorists at heart,” they say. Conservative Christians believe Muslims and Christians pray to different Gods, and that

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FIRE!!

No, not the Holy Spirit kind – the natural kind!  Fire has been blazing in our valley for 2 days. We are living (house-sitting for a friend) in a home on the side of a mountain overlooking a large valley.  Part of the valley is made up of what they call the “vlei” – a

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Fire and Violence

A massive fire has been raging around one of the townships we are working in, just minutes from where we live in Cape Town, and then last night one of the pastors was killed. The township is called Massipumelele. Last night when the fire was blazing, there were emergency vehicles coming……we thought it was for

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The Mighty Winds

“The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it.”  John 3:8 That could have been written about Cape Town!!!  They told us about the winds when we were preparing to move here.  They call them the “Cape Doctor” because they blow so often that they keep the air quality clean and

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Plans for 2007

We want you to know our plans and projects for the coming year

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A Southern Hemisphere Christmas

I love Christmas – not just a little, but a lot! It’s my favorite time of the year. When I was growing up, it was the time of the year when it seemed like the whole family came together. It was also the time of year when I saw my dad’s true, soft, generous heart.

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New Life of David Devotionals

I have posted Lessons 6 & 7 in my Articles section. Lesson 6: Seasons of Isolation Lesson 7: Responding to the Sauls in Your Life

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 7

Responding to the Sauls in Your Life 1 Samuel 24:1-22 Introduction. Sadly, Saul embodies all that is bad about spiritual leadership. He was abusive, angry, jealous, insecure, manipulative and controlling. What is most profound about David and Saul

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 6

Seasons of Isolation 1 Samuel 23:14

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Responding to the HIV/AIDS Crisis in Africa

Let me explain what we are planning and praying about as our part to in responding to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The closest “township” to us is just a two minute drive away – this is where we will train workers for planting churches in Africa and learning to work in the African context.

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Three Incredible Days

It’s hard to put into words what has happened in the last three days. But I must try! Sally and I just returned an hour ago from three wonderful days with our All Nations leaders from around South Africa and Mozambique. There are are a little more than 50 staff and volunteers working with All

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Similar, But Different

Living in South Africa now, I’ve found that many things are similar……yet they’re different.  There are still traffic jams – but they’re on the left hand side of the road.  Floyd is doing great at driving on the left.  I’m still adjusting!  One very big difference is the unusual items, or large quantities of items, 

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We Speak the Same Language?

Whenever we’ve moved to a new country or location, I’ve learned that there are always cultural adjustments.  I was expecting that in our move to South Africa.  But I am surprised at how many English language adjustments we’ve had. I was grateful in our move to Cape Town to know that English is the predominant

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The Myth of a Christian Nation

Is America a Christian nation? Muslims believe America is a Christian nation. They read about the

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Searching for a Home

A week ago I wrote to quite a few friends about a possible house for us to rent or buy here in South Africa. We asked for wisdom and guidance about a particular house. We received a clear answer the next day. The owner of the house we were interested in called us and said

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What Was Lost Is Found

On a recent ministry trip to Port Elizabeth, on the Indian Ocean coast of South Africa, I lost something.  It wasn’t a valuable thing, but it was very special to me.  It had sentimental value, and I had worn it for many years.  It was just a small, inexpensive, not very significant to most people

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Good News From Prison

I received this wonderful testimony concerning Earl, the brother who chose to follow Jesus last February in the maximum security prison: “A quick testimony is that Earl lead someone to the Lord in his cell on Sunday night, and then another 11 guys at a bible study he lead yesterday morning!! I had the privilege

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Creepy, Crawly, Wormy Things

I’m not a fan of bugs! Creepy, crawly things give me creepy, crawly feelings. Someday I’d like to ask God exactly what He had in mind when He created some of these things. So I wasn’t exactly thrilled when I found we’d arrived in South Africa in the “season” of a very creepy, crawly little

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A Different Thanksgiving

While our friends and family were eating turkey dinners, watching Macy’s parade, and arguing over football games…….we had a different kind of “celebrating” here in South Africa. There was nowhere to go for turkey and dressing, but we decided to take an American friend to lunch. We went to a quaint cafe at a vineyard

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Baptizing

Baptizing men who have been transformed by the power of God is am awesome privilege. It has been like a kiss from the Lord for our arrival here in South Africa. The three pictures of the baptism capture people’s faces but not the emotions we experienced. The three pictures are of me baptizing Earl, one

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In the Middle of a Maze

I’ve always been a little claustrophobic. I don’t like small, closed-in spaces. I like bright, cheery, open, airy spaces. I’ve never panicked in a small, tight space (doing an MRI was challenging!), but I feel like someone is squeezing and pressing me when I’m in one. We’ve sometimes lived in very small spaces (especially in

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Miracles Come in Lots of Ways!

We recently submitted our application for our permanent residence permit to the Dept. of Home Affairs here in South Africa. There were a couple of significant obstacles to this process. Because of these obstacles, there was a possibility that the application wouldn’t be accepted into the system for processing now. As it is, it will

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Learning to Live in South Africa

The picture of Sally and me was taken last week while we speaking at Harvest Church in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. We had a great week. We also got to know Ray and Cwyati, a lovely couple who are praying about becoming part of All Nations. Sally and I are loving South Africa. We spent

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Why We Should Seek to Save the Lost

By Floyd McClung To help remind myself of God

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Making Disciples

Personal disciple making is the Jesus way of influencing people, launching a movement, doing ministry and engaging the culture. No one is exempt from doing it his way. We cannot improve on how Jesus modeled ministry for us in the word. Though he came to reach the whole world he did it one person at

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Making Disciples

And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach

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Of Birds and Nests

As we have begun the search for where we’ll live here in South Africa, I have found myself frustrated/discouraged/anxious at various times. Houses to buy are expensive. Houses to rent are small and expensive. I miss my cute, cozy, little house in Grandview! I keep telling myself that God has it under control and that

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A Story of Redemption

I want to tell you a short story. It is a story about men who have paid a price for their crimes, and a story of redemption. They were a rough looking bunch. All of them had multiple tattoos. A tattoo on one man’s leg read, “My mother was an angel, my father was a

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Calling all hunters

Recently I spent time with Rufus and Almarie Luttig. They lead a ministry called Hunt SA. Their aim is to mobilize American hunters to South Africa to give them a good time hunting on their 20,000 acre farm, but more importantly, to take them into the villages of the Eastern Cape to share their testimony

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A New Land and Home

Leaving home, family, friends, your country, your security – I’ve done it before, but I don’t think I can say it becomes “easy” because it’s happened before. In the 7 very intense months we had of preparing for our move to South Africa, God’s grace was certainly there each step of the way. There was

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Why Missions?

By Floyd McClung Seven Reasons to Go That part of the world we call the 10/40 Window is covered in spiritual darkness. Hundreds of millions of people are lost without Christ, separated from Him by spiritual darkness and deception. There are reasons, biblical reasons, why it is the will of God for every Christian to

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 4

Qualities of True Friendship 1 Samuel 18 Introduction: The gift of a friend is a great treasure; it should be guarded and cared for more than any other earthly treasure. Jonathan befriended David during a time of great difficulty in David

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What Do Missionaries Do?

By Floyd McClung Who better to consult about what missionaries do than Dr. Luke, the author of the book of Acts. He was a missionary, and writes as one. He had been on the field, participated in the spread of the Gospel, and assisted the great apostle Paul in planting churches on two of his

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Suffering and Sacrifice

By Floyd McClung The value we place on something is determined by how much we are willing to sacrifice to have it and keep it. If we are willing to give up everything to have something, then it’s worth is supreme to us. In Matthew 13:44 a man was willing to sacrifice everything he had

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 3

Tested in Battle 1 Samuel 17 Introduction. Following David

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Seven Keys To Building a Church Planting Movement

By Floyd McClung Introduction: Keys unlock what is hidden from plane sight. Keys also open up treasures that are stored for safe-keeping. Jesus said to his disciples that he would give them the keys to the kingdom of God. The seven keys to building church planting movements are not secrets for the elite or for

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The Seven Commands of Christ

1. Repent, believe and receive the Holy Spirit. Mark 1:15; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 2:38 2. Be baptized and live a holy life. Romans 6:1-4 3. Celebrate the Lord

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Recommended Reading List

By Floyd McClung, December 25, 2003Christ

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Questions To Ask When Making Important Decisions

By Floyd McClungI will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.– Ps. 32:8 There is no more perplexing challenge for a Christian than making an important decision, particularly when it seems the only choice is between two or three equally good alternatives. How

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Principles of Faith and Finances

By Floyd McClung Trusting God to meet our daily needs is not about money, but hearing and obeying God. Abraham was the father of faith, but he was also a wealthy man. He owned thousands of sheep and camels. Yet, when the Lord spoke to Abraham, he believed God and obeyed Him (Genesis 12:1-3). Faith

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Not a Time to Be Afraid

By Floyd McClung John 21:1-19 The Message This week the world was celebrating the life and accomplishments of John Paul II In his life time he: Stood up to the Nazis and the Communists Opposed the culture of death in our world

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New Testament Prayers

Prayers in the New Testament for the Lost I Timothy 2:1-4 – For all men, for Kings, those in authority II Timothy 2:24-26 – For those who oppose the gospel to repent II Timothy 4:14 – That the Lord would repay Alexander the coppersmith for his works Matthew 6:10 – God to rule on the

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God Spoke a Second Time

By Floyd McClung Jonah was called by God but he resisted his calling, and because of his hardness of heart, interpreted what God said to fit his own unbelief and selfishness. Jonah was cynical and jaded. He hated the Ninevites and didn

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Global Trends

Adapted and Edited by Floyd McClung The Global Context Islam and Hinduism are the dominant political and spiritual powers of the 21st century. This makes it important to train and send missionaries who have a greater awareness and sophistication in regards to working in these environments. The Pacific Rim countries will continue to dominate world

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The Five Practices

By Floyd McClung Pray

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Church Planting Culture

by Floyd McClungCreating a Church Planting Culture in the Local Church The traditional approach of training our future leaders in Bible College or seminary is counter-productive to raising up leaders within the local church. Exporting young leaders out of the local church to learn about leadership in a formal educational environment by-passes the most qualified

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Choosing Your Passions

By Floyd McClung Last year I was separated from my wife for eight months. I saw her occasionally during that time, but it was for brief interludes and never alone. Sally was caring for my daughter Misha, who was suffering from a muscular disease called fibro-myalgia. We had agreed to try anything that had a

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Apostolic Passion

By Floyd McClung What is Apostolic Passion? The term “passion” is used to describe everything from romance to hunger pangs. I don’t know what it means to you, but for me passion means whatever a person is willing to suffer for. In fact, that’s the root meaning of the word. It comes from the Latin

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The Tabernacle Prayer Model

By Floyd McClung I believe we can live victoriously every day. I believe we can enjoy the grace of God in difficult circumstances and when we are down emotionally. Personally, I need time with the Lord every day, or my emotional and spiritual well runs dry. When that happens, my faith level goes down and

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 2

Serving God

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The Judaizing of Christianity

by Robert I Holmes & Delta Vines Let us say at the outset that we have a love and respect for Israel. We love the Jews, all Hebrew people and are in no way trying to incite anti-semitism. We have many friends who are fulfilled (completed) Jews, and even some who are still in the

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The Blessing of Grandkids

We’ve just spent a delightful week with our grandchildren – Kezia, age 4 1/2 and Luke, age 3. To have 2 darling kids running towards you with arms open wide yelling “Grandma! I missed you.” – how can you not love that? They are both so cute and winsome, bright, eager to learn, funny, and

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Vision Casting

By Floyd McClung Guidelines for sharing your vision with others. 1. Make sure it is clear in your own mind: Why, how, who will do this, results expected. 2. Share it with change agents first. Win over the key decision makers before you go public. 3. Tell your vision passionately If you are not excited

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Why Plant Churches?

By Floyd McClung It spreads the worship of Jesus: it is God

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Trusting Jesus in Nepal

Below is a very encouraging story from one of our team leaders in Nepal. It is a fascinating insight into how God has led him to tell the story of God and his love through an art medium called “Thankas.” Pasang is an older woman who comes from the same village as Dolma. For years

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Lessons from the Life of David: Lesson 1

Chosen For a Special Task 1 Samuel 16:1 – 13 Introduction: The people of Israel people wanted a king like the surrounding nations, but God wanted to be their king. Because they demanded a king to rule over them, God gave them what they wanted. Be careful how you pray

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God at work in Maximum Security Prison

In this picture on our home page is Maritsa with two guys I ministered to in the maxium sercurity prison in South Africa. I have been asked by the guys if I would baptize them shortly after Sally and I arrive in South Africa!! Another one of the men we met in the prison, Sebastian,

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Birthdays, Courage and Old Age: I Just Turned 61

I celebrated my 61st birthday a few days ago. I feel more strength and vision now than at any point in my life! I feel like Caleb when he prayed,

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Welcome!

This is Sally McClung’s blog, come back to find out what I’m doing.

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Lebanon, Mozambique & S. Africa

There are two things burdening my heart. The first is the war raging between Israel and the Hezbollah. I am grieved and angry at the fighting, but not enough to be silent or do nothing. Martin Luther King Jr., said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

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Back to the Book

By Kathy Widenhouse Seven ways to ignite a passion for reading the Bible. In Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith, Kathleen Norris recounts the story of a South Dakota rancher and his bride who received an expensive Bible as a wedding gift from his grandfather. They wrote a thank-you note and stowed the Bible away

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Why House Churches?

By Floyd McClung There are over three billion people on our planet who have never heard the name of Jesus one time. There remain thousands of people groups that have not been reached with the good news of God

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Paul’s Passion

By Floyd McClung Meditations in the Book of Philippians on Jesus Christ Jesus is the source and the goal of true life

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Anointing for Leadership

By Floyd McClung, February 10, 206

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Adopt A People Group

Adapted and Edited by Floyd McClung What is a people group? A people group is a significantly large ethnic or sociological grouping of individuals who perceive themselves to have a common affinity for one another. For evangelistic purposes, it is the largest group within which the gospel can spread as a church-planting movement without encountering

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21st Century Christian Trends

By Floyd McClung – June, 2005 Persecution and martyrdom of Christians will sharply increase as non-christian religious forces are threatened by the mass conversion of unreached peoples to Christ. Nationalistic Islamic and Hindu political parties such as the Taliban and BJP/RSS will continue to experience popularity as their leaders react to American foreign policy and

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Overview of the Book of Acts

By Floyd McClung The Author and His Background The author of the book of Acts is Luke, a Gentile physician and traveling companion to Paul. Paul calls him

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Spiritual Authority

A Bible Study on Spiritual Authority by Floyd McClung Introduction: This study on the Biblical nature of authority as it relates to spiritual leadership has four parts:

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Spirituality

Someone asked me to define “spirituality” recently. What does it mean to be spiritual? I think confusion on this subject is the result of misunderstanding, ignorance and lack of good teaching. To me to be spiritual is to love obey Jesus, which results in be being fully human. A spiritual person is one who is

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Paul’s Passion

I have been meditating in the book of Philippians lately. One thing stood out to me as I read Paul

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Prayer Request and a Testimony

I am writing to ask you to pray for the international leadership team of All Nations. We are meeting for six days, starting tomorrow morning, June 17th. We need God’s wisdom, his grace and sensitivity to hear his voice. Thank you! I received this very amazing news this morning about a radical Muslim man name

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