Thoughts on the Wedge of Discouargement

  Writing Note:  I have friends who are currently discouraged. As I’m praying for them, I recalled one of the most insightful fables about the subject of discouragement. As you read this, please join me in praying for my friends as well as any others ...

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Two D-Words: Depression and Discouragement.

  Click on audio player to hear podcast on “Discouragement or Depression” This is an excerpt from the Curt Iles’ book,  The Mockingbird’s Song. You can order copies as well as download the e-book at http://www.creekbank.net   Finally, I want to mention the difference between ...

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Telling about a Journey

  This blog post will be updated throughout the week. Stay tuned.  You can also follow our recent journey at our Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest pages:  <curtiles> It’s a word I love:   Journey.   It can be a trip of a thousand miles.  Or in the last ...

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The Six Words Shaping my Life

6 Words that keep my feet on the ground . . . and my grip tight. MY CURRENT words are  1.   My Jesus-Walk 2.   Living Gratefully 3.   Learning Passionately 4.   Connecting! 5/6.  Impact and Influence.    I’ve developed the habit of using 6 words to help focus my life. ...

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The best stories often come from Africa.

How is the grass on your path?   But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private . . . -Jesus  in Matthew 6:6   When an African becomes a Jesus-Follower*, he is taught ...

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Thoughts on Getting it Done

“They can be got”    We’re on the road today.  Dave, Sel, Rob, Scott, and me. 10 hour (or more) drive from Juba, South Sudan’s capital to Rumbek.  Pray for traveling mercies.   Today, I thought about Kenny. Like me, he’s a country philosopher. A ...

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Going to Dinka Country

If you’d like to subscribe to our blog, click here.  The Dinka are best known for their great love of their cattle. We’re looking for some Southern Jesus-loving Cattlemen to come over and share the Gospel with them!   How you can pray this week. ...

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Homesick Day

    The sun sets on another Saturday Over Lake Victoria and Entebbe. It’s amazing how quickly the equatorial darkness falls. Dusk one moment. Nightfall the next. Smoke from charcoal fires linger in the late rainy season air. Laughing Ugandan children pass by Outside our ...

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A Small Beginning

It’s only a small piece. I picked it up from a pile of bricks under a large tree. Nearby is where a church will be built in the future. We stood there with our friend Isaac. This is land that has belonged to his family ...

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Good Neighbors In Dry Creek

I’m 8000 miles from my hometown of Dry Creek. This is a draft of a story written four years ago. It’s too good not to share.  Enjoy! Somebody send word to Nathaniel that I said, “Thanks again.” Good Neighbors in Dry Creek Shown above is my ...

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Encouragement: You’re on a Firm Foundation

How Firm a Foundation Stirring You Tube video on this song. How Firm a Foundation is my “heart song.”   This classic hymn has played in my heart and mind all week. It is powerful. I hope it ministers and encourages you. 1. How firm ...

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Packing Light . . . Packing Carefully

In our latest Open Hands Africa newsletter, I quote my favorite poem from my best-loved American poet, Robert Frost. I’ll feature it on a future blog as well as my second best-loved poet.  You’ll be surprised. Reminder: Don’t go into the Bush without your light, batteries, ...

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Thoughts on Stubbornness

Stand Your Ground . . . without Driving Yourself (and everyone else ) Crazy. “But Eleazar stood his ground . . .” II Samuel 23:10 A key to a ______ life is knowing when to stand your ground versus saying, “It’s no big deal.” (Help ...

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How can my church get involved in Africa?

5 Steps to Engaging an Unreached Unengaged People Group* in South Sudan   Jumbo Baptist Church in South Sudan. This church is planting churches in the neighbouring villages. Engagement is the process where an American church comes alongside churches like Jombu.   1.    Begin praying about ...

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