Moving Mountains
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  *David will bring the opening address to Thailand 2017 from Mark 11:20-25. Since many ICOMB readers will not get a chance to participate, David will use these next months to share from this message.*   Mark 11 tells the … Read More

The Fullness of Christ
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I have preached on Ephesians 4:1-3 quite a few times recently. It describes the pathway to maintain unity of the Spirit in the church. It’s a simple message, really, requiring us to interact with humility, gentleness, patience and love. St. … Read More

Treasures in Clay Jars
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I’m getting a sermon ready on Samson. I learned about Samson as a child. At that time he was a hero! It has been eye opening to consider him again as an adult, and a leader in the church. How … Read More

Bible Studies
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One of the inspiring parts of our Summit meetings are the daily devotion times, led by selected delegates. Bounmee and Bob, (Khmu Mission) helped us learn how to greet each other in Thai before speaking. Darío Ramírez (Paraguay, Spanish) provided … Read More

A Moral Case for the Resurrection
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I was enjoying a fast trip through 1 and 2 Thessalonians this morning, when suddenly I was stopped in my tracks by Paul’s instructions about the resurrection and ‘fate’ of the dead and the living at the end of time. … Read More

Loving Constraint
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2 Corinthians 5:14 says “the love of Christ constrains me.” I recently experienced a practical definition of constraint, often translated “compel” or “control”. It’s not a word that has many handles on it. On a fraternal visit to Panama recently, … Read More

The Immutable Law of Love
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To be immutable is to be unchangeable. Gravity is immutable. It works every time. Thus we have the “law” of gravity. I have done a simple exercise to illustrate: while talking about gravity, I raise my hand to head height … Read More

Henotheists Make Reluctant Pacifists
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A favorite author of mine says “Monotheism is a terrible idea but a wonderful discovery.” He explains that it took the exile for Israel to discover monotheism. It was only an idea before they went through the exile and subsequent … Read More

Integrity and Our Community Hermeneutic
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This morning I was celebrating the Lord’s Supper with the good folks of Familia de Dios (Family of God) Mennonite Brethren Church in Trujillo, Peru. Pastor George read the 1 Corinthians 11 text to prepare us. Then it hit me: … Read More

Pathway to Hope
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I’ve been privileged to study Romans 5 with people in different countries and interact about their source of hope. Paul teaches that there’s a “pathway to hope” founded on our faith in Jesus Christ (v.1). “…we also rejoice in our … Read More

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