Closer to Jesus Marriage Missions Parenting

When the Miracle Doesn’t Happen, What Do We Do?

As she sits at the entrance of the tent, Sarah overhears the conversation between Abraham, her husband, and the three Visitors. Through these guests, the Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son!”   Almost 90 years old, Sarah laughs to herself, “After I have become shriveled up and my husband is old, will I have this delight?” The Visitors asked Abraham,

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Closer to Jesus Missions

“You Were Born for This”

I find no sweeter place on earth than when I’m reading God’s word, listening to one teach/preach about Jesus, and worshiping our Lord in song with His people. The peace I experience in these is unheard of in any other part of my life. I yearn for it. I am frustrated when my time is short inhibiting these moments with the Lord. When this part of my life goes lacking, I feel off. Essentially, I

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Missions Parenting

Hearts Conflicted, These Parents Had to Make a Choice

On our mission trip to the Middle East, we spent time with a woman (our contact) who took care of our needs for travel, meals, and church connections.  She shared with us many stories. One, in fact, was that the Christian churches in the region suffered threats and persecutions for being Christian. While the Iranian refugees were ‘technically’ allowed to worship Jesus, the natives of this country suffered great harm if they were caught doing

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Closer to Jesus Missions

He Asked Us, “How Do I Overcome Loneliness?”

After a full day of hearing about marriage and family relationships, what appeared (on the outside, one who seemed to have all things in order) was a man who asked, “How do I overcome loneliness?” This question was not what I expected. I thought for sure this man would have asked something more complicated like, “Explain the Trinity or from where did the Nephilim come?” But these questions were not what this man asked; what he

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Closer to Jesus Missions

They Wanted More

One of the most refreshing parts of speaking to the Iranian Refugees on our mission trip was noting their long attention span. I believe, they could listen to us teach them about God forever! Our team can’t take credit for this. It was not because we were a dynamic speaking team, even though God did a great work in and through us. They did not listen well because they were void of responsibilities, worries, challenges,

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