Walking Humbly With Our God, part III

Many of us have heard the story of the prophet hired by the Moabites to curse Israel. On his journey to meet the Moabite king, God sends an angel to kill him. The prophet can’t see him. However, the prophet’s donkey can. The donkey shies away from the angel with the flaming sword three times and is rewarded for her trouble with beatings. 

Finally, God opens the donkey’s mouth. “Why have you beaten me these three times?” she asks.

Balaam, beside himself with frustration, doesn’t even realize…

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Walking Humbly With Our God, part II

Sincerity does not define truth.

If it did, then should I come back from Japan and in all sincerity make the mistake of driving on the left-hand side of the road, neither I nor any of the drivers in oncoming traffic would be harmed.

If it did, then we could not call the terrorist attack at the world trade centre, that murdered thousands of people, wrong.

If it did, the Nazi members who made it their mission to eradicate millions of Jews should not be judged too harshly.

We can sincerely…

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Walking Humbly With Our God, part I

Over the past few years, I’ve been meditating on something a little different. I've been realizing how many wrong assumptions I make about God. 

As human beings, we have to make assumptions based on facts in order to function. The sun has come up every day at around the same time for years and years. This is a fact. There are many scientific causes, but I don't need to know or understand them in order to recognize the facts as laid out by history. If we didn't assume that the sun would come up…

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Master or Student?

In the missionary life, it’s easy to get lazy. We’re used to struggling with everything— figuring out whether we’re buying fish or laundry detergent at the grocery store; dedicating significant thought to even the smallest events, because we don’t want to accidentally destroy fledgling relationships; running away from the telephone because it’s so scary to get calls from someone who’s talking a-mile-a-minute while we’re still trying to figure out whether they said their name at the start. 

Some…

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Echoes of Gratitude

“When you don’t have enough, be thankful for what you do have.”

My mother’s words continue to echo in my heart to this day, many years later. As missionaries, Peter and I have discovered that they can be applied to our lives in many ways, not just in the sphere of money. 

When I don’t have “enough” health, but am grateful for what I do have:

  • God opens my eyes to see how I can use my bad health to encourage other people with bad health. When I injured my back, He gave me a ministry to…
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