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The Day My Dad Chopped Down An Idol

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Posted by Beverly Berrus on

There’s a memory seared into my mind from when I was twelve years old. I was watching from the backdoor of our home as my father brought out an axe.   Laying prostrate on the ground was a 3-foot-tall intricately designed statue of Buddha carved from wood. The axe went flying through ...

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Struggling with "Struggling with" Sin

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Posted by Beverly Berrus on

I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with a dear sister where I’ve said something like this: "I'm well overall. Just struggling with contentment in motherhood these days.” When I say that, what I actually mean is this: “There’s this specific sin in ...

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Making the Most of Christmas

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Posted by Dave Furman on

Three years ago, a husband and wife, along with their two young children, came to a worship gathering. But this was not our regular, Friday morning service. It was Christmas Eve!For this family from a least-reached nation nearby, it was the first time they had ever stepped foot into a ...

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For The Sake of Your Prayers

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Posted by Ethan (Pastoral Intern) on

What gets in the way of your prayer? What reduces the quality of your praying? Is it busyness? Lack of faith? Laziness? Let’s see what God through Peter has to say about prayer, from 1 Peter 3 and a bit of chapter 4.3:7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, ...

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Tags: prayer, praying

Boasting in Weakness

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Posted by Beverly Berrus on

When was the last time you recognized your own weakness? Was it chronic health issues, conflict at school, problems at work, giving in to that sin yet again, a fight with your spouse, or your child’s outright rebellion that left you hopelessly deflated, discouraged and feeling weak? When you ...

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Tags: boasting in christ, weakness

From the First to the Last

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Posted by Glen Jones on

First To The Last is an album recorded in 2009 by members of the United Christian Church of Dubai (http://uccdubai.com). Written by Glen Jones, the songs seek to magnify the work and worth of Christ - from whom, and through whom and to whom are all things! This is our prayer for you: that your ...

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Tags: music, glen jones

What If I am Not a Gifted Evangelist?

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Posted by Mack Stiles on

I understand there are many obstacles to evangelistic practice; I know this because I’ve used them all as excuses avoid evangelistic opportunities. Given the opposition of the world, my clumsy or even failed attempts, and the challenge of my sinful heart, evangelism seems best left to ...

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Tags: evangelism

Thoughts from a Taxi: Two Questions for Cross-Cultural Living

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Posted by Angela Zeller on

In the past three months, my kids and I have spent more time in taxis than we ever have. We are in the throws of adjusting to life in Dubai. Sometimes, I’m so busy putting seat belts on the little ones and telling them not to touch the ashtray, that I forget to tell the driver my ...

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Tags: cross-culture, culture

10 Ways Ecclesiology Encourages Me

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Posted by Gloria Furman on

As the wife of a pastor and mother of three little kids, I know how challenging it can be to get everybody out the door to go to church gatherings. I can also empathize with those who struggle with being “present” once you're there. I recall one morning at a church gathering where I ...

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Glorifying God in the Routines

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Posted by Gloria Furman on

Kiss, hug, monkey blanket, book, pray. That’s the summation of my preschool-age son’s bedtime routine. His simple bedtime routine must mean the world to him because if I miss a beat or shake up the order, he lets me know that the universe is falling apart. If you want accountability ...

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