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COVID-19: Dry-Run for the Final Crisis

As we survey the impact of COVID-19 on basic civil liberties, constitutional rights and religious freedom in the USA, it is evident that when a state of emergency is declared, whether at the state or national level, nothing is sacred. No rights are inalienable, including freedom of conscience. Despite the…

On this day….

Today is a special day. Today marks the end of my first term of service and the beginning of my second term. Today is the day I was supposed to be flying home. There are so many things on my mind as I look back over this past year. Everyone…

Reading to Children

“Mom, please, first listen to me read the book once, okay?” My student’s mother nodded her head as I sat down next to her on the porch in front of her house. She was weaving a basket, and Grandpa sat near us in a blue plastic chair mending a fishing…

Being Present

“You must be present, Mommy,” my daughter said. “What do you mean, Princess?” I asked. I was in our home country and trying to spend as much time as possible with her while I was here. “You are here, but you are not here. Though you are here with us,…

The Love of Christ in Action

“I would like to go with you to your church,” said my neighbor. I was very surprised and tried not to show it. “Sure!” I said. During our quarantine time here in Khon Kaen, the international church plant we attend distributed food every day at the train station. After this…

Persecution

Sunshine, age 13, began attending our school two years ago. She comes from a sad background. Her parents are separated, and her mother does not want to care for her but doesn’t want her to live with her father either. So Sunshine is being raised by an aunt. The aunt…

Nearing the End

“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt. 24:12). “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Gen. 6:5). “But as the days of Noah…

Who is in Charge of Your Conversations?

“I want to practice some conversational English with you over the phone while I drive. Are you okay with that?” “Okay,” I replied hesitantly. “I’ve never done a class while someone was driving, but I’m willing to try.” “You choose the topic,” said the caller. I explained that I had…

The Backslidden Evangelist, Part 2

“Why weren’t you honest with me? When you had that high-interest loan, why didn’t you pay it off instead of borrowing money for a fancy wedding?” I stare in astonishment at Bao, my “little brother,” as my righteous indignation—albeit more like an older brother chastising his younger brother in love—begins…

Keep Your Love Batteries Charged

In Christ’s prophecy of the last days found in Matthew 24, we read, “Because iniquity (or lawlessness) shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12). But what type of love is Christ referring to? Looking at the original Greek text, we learn that it is not brotherly…

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