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Compassion, The Melting Point

By David Pam McQuel As the millennium strolled in, my young wife and I were heading for forlough. The last year of the 20th century was quite stressful on the mission field. Although we saw lives changing, the fellowship of disciples growing we struggled with personal and family challenges. We were still early in our married life, our closeness and intimacy was our immunity against the devils whiles. Arriving home was a great moment of joy. We were seeing family,  friends and colleagues we haven't seen for years. The ministry gave us a 2-weeks break to visit our folks. What we thought would be a short furlough ended up a 3-long-years hold. I want to share a story that I encountered trying to bring a Jehovah Witness to the light. While I pastored in Keffi, a growing sub metro less than 20 kilometres from Abuja,  the political capital of Nigeria. Coming back from the mission field this church was in crisis. The ministry needed matured pastor to stabilize the situat

Thirty Pieces of Silver, The Price

Judas is the most tragic story Jesus would have avoided if he could. On the night he was betrayed, He showed his disciples the full loaded extent of his compassion for them. He removed his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist and bent down to serve them affectionately. John 13. This was a new level they were seeing. Jesus went full emotional mode and wrapped his fingers around in his palms, almost in tears. They were not just his staff, after the price He was to pay will make them His brothers, His very own. The disciples were dumbfounded, not knowing how to respond. When Peter tried to respond, he made a fool of himself. Jesus approached Peter to pour agape on him, Peter got into the flesh, 6 "He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” and 8 “No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.” After much explanation, still ignorant Peter screamed hysterically as a sanguine would, 9 “Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my fe

The Heart Of It

Every history has her most most significant season. Every movement has her core idea. Every success has her kicking key. And every sweet biography has her most significant moment. There are many aspects of the Christian faith very important to christians. So many of these key landmarks of the faith are cherished by active practicing Christian for example Old Testament accounts of the Creation, Noah and the great deluge, The Exodus from Egypt, The giving of the Law, The Conquest of Canaan, The period of the judges and then the kings, etc. In the New Testament it starts with The never heard-of Virgin Birth of Christ, then explosive ministry of John the Baptist, Then Jesus and His non comparable ministry, His Teachings and His Miracles, then Jesus died and rose of which not a single one of those around him understood at that time what was going on. From the first day of the week when Jesus rose, 40 days later in broad daylight, before about 120 of his disciples Jesus was lift