"If you have lost, if you are suffering, if you are going through things, if you have experienced difficulty, know for a fact, that God almighty loves you, he knows you. He just simply wants you to cast your care on him." Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
 
Take a look at the video, and then challenge yourself with these discussion questions (please share your thoughts).
 
1) Why should we not be surprised at the “fiery trial” we endure as if “something strange were happening to you” (v. 12)?  What is the connection with our sharing Christ’s sufferings and the glory to come (v. 13)?
2) Explain Peter’s meaning of “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (v. 6).  Why is it always wise for the child of God to cast all…
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"May you trust our God to lead you today, and all the way home, to that day." -Rev. Dr. Don L. Davis
 
After you watch the video, come back and share your answers to these discussion questions:
 
1) How does the Acts 17 text describe God as our creator and the source of our lives?  How does the text explain humankind’s dependence on God and how he sustains all human life?
2) How does Paul explain to his hearers that God is the very life and source of us all �(Acts 17.27-28)?  Explain Paul’s explanation of Greek poetry, “In him we live and move,” and “we are indeed his offspring” v. 28.
3) Summarize the phrase and concept that God has fixed a day to judge us all through Christ.  Why can we say that God’s divine being is not determined…
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The week after Easter was Evangel School training for church planters in Tanzania.  Bishop Charles Sekelwa and the leaders of the CEC denomination gathered 110 church planters for a week of training.

After a week of preparation, training and prayer they were commissioned and sent out.  Some will go as far as 500 miles from Mwanza in unreached areas of the country.  Bibles were printed and each church planter had 20 to take with them for their ministry assignment. 

One year earlier 25 church planters were trained and within three months 15 churches had been planted.  The TUMI seminary of Tanzania is then training the pastors and leaders who will follow to lead these planted churches. 

Bishop Sekelwa wrote "Our commissioning time yesterday was wonderful beyond expectation. People attended by hundreds to witness as the 110 church planters were commissioned. I invited…

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Empowering the Urban Poor

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Since our founding more than 40 years ago, World Impact has spoken prophetically regarding God's election of the poor, the benign neglect of the evangelical church of America's inner city poor, and the need for evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in unreached urban poor communities. We believe that credible urban mission must demonstrate the Gospel, testifying in both the proclaimed word and concrete action. In light of this, we have emphasized living in the communities we serve, ministering to the needs of the whole person, as well as to the members of the whole urban family. We have sought this witness with a goal to see communities reached and transformed by Christ, believing that those who live in the city and are poor can be empowered to live in the freedom, wholeness, and justice of the Kingdom of God fleshed out in local churches and…

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Maintaining Your Zeal During Covid-19

“Could you bring me some half and half,” read my text to Susan who was in our fourth-floor apartment in the World Impact Centre.  I was quarantined in my office on the third floor and the powdered creamer wasn’t “doing it” anymore for my K-cup coffee.  Our son, Chase, had some mild symptoms of the flu last week, so I picked him up at college to bring him home.  Thus, the quarantine in my office, which also became my bedroom.  Covid-19 and all that comes with it, is now the norm, i.e., quarantines, “shelter-in-place”, etc.  So, in this new “norm”, how does the Church stay clear, focused and zealous for the Kingdom?  Three expressions:  Jesus is Lord.  The Gospel.  Souls.

Souls.  By 2050, the United Nations estimates 2.5 billion more people living in our cities.  Combine this with the already 7+ billion and we are talking some staggering numbers living on this “small blue planet.”  Governments will wrestle through all the social implications as our cities grow…

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3998680988?profile=RESIZE_710x Please Don't Adopt the Jehovah Witness Hermeneutic in the Christ-following Church
Don L. Davis

Before we came to Christ and confessed Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, my wife and I studied with a dear couple who were our friends who happened to be Jehovah Witnesses. We studied their various colored books diligently: the "Blue" book and the "Green" books, along with the Awake! and Watchtower magazines, all for the purpose of being grounded in "the truth." After an extended period of "research" and discussion, it became evident to us that the Witnesses were not truly exegeting the Scriptures. They constantly misapplied, misquoted, and falsely contextualized the texts, all informed by a larger hermeneutical principle of common sense-ness. The Witnesses are allergic to biblical mystery; they interpreted away, eclipsed, or misrepresented every classic orthodox…

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