Making Disciples of Christ in Ecuador

Making thanksgiving abound

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For a while now I've been reading through Paul's epistles with a fresh outlook. It seems like every time I read, the heart of the letter makes me think "yes, I can identify with that" or "this isn't something strange that only we feel." That in itself is an encouragement but it's also making the scriptures feel more real every day.

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Why didn't Paul go to Rome?

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Have you ever wanted to be two places at the same time? What about wanting to spent time with different groups of people but it's just impossible to do it? Paul felt that way and I think that everyone who lives a cross cultural life (whether missionary, businessman, or simply you and your spouse are from different countries) deal with that. The other day I was reading through the book of Romans and something jumped out to me.

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A Sorcerer believes!

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The other day I was reading a missionary book and ran across a story about a man who practiced sorcery and ended up believing, being baptized, and seeking discipleship from the missionary. The man was really well known in his city. Everyone believed that this man had a lot of power and could really change things. The people probably had some idea that the power he was using wasn't good (it was actually demonic) but it was really undeniable that this power was real. It doesn't take much for a man to claim he has a lot of power but this man was actually able to convince everyone that he was great.

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