15 May, 2022

In This Issue

‘Don’t Fight the Hand that Needs You!’

Can We Restore the Unity of the Restoration Movement?

‘Thank You for Saving My Life’

A Son Tells the Extraordinary Story of His Father, Dale Storms

‘How Will They Hear without a Chaplain?’

The Life-Changing Ministry of the Chaplaincy Endorsement Commission of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ

Solving the Church Leadership Crisis

A New Collaboration with NationsUniversity to Develop Leaders Where They Are Already Planted and Working

Latest News

Polish People Open Homes to Refugees but Are Fearful of Future

Poland and its people have been generous hosts to upwards of 3 million Ukrainian refugees . . . but it has taken a toll. “Poles are afraid,” says Jay Bowyer, a missionary with Graceland Ministries. “They are living their daily lives with the threat of war looming large.”

News Briefs for May 11

Ozark Christian College created videos honoring three longtime employees who are retiring: Gerald Griffin, David McMillin, and Gary Zustiak. Also briefs from Mid-South Christian College, William Jessup University, two churches in Kansas, and more.

Larry Carter Reflects on 23 Years as President of GLCC

After 23 years at the helm of Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, Mich., Larry Carter is calling it a career. He’s served in ministry nearly 50 years after intending to spend only one year attending Bible college. . . .

Rekindling the Light: Reflections on a Trip to Romania

David Faust traveled to Romania with Remember the Children’s Andy Baker and others the last week of April. The group sought to encourage Romanian Christians who have been assisting the thousands of Ukrainian refugees who have flooded into their country since the war began in late February.

The Story of Yuri, a Ukrainian Pastor

Soon after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, I asked my good friend Yuri if he was still in Kramatorsk. His strong reply was, “Of course, Michael, I am a pastor.” . . .

Roma People Surviving the War in Ukraine

The war has affected all citizens of Ukraine, even those on the fringes of society, such as the Roma people. Christians in southeastern Ukraine have been working to create a Bible translation in several of the Romani languages . . .

Food Pantry Ministry Leads to Baptisms (Plus News Briefs)

Four people served by the Fortville Area Resource Mission, hosted by Fortville (Ind.) Christian Church, were baptized at the church last week as about 30 people looked on. Plus additional briefs from IDES, ICOM, Johnson University, SpireConference, and more.

Hindi Church Online Reaching Millions in India and Beyond

When COVID-19 caused lockdowns, Central India Christian Mission responded quickly by creating Hindi Church Online. The ministry has grown quickly and is now reaching 7.5 million weekly viewers. “What is happening now, only God can do,” says CICM’s Ajai Lall.

Medical Missionary Follows Patients from Ukraine to Germany

June Johnson, who served in Ukraine as a medical missionary with CMF International for 24 years, until the war started, has found a way to continue serving many of the Ukrainians she cared for previously, but now in a different country.

News Briefs for April 27

Lincoln Christian University is exploring the sale of a portion of its campus to Open Arms Christian Fellowship. At Dallas Christian College, students show love to Mark and Caroline Worley. Plus briefs from Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and more.

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May 15 | The Story of the Master’s Return

This lesson text is highly metaphoric. The main metaphor concerns a master and servant. But under that big-picture metaphor are at least eight others that make this text quite visual . . .

May 8 | The Story of the Poor Rich Man

This is one of the few parables where Jesus inserts “God” into a secular story. God called the man a fool (not an atheist but someone who has no moral compass). Death is a great wake-up call. . . .

May 1 | The Story of the Neighbors

This parable began in reality, for there really was a road that went from Jerusalem to Jericho referred to as “The Bloody Way.” But for a Samaritan to help a Jew on that road? That was the point at which the true-to-life parable veered into fictional analogy. . . .

April 24 | Perfect Action

Many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ day failed to rejoice when the hurting were helped. The religion police were more interested in procedures than people.

April 17 | Perfect Love

“Holy Week,” as it is called, is a demonstration of perfect love. Even while enduring the cross, sustaining the solemnity of the tomb and experiencing the victory of the resurrection, Jesus continued to love and serve others.

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