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Missionary Perspective ~ What Jesus Said About Care & Relationships

Jesus commissioned the disciples to perform three tasks. One task was to preach the gospel to the whole world—the Great Commission—and it’s the most known in the church. The other two are Koinonia and Diakonia, and are not as emphasized as “tasks” in the church. Let’s take a look at why Jesus underscored Koinonia and Diakonia to the disciples. Koinonia Koinonia is a Greek word with its English equivalent as “fellowship,” “communion,” or “friendship.” Koinonia denotes goodwill, or harmonious fellowship of persons who share common interests. Koinonia, in the church, goes horizontally and vertically. Horizontally, koinonia extends to people and community. We stand connected to one another in ways that depict us as members of one family. Vertically, koinonia is experienced with God. Our fellowship should, first, be with God, and then, with people. We cannot have true fellowship with people if we do not have a genuine relationship with God. Vertical fellowship with God grounds the horizontal with people. If our relationship with God breaks down, then the horizontal may not stand. Although some …

My Serenity, Courage & Wisdom

“God, grant me the SERENITY to accept the things that I cannot change, COURAGE to change the things that I can, and the WISDOM to know the difference.”—Reinhold Niebuhr The year is coming to an end. There have been successes, losses and failures—there isn’t any one individual who hasn’t experienced all three of these at one time. At this point in the year, there are basically two categories of people. There are those who are disappointed with the way things turned out, and there are those who are elated with the progress they’ve made. No matter which group you belong to, I invite you to do these three things before the year runs out: Be Thankful. Take stock of everything that has happened—the good, bad, and ugly—and acknowledge each for what they are, and the role you played. Forgive yourself where you went wrong and made mistakes. This will allow you the peace to be thankful for the successes that happened along the way, whether little or trivial. It will also lean you towards focusing …

Waiting Effectively

“Yes.” “No.” “Wait.” Which of these answers would be the hardest for you to hear? If you’re like me, you would say the third. The why of a “yes” or “no” isn’t as tough to deal with as the “how long?!” of a wait. But so often that’s exactly where I find myself: waiting. And it’s easy to get discouraged if I keep staring into the dense fog obscuring what’s ahead. I like how Corrie Ten Boom expressed the futility of it. She said: “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear….Never fear to trust an unknown future to a known God.” We are exhorted in Scripture to live by faith (2 Cor. 5:7) in light of a living hope (1 Peter 1:3). This is not an empty suggestion, but a vital expression of a life surrendered to Christ. In a culture drowning in the “easier and faster is better” philosophy, it can be a constant struggle to maintain joy and peace in the waiting seasons. Yet, I am convinced that being patient is …