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It seems to be a normal and popular idea in our day to have a “fall-back plan” before going into ministry. Some of the top fall-back plans are learning medicine, carpentry or other skills. The idea seems pretty legit – learn something so you can use it in case full-time ministry does not work out....
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These “digital strange women” are ruining our young men (and sadly young women as well), and something needs to be said about it. The church, for too long, has told themselves the lie that porn isn’t an issue. Let’s take a look at how the young man in Proverbs 7 went down to the strange...
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Jonah was asleep, with all the heathen around him, upbraiding him by their actions. They were praying while he was sleeping; and, at last, it came to this,—that the shipmaster sternly addressed the prophet of God, and said, “What meanest thou, O sleeper?” It is sad indeed when things have come to such a pass...
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We give here its most important parts, for personal reflection:“IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY: 1.“That we set an infinite value upon immortal souls. 2.“That we gain all information of the snares and delusions in which these heathen are held. 3.“That we abstain from all those things which would increase their prejudices against the Gospel. 4.“That we...
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http://austingardner.net/NewEnglishPodcast/Overcoming_Depression.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:39 — 28.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush discuss the setbacks that discouragement and depression can have on a person in ministry, and how one can get past it. How can we overcome discouragement and even depression when we...
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Mr. Robert E. Speer, in his pamphlet, “Prayer and Missions,” which has done so much to awaken the Church to prayer, goes to the heart of the subject: “The evangelization of the world in this generation depends first of all upon a revival of prayer. Deeper than the need for men; deeper, far, than the...
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The missionary church is a praying church. The history of missions is a history of prayer. Everything vital to the success of the world’s evangelization hinges on prayer. Are thousands of missionaries and tens of thousands of native workers needed ?” Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He send forth laborers into...
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Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush discuss the critical importance of the faith of a missionary in his work. How is a missionary’s faith important in establishing a strong national church?It is so important that you believe God and that God can save, raise up, and train. When the Lord was in His ministry...
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http://austingardner.net/NewEnglishPodcast/Getting_A_Biblical_Worldview.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 25:29 — 29.4MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Android | RSS In this episode of Leadership With Vision, Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush are joined by veteran missionaries Mark Tolson (China) and Jason Rishel (Burkina Faso). The subject of the episode is a Biblical Worldview and how...
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