But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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What if one Sunday morning, worship service underway, police officers marched into your church building, handcuffed your pastor, most of your congregation, and took them all off to jail?

This scenario is almost impossible for us in the West to imagine, but it’s a reality for the Early Rain...

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  imageWho read Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens? I’m pretty sure it’s most of you. It was the bestselling book on...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 14:05

Book Reviews: June - December 2019

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Boy do I regret not keeping up with these book review blogs! I now have about 40 books to report on from the second half of 2019. In all I believe I read 79 (that includes audio books, which is about 40% of my list). You can see the posts from the first half of 2019 here and here. I love sharing...

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Thursday, 19 December 2019 01:21

The Christmas Village: Why Are We So Mesmerized?

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The postman is delivering mail to the red brick Victorian on the hill. A boy and a man emerge from the toy store with a pile of wrapped boxes. A red Volkswagen bug inches down the cobblestone street with a tree strapped to its roof. And a gaggle of girls glide across the frozen pond. 

Our...

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Saturday, 14 December 2019 02:00

Come-to-Jesus Soup

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You need this recipe. One of the first times I served it in Okinawa, Japan a young man in our church said, "This soup could bring anyone to Jesus." Obviously, only the Holy Spirit can do that! But we've called it Come-to-Jesus Soup ever since.

No joke: when my dear friend served the soup to her...

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Christmas means that you and I are adopted sons and daughters of our Creator, King, and Savior. Our kind God does not stand far off. He came down—Immanuel, God with us—to rescue and redeem you and me.

Christmas is such good news. The best news! We were condemned, enslaved and without...

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Sunday, 24 November 2019 06:08

People Pastoring People

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This morning at church someone walked in with dishes to return to a friend who had made her family dinner. Another person hugged each young adult as they streamed into the sanctuary. Another brought donuts and vacuumed up the crumbs. People held one another’s babies, hugged across rows, asked...

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What do you want your kids to be like next May? The new school year will culminate nine months from now—what do you envision your kids to be like when we arrive there? 

Chances are, you’re expecting them to pass and move on to the next grade. Maybe make the honor roll while...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 10:49

This One's for the Men and the Boys

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I have four daughters and a granddaughter. And I’m a woman who regularly teaches other women. So when I read the Bible, I do so as one seeking wisdom for women. Not just women, of course. I do my best and ask the Lord to help me see what his intended message and meaning is in every passage...

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A friend and colleague is speaking at a retreat next month about transitions to and from the mission field. Her audience will be missionaries currently serving overseas and the topic will be all about transition. Anyone who has ever served overseas knows that transitions happen early and often! She...

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I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a five or six year old daughter working 12 hours a day. I can’t fathom what it would be like to send her into a textile factory, at daybreak with a teeny lunch in a kerchief, knowing she wouldn’t emerge until sundown. I can’t...

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What if the diagnosis is cancer? 

What if my child is violated?

What if my husband is unfaithful? 

What if there is a terrorist attack? 

What if I never get married? 

What if this plane goes down? 

What if I just can’t keep it all together?

The what-ifs of this world press...

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I’m on pins and needles. It’s because I’ve got kids who are trying out for a spot on the team and auditioning for a role in the play. It’s all knots and cold sweats and wanting to say just the right thing.

Shallow assurances come to mind first: 

“You’ll do...

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Sunday, 28 July 2019 13:53

On Suicide: We Are Our Brothers' Keepers

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“After years of fighting and fighting, it is finished. . . . I will be released because my suffering is unbearable.”

A seventeen-year-old Dutch girl wrote these words just days before ending her life. She sought suicide by euthanasia and starvation because of the oppressive grief and...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 09:02

Is Self-Care Wrong for Christian Moms?

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Have you ever been to a baby shower where you’re asked to give the mom-to-be your best mothering advice? As a pastor’s wife this happens to me a few times a year and each time I wrack my brain for a good answer. 

I don’t want it to be so sentimental that it’s not...

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I’ll never forget the agonized look on my mother-in-law’s face when we said goodbye. Her years and life experience told her what we didn’t yet know: Our move across the ocean would bring pain. Lots of it. We were heading overseas with her first newborn grandbaby, feeling like we...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 16:00

Lose Your Best Life

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“She’s really living her best life. Traveling. Just doing whatever she wants, you know?”

I heard these words last week on a street in Rome packed wall to wall with college students and young adults all living their best lives. Having just finished a missions conference, we were...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 13:23

Nineteen More Books in 2019

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I love to read and I hope you do too! Below you can see what I’ve read during the last three months, along with a numbered rating and review of each title. Click the links to find them on Amazon. Click on Book Reviews in the menu, if you want to find more titles I’ve read over the past...

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Monday, 24 June 2019 16:00

Book Giveaway Happening on July 1st!

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Starting today, if you

1) follow me on social media (Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter),

2) comment on one of my giveaway posts on social media with the name of a friend who you think might enjoy reading what’s here at jenoshman.com, and

3) subscribe to my newsletter (by clicking on “Stay...

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Day 6 with Campers

Pray: “Oh Lord Jesus, you are both supreme over and sufficient for all things. We worship you today. We are so grateful for you, our King and Savior. You are worthy of all praise and honor. We commit this final day to you. Help us to walk through it according to your will...

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Saturday, 22 June 2019 16:00

Camping Through Colossians Day 5

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Day 5 with Campers

Pray:“Lord, you alone are the giver of love, peace, and gratitude. We are weak, but you are strong. All that we have is from you and for you. Today help us to put on love. Help the peace of Christ to dwell in our hearts. Help our team and the local leaders to be bound...

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Friday, 21 June 2019 16:00

Camping Through Colossians Day 4

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Day 4 with Campers 

Pray: “Father God, as we begin the second half of this week, renew our energy and our minds. We know the campers better now, we have a team rhythm, and we have some expectations in place. Help us to walk in the truth, Lord, that all things are possible with you. Help...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:00

Camping Through Colossians Day 3

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Day 3 with Campers

Pray: “Father in heaven, after today this camp will be halfway over. God, we know it was your sovereign will to bring each leader here and each camper here. We pray that today we would be sensitive to your leading, filled with your Spirit, bold in the power of the gospel,...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 16:00

Camping Through Colossians Day 2

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Day 2 with Campers

Pray: “Lord God, as campers return today for their second day with us, help us to meet them right where they are. As we were once far off from you, but you drew near to us, help us to draw near to every boy and girl in attendance. Help us to show them your relentless...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 16:00

Camping Through Colossians Day 1

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Day 1 (Campers arrive) 

Pray:“Father, we are so excited for the campers to arrive! But we are also anxious and worried about camp details, logistics, and how some of the campers might respond to our programs. Help us to soak in your word and your truth as we prepare for what’s ahead...

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