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

“I’m Catholic and not interested in a new church or religion.” Jose had come to the Saturday night Bible study to get his friend, who would not quit inviting him, off his back. He wanted Dan Mee, the missionary leading the study, to know that this was a one-time thing. Dan...

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A local church must not jump over the “Jerusalem” of Acts 1:8 and salve its congregational conscience by only supporting foreign missions. A church’s first and foremost responsibility is to “bloom where it was planted.” Did you ever stop and think, “Why was my...

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It began as just the next lesson in The Story of Hope. For several weeks, Pastor Dennis Nkosi of Crossroads Community of Christ Church in Durban, South Africa, had been teaching a group of sixteen students, including two pastors. That Monday night the group studied the event of the bronze serpent...

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A local church’s mission must TRULY be the Great Commission. Just using the “Great Commission” as a pious platitude is not enough. If a church ministry researcher, an objective outsider, visited every service and activity of your church for one month, what would he or she report...

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Our hats go off to parents who have the education, commitment, and/or courage to teach their children at home. I know one mom who has eight children she is homeschooling! However, we’re not all cut out of the same cloth, nor do we feel equipped to teach our children. But with Covid-19 social...

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God is right where He always is: “God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” He has not left; He has not forgotten us. We can still say with the prophet who wrote 2700 years ago, “The Lord is good...

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Lay leadership buy-in is important – no, it’s essential. This is the pastor’s first and possibly most challenging task. Peer leadership, or should I call it pew leadership, adds credibility to pastoral leadership in essential Christian tasks such as personal evangelism.

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Joseph Blasco and his wife Evangeline were Christian schoolteachers in the Rizal province of the Philippine when they were introduced to the Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship training. It had an immediate impact on them, and they became actively engaged in making disciples and passing on the...

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Missionary Steve Deal suggests using The Story of Hope for personal devotional study. Others have used it in that way and have found it to be an enriching experience. You can order your copy now. We are shipping during the COVID 19 crisis.

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The pastor MUST model, lead, and drive the ministry of evangelism. It is too important to ignore or to delegate to an associate. Period. Exclamation point!

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From the very beginning, the standard for Good Soil resources has been “to make them of such quality that high government officials won’t be offended to receive them.” That is exactly what came about in the Philippines recently. In 1986, the Philippine Bible Society designated...

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Both words, evangelical and evangelistic, are rooted in the Greek word εὐαγγέλιον (euangelion), which means “good news” or “gospel.” Perhaps this is a bit simplistic, but it is essentially correct: • An...

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Vladimir Nikolaev is the director of the Church Ministries Institute (CMI) based in Ukraine. The CMI was founded by ABWE missionaries in 1994 and is dedicated to preparing men and women for quality ministry in the local church, equipping them with discipleship and evangelism training, and enabling...

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Every salvation story is a miracle of God. The story of Bob McAllen is one I will never forget. Bob was a World War II veteran. He was a self-proclaimed atheist. His daughter and son-in-law had prayed for his salvation and witnessed to him for years.

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A recent survey revealed that most growing churches are growing through transfer growth, just “recirculating the saints.” Only 6 percent to 7.5 per cent of churches are growing through conversions. And churches that are experiencing conversion growth are churches that are intentionally...

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What’s the most popular American holiday? If the answer to that question is based on how many greeting cards are sent for the holiday, it’s Christmas and no other holiday even comes close. Hallmark says that 1.6 billion Christmas cards are sent per year, more than ten times as many...

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As the Good Soil representative for the Vietnamese and Burmese languages, Steve Deal and his team in the Philippines had been praying for nearly a year that God would open the opportunity to challenge and train key leaders in Vietnam and Myanmar. Steve had translated and printed The Story of Hope...

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Chris and Rose Duryee are ABWE missionaries in Spain. While on pre-field in the Pacific Northwest, they sought out a church life group to be involved with to expand their contacts and partnership opportunities. They joined one that met together for fellowship and Bible study three Tuesdays each...

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This article is intended for two groups of ESL facilitators/teachers. Group one is composed of the teachers of ESL who would like to use various features of The Story of Hope – Global English (TSOH-GE) in their ESL instruction. The second group is composed of the facilitators/teachers who...

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“I was raised in a mosque school. I don’t know the Bible. Can you help me?” Talip, a former Muslim into his late twenties, had been saved a few years earlier but was never discipled. He and his family had joined a church in South Africa where ABWE missionary David Drullinger...

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The gospel of Jesus Christ is really quite simple and easy to understand when presented properly. But in many cases Christians have made the gospel sound complicated by using terminology that is not Biblical or, even worse, by using Biblical terminology theologically-incorrectly or unclearly....

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In a random 2013 telephone survey of 2,083 adults in the United States, 100% of adults who identified as “evangelical Christians” agreed with this statement: "I, personally, have a responsibility to tell other people my religious beliefs." The even more positive news from that...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 02:15

Passing of the Onion

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When missionaries Beky Poteat and Jane Schmitz were introduced to Good Soil Evangelism & Discipleship training, they not only appreciated the benefits for their own ministry but wanted to share it with the pastors’ wives that they train in Togo. In the oral teaching method that they use...

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I have been using Good Soil materials since being introduced to them in 2005. Over the years, the Lord has allowed me to disciple over 20 individuals using these resources. This past year was one of the most gratifying and rewarding experiences doing so. My daughter homeschools her three boys...

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Karen Weitzel, who adapted The Story of Hope for kids, said that her sister showed her youngest grandson The Story of Hope--Kids and talked to him about some of the pictures. Ephraim said the “grossest “ picture in The Story of Hope--Kids was #20 which represents the prophecies of the...

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