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May 23, 2023

Fearless in the Arena of Conflict?

Sometimes I feel so helpless when I look at our culture. What can I do? My friend Brother Andrew asked that question of God many times. And God gave him specific instructions about what to do. As a result, as Andrew often said, “I did what I couldn’t!”                 But wasn’t Brother Andrew special? No, he insisted he was an ordinary Dutchman. Anyone could do what he did if they personally knew his amazing God.                 Inspiration for this way of life came from various Bible characters. One of his favorite was Elijah (see 1 Kings 17-19). The following introduces Elijah’s cultural context. It sound a lot like the arena of conflict we face today.
May 9, 2023

You Should Be Afraid When You Are in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

This coming Summer Chosen Books (A Division of Baker Publishing Group) will publish Fearless by Faith, a 60-day devotional by Brother Andrew and me designed to help us fight today’s spiritual battles. The following devotion was originally intended to be the opening of the book but didn't make the cut. It sets up the confrontation of David against the Philistine giant Goliath and provides insight into some of the reasons why we face so many spiritual battles today. Be sure to view Brother Andrew's definition of Fear at the conclusion of this devotion.
April 25, 2023

Take the First Step to Fearless

Sometimes the best way to overcome fear is to allow God to throw you into a terrifying situation. That’s what happened to me when I came face-to-face with the leader of Islamic Jihad in Gaza.