Proverbs 25:25 "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."


UPDATE: Responding To The Ebola Threat In West Africa

Clean Water DistributionAugust 21, 2014 - Thanks to the support of our disaster response donors, HOPE worldwide has been able to send US$10,000 to help meet the urgent needs of disciples and their communities in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. Below is a list of our partner churches that have received funds and are assisting their members and communities with basic needs.

Eglise Chretienne de Conakry

Conakry, Guinea - Funding: US$2,000

Funds will benefit:

ENTRY 199: AUG 20 Nehemiah 8-10, 13, 12:27-47 (weird order)

Today’s entry is the end of Nehemiah and almost our last entry in the Old Testament…wow! The year has passed by so quickly! This reading focuses on LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD, HOLY FEAR OF GOD, REPENTANCE, AND TAKING SIN SERIOUSLY.


Now, back to the last phrase of chapter seven, and onto chapter 8: 

ENTRY 198: AUG 19 Nehemiah 7, 11, 12:1-26

Today’s very short entry is about LEADERSHIP, INTEGRITY, and SPIRITUAL FRIENDS. In Chapter 7 we learn what Nehemiah looked for in a leader: he picked his brother, Hanani, because “he was a man of integrity and feared God more than most men do.” Integrity is what determines your actions even when no one is looking, and fear of God is what determines your actions because you know God IS looking! There are many things to look for in a leader for God’s people. People-skills, speaking ability, focus, determination, work ethic – all of these are important.

ENTRY 197: AUG 18 Nehemiah Faces Opposition Nehemiah 4-6

This entry covers such diverse topics as RESPONSE TO OPPOSITION, USING YOUR GOD-GIVEN TALENTS, TAKING SIN SERIOUSLY, LEADERSHIP, and INTEGRITY. 

 

In chapter 4, the opposition was heating up. I have taken the liberty to re-write the first three verses – see if this resonates with you…

 

Disciples from Uganda & Rwanda: Hunger for Training at the ICOC Leadership Conference

20 disciples from Uganda & Rwanda attending ILC Singapore!

When it was announced that Singapore would be hosting the ILC, a few disciples in Uganda and Rwanda decided that they were going to do whatever it takes to attend.  No more watching from afar. They wanted to experience it first hand.

ENTRY 196: AUG 17 NEHEMIAH REBUILDS THE WALL Nehemiah 1-3

This entry covers PRAYER, CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY, and TEAMWORK. 

According to Dr Smith’s chronology, Nehemiah’s account begins in 445 B.C., fourteen years after Ezra’s second wave of exiles returned to Jerusalem. While Ezra and friends have made some headway, they have been hampered by several issues, including sabotage from political enemies. Smith says:

 

ENTRY 195: AUG 16 EZRA AND THE SECOND RETURN Ezra 7-10

This entry focuses on topics such as GOD DOING AMAZING MIRACLES WHEN WE MAKE OURSELVES AVAILABLE, PRAYER, CONFESSION, HATRED OF SIN, and REPENTANCE. 

 

Once again I will rely on Dr Smith’s insights to help us place this section of scripture chronologically. As we read yesterday, Dr Smith surmises that Malachi paved the way for the renewed zeal of the work in Jerusalem, as well as for the second waves of exiles who returned: 

ENTRY 194: AUG 15 PROPHECIES OF MALACHI Malachi 1-4

This entry covers topics such as assurance of God’s love, giving God your leftovers, and our attitude toward contribution, as well as a FREE BIBLE TALK!


ENTRY 193: AUG 14 QUEEN ESTHER Esther 1-10

This entry covers topics such as HOW TO DEAL WITH LIFE’S DIFFICULTIES, BRAVERY, TRUSTING GOD IN DANGEROUS TIMES, and MORE FUN INFO ABOUT NARCISSISM.

ENTRY 192: AUG 13 Zechariah’s Convicting, Encouraging, & Futuristic Prophecies Zechariah 9-14

Today’s entry contains many MESSIANIC PROPHCIES and REVEALS HOW WELL JESUS KNEW THE BOOK OF ZECHARIAH. I left it short in case you are playing “catch up” with previous longer entries…


Ebola Outbreak Update from HOPE worldwide Africa

August 11, 2014 - Randy Jordan, HOPE worldwide's CEO, announced today that HOPE worldwide African affiliates and their leaders are closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa and are considering an appropriate plan of action. HOPE worldwide, through its Health & Social Services (HSS) Division, is tracking developments in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea which have been worst affected. Nigeria has also recently reported new cases of Ebola. To date, nearly 1,800 cases have been confirmed and 961 deaths reported.

ENTRY 191: AUG 12 PSALMS OF A NATION RESTORED Psalm 78, Psalm 107, Psalm 116, Psalm 118, Psalm 125, Psalm 126, Psalm 128, Psalm 132, Psalm 147, Psalm 149

This entry covers PASSING DOWN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD, SPIRITUAL HEALING, FEELING ENSNARED BY SIN, RE-LEARNING HOW TO TRUST, and HOW FINDING STRENGTH IN THE LORD SAVES US.

ICOC HotNews Episode: "2014 International Campus Ministry Conference"

    This year’s International Campus Ministry Conference, “Unshakeable,” took place at St. Louis, Missouri in July.  With over 2,200 college students in attendance, truly this was a memorable time where God moved. This episode highlights just a few of the best moments at the conference and shares some good news from campus ministries around the United States.

 

ENTRY 190: AUG 11 RESTORATION BRINGS OPPOSITION Ezra 4:6-6:13; Ezra 6:14-22; Haggai 1-2, Zechariah 1-8

Back to the book of Ezra and his buddies, Haggai and Zechariah as we will discuss how GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL, CONSUMERISM, BULLYING PREACHING vs. PERSUASIVE PREACHING, CONFIDENCE THAT GOD IS WITH US, GOD’S LOVE & COMFORT, TRUE RELIGION, and MESSIANIC PROPHECY. 

 

ENTRY 189: AUG 10 After The Exile Begins; Daniel’s Last Vision 2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Ezra 1-4:5; Daniel 10-12

This entry is the first in our “After the Exile” series, and focuses on RESTORATION & RENEWAL, GOD’S INCREDIBLE POWER TO WORK IN THE WORLD, doing things FROM THE HEART, GOD’S GOOD MEMORY, THE NEED FOR DEEP TEACHING IN OUR CHURCHES, STICKING TO GOD’S WORD, CELEBRATIONS, and HOW REPENTANCE BRINGING TIMES OF REFRESHING. It also gives us our last glimpse of Daniel the awesome prophet and administrator, with a PROPHECY OF THE FUTURE, more on VINDICATION AFTER ENDURING STRUGGLES, and ends with THE HOPE OF RESURRECTION. 

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