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Church Planting Movements

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Wed, 3 Jul 2019 - 07:44

Church planting movements are the result of the Holy Spirit working through faithful men and women around the world who are sharing the gospel boldly and making disciples that make disciples.  Here is an excerpt from the most recent prayer bulletin sent out by the 24:14 prayer network:

Two specific markers are used to determine whether or not a CPM is happening in a UPG:

The Wheels of the Gospel

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Mon, 13 May 2019 - 15:56

When Judy and I were first married, we lived in a mobile home. Despite the bad reputation of “trailer park” living, it was highly affordable and opened wonderful doors for ministry. Long before we bought it, our mobile home was pulled in behind a truck and backed into place. Workers situated it on concrete supports and removed wheels, so technically it was no longer mobile. Believe it or not, 36 years later our “no-longer-mobile home” teaches me a valuable lesson.

The Extraordinary Vision of Jesus

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Wed, 5 Dec 2018 - 19:00

Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men”  - Mark 1.16-17 (ESV)

Jesus beckoned a couple of ordinary fishermen to follow Him and to learn how to catch people for the Kingdom. Among those men was Peter, who would become the most well-known among the disciples. Despite his many mistakes and oft-ailing faith during his time with Jesus, this man would go on to spread the gospel message widely.

A Few Good Men

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Mon, 22 Oct 2018 - 20:52

April 29, 1975 was a significant day in history.  It was the day that a young man named Bill arrived in Thailand with his wife and 2 daughters to begin their missionary career.  

However, you're more likely to remember this date as the day Saigon fell to Communist forces, bringing to an end the long and painful conflict known as the Vietnam War.  Because of this major political crisis, many people--including missionaries who served in Vietnam--fled the country to take refuge in nearby Thailand.

Cooperative Driving

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Sun, 19 Aug 2018 - 11:46

Living in London has changed my perspective on driving.

When I took driver’s education in Maryland back in 1978, our instructors repeatedly urged us to be “defensive drivers,” that is, to anticipate dangers and avoid disasters. I understood what this meant, but I must admit that I was more preoccupied with the wonderful freedom of getting around than with safety. How wonderful it was to have wheels and the ability to get from one place to another! When I got married and had children, my attitude began to change as I began toting precious cargo with me.

Why Do We Suffer?

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Mon, 4 Jun 2018 - 10:39

If there was just one thing about being a follower of Jesus that we didn’t like, it would probably be suffering. After all, the Old Testament is replete with promises of prosperity, health, and good living for those who are faithful and true to the Lord. But then, we reach the New Testament era and realize that people who follow Jesus often suffer greatly at the hands of unbelievers and religious loyalists. Trouble and persecution are a key part of the lives of Jesus and His disciples, all the way through the Acts narrative.

The Well of Salvation

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Sun, 21 May 2017 - 06:08

You will receive your salvation with joy as you would draw water from a well (Isaiah 12.3 NCV).

What a beautiful verse, which reminds us of the refreshing nature of the transformed soul! And yet, there is something very personal about comparing salvation to water from a well that each of us should consider—something that speaks of our own identity.

What Multiplied First?

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Mon, 13 Mar 2017 - 08:13

Through the New Testament, and especially in the narrative in Acts, we see the Kingdom of God expand exponentially.  We see disciples multiply from just a few to twelve, to 120 gathered in the upper room, to 3,000 more on Pentecost, and an ever-expanding number beyond that day.  We also see the multiplication of churches, beginning with one in Jerusalem to over 30 mentioned specifically.  We see the multiplication of leaders and faithful workers as the movement expands throughout the land.

The Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds

Submitted by Ben Armacost on Thu, 9 Feb 2017 - 08:22

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field?