Rightly Dividing the Topic of Forgiveness

By Hans Rasmussen 

The topic of forgiveness is a subject of intense emotional weight for most of us, if not all of us. Whether it be sin and harm that we have done or sin and harm that has been done to us, it is core to our being that we know forgiveness and grant it as well. Perhaps the reason that we take it so seriously, and rightly so, is that the forgiveness we grant others is linked intimately in scripture with the forgiveness that God gives us.

Door of Faith Orphanage

By Sarah Moriah

    About a week ago, I returned to the states after spending 30 days at an orphanage in Baja. I didn’t really know completely what I was getting myself into as I waited at the San Diego airport for some woman named Beth, to pick me up and take me to Mexico. I knew I would be at an orphanage, and I was praying that God would teach me and give me some sort of clarity about my future. What I got out of my experience at DOFO was so much more.

Perseverance In Pain and the Grace To Stay

By Samm Norton

The body of Christ, His church, His temple, His people. This is what “The Church” is supposed to be. Unfortunately, it often falls short. The church is expected to exemplify Christ's love and His faithfulness, but He and He alone is perfect, and therefore our earthly efforts will fail more than they will succeed.

Hope, Again

By Alison Hattan

In the midst of a normal day, in a normal kitchen, a realization hits me. I’m struck by the fact that the past few months have been pretty good. To be sure, they’ve had their ups and downs, but there has been substantial progress in many ways. I realize that it’s the most at ease I’ve felt for a long stretch of time in quite a while. 

What I Learned from the Prodigal Son and His Father

By Alesia Gadach

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”  Luke 15:20

Reading this from the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15 has always caused an unexplained prick in my heart and an unexpected sting of tears in my eyes.  Recently I’ve been on a journey of transformation that led me to study in depth this parable and I discovered why it affected me so deep in my heart.

Perfect

By Alison Hattan

I find I’m always aiming for perfect.

Be it in the day-to-day activities I choose or the living out of grand ideas or the refining of my character.

I always want the best.

It’s being made more and more evident in this season, as I look back on past experiences and grapple with the reality of who I am now.

God's Love Revealed

By Alex Welch

In reading the book of Hosea, I’ve been reminded of the recurring theme of redemption and reconciliation found throughout the Bible; and the evidence of God’s love surrounding it.  

Hosea's marriage to Gomer, her unfaithfulness and eventual restoration is used as a parable for the Lord's relationship to Israel. Hosea is instructed by God to take to himself a wife of whoredom, painting a picture of Israel committing whoredom by forsaking the Lord, "her husband". Hosea indicates God's plan to restore his "marriage" with Israel. Israel is punished for the sake of bringing her to repentance. This in and of itself further emphasizes the Lord's love and desire to reconcile Israel back to Him.  

Unanswered Burkina Questions

Mission Fellowship, thank you for your generosity and hospitality to Marcel and Pauline Yanogo and the church in Burkina Faso.  I am thankful to walk with you and serve Jesus with you as we attempt to do our part in growing the global church.  As we were unable to answer all the questions that were submitted during the Q&A we had with Marcel at church, I wanted to take a minute and answer some of them as accurately as possible.  While I may not have the dollar amounts 100% correct, they are definitely within a close accuracy to the current number.  Please let me know if you have any other questions about Burkina Faso or our mission to take the gospel to the Burkinabe people.
                                    -Pastor Hans

Clothed With Him

By Alison Hattan

“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” (Romans 13:14, ESV)

This sentence comes right after a verse about giving up sins.  

And I’m contemplating what it looks like to give up my sinful ways of thinking and replace it with the way Jesus thinks.  I’m wondering what it means to “put [him] on.”