Monthly Archives: July 2011

Where We’re Speaking

VOM Regional Conference

Tranformational Giving Worskshop

  • Memphis Leadership Foundation
  • August 4-5, 2011
  • Memphis, TN
  • Public Event

VOM Regional Conference

*This event is open to the public. Additional information, when available, can be obtained by clicking the underlined text.   


North Korea Resources – July 27, 2011

Click the links below to learn more about life in North Korea.


Prayer Points for North Korea – July 25, 2011

Ask the Lord to forgive the sin of the North Korean media in idolizing Il-sung Kim and Jong-il Kim, who lied to the people.

This is what the LORD says- Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:” I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and lay out before me what has happened since I established my ancient people, and what is yet to come- yes, let him foretell what will come. Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.” [Isaiah 44:6-8]

An NK child who came over to China two years ago was asked what he remembers the most from the NK media. He answered, “Il-sung Kim and Jong-il Kim”. Kim the son and the party idolize Kim the father through the media. But there is no god but the God of Heaven. He is Alpha and Omega, and the Savior. Let’s pray that God forgives many people who work in the mass media, with the blood of Jesus.

This prayer request is from Day 8 (on Mass Media) of our 30 Day NK Prayer Guide, written with the NK church. To purchase a copy, email super-intern Brett.


Seoul USA Field Ops Update

Our field director analyzes a mission by Israel spies to glean lessons on how to operate covertly in foreign countries:

Last year, there was an assassination on a high-ranking member of Hamas by an “elite Mossad hit squad.”  Unfortunately, the squad blew their identity through a couple of mistakes that we all can make.  I’ll summarize those here, but if you want to read the story, you can do so here.

This story provides us with some real lessons on the ability to travel covertly in foreign countries.

1.  Use cash when possible. When you have to use a credit card or debit card, try to use one that isn’t tied to an account that broadcasts “Christian Ministry” if someone checks on the owner of the card.

2.  You’re probably stuck using your passport, but try to enhance the non-ministry aspect of your identity. Avoid public postings of your missions work and highlight your hobbies or non-mission activities. This may slow down someone’s ability to figure out what you are doing, or they even give up before they figure you out if you have enough clutter around your true activities.

3.  Try to act like you know what you are doing, most people will believe that you do. Even if you don’t appear to fit in, people, in any culture, are less likely to wonder or become suspicious of your activities if you appear confident and sure of yourself.

There’s a root problem to identify here though, because even when we do these things above, governments have lots of money, security cameras, databases, and tracking tools if they decide they want to follow you.

So while this bungling of a covert mission by an elite Mossad squad gives us some reminders on security issues, we can’t miss the real lesson…

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Our Gospel is 17 Sizes Too Small

Forgiveness of sins is one of the gospel’s precious promises. But at www.livingintheoverlap.com, Steve Schaefer has a great free downloadable chart reminding us that there are no less than eighteen dimensions of what the Old Testaments prophesied that the coming of the Kingdom of God would mean. Steve’s book, Living in the Overlap, goes into helpful detail on each dimension. It’s worth summarizing Steve’s work here just to get a taste of the electricity that coursed through the room each time Jesus proclaimed, “The Kingdom of God is at hand!”

  • The Kingdom means the Messiah will rule (p. 5), and he’ll do so with justice, righteousness, and love (p. 6).
  • The Kingdom means the wicked-the enemies of God who bring suffering to his people-will be destroyed (p. 6), and those who have been hurt will be healed by God himself.
  • The Kingdom means a new covenant and intimacy with God (p. 8). It won’t be about us and our sinful hearts trying to “be good” and “do the right thing,” trying our hardest to obey external rules that God sets up for us…and still falling short. Instead, God will place a new heart within us-his own, in fact-a heart that does good by nature. And he will guide us personally and gently in every decision we face.
  • The Kingdom means forgiveness of sins and newness (p. 9). Schaefer quotes theologian William J. Dumbrell on what that really means and why it’s so important:

God thus “remembered” Noah and caused the waters to abate (Genesis 8:1). God also “remembered” Hannah (1 Samuel 1:19), and the promise of a son became an actuality….In Jeremiah 31:34, for God not to remember means that no action in the new age will need to be taken against sin. The forgiveness of which this verse speaks is so comprehensive that sin has finally been dealt with in the experience of the nation and the individual believer.

  • The Kingdom means God’s Spirit would be poured out “on all kinds of people regardless of gender, age, or station in life” (p. 10).
  • The Kingdom means that “all nations would stream to the mountain of the Lord and the temple would be a house of prayer for all nations” (p. 11).
  • The Kingdom means peace, physical wholeness, and safety and security-not only for humans but for all of creation (p. 12).
  • The Kingdom means abundant provision and joy (p. 13).
  • The Kingdom means death would be destroyed.

Perhaps as you’ve read the New Testament you may have thought of Jesus as traveling from place to place doing random acts of kindness–getting kittens down from trees, helping old ladies cross the street, not cursing when he hits his thumb with his carpenter’s hammer. But now that you’ve heard about the eighteen ways in which the Kingdom of God would rock the world off its hinges…do you see that in his ministry Jesus was carefully following a meticulously laid out plan to embody every one of these eighteen ways?

And this leads to a crucial insight:

When we proclaim the gospel, we often focus only on the personal forgiveness of sins and individual destiny after death of our hearer because we ourselves are slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken.

Jesus’ words, not mine, by the way. Which of the eighteen dimensions of the gospel is the one most likely to escape your notice-and perhaps even the practical day to day application of your faith-these days?


Where We’re Speaking

VOM Regional Conference

Tranformational Giving Worskshop

  • Memphis Leadership Foundation
  • August 4-5, 2011
  • Memphis, TN
  • Public Event

VOM Regional Conference

*This event is open to the public. Additional information, when available, can be obtained by clicking the underlined text.  

North Korea Resources – July 13, 2011

Click the links below to learn more about life in North Korea.