13: God’s Mission Completed – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for The Promised Revival: God’s Mission Completed September 25, 2013] 1. Up, Up, and Away. Billions of dollars have been spent over the years to explore space. The stated purposes vary from wanting to find other inhabitable worlds due to solve an over-populated earth to discovering new energy sources. Both Christians and non-Christians … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Samba Jean’s Dilemma
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Samba Jean loved going into the forest near their mountain home in central Madagascar to collect herbs for his magic. Although his family calls themselves Christians, his father sees no problem mixing Christian beliefs with witchcraft. He uses sticks and bones to determine who has cursed someone, and he uses magic and traditional herbs to … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Mila’s Prayers Bulgaria
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Mila [MEE-lah] is 6 years old, but already she’s a prayer warrior. She prays for people until God answers. One day at school Mila saw her teachers outside during their break smoking cigarettes. Mila knows that smoking is dangerous, so right there she prayed for them. “Dear Jesus,” she said, “please help my teachers know … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Disobedient Daughter
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Irunga stepped outside the mud hut that was her father’s home. She had hoped that he would understand that becoming a Christian didn’t mean she was rejecting her family’s traditions. She loved her family, but now God was more important. Irunga is a Herero, a tribal people living in northern Namibia. She grew up watching … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: The Newspaper Ad
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Alexei scanned the classified ads of his local newspaper in Siberia, Russia. He wanted to be sure that his ad for home improvements was attractive and his prices competitive. His eyes fell on the religious section of classified ads. The ads there offered to tell people’s fortunes or read their palms. So many ads for Satan, … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Show Me Your Church, part 2
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Roger asked his pastor to visit his school and explain what Adventists believe and why the congregations in the Republic of the Congo met in houses, sheds, and covered courtyards. The next day Roger struggled to listen in class while the pastor and the field president met with the school director. The meeting seemed to … [Click to read more …]

Inside Story: Show Me Your Church, Part 1
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Roger’s stomach tightened as he waited to see the director of his school. I will stay true to God, no matter what this man decides. Roger was in his final year of secondary school. Soon he would take the national exams that would grant-or deny-him the right to pursue higher education. Roger had taken the exams … [Click to read more …]