Istoria Ministries Blog Posts

  • The Path to Happiness In Life May Surprise You

    Aug 15, 2018 | 06:02 am

    The Path to Happiness In Life May Surprise You A person whose life has 'crashed and burned' because of poor choices made told my wife and me that they'd just finished reading my book Happiness Doesn't Just Happen."I never understood the gospel," this person said."I've been in church all my life and never comprehended who I am by God's grace. I've been looking for something from other people. Truth is, I've had what I've needed from my heavenly Father all along, but I made other people my source, looking for happiness from them. I've now realized that what I was looking I had all along in my relationship with[…]

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  • Fear Is Removed When Great Joy Squeezes It Out

    Aug 6, 2018 | 14:58 pm

    Fear Is Removed When Great Joy Squeezes It Out Fear is an emotion that cannot be removed by logic.Fear must be displaced by another emotion to be removed. And there's only one emotion that guarantees the removal of fear in your life. Great joy. Let me show you evidence of this from Scripture. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem as "King of kings" the apostle John tells us that He took possession of a donkey, sat upon it, and then said to the inhabitants of Jerusalem: "Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt" (John 12:15)Jesus was quoting Zechariah 9:9. But Jesus makes an important change from what[…]

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  • Six Strategies for Hearing Rather Than Being Heard

    Jul 30, 2018 | 09:30 am

    Six Strategies for Hearing Rather Than Being Heard The saying, "God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you should listen twice as much as you talk" rings true in my experience.I see relationships fall apart because each partner worries more about being heard than hearing.Businesses go bankrupt because managers focus more on getting their point across to customers than getting to know and listen to their customers. Churches shrivel in membership because pastors spend less time listening and more time talking.Google the subject and you'll find much more emphasis on how to effectively make a point than how to efficiently receive a point made.I'm working hard on properly[…]

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  • The King, Chris Clayman, and a Trashy Parking Lot

    Jul 25, 2018 | 09:57 am

    The King, Chris Clayman, and a Trashy Parking Lot I'm reading the autobiography of missionary Chris Clayman. The book is called Superplan.It's excellent. Many of us spent a few of our early years as a Christian fearing that God might call us to the mission field. "From here to Timbuktu" was the phrase we'd use to illustrate how far we feared God might send us.Chris Clayman actually moved to Timbuktu, Africa to share Christ with the Bandogo people. How does a 23-year-old caucasian from Georgetown, Texas wind up in Timbuktu? In the book, Chris describes how he grew up in a "strong Christian family, a supportive community, and a modest but well-provided lifestyle." He[…]

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  • Robert Moffat, Setswana, and the Information Age

    Jul 18, 2018 | 15:37 pm

    Robert Moffat, Setswana, and the Information Age Robert Moffat (1795-1883) was one of the earliest and most extraordinary evangelical missionaries to the dark continent of Africa.Robert, his wife Mary, and their ten children settled at Kuruman, to the north of the Vaal River, among the Batswana people. Here Robert lived and worked passionately for the cause of Christ.Robert endured many hardships, including once going for days without water. His mouth became so dry he was unable to speak. Often he bound his stomach to help him endure fasting when he could not find food to eat.Robert translated the whole of the Bible and The Pilgrim's Progress into Setswana language of the African tribes to[…]

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  • Abortion, 12 Boys in a Cave, and a Profound Riddle

    Jul 11, 2018 | 05:37 am

    Abortion, 12 Boys in a Cave, and a Profound Riddle This week's announcement that Brett Kavanaugh has been selected as Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's replacement has many expressing fear and anger that Roe v. Wade might be overturned and that abortion in America will be outlawed.Juxtapose those negative emotions with America's collective joy over 12 boys being safely rescued this week from a Thai cave.It's confusing to me how many Americans can feel such happiness over boys being dramatically rescued from death in Thailand, while at the same time express such anger over the possibility of Americans being unable to bring intentional death to babies. I may be the only person who thinks along these lines,[…]

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  • Einstein, Creativity, and the Battle with Conformity

    Jul 9, 2018 | 06:48 am

    Einstein, Creativity, and the Battle with Conformity Without hesitation, we who follow Christ affirm the unchangeable nature of His message.However, the methods by which we deliver this fixed message should constantly be evaluated and often changed for advancing Christ's Kingdom in an ever-changing culture.Fluid methodologies with a fixed message are the ticket for creative, thriving institutions.Unfortunately, many institutional leaders reverse the pattern and find their institutions becoming increasingly irrelevant.When methodologies are fixed and the message is fluid - whether it's a business, a team sport, or a church - the institution slides into a slow, irreversible death.Within 10 seconds of walking into a building, one can tell the direction the[…]

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  • SWBTS Donors and the Folly of Funding Scrolls and Museums Instead of Scholars and Ministries

    Jul 6, 2018 | 10:53 am

    SWBTS Donors and the Folly of Funding Scrolls and Museums Instead of Scholars and Ministries Offices of Square Mile Energy (Gary Loveless) in HoustonThe new leadership of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is worthy of Southern Baptist's full confidence.  College graduates from our church who are interested in ministry are now considering enrolling at Southwestern, the first time SWBTS has been a viable option for over a dozen years. The future is bright.However, there remain a few people who need to completely sever ties with Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Some of them are employed by the school. The new administrative leadership will handle the resolution of their employment with professional courtesy and class.Others who need to[…]

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  • Differences Among Christians Matter Not to Pagans

    Jul 1, 2018 | 16:28 pm

    Differences Among Christians Matter Not to Pagans Evan JonesMost of my heroes are dead.The Countess of Huntington (1707-1791). William Carey (1761-1834).  Jarena Lee (1783-1864). Adoniram Judson (1788-1850). Evan Jones (1788-1872). Epaphras Chapman (1792-1825). David Livingstone (1813-1873). Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892). Henry M. Stanley (1841-1904). They're all gone, only to be met in eternity. It's best for our Christian heroes to be six feet underground before stained glass windows in their likenesses appear six feet above ground.One of my heroes, Indian missionary Evan Jones and his son John, are called "Champions of the Cherokees" by historian William G. McLoughlin in a book of the same title.In reading this week about Evan's work among the Cherokees in the mountains[…]

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  • Nationalism, July 4th, and the Kingdom of Christ

    Jun 29, 2018 | 08:30 am

    Nationalism, July 4th, and the Kingdom of Christ First Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas, on Freedom SundayI'm about to make a confession that almost guarantees half of you will immediately stop reading this post.If possible, don't quit reading, but I understand you'll have a strong desire to stop after you read the next sentence.I am a political conservative who voted for Donald Trump and think he's doing a pretty good job as President.I know about half of you reading this are now very angry.  I'm asking you to continue reading even if you disagree with me about my politics, especially if you are a professing Christian. For I'm about to upset[…]

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