Archive for November, 2012

Family, Food and Football

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

For many years we missed celebrating Thanksgiving with family. While overseas we would try to gather with missionary colleagues to give some semblance of gathering with family for this unique American holiday. Seldom was turkey and trimmings available, so more often than not the meal consisted of rice and curry or goat sate. What a […]

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Will We Give Thanks on Thanksgiving?

Posted on November 21, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite seasons of the year. Unlike other holidays, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hassle and activity involved. It is a down time after a busy fall when school and work accelerate the pace of life. Now most schools are dismissed for the week, but for others it […]

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Post-Election Reflections

Posted on November 14, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Though personally disappointed in the outcome, I join others in being glad it is over. The campaign was definitely over the top this year, dominating our attention for far too long. Better results could have been achieved if the $6 billion spent on negative and distorted advertising had been devoted to helping storm victims or […]

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COMIBAM Reaching the Nations

Posted on November 12, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

A personal highlight of many diverse ministry opportunities this year was to be asked to present two keynote messages to the annual COMIBAM conference in the Dominican Republic. This Latin American Consultation on Evangelizing the World has been bringing together evangelical leaders from a wide variety of denominations and mission agencies from every country in […]

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Implementing our Prayers

Posted on November 9, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“We night and day keep praying most earnestly that we may see your face and may complete what is lacking in your faith.” 1 Thessalonians 3:10 In passages similar to Philippians and Colossians, Paul prays for those in the church at Thessalonica. In the opening verses he thanks God for them and intercedes for them […]

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Final Road Trip

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We arrived home last week following a 12-day road trip of 2800 miles that entailed engagements in seven states. The temperature was a chilly 35 degrees the next morning, and it was as if the seasons had abruptly changed while we were gone. After watering thirsty house plants, the neglected yard required blowing leaves instead […]

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Praying for God’s Will

Posted on November 2, 2012 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“We have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.” Colossians 1:9 Who has not at some time prayed to know God’s will. Perhaps it was as a student seeking divine direction for a vocational choice or […]

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