Archive for January, 2013

Changes in Missions – Part 2

Posted on January 30, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Arriving in Surabaya today brings a flood of memories of our time in this city more than 30 years ago. After nine years in an isolated East Java outpost we were deployed to this metropolitan area that is now booming with four million people. We are grateful for what God was able to do through […]

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. . . But God!

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…” Ephesians 2:4 During my student pastorate in a small rural community in North Texas I can remember being indignant over a farmer who regularly plowed his fields on Sunday mornings. He never came to church and seemed to delight […]

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Changes in Missions – Part 1

Posted on January 23, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It was 42 years ago next month that I boarded a ship with my family to sail to Indonesia to embark upon a missionary career that would last 40 years. Lest it sound like a luxurious and exotic beginning, the confinement on an ocean liner for three weeks with sickly toddlers 10-months and 2-years old […]

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Heading to the Tropics

Posted on January 21, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We shared in our last post of how we were surviving the cold days of winter and actually enjoying the leisure of getting things done in doors. However, with the recent snowfall (pictured in our backyard) it is time to head for the tropics. The snow was beautiful, and lasted only a few hours, but […]

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Those With No Hope

Posted on January 19, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as other who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Having attended three funerals in the last two weeks, I invariably think of this verse as I reflect on the joy and celebration of these occasions. It […]

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Following the Narrow Way

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it.” Matthew 7:14 We should not be surprised that many are indifferent to the gospel and unresponsive to our witness. We would like to think that the world would be evangelized if we would be […]

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New Year, Same World

Posted on January 8, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if changing the pages on our calendar represented a change in our world and society? The transition from one year to another is represented by a old man with a long beard, indicating the passing year was really a booger, leaving him aged and decrepit. The new year portrayed, as a […]

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Enjoying the Winter Season

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

I have always equivocated on what is my favorite season of the year. It’s usually a toss-up between spring and autumn depending on which season I’m in. The budding trees and flowering shrubs responding to warming temperatures after a gray, dismal winter stimulates a renewal of life. But the colorful leaves of fall and nippy […]

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New Creation in Christ

Posted on January 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 I never ceased to be amazed at dramatic testimonies of changed lives. It strengthens my faith whenever I hear of someone who is radically changed by the grace of God. […]

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