Archive for April, 2013

Mentoring and Discipling

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We have had no lack of ministry opportunities since retiring. We have no obligation to fill the calendar with engagements but find it difficult to decline an opportunity in which someone has felt led to invite us. I enjoy an occasional Sunday and being nurtured by someone else’s sermon, but given an opportunity to proclaim […]

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Elusive Holiness

Posted on April 26, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“But like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’”  1 Peter 1:15-16 Classical Christian writers often focused on the matter of holiness and the Spirit-filled life, but we seldom dwell on the issues of a sanctified life. […]

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God Bless the Missionaries

Posted on April 25, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

A strange pattern seems to have developed in how we pray. The bulk of our praying is for ourselves and our needs. Corporate prayer is dominated by intercession for those sick and suffering. Perhaps self-centered praying has always been the default content of our supplications, but one seldom hears passionate pleading for the nations and […]

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Staying Connected

Posted on April 22, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It was difficult for us to stay connected with friends and family over the years. Being overseas for 23 years made contacts infrequent occasions when we came home only every three or four years for furlough. Travel and administrative responsibilities in leading the IMB later diminished the opportunities to participate in family gatherings or schedule […]

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Walking the Talk

Posted on April 19, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.”  Ephesians 4:1 Everyday we should practice being aware of the question of whether or not the life we live is consistent with what we confess to believe. I grew up hearing […]

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Photo Out-Takes from Indonesia

Posted on April 16, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

We are enjoying being down home in Mississippi, spending beautiful spring days working in the yard and driving to nearby weekend engagements. A Sunday missions emphasis in Aberdeen allowed us to visit my sister-in-law, Rosamond, in Tupelo and my nephew Randy and his family. Rather than indulging in proud pictures of my azaleas and cherry […]

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Spring, Easter and Renewal

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

It’s wonderful to be home! After traveling for most of the last three months it is nice to do something other than picking up our mail and doing the laundry on brief stopovers in Mississippi. The trips, fellowship with new and old friends and ministry opportunities have been fantastic, but isn’t retirement supposed to be […]

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Substitutionary Resurrection

Posted on April 4, 2013 by Dr. Jerry Rankin

“If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” Romans 8:11 The world makes a big deal of Christmas, but only Christians can truly celebrate Easter. Granted, […]

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