"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." - Hebrews 4:12
As Jesus-followers, we are commissioned by the Lord to share God's Word boldly, make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey all of His commands. Notice - these words found in Matthew 28:18-20 - have never been referred to as "The Great Suggestion." This is THE Great Commission, spoken by our Lord Jesus. Friends, it is our responsibility to follow-through on this.
"And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming." - 1 John 2:28
Do you ever wake up feeling unsure? Without direction? Like maybe it's all a sham, or perhaps the world is "going straight to hell in a hand-basket" and there's nothing to be done about it?
We all feel that way sometimes. We all have our doubts upon occasion, some more often than not. But here's the thing: God did something about it.
God did a really big something.
"...I was sitting in my house folding clothes. And all of the sudden, we heard a gush of rain start."
It was just like any other day of the week. A long work day, chores to finish up after dinner. Nothing out of the ordinary.
And then - RAIN. Hours and hours of rain.
"And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears, we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming." - 1 John 2:28
Here we are just 4 days from celebrating the birthday of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let that sink in: Jesus, Lord of the Universe, King of kings, Ruler of rulers, Son of God -- born into our world as a little baby human being. Think about the massive power of this true fact! GOD became man. The Almighty became the all-lowly...for us. For you, and for me. To save us from our sins and to save us from death.
IDES Staff & Board are pleased to present to you our brand new website. Please take some time to explore the various pages, links, and tabs -- and let us know what you think in the comments below!
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"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Meet Wilsner. He is 22 years old, and grew up and lives in one of the most desperately poor communities in Haiti. According to the United States Central Intelligence, Haiti is estimated to have a nearly 40% unemployment rate since the earthquake in 2010, with 80% of the country living at or below the poverty line.
"Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.' " - John 6:35
The fight to help those who are suffering from food-insecurity exists on two battlefields: Hunger and Malnutrition.
One in nine people on our planet will go to bed hungry tonight. Others may have something to eat, but it is not of any nutritional value.
"And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction." - Matthew 9:35
Cleft lip and cleft palate, more formally known as "Orofacial Clefting" (OFC), is a devastating birth defect that causes physical malformation, chewing difficulties, breathing complications, hindrance to speech, and increased risk of infection.