Travis Snode

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As a young person, God put a desire in my heart to be a missionary. I did not know much about what it meant to be a missionary except that I wanted to tell people about Jesus. Little did I know how much learning I would have to do and how much training I would...
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Jerusalem was placed in an exalted position (v.5). All other nations were around her and admired her. (Think of Jerusalem during the days of Solomon when people like the Queen of Sheba came to see what he had built.) This position of prominence and power was a privilege. They had been chosen by God to...
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There are various “calls” in the Bible such as the call to salvation, the call to holiness, and the call to service. In Ezekiel 1-3, we have Ezekiel’s call and commissioning to be a prophet. There are some principles that we can learn that help all of us as we answer God’s call to serve...
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Ethnocentrism is when we evaluate other cultures according to the standards and customs of our own culture. In other words, we think that everyone else should be like us, and, if they aren’t, they are different and wrong! Seeing the world through our own lens is hard not to do, and no nation is probably...
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The following post comes from Tim Keesee’s blog. It is a great look at the realities of what it means to struggle with obeying Christ’s command to go and preach the gospel to every creature. It also offers some very helpful tips for the journey “out of the shire”: After a tumultuous disruption of his...
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Jeremiah 1:1-6 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: 2 To whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. 3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king...
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Evangelism is likened in the Bible at times to seed sowing. Most famously, Jesus told a parable about a sower going forth to sow. In that parable, Jesus highlights that the results of the sowing often are dependent upon the condition of the soil. In each instance, the sower was the same, the seed was...
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Things missionaries/pastors say to one another: “That is great, brother!” “I am so glad to hear that your church doubled in size the last year.” “Oh, that is wonderful that you are see such great results to your evangelism efforts.” What they really mean: “Wow, I feel like such a loser.” “Man, some people have...
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In the business world, most overnight successes are years in the making. Usually, there are many years of seemingly fruitless effort and preparation before a stroke of genius happens. The ministry is similar. Any lasting and effective ministry that is changing lives and making a big impact takes years and years of often mundane and difficult work. Someone...
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Wouldn’t it be great to have a job where you could set your own hours, be your own boss, and do your own thing? That would be the life! Well, maybe and maybe not… Truthfully, there is no job where you truly get to “do your own thing,” because even if you have no earthly boss...
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