Today we remember a sad day in American history. Every American, of age at the time, can recall specifics about 9/11. Each of us remember where we were, what we were doing, and who we were with. We remember the day because of what it symbolized - both what we had lost and what we have gained; both the heroes and the foes. What I choose to take from the day is the incredible way Americans of all colors, languages, and backgrounds served one another in the midst of a trying and difficult moment.

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Mark 11:1-7

Years ago, as a youth minister, I heard a message directed to young people regarding the colt of Mark 11. I cannot remember the point, the lesson, or anything about the application of the message, but I have always marveled at the text. There are several things regarding the Lord's work that we read here.

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A Godly Witness Through Service

Have you ever tried to share the gospel of Christ with someone - only to have them reject you and the person of Jesus Christ? I am sure that many have experienced this from time to time. Maybe it is a co-worker that you have been trying desperately to witness to or perhaps a family member that just refuses to listen to what you have to say. Regardless of who that might be, all of us have people in our lives that we would love to see come to Christ.

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I remember as a child, and even as a teenager, breaking my parents' hearts because of things that I did and said. I remember thinking that my relationship with them would never be the same because of the wrong or hurt that I had caused them. I thought that my sin would make this relationship irreparable. Then in my despair, I recall a hand that stretched out to me and pulled me into their arms. When I became a parent, I realized just what my parents meant when they stretched out their hand to me as they drew me into their arms ... forgiveness before I had even asked. The relationship never changed. It was only the fellowship that changed because of my actions.

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When attending a recent firstBible International meeting, Brother Edward Barclay III presented the core value of our new Bible translation graduate program, FirstBible School of Translation (FBST), scheduled to launch in the fall of 2020. When doing so, Brother Barclay spoke of faithfulness and the need to train and send out "gospel-centric" men and women for the work of reaching the unreached with God's Word. I began to ponder this phrase "gospel-centric". What does a gospel-centric Christian look like? How does a gospel-centric believer behave?

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