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Who Are Your 12?


On a Friday morning last fall, a phrase from God echoed in my mind… "Who are your 12?"


As followers of Christ, we should be intentional about pouring our lives and faith into the lives of others so they can do the same with others still. Jesus modeled it. He commanded it. I invite you to ask the Lord to give you the names of 12 people you can invest in this year.


There is extraordinary joy and loving others…


Added by Clyde Taber on May 9, 2019 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Video Tour of the mess from my current processes

I am in the middle of rearranging many things in my residence. I was going to show when it was all neat and tidy. And I will do that later. But here is my present reality.

This is like going behind the scenes of the making of a movie.


It is my way to show and tell how I deal with my life.


This is the real deal, Lucille. Here is John S.…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 29, 2019 at 2:06pm — No Comments

What did Jesus come to do? - Go ahead and make a list and then compare it to this blog post

Over the decades I have asked my self the simple yet profound question What did Jesus come to do?

I challenge you to pause and make a note of your answers.

REALLY I mean make time to STOP and make the list.

THEN go to this post and note that the writer located 23 answers in the Bible.

So what ones were missing from your list?

What ones do you disagree with the writer?…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 28, 2019 at 10:33pm — No Comments

These 2 questions and the modest proposal resonate with me these days - what about you?

How do I get people to imitate Jesus in daily life as opposed to giving intellectual assent to Christian ideas without exhibiting life transformation?…


Added by John S. Oliver on April 28, 2019 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Our Digital World in 2019

What a difference one year can make. Over the last twelve months, more than a million new people a day came online, which leaves us with 57% of the world’s population now being “netizens” (Internet users).

Social media usage grew at a similar rate - with 288 million more social media users in the world now than a year ago.

Mobile-usage grew by 2%, and 67% of the world’s population now uses mobile phones.

You can find more global and local…


Added by Clyde Taber on March 22, 2019 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Executive Summary: Using Chatbots in “Media to Disciple Making Movements”


On February 13, 2019, 41 people representing 29 organizations gathered in a video conference to learn how chatbots are being used in two ministry contexts to foster on-the-ground movements (DMM, CPM). Levi presented a 30-minute case study from the Middle East and AJ gave a 10-minute case study from Asia followed by Q & A. Participants were given the opportunity to share their interest in this…


Added by Clyde Taber on February 13, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Home Again

Just arrived in LA after two months in Zacatecas, Mexico. Here for a few days connecting wth key people on my support team, then back to Spokane,Wa.
Finished 2018 with a trip to Manila to help a church deal with some serious internal issues.
2019 schedule looks like another trip back to Manila and then on to Australia to help the Manila church plant in Sydney. The India trip is on hold.

Added by Boyd Booze on February 13, 2019 at 11:43am — No Comments

2019 Theme: Lift Up Your Eyes

Each January I ask the Lord for a new spiritual focus for the year. I pray the theme will increasingly permeate my life as the months go by. Here are recent themes... A Slave of Christ (2013), Better to Give…


Added by Clyde Taber on February 6, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Questions for Your Consideration

Questions for Your Consideration

Where is the fear of God?

Did the Holy Spirit stutter when He stated clearly in the Bible that each of us will give an account to God?…


Added by John S. Oliver on January 18, 2019 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Why Christians should invest in Indian Media?


Added by Jim Sanjay on January 10, 2019 at 12:58am — No Comments

Join the Zúme Project in saturating the globe with multiplying disciples in this generation

As a project, Zúme is:

  • grounded in Christ
  • focused on eternity
  • based on multiplication 
  • committed to urgency  
Zúme means yeast in Greek. In Matthew 13:33, Jesus is quoted as saying, “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a woman who took yeast and mixed it into a large amount of flour until it was all leavened.” This illustrates how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can…

Added by J on December 12, 2018 at 6:09am — No Comments

More Strong Evidence of the Power of Story

Recently I came on these videos.

Note that the movie the Sound of Music came out in 1965. it is the most popular musical of all time. It is beloved of people all over the world, 

How can such a story resonate with those of such different cultures and backgrounds?

The small town where it was filmed gets 300 thousand visitors a year from various countries. What does that say and imply?

The movie had been a popular stage play before…


Added by John S. Oliver on December 11, 2018 at 3:31pm — No Comments

Smartphone Filmmaking Workshops

I will be conducting 4 Smartphone Filmmaking courses during the summer of 2019. 

June 24-28 in Mumbai India - Basic Course 50 attendees

July 1-5 in Varanasi, India - Basic Course 30 attendees

July 15-19 on Khon Kaen, Thailand - Basic Course 50 attendees

July 22-26 in Chiang Mai, Thailand - Advanced Course 30 attendees

Basic Course (final projects from 2018 can be viewed at …


Added by DanH on December 7, 2018 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Nice to meet you

Born in 1975 in Mioveni, Arges - Romania. I was 11 years old when I realized that God loves me and Christ died so I can live. At 15, I told God that I want Him to use my life for Him and for the benefit of men.

At 16, I started working with the children trying to help them understand that God loves them and wants them to be their friend. Also during this time I started studied oil painting.

Since 1998 I have been involved in the full-time work and I still work for him with…


Added by Claudia Mitu on November 29, 2018 at 6:09am — 1 Comment

Free animated apologetics resource for youth

The 6th and final episode of the first series of Out of the Question (OOTQ) is now out. OOTQ provides an animated, story-based, questioning approach to training…

Added by John Lumgair on November 27, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Exec Summary: Media & Movements


On October 23, 2018, 14 people representing eight organizations gathered to learn from one another about their role in using media to foster on-the-ground movements (DMM, CPM). The goal was to give participants the opportunity to learn what the others are doing. Everyone shared their area of interest, the resources they have to offer as well as the things they are looking for. There was a…


Added by Clyde Taber on October 23, 2018 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

comics for the soul

Cave Pictures Publishing is a new indie publisher of comics and graphic novels for the spiritually sensitive. As a wall for modern myth-making, Cave is cultivating stories that raise deep questions of meaning and truth. The Hollywood Reporter announced Cave's launch in a recent…


Added by Mandi Hart on October 19, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Consider these visual resources for Christianity and this warning by Tim Challies


These can be used on Sundays and at home with kids.
The kids are in a very visual generation. This summarizes complex biblical lessons. 
The annual membership could be a bargain. …

Added by John S. Oliver on October 14, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Hey Good Looking – Nobody’s Looking

Hey Good Looking – Nobody’s Looking

Colossians 3:12-14 tells us about some pretty gorgeous attire. "Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all…

Added by Toni Smothers on October 10, 2018 at 12:04pm — No Comments

So What!

God Is Waiting For You

Life was mute – With very few rainbows.

And there were only puny, fleeting sunsets.

No time to notice anything, too many goals.

Too busy - Numb to…


Added by David Smothers on October 7, 2018 at 11:20pm — No Comments

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