Balance Word and Deed

David Hartono

READ : Matthew 25:31-46 In our proclamation of the good news, we often forget to stress the importance of taking care of the weak, sinners, the poor and social outcasts. These groups of people need the church’s attention. Throughout the Bible God is described as compassionate. He always demonstrates his love to the weakest among us. Mission work must always carefully balance doing justice and preaching the good news. Jesus’ mission to this world has set an example for all …

Mobilize in Prayer

David Hartono

READ : a:2:{i:0;a:1:{i:1;s:11:”Psalm 3:1-8″;}i:1;a:1:{i:1;s:18:”Matthew 18:19?20″;}} Prayer is one part of church ministry that is often neglected. Prayer gives us power. More prayer, more power. Less prayer, less power. No prayer, no power. As Christians we need to maintain healthy prayer lives by praying for ourselves, our family, our church, our community-the list goes on. We often complain that the church’s ministry is weak. But how often do we pray for our church? Prayer changes life-it changes a weak ministry into …

High Profile or Low?

David Hartono

READ : Matthew 5:13-14 We constantly compare ourselves with other people. As a result we often lose the self-esteem God has given us. This affects our witness to the world. I think ministerial styles can be divided into two categories: high profile and low profile. Many among us are good public speakers, charismatic leaders or talented musicians. People in this category have high profiles. They are like lights that everyone can see. In our witness to the world we need …

Sow in Tears, Reap With Joy

David Hartono

READ : Psalm 126:1-6 We have often heard the saying “no pain, no gain” with regard to exercising. It also applies to the realm of spiritual ministries. Unlike our personal endeavors, there is a guarantee of success in spiritual ministry. Some may disagree with this observation and give examples of “failed” ministries. I once read about a missionary who was working in an Islamic nation. After several decades of hard work he experienced only minimal results. Was it a success …

Impartial, Inclusive Mission

David Hartono

READ : Matthew 28:19-20 According to the Great Commission, the goal of our witness to the world is to make disciples of all nations. The word disciple has a much more profound meaning than the word pupil because it involves personal attachment and commitment to one’s teacher. As Christians we are Jesus’ disciples. We are attached and committed to him. He is not just a religious leader. He is our Savior and Lord. Our relationship with him is not merely …