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On Wednesday, March 11, Pastor Mike and Carrol left to visit their children and grandchildren in Amman, Jordan. Within days, the Corona Virus that had impacted only selected parts of the world quickly spread everywhere and one after another, country leaders began to take action. This included the closing of the airport with no immediate way to get home. ... Finally, after several unsuccessful attempts to get out, they boarded a plane and came home on April 9.

Pastor Mike is posting this weekly blog to share observations and insights gleaned both during and after his trip, reflecting on the global crisis and ways that God could be seen in the midst of it all. 

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What happens to people who never get to hear about Jesus?

Never Hear About Jesus

This is a good question because the Bible says that Jesus is the only way to God and we know that all people have not yet heard about Jesus. In fact, we send out missionaries because there are some places where the Gospel has not been preached. Our goal is to spread the Good News to every people group, but we haven’t done that yet. So what about the people that haven’t...

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How do we really know that Jesus is the Son of God?

Son of God

This is a good question because who he is makes all the difference in the world. If he was only a man, then he is just one of many religious leaders that the world has had. But if he really is the Son of God, then everything he did and everything he said matters. ...

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Why Did Jesus Come?

Why Did He Come

This is a good question because it assumes a very important part of the Gospel story - Jesus came. He came from heaven to earth, leaving his intimate union with the Father, taking on flesh, becoming like us. His coming is the story of Christmas and the reasons why are many....

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How Can Anyone Believe in the Virgin Birth?

Virgin Birth

This is a good question because virgin births just don't happen. This one incident has never been repeated and we tend to doubt things that we can't experience multiple times. It is also a good question because the identity of Jesus depends on it....

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What do I need to do to go to heaven?

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This is a good question because most people want to go there. Even those who are not sure that there is a heaven prefer going there instead of hell or even going there instead of going nowhere at all. ...

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Why does God allow evil and suffering to exist? - Part 2

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The experience of suffering, though it is related to evil, needs its own answer. Suffering can be found throughout human history, but the best place to start is at the cross of Jesus Christ....

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Why does God allow evil and suffering to exist?

Why does God allow evil

This is a good question because so many people ask it. It probably ranks as the top 1 or 2 questions that people raise when discussing the challenges of faith. It is also a good question because it seems to be at odds with the idea that God is good, loving and all powerful....

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Why are we here?

Why are we here

This is a good question because it opens the door to understanding our purpose. Since all created things have purpose (even things that we create) it is only natural that we ask about God's purpose for us....

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Final Thoughts and Future Hope

The Dead Sea

The end of the journey is not necessarily the end of the road....

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Home and the Journey of Life

Home in Jordan

As I write this blog, I have been home for almost a month, and though the pandemic is still an active threat, it feels really good to be home....

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Protection from an Invisible Enemy


The opportunity to get home came late in the night. ...

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Fruit Trees and Heart Health


In the midst of the lockdown and our inability to travel was a small oasis in the front courtyard....

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Give Us Today Our Daily Bread

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Efforts to combat the coronavirus have required some strict measures....

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It Kind of Looked Like Mars

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The land was strange but still familiar....

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Sightseeing and Questions for God


Sightseeing in Jordan gave rise to some deeper thoughts....

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Like Sheep Without a Shepherd


Confusion set in when the Jordanian government announced that the airports were closing....

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