The Hope of the World

Christmas 2011 East Java, Indonesia Awakened before dawn by the call to prayer, I rise out of bed, dress in the dark and tip-toe up the winding stairway to my rooftop balcony.  My city rests in her cradle between three massive volcanoes.  After awhile, the sound of the mosques’ chanting retreats back into silence, allowing …

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I Hear Voices in Your Head

 Am I nuts? I hear voices. They chatter through the day and worry me awake in the night. They mutter shame and murmer guilt. They invoke my deepest fears. They conjure negative emotions about people I love. Running off at the mouth, they lure me into timidity. Dampening my spirit, they rant impossibilities, and conjure …

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More Than All We Ask or Imagine

A decade ago, God moved in my heart to see Indonesian believers transformed in His love, equipped to be leaders, and empowered to become a force of influence for His Kingdom. From the beginning, the dream was to launch a school that would gift the world with world-changers. This school would become a laboratory where …

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I Can Make You Happy…Right Now

By Paul Richardson Just saw a blurb on TV about a new book called “God Wants You Happy” by Father Jonathan Morris. Well, I’ve got GREAT news. I can save you the cost of the book, as well as the cost of a self-help seminar, or an hourly fee with a psych. Right here, right …

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Books That Have Shaped Us (Part One)

In this audio podcast Paul Richardson and Mike O'Quin talk about some books that have shaped their thinking, shifted their paradigms and stirred their hearts.  In this first of two recorded conversations, they talk about the importance of finding good books and absorbing them to develop as leaders.  Specifically they discuss key concepts from the …

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Good Interview with Paul

Hey Faith Activating Friends! Follow this link to read a great interview with my good buddy and co-blogger Paul Richardson, on his work, ministry and challenges in Southeast Asia: http://www.onenewsnow.com/Journal/editorial.aspx?id=1281348 Enjoy! — Mike O

The Fury of Faith

I have a heart friend named David Arcos. Every time we’re together, this one-of-a-kind worshipper of God makes my heart sing. He helps me to celebrate the creative spirit, and he inspires me with his passion to serve orphans in Zambia. David is attempting to do the impossible. He lives with a God-sized dream of …

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Eternal Ripples of Hope

By David Arcos GUEST CONTRIBUTER to FaithActivators   We are eternal ripples of hope.  We are road signs for the wanderer. We are those that weapon ourselves with brush and baton with bow and camera.  We are the poets that splash images of beauty and breath. Like rescue workers we carve through fallen mines, dispelling …

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So…what is a Faith Activator?

Apostle Paul stood in the Areopagus and said that God arranges our lives so that we will seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  For in him we live and move and have our being. I have good news for you. …

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Morning Prayer

READING IN TODAY’S NEWS, One of the 29 people trapped in a New Zealand coal mine is a teenage boy who’d only been on the job for an hour when an explosion rocked the mine. Joseph Dunbar had celebrated his 17th birthday last Thursday, according to news reports from New Zealand. His mother, Philippa Timms, …

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