Times have changed when it comes to international missions. It used to be that when an individual felt called to mission work they would raise a small fortune, go off to a foreign land and not return for many years while they served the Lord. The decision to go was life-changing and usually permanent. During the years of service they would basically be invisible to the church back in the States except for an occasional report letter and outbound care package at Christmas.

As you know by now, we at Quail are very serious about representing Jesus to our community through service in our "GO Projects" that we call a 'no strings attached blessing'. As we labor we not only bring blessing to others, but we grow up in the Lord ourselves and feel the joy of fulfilling our role in his family. Quail has a church culture statement that says, "People who GO-grow." Our aim is to become a body of believers that takes on the personality of Christ- and that serves him by serving others.

In our recent study of the book of Judges a particular verse grabbed my attention:
Judges 2:10-11
“…another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. 11 Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD.”
How tragic it is to see that the parents failed to pass on their faith to their children! Here at Quail our program is designed to enable families to avoid this result.

The Bible talks a lot about worship and praise, and often we use those words interchangeably. But, in reality, they are not synonyms. Jim Altizer makes a good distinction in his book "The Making of a Worship Leader" when he says, "Worship is a response to the nature and being of God, while praise is a response to His works."

In worship, the believer reflects back to God, His worth and wonder as God has revealed Himself to the worshipper through his Word. Worship is a response to...

It has been a great pleasure as I study to prepare the whole book synopsis sermons that are taking us through the Bible in the sermon series called, "A Look at the Book." I hope that you are benefitting as much as I am, from this broad overview of the landscape of scripture and how the various book of the Bible fit together.