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Blazing a Trail Through the Missions Strategy Maze

Socrates may have been the source of the famous line, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” But he was merely reiterating a biblical principle that we need to examine our actions and motives. Both the “what” and the “why” of our lives are to be regularly...

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Every Believer

God is doing a new thing in local churches across America and around the world.  For a long time many churches have primarily engaged in world missions in a support role, limiting their participation to sending money and people through mission organizations.  As a...

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A Field Update From Matthew Ellison

I'm in Great Falls, Montana coaching a great church, Harvest Springs Community.  Great Falls was named after a series of huge waterfalls discovered by Lewis and Clark along the upper Missouri River.... Today, this one dam (pictured above) channels the massive volume...

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Suffering – The Price of Fulfillment

A Message From Matthew Ellison about Summer Missions What are summer mission trips all about?  By now, most of you have realized that summer mission trips are not summer camp.  Summer missions is not about more of those clever summer youth events that give you those...

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Business as Mission

The Danger of the Term “Missionary” By Larry Sharp Missionaries have been identified as the ones tasked with making disciples, planting churches and witnessing cross-culturally to the grace of God. But there are three reasons why I think the word missionary has served...

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The Upstream Collective – Partner Interview

Sixteen:Fifteen is honored to swing swords with the Upstream Collective, and blessed to have them  as a strategic ministry partner.  You'll definitely want to "lean in" to hear what they have to say...we trust that it will encourage your heart and equip your mind....

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Why Easter Is My Favorite Holiday

As a child, I suppose my favorite holiday was Christmas.  An explanation probably isn’t necessary, right?  What child doesn’t love Christmas?But now I am 42 years old…the reality that life can be hard and painful and that we all have an appointment with death can no...

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