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by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Experiencing an Insurrection of Kindness in Your Ministry

Even though I know it comes every year, I find that winter sneaks up on me. Often it’s the holiday season that distracts me. Life is busy, and so I grab a sweater before I’m off. Inevitably the day will come when I’ll step outside, and my heaviest winter clothing just isn’t enough. I’ve got to pull out my winter coat because the wind cuts through my clothing, and the chill clings to my bones. Days like that inspir...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Lessons on Compromise and Concession from Gibraltar

Wars have been fought for almost every reason: land, resources, honor, greed, politics, religion...They are costly in human lives and for local economies. At times, the best the victors can hope to gain is a stronghold, a place to anchor down, to set up base and to continue their operations. For some winning a stronghold is worth the fight. If they win the battle, perhaps a greater gain not yet vi...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Celebrating 500 Years Since the Reformation: l'affaire des Placards

Does God work in patterns? If He works miraculously in one area, does that mean He will do the same thing in another? Sometimes we hear of a person who has done extraordinary things for the Lord. Inspired, it’s natural to wish we’d been there or look for a way of replicating their work. We can't go back in time; we can't go around imitating other people's achievements, but we can celebrate what happened. ...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

How Do You Handle Betrayal?

Betrayal is like a shadow and tense music in a horror film. It fills us with anxiety and clouds our lives with its presence. Sometimes it can be anticipated. There are signs that it's about to ruin a friendship or work environment, but it's not always detectable. Often the only warning may be a communication breakdown. We may reach out and hope for a positive response, but after some time, the email that we’ve bee...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

To Where Are You Called: CCBC Paris Kickoff

Calvary Chapel Bible College has opened a new extension campus in Paris, France. President, Mike Dente, and Director, Stevie Ekkelkamp, share the history, vision, mission and cultural context surrounding ...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Example of God's Constant Presence From 1870 Paris

There are times in history that seem difficult to find the Gospel light (periods when Christians appear to be lost in the background of governmental upheavals and war). Often, these are used by critics of the faith who point to a Christian country teetering towards chaos, the atrocities that follow, and say, "Where was your God then?" One such moment in history was the Siege of Paris by the Prussian Ar...

by Mike Dente - 4 years ago

Where Did the Word "Refugee" Originate?

It is no understatement to say the refugee crisis in the West is troubling. I find myself looking nervously at images of the masses fleeing one situation while they etch out a hope for a better existence. The situation continues to grow and become more devastating. Camps have been displaced; volunteers are in great demand, but we are far from a political solution. Oddly enough, the situation vaguely reminds me of ...

by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

The Balance Between the Spiritual & Physical World

Twice a month we have a kids club in our neighborhood. As the main teacher, I get to interact with the kids and sharpen my teaching skills. On one occasion, I was teaching about how we show our faith by what we do. I used the example of electricity. We show we believe in the power of electricity by the fact that we turn on a light switch when we enter a dark room. That's when I was blind-sided by a precocious seve...

by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

Why Does God Make Us Wait?

Every large city has it's habits and particularities. In Paris, one of these is how we wait. On one hand, this is nonsense because the city demands the luxury of having all things readily available most of the time, but on the other, there is a subtle Parisian paradox to waiting. A line in Paris is not single-file like it is in the United States. Everyone is expected to wait their turn, but the line flows...

by Mike Dente - 5 years ago

Trafficking Hope with Karl Marx

Why are those who preach that “religion is the opiate of the masses,” are now pushing for legalizing marijuana? Maybe they see opiates for the masses as a more acceptable option. Somehow that doesn’t sound right. Even so, there is a movement in Europe that would like to follow Amsterdam and parts of the United States to legalize marijuana. In France the move is lead by the Socialist Party candidate for president, ...