B4T Blog

Patrick Lai and guest bloggers write about the joys, challenges, and rewards that come with taking the Gospel to the least-reached through real business.

PEOPLE WITH GRIT

PEOPLE WITH GRIT

For most of his new associates were thoroughly worldly. Skeptical views of which he was a stranger were freely discussed among them, and religion seldom spoken of without a sneer. To add to these dangers, the lad came under the influence of an older clerk, who though...

THE 6TH LOVE LANGUAGE

THE 6TH LOVE LANGUAGE

Dr. Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages was so revolutionary and so practical that these five categories are today in the working vocabulary of most Christians. This is an amazing accomplishment on his part. Chapman identifies five main “languages” that...

FAITH & WORK IS ONE

FAITH & WORK IS ONE

James 2:18 in The Message reads “Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.” If you read James 2, the emphasis is “doing good works, especially to the needy” AND integrating that with our faith in Jesus. You cannot have one without the other. The...

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

The following is contributed by a B4T worker in the Middle East. Can you imagine this scene: you're standing in HEAVEN with Jesus. Your heart is pounding with excitement and you feel like it will explode out of your chest with joy. You've just been reunited with all...

AN ISSUE OF DEPENDENCY

AN ISSUE OF DEPENDENCY

The leaders of OPEN have been discussing building a culture of prayer throughout the network. So, what is a "Culture of Prayer"? I would define culture as a community that embraces the same values and practices. What does that look like? Some see a "culture of prayer"...

WHAT ARE YOU MADE FOR?

WHAT ARE YOU MADE FOR?

In Mark 2:27, Jesus says, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” The principle from Jesus is brilliant and applies to so many other things where we miss the point of something entirely and reverse the focus. We are religious about obsessing over the...

ON PAIN & SUFFERING

ON PAIN & SUFFERING

The Truth of Life Suffering, loss, affliction, pain. Job is a man who as much as any experienced the depths of loss and pain. Though a man of God, Job, experienced many losses, including the death of his 7 sons and 3 daughters, a large number of his slaves, the death...

DO YOU EAT WITH SCUM?

DO YOU EAT WITH SCUM?

But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” Mark 2:16 (LB) I once remarked mostly to myself, “Why would Jesus eat with scum?” My friend who...

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