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Lovable, Valuable, Competent: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, June 28, 2017

Ladies, God says our “Do” is NOT our “Who”! Hallelujah! No matter our actions, God says we’re fully lovable, valuable, and competent! In this, the seventh blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at why some Christians are unable to make progress in their Christian walk…. Read more »

Unmet Needs: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, May 31, 2017

Ladies, in this, the fourth blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we’re going to look at the 10 essential emotional needs we try to get met on a daily basis: Attention, Acceptance, Appreciation, Support, Encouragement, Affection, Respect, Security, Comfort, and Approval. How might we react to life if our emotional needs are routinely unmet? Perhaps… Read more »

From Successful Businessman to Seminary Graduate

JMM Team, May 26, 2017

Mr. Z had it all — or so it seemed. A wealthy and successful businessman, he owned his own construction company in East Asia. As a young man, he was proud of the many goals he had accomplished — a thriving business, a large bank account, a close circle of… Read more »

Live in the Light: See Yourself As God Sees You

JMM Team, May 24, 2017

Ladies, in this, the third blog post in our series exploring our true identity, let’s look at whether you’re shining the proper light on your portrait—the self image of YOU that you carry around inside your head. As we’ve already noted, your TRUE identity comes from one single source: what God says about you.  At… Read more »

Personal Identity: See Yourself as God Sees You

JMM Team, May 10, 2017

Ladies, in this, the first blog post in our series exploring our true identity, we have to ask: How do you see yourself? As God sees you—or as the world sees you? Are you basing your personal identity on your job title? Your marital status? Your dress size? The car you drive? The volume of “Likes”… Read more »

Abigail on “The Bible and the Telephone Game”

JMM Team, April 30, 2017

Mrs. Clark’s 7th Grade Bible Class Discusses: The Bible and the Telephone Game The Variant Reading Myth   Many times you hear that people think that only some of the Bible is true. Sometimes their reasoning for that is that the Bible is not the same as it was back… Read more »

You never know where a book you give might travel

JMM Team, April 28, 2017

You never know where a book you give might travel — or who it might impact with the message of Jesus Christ. Every summer, thousands of people from North Africa and the Middle East cross the Mediterranean Sea by ferry to vacation in Europe. When it’s time to return home,… Read more »

SetFreeJourney

JMM Team, April 20, 2017

DDL

JMM Team, March 31, 2017

FreeMTAC

JMM Team, March 29, 2017

Reaching into Closed Countries One Conversation at a Time

JMM Team, February 28, 2017

Each year, thousands of people from the Middle East travel to European cities for work, vacation, shopping, medical purposes and more. It’s in this time of freedom from their home countries that our Gulf Partnership Outreach teams approach tens of thousands of people with the truth about Jesus — talking… Read more »

Reaching the “Unreachable” with the Gospel

JMM Team, February 21, 2017

Omar* from the Middle East was one of the first to come to faith through the Gulf Partnership Outreach. Last summer he joined our outreach teams to help reach his fellow countrymen and was amazed at the opportunities he had to share the truth.  The Gulf Partnership Outreach grew out… Read more »

Invisible to the World — not to God

JMM Team, December 15, 2016

Brother Kuan lives in a country in North Africa that is hostile to the gospel. He’s the only believer in a small village where all his relatives live. Every day he experiences ridicule and offense — even from his relatives — because he believes in Jesus Christ. Life is hard… Read more »

Rejected by the World…Accepted by God

JMM Team, December 6, 2016

Mira lives in a closed country in Asia. Formerly, she faithfully practiced the majority religion of her country. “I read prayers five times a day and considered myself a very righteous person,” she shared. But beneath her religious façade, Mira struggled with anger. Occasionally, she would have fits of rage… Read more »

unshakabletruth

JMM Team, November 28, 2016

DWL

JMM Team, November 16, 2016

Weathering the Cultural Storm

JMM Team, September 21, 2016

On Saturday I walked out on a warm Midwest night into one of the most peaceful neighborhoods you could imagine. The community was fenced in with many kids playing outside under the watchful eyes of their parents and grandparents. The night would have been serene if it wasn’t for the… Read more »

With your gifts, Ivan has been ministering in Russia for 25 years

JMM Team, August 16, 2016

“All of the current leaders of the church in Russia were raised in their faith by Josh McDowell books. At that point these books were the ONLY Christian books available in the Russian language, and now these people are sharing the gospel with the next generation.” – a ministry partner… Read more »

How Do We Listen To God?

JMM Team, August 13, 2016

In our world today and the busyness of life, it is difficult to find the time to go to a quiet place and focus on God. Let’s face it; we live in a world filled with noise. Almost everywhere we go, and with everything we do, our minds are overwhelmed… Read more »

Truth Never Void

JMM Team, July 19, 2016

For much of his life, Jallel knew little about Jesus. In fact, he considered himself an atheist. But at age 50, that began to change. In North Africa where he lives, Christ-centered resources like these are rare, restricted and sometimes even illegal. So it’s no surprise that he had never… Read more »

Respect and Relationships

JMM Team, July 15, 2016

Healthy family relationships are based on truth, which is established with trust and respect.  But these values are being redefined and challenged by our culture. Just in the last few years, the cultural definition of respect has altered drastically. It no longer means to highly regard or to honor someone… Read more »

Leaving the Church and Finding Faith

JMM Team, June 21, 2016

Atheism. It’s the greatest barrier to faith in Christ among young people in Europe today. And it’s fueling a crisis! Though this region of the world once had a rich spiritual heritage, today their youth are walking away from the church in droves. A mass exodus you might say. The… Read more »

Fathers Are Like Keys

JMM Team, June 19, 2016

Happy Father’s Day! When you think about a key, what image comes to mind? Opening a secret door or a secure lock for all your valuables? But imagine your father like a set of keys.  Each one has a unique size and shape, and unique objective.  Some have been through… Read more »

I’ve been experimenting and finally realized porn was an issue.

JMM Team, May 23, 2016

“I’ve been to psychologists and psychiatrists for the last 8 years. Have been diagnosed with depression, severe social anxiety, severe memory impairment, and a few others. Have tried Effexor, Ritalin, Xanax, and Paxil. Dropped out of two different colleges. Been fired twice. Used pot to calm my social anxiety. I’ve… Read more »

Accelerating the Gospel in East Asia

JMM Team, May 16, 2016

Today 9 out of 10 people in East Asia have never heard the gospel — but that is rapidly changing. Millions are coming to Christ each year.  Here are just a couple of notes we’ve received from students: Diana’s story: I am a seminary student who dedicate myself as a future… Read more »

Fortune 500 Faith

JMM Team, May 10, 2016

I have been wanting to thank Josh personally for years for his part in helping me receive Jesus. I started my journey with Jesus when I was born again in May 1986.  I was just finishing up college and worked in a pizza parlor to help pay for my expenses…. Read more »

“I need that book…!”

JMM Team, April 26, 2016

One of our Port Cities Project volunteers recently shared with us what a difference this project is making: “Last summer, a woman from the Middle East literally ran after one of our port cities teams that had run out of books, pleading, ‘I need that book that explains the message… Read more »

Josh’s message was a ‘wake up call!’

JMM Team, April 19, 2016

“After Josh’s talk to parents [about the impact of Internet pornography], a lot of parents started to come to our family meetings and told us that Josh’s message was a ‘wake up call’ for them. The dads started to meet with their sons and daughters to discuss about their temptations and their… Read more »

You really saved my life (indirectly) so thank you so much!!!

JMM Team, April 14, 2016

I just want to say that your book Undaunted really helped me to move on in my life. I had an exact life that you had, though I’m still working on forgiving my abuser. It’s really not easy to do so. I already forgave my parents for what they did… Read more »

Josh McDowell: Call to Arms

JMM Team, April 7, 2016

Free Downloads May we rise up to be a part of the solution–starting with ourselves, then our families, our churches, our children’s schools, our countries, and then the world! “We need a Wilberforce, a Mother Theresa and a Bonhoeffer in the church today who have the courage to battle the devastation… Read more »

Why is the Resurrection Important?

JMM Team, March 24, 2016

Christ’s resurrection is a historic necessity if our destiny means anything at all. “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless, and you are still in condemnation for your sins. . . . And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are… Read more »

Prayer Guide for the Set Free Summit

JMM Team, March 22, 2016

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who prayed! The Set Free Summit was amazing–you can learn more about it HERE. Download the resources from Josh’s talk HERE.     2 More Weeks To Go! Prayer Guide – Mar 21-27 Set Free Global Summit on pervasive Internet pornography on April 4-7, 2016 in Greensboro,… Read more »

Join Josh in Intense Prayer

JMM Team, March 15, 2016

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who prayed! The Set Free Summit was amazing–you can learn more about it HERE. Download the resources from Josh’s talk HERE.         I need your prayers for one of the most significant weeks in my 54 years of ministry! Download Prayer Guide – Mar… Read more »

Is Sex Dirty?

JMM Team, March 2, 2016

Sex is definitely not dirty. When God created the world, He looked at it and declared that everything was good. That included sex! God created sex as a good and enjoyable aspect of our lives. God isn’t down on sex. After all, He made it. God designed the gift of… Read more »

How Should I Respond When Someone Compliments Me?

JMM Team, February 20, 2016

Often we go to two extremes, both as a result of pride. One extreme is false humility. We deny any positive quality or accomplishment by saying things like, “No, no, no. I’m just a worm.” That makes people sick. Everyone knows you are really saying, “Keep trying to convince me…. Read more »

Have You Hugged Your Kid Lately?

JMM Team, February 18, 2016

Lindsay Lohan When your young child reaches the teenage years it may seem he or she doesn’t want the physical and emotional affection of mom or dad. But perhaps more than any time in their life a teenager needs to experience the “unfailing love” of his or her parents. A… Read more »

The Father Connection—or Lack Thereof

JMM Team, February 4, 2016

Johns Hopkins Medical School commissioned two professors, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Duazunski to study 1,337 medical doctors who graduated from Johns Hopkins University. They wanted to determine a cause factor, for these five diseases: (1) hypertension; (2) coronary heart disease; (3) malignant tumors; (4) mental illness; and (5) suicide. There… Read more »

Distinguishing Between Right From Wrong

JMM Team, January 30, 2016

We are being taught that truth is relative to the individual — and that all values, beliefs and lifestyles are equal. Tolerance. Knowing right from wrong doesn’t matter. To say something is right or wrong is not being tolerant. But did you know that God does not call us to be… Read more »

How Can Anyone Believe the New Testament?

JMM Team, January 24, 2016

There seems to be some type of general consensus among many people that the New Testament documents were written many years after the events took place and hence do not contain reliable information. However, the fact of the matter is that the life of Jesus was written by eyewitnesses or… Read more »

Key findings in landmark pornography study released

JMM Team, January 19, 2016

Read key findings for TEENS & YOUNG ADULTS, PASTORS/CHURCH and ADULTS from landmark pornography study, “The Porn Phenomenon” The Barna Group, in partnership with Josh McDowell Ministry, has created a landmark study on the pervasive nature of Internet pornography and its impact on the church. Titled The Porn Phenomenon: The Explosive Growth… Read more »

What are the most up-to-date stats on pornography?

JMM Team, January 19, 2016

Because of the sensitive nature of the topic, in-depth studies on pornography are rare, and many are old. So where can you get the most up-to-date statistics? At the Set Free Summit! Josh McDowell Ministry and Covenant Eyes have commissioned the Barna Group to do a major study on pornography, called… Read more »

What’s the Difference Between Love and Infatuation?

JMM Team, January 16, 2016

Infatuation has been defined as “the emotional impulse of love, untested by time or circumstance.” Since infatuation can lead to real love, sometimes it is difficult to see the difference. The characteristics in the chart below show the differences between infatuation and real love. The Fairy Tale—Infatuation Fall into it… Read more »

Announcing the Release of “THE PORN PHENOMENON”

JMM Team, January 15, 2016

THE PORN PHENOMENON: A COMPREHENSIVE NEW SURVEY ON AMERICANS, THE CHURCH, AND PORNOGRAPHY Groundbreaking Study Reveals Changing Attitudes and Behaviors Toward Pornography—Especially Among Teens and Young Adults When:     Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 – 10 AM Where:    (refreshments served) Omni Berkshire Hotel Vanderbilt Room (ground floor, rear lobby) 21 East 52nd Street (52nd… Read more »

Why Do Mom and Dad Talk about Getting a Divorce?

JMM Team, January 2, 2016

There are times when mom and dad may have problems getting along. One thing or another may cause this. The major stress points in a marriage are not kids as much as financial problems, lack of communication and lack of trust. When parents, or anyone for that matter, get under… Read more »

Can God Stop Loving Me?

JMM Team, December 26, 2015

Is there anything that could cause God to change His mind and stop loving me? We’ll let God speak for Himself on that one. Romans 5:8 tells you how much God loved you when you weren’t even a Christian: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while… Read more »

I Have Been Going Out With One Guy and Told Him I Wanted to Be Just Friends.

JMM Team, December 19, 2015

But he got mad when I went out with another guy. What did I do wrong? Some people enter dating with an attitude of “ownership.” They think that you belong to them and refuse to allow you to live your own life. They act as if you are their private property… Read more »

Why Must My Parents Embarrass Me in Front of My Friends?

JMM Team, December 12, 2015

It doesn’t take much for a parent to ruin things, does it? Like hanging around pretending they are tidying up when your friends are over, but it’s obvious they are trying to listen in on the conversation. Or trying to be “cool” by talking about the latest music groups and… Read more »

The Importance of Intact Families

JMM Team, December 10, 2015

Of course we can’t be complete models of truth if we aren’t there as whole families for our kids. There is good reason Jesus said about marriage, “let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Mark 10:9). Broken homes have had such a devastating effect on everyone involved…. Read more »

My Parents Have Always Told Me that I Would Never Amount to Anything. Why Has This Affected Me So Much?

JMM Team, December 5, 2015

Your self-image is composed of conclusions you have reached about yourself. These conclusions follow this sequence: Stages Example You hear it. You think about it. An experience reinforces it. You feel it You believe it. “You’re stupid.” Am I stupid? You make a big mistake and your friends laugh at… Read more »

The Power of Love: The Missing Link

JMM Team, November 29, 2015

Not long ago, I (Josh) was speaking at a large church in the Midwest. The church had just completed a building project and moved into their large facility. As I approached the entrance, I noticed a huge banner hanging across the building. It read, “We preach the truth—and the truth… Read more »

How in the World Can I Be Like Jesus?

JMM Team, November 28, 2015

I can’t even swim, much less walk on water. God wants you to be like His Son, Jesus Christ, in your character, that is, what you are like on the inside. There is no outward ideal when it comes to looks or abilities. But there is an inward ideal. It’s… Read more »

If My Friends and I Have a Disagreement, What’s the Right Way to Handle It?

JMM Team, November 21, 2015

When you have a disagreement, you have a choice. You can either resolve the conflict or dissolve the relationship. Here are some guidelines for resolving the conflict and keeping the fight fair: Desire openness. In a fair fight, the attitude of “I’m always right” is against the rules. Choose the right… Read more »

The Power of Love: Seeing is Believing

JMM Team, November 21, 2015

Teaching our kids the truth – what is right and what is wrong – within the context of relationships is vital. Our young people will most likely need to correct various behaviors and patterns as they grow and mature, i.e. – avoid pornography and resist sexual pressure – and they… Read more »

Pocket Porn: Nearly a third of teens carry portable X-rated theaters

JMM Team, November 14, 2015

Jeff first saw porn when he was seven years old when he came upon a Playboy magazine. By fifth grade, the Internet became a main source of pornography for his young mind. As technology advanced, so did his obsession. But it was his iPod, and later his iPhone, that gave… Read more »

My Friends Keep Teasing Me Because I Don’t Drink

JMM Team, November 9, 2015

My friends keep teasing me because I don’t drink. They ask me what I am afraid of. What can I tell them to make them back off? Tell them it’s not because of fear that you don’t drink. Tell them it’s because you are smart. Proverbs 22:3, 5 says, “The prudent… Read more »

What’s Your Cheerleader Button?

JMM Team, November 6, 2015

Written by Michael Johnson (MJ), co-founder and Dean of Dating at Future Marriage University and guest blogger at Covenant Eyes. Several years back, I got a call from a friend. He had slipped up again that week. He got caught in the porn trap. I could sense the helplessness and hopelessness… Read more »

Develop Kids’ Convictions by NOT Answering Questions

JMM Team, November 5, 2015

Josh McDowell and Son: Christian Parents can Help Children Develop Their Own Convictions on Faith by NOT Answering Questions.  “For Christian parents to pass on their faith to their children, they should NOT answer their children’s questions but respond with MORE questions to help their kids think through the issues… Read more »

5 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Leaving the Church

JMM Team, November 3, 2015

5 Reasons Millennials Aren’t Leaving the Church.  We’ve all heard the statistics about millennials leaving the church after high school or college and we don’t know if they’ll return. But…not all millennials have left the church…and in many churches, millennials are coming, or returning in significant numbers.  Here are five… Read more »

Why Our Children Don’t Think There are Moral Facts

JMM Team, October 30, 2015

Why Our Children Don’t Think There are Moral Facts. What would you say if you found out that our public schools were teaching children that it is NOT TRUE that it’s wrong to kill people for fun or cheat on tests? Would you be surprised? (NY Times Article) George Washington, depicted… Read more »

The Power of Love

JMM Team, October 28, 2015

It’s hard to accept the reality that our young people are even thinking about viewing pornography or getting involved sexually by engaging in oral sex, let alone doing having sexual intercourse. But what if that becomes a reality? How do we effectively change a young person’s actions? What do we… Read more »

10 Tips for Staying Porn-Free While Traveling

JMM Team, October 27, 2015

From the bathroom of our suite, I heard my wife scream out. She had flipped on the TV and just channeled down. The large flat-screen pulsated with hardcore pornography. Graphic sex was one click away at the resort we were staying at. We had been in our room for less… Read more »

I’ve tried saying “No.”

JMM Team, October 23, 2015

I’ve tried saying “no” to my friends, but I keep getting in trouble. What should I do? Swimming against the current requires a lot of strength. It is always easier to just go with the flow. For this reason, it is important that your closest friends flow the right direction…. Read more »

Mom and Dad are constantly lecturing me

JMM Team, October 21, 2015

My Mom and Dad are constantly lecturing me and they always begin with “Well, when I was your age…” Why can’t my parents understand what it’s like to be a teenager today? Do you want the good news first or the bad news?  Let’s get the bad news out of… Read more »