Author: Vicki Tiede

Confronting the Evils of Sex Trafficking

As the author of When Your Husband is Addicted to Pornography: Healing Your Wounded Heart, and as one whose first husband was ensnared by the evil web of pornography, I became heartbreakingly aware that porn fuels the demand for sex-trafficking. The continued demand by men to buy women is fed by internet pornography. With that knowledge, I felt compelled to get involved with Tiny Hands International, an organization who intercepts girls who are about to be trafficked from Nepal into the sex-trade in India. Because sex-trafficking is a relatively “hidden” crime, accurate data is hard to come by. Nonetheless,...

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A New Testament Church Is …

I can’t help but notice what little regard is given to the church by the world … professing Christians. You don’t need me to look up stats that you are perfectly capable of looking up yourself. Suffice it to say, there are countless people who will tell you they are Christians, who rarely occupy a pew. (Yes, I’m aware that pews are a thing of the past. You can find almost as many churches with pews as you can find big red barns. That’s not many.) Oh, there are no doubt many reasons this is so, but one reason is that people haven’t taken the time to unpack the fact that the church is part of God’s plan. So, what DID God have in mind for the church? In order to fully understand how the church fits into the overall plan and eternal purposes of God, it’s necessary to unpack Ephesians 3:8-10 which says, “To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.” In this passage, Paul...

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Paul’s Missionary Strategy

Before I jump into my first contribution to Servants of Grace, I want to thank Dave for inviting me to join his respected team of contributors. I am simply a wife, mom, teacher, speaker, and author who is in a lifelong pursuit to know God more. I’m of the opinion that the twenty-first century church could learn a thing or two from Acts and the Pauline Epistles about the expansion and establishment of the church. As Paul fulfilled his calling to missions and ministry, he employed a strategy, which I believe is normative for all local churches. Before I spell out Paul’s strategy, let’s set the stage. Before Paul’s Official Missionary Journey The Church in Jerusalem was scattered after Stephen was martyred. Acts 8:1 Some went to Antioch and “preached the Lord Jesus”.      Acts. 11: 20 The church      of Jerusalem sent Barnabas to Antioch to see what was happening. Acts 11:22 Barnabas, “full of the Holy Spirit and of faith”, was a witness and “considerable numbers were brought to the Lord.” Acts 11:24 Barnabas brought Paul on board to help.   Acts 11:25-26 They… Got to know the people – “For an entire year they met with the church…” Discipled the new converts  – “…and taught considerable numbers.” Gathered the new believers and started a church Established leadership – “Sending it…to the elders” Acts. 11:30 Demonstrated missionary interdependence with the mother church – Acts 11:29-30 To figure...

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