Prayers Change

by on February 7, 2018

How do you start off praying?

“Our Father who art in Heaven…?” Or, some other way?
I find that as I’ve stayed in the hospital recently my prayers have changed. They have, and are going from asking for things, to less physical things.

Instead of praying for specific test results and for souls to be saved, I find that I’m praying more for Jesus to be honored and glorified in the tests, results, and outcomes…for GOD to honor Himself through all these things. I’m praying for the people who work here at the hospital; for their families and relationships and their work here; and most of all that God will take great glory for himself in all these things.

I do pray for the outcomes of this time at the hospital. I pray for my wife and son, my family side and hers. I want to pray more for God to honor Himself and use me as He sees fit. That can be hard since I don’t know how or where He will lead, guide and direct. Taking care of the future is up to Him.

I am so thankful that He is in charge and that He cares. HE IS SO GOOD and kind to me, and to my family, and even extending mercy and grace to SO many people. Not one of us deserves it. What a privilege to live and belong to Jesus Christ!

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Scared

by on July 17, 2017

“I have a headache.” Lilly told the nurse.

“Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Have you been drinking enough water? It’s been pretty hot outside.”

“Yeah, I’ve been drinking four of these water bottles each day.”

“Hmm.. Would you like an Advil or a Tylenol?”

“Yeah, that would be great.”

The nurse followed up with, “Do you teach the Bible Lesson today? Or, are you going on Open Air?”

“Open Air…”

“Can I pray for you?”

“Yes!”

The nurse prayed for her, and Lilly left.

When it came time for Open Air, Lilly and her partner shared the Gospel with more than a dozen people. They came to check in while at the park and Lilly was the one who said, “Come on, lets go find some more people to talk with!”

God took her fear and gave her boldness instead!

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What would I say?…

May 25, 2017

I was in the boarding line for a flight from Chicago to St. Louis. Two teenage girls were talking about movies right in front of me. I thought to myself, “What would I say if I sat next to her?” thinking about one of those girls. I didn’t know what I would say.
I ended up [...]

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Two Questions

April 21, 2017

A Christian can solve a lot of problems in life with two questions.
1. What is the most Biblical thing I can think, say and or do in this situation?
2. What is the most loving thing I can think, say, and of do in this situation?
Chances are both answers will converge for the right solution.
1 Corinthians [...]

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Where your heart is

January 31, 2017

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What is most valuable to you? Sometimes people say that if you look at your checkbook or bank statement that will tell you what is most valuable to you. Is it from your heart? Do you scrimp and save for whatever it is? Where are your [...]

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Lifestyle Evangelism or Evangelistic Lifestyle

November 29, 2016

Finding common ground, and earning the right to be heard are key in the concept of Lifestyle Evangelism. The idea is to make friends and share the Gospel as you go.
An Evangelistic Lifestyle is very different. Sharing the Gospel is primary, and being friends with people is natural. A Christian should be kind, caring, friendly, [...]

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Speak and Turn the Corner

November 2, 2016

Most churches say that they share the Gospel.
Most pastors say that they encourage their people to share the Gospel.
If this is so, why is it that no one has ever tried to share the Gospel with me? Why is it so rare to see anyone sharing the Gospel with someone while I’m out and about [...]

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Too much or not enough

September 30, 2016

1 John says “God is love.”
Christians see this and are encouraged. They know that God is love and that God is just. Since God is just, he must punish those who sin. Since God is love, he made a way out of that punishment through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ bled and died on [...]

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Prayed for

August 22, 2016

I saw a guy leaning up against his truck each day on the way home. He had on a heavy coat. He had a big beard. He always had a can of beer in his hand.
I started to pray for him. I prayed that the Lord would send someone to share the Gospel with him. [...]

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Did you know the Lord?

July 18, 2016

“I used to be a Christian. I went to church, and Bible study and prayed and all that. I was even born again.” – Jay
“Did you know the Lord?” – Tim
“Yeah, I knew the Lord.” – Jay
“So, you walked away from Him on purpose?” – Tim
Jay’s friends came and interrupted our conversation.
But, why did I [...]

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