Outrage?

by on May 21, 2018

It seems that every time there is a school shooting or mass shooting the media express outrage over gun violence. It has become predictable as to what happens.

* Shooting occurs
* A few facts are given
* Lots of pictures of grieving and crying people
* A picture of the killer
* Calls for taking away guns i.e. usually termed “gun control”
* Maybe a candle light vigil, or a march for “gun control”

Now, think of what happens when someone dies. It is either Heaven or Hell for that person. Every Christian knows this. Every person knows that death is a bad thing and if they think about it they fear it because, “the wages of sin is death.” But, there is good news because, “the gift of God is eternal life.”

Where is the Christian zeal and outrage? There is a way out of this terrible punishment for sin. There is a way for people to end up in Heaven and NOT in Hell. Yet, Christians don’t seem to care about it. It’s as if they’re fine with thousands of people a day going to Hell. They comfort themselves by saying, “God knows their heart.” Or, “They prayed to receive Jesus into their heart when they were a child.” Even though their actions look NOTHING like what a Christian’s should look like. Or, even, “God will save the ones He wants to save. You don’t have to do anything.” And, even, “When most Christians try to share the Gospel, it does more harm than good.”

How will people hear the Gospel if it is not given clearly. What can be done to awaken the zeal Christians should have to share the Gospel? Have they no outrage that sin, self and pleasure has tied their hands and closed their mouths?

Has the Gospel become so difficult to share?

It is predictable at most churches:

Hamster on a wheel

Hamster on a wheel

* We should share the good news

* Tell people about Jesus’ love

* So many people are broken and hurting

* Lets pray

* Then, maybe a promotional for doing some good deed together as a church or a partnership outreach with other churches, so that “people will see your good deeds and glorify your father in Heaven.” That is assuming they acknowledge there is a God, and that He is good.

Maybe we should take time to skip mowing the grass this week and go find someone to share the Gospel with and use words? Maybe we should meet up to share the Gospel using words and talking to people after work, and then eat a late dinner when we get home? Maybe take some time from lunch break to see if there’s someone standing outside we could share the Gospel with? What about even giving a tract to someone at the grocery store and saying, “Here, this is for you.” If they reject you, all they did was reject you. You might even get into a conversation and share the Gospel with them. Why don’t I do something to share the Gospel this week, and see what happens? Why don’t you do something this week to share the Gospel and see what happens? Be sure to use words.

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1 Hour 18 Minutes

by on April 3, 2018

Every day felt like Friday starting on Wednesday of Spring Break.

When I got a call on Wednesday it was from a director in southern Oregon. She said she had been contacted to set up an Easter Party Club that coming Saturday. It was already to go, but she didn’t recognize where the address was. After putting it into her GPS device in her car it said the address was One Hour and Eighteen Minutes away, in west Eugene. It wasn’t even in her area of ministry.

It was in ours. We had a party club at the apartment complex that Saturday. Our hostess had helped at a Good News Club in Bend when she was in high school. Now with her family in an apartment complex she wanted to reach out with the Gospel to all the kids living there. 26 kids came along with about half a dozen adults. This hostess even organized an Easter Egg hunt, and pizza to feed everyone who came. There was even enough pizza left that several families were able to take a whole pizza home with them after the party.

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APO Friends

March 1, 2018

Assurance, Purity and Obedience go hand in hands as friends.
Of these three, purity is the Christian’s key (James 1:25, 27b).
With Purity, the Christian is emboldened to greater obedience. As the Christian obeys, he will face opposition and temptation. When he bears up under the opposition and resists temptation, his assurance of faith in Christ grows. [...]

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Prayers Change

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 [...]

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Scared

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 [...]

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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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