Top Two

by on December 6, 2018

When you read missionary biographies, what stands out to you?

Is it the miracles God does on the field? Is it the personal perseverance of the missionary you read about? Is it the attitude of those who help the missionary when they need it the most?

The top two characteristics of most missionaries you read about are prayer and evangelism. It isn’t about the support raising (finding people to give them money for the work). It isn’t about their relationships with those back home. It isn’t about their character.

Most often their work is built on prayer and evangelism. In each case they let the Lord do the work of supplying their needs, and giving them food, clothing and money for the work.

Amy Carmichael put it well when she sent letters home begging people to pray. Sometimes people sent money or things, and she had to tell them what things were needed BECAUSE they sent things to her, not because she asked them to. She gave them a pretend example of Bezaeleel and Aholiab who worked to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. She gave them a pretend conversation about holding a bake sale to fund the tabernacle. God had supplied their needs for the tabernacle without a bake sale. He could certainly give her all she needed. She constantly asked people to pray for her and the work God had set out for her to do.

Mary Slessor spent hours in prayer every night in the jungles of Nigeria. She would pray for the cannibals and the work of sharing the Gospel with them. When she went home, she didn’t ask for money. She asked for people to come and help in the work, and for people to pray.

Hudson Taylor said, “God’s Work done God’s Way will never lack God’s Supply.” He lived it. When one of his Chinese helpers asked him what he would do for his family since they were almost out of food, he replied that God loved and cared for his children more than he did, and would take care of all their needs. God did take care of all their needs. Hudson kept on praying and sharing the Gospel and teaching the Chinese from God’s Word.

Not every Christian or Missionary is going to be like Amy Carmichael, Mary Slessor, or Hudson Taylor, most will be forgotten except by God. But, each one can pray, and can ask God to help them share the Gospel and then go and seek to share it.

Don’t quit. Pray often and always. Share the Gospel as much as you can. You and I don’t know how many days we left, and almost everyone expects to wake up in the morning to another day. But, how many more days do people really have? A car accident, a disease, or a violent criminal could end someone’s life in an instant, and that person’s days would be over.

Pray and Share the Gospel. Seek to every day.

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Passive or Active

by on August 27, 2018

How do you share the Gospel?

Passive & Unintentionally or Active & Intentionally?

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This isn’t about running or being fit.

What would it look like to Passively share the Gospel? Probably what most churches do today; service projects, giving time or money, encouraging people to volunteer in the community. All this with the hope that someone will ask about Jesus and a church member, at best, gets to lead someone to Christ. This passive sharing might include praying for people or even visiting non-church members in the hospital or helping them when they’re in need.

What would Unintentional sharing the Gospel look like? Probably what most churches do today, and then be surprised when someone comes to Christ. Then, feeling justified when the person talks about church or a church member being different, so they started coming to church and got saved at church.

What would someone who is passive and unintentional do about sharing the Gospel? Be nice. Give things away. Help others. Go to church. Give money away whether in the offering plate at church or to non-profits or both. Maybe attend a Bible study or a Sunday school class.

What would active sharing the Gospel look like? Talking with people about Jesus. Giving away tracts (little pieces of paper that tell the Gospel). Maybe even open air preaching (scary thought). Praying for specific people to receive Christ, and then trying to talk with them about Jesus and not waiting for them to bring Him up in conversation. It would also include the things passive Gospel sharers do too (if you could call passively sharing the Gospel, sharing the Gospel at all).

What would intentional sharing the Gospel look like? Praying for specific people to be saved. Praying for opportunities to talk with them about Jesus. Actually going to talk with them about Jesus. Planning to go to a specific place to share the Gospel with people who are there. Maybe even having set times to go back to a certain place to share the Gospel on a regular basis, and actually talking with people about sin and Jesus’ death and resurrection and the proper response of each person to Him.

So, are you passive and unintentional or active and intentional? If you find that you’re passive and unintentional, ask God to change your heart and pray for B.O.B. (Burden for the lost, Opportunities to share the Gospel, and Boldness to speak and share the Gospel).

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Outrage?

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 [...]

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1 Hour 18 Minutes

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 [...]

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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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