Posts from 2018

Posts from 2018

Jesus the Living Water: PART 1

For some, the most difficult part of evangelism and soul winning in our culture today is simply peaking someone’s interest towards a conversation about Christ. Sometimes we can go weeks, months, and even years before ever establishing a level of interest about the Gospel or about Christ with our co-workers, friends, neighbors, and family. We all KNOW this should not be the case, but regretfully… it is. It has become much easier to talk to them about work, sports, politics,…

THE BLESSING OF PROPITIATION

Most professions and organizations have their own jargon, which is a fancy word for unique and specialized terms that are accepted and understood within a particular field or group. Through the entertainment industry or personal experience you have likely encountered numerous types of professional jargon. For example, you may hear a lawyer say, “Objection,” and a judge respond, “Overruled.” That is legal jargon. Maybe you’ve heard a medical professional say, “Let’s check your vitals.” He or she is using medical…

Show Them Christ

You’ve been there haven’t you? You may be there right now. You might be at the place where you know someone who is lost, or you know someone needs to reach out. It may be that co-worker you’ve been just inches away from bringing up Jesus to. It may be a friend or a family member that you are so close to mentioning Jesus to. You might even find yourself saying… “I am not a minister, I have not had…
Freedom of Hope

THE BLESSING OF HOPE

There once were two boys who were identical twins with only one difference—one was a hope-filled optimist and the other a hopeless pessimist. Their parents were worried about the extremes of optimism and pessimism in the boys so they took them to see a psychologist. The psychologist suggested a plan that he thought might help. The plan was to acquire two large rooms then fill one room with all the toys a boy could want and the other room with a…

In the Maker’s Eyes

I have not had the blessing of raising a child and I am for sure not planning to do so soon, but I have been one before and have had experience with close friend’s children in the past. When you think about children’s art, or your art from when you were a child (and frankly, my art to this day), to be honest… it is horrible. Most times, it is an indistinguishable conglomeration of lines and shapes and crayon strokes…
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THE BLESSING OF FREEDOM

Harry Houdiniis arguably the greatest magician to ever live. One reason for his great success was the fact that he was a phenomenal escape artist. According to legend, he once bragged that there wasn’t a jail cell in the world from which he couldn’t escape, provided that he could go into the cell dressed in his street clothes and work in complete privacy. A small town in England had built a new jail that they believed to be escape-proof, so they…

The Blessing of Proclaiming

During this past quarter on Wednesday nights, I have had the immense opportunity to teach a course on personal evangelism in my office. The class has been one of the most enriching experiences I have ever had in ministry to date. The incredible roster of genuine evangelistically minded and hearted people has been an inspiration to me. At the beginning of the quarter, I challenged each student to select three individuals that they had an influence with whether that be…
SEAL

THE BLESSING OF SEALING

Four successful and wealthy brothers met for dinner one evening and began discussing the extravagant gifts they had given their elderly mother for Christmas. The first said, “I built her a big house.” The second said, “I installed a movie theater in her house.” The third said, “I bought her a new Mercedes.” And the fourth said, “Since mom loved reading the Bible and she can’t read anymore due to her poor eyesight, I reached out to this preacher who…

The Heart of an Evangelist

Of all the people in the New Testament, there is only one person ascribed the name, “The Evangelist.” In the book of Acts, we read of a man named Philip, a man who wound up working in Caesarea. Before that, Philip was one of the seven chosen in Acts 6 as one of the men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit, and full of wisdom according to verse 3. Many believe this was the first institution of deacons…
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THE BLESSING OF PRAYER

I once heard a story about a young boy’s family who went to his grandmother’s house for dinner. Once the food was placed on the table, the boy quickly fixed his plate and began to eat. His mother said, “We haven’t asked God to bless the food yet. You know that at home we always say a prayer before we eat.” The boy replied, “But we don’t have to say a prayer here. This is grandma’s house. She knows how…
Free Will

THE BLESSING OF PREDESTINATION

A man arrived at the gates of heaven and noticed that there were two lines. One had a sign labeled “Predestined,” and the other, “free will.” He headed over to the predestined line first, and while waiting, an angel came up to him and asked, ”Why are you in this line?” The man said, “Because I chose it. ”The angel replied, “Well, if you ‘chose’ it, then you should be in the free will line.” So the man obediently wandered…

The Greatest Conundrum Facing the Gospel Today

If someone were to sit down and begin writing a list of the greatest problems facing the Gospel today they would end up with a pretty extensive list. Division, confusion, hate, false teaching, comfort-zones, divisiveness, bias, and apathy are some, just to name a few, of the conundrums that the Gospel and those who proclaim it face on a daily basis. No doubt these are some troubling factors contributing to the issues, but they are not the greatest issue. The…