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Patience Is A Virtue

More than likely, we have all heard the phrase “patience is a virtue” at one time or another in our lives. One might hear the phrase most commonly in a specific situation where patience is lacking at that time. As with many other common colloquialisms, we freely say it or hear it with little thought to its origin or full meaning. This sentiment is a reflection upon someone’s ability to wait for something. By calling patience a virtue, or state…

Step Three: After Rapport… ENGAGE Them More!!!

The first two steps of the personal evangelism process can and probably will be the most awkward. Even though this should not be the case, the idea of being PERSONALLY evangelistic has become uncomfortable, uneasy, and unsettling for the growing majority of Christians. Introducing oneself and building a rapport with your neighbor are two essential steps in bringing them to Christ. However, the journey does not end there. Perhaps the most crucial question is, “What do I do after that?”…

BE THE ONE, NOT THE NINE

Although the Thanksgiving holiday traces its roots back to the 17th century and was first observed nationally under the presidency of George Washington, it did not become an annual holiday until 1863 by proclamation of Abraham Lincoln. In Lincoln’s address regarding the Thanksgiving holiday, he noted that all blessings “are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.” His statement is reminiscent of Habakkuk 3:2 in…

The Fear Factor

It seems that when tigers hunt, they have a remarkable capacity for causing their prey to paralyze with fear, a size greater than any of the other big cats. As the tiger charges toward its helpless victim, it lets out a spine-chilling roar. Now you’d think this would be enough to cause the prey to turn and run for its life, but instead, it often freezes and soon becomes tiger food. At the turn of the 21st century, scientists at…

STEP TWO: No RAPPORT??? No Open Doors…

Last time, we examined the first step of the Who Is My Neighbor Ten Step Process, “Introduction.” We talked about the dire need for Christians to be PROACTIVE in the evangelism process. We cannot wait for THEM to come to US; we must go to them, and we do that by making introductions. Today, we will be talking about step two in the Ten Step Process, “BUILDING A RAPPORT.”  In our current world and culture, a seemingly more and more…

What Does God See When He Looks At Me?

The Bible repeatedly refers to God as an all-seeing entity. In Genesis 16:13, Hagar called God El-Roi, which means “the-God-Who-Sees,” because he saw her plight and intervened. In 1 Samuel 16:7, when Samuel was sent to anoint David as the next king of Israel, God told him that He “sees not as man sees” because He “looks on the heart.” The author of Hebrews wrote, “no creature is hidden from [God’s] sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes…

Faith to Faith

Have you ever been in a situation where you were amazed by the faithfulness or loyalty of someone else? A friend who was there in difficult times, a boss who went above and beyond, or perhaps a pet that always sticks near. It’s an incredible feeling to know you have someone who will always be there for you and will not leave no matter what. It’s this ultimate security that we perhaps seek out more than anything else when choosing…
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STEP ONE: Allow Me to INTRODUCE Myself…

The past few weeks, we have been challenged to seek out our neighbors who need Jesus. After examining the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37, we understand that everyone around us is our neighbor. Whether they are next-door, a co-worker, a classmate, a friend, or a family member…they are a neighbor whom we are to love as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:39). To love them as we love ourselves, we must love them enough to care about their…

False Security

Have you ever had to work a graveyard shift at your job before? Have you ever even heard of the phrase “graveyard shift”? Certain jobs like factories, hospitals, or other 24-hour establishments require people to be there all around the clock. Therefore, employees are given the “graveyard shift” in which they clock in sometime around midnight and clock out in the early hours of the morning. For many, this would be a nightmare to endure, but for some, this is…
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DIVINE DETOURS

When you are traveling in unfamiliar territory, and you come across a detour, it feels like a tremendous setback. It interrupts your momentum, your schedule, and if you’re like me, your blood pressure. Detours are frustrating, stressful, and burdensome, but detours are often necessary. For example, detours are utilized when dangerous conditions are present. You may be forced to detour because a bridge is washed away or debris is obstructing the roadway. Detours are used when improvements are underway. You…
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For Those in Need of a Physician

What does the phrase ‘Gospel Meeting’ mean to you? What do you think about when you see these two words? For me, it has always meant good food, good speakers, good topics, good sermons, and good times spent with Christian brothers and sisters. Growing up, I always looked forward to the yearly Gospel Meeting because I knew we were going to have a great week of fellowship and spiritual growth. To me, it was one of the highlights of my…

Why Should Christians Care About the Environment?

Recently, Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research released data revealing a significant increase in the number of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest this year in comparison to last year. This information reignited concerns about climate change. Whether or not the Amazonian fires endanger the earth’s environment is debated and certainly not the focus of this article. However, the presence of another environmental issue provides an opportunity for us to consider what the Christian’s stance on such matters should be.…