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Step Seven: Be Our Guest???

Invitations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been looking forward to, then it is a cause for celebration. However, on the other hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been dreading or something you cannot stand… then it might be a cause for apprehension. We all have been there before, and have all been put in awkward situations where someone has invited us to…

DON’T BE LAZY

An article dated April 16, 2014, appeared on the website of the New York Daily News entitled, “Laziness could be hereditary, study suggests.” The article tells of research conducted at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine where experiments conducted on rats lead to the identification of “36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.” As a result, “researchers came to the conclusion that there is such a thing as a genetic predisposition to laziness.”¹ I’m…

Money Minded

How important is money to you? What does money provide you? Besides the obvious physical/tangible elements like various items, housing, transportation, and sustenance – what else do you get out of your wealth and material possessions? Does the balance of your bank account provide your sense of self-worth or does it simply reflect the level in which you’ve been monetarily blessed? Is your identity found in the clothes that you wear and the belongings that you own or is it…

DON’T BE NEGLIGENT

The term negligent refers to behavior that is “marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably.”[1] In other words, you are considered negligent when your conduct and/or attitude is careless, lazy, or inattentive, and, as a result, threatens the well-being of others. Legally speaking, negligence is the basis for many personal injury lawsuits and can be defined as “the failure to exercise a certain degree of care in order to minimize the risk of injury to another person.”[2] Therefore, one would be…

Step Six: Let’s Have a DISCUSSION…

At this stage in the evangelism process, we have already: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, expressed our faith to them, and served them.  The majority of these first five steps are intended to separate us from the ordinary encounters our neighbors make daily. However, if we are not careful, we can get all the way through step five and know very little about OUR NEIGHBOR’S thoughts, beliefs, or faith. The overarching goal of evangelism is to meet the…

Selfless Control

Recently I read two articles in succession that struck me with how much they had in common. The first was from the Associated Press, it spoke of how a president of a Midwestern theological seminary was fired after the trustees determined that his temper had “imperiled his leadership.” The president confessed to “misappropriation of anger,” and “after hours of agonizing discussion and interviews with the president and the vice presidents, a majority of the board members concluded that the expressions…

Don’t Forget to Exercise

The Aqueduct of Segovia is one of the most well preserved elevated Roman aqueducts in the world. It was likely constructed toward the end of the first century or beginning of the second century CE, and yet it still stands today. It was designed to transported water from the Rio Frio River to the city of Segovia, Spain, spanning a distance of nearly eleven miles. The elevated portion of the aqueduct measures 2388 feet in length and is 93.5 feet…

New Year’s Resolutions

A common practice that coincides with the start of a new year is the making of new year’s resolutions. A New Year’s resolution is a personal declaration of what one intends to do at the start of a new year in order to change an undesired trait or behavior, to accomplish a personal goal, or otherwise improve one’s life. Setting such resolutions can be beneficial because they provide a strategic plan for how you intend to make beneficial changes in…

Step Five: First Come, Then SERVE

So far, in the evangelism process with our neighbors, we have: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, and expressed our faith to them. A common theme that we have established among the first four steps is how we should be trying to separate ourselves from the rest of the encounters they make daily. This is not to be fake, disingenuous, or to have ulterior motives. Simply put, this is to show them there is something different about us because…

Fully Involved

Have you ever heard the phrase “fully involved”? To me, that phrase refers to whether or not you want all of the fixings on your sandwich at Firehouse Subs. However, that phrase actually comes from the world of firefighting. In firefighting jargon, the phrase “fully involved” is a “term of size-up,” indicating that “the fire, heat, and smoke in a structure are so widespread that internal access must wait until fire streams can be applied.” If I understand this terminology…

Step Four: Express Yourself

Last time, we discussed three ways to accomplish one of the most practical milestones in the evangelism process, step three: ENGAGE, be ENGAGING, and arrange ENGAGEMENTS. It is during step three that we begin to spend quality time with our neighbor.  Many of the steps to follow will rely on a consistent dedication to this. For example, without having first accomplished step three, achieving the very next step can be awkward, weird, and uncomfortable. However, if we truly succeed in…

Thoughtfulness & Thankfulness

My whole life, I’ve heard the phrase, “What would you have today if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” This thought is always a sobering one as I reflect on my daily prayer life and the level of thankfulness I show in it. A couple of weeks ago, our whole nation, at some point or another, had their minds on the topic of being thankful. They may have done so around a big Thanksgiving…