The Chain of Evangelism

June 16, 2024

Discouraged about the lack of response, or negative response, when you tell someone about Jesus Christ?

I once heard an analogy that helped me. When you tell someone about the Lord, you are part of an evangelism chain. You might be the first link of the chain, or somewhere in the middle, or you may experience the thrill of seeing someone receive Christ. But all the links are important.

Our responsibility is not the result—that is God’s sovereign act–but faithfully telling others of our Lord as we are prompted by the Holy Spirit.

Press on!

BLESSED!

June 9, 2024

My lifelong friend and I wrote a book. She lived it, I helped write it.

Suzanne Maurer, an ordinary Christian, is living proof that God turns horrors into blessing. Date raped at 19, her son, conceived by that rape, led her to Christ twenty years later. After 40 years of joyful living, she is now showing all of us how to live with ALS. Suzanne is truly blessed, and this book shows how.

BLESSED! is now available in print through BookLocker, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and elsewhere. Ebook is now available at BookLocker and soon in Kindle and Nook.

Helping Suzanne write this book challenged me, humbled me, helped me learn more about Gods’s loving sovereignty, and gave me hope. Come along and see how!

Missing the Mark

June 2, 2024

Missing the laundry basket may bring the wrath of Mom.

Missing God’s commandment brings the eternal wrath of God.

Don’t be deceived. God is our Creator and has every right to tell us how we are to live. (Genesis 1:27)

God has made His standard very clear. We are to love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. We are to love our neighbor as ourselves. (Matthew 22:36-40)

Don’t deceive yourself. We ALL have sinned. We ALL fall short. We ALL deserve death. (Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23)

We ALL are sinners and we cannot save ourselves.

God provided a solution through Jesus Christ for His just, eternal wrath for our sin .

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

In order to be included in God’s salvation, we must repent of our sins, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Please!

When You Don’t Understand

May 26, 2024
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Usually implied in this statement is that something bad happened.

If something good happened, we’re apt to think: “What a good girl I am.” “What  a good boy I am.”

But if something bad happens …

Christian Fundamentals When You Don’t Understand

God is good and does good. (Psalm 119:68)

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

We must rest on the facts that God is good, God does good, and that His ways and His thoughts are much higher than our own.

We Must Trust

We cannot fully understand why God does something. But we can and must trust Him.

As Christians, we are His children and He loves us, protects us, trains us, and grows us into Christ’s likeness. Everything that He allows into our lives is for a loving purpose, to bring us to glory.

Trust Almighty God and Press On

Whose Opinion Matters?

May 19, 2024

We are inundated with words and opinions, which have accelerated with social media. So… whose opinion matters? Who and what do we believe? What do we act on?

There are four categories of the sources of opinions.

God

For Christians, it is clear, God’s opinion matters! And not only that, He is truth and all He says is true.

If you don’t believe, God still is Truth! Watch out.

O Lord, God of truth. (Psalm 31:5)

The World/Satan

Everything Satan says is a lie. He wants to damage us, destroy us.

He [the devil] was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (John 8:44)

Ourselves

We talk to ourselves all the time. ALL the time. We must be careful what we say to ourselves. I remember a comic where the grandfather asked his granddaughter why she was upset. She said: “I was talking to myself. And, well, things were said.” Isn’t that true?!

I’ve been asked if I believe everything a certain person says. Well, no, but I don’t always agree with myself either. We have to evaluate what we say to ourselves according to the Bible.

Others

With others, we have to exercise discernment. Other people vary in their importance to us; a spouse’s opinion has different weight than a stranger in the store. And other people are more or less operating according to the Spirit or the flesh.

You shouldn’t even always listen, but you should always evaluate according to God’s truth. And to do that you have to know God’s truth.

How to get it right

Since God is Truth, and God’s “opinion” is the total truth, He is where we need to start. His truth is contained in His Word, the Bible, so the better we know the Bible, the better we know the truth.

The better we know the Bible, God’s truth, the better we can detect lies and misinformation.

What to do

STUDY God’s Word! Memorize! Meditate! Make God’s Word a integral part of your being.

Press on!

Using Our Time

May 12, 2024

We are born with a God-given purpose, with a length of life God ordained for us, and with responsibility how we use the time God gave us.

Make the most of your time, because the days are evil. (Ephesians 5:16)

There are books and sermons on this topic, many of which focus on productivity. Those messages are about wisely using the hours in our days, being productive.

Accomplishing what the Lord wants us to do in any given time period is important. Many of us carefully plan our days (after prayer, of course!).

Opportunities versus Hours

But! We also need to be alert to unexpected opportunities arising in our planned-out day!

In Ephesians 5:16, “time” is a translation of “Kairos,” which means season or opportunity rather than “Chronos,” clock hours.

Make the most of your opportunities, make the most of your seasons, witnessing and serving in Christ’s name. We must be open to how we can fulfill His purpose for us in advancing His kingdom, even if it isn’t what we’d planned (!).

Conflicts

A conflict may arise between using every hour productively and responding to opportunities.

Picture yourself with a day planned with what you KNOW is God’s direction. It’s going fine, but then you receive an urgent call from someone needing help, and you believe God wants you to assist. Your prayerfully planned day is out the window. What you planned is no longer possible.

How do you feel?

I have a godly Christian friend who focuses on staying connected to Jesus Christ and then lives spontaneously. (I admire her, but don’t always understand.) My spontaneous friend is apt to say: “Great! I have an unexpected opportunity to witness about my Lord and serve this person in Christ’s name.” No problem.

Me? I am likely to be stressed, even though I dive into helping the person with the issue. (And stress, of course, can bring out not-so-desirable behaviors.)

Resolutions

Making the most of my hours is important, but I need to stay open to His surprises during the day. My plans, even after prayer, are my plans. They are not sacrosanct. I am the bond-servant of my Lord Jesus Christ and I must, I must, stay ready to follow Him That means my plans must be continually surrendered to my Lord’s direction throughout the day. And that I must rejoice in it.

I will continue to pray about what the Lord would have me do with my day, but I resolve to be open to changing events and needs and not be fixed on what I planned in advance.

Lord, HELP!

Delight God

May 5, 2024
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We can bring joy and delight to Almighty God! I find it amazing that we, His created humans, can delight God. But we (Christians) can and have.

Bring Joy to God by Repentance

Christians have already brought joy to God by repenting and receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. (Luke 15:10)

Delight God Here and Now

Believers can also delight God here and now by we live.

God delights in lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness on earth. If we live that way, we delight God. (Jeremiah 9:24)

We please God through faith, by believing that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

We please God as we walk in a manner worthy of Him. The blameless in their walk are His delight. (Proverbs 11:20)

God delights in the upright, and delights in the prayer of the upright. (1 Chronicles 29:17; Proverbs 15:8)

If we are faithful with the few things He gives us to do, we enter into His joy.

Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master. (Matthew 25:23)

Being able to delight God—Holy, Eternal, Unchanging, Almighty—is unfathomable to me. But it is both true and a motivator to live to please Him.

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Thank You, Father, that we matter to You and that we can delight You, bringing You joy. Help us live more and more in a way that pleases You.

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more.” (1 Thessalonians 4:1)

Joy in a Troubled World

April 28, 2024
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Fallen World = Troubled World = The Land of the Living

That is how it is until God takes us (Christians) to heaven.

Christians have joy now

Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in Christians.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. (Galatians 5:22)

We have responsibility to be joyful

We have every reason to be joyful because of who God—Father, Son, Holy Spirit—is, who we are to Him, what He does, how He works in our lives, and our promised glory to come.

In order for us to be joyful and stay joyful, we must stay connected to the vine, connected to Jesus. We must abide in Him.

How to stay connected to Jesus Christ

Stay in the Word of God. Read. Study. Memorize. Recall to mind throughout the day.

Pray without ceasing.

Love God by obeying His commands.

Practice rejoicing, remembering the Truth, and looking for glimpses of God.

Press on

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Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Practice When It Is Easy

April 21, 2024
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Practice when it is easy so you do well when it is hard

Pilots, sailors, and many other professions routinely practice emergency procedures, so if they face an emergency they know what to do and have done it successfully in the past.

Pilots practice flying on instruments (needed for bad weather) when the weather is good, using a hood to restrict their vision, and with a qualified pilot in the right seat.

Christians need to practice also

God tells us to keep His statues and practice them. And He sanctifies us.

You shall keep My statutes and practice them; I am the Lord who sanctifies you. (Leviticus 20:8)

Skills don’t start full-blown. When children start walking, they fall, get up, and walk again. Similarly, we don’t live perfect Christian lives as soon as we are saved. (Don’t you wish?!)

Spiritually, we need to practice as well. Work at thanking and trusting God, for example, when faced with “small” issues so trusting Him in a tragedy comes readily.

For example

It is a beautiful day for your picnic. Thanking and trusting God comes easy.

You’ve planned a special celebration at a park … but it is sleeting. Thanking and trusting God is harder, but we must thank and trust.

A hurricane or tornado damages your community, and/or your home. He is the same good God, with the same holy, loving purposes for you, His child. Thank and trust Him that He will use that difficult event to make you into the image of His Son.

Set your heart

We must determine to thank and trust Him when it is a beautiful day, developing the habit to thank and trust Him when it is hard and we don’t understand.

Ezra had set his heart to study the law of the Lord and to practice it, and to teach His statutes and ordinances in Israel. (Ezra 7:10)

He is worthy.

Be More Grateful

April 14, 2024

Giving thanks to God is a command. Being grateful to Him shows we love Him. Gratitude serves Him, praises Him, and worships Him. (See Gratitude)

But how can we do this better? How can we give Him thanks with all our hearts? (Psalm 138:1) How can we overflow with gratitude? (Colossians 2:7)

Fundamentals of Gratitude

The better we know God, the more grateful we are.

The better we know how much God loves us, the more grateful we are.

The better we know God’s loving control over what He brings or allows into our lives, the more peaceful we are, and the more grateful we are.

The better we know God’s plan for the world, His forthcoming victory over evil, His rewards for His children, and His judgment on sinners, the more peaceful we are in any situation, and the more grateful we are.

The key to each of those is to know the word of God, the Bible, and pray. If you don’t have a daily Bible study routine, start! Memorization (which I’m terrible at, but know I need) stores the Word of God in your heart, helping you remember His word.

No one is satisfied with their “prayer life,” but keep working on it.

Tips during the day

Remember. Remember. Remember.

Remembering who God is and who we are to Him, trumps any difficulty. It shifts our focus from problems to eternal reality.

Remember God’s answers to prayer in your own life, and in others. God is at work.

Recite Bible verses about His love for you. Remind yourself that you are His creation, His child. He has a reason for the situation. You can trust Him.

Remember His promises. You are headed to glory!

Stay alert.

As you see nice, funny, wholesome things during the day, thank Him. Deliberately look for the good things, and thank Him. [It can be a habit to see the good … or to see the bad. I’m not advocating for Pollyanna, and we do need to be aware of issues around us. But we need to put things in eternal context.]

As you see things that concern you, thank Him that He is God, and working His holy plan to a righteous victory over evil. Thank Him that, for you, He is working all things for good, making you more and more like Jesus Christ.

Ask yourself: in this situation, what am I grateful for?

Notice when you grumble, and deliberately turn that to thanksgiving.

Regularly enumerate things you are grateful for.

Gratitude is a discipline rooted in faith.

Press on!

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