Posts Tagged ‘evangelism’

  

“Jesus went through the towns and villages, teaching as he went, always pressing on toward Jerusalem.” (Luke‬ ‭13:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

It is an epidemic that has been spreading around the world. MILLIONS are caught in its clutches. It is costing people some $600k a day. It is creating health issues, loss of jobs, and even the UK has reportedly seen rehabilitation centers open up new wings to bring needed treatment to give people their lives back! What is this infernal presence that’s taking over the world and ruining lives?! It’s nothing other than that sinister ploy called… (spooky music intro inserted here)Candy Crush!

We’ve all seen people’s lives devastated because of life-controlling issues and addictions. While some seem worth the outrage, the simple or petty things, like social media or video games, still cause not only significant damage in personal lives, but spiritually too! Too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing.

Just as Jesus made sure He was moving towards His life purpose (crucifixion) while He lived among us, so we must do the same thing. Play time and hobbies are good stress relievers, but if it is keeping us from our life objectives (to know Him and make Him known), then the enjoyable has become an enemy. Live your purpose, not your pleasures! Eternities hang in the balance! You are loved! 

  

  

Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Yesterday I preached a sermon about the extravagant love of the alabaster box offering. One year ago, I preached an illustrated message of Jesus’ last hours called “The Whip, Hammer & Cross”. Ten years ago, I preached a message entitled “The Prayer of Evangelism”. Fifteen years ago, I preached “The Corruption Of Good Character” to my first church in Hereford, TX. There’s been a lot of sermons I’ve both preached and heard in my lifetime!

As believers, you and I are not the product of a new ministry or a word come lately. We stand firmly on the shoulders of men and women that have preached, taught, and labored to share the Gospel since the days of Jesus Himself. We can trace this hope through history all the way back to then! We stand on the shoulders of a long legacy of faith!

So don’t let this word become dormant in you. Remember that yours is an ancient and strong faith, passed down from generation to generation, all the way to you. Be sure to do you’re part and keep passing it on! Continue the legacy by standing firm! You are loved! 

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Then his disciples said, ‘From this we believe…Jesus asked, ‘Do you finally believe?'” (John‬ ‭16‬:‭29-31‬ NLT)

Some years ago, I heard a man affiliated with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Ministry speak of the millions who came to God through their incredible crusades over the decades and around the world. But with remorse, he made a confession: By their own estimates, only less than 2% of those who made decisions for Christ actually committed themselves to living the Christ Life.

In my own mind, I recalled several televised crusades from my childhood where teary-eyed souls would stream to the platform to pray a prayer, never giving another thought to the fact that the “experience” of the moment would be abandoned due to never plugging into a local church and a discipleship process.

God is so much more than an experience! In this text, the disciples have lived the previous three years in a very emotional place with a mighty Savior. But while they claimed to believe, it was a belief born without testing, without pain or sacrifice. His response: You don’t believe enough because you are about to leave Me (v. 32).

Your belief in the Lord, His abilities, and His power cannot stem from good feelings or academic knowledge, but from a tested and true relationship with Him. Any thought of belief apart from this is wishful thinking on our part. When you arise from the testing grounds, you will stand knowing that God is real because you endured and remain! Never settle for anything less! You are genuinely loved today!

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I did not recognize him as the Messiah…” (John‬ ‭1‬:‭31‬ NLT)

We accuse teens of a lot of things, but heroes?! Two were. Teens Temar Boggs and Chris Garcia were enjoying a summer day in 2013 when they heard that police were outside searching for five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas, who had disappeared from her front yard and had possibly been abducted. With law enforcement and neighbors unsuccessful in their search, the boys canvassed the area on bikes, actually found and pursued the kidnapper, who in turn released the child, allowing the boys to carry her back to safety.

Just as these boys were unlikely heroes, Jesus lived among His peers as an unlikely savior. Even John, His own cousin, had no idea who Jesus really was until this moment at the Jordan River. But when God revealed the truth, everything changed.

There are still those who don’t realize the true identity of the Baby in the Manger, whose birth changed our world forever. Your life is God’s way of revealing Him, allowing others to see Christ in action. Let God use you this week to be an revealer of the marvelous unlikely savior of the world! You are loved today!

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O nations of the world, recognize the LORD, recognize that the LORD is glorious and strong.” (1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭28‬ NLT)

Worldwide, more than eight-in-ten people identify with a religious group. A comprehensive demographic study of more than 230 countries and territories conducted by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life estimates that there are 5.8 billion religiously affiliated adults and children around the globe, representing 84% of the 2010 world population of 6.9 billion. Of that group, Christianity ranks the highest with 32%, followed by Islam (23%), Hinduism (15%), Buddhism (7%), and Judaism (.2%), and a host of smaller religions.

From a Christian perspective, this is interesting, given our belief that when Noah and his family got off the ark, there were no other peoples or religions around. Somewhere along the way, things got off track. And while statistics prove that the world is a very religious society, needing to believe and worship something, where we began is neglected for what is preferred.

As you go about your week, ask yourself how you are helping the world to find its way back to the God of its creation. While Christians are perceived to be narrow-minded, we lose nothing if we are wrong in our stance. But if we are right, almost 70% of the world will suffer! Showing God’s love to them is the most humane and loving action we could ever provide! We are loved today by the God that is ready to welcome us all home!