Posts Tagged ‘outreach’

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My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.” (1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭1‬ NLT)

We are familiar with John Steinbeck’s works, such as Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath. But one of his best works was a letter to his teenage son, Thom, who had written of his feelings for a girl at boarding school in 1958: “First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.” The whole letter is a very touching fatherly moment from a famous man’s private life.

As the Apostle John was writing this letter to churched people, his fatherly concern was that they were not being committed enough in love to Christ, allowing old ways and habits to creep back in to their changed life. So, he does the only thing he can do from such a long distance away: He writes a letter from his heart.

When you love people, you will reach out to them in whatever relevant way you can in order to meet a need. Take time this week to write a note, text, email, or give a call to someone you love. Don’t let moments pass you by when you could be impacting someone’s life with your interaction. You are loved and made to show it!

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Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” (Jeremiah‬ ‭29‬:‭7‬ NLT)

Nipton, CA, was originally founded on February 9, 1905, with the coming of the first train on the newly constructed San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad. It served as a cattle-loading station for several local ranches; the town and depot also supplied numerous mines in the area, becoming a social center for the sparse population of the region on the northern edge of the Mojave Desert.

In its final rigor mortis-stage of existence, doomed to become another Western ghost town, one man’s dream is turning it around. Gerald Freeman, 81, a geologist/gold prospector, purchased the town in 1984, and has worked to revive its historic charm. Using solar energy and other natural resources, he has made the town self-sufficient, giving the town another chance to make a difference and live again.

Wherever God has allowed you to live, quit griping! Let your life be so influential that it makes a difference, even in your community. Then as the town or area is blessed by your sacrificial work, God gets the glory! Let your life make a greater-felt difference! You are loved today!

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After dark one evening, Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee, came to speak with Jesus.” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Network211 is a project that uses Internet evangelism and connects responders with volunteers. In 2010, 1,131,423 people from 230 countries and territories viewed evangelism sites and 81,989 made an evangelism response. Currently, 28,646 continue to interact with Network211 in a discipleship connection!

What makes this group’s accomplishments so amazing is that it’s greatest generating of interest is in Asia and Africa, in the predominantly Muslim nations where Christianity is a crime. While these may not attend a Christian service, they are like modern-day Nicodemuses, coming to Jesus under a protective cover and accepting His extended offer of salvation.

Take time to pray for those that are looking for life but live under a cloud of fear. Ask God to help them find their way to the Christ Life, where a bold love awaits them! Who knows, you might be a Network211 connection to someone near you today! You are loved! Share it!

As a result we were showered with honors, and when the time came to sail, people supplied us with everything we would need for the trip.” (Acts 28:10 NLT)

In 1833, French missionary Eugène Casalis went to South Africa to reach souls among the Basuto. With the help of friends, they taught new methods of farming, introduced new species of livestock, and brought domesticated cats to get rid of mice. This caused the Basuto to be grateful and hear the missionary message, which lead many to Christ and established a strong church there.

I’m grateful for those in my life that not only encouraged me to make a personal relationship with Jesus, but modeled it before me with grace and attractiveness, winning me with friendship instead of “preaching”. People still respond to our loving outreach through friendship! They are grateful for those who get out of their own life in order to take the time of getting into another’s.

Be empowered today to live personally as a Christ Lifer, letting God shine through your own life! God doesn’t need more preachers, He needs bridge builders! Find a friend in need and you’ll find an open avenue to share Christ’s love with a newly responsive soul! You are loved today!

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