Calling All Sinners

Mark 2:17Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Christians carry the medicine of the Gospel to a sick and dying world.

My Advice -It is okay to associate with “sinners.” Just make sure that it is your behavior that is rubbing off on them, rather than the other way around. Associate with sinners, but do not participate in sinful activity.

Involved In Evangelism

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Acts 1:8“You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV 1978)

My Musings – God has commissioned us to share the Gospel, so that others may know the way they can inherit eternal life. We should view this as a privilege, for that is what it really is. Not so much a command as it is an opportunity to share the best news anyone could ever hear. People usually cannot wait to share a piece of good news with others or to introduce new friends to old friends. In the same way, we should be very eager to share the Gospel and to introduce others to the Savior. To play whatever part we can in rescuing them from eternal separation from God.

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Yet all too often we are hesitant to do so. Perhaps this is because we fear rejection and ridicule. Whatever the reason, we sometimes let our burden over these fears overcome our burden for the lost. But it is not just failing to speak out when we should that prevents us from being the witnesses that we should be. It is also the way that we live our lives. Our external behavior is not always as consistent as it should be with the internal change that has taken place in us. So, if we dared to speak up to share our faith, would our testimony be credible based upon the evidence of how we live our lives day-to-day? The sad reality is that when we fail to speak out when we should, or when our conduct is inconsistent with our professed faith in Christ, we are actually being a witness – a poor one. This is certainly not the legacy we want to leave with our friends and family.

My Advice – We must be prepared to testify (witness) when called to the “stand.” In the meantime, we need to make sure that the lives we are living will be consistent with the truth that we proclaim (evidence).  We must not only “talk the talk,” we must “walk the walk.”

Coming Soon – An updated version of my Bible study “Got Spiritual Milk?” will soon be available in the Store link on my home page. What you see above is a short excerpt the chapter dealing with the eleventh of twelve “steps” discussed in the study.

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Encouragement for Fellow Bloggers

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Isaiah 55:11[S]o is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – As a blogger, it is easy to become discouraged at times.  You write a blog that you feel particularly good about and receive no comments, likes or shares and very few views.  You begin to ask yourself, why am I doing this?  This is a question we should continually ask ourselves.  If we are doing it for the comments, likes, shares or number of views, then perhaps we are doing it for the wrong reason (perhaps our own glory?).  But if we are doing solely for the glory of God (soli Deo Gloria), statistics are not the point.

If God has called us to the ministry of blogging, He merely calls us to be faithful.  Being faithful does not always mean being “successful.”  At least in terms of statistics. Jesus had a mere twelve followers and lost one, but look what happened. When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus (Acts 4:13, NIV 1984)

But if the words we are blogging are in reality going out from the “mouth” of God (we should be so blessed), then they will not return empty, but will accomplish whatever He desires.  As a blogger, I may never actually see the results, and the results can never really be measured by comments, likes, shares or views.  But if He uses any blog of mine to accomplish just one of His purposes, that will be statistic enough.

My Advice – Blog on, soli Deo gloria!

Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?

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Introduction

How can Christians be so sure they’re right and everyone else is wrong? Isn’t that being exclusive or arrogant?

  • Exclusive – Not shared: available to only one person or group.
  • Arrogant – Having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people.

What do people say?

Christianity is exclusive. If Christianity is true, then Continue reading “Whatever Happened to the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”

The First Black Friday

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Psalm 100:4, 5Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV 1984)

My Musing – The above comic stands in stark contrast to this passage from Psalms, as the shoppers “enter the mall gates with Thanksgiving” seeking a good deal on Black Friday.  A long time ago there was another kind of Black Friday, which culminated in the greatest deal ever offered to mankind.  This deal allows anyone who accepts it, the greatest bargain ever conceived – eternal life at no cost to us.

My Advice – Take the deal.  There will be no buyer’s remorse.

 

Involve Yourself In Evangelism

Step 11 – Involve Yourself In Evangelism
“You will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria,
and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

A: Discovering the Truth

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B. Exploring the Truth

Apart from the rule of law itself, attorneys have two primary tools at their disposal when presenting their case before a judge of jury. The first tool is the personal testimony of a witness that is offered in support of the case being presented. The second tool is physical evidence that corroborates the case that has been presented. In a court proceeding there is also an adversary, an opposing attorney who will attempt to impugn the integrity and veracity of the witnesses and contradict or call into question the credibility of the evidence.

When it comes to faith in Christ, the Gospel is the case that is being presented. Continue reading “Involve Yourself In Evangelism”

Consider The Consequences

Consider The Consequences

A couple weeks ago, the Sunday amusing was entitled “Consider The Possibilities.” Seriously considering the possibilities inevitably leads to a decision as to which of the possibilities one believes and chooses to follow.  But what if one chooses wrong?

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For this, one must consider the consequences if they are wrong.

The Shepherd – “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.” 

The Sheep – “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ ” 

The Goats – “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.’ “

 The Consequences – “Then they [the goats] will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous [the sheep] to eternal life.”

(Excerpts from Matthew 25:31–46, NIV 1984).

These are the words of Jesus.  The same Jesus who said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6, NIV 1984)

The sheep come to the Father through Jesus.  The goats do not. If the sheep are wrong about God and Jesus, it matters little.  There is no hell, or hereafter.  From dust we came and to dust we return, along with the goats.  On the other hand, if the goats are wrong, it matters much.  Death is not the end, but eternal punishment for the goats, but eternal life for the sheep.   If Jesus is right about being the only way to the Father He is also right about the consequences.

In the words of Snoopy, “has it ever occurred to you that you might be wrong?”  You want to be right about this one.