We tore open presents from under the tree. Christmas dinner topped off our snack-filled bellies, and then a new year rang. We threw confetti and slept in the next morning. Our kids made snowmen and snow angels, while the dads shoveled and the moms sipped … Continue ReadingMEANWHILE, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD…
You love to be angry, don’t you? Come on – admit it! Even if every once in a while, given particular conditions, you enjoy anger. Strangely, there is something pleasant about it. … Continue ReadingDO YOU LOVE TO BE ANGRY?
On this happy 185th birthday of the incomparable Charles Spurgeon, I believe he was a happy christian despite the dark clouds of depression which often darkened his skies. Happiness in Jesus is a fight, and Spurgeon was an admirable fighter. … Continue ReadingA HAPPY CHRISTIAN
For many people, the most difficult part of sharing the gospel with someone is starting a conversation. If you are a Christian, you probably know enough about the gospel to lead someone to Christ. Therefore, the problem is not that the gospel is hard to explain, but the problem of starting a conversation that gives most Christians trouble.
Let’s go back to the basics and make evangelism easy. Basically, an evangelistic conversation is made up of 5 stages.
1. Warm Connection
2. Mutual Interest
3. The Shift
4. Gospel Presentation
5. Questions and Answers.
In this post, we will direct our attention to these stages and explore how they work together.
… Continue ReadingFIVE STAGES OF AN EVANGELISTIC CONVERSATION
In my sermon yesterday, I provided “10 Ways to Hear God More Clearly,” summarized from Thomas Watson’s book Heaven Taken By Storm. And I promised my church that these principles would be posted online, in case they were not able to write them down in the course of my preaching about them. … Continue Reading10 WAYS TO HEAR GOD MORE CLEARLY
Just when the NBA Finals threaten to pull the dark, oppressive, basketball-less cloud over the summer months, a bright spot. Not just a bright spot; a brilliantly, burning sun of hope and happiness! Malcolm Gladwell is back with his captivating and enlightening podcast, “Revisionist History!” … Continue ReadingHE’S BACK, BABY!
Ministers ought never to despair of the salvation of any sinner. To despair of any one is just the way to make him despair of himself. Many have been ruined in this way, probably. We ought to expect sinners to repent – and treat them … Continue ReadingNEVER DESPAIR OF ONE
I recently posted a resource about giving and taking critique. Today, another helpful article caught my attention. The following link at Ligonier contains a letter written by John Newton, to a correspondent who was about to blast a fellow minister in writing. Newton gives clear, concise, and beautiful advice. … Continue ReadingMORE ON CRITICISM
This one verse caught my attention and stuck with me today, much to my comfort and awe. We know God has factored into spiritual life a kind of cause and effect dynamic. We reap what we sow. We ask, He answers. But at the heart of the Christian life is God’s gracious and primary initiative in our lives. It’s true that God responds to us, but it is in no way near the way in which He acts first so that we can respond to Him. … Continue ReadingHE HEARS US, WE LOVE HIM