Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Working with Him

(This post was unfortunately overlooked in getting published back in April. I'm posting now to get it up.)
Volume 8, Issue 2
Working with Him
A few weeks ago, awake in the middle of the night there I sat, attempting to do everything possible to get the medicine in my son’s (22mo.) mouth and drain down the back of his throat.  In the near pitch dark it came to me!  The fallen world we live in- this very moment- is exuding with pain.  We can all count on our hand people who are hurting-emotionally, physically, spiritually.  What stands in the way of healing?  Pride/ truth/ sin/faithlessness….  My toddler son’s strong will resisted the necessary medicine to make him physically better/healthy.   It twisted me up emotionally inside as I wanted so badly for him to get better but he refused/spit out/ cried/screamed at every attempt to administer his doctor prescribed antibiotic- the very thing he needed.  Like my son, how often the very thing people/others need they resist.  Take for example sharing the Gospel.  First let me be honest though, I may be equipped and trained in how to share the message about Jesus but it doesn’t mean I thoroughly jump up for every opportunity to do so.  I have no problem and actually get enthused at sitting down with someone over a can of pop (my choice-Diet Coke) to dig deeper into the Bible and it’s truths.-  One on one- Discipleship.

Just like God, he presented an opportunity for me to teach my assigned chapter on “Fear of Sharing the Gospel”.  Let’s just say I got more passionate as I began to prepare for teaching on the chapter.  The Great Commission as we read about in Matt 28:16-20, Jesus who has all authority is speaking to the disciples commanding them to make disciples, teach others.  This scriptures states the God given responsibility to EVERY believer/follower of Jesus are called to seek after men with Truth (Biblical).  It was the Lord’s idea to make us fishers of men (Matt 4:19).   In Howard Hendrick’s book Disciples are Made not Born he states,  “We ignore it, but we cannot escape from it.”  The true condition of man is that we are ALL sinful in need of a Savior.  In other words, we may avoid/side step those who don’t know Him personally but their souls are dying.   “People all around you are starving.  Some people here don’t know they are starving.  But they are and deep inside they want to hear goodness.” Writes the authors of How to talk about Jesus without Freaking Out, Jim & Karen Covell & Victorya Michaels Rodgers.  I’m not immune from the fear of sharing the Gospel, yet, God is the one who enables us to be affective!  I love Bill Bright’s (co-founder of Campus Crusade for Christ/CRU) definition of successful evangelism, “Taking the initiative, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to present the Gospel and leaving the results to God.”  It’s NOT about me but God’s work in me- am I being attentive and obedient to the Holy Spirit?  Simply put, it’s every believer’s responsibility to do everything within his power to take the truth of God’s Word and make it known!“

A quote from an article in Christian Standard (May 23, 2004) “Evangelism isn’t about working for God, but about working with Him?”  So I close with asking you, Will you work with God to share/tell of the TRUE medicine people in this broken world people desperately need?

What a privilege and TALL order to help with the Greatest Challenge ever given to man- the help fulfill the Great Commission!

Tools for sharing the Gospel Message:
*Godtools- (FREE) available in the iPHONE app./android phone
     (Created by Keynote)
     All of CRU’s evangelistic tools in a mobile phone app.
*http://www.youtube.com/user/morkenhorst– series of short skits by two of Keynote’s staff (Andy and Stephen).  The goal of this project is to gain a following using relatable, clean humor, which then puts us in a position to share something a bit deeper with a video like  “Isn’t it Beautiful”.

* www.gotquestions.orguser friendly site that answers MANY spiritual questions (ie: What is the Trinity?)  Tool created by Cru for explaining and answering peoples tough questions.
*Use questions to spark conversation.  They diffuse and help avoid arguments.
Who is Jesus, to you?
 If you died right now, where would you go?  (Heaven or Hell)
 If you were to stand before God and He were to ask you’ Why should Iet you into Heaven?’  What would you tell Him?

On a recent trip to the 
Keynote office with Mom,
 Benjamin took the
 initiative to answer the 
phone and take over the desk.

None of us has a long time here on planet Earth.  It’s kind of a staging ground.  It’s our split second in eternity when we have an opportunity to invest our lives, our time, our talent, and our treasure to fulfill what our Lord came into this world to do and commissioned us to do.
-  Bill Bright

Deep down people do have questions rumbling in their soul.

Everyone has beliefs …(theology) but not all are   Biblical.

Praise & Prayer:
· Praise: 3 Internship Applicants have been accepted to Keynote for the upcoming year.
· Preparation and planning for the summer months. 

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