Your Pain Is Not Like Mine
When confronting tragedy the hardest thing is to let people into your world of pain and suffering. True friends respect that and are not distracted by the red herring of the theology of suffering and evil. But there may come a point when we want to ask how do Christians respond to suffering?
In the link above, I've outlined a brief strategy that I think everybody should follow when being a friend to those going through the grief process; particularly if you have no Read more [...]
One of the perplexing questions that troubles most Christians is the question of the suffering and evil. It is often used by those who don't believe as proof that God does not exist. Don't be arrogant when you confront it.
Anybody who professes that this is an easy question to answer is not being intellectually honest. There are so many that try to dismiss this question with trite answers. It is just not acceptable. People who are seeking answer, particularly people who are in pain need to be Read more [...]
Share Your Faith is Simple But Dangerous
The comparisons made in this video about how to share your faith is right on target but for one thing.
I think that the most effective way to tell the story of Jesus is to be among people, building relationships. I don't think the narrator realized just how close he was to the make about the danger in the example.
Being among people is one thing but being among people with a message, particularly an unpopular message as the gospel is today, is a whole Read more [...]
Jesus And Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
I was thinking about Jesus and forgiveness and the man who went to the King and got his debt forgive (Matt 18:21-35) This man went out and put another man in prison for owing him less even though the second man asked for forgiveness in the same way as the first. When the king who had forgiven the first man found out, he revoked his forgiveness of that debt and sent the original man to prison.
This parable could be Read more [...]
What Is Servant Evangelism?
To be involved in servant evangelism you don't have to be an eloquent evangelist to be able to share the gospel. You don't have to be in a mission organization or even in a particular job.
An ordinary person doing your ordinary job is all that is needed; even yoga. You don't even have to share your faith openly and God can and will still use you; just as long as you don't hide it.
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One of the thoughts about faith I've been having lately is: Could it be that we fear faith because it leads to the truth?
I had a conversation with a lovely lady the other day, who told me with tears in her eyes, how her husband called himself an Atheist but was very happy to consider the alternative. This lady was thrilled that her husband was prepared to do this for her: so why were there the tears? Read more [...]
Christian Outreach For Those of us Who Haven't Seen it
The challenge was made before that Christian outreach should be about Living the Gospel by Making It Believable.
But the real challenge is how do we do that?
Well one way is to pay attention to what is going on around us.
This of course only sets up another challenge for those of us who have a very short attention span. Let alone are not very observant at the best of times. But it is realistic and what if we were to pray and ask God Read more [...]
Living The Gospel Making It Believable
We should all be living the gospel. But because of us, the Gospel suffers an image problem. That's the catch cry of this 1 minute audio file. Here the challenge is set for us to seek out for ourselves how our lives are making the Gospel believable?
The speaker make it sound simple but it's not. However I think that it is achievable.
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It is a constant struggle to explain how Jesus could have defeated the Devil through His death on the cross and yet evil still confronts every Christian every hour of every day. More than that how is it that we should have prayer to defeat Satan when he is already defeated? Read more [...]
Tell The Story Of Jesus: A Profound Rebuff
I was in Europe a good number of years ago and I went out on the streets with a team to speak to as many people who would listen to me tell the story of Jesus.
I came across a drug dealer who was quite willing to tell me about how his trade worked. It was so fascinating to me that I let the rest of the team go on without me whilst I continued my conversation.
After a good while of listen to him he asked about me and I told him. He responded with surprise. Read more [...]