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Changing Shifts (10/11/19)

He had the best news ever to share. The message he received was one that could change the lives of many. It would revolutionize the way people relate to each other, love one another and get things done. All he had to do was communicate the good news. There was just one problem…

Everyone he could or would tell the message too were from a very different culture. They spoke a different language. They had unique practices. And the values they held were sometimes counter to his own. How would he share this life changing message?

While this is a fictional story it reflects a reality for anyone who follows Jesus and desires to share His story with others. How does one share the best news ever in an ever changing culture? Carey Nieuwhof steps in to at least begin to help us understand by sharing “5 Important Ways Evangelism is Shifting in Our Post-Christian World“.

Sharing your faith can be difficult as a Christian but it’s not impossible and it shouldn’t be weird. That’s why I love Carey’s reflections here.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Get to Know People (Feature Friday 09/06/19)

Being a friend is inconvenient, takes time, and is often difficult. It was true of friendships when I was 9 years old and wanted to play baseball, but my friends wanted to ride bikes. It was especially true in college when a friend and I realized we liked the same girl. And being a friend to others as an adult is hard on so many levels. But being a friend is part and parcel to following Jesus.

As Craig Etheridge shares, “Jesus was called a ‘friend of sinners.'” And if you want or claim to follow Jesus you will need to work on being a friend as well. We are surrounded by people who simply need friends and ultimately need Jesus. The reality is that people may never know they need Jesus until they have a friend who is a friend of Jesus. This is exactly what Craig is getting at in his article, “Friend of Sinners“.

Jesus instilled in his disciples a heart for people and his followers today should still be evidencing that heart. How are you doing at it? Comment below some routine ways to develop friendships around you.

Enjoy the article and your weekend and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (02/08/19)

Chocolate or Vanilla? Left-handed or right-handed? Get up early or stay out late? So many situations in life seem like either-or. There are constant battles of values and priorities at play. Yet too often I believe we pit things against each other that may never be meant to be at odds.

As a young athlete in high school, the tension was always which sport are you going to excel at? Which game will you prepare for more? As one who truly enjoyed every sport I played, those types of questions always seemed like a conundrum to me. Why must I choose training for football over running track? I enjoyed both and thus trained, practice, and performed at both. And in my experience, pursuing one made me better at the other. It was not an either-or situation, but a both-and one. The same can be said for many situations in church.

One situation that is often portrayed as an either-or situation is evangelism or discipleship. Often it comes across in preaching: do we preach to the unchurched to reach more people for Jesus or do we preach with the believer in mind to equip the saints? Instead of setting up an either-or situation, I believe it is a both-and situation.

Dave Jensen writes a great article challenging pastors, church leaders, and churches in general to do both-and. His article “Keep Christians in the room: Church attendance at evangelistic courses” is a great argument for a both-and approach rather than an either-or approach.

As always I hope the article encourages and challenges you. Don’t neglect to be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day this weekend.

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Feature Friday (06/29/18)

Sharing is caring! At least that is how the slogan goes. Sharing can be fun. You can share a victory as a team, you could share a meal with family and friends, and you can share a vacation with others as well. In all of these instances, sharing is fun. But sharing can also be difficult, even scary.

Sharing can become frightening when you think about personal information or aspects of our lives. While sharing personal information can be scary in light of all the digital and technological fraud going on these days and hacking involved; I believe sharing is even more daunting when we consider sharing personal aspects of our lives. This is especially true when we think about sharing our faith.

Because sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be difficult I love Jim Putnam’s article “The Disciple Maker’s Journey Starts with This Step“. Jim reveals a simple step and reality when it comes to sharing the gospel and thus disciple-making.

Check out the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (9/23/16)

“I have some great news!” I remember hearing and saying these words after learning my wife and I were having our first child. There was some great news indeed. A new life was about to be born. A new adventure about to begin. And a new relationship was going to start. However, I wish I had that same attitude and aspiration when it comes to hearing and telling other great news…the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know it is good news, I know speaking it can begin new life, start new adventures, and stir up new relationships, but it can still be a struggle to practice evangelism. In light of that, I am always encouraged and given a renewed passion when I come across articles like this one. So if you have ever, are, or quite possible may struggle for ways to share Jesus Christ, here are 10 Ways to Practice Normal Evangelism from Lifeway Pastors blog.

As always enjoy and invite someone to join you this weekend on the Lord’s day with the Lord’s people.

Feature Friday (2/28/14)

discipleshipFollowing up last weeks Feature Friday’s post about discipleship, here is another good article discussing how discipleship can happen in your everyday life. The main thrust of the article talks about being willing to pursue people Monday through Saturday and not just Sunday!

Enjoy, and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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