Making new year resolutions that are lasting
I listened to a podcast recently about why people complain so much.
In the big picture, many of our complaints can appear inconsequential. It’s an outward cry of an inward focus on thoughts and attitudes.
Let’s confess that our human nature is drawn to look at what the world has to offer to solve what we believe is essential in our lives.
The greatest Christmas story never told
We are familiar with the Christmas story in Luke 2, but there is another Christmas story in the Bible that can be just as powerful.
Witnessing Christ during Christmas
Christmas is the best time of the year.
It’s the season with the greatest opportunities to proclaim the message of Good News to ears that are more willing than usual to listen.
The statistics prove it.
Words God gives us when confronting fear
When confronted with fear, feeling overwhelmed, tempted to give up or give in, we are given these words from God:
You will see
These are not buzzwords but promises.
Words glistening with meaning and power.
Not just suggestions, but assurances given in the face of adversity.
These words are perfectly reliable because they come from a perfect God who sees the big picture.
A Way to Start a Spiritual Conversation
With eyes of wonder, believers in Christ grasp on to the words of grace, redemption, and justification. These words define the Christian faith.
The meaning behind these words appear obvious to the faithful but may have an entirely different connotation to an unbelieving world.
And this chasm of misunderstanding is growing wider.
It’s becoming more challenging to verbally express the hope believers have in Christ when they rely on meaningful Christian terminology to express their faith.
To proclaim Christ in today’s world, it may be helpful to bring a dictionary.
Slingshots or Silence
God works through his Word to create faith in the hearts of unbelievers.
His Word is like a weapon used in warfare. It cuts like a double-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12) and explodes like dynamite (Romans 1:16).
One of the greatest weapons ever used in the Bible is a profound example for believers who unleash the power of his Word by proclaiming it to others.
Reasons for Witnessing Reluctance
Spiritual conversations are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world.
Verbally proclaiming the gospel to a lost soul is becoming a lost art and a daunting prospect.
Many Christians believers are reluctant to talk about their faith with others and a recent study has proven this to be true.
Praise and Proclaim launches outreach initiative in Yakima WA
Evangelism is far more about trusting God’s promises and assurances than it is about ourselves. Believers trust that God’s Word works, even though we may not see the visible results of our efforts. Immediately following the Praise and Proclaim outreach initiative at Redeemer Lutheran Church (Yakima, WA), Rev. Isaac Cherney posed the following question during his sermon on Sunday morning,
“Is the Holy Spirit in charge of the results or not?”
Mission-minded congregations embrace the joy and privilege of being God’s messengers. They are far more concerned about bringing as many people as possible to heaven through the power of God’s Word than finding new members for their church. God is in control of the results. His children are in control of getting the Word out and unleashing its power.
It is God’s wisdom that he has chosen human messengers to be his representatives or ambassadors for the purpose of driving his message out. It is God’s responsibility to convert people by filling them with his Holy Spirit. It is only through the Spirit that lost souls hear, see, and believe his Truth and are set free.
A core group of faithful members from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Yakima WA embraced this truth, received evangelism training, and went out into their community to unleash the power of God’s Word.