Tag: Encouragement

Witness Well

Three reasons why proclaiming the gospel to friends and strangers is so terrifying for Christians

When angels spoke to people in the Bible their first words were usually, “Do not be afraid!” When Jesus sent out his disciples (Matthew 10) to the towns and villages to proclaim His name, he only gave them six words – simple and straight-forward. He spent the rest of the chapter letting them know how …

How can I get my members at church to go canvassing?

The empty signup sheets asking members to participate in canvassing hang on clipboards at the back of the church. The thought of knocking on another person’s door is horrifying… even for pastors. Past experiences of going door-to-door prompt people to say, “It doesn’t work!” It is frustrating and disheartening when most unchurched people at the …

Praise and Proclaim Ministries launches campaign in Temple, Texas

On a hot and humid Saturday in Temple, Texas, a group of members from Trinity Lutheran Church and a few guests from nearby Austin gathered together to walk the streets and proclaim the gospel. After a full evening of training, they were ready to go. And the Lord blessed their efforts. Not only were a …

Is canvassing an effective way to do outreach?

Most Christians express a strong hesitancy over the prospect of canvassing in their community. They ask, “Does it really work? How will people going to respond? How will it impact my church?” The underlying factor behind all of these questions is that Christians are fearful – even horrified — about sharing their faith with strangers. …

How to transition from being children of the Light to proclaimers of the Truth

In this dark world, believers are called upon to be lights on a hill – salt of the earth. They are meant to stand out – taste different – and sometimes accept the consequences. Rejection. Retribution. When a person steps out in faith, they can’t help but stand out in faith. And people living in …

God’s commission for evangelism is sandwiched between a reminder and a promise

When God calls His people to action, he typically begins and ends with a promise. He provides words of assurance that God is God and we are not. He provides words of comfort to calm our fears. He promises His presence to let us know that we are not alone. When it comes to God’s …

God never takes His eye off of you

That is my delightful granddaughter!!  She just turned one-year-old this past February and is a constant curious sharp-as-a-tack toddling ball of energy!  The other day, while fixing a meal in the kitchen, my daughter took her eyes off my little granddaughter for just a minute only to find her happily playing with the toilet paper …

The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

When Jesus sent out his disciples to go door-to-door to proclaim the gospel, He needed the words needed to be simple, powerful, and easy to remember. He told them to proclaim the following message, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.”  (Matthew 10:7) How can we apply this same message to today’s world?