30 November 2008

Have you shared your faith TODAY?

We MUST Go. God commands us to!
What is Evangelism? lit., "a messenger of good" (comes from the Greek word “angelos”, "a angel or messenger"), denotes a preacher of the Gospel," (1 Cor 1:17)

We are to be Witnesses. This comes from the Greek word “martur”. This is a person who is a witness in life, and by death. From which we get the English word “martyr”. A witness is one who has heard, seen, experienced, and knows the truth of a person or event. (example I John 1:1-5).

Why do we evangelize? Here are 10 reasons why we must evangelize this lost and broken World
1. The Bible clearly teaches it. (Mark 16:15-17)
2. God clearly practiced it. (Matt 28:18-20)
3. Jesus clearly practiced it. (John 3 & John 4)
4. The Holy Spirit clearly gives us the ability to proclaim it. (1 Cor 2:1-8); (John 14:26)
5. The Gospel clearly calls for it. (Gal 1:1-11); (1 Cor 1:13-17)
6. The apostles clearly lived it. (Gal 2:20); (Acts 2:14:24); (Phil 4:9)
7. The world clearly needs it. (Matt 9:36); (Isa 53:6); (Luke 15); (Gal 3:22)
8. The Devil clearly hates it. (Acts 20:29-31); (Matt 13:19); (2 Peter 2:1); (Jude 4)
9. Salvation clearly demands it. (1 Peter 1:23-25); (Rom 10:17); (Acts 4:12)
10. Our lives clearly are to be devoted to it. (2 Cor 5:13-15); (2 Cor 5:20); (Phil 1:18-21)

(Acts 8:4) Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.

(Matt 4:17-20) From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers; Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

“When our Lord said to the disciples “follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,” His reference was not to the skilled angler, but to those who use the drag net, something which requires practically no skill; the point being that you have not to watch your “fish”, but to do the simple thing and God will do the rest. Oswald Chambers

22 November 2008

How Long can you Hold your Breath?

How much emphasis do you put on Prayer? Is it your desire to pray to a holy God? Or do you say 'I don't really know and don't really see the importance of it". My brothers and sisters prayer is our every day breath. This is how we communicate to our sovereign God. We must stop holding our breath when it comes to the matter of Prayer.
Ask yourself: How long can you hold your breath? 5 seconds, 30 seconds, maybe 2 minutes. The Bible says we must continue, never ceasing, always praying. Prayer is of the utmost importance. If you are not praying, you are not living. John Piper says " if you do not love to pray, you do not love God". Our souls and the souls of others depend on this one privilege that the Lord has given through His Son's finishing work on the Cross. The veil is torn we must enter in. Here are 5 Truths to Help Us when it comes to the Matter of Prayer. Before we begin listen to what John Bunyan wrote about the significance of prayer for the believer "Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God."

1. We are always praying to a God who is __LORD_ over _All_.
He is a God who is Sovereign
(Ps 139:1-5), (Ps 94:11), (Matt 9:4), (Heb 4:13)

2. We are always praying to a God who is __Always_with us.
He is a God who Sees
(Heb 13:5-6) (Ps 143:1), (Isa 41:10), (Luke 22:31-32)

3. We are praying to a God who is ___Full_ of _Grace______.
He is a God who Saves
(Rom 3:24-26), (Rom 5:17), (Matt 7:7)

4. We are always praying to God who is _Concerned_ for His __Children__.
He is a God who Shepherds
(Ps 119:105) (Job 10:4) (Rom5:5-6)

5. We are always praying to a God who hears us ___Through___ His __Son___.
He is a God who Sanctifies
(John 14:13-14), Eph 2:18), (Heb 10:19)

“Lord, I don’t want to just learn more about the importance of prayer. I pray that Your Spirit might change me, that I might become more and more genuinely a man of prayer. Amen.” A.W. Tozer. The Bible says “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Ps 116:1-2)

18 November 2008

This is Me

I heard Todd Friel on the way home reading this and I thought to myself. Thanks alot John for showing how rotten I really am.

Read this and ask yourself. IS this you? because if it isn't, your lying to yourself. IT'S reallyYOU and ME.

How I Approach God When Feeling Rotten
November 17, 2008 By: John Piper Category: Commentary

A vague bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.
This morning I began to pray, and felt unworthy to be talking to the Creator of the universe. It was a vague sense of unworthiness. So I told him so. Now what?
Nothing changed until I began to get specific about my sins. Crummy feelings can be useful if they lead to conviction for sins. Vague feelings of being a bad person are not very helpful. The fog of unworthiness needs to take shape into clear dark pillars of disobedience. Then you can point to them and repent and ask for forgiveness and take aim to blow them up.
So I began to call to mind the commands I frequently break. These are the ones that came to mind.
Love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Not 95%, 100%. (Matthew 22:37)
Love your neighbor as you love yourself. Be as eager for things to go well for him as you are for things to go well for you. (Matthew 22:39)
Do all things without grumbling. No grumbling—inside or outside. (Philippians 2:14)
Cast all your anxieties on him—so you are not being weighed down by it anymore. (1 Peter 5:7)
Only say things that give grace to others—especially those closest to you. (Ephesians 4:29)
Redeem the time. Don’t fritter or dawdle. (Ephesians 5:16)
Set your mind on things that are above. Connect all your thoughts to Christ. (Colossians 3:2)
Do not return evil for evil—like when your wife or daughter says something you don’t like. (1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Rejoice always, and again I say rejoice. Always. If sorrowful, keep rejoicing. (Philippians 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:10)
Give thanks in all circumstances. All. All. All. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
So much for any pretensions to great holiness! I’m undone.
But now it is specific. I look it in the eye. I’m not whining about feeling crummy. I’m apologizing to Christ for not keeping all that he commanded. I’m broken and I’m angry at my sin. I want to kill it, not me. I’m not suicidal. I’m a sin hater and a sin murderer (“Put to death what is earthly in you” Colossians 3:5. “Put to death the deeds of the body” Romans 3:18.)
In this conflict, I hear the promise, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9). Peace rises. Prayer feels possible and right and powerful again.

10 November 2008

We Must Remember?

In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.