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In this morning’s daily reading from Morning and Evening, that great devotional by the Prince of Preachers, I was greatly encouraged by Charles Spurgeon on how to think about those who constantly deride us for our faith.

“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head.”—Psalm 22:7.

MOCKERY was a great ingredient in our Lord’s woe. Judas mocked Him in the garden; the chief priests and scribes laughed Him to scorn; Herod set Him at nought; the servants and the soldiers jeered at Him, and brutally insulted Him; Pilate and his guards ridiculed His royalty; and on the tree all sorts of horrid jests and hideous taunts were hurled at Him. (more…)

This is from Charles Spurgeon’s devotional, Morning and Evening for April 1:

THIS month of April is said to derive its name from the Latin verb aperio, which signifies to open, because all the buds and blossoms are now opening, and we have arrived at the gates of the flowery year. (more…)

By now, readers of this blog know that the evangelist’s call to action is Mark 16:15.

But there are other reasons to go; fractions and percentages tell us why:

25% (or 1/4) of the words Good News is Go!

33% (or 1/3) of the word Gospel is Go!

66% (or 2/3) of the word God is Go!

But here’s an even more compelling figure: (more…)

The Osteen Moment—Your Own Moment Will Come Soon Enough
By R. Albert Mohler Jr.

Joel Osteen found himself forced to answer a question that every Christian, every evangelist—and certainly every Christian leader—will be forced to answer. When that moment comes, and come it will, those who express confidence in the Bible’s teaching that homosexuality is a sin will find themselves facing the same shock and censure from the very same quarters.

Joel Osteen didn’t get where he is today by staking out controversial positions on biblical and moral issues. America’s prophet of Your Best Life Now built his reputation and his international following on an updated version of prosperity theology, laced with ample doses of pop psychology. The ever-smiling and effervescent pastor of America’s largest congregation has done his best to avoid association with doctrinal matters. More to the point — he has done his best to avoid talking about sin.

Osteen would rather offer platitudes about attitudes. “God wants you to be a winner, not a whiner,” he asserts. Talking in any detail about sin would be to insert negativity into his relentlessly upbeat message.

But now, Osteen finds himself in the midst of controversy. Click here to read the rest.

Fox News Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume has publicly offered advice for the wayward Tiger Woods—and got a lot of flack for it

On Fox News Sunday, Hume said he believed Woods to be a Buddhist, but that, in his opinion, that religion did not offer the pro-golfer the redemption and forgiveness he needed.

“My message to Tiger would be, ‘Tiger, turn to the Christian faith and you can make a total recovery and be a great example to the world,’” he said.

“Now we know that the content of his character is not what we thought it was.  He is paying a frightful price for these revelations.  My sense about Tiger is that he needs something that Christianity, especially, provides.”
—From Citizenlink.org

‘Twas Christmas morn.

A time to reflect on the Savior’s birth. The shepherds. A manger. The joy set before him. Bright star. Noel.

Not me.

I reflected on other verses—strange verses—given the occasion. During my morning  meditation I read this out of Revelation 14:9-11:

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.”

I couldn’t shake it.

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Good Grief

June 3rd, 2008 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Ev Tips/Tools | Think about it! - (0 Comments)

Inevitably, when speaking of Heaven and Hell in a Gospel message, someone will be highly offended when they find out out that according to God’s standards they will end up in Hell for eternity because they have broken the 10 Commandments. That’s easy enough to deal with: A careful and sensitive explanation of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross as payment for their sins should suffice, providing that the person accepts God’s condition of repentance and trust in the Savior.

But what can you say to someone who realizes that a deceased loved one might already be in eternal torment? One lady ran up to me after a recent open air sermon, furious about what she had just heard and shouted at me, “You mean to tell me that my 11-year-old son is in Hell for stealing a piece of gum? That’s a bunch of $#%&*!$%!” Then she stormed away.
What would you say to this offended mother? The short answer: Not much. Just listen with a compassionate heart.

Grief can actually be a good thing, depending on a person’s response to it. It can pull them away from God, or it can draw a person to God. Bitterness can be harbored and hardness of heart developed, or a new sense of need and awareness of God can be established.

If you must say something, this passage of Scripture is helpful: “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12) The grieving person can think about this verse for himself.

If a person presses you for a more specific answer, simply say, “I don’t know where your loved is; I don’t know what might have happened before they died.” The implication is that they might have given their life to Jesus at the last hour. Of course, the converse is true, too: that they died in their sins. The point is that we really don’t know.

The best answer is: “I can’t say for certain where your loved one is now, but I am concerned for you. If you died today, where will you go?” Then present to them a gracious, loving, and sensitive Gospel presentation.

Never, ever presume to know where a person is spending eternity after they have passed on. That’s God’s business. And the God of all the earth will always do what’s right.

Read this article about whether there is an age of accountability for young people by clicking here.

We Remembered

May 26th, 2008 | Posted by Steve Sanchez in Think about it! - (0 Comments)

(Note: Instead of American Idol, Part 3, I chose to post this, due to the just-passed holiday. Part 3 of the American Idol story will be on Wednesday instead.)

I remembered on Memorial Day.

The Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the National Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. was in our area.

As a family, we remembered all those who died so we could live free—those who perished in Vietnam, as well as in other wars—so I could could preach freely.

We touched those names.
Real people. Real sacrifice.
Gone. Forever.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Thanks a million.

The first death in the Vietnam War was in 1959. I was born in 1959.
Over 1 million men and women have given their lives for freedom in the United States.
Freedom is not free.
Indeed.

 

Watch this one minute video and take the test to see how well you do; it is absolutely amazing because you will probably fail. Then click on my comment below for an evangelistic application.

 
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