You've Gotta Tell Somebody

The lie that has held back evangelism in America is that no one wants to hear the gospel.  The reality is that everyone relishes "good news" which is what the gospel is.  The problem is that we think that the gospel in confrontational and accusatory.  For some reason we think that sharing the gospel is done by first and foremost convincing people that they are bad to the bone and then explaining a way to change that.  Here are some pointers that will help those who truly want to share the good news.

1.  No one can come to Christ without God the Father drawing them.  That means that our first step is always to pray for God to do what only He can do in the lives of those with whom we want to share the good news.  Also ask God to lead you to those whom He is drawing to Jesus.(John 6:44)2.  You are not the Holy Spirit.  It is His job to convict people of sin and convince them of judgment.  (John 16:8)3.  Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will naturally praise and glorify …

We Are in this Together

Dr. E.V. Hill, long time pastor of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in So. Central Los Angeles was also involved in local politics.  He mentioned once that if he were running for office, he would only need one block captain in each square block in order to carry the election.  Then he said that in So. Central L. A. which took in about 20 square blocks there were over 200 churches and yet they were not reaching the people for Christ.  Gangs and drugs were rampant.  I've thought of his words often as I pass church after church in our small town.  Every Sunday as I'm on my way to church I pass people out walking or riding their bike or hooking up their boat to head for the lake,  It occurs to me that if every church in Lake Placid were filled to capacity on Sunday there would still be 100's of un-churched people in our area. 
Part of the problem is that each church operates as if they are on an island all alone in trying to reach people for Christ.  Most of the membersh…

Thoughts on Revival

Our church has just completed 5 services designed to set an atmosphere for revival.  That may sound a little strange, but hear me out.  In the first place Revival is different from an series of Evangelistic services.  Revival is by definition dealing with those who are already believers.  Their Christian Walk has become hum-drum and there is little or no vitality, excitement or joy.  Revival is the process by which God energizes and revitalizes their life.
In order to seek to produce an atmosphere for revival, our meetings involved music and testimony.  Results of the series of meetings hopefully will be increasingly evident in the days ahead.  True revival will result in a quality of life among believers that will attract the attention of non-believers and create in them the desire to know what makes the difference.
There should be a greater hunger for God's Word and a greater desire to communicate with God through prayer.  There should also be a greater sense of being "on mi…

It All Begins at Home

In the aftermath of the horrendous shooting at a high school in Florida I’m seeing all sorts of knee-jerk reactions on the internet.  Some are calling for more stringent gun control laws while others are laying the blame on no prayer or Bible reading in the schools.  I’d like to raise another issue.  If we had fathers in the homes where children are raised, and if these fathers saw that the Bible was read and prayers were said in the home I believe that we would see much less violence in schools and in the work place.  Having been a Youth Pastor for 38 of my 59 years in ministry, I can tell you that when families are led by a father who is the spiritual leader the kids are more secure and less apt to act out.  Now admittedly there are some who break the mold, but largely the children of Godly parents follow the lead of their parents.  When a man treats his wife with honor and respect in front of his sons, they are far less likely to wind up on the bad end of the “me too” movement.  …

Happy New Year

I know that this is the time of year that many will be making "resolutions" that they will break by the first of February.  Not being cruel, just being honest.  Rather than making resolutions this year, I am making plans.  First on my "plan" list is to read through the book of Leviticus during my morning devotions.  That may sound like a strange book to use for devotions, but I'm reminded that Paul said in 2 Tim. 3:16-17 "All scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work."  Let me hasten to say, that is not all I'm reading, but it is an addition to my on-going devotions.  Also I'm going back to a plan I have used before by dividing my devotions into two parts using the Hebrew idea that a day begins in the evening. (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13. etc.)  That way my day is "bookended" by time spent with God…

Christmas Traditions

If your family does not already have
some Christmas traditions, let me recommend that you start some this year.  And in your traditions, don’t forget the “reason for the season”. 

Quite often our family meets at an
“away from home” site so our traditions have to be portable.  One year when we couldn’t find a Christmas
Eve Service to attend in Myrtle Beach, we went back to the condo and did our
own service.  This went so well that our
youngest grandson planned a service for a couple of years in Orlando.  Everyone had a part either reading scripture
or singing or playing Christmas music. 

When we were early in our marriage and were able to make it from California to
Mississippi, we always attended the Christmas Eve service at Harrisburg Baptist
Church in Tupelo.  We have memories of
communion where when everyone bit down on the “bread” it sounded like
thunder.  Then there was the year that
during the candle lighting part of the service a little boy got his candle too
close to his siste…

The Great Smoke Screen

Every day in the media we are apprised of some new allegation against a politician, athlete or Hollywood personality.  The public gets all up in arms and people take sides via social media.  In the meantime millions across the world are dying of starvation, diseases that could be curtailed and the violence of rampant dictators and movements.  Where is the outrage that people are dying without Christ and will spend eternity in Hell?  Where are the voices raised against the idolatry of modern man?  In some cases even the pulpit is silent.

Everything that is wrong with the NFL, NBA, Major League baseball, college sports, Hollywood and Washington D. C. would be solved if Spiritual Renewal swept across America.  The epidemic of poverty and hunger in our nation would disappear if God ruled in the hearts of mankind.  The drug and alcohol problem would disappear if the Holy Spirit resided in the lives of people.  Yet we spend untold time, energy and money (over 3M spent by the special counsel…