Tag Archives: Gospel

“A Man Fell Into a Hole”

Do ever wonder what makes Christianity different from other religions?

We have Jesus Christ!

This video, “A Man Fell Into a Hole,” shows the best comparison/contrast of the different religions that I have ever seen, and I hope that you will watch it!  It’s short, so what do you have to lose?

Thanks again, Spencer, for showing me this video!

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What would it take to radically share the gospel?

“They beat the apostles and charged them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.

Then they left the presence of the council,

REJOICING

that they were counted worthy to suffer dishonor for the name.

And every day in the temple and from house to house,

they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”

Acts 5:40-42

What would it take for us to rejoice in suffering for the name of Christ?

How can we learn to find honor in being counted WORTHY of such suffering on His behalf?

By the way that we live our lives, are we even worthy of suffering dishonor for His name?

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I read this passage again this morning, and it made me wonder, “Am I waiting for some event to happen in order for me to proclaim the Gospel from every rooftop? What am I waiting for?”

We can share the Gospel in between our friends and smile at the latest realizations we’ve had.  That’s great, but where is the daring courage to reach those that don’t know Him yet?

“For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have?”

Matthew 5:46

God has placed us on this earth to share His love with everyone around.  We should love them through living as an example of the love that Christ has for them.  Forget about our reward, but what others’ rewards.  Will you help them see their reward of heaven through believing?

The question for you today is this: “What would it take for me to love others through a contagious and compelling necessity to share the Gospel?”

What would it take for me to radically share the gospel?

Do you feel your father’s arms enveloping you?

Isn’t it funny how God answers our prayers?

Yesterday when I was writing about going to the projects to share our Good News, the Gospel, I just began to laugh.  You see, I was sitting there writing, and I laughed because I thought about how the day before, I had been filled with such a Holy Rage.  After feeling this rage, writing about it, and then writing about using our Holy Rage to give us passion and urgency to share the Gospel, I saw how God had perfectly prepared me for the opportunity to share the Gospel with a prostitute and druggie.  Little did I know while riding that shuttle (the scene that I referenced one of my former posts about Holy Rage) that I would be on my way to a side of Starkville that I had never seen before.

We say all the time, “God is in control.  After all, He’s God,” but we often only credit Him the glory that He deserves when a big event happens or when something that we’ve been praying for takes place.  We fail to recognize how He works through each and every aspect, circumstance, and condition of our lives.  He’s sovereign.  As I like to say, He’s in all, over all, and through all things good.

I love the image portrayed in Deuteronomy 1:30-31.  He’s what this passage of scripture says in the ESV translation:

“The Lord your God goes before you and will himself fight for you,

just as he did for you in Egypt before your very eyes,

and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you,

as a man carries his son,

all the way until you came to this place.”

God carries you throughout each and every single day!  He is taking you to the place that He has already chosen for you.  Not only does He go with us, but He has already gone to prepare the way. By believing this, we must also believe that every bit of our day that we experience has already been planned by our Creator in order to prepare us to the place that He has  planned for us to go.  He, essentially, is carrying us throughout every minute of our lives.

The question now is not whether God is carrying you in His arms.  There question, however, is this:  Do you feel your Father’s arms enveloping you?

Today, I saw a cow…

Disclaimer:  Today has been one of those days where just about anything could make me cry so bear with me on this one….

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So basically, I have been feeling God so much here recently.  It’s ridiculous because what I have felt Him saying to me is, “Drop everything, Sarah, and love My children.”  Sounds crazy, right?  Well, it is so true that it has been at the back of my head for about three years and has finally been consuming all of my head since October of this past year.

With the stress of all this–of wanting to drop out of school, get a job to save money for missions, and go into the mission field–I found myself skipping class this morning…yet another time…to drive down country roads.

Songs of Hillsong, Brooke Fraser, and all other great Christian singers blared from my car stereo.  I was clearing my head, and then……. I saw a cow.

holstein cow

That’s right…a cow.

I hope you’re laughing right now because even I’m laughing… well, kinda.  You see this is what this cow made me realize.

This cow–just grazing in a field with all of his other black-and-white, spotted buddies–had absolutely NO concern over his own life.  All the cow knew was that green stuff under his hooves was for eating and wet stuff that was often conveniently located near yummy hay was for drinking.  His girlfriends, the heifers, also went to a barn once, maybe twice a day, and came back looking a few pounds thinner.  (Get it, milk cows?  It’s amazing what cutting out whole milk from your diet will do…. a  joke that only Nutrition majors will think is funny).

This cow, in other words, lived basically in ignorant bliss.  He knows that grass is there today; therefore, he’s going to eat the grass.  The cow doesn’t even think about tomorrow.

Why can’t we live like this?  Oh, because we have jobs and school and life and responsibility. Hmm, yes, but we also aware of something that this cow isn’t.  We have God.

Jesus tells us multiple times in the Gospel, “Look at the birds of the air and the lilies of the field.  Haven’t I provided for them?  If I’ve provided for them, taken care of them, then don’t you know that I’m going to take even better care of you?”

If you need to, go and find a cow to look at because, let me tell you, they live in complete peace that I’m jealous of.  God is asking us to live in this kind of peace, a peace that comes from not worrying about tomorrow and trusting Him completely….

Today, I learned the importance of not worrying and simply trusting God.

Today, I saw a cow.  Do you need to see a cow?

What’s the difference between Mother Teresa and me?

For the past few months, one of the questions that I’ve been wondering is this: “What’s the difference between Mother Teresa and me?”  If you’re a guy, ask yourself this: “What’s the difference between me and Paul or Peter?”

Seriously…. We worship the same God.  We claim to follow the same Christ.  So really, what’s the difference?  What is it about their faith that gave them the urgency to literally SELL EVERYTHING, DROP EVERYTHING, and to even DIE TO THEMSELVES all so that they could follow Jesus Christ.

A week ago, I came to the conclusion of… “Well, they truly loved Christ enough to abandon themselves.”  In a way, this is still true, but it is true because of something much more basic that is the foundation for their love for Christ….

They actually understood the Gospel.

You may be saying to yourself, “Hey now!  Are you saying that I don’t understand the Gospel?”  Basically, yes, I am because even before this weekend, I realize now that I didn’t actually understand it either.  Here’s my proof….

Are you willing to stop shopping at the mall?  What about college football on Saturdays?  Compared to what Jesus requires of His disciples, giving up these things should be as easy as shooing an annoying fly away from our face.  What about this… are you willing to hate your family?   Your friends?  Your dreams for the future?

The basic requirements that Jesus has for His disciples are told in Luke 14 starting with verse 25.  To a large crowd of people that wanted to follow Him, Jesus says to them.  “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brother and sisters–yes, even his own life–he cannot be my disciple.  And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”  Jesus also says in verse 33, “In the same way, any of you who does not give up EVERYTHING he has cannot be my disciple.”

While I don’t claim to know any of the right answers, this is what I do know about my own self.  For the past years of my life, I have lived with a false understanding of Jesus’ call for his disciples.  Never before have I TRULY understood the Gospel.

This is what I also know: Mother Teresa, Paul, Peter as well as other “models of true disciples of Christ,” they truly understood the Gospel and from this knowledge, their lives were radically changed.

I’m now at a place in my life where I’m trying to learn what the Gospel actually means and the implications that it will have on my life…

David Platt’s Sermon….Radical

The only way that I know how to express the brilliance of this sermon by one of Birmingham’s–and the world’s–most amazing Bible teachers is that it is amazing.  It is full of conviction.  It is words from a man inspired by the Holy Spirit.  It is radical.

So what is this sermon?  What is the premise of it?  What is so special about it that you should set aside an hour to listen?

In the light of eternity, one hour is relative to the blinking of an eye.  David Platt asks us a question that he admits that  he even asked himself… “Do I really believe the Word?  This Bible that I carry around, do I really believe it?”

If we do believe it, really believe it, that belief has radical implications on our lives.

I won’t say anything else because you just need to listen to it!  The suspense must be getting to you by now, so just go and check it out!

I pray that these words will convict you just as much as they have convicted me….

http://www.brookhills.org/media/series/radical