Can I Get a Witness?

So there I am last night minding my own business listening to the outdoor music and this guy walks up to me and starts talking. I recognized the guy from a previous meeting, but he didn’t remember me. Anyway, we start chatting. One thing led to another and he mentions he is an agnostic studying buddhism.

“Here we go again,” I’m thinking to myself. It seems I am in the habit of attracting buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and jews. I really don’t know why that is, but it happens quite frequently.

So he asks me what my beliefs are. “Christian,” I replied. “Well, to be more specific, I’m a follower of Jesus.” There’s that look again. Taking two steps back, he’s still smiling and chatting. Anyway, in between talking about his recent divorce, his childhood, and our kids, we got into a long conversation about God, creation, life after death, Jesus, the whole nine yards, you know. He admitted he didn’t know. He admitted he believes Jesus was a great philosopher. I gave him as many things to think about as I could throw at him. It was the Holy Spirit in action for sure.

After about 2 hours of this conversation, I realized it was way past my bedtime. The point I am making is we never know when God is going to send someone our way to witness to. Are you bold enough to speak about your faith? Do you take the time to engage in conversation with those who are lost or do you dismiss them? Jesus commands us to preach the Gospel to all nations and that means everybody, right? He came to heal the sick and seek the lost, right?

Today, will you be available for an opportunity to witness? Are you prepared to speak the truth to those who do not know Jesus? Like I said to the guy last night, I’m doing this for your eternal soul and because God loves you. How will you show the love of God to those who are hurting and lost today, dear one?

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Can I Get a Witness?

So there I am last night minding my own business listening to the outdoor music and this guy walks up to me and starts talking. I recognized the guy from a previous meeting, but he didn’t remember me. Anyway, we start chatting. One thing led to another and he mentions he is an agnostic studying buddhism.

“Here we go again,” I’m thinking to myself. It seems I am in the habit of attracting buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and jews. I really don’t know why that is, but it happens quite frequently.

So he asks me what my beliefs are. “Christian,” I replied. “Well, to be more specific, I’m a follower of Jesus.” There’s that look again. Taking two steps back, he’s still smiling and chatting. Anyway, in between talking about his recent divorce, his childhood, and our kids, we got into a long conversation about God, creation, life after death, Jesus, the whole nine yards, you know. He admitted he didn’t know. He admitted he believes Jesus was a great philosopher. I gave him as many things to think about as I could throw at him. It was the Holy Spirit in action for sure.

After about 2 hours of this conversation, I realized it was way past my bedtime. The point I am making is we never know when God is going to send someone our way to witness to. Are you bold enough to speak about your faith? Do you take the time to engage in conversation with those who are lost or do you dismiss them? Jesus commands us to preach the Gospel to all nations and that means everybody, right? He came to heal the sick and seek the lost, right?

Today, will you be available for an opportunity to witness? Are you prepared to speak the truth to those who do not know Jesus? Like I said to the guy last night, I’m doing this for your eternal soul and because God loves you. How will you show the love of God to those who are hurting and lost today, dear one?

Believe

Ever see those one word signs all around town that say “BELIEVE”? I’m not exactly sure what they are advertising, but I think it is a great reminder to all of us. Whether or not we realize it, everyday we choose to believe.

We believe that we will get up in the morning, that our car will start, that the chair we are sitting on will hold us, that the sun will come up and the moon will too. I could go on and on but you the idea.

So, everyone has been given the ability to believe. The Bible puts it this way, “Everyone has been given a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

Sadly, we have all had bad things happen to us that have caused us to lose our faith and belief or trust in God to some extent: circumstances from an unhappy childhood, loss of a parent or loved one, health issues are some examples.

Although we may not understand the reason why, God allows things to happen to us. Remember the story of Job? He lost it all. But he never lost his faith in God. Even his wife instructed him to “Curse God and die.” It is a choice we make on how to respond to great pain and loss.

What have you been through, dear one, that perhaps has caused you to lose your faith in God? I encourage you to begin to trust God again. Whatever happened to us in the past, we must at some point let it go. Until we do so, we will not be able to move forward in our spiritual growth and experience joy in our lives. Romans 8:28 says that God works ALL things for our good, yes, even the painful experiences.

There is always something we can learn from our pain if we are courageous enough to look. Today, dear one, will you let go of your pain? Don’t waste the lesson for sure, but let the pain go and let God heal you. Believe.

Believe

Ever see those one word signs all around town that say “BELIEVE”? I’m not exactly sure what they are advertising, but I think it is a great reminder to all of us. Whether or not we realize it, everyday we choose to believe.

We believe that we will get up in the morning, that our car will start, that the chair we are sitting on will hold us, that the sun will come up and the moon will too. I could go on and on but you the idea.

So, everyone has been given the ability to believe. The Bible puts it this way, “Everyone has been given a measure of faith” (Romans 12:3).

Sadly, we have all had bad things happen to us that have caused us to lose our faith and belief or trust in God to some extent: circumstances from an unhappy childhood, loss of a parent or loved one, health issues are some examples.

Although we may not understand the reason why, God allows things to happen to us. Remember the story of Job? He lost it all. But he never lost his faith in God. Even his wife instructed him to “Curse God and die.” It is a choice we make on how to respond to great pain and loss.

What have you been through, dear one, that perhaps has caused you to lose your faith in God? I encourage you to begin to trust God again. Whatever happened to us in the past, we must at some point let it go. Until we do so, we will not be able to move forward in our spiritual growth and experience joy in our lives. Romans 8:28 says that God works ALL things for our good, yes, even the painful experiences.

There is always something we can learn from our pain if we are courageous enough to look. Today, dear one, will you let go of your pain? Don’t waste the lesson for sure, but let the pain go and let God heal you. Believe.

Your Secret Power

Did you know you have a secret power that enables you to overcome life’s trials and tribulations with victory? It’s true. This power helps us to survive and thrive even in the midst of the worst circumstances.

The problem is many of us fail to recognize, develop, or utilize it sufficiently.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith, dear one.

It really is a simple concept, yet when applied it is incredibly powerful and yields amazing results.

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. I maintain that the “proof is in the pudding”. When we activate the power of faith, we will see tangible results, guaranteed.

I like to think of faith as a muscle that grows with exercise. Yes, just as our physical muscles grow and are strengthened by exercise, so too does our spiritual muscle grow when we exercise it.

Faith is our lifeline to God. We each have a connection to God whether or not we want to admit it, realize it, or use it. Today, dear one, will you exercise your faith and strengthen your connection to God? Try it and see what happens. You will be amazed!

Your Secret Power

Did you know you have a secret power that enables you to overcome life’s trials and tribulations with victory? It’s true. This power helps us to survive and thrive even in the midst of the worst circumstances.

The problem is many of us fail to recognize, develop, or utilize it sufficiently.

What am I talking about?

I’m talking about the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith, dear one.

It really is a simple concept, yet when applied it is incredibly powerful and yields amazing results.

Webster’s dictionary defines faith as a firm belief in something for which there is no proof. I maintain that the “proof is in the pudding”. When we activate the power of faith, we will see tangible results, guaranteed.

I like to think of faith as a muscle that grows with exercise. Yes, just as our physical muscles grow and are strengthened by exercise, so too does our spiritual muscle grow when we exercise it.

Faith is our lifeline to God. We each have a connection to God whether or not we want to admit it, realize it, or use it. Today, dear one, will you exercise your faith and strengthen your connection to God? Try it and see what happens. You will be amazed!

How to Cope With Life

Life can be stressful, discouraging, even overwhelming at times, can’t it? The problems not only in our own private worlds but in the world at large can seem insurmountable. Many turn to external solutions to provide relief from the cares of this world: alcohol, drugs, pornography, over-activity, over-work, over-doing and over-indulging in many different things.

I would suggest that the key to coping with life is not to be found in the externals, but is internal. It is found inside each of us. We all have a power within us, you might call it, to enable us to cope with life.

What is that power?

It is the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith. Faith enables us to keep on keeping on, to not quit, to overcome. Faith gives us the strength to withstand trials and tribulations. Faith says “I can do it!” when everything and possibly everyone else around us says “Give up.”

Each of us has been given a measure of faith, says Romans 12:3. We have been given the faith that we need to deal with and handle the situations in our lives. But faith is like a muscle. It needs to be developed.

How will you cope with today’s trials, dear one? Do you have faith? If not, why not? If so, have you put it into use? Until next time, I encourage you to explore the concept of faith and as always, keep looking up!

How to Cope With Life

Life can be stressful, discouraging, even overwhelming at times, can’t it? The problems not only in our own private worlds but in the world at large can seem insurmountable. Many turn to external solutions to provide relief from the cares of this world: alcohol, drugs, pornography, over-activity, over-work, over-doing and over-indulging in many different things.

I would suggest that the key to coping with life is not to be found in the externals, but is internal. It is found inside each of us. We all have a power within us, you might call it, to enable us to cope with life.

What is that power?

It is the power of Faith.

Yes, Faith. Faith enables us to keep on keeping on, to not quit, to overcome. Faith gives us the strength to withstand trials and tribulations. Faith says “I can do it!” when everything and possibly everyone else around us says “Give up.”

Each of us has been given a measure of faith, says Romans 12:3. We have been given the faith that we need to deal with and handle the situations in our lives. But faith is like a muscle. It needs to be developed.

How will you cope with today’s trials, dear one? Do you have faith? If not, why not? If so, have you put it into use? Until next time, I encourage you to explore the concept of faith and as always, keep looking up!

The Heat Is On

Looks like the heat is on in Baltimore – and I don’t just mean the weather. Sure, we’ve had record breaking temps the past few weeks. It’s only early June and we’re already breaking the upper 90s. Whew! Thank God for air conditioning and swimming pools.

The longer I live, though, the more I think climate affects people’s moods. Really! Have you noticed people are grouchier, more irritable and less patient when the weather gets sticky and humid? I have.

Seems like the heat is on in more ways than one. Everyone around me seems to be complaining or unhappy about something. Wow. It’s like the enemy is pulling another one of his attacks on his people. I keep repeating to myself the phrase “this is a test, this is just a test” like they used to do in the old days on the radio stations. A bit of levity helps to lower the temperatures sometimes.

So what to do about all of this? One thing for sure is to keep prayed up. Make sure we put on the full armor of God (See Ephesians 6) every morning so we are prepared for the battle of the day. Secondly, remember that God loves you more than any person here on earth and that no matter what someone says or does, God still loves you. Thirdly, and I know this is really tough, try to deflect the arrows of venom. Don’t receive hurtful comments or behaviors. Use your shield of faith to protect you. Just because someone is having a hard time and takes it out on you, doesn’t mean you have to fall apart. Realize the battle for what it is – a spiritual battle and pray for the other person.

It’s all about keeping your peace and your joy. If all else fails, go take a dip in the pool to cool off 🙂

The Heat Is On

Looks like the heat is on in Baltimore – and I don’t just mean the weather. Sure, we’ve had record breaking temps the past few weeks. It’s only early June and we’re already breaking the upper 90s. Whew! Thank God for air conditioning and swimming pools.

The longer I live, though, the more I think climate affects people’s moods. Really! Have you noticed people are grouchier, more irritable and less patient when the weather gets sticky and humid? I have.

Seems like the heat is on in more ways than one. Everyone around me seems to be complaining or unhappy about something. Wow. It’s like the enemy is pulling another one of his attacks on his people. I keep repeating to myself the phrase “this is a test, this is just a test” like they used to do in the old days on the radio stations. A bit of levity helps to lower the temperatures sometimes.

So what to do about all of this? One thing for sure is to keep prayed up. Make sure we put on the full armor of God (See Ephesians 6) every morning so we are prepared for the battle of the day. Secondly, remember that God loves you more than any person here on earth and that no matter what someone says or does, God still loves you. Thirdly, and I know this is really tough, try to deflect the arrows of venom. Don’t receive hurtful comments or behaviors. Use your shield of faith to protect you. Just because someone is having a hard time and takes it out on you, doesn’t mean you have to fall apart. Realize the battle for what it is – a spiritual battle and pray for the other person.

It’s all about keeping your peace and your joy. If all else fails, go take a dip in the pool to cool off 🙂