Archive for ‘salvation’

October 26, 2016

Millennials

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This morning’s newspaper quoted a staggering statistic on millennials. 22% of Millennials make up America’s population, but only 10% believe in Jesus.  What does that say about our future and our current state of society?

What it boldly points out to me is that we are failing to share the Gospel in the world and we are not practicing what we preach to our youth.  Sharing the gospel takes boldness and a desire to get a message of Love out to society that is dying. Dying to know Jesus, but unknowingly. Dying physically. Dying for something different and profound. That is who Jesus is. The anti-mundane. The Way, The Truth and the Life.  The anti-establishment. The ‘against the grain‘ guy who turned the 1st Century upside down!  The man who said “If someone slaps you on the cheek, turn the other,” and “The first shall be last and the last, first” and “Love your enemies and pray for them.”  Who says that in society today? Who makes these statements? No one! Society says just the opposite! Get what’s yours, fight back and hate them who hate you.  Not Jesus.

In order for Christ to be real to others, you must shine that light of His to other people. That includes your family and friends. They are your first point of contact and should be the people you reach out to with the Gospel and practicing what you preach. Hypocrites are everywhere and the Church and body aren’t any different. I always say, that’s why I need Jesus. This is true, however, you must show love in a way that you have been shown that love from your creator.  Love transcends everything.  In order to reach – we must Love first & foremost as Jesus did.

Our approach must be different. The way we have approached society for too long must change. Hell-fire and brimstone have their place, but there isn’t a place for that in evangelism.  There is plenty of time for folks to learn about that in their discipleship walk with the Lord. That won’t get them in the door and get them to realize there is a God so big that He gave his only Son to die for all our sins.

Share your personal testimony, that’s what I do. No one can dispute what your story is and how Christ came into your life and change YOU.  This makes Jesus real to those around you and to whom you are sharing Christ with.  Be genuine and don’t act like you are better than anyone.

We are all broken vessels(realized or not) that need a Savior and that is Jesus. Don’t try to be the savior. Just pray and ask God to make your testimony real to those whom you share it with and keep praying afterwards for those whom he has laid on your heart to pray for.

Let’s get the Gospel out to those millennials and everyone else whom we come in contact.

Blessings.

 

 

 

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May 1, 2012

Salvation

I had a very rough week here at work last week. I was beaten up a bit you can say. It was pretty tough. I was trying to figure out why.  Then I remembered that my wife Heather and I were about to go on a spiritual retreat with our 10th Grade Sunday School students along with other senior high students. The weekend was to be a powerful one and the devil was trying to extinguish my excited spirit.  I wasn’t having any of it of course!

As we drove last Friday afternoon after work to Camp Piney Woods in Groveton, TX, I got pulled over by a police officer. I was like,”Oh Great, this will top off the week I had perfectly!”  The police officer said I was speeding, when I thought I was going the speed of traffic.  I also told him, after he asked, that we were headed to a Christian retreat for the weekend and that my wife is pregnant and I wouldn’t drive like that. Well, he checked on my Drivers License and vehicle information and found everything checked out fine and came back and said please slow down and let me off with a warning.  The whole time I was praying, please Lord be my defender and don’t let me get a ticket.  Well, thankfully and to God, i didn’t get that ticket!  Crazy!!

Heather and I were greeted by our students upon arrival with hugs and much love. We were smiling ear to ear and very happy to be there.  Saturday was full of fun. We played volleyball,basketball and swam.  We heard some great preaching and powerful music by one of my favorite Christian artists Robbie Seay Band!  The scriptures that were focused on were from Mark 1, 2 & 3. 

After the long day and dinner and another sermon, we broke up into groups and I was alone with 6 of my 10th grade boys discussing the weekend and what had affected us and it’s impact.  I always try to make the Gospel relevant to them and real.  One of my boys, as I asked him about the weekend and what kind of impact it had on him, started crying.  I knew God was working on his heart.  I spent the discussion time talking about Jesus and what this weekend means and the students poured their heart out too.  Afterwards, I spent some one on one time with this one student.  Little did I know, God was working on his heart big time.  We talked about salvation and where he was and he said he hadn’t accepted Christ yet.  We talked some more and I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen that night. But finally, after much conversation, he said he was ready and I was blessed to lead him in the salvation prayer.  Praise God!!  The angels in heaven were singing!!

Sunday was fun and we closed the weekend out mid-day.  We drove him and I crashed. Physically and Spiritually exhausted.

Looking back now, I realized that the devil was trying to keep me down, but God said NO and had a bigger plan and that was using me to bring another life to accept Jesus.  How Awesome!! What an honor it is to be able to bring another soul to Christ.  I am truly honored to be able to have done this.

Thank you Lord for the opportunity to share your love with others and to rejoice over a lost soul that is now found. Amen!

November 3, 2009

Salvation

“No man cometh unto the Father, but by me”  John 14:6

Thank you Lord, that through your son Jesus, we have our salvation that is unwavering and permanent.  That our salvation is not built on man, earth or superstition, but built on your son Jesus and the ultimate price He paid for our lives, death on a cross.  Thank you that our salvation is built on your work and not on our own or anything we could ever do that could ‘buy’ us salvation.  It is a free gift from you that if we believe we will have eternal life.

Thank you Lord Jesus for our salvation that you gave us by making the ultimate sacrifice.  Amen.

September 21, 2009

all things a loss

“I count all things but loss for the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord”  Philippians 3:8

To know Jesus as YOUR Lord & Savior is as special as it gets.  To know that He has unconditional love for you is a complete feeling of contentment even as the world judges you.  To know that there is someone who loves you unconditionally without judgement and without ulterior motives is the best feeling and knowledge in the entire world.  A FREE gift for all who accept.  The best things in life are Free and so is the Gift of Salvation!!

To God be the Glory Forever!

August 27, 2009

Sharing the Gospel

Here is a great story on how this lady became a Christian, gathered from www.chron.com:

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Conservative evangelical Christians blog on faith

Dr. Joe Parle, who invited me to participate in this Christ & Culture blog, suggested that I introduce myself more fully than his introduction a few weeks ago.  So here goes.

 I was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational Church that our family faithfully attended.  Though the church had good moral teaching, I do not recall ever specifically hearing the good news that by believing in Jesus Christ we can receive eternal life through Him.  In other words, eternal life through Jesus Christ is a free gift to those who receive it.  At a minimum, if that was being taught, I wasn’t listening.

 I began attending the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York in the summer of 1981.  In my “sophomore” year (cadets call it “yearling” year), I became friends with a “senior” (“firstie”), Marge, who asked me if I was a Christian.  I thought this was a strange question, as I figured she probably knew I wasn’t Jewish, so I was obviously a Christian.  At the time I was thinking that if you were an American, you were either Christian or Jewish.  I was nineteen and obviously had a lot to learn.

 Over time I realized that Marge was different.  She called herself a Christian and told me that Jesus was her best friend.  I found that strange as well.  Marge encouraged me to read the Gospel of John, which I did.  In reading John, I understood for the first time that Jesus wasn’t merely a historical figure, but He is God.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:1 & 14).  I began to see that the Jesus that I was reading about in John was the Jesus that was best friends with my friend, Marge.  I also observed Marge’s extraordinary relationship with her “Christian” friends, and I experienced unconditional love from her and her friends in a way that I had never before experienced.  Marge also encouraged me to read Evidence That Demands a Verdict which was written by a lawyer who set out to disprove the claims of Jesus but who ended up believing the overwhelming evidence in support of Jesus and His claims.

 At some point that year, I realized that I wanted what Marge and her friends had– a personal, vibrant relationship with the Living God, and I believed in Him.  At that point, whenever it was, I became a Christian.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name….” (John 1:12).  Marge and John had made it clear to me that Jesus had paid the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross, and I merely needed to receive the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offered.

 Marge and many of her friends were involved in the ministry of The Navigators, whose motto is “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known.”  In my remaining two years at West Point, I was trained (discipled) by a couple of staff members of The Navigators as well as one of the USMA math professors who had also helped me to get to know Jesus personally.  They taught me how to walk with God and to teach others to do the same.  I learned right away that Christians are “Born to Reproduce.”

 After graduating from USMA, I plugged into Navigator ministries at my various U.S. Army duty stations, including Fort Sill, OK; vic. Frankfurt, Germany, Fort Knox, KY, and Fort Bliss, TX, where I served as an artillery officer.  While at Fort Bliss, I deployed with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Shortly after returning to Fort Bliss, I married my wife of 18 years, Paula, who is a pediatrician.

 I left the Army in 1993 to attend Baylor University School of Law and graduated from there in 1995.  I then began practicing law in the Greater Houston Area primarily on behalf of insurance companies.  Gradually, I moved away from the dark side and began doing more and more plaintiff personal injury law.  I left the full time practice of law in 2007 and became Vice President & General Counsel of Grace School of Theology and Southeast Texas Regional Coordinator for NavFusion, a collegiate ministry of The Navigators, in 2008. Grace School of Theology (formerly “Houston Seminary”) opened in 2002, and I am a charter student, usually taking just one course per semester.  At my current pace, I may not earn a theological degree before Jesus comes back

 So much for me.

May 14, 2009

raptured

What does it mean to be raptured…watch this and you will see:

RAPTURED!

This blew me away!

May 12, 2009

bad situation, worse

In my cubicle today, I heard some folks making some noise and saying “He jumped, he jumped!”  I ran to where they were standing, looking out a window of our building, which happens to be on the 35th floor.  They said that a man was on a parking garage ledge about 10 stories up and decided to jump off.  I stood in shock and disbelief.  Why would someone do such a thing?   What would push someone to get to such a desperate place in life that they felt the only solution to their problem(s) was to jump off a high standing building?

I then started thinking about how selfish this guy was.  How so many people in the world want to live!!!  How so many people are sick and have diseases and cancers and the like.  How this man was probably in good health, but wasn’t coping well with his issues and decided to take his life, but decided suicide was the answer… WRONG!  That’s never the answer!

Then I thought about this man’s salvation.  Did he know Christ Jesus?  Had a Christian failed in not answering the call to share Christ with this person?  Could we have changed the course of his life if someone had just reached out and cared for him?  I don’t think I’ll ever know in this life time, but it’s very sad indeed.

“There is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”  – Romans 8:1

February 23, 2009

william booth

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While men go to prison, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
While there is a drunkard left,
While there is a poor girl lost upon the streets,
While there remains one dark soul without the light of God,
I’ll fight, I’ll fight to the very end.

WILLIAM BOOTH, FOUNDER OF THE SALVATION ARMY

August 13, 2008

West Coast Christian

I grew up in a Muslim culture with my dad and his side of the family in Southern California.  My parents were divorced when I was about 3 or 4.  I had chosen to live with my dad and did so for most of my adolescent years.  I had accepted or at least tried the Muslim faith for a short period of time when I was about 14 or so.  I did realize quickly that it wasn’t for me though.  However, there was still the Arabic influence in my life that I loved: the food, my family, speaking Arabic, etc.

This story about a young man growing up Muslim in the West Bank(Israel/Palestine) and now seeking asylum in Southern California(United States) and attending a Christian Church and forsaking the religion he was brought up with reminds me of my past history and growing up in a similar fashion. 

This has conjured up many thoughts, feelings, memories and emotions.  I’m very proud of this young man for doing what he has done.  The fact is, when you do what he has done, your family forever forsakes you as well.  It’s the culture that dictates this.  Although, his mother might still want to love on him, I’m sure, the fact is, he has left everything he knows to accept, embrace and share his faith in Jesus Christ.  Praise God!!

This brings me to another point.  That is how blessed and privileged we are to live in the United States of America and enjoy the freedoms that were bought by blood by our forefathers to give us the life we have today.  This young man received it and relishes in the beauty of Freedom!  Long Live Freedom!! 

We as Americans, should be more thankful and grateful that we have the rights we do have to practice whatever religion you want in our God Blessed Country, the great USA!  We all have this right, and I know that I’m grateful for it.

I am honored and wowed by this story and hope you read it all, because it is very enlightening and inspiring.  It just hit me so hard and not growing up in “The Church”, but accepting Christ when I was in my early 20’s, Jesus is someone whom I will never forsake or take for granted, especially seeing many sides of life, and other faiths and realizing that He is the only way and truth and life. 

I’m proud to say I’m Christian, from the mountain tops!

April 22, 2008

He raised me up

“He brought me out of the miry clay, out of the slimy pit and set my foot upon the rock and established my goings”  Psalm 40:2, paraphrased

This scripture reminds me of me.  This is how I felt like I was when I was lost at age 24.  I was in the depths of the biggest hole I had ever been in.  I was destitute, with no place to call home.  I needed a change and I needed it quickly.  I was going nowhere Fast and I was hurting inside, missing loved ones and missing peace and joy. 

God reached out to me in my mom and gave me a chance to start over.  It was God working through my mom to get me home and back in the ‘fold’.  I felt that I was in a slimy pit, But now my goings are established and it is all because of Jesus and His Grace and Mercy! 

I once was lost but now I’m found.  My chains are gone, I’ve been set free, My God My Savior has ransomed me, and like a flood His Mercy reigns, unending love AMAZING GRACE!!