Archive for the ‘Evangelism’ category

Spiritual Practices 5 and 6: Having Spiritual Conversations with Believers and Those Not There Yet

November 16, 2016

spiritual-conversationI apologize for not getting out a post last week about our fifth spiritual practice: “Engage in Honest, Authentic Conversations with Other Believers.” Let me say something about the spiritual practices in general. The only way any of these spiritual practices can really work is if we want to do them.

For example, most days I spend a few minutes practicing scales on my guitar. (Don’t worry, that’s not one of the nine practices.) It’s something I enjoy doing because I love the sound of a guitar and because I’d like to improve my playing. What doesn’t work is comparing my guitar skills with Tim Sawicki’s, for example. Then my inevitably small signs of progress can seem like a waste of time.

Likewise, it would be completely off the mark for any of us to compare our spiritual lives with the spiritual lives of other people. Jesus is our teacher, and each of us is his very personal disciple or student. We’re all wired differently — by his design. It’s also not going to work to treat these spiritual practices as obligations or requirements. Like I said earlier, at some level, we have to want them, or at least want the life they point to. (more…)

Walking a Tightrope

January 19, 2010

I sense that my sermon on Sunday stirred up quite a bit for some folks. We talked about “the fear of the Lord,” and how it’s less about being afraid of God than about giving God his proper weight and proportion in our lives, as well as acknowledging the significance of realities like judgment day and what lies beyond. (more…)

Discovering Christ the Healer — 7

May 12, 2009

HealingBethesdaHe said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’

After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it” (Mark 16:15-20). (more…)

Why 45 Days

January 25, 2008

jesus.jpgWhy 45 days of 24/7? An easy and obvious answer is that Lent is 45 days. Actually, Lent technically lasts 40 days, without the 5 Sundays before Palm Sunday. (Sundays are considered mini-resurrection days, since Jesus rose on the first day of the week.) While the number 40 has several significant associations in the Bible, the most important for Lent is the 40 days Jesus spent fasting and praying in the desert after he was baptized and before he began his ministry. (more…)

An Unplanned Prayer Meeting

January 18, 2008

prayer-station-2.jpgOn the way home from my 2 o’clock in the prayer tent this morning, I met three new friends — at Dina’s bar down the street. Their names are Dina, Joe and Dan. No, I didn’t stop for a drink. (more…)

Not Just Good but Glorious

December 21, 2007

high-jump2.jpg Uploaded by Lucio José Mart�nez González I want to thank those of you who responded to Steve’s email. (By the way, don’t miss Pete’s comment under “White Out.”) You all shared some very good thoughts. Steve, I’d like to respond to what I sense are three key issues in your email. (more…)

The Bar Too High?

December 19, 2007

Steve L. wrote the following response to my last post. I thought it raised such important issues that I asked Steve if I could include it as a regular post instead of a comment. I’m wondering if others identify with what Steve is saying. I’d like to give people a chance to respond before I offer some of my own thoughts. Thanks, Steve! (Let’s also be praying for Steve’s back.) (more…)