Thursday, July 29, 2004

I once heard a profoundly active evangelist say from the pulpit: "Sometimes you have to come down from the mountain of grace if you want to reach the lost for Christ Jesus."

What does that mean? Well, as long as you are meditating in a perfect state of grace far from the concerns of sinners, maintaining proper piety in your religious retreat; you won't have to worry about winning souls for Christ.

I guess the upshot of all this is that if the only place you mention God is in church, you probably aren't going to change many minds about Him.

Another evangelist once said that a Christian would occaisionally have to backslide to have fellowship with the lost. That's putting it bluntly. I'm sure there are some who would take exception to that philosophy of soul winning; particularly those who haven't read their bibles. I have seen many gather dust. But that is for another Blog entry.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Success is the explosion lit by the slow-burning fuse of patience.

If you sometimes feel you are getting nowhere and all your work is in vain; just remember that even the Lord had to work for about three years to build a ministry. If that weren't bad enough, He had to leave it to a handful of men who really didn't have a clue in the begining as to what it was all about. To top it all off, it would appear that there was no man available who could finish the work He had begun. Well, that is why He finished it himself and with the help of the Holy Spirit you can have the complete work in you just for the asking. Isn't the Lord thoughtful?

Isaiah 40:31
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Friday, July 23, 2004

How important is your Email password?

When you think about it; just about everything ends up in your Email program. Everything from personal information to business details to passwords for various accounts that were forgotten. Maybe you should use a secure password for your Email; even more so than for your other accounts. Just a thought.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

How do you evaluate your web experience?

It may seem like a vague question but surely there must be some way to evaluate the time we spend on the internet. We can try to judge the information we receive but that's only half the picture. The Web is not a face to face venture so how to we know how well we are being received for our content. That't just it; we can only preview the content we can't see how it is received. That makes it even more important that we are putting the best possible content out there. Think about it. Once you push that button you may not be able to take it back!

Monday, July 12, 2004

"For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the
will of the Gentiles--when we walked in lewdness, lusts,
drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable
1 Peter 4:3f

I remember once my boss's son related to me a story about a man he knew who frequently was a witness for Christ while staying in the bar all night and drinking whiskey. Apparently the man was quite active in this respect and the way my boss's son told the story you got the feeling the man regarded it as a regular ministry.

I assumed that the boy knew something of the Bible; such as the verse included above. Enough to know it wasn't seemly for a Christian to be frequenting bars. I don't know if he knew anything about Paul's witnessing philosophy about taking on aspects of those you witness to so as to befriend them and thereby win them over. All the boy knew is that it didn't look good for someone to talk about God and party with the rest of the crowd.

Of course, it wasn't enough for him to grouse about all this. He also wanted to know if I would ever do something like that. Now I don't think he knew I had been raised in a bar just like Babe Ruth and I certainly didn't care to argue the virtues of alcohol to him. To be honest, there had been times when I had emptied my pockets in one night spending money on boose and regretting it but I could go for weeks or even months without drinking and never miss it. My problem wasn't addiction to alcohol. It was lack of character.

Well then, I guess the question presents itself, "Did the whiskey drinking preacher lack character?" Of course, I couldn't answer that question not having known the man. I wasn't about to judge someone especially with such sketchy knowledge. But that's not what the boy asked me. He said: "Would you ever do something like that?"

I asked: "Did he preach all night and drink like that?"

"Yes." said the boy.

I said: "I couldn't possibly do that."

He said: "So you don't think it was right?"

I said: "I don't know, maybe not, but I would pass out long before that anyway."

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