Thursday, February 25, 2016

Ambushed by the Enemy

The next time you see two Mormon missionaries coming toward you, don't cross to the other side of the street or ignore them. Try to approach them, greet them and share the Gospel. 

Three Mormons surrounded me yesterday unexpectedly in the parking lot of our apartment. I was surprised that I immediately begin speaking with them before they could get started with their false teaching.

 "It's so good to see you, because I have a wonderful truth for you. Not about the false Christ of the Latter Day Saints, but Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Bible is God's Word which cannot be added to, even by an angel. This is the Jesus who said that He is the way, the truth and the life, and no one, not even a good living Mormon, can go to heaven but through Him. Not by good living, but only by faith in Christ who paid the penalty for your sin and mine."

Each time they tried to interrupt, I held up my hand motioning them to be quiet as I was talking and continued to share the Gospel. (Mormons are taught to respect the elderly.)

One took out his book of Mormon to read from, and I simply politely told him to put it up, as it was not God's word!

When I shared with them many other verses from the Bible, two listened very intently, but the other showed anger and had fire in his eyes.

As I finished, I said, "Goodbye, I will pray for you. Remember God's word which I shared with you" and walked away.

I'm not an evangelist, but am to be a witness of the Gospel, which is the power of God to salvation! So, when we are surrounded by a lost world, let's give them the Good News!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Do We Have to be Grumpy When We Get Old?

Recently in the lobby of a church, we met a couple in their eighties whom we have known for many years. Wow, were they even more grumpy than ever!

Why do some of us seem to get more and more rude, grumpy, and sour as the years go by, as sour as lemons.

It would seem that being in churches where the Word of God is preached for years, we would become more and more like our Lord Jesus: compassionate, kind, gentle, forgiving, understanding and considerate. (Colossians 3:12-18).

A few days ago a wonderful, close friend died at age 84. At his memorial many referred to him as one of the kindest and most Christlike men they had ever known. He was even referred to as sweet!

Being grumpy and sour is basically selfishness, thinking of ourselves rather than seeking to bless and encourage others.

So, if you, as my mother use to say, are a "grumpy gut," why not confess your sin to our wonderful Savior, ask for forgiveness and with His strength, trust Him to enable you to be a sweet Christian rather than a sour one.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Socialism Is Evil

by Rick Phillips

In a recent blog post I urged the biblical basis for the spirituality of the church.  One of the points I made is that while the church does not meddle in civil government, it most certainly may speak against social evils.  Christians and pastors can and should speak out on evils such as racism, government sponsored torture, or, in this case, socialism.

I bring up socialism because I have noticed that it is becoming fashionable for Christians to denounce capitalism and laud socialism as a more biblical alternative.  I get how this happens. Read more ...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Needy Pastors Worldwide Network

The purpose of the Needy Pastors Worldwide Network (NPWN) is to assist and encourage evangelical ministries to needy pastors worldwide as follows:

1. Keep updated statistics regarding the ministry to needy pastors worldwide such as the estimated 3.2 million untrained pastors worldwide, 40,000 in the Philippines, and so forth.

2. Strive to keep an updated list of the major ministries to needy pastors in each country.

3. Encourage evangelical organizations to network, assist and encourage one another.

4. Assist ministries to needy pastors worldwide with information to assist them in their ministries such as study Bibles, books, studies, research, announcements of conferences & seminars and anything that will assist them in their various ministries to pastors to the glory of God.

5. Share the need of each ministry and its need for personnel (missionaries and staff) and to help recruit and share this personnel need to evangelical churches, Bible schools & colleges and other agencies worldwide.

6. This is a “network” ministry only. Not a ministry that would start its own work “to” needy pastors.