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Evangelism…Try Something NEW

Evangelism.   Several thoughts, images, and experiences come to mind when you read that word in italics.  There are numerous methods, places, and relationships that evangelism can occur.  Evangelism may happen at a ball game, in the office, on a mission trip, at a church event, or over the fence to a neighbor.

But what is in that conversation?  I hope and pray at the center of that conversation is the unfiltered, pure, non-watered down, precious, incomparable message of the Gospel.  So, when I suggest we begin by discussing something new, I’m not coming even close to suggesting we present a new gospel.  Let’s be eternally clear on that before we move along.

Here’s what I mean.  As I read Revelation over the past month, something jumped out to me.  Maybe it is time we talk about something new.  I’m talking about the NEW heaven and the NEW earth.  When is that last time you had a conversation about heaven?  When have you talked to your students or kids about what heaven will be like?  Do your neighbors have a proper view of what heaven will be?HeavenOrHell

When we talk about something new…the New Heaven & New Earth…there are at least 5  things that happen:

  1. The believer becomes excited about what eternal life is like, and will inspire them to share the Gospel to those that do not have heaven as their eternal destiny.
  2. The non-believer will begin to ask questions, leading to a conversation of how to get to heaven.
  3. Christians will wake-up to the realization this place is not their home, and begin removing distractions and repenting of sins that get in their way of living for eternity, rather than the present.
  4. The non-believer may be more open to discuss eternity when you talk about the end result of glory, rather the alternative of eternal damnation.
  5. When you talk about the marriage that will happen in heaven, you want to start working on your invitations!!

Disclaimer:  For the critic, no I am not suggesting we eliminate the discussion of hell in our conversations.  That has a place, and should never be removed for fear of offense.  I’m merely suggesting we include or begin more conversations about heaven.

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Book Review: “Don’t Waste Your Life”

Book Review:  “Don’t Waste Your Life” by John Piper

The Good:Boy Eating Huge Sandwich

This is like a really good sandwich.  Hear me out.  There is so much in that sandwich to chew on and enjoy, you can easily take a bite and miss out on enjoying all the meat, or all the sauce, or all the veggies.

Here are some examples of some very powerful thoughts and questions that come out of this book:

  • Loving and giving God glory is what is BEST for mankind
  • Everything good in life can be traced back to the cross and the grace of God
  • Do I love Jesus enough that I would be willing to die for His name?
  • This life should be spent getting to know God better, because the next life, if you are a believer, will be spent forever with God.
  • Be careful what you call “home”, and allow the earthly mindset to creep in that this is all there is play out in your daily activities, thoughts, actions, and purchases.
  • “You don’t waste your life by where you work, but HOW & WHY”
  • No matter how good or how bad the situation, Jesus and God can still be glorified.

And the list goes on…But each bite is so enjoyable.  There is so much to digest in this book, especially since it is speaking about YOUR LIFE.  Can you get a more important subject than that outside of Scripture and God?  Maybe you want to waste your life, I don’t!  Pick up this book, and make sure that does not happen.  The book does a fantastic job of causing you to evaluate your life, and bring you a checklist of attitudes, actions, thoughts, and future goals to implement in your life to make sure you do not waste it.

The Bad:

Make me crack a smile every once in a while.  I realize the subject of this book is very serious, but maybe it is just my personality, but I need some humor or more life experiences to make the book feel more personable and alive.

There were also times when the point was not beat to death, but maybe beat up pretty good where some aspirin and some bandages were needed.  Some of the chapters could have been more succinct.

The Grade:  B

I have to be honest, there were times when I really had to labor through some chapters…where points seemed to be over-written, and could have been more succinct.  Also, it was a bit over the top and dry at times.  That being said, what a concept!  You only have one life to live people, don’t waste it.  And this book does a marvelous job of emphasizing where and where not to take your life, so that it doesn’t end up a wasted life.

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