Category Archives: evangelism
On January 8, 1956, five men, Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youdarian, were killed in Ecuador by Auca Indians. The five were missionaries who were trying to preach the gospel to the Aucas. It would seem that this incident would end any attempt to evangelize the Aucas but in fact it had the opposite effect. The incident was widely reported in the news media and the publicity stimulated many Christians to step up efforts to reach the Aucas with the gospel. Other Christians carried out the work the slain missionaries had begun and as a result many Aucas, including some who took part in the murders, became Christians. Read the rest of this entry
God chose Paul to carry the gospel to the gentiles. Wherever Paul went he preached to the gentiles but he also preached to his own people, the Jews. Acts contains two detailed accounts of his preaching the gospel, once to the Jews and once to the gentiles.
During his first missionary journey Paul and Barnabas came to Antioch in Pisidia and attended the synagogue on the Sabbath. They were invited to speak to the congregation and Paul gave this message. Read the rest of this entry
Some people get offended when Christians tell them what the Bible says about something and they sometimes they demand that we apologize. When someone responds in this way we should apologize.
Before you get mad at me and accuse me of selling out to the opposition I think you should look at what the word “apology” means. Here are two definitions from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.
an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret a public apology
something that is said or written to defend something that other people criticize :The book is an apology for capitalism.
When people demand that Christians apologize they generally have the first definition in mind. We should never apologize for the truth in this way. If we do this we are denying Jesus. Read the rest of this entry
Are you blind? If you were asked this question I think all of you would answer “No”. After all, you are reading this page right now so that proves you can see. But the Bible has some things to say about blindness that might make you change your mind.
God revealed to Elisha the plans of the king of Syria and Elisha in turn warned the king of Israel.
Once when the king of Syria was warring against Israel, he took counsel with his servants, saying, “At such and such a place shall be my camp.” But the man of God sent word to the king of Israel, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are going down there.” And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God told him. Thus he used to warn him, so that he saved himself there more than once or twice.
2 Kings 6:8-10
The king of Syria learned that Elisha was responsible for his failure to defeat Israel so he decided to capture him. Read the rest of this entry
The hymn “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing” contains this verse:
Hear Him, ye deaf; His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ;
Ye blind, behold your Savior come,
And leap, ye lame, for joy.
Charles Wesley, the author of the hymn, may have had this passage in the Bible in mind when he wrote it.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
then shall the lame man leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.
This describes what will happen when Jesus Christ begins his reign on earth. All of the physical defects we now suffer from will be eliminated. There will be no deaf people; everyone will have perfect hearing. Read the rest of this entry
When police interrogate a suspect they sometimes use a technique called “good cop,bad cop.” The “bad” cop questions the suspect harshly and accused him of being guilty and refusing to cooperate. Then the “good” cop takes his turn with the suspect, showing him sympathy and sometimes even agreeing with him that the bad cop is unfair. This creates a bond of sympathy between the suspect and the good cop and can even lead to the suspect giving him the information he is after. Read the rest of this entry
I have spent a lot of time on internet forums debating atheists and trying to convince them that God exists and the Bible is true. I usually tried to show them that the existence of God is the only logical explanation for the existence of the universe and I pointed out scientific evidence that shows that the theory of evolution can’t be true. However I have come to believe that I was going about this in the wrong way. This conclusion is based on hearing two former atheists tell how they became Christians.
The first is someone I know personally. He had a long conversation with a pastor which ended with the pastor explaining to him how to be saved. He said he was an atheist and didn’t believe in God, and that ended the conversation.
Over the next few days thoughts about God kept entering his mind and he came to the conclusion that there really was a God. Since the pastor had told him how to become a Christian he knew what he needed to do and so was saved. Read the rest of this entry
Every year large numbers of people come to the United States looking for jobs. Because of laws restricting immigration most of these job seekers aren’t able to enter the country legally but their need is so great they come here anyway. As a result there are millions of illegal immigrants in this country and one of the major problems facing the government is what to do about them.
It is unlikely that any government leader will ever think of looking in the Bible for a solution to the problem. That is unfortunate because the Bible does have the solution.
Two brothers named Bob and Bill decided to get medical examinations. Neither was aware of any health problems; they simply wanted to make sure there was nothing wrong with them. Read the rest of this entry
Jesus has commanded his followers to preach the gospel to the whole world so that everyone will have the opportunity to believe in him and be saved.
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
But he also said in John 8:44,
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. Read the rest of this entry