How to Start a Spiritual Conversation

Larry went to a fast-food restaurant to answer some questions for a new believer he’d recently met.  The guy didn’t show. Larry had brought a helpful book to give him.

He was getting ready to leave when he felt God leading him to offer the book to a young woman eating alone.

He introduced himself and told her his lunch appointment didn’t make it.  He said he would like her to have the book he’d brought for his friend, if she would like it.

When she looked at the book and saw it was about God’s love, she could not hold back her tears.  After composing herself she said she’d been asking God for a sign that showed He cared for her.  Larry spent some time talking and then praying with her.

Watch Larry’s short video on how to start a spiritual conversation without a conflict: http://tinyurl.com/SpiritualVideo

He also has a powerful, one-page gospel tract can be printed for free in 102 languages at http://tinyurl.com/ontract   His team goes to the Orlando International Airport on Saturday mornings to distribute their Smiles tract. They have given out over 300,000 copies so far.

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Incarcerated 14-year-old & God

A special memory from my years doing ministry with the incarcerated:

I met Marten at the juvenile facility.  He’s 14 and incarcerated for the first time. He came to our Bible study because he said he’d  “met God” a few days ago and wanted to officially surrender his life to Christ.

Said he used to attend church and youth group, but stopped going because “God didn’t fit in with my lifestyle of sin.”

I talked with Marten about the importance of turning away from sin and turning to God, and then depending on the newly indwelling Holy Spirit to empower him to live the Christian life.  I explained that none of us can live the Christian life on our own power.  He agreed and asked if I would pray with him.

Afterward he wanted to tell me his story:  He was booked a week ago and given a very nice private cell in Oakwood 3.  He came in frightened and angry with God.  His fear diminished once he discovered his buddies were in Oakwood 3 with him!  They assured him it’s not a bad place, especially with everyone together.

“But I was still angry with God for allowing me to get busted.  I began cursing God and then I made a decision to follow Satan.  My buddies and I began making plans to do all sorts of evil stuff after our release.

“Suddenly I found himself getting transferred out of Oakwood 3 and into Oakwood 4!  I didn’t know anyone here!  These guys are older and meaner.  My room wasn’t clean like the other one—I had to clean it myself!  Why did this happen to me?

“My fear returned worse than before. I began to think that God was punishing me for cursing Him and for giving my life to Satan. I was so scared I started crying like a baby and then I asked God to forgive me. I told him ‘I don’t really want to follow Satan, I want to belong to You, God.’

“Suddenly a peace came over me—a peace I had never before known.  I knew it was God telling me He had forgiven me.  I started thanking Him and crying even more, but this time I was crying with happiness. Ever since then I have been reading my Bible and praying throughout the day.  I know God is real and I want to live for Him.”

He said, “Can I tell you something personal?”
I said, “go ahead.”
“I know it’s a sin to ‘do it’ with a girl when you’re not married. Right?”
“That’s correct.”
“There’s a girl.  She’s older—she’s 17.  She called and asked me to come over Saturday night. We were going to ‘do it.’ It would have been my first time.”
“I got busted on Friday night. I’m so glad now, that I didn’t go over there. I know it’s wrong. I know God is real and I don’t ever want to sin again.”

It was God Himself who revealed His love and truth to Marten.
His story filled me with awe.

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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It’s BAD!

I was standing near the jewelry counter when a young man called out to his friend,  “Hey! Come and look at this watch!  It’s BAD!”

His friend hurried to look. He agreed it was a “bad” watch!

I was curious. What is a bad watch? I stretched my neck to look, but I didn’t see anything bad about it—in fact, it was beautiful!

I said, “Excuse me. May I ask you a question?”  He nodded.
“When you said the watch looked bad, did you really mean it looked good?”

He chuckled, “Yeah, that’s what I meant.”

I said, “You know it reminds me of something I read in the Bible—about people who call good bad and bad good.”

He said, “Hey!  Someone else told me that!  He said it is supposed to happen in the last days.  So do you think we’re in the last days?”

“I don’t know, but it seems the world is getting more and more corrupt.  I don’t believe this world will ever be ruled with perfect goodness until Jesus Christ returns and He rules.

He said, “You could be right.”

I walked away missing an opportunity. Why didn’t I continue the conversation?  Why didn’t I say, “When Jesus returns, will you be ready to meet Him?”  In my purse I was carrying the booklet, Would You Like To Know God Personally?  by Dr. Bill Bright.  Why didn’t I offer it to him?  I started out with boldness.  Why did I suddenly become timid?

“Forgive me, Lord, for missing an opportunity that You had clearly placed before me.  Don’t allow me to repeat this mistake.”

  • Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.    Isaiah 5:20
  • Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Proverbs 4:5
  • You may read the booklet here:   http://www.4laws.com/laws/englishkgp/default.htm
  • SONG: DO NOT BE ANXIOUS By Kathleen

     

    This life is temporary.  This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:  http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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Please – No Bible Study, Just Prayer!

A precious memory from my years doing jail ministry:

A group of incarcerated teenage boys followed me into the classroom.  None wanted to come for Bible study.  Instead, they were only coming so I could pray for them.

Each shared their specific requests: “Pray my grandma will get well. Pray for my girlfriend and my baby.  Pray the judge will go easy on me.  Pray I’ll get released this week.”  They each had requests for what they wanted God to do for them.

I prayed for each request.  Afterward I said, “I just prayed for the things you want God to do for you.  Now tell me something. Do you really think God is up in heaven just waiting to give you whatever you ask?  Do you ever think that perhaps there might be something He wants from you?

“Jesus said, ‘If you love me, keep my commands.’  You guys don’t even want to know what His commands are—so you can obey Him.  I don’t think you love God. God has done so much for you, and He is willing to do more for those who have the right attitude, but you don’t even want to read the Bible.  You don’t want to know what God’s Word is saying to you. You’re not interested.

“Do you think God is stupid?  Do you think God feels hurt when you diss Him? God is not to be mocked!  Do you really think God will honor the prayers of people who don’t respect Him?”

The boys decided to stay for Bible study after all.  I presented the gospel message and at the end of the evening all but two wanted to pray and give their lives to Christ.

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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One-Child Policy

I was talking with an outspoken atheist who thought China’s former One-Child Policy was a good thing.

I told her I disagreed. “I know China has a huge population, but I recently read that China now has 30 million more men than women!”

She said, “I agree that abortion is sad, especially when women abort a daughter because they hope for a son. And yes, a forced abortion policy is unfortunate, but at least they are keeping the population down.  I believe we need organizations like Planned Parenthood.  Abortion is never a good answer, but it is one solution to the problem.”

I said, “I think you see global population growth as a problem—a problem that man needs to fix.  The difference between you and me is that I trust God and you don’t. God instructed man to ‘Be fruitful, increase in number and fill the earth.’  When the earth is full enough, then He has a plan. Perhaps that is when Jesus will return. I don’t know. But I do know that we are to do our part – trust and obey God.”

She responded, “What you believe is nothing more than mythology—whether it be Greek, Roman or Egyptian—it is mythology.”

I smiled, “Hey, you are my friend and I love you. I’m glad we can agree to disagree.”

  •  God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”    Genesis 1:28 
  • For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.      Psalm 33:4-5
  • You shall not murder.   Exodus 20:13
  • SONG: INTO THE LIGHTBy Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Shuttle Driver Finds Christ

Our friend Bernie travels a great deal.  He loves the Lord Jesus and keeps alert for opportunities to share Christ with others.

Last week he was returning from the airport and was alone with the driver of the shuttle bus.  He ask him, “Do you know the Lord?”

“I’m not sure what you mean.  I’m Catholic, but I don’t attend church.

Bernie: “If you were to die today, do you know where you would go?”

“No, I don’t.”

“Let me explain the most important message of God:  First of all, God loves you and has a plan for your life.  The problem is, we are all sinners, so we are separated from God and cannot experience His love and salvation.  When Jesus came, He was born of a virgin and then lived a perfectly sinless life so that He could die on the cross and pay the penalty for your sins and mine.  Three days after He died He rose from the dead.

“Today, if we pray and confess our sins and tell God we want to receive His free gift of salvation, then He will forgive our sins and send His Holy Spirit to live in us and make us new on the inside. He promises that we will live with Him in heaven, for all eternity.  God is just a prayer away.”  Bernie stopped talking.

They rode in silence for a while.  Then the driver said, “I want to pray. Would you help me?”

Bernie led him in prayer and the driver gave his heart to Christ.  Bernie continued to share more of God’s Word with the driver and encouraged him to read the Bible daily. He urged him to get into a small group to pray for one another and to study the Bible together.   He left the driver with a DVD of the Jesus Movie and a booklet entitled:  Would You Like to Know God Personally?  by Dr. Bill Bright.   The driver was most grateful.

  • You too can read the booklet Bernie shared:  http://www.everystudent.com/features/gettingconnected.html
  • You can watch the Jesus Movie here: http://www.jesusfilm.org/watch/jesus.html/english.html
  • Preach the word!  Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and teaching.   2 Timothy 4:2
  • SONG: GOD IS READYRobin Poem by E. Cheney, circa 1931; lyrics and music by Kathleen
[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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WHY Pray for the Courts? – Part 2

Daphne was standing in the hall of the local courthouse holding her Bible.  She was wearing her  Pray for the Courts  badge when a man came up.   “Are you here to pray that God will rain down fire from heaven and burn this place to the ground?”

She replied, “Not at all.  This is the best system on the planet.  It may be flawed, and whenever human beings are involved, it will be flawed.  May I explain to you why we pray?”

“Go ahead,” he nodded.

She said, “Our judges, attorneys, judicial staff, mediators, case workers, bailiffs, security officers, even the maintenance crews–are  steeped in every kind of brokenness daily.  They are surrounded by evil, wickedness, lies, broken people, broken contracts, broken hearts, broken friendships and broken relationships.  They wonder about it.  They lose sleep over it.  It inhabits their thoughts day and night.  This is where all these workers live every day.

“We can criticize them for becoming a little jaded. But perhaps they could use prayer for protection from the evil they’re surrounded by and have to investigate and outline in their arguments.

“Even the court reporters sitting in courtrooms, must listen to everything said. They have to go back over what they type and edit it.  If it’s something like sexual abuse or child abuse and they have to go back and correct it and re-read it, imagine the impact. Court reporters need prayer to record and process in a healthy way, what they are being exposed to daily.

“Shame on us for calling them to do that job, and never providing prayer support while they are surrounded with the evil we don’t want to deal with.   We need to pray for the jurors and bailiffs.  We need to pray blessings over them, that they have everything they need to accomplish their job:  good, supportive friendships within their departments, integrity, release from the things that some use to help them deal with the ugliness–such as alcohol, sleeplessness, drugs or an affair.

“They need to know someone is coming into their courtroom and not looking to criticize them.  They need to know that someone is coming to pray God’s favor over them, so they are fully equipped to do their job with excellence, integrity, with physical health, spiritual health and emotional health.”

His response,  “Thank you.  I’m glad you’re here.”

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Pray for the Courts – Part 1

A courthouse can be a place of horrific emotion and stress.

There is an attorney in our community whose staff members pray daily for their firm’s clients.  That attorney began to dream of a company of prayer warriors deployed daily in the courthouse to pray over every aspect of all court proceedings.

Daphne is one of those who comes to pray.  Many people are distraught by their court situation and when she begins to pray,  often tears begin to flow.  Most will experience inner strength and a sense of peace.

She may simply stand in the hall holding her Bible.  One lady asked, “Is that your Bible?  Will you pray for me?”

Another time she was reading her Bible when a man came up and started telling her his problems.

“May I pray with you?”  As she began to pray, the man suddenly broke down in tears.  She has learned to carry a packet of tissues to share.

Daphne wears her “Pray for the Courts” badge and slowly walks up and down the halls with her Bible.  When she sits with her Bible open, she often writes out an encouraging Bible verse or one of the Psalms on the back of her  “Pray for the Courts” cards.

She might have the opportunity to interact with a person and say, “I just wrote out this Psalm from God’s Word.  I’m asking God to put it in the right hands. I want to give you something tangible.”

Sometimes she sits in the courtroom with her Bible open and asks God to show her how to pray for the judge.  She may even write a letter of blessing to a judge–sharing qualities she’s observed that make that judge a blessing to the community.

What about you?  Have you ever considered spending time praying in your local courthouse?  Would you?

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Courtship Then Marriage

I know a tall, handsome, athletic young man who graduated from high school with honors.  He has a girlfriend — but they don’t date!

Oops! Excuse me!  I’m told she’s NOT his girlfriend!  They just like each other.

According to their strong Christian beliefs, they don’t date and they don’t kiss — until they are ready to consider courtship — and then marriage!

So what do they do?  They hang out with friends and family!  They’re involved in group activities:  games, sports, church activities, hiking, swimming, making pizza together, outings with their friends and parents.

His mother explains that this idea, according to her son,  is for them to get to know one another, their families and their friends, to worship together, pray together, study God’s Word together, share Christ with others together and then someday if they continue to like each other enough, they will begin their courtship and then marry.

The few I’ve known to practice this type of premarital friendship seem to marry young,  and marry for life.  This young man dreams of completing college and going on to medical school.  His parents believe he will do it.  I do as well.

  • Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.     Romans 12:9-10
  • What is Love?  I appreciate this definition:  “Love is a commitment of the will to the true good of another person,” from J. Budziszewski in his book,  How To Stay Christian In College.
  • An excellent article on courtship vs. dating:  http://www.gotquestions.org/difference-dating-courting.html
  • SONG: SEVEN TIMES A DAYBy Kathleen
    [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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Covid-19 Depression

What an honor and privilege for over a decade, to serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach – GMO.  Unfortunately, since March we have seen a marked increase in depression due to Covid-19.

People from every continent are struggling with fears of the unknown.  There is a great deal of anxiety.  Suicides are up even among young people.

GMO offers a helpful website that brings encouragement and hope to those struggling with depression.  I believe it’s worthwhile sharing with my readers, as well as those who contact me through GMO.   Perhaps you know someone who is suffering from anxiety and depression.  If so, please share!

May many be blessed:   https://www.godlife.com/en/tags/depression

 [This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity
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