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3 Times Jesus Wept And What We Learn From His Tears

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Several months ago I preached a message on the tears of Jesus. Our Savior was a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:5). This is more than mere emotionalism or shallow sentimentality – it is a reminder that He cares and that He carries our burdens. There are three times in Scripture that Jesus wept (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Hebrews 5:7-9). Each is near the end of His life and each reveals what matters most to our loving God. He truly is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15). His tears are a reminder that He loves sinners and cares for every soul. A few weeks ago I received a very kind email from a young…

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What I Observed From A Seasoned Soulwinner

On Tuesday a dear man in the church where I was preaching asked if we could go witnessing together. It was such a privilege to listen to him share Christ with holy enthusiasm. He has been doing it for over half a century. I asked him how he started sharing his faith. He said that as a young professional he went witnessing with another believer. As he listened to his friend lead a family to Christ he said, “I was hooked!” It still has not grown old. Through the years I have knocked on many doors and engaged lots of people in conversation. I have learned from others how to speak about Christ. But this man’s spirit was contagious! When…

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Part 2: How To Use Gospel Tracts Effectively

Recently I wrote a brief article on “Why You Should Use Gospel Tracts.” If you have not read it already I hope you will do so now. I am convinced that this is one of the great tools at our disposal for the advancement of the gospel! It is something everyone can do. Like every tool, gospel tracts can be used effectively or ineffectively. How can we make the most of our opportunity? Choose gospel tracts that are simple but complete. Be sure that the gospel message is plain and Scripture is prominent. At the same time, a gospel tract is not a book and should be very readable. People typically will only spend a few moments with it. It…

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Why You Should Use Gospel Tracts

Gospel literature is one means of communicating the message of Christ to great numbers of people one at a time. Imagine how many people could be reached if every believer simply carried tracts and gave them out as they went about their normal routines! The power of the literature is not in the words of men, but in getting the Word of God into the hands and hearts of those who may not otherwise receive it. Tracts remind the believer to be soul conscious. Just carrying gospel literature encourages us to think of eternal things. We must live like followers of Jesus if we intend to share Him. We must constantly be on the lookout for people who need a…

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God Hates Abortion

A pastor that is being mightily used of God told me this week that doctors had advised his parents to abort him. Today I am thinking not only of the more than 1.5 million babies who missed the opportunity to live their lives but also what we have missed! Doctors, teachers, pastors, laborers, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters…never known. Never allowed to live. My heart hurts for the more than 1.5 million babies who never had the opportunity I have had. Three years before I was born Roe v. Wade was passed, legalizing abortion in America. How I thank the Lord for a dad and mom that never considered abortion! I believe we will meet an army of aborted people in…

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What Can We Do?

The bad news and news of bad people seems to keep piling up. Like many of you I am sickened this week by the blatant rebellion in our country against what is true and good and decent. Our beloved nation is quickly moving toward the judgment of God. We need a spiritual awakening! One of the dangers for God’s people in our culture is allowing conservatism to distract us from Christ. Too much talk radio and political commentary clouds the mind and steals the heart. Be informed. Stay active. Vote righteously. But keep your eyes on Jesus! Politicians change and what is accepted as both legal and moral changes with time. Only the Word of God never changes. Root yourself…

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An Early Wake Up Call

It was 5:30 a.m. when it went off. I am used to early flights, wake up calls, and alarms. This was different. In fact, the noise was so loud it almost vibrated me out of bed! The fire alarm in our hotel was deafening. In a matter of moments a knock on the door confirmed that we were being told to evacuate. As I stood on the parking lot with others waiting for the fire department I could not help but think what it will be like someday… “I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left” (Luke 17:34). Will it be in the…

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5 Suggestions For Being A Better Witness During The Holidays

Over the next six weeks believers will have more opportunities to witness than perhaps at any other time of the year. Even secular people tend to think about spiritual things more during Thanksgiving and Christmas. For believers every day is a gospel day, but some days provide special open doors to unbelievers. We must not miss these times. How can we all be more effective witnesses? Don’t give a presentation – have a conversation. Speak to others as a real person talking to real people about another real Person! Stiff, formal, religious talks are not effective in reaching the lost. Avoid debate and argument. Simply, kindly tell others about the Lord Jesus Christ. He is enough. (Read more about his…

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Every Day A Gospel Day!

In the Old Testament the holy day was Saturday, the Sabbath. New Testament believers gather to celebrate the risen Christ on Sunday, the first day of the week. I am writing these words on a Monday. This article will publish on a Wednesday. You may be reading it on another day. The truth is…it doesn’t matter what day it is. God is the same every day. The Apostle Paul wrote to a group of people who were divided over the significance of certain days, “One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). Every day is a holy day for those who live in the…

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ALL NATURAL???

In our day of cheap facades, strange additives, and generic substitutes it is appealing when anyone offers something that is completely natural. Entire brands are now built on the idea of being “all natural.” But in this fallen world of ours even that which is “natural” is so often tainted by sin and the curse. This was not the case with Christ. He was the most natural person to have ever lived, and yet the most supernatural. The Lord Jesus was all man and all God at the same time – deity clothed with humanity. As surely as His deity was perfect deity, His humanity was perfect humanity. The “second Adam” was the perfect Man. I have been reflecting recently…

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