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It’s Pretty Simple

Yesterday morning, at the time when most church services take place, our family went around to every house in our neighborhood and invited people to a Bible study we will be hosting in our home, beginning May 16th.  Our purpose was to connect with the people who, for whatever reason, aren’t currently attending church anywhere.

We had several interesting conversations, but one in particular still challenges me today.  I met a guy who said these words to me when I explained to him what we were doing; “I’ve been waiting for something like this.”

Are you kidding me?  This guy has lived in this area for years, an area with dozens and dozens of churches, and he’s been waiting for an opportunity to discuss God, the Bible, and Jesus with someone?

His response reminded me of Romans 10:14.  We can’t assume the people we come in contact with have ever heard the gospel, much less understand it.  It’s pretty simple.  If we don’t tell them, they may never know.

T. J.

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Categories: Church, Growth, Uncategorized

Wanna be in a Music Video?

April 29, 2010 2 comments

Last Saturday evening, I got to see my friend, Juan (standing next to me in the picture), who I attended high school with back in Jacksonville, Fl. several years ago.

He’s one of the guitarists in a band that was performing in Greensboro, which is about 30 minutes away from where we live in Winston-Salem.  Juan hooked me and Wendy, and our girls, up with tickets to see the concert, and we had the opportunity to hang out with him for a few minutes before the show.

Although I’m not really a music fanatic, I appreciate this band’s music and, more importantly, the message behind it.  I also love the fact that they clearly present the gospel of Jesus Christ at every one of their shows.  I can’t wait to someday see how many people have crossed the line of faith as a result of being exposed to the life-changing message of Jesus at one of their concerts.

If you would like the chance to be in their new music video, go to their website, watch the instructional video, and follow the directions.  If that doesn’t excite you, at the very least, check out their music.  You’ll find that it’s well done and honoring to Jesus.

T. J.

Categories: Music, Uncategorized

Sin is Like Crabgrass

April 26, 2010 Leave a comment

When our family moved from the home we sold in Jacksonville, Fl to the home we purchased in Winston-Salem, NC, Richard, one of our new neighbors, was quick to suggest that I apply crabgrass preventer to our lawn.  He noticed we had a small amount of crabgrass in one little area of our yard.  He warned that if I didn’t take care of the problem right away, the crabgrass would overtake the good grass in my yard before I even realized what was happening.

I chose to listen to Richard’s advice, and I applied the crabgrass preventer.  It was inconvenient, and it was costly, but it was worth it because my lawn is now healthy and growing like it should.

Sin is like crabgrass.  If you don’t make an effort to get rid of it when it begins to creep into any area of your life, before you know it, it will overtake every area of your life.  In order to prevent sin from taking over, you have to get honest with yourself and get serious before God.  At times, this may seem inconvenient and appear costly, but it’s worth it!

If your goal is to have a healthy relationship with God and to continue to grow in your faith, read how the author of Psalm 139 approached the issue, and then follow suit.

T. J.

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Do You Make Christianity Seem Weird?

April 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m not sure which is worse, a loud talker or a close talker.  I had a conversation with a guy the other day who was both, and when he found out that I’m a follower of Jesus, it was on.

He began to rain down fire and brimstone on everyone within 100 yards of our conversation.  His verbal damnation of those who don’t claim to be Christians was embarrassing to say the least.  I immediately thought to myself, “Situations like this are why people think Christians are weird.”

Roman 1:16 is not a license for us to abandon compassion for people who don’t have a relationship with God through Jesus.  We can’t expect people to act like Christians when they don’t have Christ in them.  Read the gospels and see how Jesus treated people who were far from God.

I wish “brimstone man,” and people like him, would understand that they do more damage than good when their passion lacks compassion.

T. J.

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