When Everything is Hopeless

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As long as matters are really hopeful,
hope is a mere flattery or platitude;
it is only when everything is hopeless
that hope begins to be a strength.
Like all the Christian virtues,
it is as unreasonable as it is indispensable.
–G. K. Chesterton

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It’s Global Outreach Day!

 

Today is Global Outreach Day 2015! 

What is it about?

It is about YOU sharing the gospel in any possible way to people who never heard it or are not yet born again Christians and leading those people to salvation in Jesus.

All you need is a willingness to go. Share the gospel according to your personal gifting and calling as the Lord leads you.

There are thousands of ways to do this, either personal or together with a group or a church.

What can I do?

Reach at the least ONE person with the Gospel and the Global Outreach Day!

From a personal approach to unsaved friend or neighbours to sharing the Gospel on streets, campusses, public plasses or transportations to larger evangelistic events and outreaches, there are many, many options.

Reach out to the people, don’t wait for them to come to you!
Create opportunities to:

  • get in contact and start a conversation
  • share your testimony and the Gospel message
  • offer them prayer
  • lead them to a decision

It is not so difficult as you might think!

Read about creative ideas to share your faith here.

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Following Jesus – Social Network Style

I love the site One for Israel. I wrote about it earlier this month in my post Reaching Israelis and Arabs for Jesus.” 

I recently came across one of their videos titled Following Jesus – Social Network Style. This great video illustrates what it would be like if Jesus was alive today, and how people would use social media to talk about Him.

I realize many people do not (or do not care to) use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and for many reasons. But if you do use social media or are thinking of doing so, here are a couple of questions for you to ponder:

  • If you do use social media, which do you use and how do you use them to share the Gospel message? 
  • If you do not use social media yet, would you consider doing so to share your faith with people who need to hear it?

Beloved, please pray about this and allow the Holy Spirit to guide your mind and heart in what He wants you to do to help further God’s kingdom here on earth.

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Save the Date! Global Outreach Day 2015

Global Outreach Day (G.O.D.)

This from the Global Outreach Day site.

The vision of the Global Outreach Day is to build up a network of Christians worldwide, equipping and mobilizing them to share the Gospel to over 200 nations on one single day.

Mobilizing

The G.O.D. is a massive mobilisation movement in the body of Christ to fulfil the Great Commission to our generation. It started with a single day, but it’s already growing into a mighty movement!

Our focus is not only to mobilize the already active evangelistic people. We aim to see the WHOLE church – every single believer – stepping into divine action to reach the lost.

We are believing for a revolutionary change in the culture and thinking of the global body of Christ concerning practical evangelism.

The Great commission of our Lord and Master will never be fulfilled only by great evangelistic ministries alone – how excellent and efficient they ever may be. It takes all of us.

EVERY believer and every church is needed to reach every lost soul!That is the very heartbeat of God!

The Equipment

Although many Christians want to reach people with the Gospel they feel limited and inadequate, sometimes not even called to do it… We are providing spiritual and practical training for you to experience a real breakthrough in personal and corporate Evangelism!

You don’t need to be a “super-evangelist” with a “super-budget”. There are thousands of ideas and creative ways to lead someone to Jesus Christ. Let us help you to release your potential

The Momentum: One single Day!

The Global Outreach Day creates a global momentum that makes it easier for every believer to step out and do something.

Millions of Christians move, pray and act all on the same day and encourage and inspire each other. A wave of evangelism and salvation will sweep the globe.

The testimonies are already awesome. And so are the results! Millions of souls have already been saved.

Come and join us and be a part of it!

 

 

 

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At “Wits’ End Corner”

I’ve had my paperback version of Streams in the Desert devotional for years. It is probably my favorite devotional book. As you can see, I have read it so many times that I need two heavy-duty rubber bands to hold it together. It’s difficult to see, but the photo on the left shows the blue one that holds a big section of pages together. The pink one keeps the binding from slipping off.

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I received an iPad as a 2013 Christmas gift from my children, so I now have an extensive Kindle library on it, including a digital version of this book. And of course, I’m reading it again this year. When I read the May 23rd devotional, this poem leaped out at me as if I’d never seen it before. My eyes leaked as I read it, and I’m guessing yours will too. 

Are you standing at “Wits’ End Corner,”
Christian, with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you,
And all you are bearing now?
Does all the world seem against you,
And you in the battle alone?
Remember—at “Wits’ End Corner”
Is just where God’s power is shown.

Are you standing at “Wits’ End Corner,”
Blinded with wearying pain,
Feeling you cannot endure it,
You cannot bear the strain,
Bruised through the constant suffering,
Dizzy, and dazed, and numb?
Remember—at “Wits’ End Corner”
Is where Jesus loves to come.

Are you standing at “Wits’ End Corner”?
Your work before you spread,
All lying begun, unfinished,
And pressing on heart and head,
Longing for strength to do it,
Stretching out trembling hands?
Remember—at “Wits’ End Corner”
The Burden-Bearer stands.

Are you standing at “Wits’ End Corner”?
Then you’re just in the very spot
To learn the wondrous resources
Of Him who fails you not: 
No doubt to a brighter pathway
Your footsteps will soon be moved,
But only at “Wits’ End Corner”
Is the “God who is able” proved.
-Antoinette Wilson

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So Do Not Fear

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So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10

When I was a little girl, I was deathly afraid of dogs because one day a large dog chased me home from the corner store. I remember my terror while running with that dog right on my heels. I glanced back once to see his huge jaws open and those sharp teeth exposed.

As I got closer to home, I began yelling for my Mom to open the front door. I don’t know that she heard my words but she definitely heard me calling for her and was at the front door when I appeared. I darted past her and she quickly slammed the door shut.

Several years later, I started taking piano lessons from a woman who had the cutest little dog. Although the dog was cute, it was still a dog and I was as frightened of that little thing as I had been of the big dog who chased me home. My piano teacher couldn’t figure out why I was so afraid of her dog until I told her what had happened with that other dog. Once she understood my fright, she made it a point after every lesson to bring her dog over so I could get used to it. Several months later, I finally felt comfortable with her dog and learned to enjoy her sweet little face and cute ways.

As an adult, until a few years ago there was always a furry canine friend or two in my life and I know what it is like to feel the love and trust of these special creatures.

God works in our lives to alleviate our fears much like my piano teacher did. She would take my hand, place it gently on her dog’s back, and together we stroked that soft fur. Eventually I got up the nerve to pat the dog myself—first her back, then her head and finally I trusted her enough to let her lick my hand.

Beloved, God guides us through times of fear and uncertainty by slowly but surely filling us with the confidence that only He can give. You can always count on Him to keep a firm hold of your hand to carry you through those fearful times because He promised to do so.

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Memorial Day 2015

Teaching our children about the significance of Memorial Day

By Ann Brasco, NJ.com

It was almost five decades ago that the last Monday in May was declared a federal holiday in remembrance of the men and women who have died in wars or in service to their country.

As much as Memorial Day remains a day of reflection and honor, its meaning is often overshadowed by summer barbecues, shore traffic, mega-store sales, blockbuster movie releases, and the long, awaited three-day weekend.

Our children, whether they are age four or fifteen, will understand Memorial Day in the context in which we present it. We owe it to both those who have honored our lives with great sacrifice and to our children to let them know that Memorial Day means much more than a celebration of the unofficial start of summer.

In a country rich with decades of examples of heroic sacrifice, honor, and bravery, it becomes our tasks as parents and caregivers to highlight information that means something and pass it along to our children.

Here are some unique ways in which we can remember those we honor on Memorial Day:

Read more here.

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