Saturday, August 22, 2009

Former Muslim girl fears for her life

Is this the peace loving religion that we've been told is Islam? Even if this girl was just making up a wild tale the fact remains, she and many others around the world know that "honor" killings are real and do happen in the name of Islam's Allah and no other religion. It would be suspsect if this girl had a boyfriend that she ran away to Florida to be with however, she is currently living with an adult couple and claims rather emphatically that all she wants to do is worship Jesus.

Pray that the judge deciding this case right now is given wisdom and that if what this girl is asserting is even a remote possibility, that he do everything within his power to protect her life.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Sharia law in the U.S.?

Amazingly, on U.S. soil Muslims who were at a public festival on a public street decided that U.S. citizens were not entitled to the freedoms we have here in the U.S. that are protected by the U.S. Consitution, U.S. Courts, and U.S. law. This is a fine example of the "peaceloving" nature of Muslims who adhere to Sharia law. What were they afraid of? the truth?

Here's a video response from the gentleman in the video further clarifying what happened. Keep these brothers who are contending for the faith in your prayers.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

What if God graded on a curve?

I've been thinking a lot about having Biblical responses to some of the opposition and excuses I hear people give as to why they will not submit to Christ and become a Christian. The response I hear most often is by those who admit they believe in God and a judgment day but when asked, "How are you going to get to heaven?" often respond by saying, "He will take into account how good I was to people."

He will take into account your actions but they will not save you, they will only condemn you. What these people don't understand is that they are asserting that God somehow grades on a curve and that His acceptance and love increase by the more things you do to earn favor. To hold this view means that His love and acceptance must also decrease as you do things that are not favorable.

I have thought of an analogy that I would like to use the next time I am doing a 1-on-1 with someone who believes that there is a participatory aspect in the saving of themselves. There is a huge difference between "saving works" and "works of obedience during sanctification." The first one is heretical- there are no works that can save you. However, if your life is NOT marked by works of obedience in keeping with repentance you need to reexamine your life and find out where the disconnect is.

Adoption is a very special relationship to me. We have experienced the gift of adoption in our own lives. How offensive it would be if we told an adopted child, "Well, I know you're adopted, but you're never really going to have the same love as the others get from me. In fact, you will need to work harder to earn my love. I will let you know at the end of your life whether you measured up or not and that will determine your inheritance."?

That would be terribly offensive yet that is the way many people appear to approach their salvation. In Galatians 4:1-7 and I Peter 1:3-5 God speaks plainly about our status in His family. We are adopted and have all rights and privileges as the biological child to be known by name as a member of God's family. There is no favoritism given to those whom God adopts as His own. For if there were favoritism that would be evil.

Could you imagine if I were to tell my children, I'm going to love this one more than that one and I'm going to keep score based on how well or how poorly they perform? If I told my kids that I will love them according to how well they have scored and in the end that will determine their wicked that would be!

Yet, this is EXACTLY what those who say, "God will let me into heaven because I am a good person" or "God will let me in based on how well I treated others" are asserting. If God were this way they are saying God is evil and wicked because He plays favorites and His love is fickle. If we as a society agree that a parent that plays favorites is despicable how much more so would it be to assert that God is anything like that? This is evil and wicked to the core!

So how am I going to incorporate this into my witnessing? I will give a hypothetical illustration using my own children. I will say if I have 4 children and I tell each of them that I am going to love them based on a set of checks and minuses that I will give to them based upon their behavior and one day there is going to be a day when I settle the accounts of each of them which results in them being given an inheritance based upon how well they performed, how fair is that? Is that loving?

It will be easy to explain to them their belief that their personal righteousness will somehow earn God's love, portrays God as an evil parent who is going to give a child love and reward inheritance based upon the child's personal performance. No loving parent would ever do that and neither does God.

I have a witnessing opportunity coming up in less than 2 weeks and I'm going to try this out. If you try this, leave a comment and tell me how it worked.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Don't let language barriers stop you

We had some excitement this morning. The city arborist had determined a few weeks ago that a tree in the green space behind our home was dying from the inside out and needed to come down as it posed a danger since it was so large. Today a tree service arrived to remove the tree.

As they were setting up we saw the men removing the tree were Hispanic. After the tree was down, they men took a break. This was the perfect time to try to give them the message of the Gospel. My son and husband went over and and gave them this tract, a Jones Soda (yum!), and an invitation to the Hispanic church that we helped with their community outreach in May.

I would encourage you, keep some Hispanic tracts on hand. I got these from Living Waters and I love them! It gives the entire Gospel message in Spanish and who is going to turn it down when you are giving an ice cold drink?!
Sorry the trees are in the way, but these are the first two guys they were able to give drinks and tracts to. My son is walking over to hand a tract to the other guy.

Here is the man he gave the invitation to the church, a tract, as well as the drink. Here is a photo of the other gentleman. He actually stopped and read it for awhile!

I can't speak Spanish, but I really believe that the Holy Spirit can do the work that is needed in their hearts if they are unsaved. Try to keep tracts and maybe some water or soft drinks on hand for these opportunities that may arise. I am so glad that we had an affiliation with a Spanish speaking church just a few months earlier so that I had information to give to them. Pray that God presents opportunities for you to walk in obedience and also pray for the strength to ignore that voice inside pleading with you not to do this. Walk in obedience and you'll never regret it.