I have been teaching a class at Northern Plains Biblical Seminary called Evangelism That Works. The course is based on the teaching of Dr. Larry Moyer of EvanTell and Dallas Theological Seminary. I greatly appreciate Dr. Moyer’s approach to evangelism and his ease in teaching the course. Even though the class is small, we are having a great time discussing the various elements involved in sharing one’s faith.
This is the second time I have taught through the Academic Seminar developed by EvanTell and I am still discovering the importance of knowing how to clearly ...
I don’t know about you, but I have seen many people trust in Christ who never quite seem to move on in their Christian walk. They accept Jesus for their salvation and then later they show now evidence that they even know Him. There seems to be a spiritual high and then they fall back into the normal routine of life. What happened? Why do some move forward and others do not? Why do some seem to have a vital relationship with God only to drift away over time?
We can begin to examine this question by looking at Gal 5:19-21. It says:
Now the works of the flesh are ...
I will always remember the fall of 1971. That is the fall I first trusted in Christ. I found I could not get enough of God at that time. I was constantly reading my Bible and memorizing Scripture. What a great time it was. I learned so much those first few months.
This was time for me to learn just how much God loved me. God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:8). I learned the Bible says all people are separated from God through disobedience, which the Bible terms sin. I was guilty before God because ...
Everybody at some point in their life faces great disappointment. We pray in the middle of these times of great disappointment, but even that disappoints because so many times we do not get the resolution we want. Often this disappointment leads to grumbling and complaining. This is total disappointment. We all face it.
We can learn much from the Jews. They had spent some 400 years in Egypt. Suddenly, God appointed Moses to bring them out of Egypt to their promised land. They saw God work through an incredible miracle. With their backs to Red Sea, they ...
Genesis is the book of beginnings. Specifically, the book is about the beginning of the human race. In Genesis we learn
God alone is the creator of the universe
God created man to be in relationship with Him
Man broke that relationship by disobeying the command of God
We then see that God is a God of judgment
God made provided a means to repair that relationship
God defined some rules for Adam and Eve. They broke those rules and sinned against God. The result was separation from God, i.e. spiritual death. But they also received physical death as a ...
People have a propensity to believe many strange things. My uncle-in-law believed that professional wrestling (or “rasslin’” as he called it) was the real deal. I was a high school wrestler and did a bit of it college, so I knew the difference. But there was no convincing him.
Then I had an aunt who believed that if you got your hair cut on the full moon, it would grow faster. Through the years I have tried to pay some attention to this one, but I have never seen it to be true. In fact, this past week I asked my hair stylist about it and she didn’t give it much ...
We have four gospels in the Bible for a purpose. Each contains its own message to fulfill the purpose for which it was written. Matthew and John were both concerned with how Jesus’ death fulfilled the Old Testament Scriptures. Luke, on the other hand, wrote to show that even in death Jesus was the forgiving Messiah. Jesus forgave those who sought Him up to His final minutes on the cross. Luke 23:39-43 says,
Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, "If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us." But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, "Do ...
My wife was at a public meeting the other night. While manning the table for the health department, a man came up to her and made a very interesting comment. He asked, “What is the difference between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama?” He then proceeded to answer his own question.
He said, “Under Reagan we had Bob Hope and Johnny Cash. But under Obama we have no “Cash” and no “Hope.”
I would like to consider the concept of “hope.”
Hope is a Reflection of My Relationship with God
Hope is often misunderstood. We often use hope as a substitute for ...
I wonder if there are any of us who have not before or are not now facing a situation that is so terrible that we cannot possibly see a way out. It could be a financial pit that seems bottomless. It could be sickness. It could be that someone you depended on has died. In fact, it could almost be anything that seems to cripple you as you try to move on in life.
When we come to these dead and dying situations we come to a halt in our life. We pray and it seems that God does not hear us. We call out to God but we don’t get the results for which we long. Have you ever ...
Jesus was without doubt the best teacher of all time. Two prominent techniques the Master used included asking questions and telling stories. When telling stories, Jesus always tied them into the culture of His time. When we read the stories He told, that is the parables by which He taught, we often miss the point of the parable.
First, we need to think about what a parable is. A parable is a story with two levels of meaning, where certain details in the story represent something else. Our task is to determine how many details in the story should stand for other ...