Jerusalem: 4000 Years in 5 Minutes

The title says it all. This is a fascinating, albeit concise, journey through the history of this small piece of real estate around which the major events of world history have revolved. Click here to view the video.

Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact

Measuring little more than 4″ x 7 ” and a mere 107 pages, Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact by Lloyd Pulley is a powerful little book. The subtitle of the book is Lessons Drawn from Jesus and the Woman at the Well. Pulley, senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Old Bridge, New Jersey, carefully examines an unlikely encounter recorded in Scripture in the book of John Chapter 4. Jesus – a teacher, a Jew, Creator of the universe, a man  – sits down at a well in Samaria during the heat of the day and asks for a drink of water from a woman – an adulteress, a Samaritan, a woman. Pulley dissects this encounter and offers the reader a beautiful example of how to share the message of the gospel in our own everyday conversations with real people.

I agree with Pastor Pancho Juarez who says in the book’s foreword, “I love that Lloyd offers no slick formulas or evangelistic methods.” He gives no one-size-fits-all, fill-in-the-blank, tried-and-true methods. He does use the simple acrostic S.H.A.R.E. to help you stay focused when evangelizing. He is careful to say that evangelistic “methods in themselves are not necessarily a bad thing. . . However, when believers rely more heavily on methods than on the Holy Spirit, problems can arise.” (p. 44) Thus, S.H.A.R.E. which stands for Sensitive to the Spirit, Humbly Build a Bridge, Arouse Interest, Reveal Sin, Explain the Plan of Salvation. A chapter is dedicated to elaborating and illustrating each of those.

Something I really like that Pulley uses in this book are real stories from real people. Some of these stories are wonderful examples of how to effectively share the gospel much like Jesus shared with the woman at the well. Others, not so much. But even those stories serve as tools to learn a better way to bridge the gap in a conversation and lead it from the commonplace into the spiritual. I also love that Pulley stresses the fact that NOTHING can replace “waiting on the leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit.” (p. 58)

If you’re looking for a step by step guide to witnessing – do A, B, and C and get results today! – then this probably isn’t the book for you. But if you want to learn how Jesus engaged people within their own cultural understanding and led them into conversations about eternal matters, then you should read Everyday Conversations, Eternal Impact  by Lloyd Pulley. It is concise, profound, biblical, and powerful. I highly recommend it.

Pray through Ramadan

Ramadan is the holiest time of year for Muslims. Sadly, it is also a time when persecution against Christians in Islamic countries increases. This year Ramadan is July 20 through August 18. Click here or on the picture above to sign up to receive the Open Doors 30 Day Ramadan Prayer Guide. During this season of Ramadan, let’s join together and pray for Muslims to know the peace of God and for Christians who live in Muslim countries to be strengthened and protected.

The best pens got better!

The folks at JetPens have done it again. They have brought more Japanese office supply awesomeness to us. I have been singing the praises of the Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens for a long time.  They are perfect for marking in your Bible when doing inductive Bible study. Make a mistake? No problem! Just erase the thermo-sensitive gel ink through the magic of friction. And now JetPens has the same great erasable gel ink in a retractable body.  No more losing caps or forgetting to replace them. Just click on and off! The pens can be purchased individually or in a pack of 10 great colors:  black, red, blue, blue black, green, light green, orange, pink, light blue, and violet. They come in 2 sizes: .7 mm and .5 mm.

Try them and let me know what you think.

2012 Fall Women’s Conference

I have attended this conference every year since 1998. It is not your ordinary women’s conference. It is filled to the brim and overflowing with deep, powerful teaching from the Word of God by Kay Arthur, passionate praise and worship by Alicia Williamson Garcia, and sweet fellowship with other women of God. You will leave with a heart full of encouragement. I promise! Click here for more information on how you can register for this life-changing event.