Tom Meyer, a member of Wordsower International Ministries and a professor at Shasta Bible College in California, was in a major car accident with his family in Minnesota on Sunday, but used the frightening incident as an opportunity to share the Gospel.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Meyer explained that despite the car being a "total loss," neither group of people from either car were harmed by the collision.
"We had just finished up our summer tour of speaking the Word of God from memory and were on our way back home to Shasta Bible College and had just prayed that our precious Lord would take our hand all the way home," explained Meyer. more >>
Evangelical Christianity has its warts and weaknesses. But if there is anything we've got going for us, it's that we strive to keep our collective conscience alive to the urgency and importance of the Great Commission. "Relational Evangelism" is the name of the game in Evangelical Christian circles. We wholeheartedly believe that one of the primary purposes of every believer's life is to share the gospel and make disciples. God could have teleported us to Heaven the very moment we trusted in Jesus. But he has instead stamped Agent of Reconciliation on every one of our adopted souls, designating us as the means by which he will draw more people into his blood-bought family. We are all divinely appointed evangelists whose primary role within our relationships with unbelievers is to be a tangible manifestation of the gospel. Above every good thing we desire and do for our friends, we should desire their redemption and co-labor with the Holy Spirit toward that end.
However, there's some pushback against that idea. I sometimes hear well-meaning Christians say things like, "It is disingenuous to love lost people mainly because you want them to convert to Christianity. Real love doesn't have an agenda. People shouldn't be treated like projects!" I don't wholly dismiss this pushback. I actually think there is some merit for it. There's no doubt that some Christians appear to evangelize unbelievers simply because they want to be noticed and praised for their evangelistic successes, and that is disingenuous. Also, refusing to talk with our lost friends about anything besides Jesus and trying to turn every single conversation into a gospel conversation probably indicates that we have less-than-charitable intentions. Love doesn't dominate conversations. However, it is terribly wrong to pit genuine love and a desire to see people know Jesus against each other. Sincere friendship and evangelism are not at odds!
Let's ask ourselves a question: What is the greatest dilemma our lost friends are facing in life? Is it their dysfunctional relationships or job problems or parenting frustrations? Is it their physical ailments or depression or loneliness? I don't want to make light of these kinds of issues — they are real problems that we, as true friends, should help those we care for walk through in every way we are able. However, these troubles are incomparable with the blood-curdling reality that our friends are living in rebellion against an all-powerful God who will one day obliterate his enemies. As great as they can be in so many ways, our unbelieving friends are ultimately traitors against God in need of urgent rescue from the penalty and power of their sin. more >>
Do you ever get offended? Has someone ever hurt your feelings, opening the door for strife, anger or a damaged relationship?
Every day, we are presented with multiple opportunities to get offended. It can be as minor as someone cutting us off in traffic or stealing our parking spot. Other times we can feel deeply hurt by a friend's rude or harsh comment.
What many people don't know is that offense is one of Satan's greatest tools to steal our peace and rob us of God's blessings. more >>
Former FlyLeaf frontwoman Lacey Sturm announces her upcoming deeply personal memoir, The Mystery: Finding True Love in a World of Broken Lovers, set to release in October that will touch on the topics of love, relationships, divorce, depression and suicide, inspired by Sturm's own experiences.
Set to release on October 4 by Baker Books, Sturm once again will pour out her heart in the upcoming book after her widely received 2014 debut book, The Reason.
According to a statement shared with The Christian Post, in The Mystery, Sturm guides readers through her own journey and struggles, "from childhood through her current marriage –providing personal insight into love and relationships. Reaching out to those who have learned to define love through their own wrecked relationships, shattered romances and dysfunctional families, Sturm offers new, healthy ways to think about and pursue love." more >>
LOS ANGELES – The highly-anticipated remake of "Ben-Hur" hits theaters this weekend and actor Toby Kebbell reveals the miracle he witnessed while filming the Paramount Pictures/MGM action-packed movie.
"Ben-Hur" is the epic telling of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his own adopted brother Messala (Kebbell), who is a Roman army officer. Ben-Hur was removed from his position and was separated from his family and Esther (Nazanin Boniadi), the woman he loves, as he was exiled to become a slave.
But after years of traveling on sea and a sudden shipwreck, Ben-Hur encounters Ilderim (Morgan Freeman), who later on becomes his mentor. He tells Ben-Hur to take revenge against his brother through a chariot race instead of killing him directly. He then prepares him for the deadly monumental race. The overarching theme of the film, however, is forgiveness, as throughout his journey Ben-Hur encounters Jesus and is changed by his example. more >>
I don't know if there is a subtler foe of the gospel-oriented life than unholy discontentment. I throw in that "unholy" qualifier because there are times when God stirs up discontentment in our hearts. I know people like to think God is a gentleman who won't interfere with our personal decision-making, but the truth is that sometimes he graciously pesters us about a specific issue until we respond in obedience.
He may want us to pursue a different vocation for the sake of the Kingdom, pull back from a toxic relationship that is hindering our growth and usefulness, or leave the comfort of our first world culture and go live amongst an unreached people group. There are times when the Holy Spirit creates restlessness in our souls, gently (but persistently) nudging us to hop aboard the will-of-God train. I have experienced this kind of holy discontentment on a few occasions in my journey with Jesus.
However, what I experience more often is a fleshly, distracting, mission-abating kind of discontentment. You know, the kind that entails you moping around and obsessing about all the things or experiences you don't have but so desperately desire. It seems like every six months or so, I begin to feel like my life is lacking and that I need to implement some circumstantial change or newness into it in order to be fulfilled. more >>