Friday, April 18, 2014

10 reasons why we can call the dark day Jesus died Good Friday


The murder of the most loving, most just, most sacrificial Person who ever walked the planet took place on that dark Friday when Jesus died on the cross. A Son was taken from his mother. A Friend was separated from his companions. A Leader was ripped away from his followers. How could this possibly be good?

We must let the scriptures speak.

1. Jesus accomplish the will of God. "Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand" (Isaiah 53:10).

2. Jesus fulfilled his purpose for coming into the world. ""Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? But for this purpose I have come to this hour" (John 12:27).

3. Jesus knew that joy would overwhelm and supersede the agony of the cross. "Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2).

4. Jesus knew that his agony would make many sinners become righteous in God's sight. "Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities" (Isaiah 53:11).

5. Jesus forgave our sins, canceled our debts, and set aside the law which condemned us. "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross"  (Colossians 2:13-14).

6. Jesus disarmed the demonic  powers that seek to destroy us. "This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him" (Colossians 2:14b-15).

7. Jesus made it possible for us to be saved by faith – by believing – rather than by works. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

8. Jesus demonstrated the love of God for sinful people. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8).

9. Jesus knew that his death would bring us peace and healing. "But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed" (Isaiah 53:5).

10. Jesus made for himself a name that is above every other name. "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Philippians 2:5-11).

No wonder that one day we will worship this One who died on that dark, Good Friday so long ago. We will never forget. That Friday will always be Good for us.

"And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.' Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, 'Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!' And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!' And the four living creatures said, 'Amen!' and the elders fell down and worshiped" (Revelation 5:9-14).

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How you can maintain your joy as a leader during the intense ministry that surrounds Easter


Are you a joyful leader?  The word literally means “full of joy.”  Are you filled to overflowing with joy?

Leaders can be so focused on managing, creating, and arranging for others to find great joy as they encounter God, that we lose our own joy in God in the process.  The pressures to produce great experiences for our people during the Easter season are great.  Can we meet and exceed the quality of last year's services?  Will our people be able to say, "That's the best Good Friday and Easter services ever?"  Will our people evaluate our music and teaching by comparing us to Mars Hill or Northpoint or NewSpring, or Willow Creek or Seacoast or...  Yes, sir, trying to make excellence happen can be overwhelming.  

I remember that a friend once asked me, “Are you happy?”  I said, “Yeah, I guess.”  He replied, “Well, tell your face!”  I wasn't operating in my role as a professional clergyman in a way that fed my joy.  I was functioning in a way that stole it!  I said I was happy but my face said something else.  The people closest to me knew that I wasn’t.

Are you joyful? What would your closest associates in ministry say?  What would your spouse or children say?  The old song says, “If you’re happy and you know then your face will surely show it.”  Does your face (and, more importantly, your heart) show that you are filled with joy?

My guess is that a lot of us would have to say “No.  I’m really not all that joyful.  And why should I be?  I feel unappreciated by my staff.  I feel the sting of disapproval from the people I lead.  I often feel like I don't measure up.  I feel like I let the people down.  I feel like the Lord isn't pleased with me.  The pressure to perform week after week, year after year is too great."

But consider. Joy is not a function of “what,” but “where.”  Joy does not flow out of our “situation,” but our “location.”  When it comes to joy, “where you are” is more important than “how you are.”  Let me show you what I mean. 

In Psalm 16, David is praying to God, "In Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore" (Psalm 16:11b). 

Where can we find joy even when life is not working out the way we’d like?  In God’s presence.  At His right hand.  Nearness to God brings happiness in God.

Maybe the reason we aren’t joy-full is because we are too far from God.  While we are arranging services for our people to draw close, we ourselves need to learn to come closer to God.  And when we do, we’ll find greater and greater joy.  

Toward the end of one of our mission trips to Ghana, West Africa, I remember being so very tired.  We were making our way down from the north to the coast.  It was an all-day drive over very poor roads in an old semi-air conditioned van.  It would have been easy to grumble.  And, in a good-natured way, we did a little of that.  But toward the end of that long day, Henry Sennyo, one of our African hosts, taught us a Ghanaian song.  

“Things are getting better.  Things are getting better.  For the Lord is on His throne.  Things are getting better.  Things are getting better.  Things are getting better.” 

And we started singing with Henry.  We began to draw closer and closer to God through worship.  And we were more and more filled with the Spirit.  God kept us from sinking into grumbling, complaining, griping, whining.  Instead, He put a song in our heart and on our lips.

Yes. I know that for people in ministry, the pressure to perform is intense this time of year. But remember. Because of the gospel, in Christ you are already pleasing.  The cross has made you acceptable to God.  His resurrection has changed everything for you.  The pressure is off.  Don't feel like you have to hit a home run with your music and message.  Jesus already hit a home run for you.  Remind your people of that!  But first, remind yourself!

And because God is on the throne and because each passing day means that we are all one day closer to heaven, things are getting better.  For you.  And for the people you serve. 

So, relax, let go, and sing!  Things ARE getting better.  

Question: What songs do you sing that draw your heart closer to God and increase your joy?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Giving God an ultimatum?

A few days ago, I received a prayer request from a friend.

A family member had made an ultimatum to God. If God came through, he would follow Him. If God didn't, he would except his place in hell.

My friend wrote, "We know our God doesn't work this way. I believe he is being deceived by the enemy. I felt helpless and deep, deep sorrow when reading his words this morning."

How would you seek you encourage this struggling friend?

Below are some words I used to try to help.

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This is a spiritual battle going on for the soul of your family member.

I also know that God is not surprised by the ultimatums of his creatures who are blind to the truths about Him.

Of course, your family member has false beliefs about God and a misunderstanding about hell.

No one who understands the horrors of hell would ever wish themselves or anyone else to be there. And no one who understands the nature of God as the creator and sovereign of the universe would ever give him an ultimatum.

The God that your family member may be rejecting is not the God of the Bible. I have hope that once the Spirit reveals to him the true nature and character of God, he will embrace this God who is holy and loving.

So, our prayers must be that God will lead him to the knowledge of the truth so that he can escape from the snare of the devil having been held captive by him to do his will. We must pray that the god of this world who has blinded his eyes to the truth will be defeated so that he will see the beauty of the glory of God in Jesus Christ. We must pray that he will be raised from spiritual death to spiritual life.

Only God can do these miraculous things. And that's why we pray. It is warfare.

May our Lord rescue your family member just as He has rescued us.

Thanks for inviting us to pray with you about this.

***

Question: Would you stop right now and join us in prayer for this family?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Five Minute Cardio + Strength Training Workout

Five Minute Cardio + Strength Training Workout (8 minutes with warm-up and cool down)

Warm Up

Do each exercise for 60 seconds.

Arm Circles - 15 secs small forward, 15 secs small backward, 15 secs large forward, 15 secs large backward,

High Knees

Workout

Do each exercise for 60 seconds.

Dive Bombers
Squat Jumps
Bicycles
Mountain Climbers
Run in place

Challenge

(Optional) Challenge yourself with 60 seconds of Burpees.

Cool Down

Your usual cool down and stretching.

Exercise Disclaimer
In the interest of your safety, it is important to check with your physician before beginning any exercise program and to exercise according to your fitness level and capabilities. If you have any questions, please seek the guidance of a health professional.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Seven steps to make your sermon sticky


This week, I visited the office of one of our youth pastors, Joe Valenti, to look at one of his commentaries on the book of Ezekiel. I noticed 6 little words typed and taped over his desk.

Simple. Unexpected. Concrete. Credible. Emotion. Story. In case you wondered, it spells SUCCES. (I'm not sure what happened to the last S.)

The words come from Chip and Dan Heath's book, Made to Stick. You can find a brief summary of the book here.

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Simple: Find the core of any idea. You need to prioritize your ideas. Providing 10 arguments to a public is doomed to fail since people will not be able to remember them all. Be a master of exclusion and stick to the core.

Unexpected: Grab people’s attention by surprising them. You need to violate people’s expectations with counterintuitive surprise. Generate interest and curiosity to endure your idea.

Concrete: Make sure an idea can be grasped and remembered later. Explain in terms of human actions and use sensory information. Use concrete images and proverbs.

Credible: Give an idea believability. Look for ways to help people test your ideas for themselves.

Emotional: Help people see the importance of an idea. Let people feel something. Research shows that people are more likely to make a charitable gift to a single needy individual than to an entire impoverished region.

Stories: Empower people to use an idea through narrative. Tell stories. Hearing stories acts as a kind of mental flight simulator preparing us to respond more quickly and effectively.

***

The 6 words caused me to think through 7 principles for effective, powerful, sticky (think "memorable") communication of God's Word. Please forgive me, but I just had to illiterate the points.

Simple – 
Say one thing. What is your one big idea? Don’t try to accomplish too much in a message. Most preachers need to say more by saying less. Most preachers will have other opportunities. Live to preach another day. Remember KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Startling – 
Say something that those in the world will find surprising, refreshing, non-religious, or unexpected. The word of God often challenges people on both the left and the right. God presents a 3rd way, a new way, a new life. 

Specific – 
Say things in concrete, tangible, practical, relevant way. Don’t generalize. Instead, give practical examples of how to apply these truths to life on Monday at the office or on Tuesday night as a parent puts a child to bed or on a Wednesday morning commute or… well, you get the idea!

Sincere – 
Say things in a way that heightens your credibility. Often, the best way to do this is to admit you are a fellow struggler. Say, “I need to hear this message myself.” And you can say that honestly because, after all, it’s true, isn’t it?

Sensitive – 
Say things that move your senses and the senses of the people. Speak from your heart in a way that not only moves the minds of your listeners, but their emotions as well. Be passionate. Ask God to set your heart on fire. Sermons must engage the mind and the emotions to impact a person’s will. If you communicate in a lukewarm way, your people will never feel the urge to turn up the heat.

Stories – 
Say things that communicate the overall meta-story-line of the Bible: Creation, Fall, Rescue, Restoration. Pull your people into His-story. One of the best ways to do this is to tell the many mini-stories that occur in the Bible, in the lives of your people, and in your life. Propositional truth resoundingly shouts within the framework of great story-telling. Ask God to give you stories to tell within the Story.

Salvation -
We must be praying for and preaching for the salvation and restoration of people who are living sin-marred, broken lives. We want to go to heaven and take as many people with us as we possibly can. So, we preach with the view that the Holy Spirit will draw people to the Savior. But not everyone who hears a message needs to be born again, of course. That's why we must remember that the gospel is not just for unbelievers. It's for everyone. Believers need to be reminded that it's not their doing that pleases God. It's the doing of Jesus in their behalf that pleases God. We need to remind believers that Jesus still loves and forgives them. Why? That's the fuel we all need to live holy lives. So, every time we stand to preach, we preach the gospel that saves - that changes everything. 

Question: If you were to add another S word, what would it be?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

TED talks and Sunday sermons


Pastors, how many TED Talk guidelines, if any, should a weekend message at a worship service follow? 

TED is the popular (and often brilliant) series of brief speeches on Technology, Education, and Design that communicate "ideas worth spreading." Personally, I've enjoyed and benefited from many talks over the last few years.

So, can preachers learn from TED presentations? 

Here are the six rules that TED presenters have to follow. 

1. Distill your life's work or experience into a 3, 6, 9 or 18 minute talk.

2. Be authentic / vulnerable.

3. Convey one strong idea. 

4. Tell a story that hasn't been told before. 

5. Tell and not sell.

6. Absolutely and positively stick to the time limit.

Here's one pastor who says that preachers should not try to be Christian-ized TED talkers. But are there any things preachers could learn from TED talkers?

Questions: In your opinion, which of these 6 "rules" might help the most? Which of these 6 "rules" might hurt the most?  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

It's about your people, not your policies


Beware of organizations that elevate procedures, policies, and programs over people.

As programs progress and policies proliferate this can present a problem. 

Policies, structures, systems, and programs are necessary especially as organizations grow. They save time. They arise to help decision-making. They usually are put into place to serve people.

But in every organization there are people who tend to rely on rules more than nurture relationships. When that happens, an organization can become more and more pharisaical, legalistic, and judgmental.

That's when the original intent of the policies is violated. That's when the organization starts serving systems rather than the people.

Jesus once confronted religious leaders who had made this mistake.

One Sabbath [Jesus ] was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, "Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath." Mark 2:23-24, 27-28

Policies, programs, and procedures are made so people are free to obey the Lord not the org.

Question: When have you seen an organization 's policies actually result in hurting people? 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Why the 2nd Coming of Christ ought to bring faith, hope, and joy not fear, confusion, and dread


So many theories. So little time. So many opportunists. So many gullible Christians. 

It greatly saddens me to see so many Christian leaders sensationalize end times Bible prophecy. The sheep are often frightened and confused. Is this really what the Lord wants in His church as the end draws near? 

As we think about the Second Coming of Christ, we first might want to think about ancient Jewish weddings. And, hopefully, this will curtail our fear and increase our faith, hope, and joy.   

Ancient Jewish weddings? Yep! 

We can’t fully understand what the Bible has to say about the second coming of Christ unless we understand some things about Jewish weddings in the time of Jesus.

Now, keep in mind that the Bible calls Jesus the bridegroom.  And all who believe – the church, the true followers of Jesus – make up the bride of Christ.  Jesus is the groom.  We are the bride.

In Jesus’ day, when it was time for a man and woman to marry, both fathers would negotiate something called the “bride price.”  They recognized that the bride would be a loss for her family.  So, the “bride price” compensated the bride-to-be’s family.  The groom would pay the father of the bride. 

Then the groom would take a cup of wine.  He’d drink from it and offer it to the bride-to-be.  It meant, “I’m making a covenant with you.  I’m willing to give my life for you.”  And the bride-to-be would seal the engagement by drinking from that same cup.  From that moment, she was an engaged woman. And she was referred to as one who was “bought with a price.”

The young man then told his fiancĂ©e, “I’m going home to my father’s house to prepare a place for you. When I’m finished, I’ll return and take you to be my wife.”  The groom would go back to his home and start preparing it for the arrival of his bride. 

When the son returned to the father’s house, he started building new rooms.  The father’s housing complex was called an insula.  The groom’s family lived together, worked together, ate together, played together in the insula.  The son would build with excitement and hope for the future.   He think, “I can’t wait to bring my bride into this community of love.”

Meanwhile, the bride prepared herself for the day of her groom’s return.  She didn’t know when the groom would come.  So, she started making preparations immediately so she wouldn’t be caught unprepared.  She lived at her parents’ home, preparing her wedding clothes and learning homemaking skills.  This bride who had been “bought with a price” might wait six months, or nine months, or even longer for her fiancĂ© to return.  No one knew the exact time when he would come for her.

As the groom worked on his new home, he waited for his father’s final approval.  Only the groom’s father could decide when the rooms were finally ready.  So, when the groom finally finished and got his father’s blessing, he would travel to his bride’s village and blow the shofar.  The bride would hear it and know that her wedding day had come.

And then came the party – the reception.

I'm sure you already see the clear connections between these ancient Jewish wedding customs and our relationship to Christ in the here and now.  But just in case you missed it, let’s think…

Just like a Jewish father arranged the marriage of His son, it’s God the Father who arranged our relationship with Jesus, our groom.  Jesus said,

No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent me draws him.
John 6:44a (ESV)

So, our relationship to Jesus is planned by the Father.  And now Jesus is passionate about showing us just how much He loves His bride – how much He love us.  He loves us so much that He’s the groom who paid a steep price for His bride.  It’s why I Corinthians 6 says,

You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.
I Corinthians 6:19b-20a (ESV)

Jesus said, “I love you as My bride, so I’ll pay the bride price. I’ll give up my life for you.”  Forever, we will be known as the ones “bought with a price.”  And remember that during the Last Supper, Jesus took a cup of wine in His hands and told His disciples,

This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is poured out for you (Luke 22:20).

It was a type of marriage proposal.  And every time we drink from the cup as we celebrate communion, we are saying, “Yes, Jesus.  I want to be Yours.  I accept your love for me.”

Now, we are the bride waiting for the day when Jesus will return and take us to the Father’s house.   Jesus has gone to His Father’s house to prepare a place for us.

In My father’s house are many rooms… I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again and will take you to Myself… John 14:2-3 (ESV).

Now Jesus is waiting for His Father’s approval to return for His bride – to come for us:

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, not the Son, but only the Father (Matthew 24:36). 

Only the Father knows when the insula in heaven will be ready.  Jesus is preparing a place for us in heaven.  And He anxiously is awaiting the day when He will return and take us to His home filled with of love. 

One day, the shofar will sound.

The Son of Man [is] coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds… (Matthew 24:30b-31).

And then a party will take place – a wedding reception that will blow our minds. 

Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready… Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7, 9).

It will be a wedding reception that you just won’t want to miss. 


Now obviously, marriage customs are different today.  But the love that Jesus, our Groom, has for us is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable.  He’s preparing things for us.  He’s coming to get us.  It’s our job to wait with excitement – to be ready for His return.

Now, this is not something to dread.  Stop wringing your hands and mopping your brow. This is something that God has given us for hope, joy, peace, confidence, and anticipation. 

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Three reasons why prayer is your most important weapon as you live on mission


One ingredient that every missionary knows is vital for the success of their mission is prayer. Prayer changes things. No missionary effort will have life-changing impact without passionate, prevailing prayer.

Think about the people you know who are far from God. Are you praying for them? Are their names written down on a prayer card or in a prayer journal so you are reminded to pray for them often?

Why do they need you prayers? They are blind, bound, and buried. Match the following verses with the appropriate description.

  1. People far from God are blind. II Corinthians 4:4.
  2. People far from God are bound (captured). II Timothy 2:16.
  3. People far from God are buried (dead). Ephesians 2:1.
Apart from Christ, every person on the planet is in a spiritually helpless and hopeless state.

The Bible teaches that, temporarily, God has given Satan some “leash” as His enemy. In fact, Satan is called “the god of this world.” And he works to make sure that our unsaved family members and friends cannot see the beauty and majesty of Jesus. The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (II Corinthians 4:4).

The Bible teaches that Satan seeks to capture unsuspecting people in his traps. When people do come to faith in Christ, it’s because they have been set free from the devil’s snare. “And they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (II Timothy 2:26).

The Bible teaches that people apart from Christ are spiritually dead. They may be alive physically; but they are dead spiritually. “You were dead in the trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). All around us people are dead men walking; dead women walking; dead boys, girls, and teenagers walking. This means that apart from Christ, no one is able to spiritually respond to God and to truth. A corpse doesn’t hear conversations going on at a funeral home. A body doesn’t have an appetite. It’s dead. This is also true when it comes to spiritual life of people apart from Christ. They don’t hear God. They don’t have an appetite for the things of God.

Write down the names of some people you know who are blind, bound, and buried. 

Blind                            Bound                          Buried            
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   
________________    ________________    ________________   

Question: Who gives sight to the blind? Who set the captives free? Who raises the dead to life? That’s right! Jesus!

And this is precisely why we should pray! Prayer is asking Jesus to do for us what we cannot do.

Lost people don’t just need a new set of glasses; they need a new set of eyes. And that’s what Jesus does. A blind person isn’t just short-sighted or far-sighted. It’s pointless to say to a blind person, “Just focus more!” Pleading with a spiritually blind person to try harder to see the gospel of Jesus won’t work. Why not? They can’t see.

Lost people don’t just need a little more fresh air; they need to get out of jail. And that’s what Jesus does. An imprisoned person isn’t just in need of a little stroll in the jail yard. It’s pointless to say to someone who is incarcerated to try hard to live free. Begging a spiritually entrapped person to kick his ungodly addictions won’t work. Why not? She’s in Satan’s snare.

Lost people don’t just need resuscitation; they need resurrection. And that’s what Jesus does. A dead body cannot respond. It’s pointless to shout at a corpse: “Hey! I know you are in bad shape. But pull yourself together and get up!” And making an appeal to a spiritually dead person won’t work. We can’t simply say, “Just try harder to be a good person.” It won’t work. Why not? They are dead.

A blind, bound, and buried person does not have the capacity to repent and believe the gospel. No preaching, no spiritual motivation, no psychological techniques, no positive thinking, no do-it-yourself schemes will help. So, what can help?

Prayer!

Maybe many of the people you know are messed up. You’ve been trying to fix it. You’ve tried everything. Threats. Manipulation. Intimidation. Cooperation. Counseling. Begging. Preaching. Church-going. Nothing is working. 

Could it be that spouse, that child, that teen, that parent is blind, bound, and buried? Nothing is going to change until God intervenes. Start praying. Start hitting your knees.

To help you learn how to pray biblically, here is a prayer based on the truths we see in II Corinthians 4:4, II Timothy 2:26, and Ephesians 2:1.

Lord God Almighty, You are infinitely rich in mercy and You delight in making all things new. Please be merciful to _________ and make him/her into Your masterpiece. He/she is spiritually dead in trespasses and sins.  So, please raise him/her to life. He/she has been held captive by Satan to do his will. Please set him/her free to do Your will instead. He/she has been blinded by the enemy and cannot see the grace of God in the face of Christ. Open his/her eyes to behold the glory of Your grace. Show off Your great power in saving him/her and giving him/her the gift of faith in Jesus.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

What if you began to pray this for those you know who are lost? For years if you have to? Today, make a prayer list of lost people. Keep your list in a visible place in your Bible or in a journal.

See, you can’t raise the spiritually dead. You can’t make a set a captive free. You can’t make a blind person see. But you can talk to the One who can. You can pray. Will you?


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