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The Great Commission Starts at Home

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Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission. “Go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” (Matthew 28:19-20). This command is so crucial that it is repeated in various forms in the other gospels and at the beginning of the book of Acts.  The Great Commission is not just for the “spiritual” people but is to infiltrate the priorities of all Christians. As my expression of fulfilling the Great Commission, I felt called to leave the area I had grown…

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Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied Podcast

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As we head back to school with the summer routine behind us, we can have a number of opportunities to share our faith. And yet when it comes to telling others about the most important thing we know – Jesus – we can start to stutter and stammer. Yet a home that is telling people about Jesus is a home that is attractive to 2nd generation Christians. In this episode, we turn the microphones around and Adam Miller interviews me about the contents of the book I wrote several years ago – Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied. In it you will…

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Family Discipleship – For What Purpose?

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This blog and my writing focus on passing the gospel to our children. Rightly we are concerned about the number who seem to grow up in a Christian home but reject the faith. But we must not make this the ultimate purpose of our lives or even our children’s lives. We should ask the deeper question of, “To what end?” If we want our own hearts and our family’s hearts to reflect God’s heart, then what does that look like? What vision do I hope to inculcate in them? My Country Only? As the American culture disintegrates around us, it…

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Jesus Came to Testify to the Truth

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Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.”You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” John 18:36-37 Why did Jesus come into this world?  One reason was to speak the truth. We live in a world ignorant about…

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Helping our Children Handle Suffering

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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10 As a parent, I want the best for my child. But in wanting that best, I can become confused, using only human wisdom. I hate to see my child suffer in any way. And yet, following Jesus involves suffering. So, if I am going to call my children to follow Christ, then I am going to call them to suffer. Perhaps the corrective on suffering needs to start in my own mind. Francis Schaeffer argued over 30 years ago that the majority…

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How to Move an Atheist/Agnostic to Study the Bible

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A home that is actively sharing Jesus with others is a faith-filled home that is attractive to teenage children. Evangelism is a fruit of a healthy Christian. Hence the following post: I recently heard this helpful conversation flow which comes from Becky Pippert author of the classic book on evangelism, Out of the Saltshaker. I think it might be helpful for all of us Atheist: I don’t believe in God. I’m an atheist. Christian: Well isn’t that kind of crazy to say that you have searched exhaustively high and low and proven there is no God? Don’t you mean you are…

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How Can I Pray For You?

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  In Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied, I talk about how asking good questions is a way to a deeper conversation. Don Whitney recommends a question I have also used a number of times. Ask the Lord to help you use it in the next few days. Over and over I’ve seen one simple question open people’s hearts to hear the gospel. Until I asked this question, they showed no interest in spiritual matters. But then after six words—only seventeen letters in English—I’ve seen people suddenly begin to weep and their resistance fall. The question is, “How can I pray for you?” This may…

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Evangelistic Questions for Your Christmas Gatherings

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The Christmas season gives us all sorts of opportunities to interact with those who don’t know Christ. There are Christmas parties for fellow workers. And holiday gatherings with distant relatives. But often we don’t know how to bring up the topic of Christ or spiritual things. And we are afraid of saying the wrong thing. That’s the whole purpose of Evangelism for the Tongue-Tied. But today’s post is a Throw Back Thursday Post to point out Twelve Evangelistic Questions that can open a conversation to spiritual things. Think of these questions as tools in your toolbox. Of particular benefit around…

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A Mission to Reach Out:555

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Tony Merida of Imago Dei Church has presented the 555 mission to his church. In short, he is challenging his church find 5 people in 5 networks 1. Your Family Network – Your extended family 2. Your Vocational Network – The people you work with 3. Your Business Network – Where you shop 4. Your Neighbor Network – Those who live close to you 5. Your Relational Network – Other nonChristian friends you have through things like recreation And with those people in mind start aiming toward these five tasks. 1. Pray for them. 2. Serve them. 3. Give Gospel…

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Provoking Your Coworkers (In a Good Way)

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J.D. Greear provides 26 great ways to provoke our coworkers. Not to provoke them to anger but to provoke a question about why we live differently a la 1 Peter 3:15 – Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you. He has a number of ways to shine at work including: – Not gossiping but speaking with thanksgiving. – Make a prayer list for the people in your office and their families. When appropriate ask, “How can I pray for you.” – Take the dirty jobs…

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