While staying home not feeling well…
It is inevitable that, when we do research on evangelistic churches, we learn about one or more members in the church who, to use the book title by Charles H. Spurgeon, embody the traits of “The Soul Winner.” Oftentimes one of those members is the pastor. But we have also seen many laypersons who are themselves soul winners.
In our interviews with these people, or with those who tell us about the soul winners, we began to discern some clear patterns. We called those patterns “the seven characteristics of highly evangelistic Christians.”
Lord, help me never to be like Ahaz…
In the time of his distress he became yet more faithless to the Lord…
Our Greatest Enemy…
18He redeems my soul in safety
from the battle that I wage,
for many are arrayed against me.
For most of us, our greatest enemy is not people or situations, but the toxic thoughts that are stored in our brains, ready to overwhelm us or undermine us throughout the day. The biggest battle we face is within our own minds. With the Holy Spirit’s help, this is a battle we can win!
Pondering 1 Peter 3:3-4.
3 Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— 4but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.
Struck by the phrase “hidden person of the heart.” I realize this is central to everything.
Just listened to Bridge Over Troubled Water with Carol.
When that song first came out, the waters in my life were indeed troubled. Much like now. Back then, the song became something of a cliche through over-exposure, imitation, and parody. Now the cliche’s been worn off by the years and by life experiences. It is a golden song, one of the most edifying “secular” songs of my lifetime. I want my children to know this song. And to know what it means to me.
The First Rule of Boundaries: It isn’t your job to feed anyone else’s monkey.