Short Bit on Evangelism

One of the questions I have been struggling with for years is why should we evangelize? I know that we should, but I could never come up with a core answer that I was satisfied with. I wondered, should we evangelize because we love others and don’t want to see them go to hell, should we evangelize because we love God and want to share Him with others? Whereas I thought those were good answers, I wasn’t satisfied with them.

Just the other day I was thinking about it again, and it finally hit me. There are three things I know to be true about God, one, that He is a loving God, two, that He is a jealous God, and three, God cannot be in the presence of sin. What this means to me is this, God wants us all to be saved, He wants us all to enter an eternal relationship with Him, but God can’t have that because of our sin. God is so pure, and we are so sinful, that we would burn in His presence. That’s why He had to send His Son down as a sacrifice for our sin so that we can be made pure before Him. It is only through His Son that we can be made sinless before God. I believe that is also why we can’t have God dwell here among us in the flesh like we so often crave, we would burn in His presence. I believe that is another reason why Jesus had to be made human. I believe that is why the devil seems so powerful to us, because he is ‘god of this world,’ the devil can live in this sinful place.

Our God loves us so much though that despite our sins, He still wants to call us home to Him. That is why it is our job to evangelize. God’s actual presence would destroy us, so it is our duty to be His witness.

And how is this done?

Think of your favorite leader, or simply your favorite person. When you tell others about them, what do you tell them? Do we tell others how much they don’t like this, that or the other thing? Or do you tell them what that person does to make you appreciate them? Especially with a favorite leader, do you tell everyone the things they hate, or do you tell them about all the good things they do, do you tell them about all the qualities that make them a good leader? For me, when I have a favorite leader, I love telling other people about all the good qualities about them.

What I noticed about the bible and God, is I often see people tell everyone what the bible is against, what God doesn’t like, and why they need to change their ways. Why can’t we tell others about what God has done for us? Why can’t we tell others about the healing He has down in our hearts? The new life He has given us? The second chances He gives us daily? That He blesses us daily simply because He loves us? Why can’t we tell others more about what God has done for you personally instead of what God disapproves of? Everybody knows what the bible condemns, but nobody seems to know what God can do for us.

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Closet Christians Take A Stand (Video Test)

I was real tentative to share this at first. I mentioned a few posts ago about how I wanted to start doing V-Logs (Video Blogs) every once in a while. Yesterday, I decided to do a test run to see how it would work, and figure out what I need to do when I start doing them ‘officially.’

When I post these in the future, I plan on making them more polished, and hopefully not as convicting.

So any who, here is my trial run.


Here is the original scrip I worked off of. I added and removed some parts as I was recording it.

Closet Christian

Here is a picture of an 8 year old boy who died in yesterdays bombings.

Yesterdays Boston bombings was a huge wakeup call to me. You never know when the people around you are going to be taken from this world. It upsets me deeply to have heard about the death of the 8 year old boy waiting for his father at the finish line.

But there is a much deeper issue going on that we forget about in the comforts of our own home. Too many people are dying while our Father in Heaven, is waiting on us at the ultimate finish line.

Look around you, look at the people in your life. Your family members. Your coworkers. Your friends. If they were to be gone today, would they be united with our Father in Heaven, or will they be put in the pits of Hell for eternity?

It’s a hard thought to deal with. Maybe I’m going to far with this, maybe I need to lighten up a bit. But is eternal damnation something to be taken lightly?!

Is our fear of sharing our faith more important than the life of our friends, family and neighbors?!

The seeds you plant, WILL NOT save everyone you share your faith with. In fact I guarantee you will fail at least 95% of the time. But the fact is, people die everyday, from unexpected events. What we don’t know is where they are going to spend eternity.

My intention isn’t to use a scar tactic to push others to spread God’s Word, but for us, including myself, to be aware, there is a war out there! What part are you taking in fighting the war? You don’t need to go push Christ on everyone you see and meet. But rather, just take a step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to share Christ when the opportunity presents itself.

We are called to be ambassadors of Christ, it is all of our responsibilities to represent Christ to the world. Like John the Baptist, we are to point the way to Christ through our actions and our words. Others are to look at us and say

, “Woah, now there is a radical person living outside of the norms of this world. There is a person who has much love and forgiveness to give. How can I be more like them?”

Sin is everywhere. We as Christians need to step out of the closet and show others the power of Christ’s love and forgiveness.

I’m sick of it, I’m sick of the actions of sin. Are you ready to take a stand?

Hell is Real

I think I may have posted something similar to this in the past. Despite that, it was on my mind last night and I wanted to share my thoughts. What if Jesus came back tonight? or even tomorrow? Will you be ready? Would you be able to say,  I have lived my life to the fullest? Or would you say “Jesus, not yet! I’m not ready! I still have things to do!” Would you run away and try to hide from Him like Adam and Eve did in the garden of Eden? How would your feel about Him coming back tonight? When I ask myself this question, I know I don’t feel ready. Of course I would love to be in Heaven! I can’t think of a place I would rather be! But that doesn’t mean I am ready. I don’t have any interest in enjoying earthly pleasures over Heaven. My conflict lies in the dilemma that I still want to do more for the Lord. I feel very similar to how Paul felt, he really wanted to be in Heaven, but he wanted to be here as well so he would witness to more people. My biggest reason however for not being ready is not for the things I have yet to do for the Lord, but the things I haven’t done yet. I keep saying I want to do things for the Lord. Example, start a bible study, bring Jesus into all my conversations, start a youth ministry, be more active in the Church, be as bold/Courageous as Paul, be a leader like Moses and Joshua, point the Way like John the Baptist, and etc. In reality I’m still living each day like before, without pushing to do anything for the Lord, just dreaming of it. Don’t we all do this? We always got tomorrow, I have to much to do right now any ways. We all have our excuses. The fact of the matter is Hell is real, and Jesus is coming back. Are you living as if there is no Hell? If so, STOP! As I said in a pervious post, when you die, how will you be remembered as, A Pickle lover?

If Jesus came back tonight, would you be ready? Let’s do the job Jesus called us to “go and make disciples of all nations [..]”