Posts Tagged "witnessing"

Calling Lazarus – and Us

Posted by on Jul 18, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Calling Lazarus – and Us

His friend was dying.  Messengers had arrived from Bethany with the news, “Come quickly, Jesus.  Lazarus is sick.”   He waited.  Two days.  By the time Jesus returned to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead four days.    Do you ever wonder if the human part of Jesus struggled with the God part of Jesus?  Yes, Jesus was fully-God and fully-man.  He knew that Lazarus would be raised from the dead.  He knew that God would be glorified.  The man-Jesus may well have desired to flee immediately to Bethany, to save his friend from the suffering that surely preceded his death, to...

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Following the Music

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

Following the Music

Music.  Above the loudspeaker (VERY loud-speaker!), above the laughing and conversation, above the constant flow of people – music.  It surprised me to hear those sweet notes when I made my way from the Amtrak check-in counter to an available seat in the waiting area.  Constant noise had been my companions since stepping through the doors from my hotel onto the busy streets of Manhattan.  I didn’t mind the noise.  The noise was life – cars, buses, bicycle-driven carriages and people going from place to place.  The blowing horns and laughter, all were the sounds of life.  After...

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Boarded Windows

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Boarded Windows

I walked passed the house two or three afternoons per week on my way home from after-school activities.  I guess it would be more accurate to say that I ran passed it.  It was a shack of a house with boarded up windows, an old man and two young men nearly always sitting on the porch with the front door wide open.  Chickens were constantly running into and out of the house, pecking at whatever they could get their beaks on.  The red Cadillac that was frequently parked outside stood out like a ripe apple in a basket full of rotten fruit.   I remembered my father commenting on the old...

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Touching Many

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Touching Many

Three thousand people saved – in one day, in one place, through the bold words of one man of God. Not in one year or over many miles or through several missionaries – one day, one place, one man of God! How incredible! It gets better. The man of God speaking with bold authority wasn’t Elijah or Moses, but Peter! Peter – the rough and tough, the fisherman with the reputation for angry outbursts, the disciple who denied Christ three times. The same Peter that Christ spoke to after the resurrection, “Do you love me Peter?” three times asked. Three times Peter proclaims “I do Lord!” “Feed my lambs. Tend my sheep. Feed my sheep, Peter,” Christ forgives and commissions him.

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The Manifest Church

Posted by on Dec 12, 2012 in Articles | 0 comments

The Manifest Church

The clouds are black and foreboding this afternoon.  Darkness is stretching its talons across the town, gripping tighter and drawing the shadows together.  Heavy, Styrofoam-like balls of snow pelt the windows and the side of the house.  It’s a good day to be inside, out of the wind and snow.  Yet, despite the gloomy winter afternoon, a speck of God’s presence is visible on the landscape.   The steeple of the little country church can be seen for miles.  From nearly any spot in my backyard, its white spire is discernible above the trees.  The tip points straight to heaven, a...

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