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Evangelism Video 01/30/10

Today I'll be sharing an evangelism video of a different kind. This is a video of Paul Washer addressing a question about how to share the gospel with the lost. I think he does a good job of teaching this concept, so I wanted to share it with you. The quality of the video is low, but I think the message is well worth sticking it out.

Frightening Friday 01/29/10

Tonight I was able to return to the mall on an actual Friday night. It's a completely different atmosphere on a Friday than a Wednesday. There were a lot of young people at the mall tonight--just hanging out. God was gracious to me in this because I have a heart for the young people, and I find them easy to approach. I gave out a lot of gospel tracts and had a short conversation with a young man I passed many, many times on my trips around the mall handing out tracts. Please pray for him that he responds to the gospel in repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

Before walking around and passing out gospel tracts, I sat on my usual bench for about 45 minutes with the wooden cross sitting next to me. I got a few comments this time but no questions yet. I did witness at least two people walk by and ask the person next to them, "Are you ready?" May God use it to prompt hearts and save souls.......and produce obedience in his servant.


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The Book of Acts

As I'm reading through the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan, I'm just finishing up the book of Acts. I love the book of Acts. I never tire of reading it. It's full of many different personalities putting their importance on obedience to God, so we get to see that played out before our eyes.

I also enjoy the book of Acts because the gospel is preached (proclaimed) throughout the entire book. Stephen proclaims the gospel. Peter and John proclaim the gospel. Philip proclaims the gospel. Paul proclaims the gospel. They all do it in their current circumstances regardless of the consequences.

By reading the book of Acts we have the opportunity to hear the gospel message proclaimed many times, in many ways, by many different people. We have the opportunity to witness obedience to God in varying circumstances.

If you're looking to study the gospel message, I would recommend studying the book of Acts.

Resource Wednesday 01/27/10

Commuter - A person who regularly travels from one place to another, typically to work. That's me, a commuter--usually about an hour each way, Monday through Friday. When you are a commuter, you are grateful for the very recent invention of the MP3 player. There are several podcasts (talk shows via the web) that I enjoy and listen to on my commute. I thought I'd share them with you on this Resource Wednesday.

I have been a regular listener of Wretched Radio (host, Todd Friel) for quite some time (formerly Way of the Master radio). It is a daily Christian radio show with a bent toward evangelism. They air a two-hour show everyday, so it is a commuter's dream. You can find out information at their website http://www.wretchedradio.com/

I also enjoy The Christian Worldview radio program (host, David Wheaton). They air a two-hour show once a week, on Saturdays (perhaps a little more doable for the non-commuters out there). You can find information about them at http://www.thechri…

Bible Reading Plans

This year, as last year, the Oseid family is reading through the Bible in a year. We're using the M'Cheyne Bible reading plan http://www.mountzion.org/text/DailyBibleReading.pdf
which brings us through the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in the year. The plan consists of reading about 4 chapters a day, two as a family and two on your own. We've been enjoying it. I like consistently working through sections of Scripture each day.

If you're following some kind of plan like this I would encourage you to continue. Last year, Greg and I got bogged down about three-quarters of the way through the year. We got behind and struggled to keep up, therefore, we avoided it. In December we decided to start over with the current day and forget about catching up. When Greg suggested we follow the same plan this year, I was hesitant because of our lack of "success" last year. This year we decided if we get more than three days behind, we'll pick up…

Cookie Baking Night--My Thoughts

Tonight is Monday night, but a non-Cookie Baking Night. I thought I would take this opportunity to explain the Cookie Baking Nights a little further, how it began, and what I try to accomplish with it.
Cookie Baking Night is the name I've given to the Monday night I spend with my nieces and nephews every other week. They come over at 5:00. We eat supper together. After supper we bake cookies (or brownies or bars, some kind of cooking project). After the cooking project we usually read a Bible story. We're currently working through the book Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland. It is a great book of systematic theology for children. I wish I knew about it years ago. The children are getting old enough now that they can read the Bible passage that accompanies the stories. They take turns doing this. After reading the Bible, we spend the rest of the evening in picture coloring, game playing, and the occasional movie. The kids are picked up at 8:00 pm. Cookie Baking Nigh…

Evangelism Video 1/23/10

Today I'm going to share a video with you of Ray Comfort sharing the gospel with a young man named Andrew. From my bit of experience, I think this young man is a pretty good representation of what young people are thinking about the Bible and heaven and hell. I've heard very similar thoughts expressed by young people (teenage to early 20's), more than once, when engaging in witness encounters with them. I would encourage you to watch this video to the end. I think Mr. Comfort does a good job of staying on track with the message amidst some challenging conversation, and there appears to be a small light of reasoning at the end of the very long tunnel.


Frightening Friday 1/22/10

Tonight I'm spending the evening with my young friends from church, Abigail, Samuel, and Isaiah. Knowing this would be the case, I went to the mall on Wednesday night this week.

I continued my evangelism efforts with the cross Greg made for me. I sat on the bench for half an hour and read my Bible, looking up to make eye contact as people walked by. I received a few dirty looks, a few smiles, a few whispered conversations as soon as I was out of supposed earshot, and a lot of averting the eyes when I made eye contact. No questions yet, but I'm still hopeful. I was also able to hand out a few tracts as I walked around the mall. I pray God will use my feeble efforts to convict hearts and save souls.



P.S. Greg says if I'm not getting spit at, I'm probably not doing it right. Could be. I'm kind of hoping for an actual question or comment before any spitting starts.

Thursday Night Bible Study

Our church has a Thursday night Bible study and prayer meeting service each week. Currently, our pastor is engaged in a series titled: Basic Christian Doctrines. The content of these studies has been well prepared and very informative. Each lesson starts with a review of the previous week's lesson. During this study, I'll be posting a link to our church website and podcast. It's well worth listening to. Enjoy!

Please follow the link (by clicking on the highlighted word) to hear the Bible Study sermon on the doctrine of mankind .

Resource Wednesday 1/20/10

This week I would like to talk you about the Ambassador's Academy. It is an evangelism training event offered in California, sponsered by Living Waters (Way of the Master) ministry. I think it would be safe to call it an evangelism boot camp of sorts. It consists of one full day of training and two full days out on the streets in southern California putting your training to the test. The training is administered by members of the Living Waters staff who are living what they teach every day (literally) in their jobs through Living Waters ministry and in their personal lives.

I went to this training in May of last year. I highly recommend it and would go again in a heartbeat. Because of the current economic situation, Living Waters has taken a step of faith and cut the price in half to allow more people to attend the training (it was $600 and is now $300, including a 4-night hotel stay as part of the training--a deal to be sure). If you have ever considered something of this nature, …

Feed the Starving Teenagers 1/19/10

As I've mentioned before, I have my own ministry with my teenage niece and nephew and a few other kids in my life. I choose a book and give it to them. They read it. If they make an effort to get together with me and we discuss the book, there is a monetary reward involved. I've read two books with my niece, Meghan, and two books with my nephew, Joe, so far.

Joe is 17. The last book we read together (about a month ago) was Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand (founder of the Voice of the Martyrs ministry). When we discussed the book together, Joe marveled at some of the stories told within the book. Here's some background on the book. It was written in 1976, shortly after Richard Wurmbrand (a pastor in Romania) was released from his second imprisonment (for preaching the gospel) during the communists' rule in Romania (he was imprisoned a total of 15 years).

The following story stood out to Joe in particular (pages 17-18):

Richard Wurbrand speaking: "For me, to pr…

Cookie Baking Night 1/18/10

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night with the nieces and nephews. In attendance: Carissa, Emily, and Ethan. Ethan turned 7 years old on Saturday. Tonight was his birthday choice.
For supper, he chose macaroni and cheese, french fries, and mixed vegetables. Cookie of choice: Sugar Cookies.
As you can see by this first picture, the enthusiasm was high this evening.

The most surprising verbal interaction of the evening went like this:
Carissa said: Emily, your hair looks exquisite this evening.
Emily said: Katrina, what does exquisite mean?
Katrina said: Very, very nice.
Emily said: Oh, thank you, Carissa.
Carissa said: Sure.


Evangelism Video 1/16/10

Today I'd like to share a video of Ray Comfort witnessing to a young man on the beach in California. The sound quality is not great on this one, but you can pick up the tone of the voices as this witness encounter takes place, and you can see conviction on this young man's face as his conscience is probed. As this video starts, the question you didn't hear asked is, "Can you name any of the 10 commandments?"


Frightening Friday 1/15/10

Tonight I am out with a young lady from church getting to know her. I knew I had this planned and wouldn't be able to go to the mall tonight, so I went on Wednesday night instead.

I debated if I wanted to blog about that experience because it really doesn't seem like much to write about. I decided to share it, though.

I set the time aside on Wednesday night. I stopped by the mall to engage people in conversations about the gospel. The feel of the crowd on a Wednesday night is much different than a Friday night--not many people there at all, mostly mall walkers. I spent an hour at the mall, but I never engaged a single person in conversation, never even handed out a tract. I could not summon the courage.

I left discouraged. I left questioning if I should be out there at all. I left wondering if I do this for me or do this for the sake of the gospel. I also left the mall praying to God. I left there aware of my insignificant part in the regeneration of another human being (nothing-…

Everyone is an Evangelist

Everyone is an evangelist.

This thought is not original to me. Have you ever pondered it?

Everyone has a subject they are passionate enough about to try to convert another person to their point of view. I have only my life experience to offer here, but I find this true in every personality across the board. I know rock collecting evangelists, chiropractor evangelists, union organizing evangelists, Weight Watcher evangelists, home schooling evangelists, poker evangelists, facebook evangelists, exercise evangelists, quilting evangelists, Jui-Jitsu evangelists, environmental evangelists, Food Network channel evangelists, scrapbooking evangelists, football evangelists, and the list goes on. We all talk about what we love, and we try to convince others of its greatness.

My friend, Kim, and I were talking about this the other day. She has a passion (albeit an unusual passion but a passion nonetheless) for the disposable shower cap. She buys them at the dollar store (several for a dollar) and u…

Resource Wednesday 1/13/10

I'm in the process of reading the book Gospel-Powered Parenting by William Farley. The subtitle of the book is How the Gospel Shapes and Transforms Parenting.

I'm halfway through this book right now, and I'm impressed with the set up the author is giving to the gospel. The first five chapters are given to explaining the premise of the book and explaining the gospel. It has taken us through God's holiness, a definition of the fear of God, God's wrath, and God's grace.

Here's an excerpt from the beginning of chapter 4:

"Publishers tell us that many parents will not expend the mental sweat necessary to think deeply about God and man. In other words, today's parent avoids the T-word--theology. I trust that you won't do this. It is a significant roadblock to parenting--even though it is the American way of life.

We are as we think. We parent out of our theology. Everyone, Christian and non-Christian, has a theology--an idea of who God is and who we ar…

Happy Birthday, My Friend!

Today my good friend, Kim, is having a birthday. We started a tradition a few years ago in which we take the day off of work (if on a week day) and spend the day together. That is our present to each other. It is a most wonderful time.

Today we will be working out at Kim's gym, talking, getting our nails done, talking, eating lunch at Truffles and Tortes (fun place--so girly, as Kim would say), talking, praying, handing out tracts when the occasion arises (and I know it will), talking, stopping at Caribou for Kim's free birthday drink, talking. We'll start the day at 7:00 am and end it somewhere around 8:00 pm----a most glorious treat for sure.

I cannot explain the joy of spending time with a friend who loves the Lord, and that can definitely be said of my good friend, Kim.

I love you, my friend. Happy Birthday to you!

Do You Miss It?

I've mentioned in other posts that I have struggled with sin in the area of TV. There was a time when it would have been right to call it an addiction (or more appropriately, an idol). I haven't watched TV for several years now. I can assure you this is only because God changed my heart in this area (something I marvel at to this day).


Greg and I were having a discussion the other day about the place entertainment/recreation should have in a Christian's life. He asked me this question, "Do you even miss TV?" I think he was expecting a very quick response along the lines of "not at all". I thought about it for a minute and responded this way: I only miss TV when I am wanting to sin and looking for an outlet for it.

TV/recreation/caffeine/food/sports (and a whole boat load of other seemingly innocent things) are not necessarily sins in and of themselves. It is when they are desired above God that they cross that line.

Frightening Friday 1/08/10

Tonight I returned to Frightening Fridays (the one day a week I have designated for evangelism). With the onset of winter, I have moved indoors. I've been trying to think of ways to engage people in conversation (that is the hardest part for me).

I have recently employed the idea of using a cross in my evangelism efforts (an idea used by other street evangelists such as Tony Miano (http://www.thelawmanchronicles.blogspot.com/) and Paul Latour (http://www.thewordstreetjournal.blogspot.com/). I adapted the idea a bit and asked Greg to make me a wooden cross that would fit next to me on a shopping mall bench. The cross has the words Are You Ready? written on it. I'm seeking to engage people in conversations about eternity with that question.

The picture below was actually taken a few weeks before Christmas when I tried this idea for the first time. Several people stopped to look at the words on the cross (often averting their eyes when they noticed me watching them). No conversatio…

The Book of Daniel

Last summer, I stopped at the skatepark to engage in some one-to-one evangelism. I shared the gospel with several young men that night. One of the young men said his dad asked him to read the book of Daniel (in the Bible), and he had just started it. I decided to read the book of Daniel so I could have a conversation with this young man should I run into him again at the skatepark. Never saw him again.....but I did fall in love with the book of Daniel. It fascinates me. I've read it several times since then.

About a year ago, my friend Kim and I went to a conference through Precepts ministry (www.precepts.org). We took a class to learn how to lead an inductive Bible study through their ministry (they like you to take their training before leading a study). We completed the training but haven't yet used it to lead a study.

This year I've decided to tackle my first inductive Bible study course (through Precepts ministry) on the Book of Daniel (chapters 1-7). Time to put that t…

Resource Wednesday 01/06/10

I have a passion for resources that will grow us in our Christian walk and move us toward being more like Christ. On Wednesdays this year, I will share with you resources of that nature. Please note: I have yet to read anything written solely by man that I agree with 100% in every aspect of it. Everything that is read or listened to today needs to be weighed against Scripture. Please do so with these resources I provide as with all things.

I have mentioned before, I enjoy subscribing to a couple e-mail feeds that provide a daily e-mail with quotes from Puritans and other theologians of our current day. Grace Gems usually provides a quote from a Puritan or an excerpt from a sermon along with an audio clip. Of First Importance tends to be a little more modern in there quotes, often using authors and theologians of our present day. I find both beneficial and useful. Check it out.

www.gracegems.org

www.firstimportance.org

A Time To Think

This year I approached the new year differently than I usually do. I actually took some time to think about it. I wrote down things I would like to focus on this year, how I plan to spend my time. I took a look at several relationships in my life and made a couple goals for each one of them. I decided on a Bible reading plan so I could implement it as soon as the new year started. I didn't make big and lofty goals, but I made a lot of them. I want to be used of the Lord this year. I don't want to pace myself. When (if the Lord allows) I reach December 31, 2010, I want to be spent.

Cookie Baking Night 1/4/10

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. For those unfamiliar with these posts, Cookie Baking Night happens every other Monday with my nieces and nephews (6 nieces and nephews in Minnesota, a different number in attendance every time). We have supper together, make cookies, read a Bible story, play games, etc.

Tonight Ethan, Carissa, and Emily were in attendance. We had meatloaf for supper. We made one-eyed Susans for our cookies (peanut butter cookie with a Hershey kiss in the middle).

We played a few rousing games of Zingo (a Cookie Baking Night favorite).

And we read our Bible story, What Happened to Adam and Eve, from the book Leading Little Ones to God (I highly recommend this book), followed by Emily reading for us from Genesis 3:7-10. Some great discussion followed.

As usual, fun was had by all.

A New Year of Blogging

My goal for the blog this year is to write a post Monday-Saturday. I also have a vague structure in mind. It is as follows:

Every other Monday I'll write about my cookie baking adventures with the nieces and nephews.

Wednesday I'll share Christian resources that I enjoy (websites, e-mail feeds, books, podcasts, etc). I love resources, and I have a passion for hunting them down.

Fridays I will return to my Frightening Friday posts as I hit the streets with the intention of sharing the gospel with people I meet.

Saturdays will be reserved for evangelism videos from various evangelists as they seek to share the gospel with the people they meet.

The days in between will be filled my various musings (just as the title of this blog implies).

Stay tuned.

A New Year

I'm always reflective this time of year. This holiday (New Year's Day) fits well with my personality. I like definite beginnings and definite endings. I like starts and finishes, something measurable and tangible, and the new year provides that.

I am also reflective this time of year because it is the season in which God called me unto Him and regenerated me. When I first started this blog I shared my testimony as it is written in a gospel tract that I use in my evangelism efforts (it can be found under the archives--May posts--My testimony). Today I would like to share that testimony again, as I remember it when this time of year comes around.

We were fast approaching on the close of the year 2003 and the beginning of the year 2004. For most of the year of 2003 (if not longer), I was very depressed. I was profoundly sad and unhappy. I could function in the world but just barely. I made it to work (most days) and then back home again to my world of self-pity. I called myself a C…