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Resource Wednesday 09/29/10

This Resource Wednesday, I would like to share with you a project recently undertaken by the pastor of our church (Pastor Doug Roman). About a week ago our church hosted a booth at our local town festival (Otsego Festival). We use the time to connect with the community and let them know there is a Bible-preaching church in the area. As part of the festival this year, we had a board available where people could post their questions. The caption on the board said, "If I Could Ask God One Question....". We then invited the festival attendees to write down a question and post it on the board. And we told them that our pastor would answer the questions on his blog using the Bible as his resource. We placed a few questions on the board to get things started and then replaced them as the day progressed and people began to write down questions. As promised, Pastor Roman is addressing the questions on his blog, and I am enjoying checking out his responses, as well as learning in the …

The Power of Media

On Saturday, my niece, Emily, spent the night at our house. I had called her house earlier in the day to ask her a question. Her mom said she was outside, playing, and she would call for her. Emily is a bit of a couch potato and not one to play outside by herself, so I thought it a bit odd at the time but quickly dismissed it.

When I arrived to pick her up later in the day her mom told me that the cable stations that are usually devoted to children's programming were blacked out that day. Instead, the screen displayed this message: "National Get Out & Play Day. No programs will be aired until 3:00 pm."
That is the very reason Emily was outside, playing, by herself.

Though this story certainly has an amusing undertone to it, I was struck by this very real example of how strong of an influence the TV media has on the children of our country. Some of the messages are this blatant but most are subtle suggestions of how to think and act, what to wear, how to treat one's …

Cookie Baking Night 09/27/10

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Ethan and Carissa. With the beginning of the autumn season upon us, we decided to make apple crisp. This is a good activity to do with kids. I peel the apples and they cut them up with a table knife. Carissa and Ethan did a great job cutting up the apples. They also mixed up the crumb topping and covered the apples with it.

In our book Leading Little Ones to God by Marian Schoolland, we read lesson 36 "Jesus Commanded Sickness and Death". Ethan read the Scripture passage for us--Luke 8:49-52.

We ended the evening with a rousing game of Mickey Mouse Uno (Carissa was the victor). As usual, a fun time was had by all.


Evangelism Focus 09/24/10

For the evangelism focus this evening, I'd like to share with you a segment I transcribed from Revive our Hearts ministry with Nancy Leigh DeMoss (http://www.reviveourhearts.com/). The subject of this particular segment was evangelism. She shared a story of a woman who first heard the the gospel through interaction with the Revive Our Hearts ministry and then trusted Christ as her Savior. I chose to transcribe this story and share it here because I was captivated by the language this woman used to share salvation. It showed a knowledge of God and desire to know Him more as well as extreme gratitude for His mercy and grace. I think it is worthy of sharing and much can be learned from it. It's a bit on the lengthy side but well worth the read. The story has a few twists, so I encourage you to stick with it through the end.

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I want to share with you a story of a woman that we have met through this ministry. She is an American who is living in an…

Evangelism Video 09/23/10

Today I'd like to share with you the evangelism video from the Living Waters University series of Ray Comfort witnessing to a man named Frog. I posted this one a few months ago, and I'm going to repeat it today. It is a compelling witnessing encounter and one of my favorites. I have watched it many, many times and continue to pray for this man. There are many moments throughout this encounter where you can see Frog have serious moments of reflection and then moments of casual disregard. I think this video well represents what many on-the-street witnessing encounters can be like.

It's definitely worth watching!

Resource Wednesday 09/22/10

This Resource Wednesday I would like to share with you the pictures of my birthday gift from my mother-in-law, Dee. I have mentioned in other posts that my mother-in-law is an accomplished seamstress. I asked her to make me a purse that I could use in my evangelism ministry. She let me have a lot of input into the design of the purse and then designed it to fit my requests. And, I would like to take this moment to say: It is beautiful! The pictures don't do it justice, but we'll give it a go anyway.




It has four pockets on each side (all designed to fit the specific gospel tracts that I most often carry in my purse). I asked her to put the pockets on the outside of the purse so I can access the tracts easily.

The inside of the purse is also filled with pockets (as well as one large one in the middle for DVDs or books to give away). And by special request, when I open the purse, I look upon the words "Don't Quit", which Dee machine embroidered onto the front of one o…

Ephesians chapter 1

Why muddle around trying to think of something meaningful to say when God's Word has already done that? Today I leave you with Ephesians chapter 1.

Ephesians 1

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to…

Abhorring All My Sin

Yesterday, as part of one of our church services, we sang My Jesus Fair.

Here's the chorus:

O love divine, O matchless grace
That God should die for men!
With joyful grief I lift my praise
Abhorring all my sin, adoring only Him

I think that chorus does a God job summarizing the gospel (that God should die for men) and our response to it (abhorring all my sin, adoring only Him). That is a power-packed chorus!
Today I'd like to share with you a post from my Of First Importance daily e-mail feed (www.firstimportance.org). It is a reminder of what Christ did for us on the cross at Calvary. We cannot be reminded enough!


I read an answer to my doubts

Would I know the fullness and completeness of the salvation God has provided for sinners? Where shall I see it most distinctly? Shall I go to the general declarations in the Bible about God’s mercy? Shall I rest in the general truth that God is a God of love?

Oh, no! I will look at the crucifixion at Calvary. I find no evidence like that: I find no balm for a sore conscience and a troubled heart like the sight of Jesus dying for me on the accursed tree. There I see that a full payment has been made for all my enormous debts. The curse of that law which I have broken, has come down on One who there suffered in my stead; the demands of that law are all satisfied: payment has been made for me even to the uttermost farthing. It will not be required tw…

Evangelism Focus 09/17/10

This evening was spent in errand running. So, with that, I'd like to speak to the importance of keeping gospel tracts on your person at all times (personally I like to keep a well-stocked purse).

I was especially reminded of this importance when I came out of a shop this evening and found two teenagers sitting on a bench, staring off into space. They looked listless. I pulled an optical illusion tract out of my purse and showed it to them. They responded with enthusiasm and thanked me for the tracts.

I do not know of which hearts God is preparing to hear the gospel. I do not know where the Holy Spirit is working, so I hand out the gospel (or share it verbally) whenever possible. Once you get in the habit of doing this, it becomes part of who you are.

If you're a Christian reading this blog, and you're not in the habit of handing out gospel tracts, I'd like to encourage you to hand out at least one gospel tract this week. If you're looking for innovative, attractive tr…

Resource Wednesday 09/15/10

This Resource Wednesday I would like to commend to you Scripture memorization. I have been praying lately that God would allow me to know Him more and to love Him more. He has been answering this prayer for me through memorizing passages of the Bible.

After I heard Janet Pope, author of His Word in My Heart, (www.janetpope.org) speak on a radio program recently, I picked up my abandoned project of memorizing Ephesians chapters 1 & 2. I adopted Janet's method of writing the passage of Scripture on spiral bound 3 x 5 note cards (one verse per card). I memorize one verse a day (sometimes I take two days if it's a tough one for me) and add it to what I memorized in past days. As I memorize the passage, I seek to understand it and to understand what it is saying about the character and nature of God.

I put this little book of verses in the kitchen when I'm making supper, I bring it with me in the bathroom when I'm fixing my hair in the morning, and I take it with me when …

God's Sovereignty

Today, I share with you what is (for me) a much needed reminder of God's sovereignty and purpose in all things. This thought comes to you from my Grace Gems daily e-mail feed (http://www.gracegems.org/). I know it can be tempting to skip over these posts because they take a little more brain power to read and digest, but I highly recommend reading the whole thing today. It's worth it.

Fate, accident, chance--or SOVEREIGNTY?

(John MacDuff, "The Thoughts of God")

"I form the light--and create darkness; I make peace--and create evil! I the LORD do all these things!" Isaiah 45:7

What a sad world this would be--were it governed by Fate! Were its blended lights and shadows, its joys and sorrows--the result of capricious accident--or blind and wayward chance! How blessed to think that each separate occurrence which befalls me--is the fulfillment of God's own immutable purpose!

Is it the material world? It is He . . .
who "forms the light--and creates darkness;&…

Cookie Baking Night 09/13/10

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. Finally, the whole gang was here at one time. Tonight we made peanut butter cookies (the kind that you wrap around a peanut butter cup).

We also read lesson 35 from our book Leading Little Ones to God (by Marian Schoolland). Ethan read Mark 4:35-41 for us from the Bible.

And we finished the evening with a walk in the cool late summer weather. As usual, a fun time was had by all.



Greg mowed the lawn this evening, and when he finished, he turned on the the sprinklers. This was almost too much for the kids. They wanted to run in the sprinklers, but I wouldn't let them because it was a little on the cool side, and they didn't have any spare clothes with them. After a couple minutes of watching this enticing scene outside the kitchen window, Ethan loudly exclaimed, "Why must he [Greg] torture us like this?"

Happy Birthday, Meghan!

Tomorrow my niece, Meghan, turns 15 years old. Today, she and I spent some time together in activities that would fall under the category: Things 15 year olds like to do. We got manicures at the local beauty school (cheap labor, great end product, gotta love it). It was Meghan's first manicure, so that was fun. And then we had lunch at a very girly place in town called Truffles and Tortes. We ended the lunch with fancy desserts. Meghan started high school on Tuesday of this week and ended the week with her 15th birthday (a big week for her).

She's an intelligent young lady who thinks deeply on important issues. Our conversation was enjoyable. I pray God will call her unto Him, and she will spend her life glorifying His name. No greater calling could I hope for her.

Happy Birthday, Meghan! I love you!

Evangelism Focus 09/10/10

Tonight I leave you with a video of Tony Miano spening his evening preaching the gospel at a stoplight on a city street in southern California. This is something he does regularly and something he does well. As with anytime the gospel is preached, some listen, some turn away, some mock, and some appear to be soaking in the message. Of this we know for sure, many people heard the gospel preached that evening.



Evangelism Video 09/09/10

Today I'd like to share with you a video of Kirk Cameron sharing the gospel with some gang members in California. It's a challenging encounter with a lot of activity and questions from the surrounding crowd, but it's worth watching as Kirk sticks with it to the end.

Will Not This Suffice?

Today I'd like to share with you a post from my First Importance daily e-mail feed (http://www.firstimportance.org/).

Will not this suffice?

“Oh, trust Christ with your whole heart, for ‘He is faithful who has promised.’ The love He has already manifested and proved—yes, sealed with His precious blood—is a pledge that He will still be your friend and intercessor with the Father.

His grace is yours to strengthen and sustain you. His Spirit is yours to guide, enlighten, and comfort you. His intercession is yours to secure for you all needed blessing. His promises are yours to cling to in your saddest and darkest hours. His power is yours to defend you from injury, to secure you against defeat. His heart is yours into which you may pour all your sorrows, and feel sure of true sympathy. His home is yours to be your everlasting abode, that where He is, there you may be also. Will not this suffice?”

—John MacDuff, The Throne of Grace

Cookie Baking News 09/06/10

In Cookie Baking News, Allison Rose Oseid (future Cookie Baking Night member) was allowed to come home from the hospital last night. A gathering was held in her honor at Dan and Deena's (Allison's parents) home today.

For many of the family members this is the first time we had a chance to see Allison in person and hold her. We are grateful God gave her such a short stay in the hospital (as you may recall she was born about 6 weeks early), and that He has allowed her good health. She spent just a little over two weeks in the hospital and was allowed home yesterday, weighing in at 4 pounds 13 ounces--just a tiny little peanut.

She's pictured below being held by Aunt Katrina and Uncle Greg.



My Birthday

Today is my birthday. I spent the day with my good friend, Kim. We organized a closet in my office (more like a birthday present for Kim--she loves organizing, and I benefited from her expertise). I'll blog more about that experience in a week or two. It was a lovely way to the spend the day because I thoroughly enjoy my friendship with Kim. Our friendship has been, from the beginning, based on growing in our relationships with the Lord. Other than that desire (growing in the Lord), Kim and I have very little in common, but that has never mattered. Jesus Christ is enough upon which to base a friendship. Though we approach situations differently, our goal is always the same (to glorify God), and that unites us in friendship and in love for each other.

Evangelism Focus 09/03/10

I changed my Friday post name to Evangelism Focus. In these Friday posts, I will share of evangelism encounters, evangelism ideas, and gospel reflections.

This Evangelism Focus evening I'd like to share a reflection. Today, Greg and I spent the evening at the Minnesota State Fair. It's advertised here as the "The Great Minnesota Get Together", and it's quite the event (a very large fair). I've been to this fair nearly every summer since birth. It falls during my birthday, so that is usually how my family celebrated.

I chose to write about this evening because the state fair now serves as a reminder to me of my conversion to Christianity. I have written on this blog before of my experience as a false convert and how God saved me from my sins and regenerated my heart about 6 years ago. Never am I more aware that God saved me and I did nothing to bring about this change than I am when I'm at the state fair.

I used to attend the state fair with great expectatio…

Evangelism Video 09/02/10

Switching up the order a bit this week.

Today I'd like to share with you a video of Ray Comfort sharing the gospel with a young man named Gentry. Gentry is a Mormon. This is an interesting conversation as Mr. Comfort walks through the law and the gospel and brings to light the idea of works righteousness in a religion.

I think it's worth watching.

Resource Wednesday 09/01/10

Today I'd like to share with you the ministry of Nancy Leigh DeMoss at Revive Our Hearts (http://www.reviveourhearts.com/). Nancy is an author and speaker who calls women to be women of prayer and women of the Word of God. Revive Our Hearts ministry has a daily radio program heard on stations around the country (personally, I podcast it).

Recently, at the end of a program, Nancy addressed this question: "What are some tips that you could give to women who want to be writers some day?"

She gave some very practical advice in this area and then she said this: "In all you do, serve the Lord where you are. Use the opportunities He gives you. Take advantage of those, and then see what doors God opens up to develop those skills in those areas. In my case, I have never sought after or aspired to the things I am doing in ministry, whether it is speaking or writing or leading a ministry. I didn't set out to do any of those things. I set out to love the Lord, to know Him, to…