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Evangelism Focus 05/26/12

Today, I'd like to share with you three videos (parts 1, 2, & 3) of Jeff Allen (comedian) giving his testimony. It's a compelling testimony (and sometimes raw in its content). It's worth taking the time to watch it. I've made my comments at the bottom of this post.








This testimony reminds me much of my own. The circumstances are different, but the utter lostness of my soul and Jeff's are the same. We also shared in common the complete befuddlement as to the purpose and meaning of life if it wasn't just happiness. I also related when he spoke of how intimately God knows us and how he uses the circumstances (and sometimes people) around us to draw us to Him; how very personal He makes it. And it resonated with me when he spoke of getting "downwind of one's self" and realizing the great sinner I am and that it was my sin that put Jesus on the cross. And I understood when he spoke of reading in the Bible about Jesus "an innocent" the &quo…

Hospital Visits

I recently had opportunity to visit a friend in the hospital, and she told me no one has ever visited her in the hospital (it wasn't her first stay).

Do you visit people in the hospital? I can say without a doubt that it is the number one way I am allowed to share the gospel with long-time friends, friends from the past, coworkers, new acquaintances. I never show up for a hospital visit without something that contains the gospel (whether it be a card, a tract, a Bible, a Christian book, or myself). Some of my deepest conversations with people have been in hospital rooms. Even if they're just there for a broken finger; hospital stays often, not always, but often, produce soul-bearing effects. It can be a very uncomplicated way to visit with people (you can show up unannounced and they're waiting for you). I find God always providentially works out the timing on such events.

And here's the thing about hospital visits: You never know when they will happen (even baby deliv…

The Glad Surrender/Obedience 05/16/12

I've recently been reading Discipline: The Glad Surrenderby Elisabeth Elliot. It's not a "10 easy steps to discipline" kind of book (as is never the case with Elisabeth Elliot). The author is taking several chapters to lay down the idea of what discipline is (which she closely relates to the idea of being a disciple). As part of this groundwork study, she gives an illustration of discipline and obedience (on pages 35 & 36) that I thought was worth sharing with you:

"Willing obedience is a very different thing from coercion. A college dean once observed that the happiest students on any campus are musicians and athletes. "Why?" I asked. "Because they're disciplined, and they volunteered to be disciplined." People sitting in required lectures are under discipline, and people sitting in the television lounge are "volunteers", but athletes and musicians put themselves under a coach or director who tells them what to do. They deli…

Cookie Baking Night 05/14/12

Tonight was Cookie Baking Night. In attendance this evening: Emily, Ethan, and Carissa. 

We made Peanut Butter/Marshmallow Squares (a tasty little treat with butterscotch chips, nuts, peanut butter, coconut, and marshmallows). Pictured above: When Emily tried to scoop the peanut butter into the bowl, it became a "peanut butter lollipop" on her spoon.


Carissa showed us her "cat presentation" that she made for school (complete with fancy display board and props). She did a very nice job.

We read lessons 68 & 69 from Leading Little Ones to God. Ethan and Emily read from the Bible for us.


And we finished off the evening with a lively game of bocci ball in the cool of a beautiful spring evening. 

As usual, a fun time was had by all!

Happy Birthday Blog! (2012)

Today this blog is 3 years old. I've recently shared some of my thoughts about blogging and my dilemma of continuing to blog or not, so I won't bore you by repeating those thoughts in this post.

The bottom line is: I'm grateful God has allowed me the ministry of the Katrina's Musings blog. It has been a great tool of growth in my life. And I have very much enjoyed the comments I've received on the blog since its inception in 2009. I have been sharpened, encouraged, challenged, and blessed in my Christian walk through the comments on this blog, conversations with friends and relatives who read the blog, and through the simple exercise (and discipline) of writing posts for the blog.

Should God allow it, I look forward to more years of blogging ahead.

Happy Birthday, Blog!

David and Goliath Task

Ray Comfort on evangelism:

"Evangelism is a David-and-Goliath task. It’s extremely daunting, but we don’t go into battle wearing the king’s armor. Instead we are clothed with the Armor of God, holding the shield of faith, having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, and a firm grip on the Sword of the Spirit. The world may have a sword and a spear and want to feed us to the birds, but we come in the name of the Lord, and our weapons aren’t carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. We know that the smooth stone of the gospel will be given its power by the sling of God’s Law, and our aim is to hit Goliath between the eyes of his understanding and for him to see the glorious gospel of everlasting life. So, like David, we run at Goliath."

Not Your Average Conference Part 2

As mentioned in Saturday's post, I spent the day at the Psalm 119 conference sponsored by Wretched Radio (see Saturday's post for details).

I thought I would share a couple of experiences I had with some of the conference attendees.

Sitting to the left of me, I met Carol and her daughter Courtney. They lived in Illinois and drove to the conference in MN. Courtney was 12 years old. She was a lovely young lady. We had opportunity to chat throughout the breaks during the conference, and I walked next to her during the hike through the streets of St. Paul to the candy store. She was quiet but very willing to engage in conversation. I was impressed with the maturity of a 12 year old attending a conference on the Holy Spirit. I pray God continues to keep her close to Him.

When I arrived at Cosetta's Italian restaurant on Saturday evening, I ordered some food and then sat upstairs at a small table in the corner. I was sitting at the table for about 30 seconds when a woman came ac…

Not Your Average Conference Part 1

Today I spent the day at the Psalm 119 conference sponsored by Wretched Radio. The theme of the conference  was the Holy Spirit. The speakers were Phil Johnson (Grace to You ministries in California), Milton Vincent (Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church in California, author of A Gospel Primer for Christians), RW Glenn (Redeemer Bible Church in Minnesota), and Todd Friel (Wretched Radio in Georgia). The teaching was phenomenal! I left there loving Jesus more than I had when I entered the doors (which is everything I would hope for in a Christian conference). As I compose my thoughts and review my notes, I hope to share some of what I learned (on the blog) in the days ahead.

Before the conference started, David Wheaton hosted his radio program, The Christian Worldview live from the conference stage. I listen to The Christian Worldview radio program weekly (it is the program Greg and I are most likely to discuss every week "So, did you listen to this week's Christian Worldview …

Envy

I was listening to Revive Our Hearts radio program the other day when Nancy Leigh DeMoss defined jealousy and envy in this way:

Jeolousy is a matter of wanting what somebody else has.

Envy is a matter of wishing they didn't have it.

Often the two go hand in hand.

She then went on to quote the youth pastor of her home church who had this to say on the subject of envy:

"When personal envy puts us on the offensive, we no longer see the other person as being made in the image and likeness of God. We lose respect for them as an individual. And now that person becomes an obstacle to our personal happiness. Instead of enjoying them, you begin to despise them. Instead of valuing them, you degrade them. Instead of lifting them up, you boast about yourself. Instead of rejoicing over their giftedness, you downplay their contribution to the kingdom."

I've seen this very scenario played out in my own life and appreciated the way it was articulated here.