One post can’t do justice to even a small slice of my spiritual journey. But here are some points I’ve been pondering that might encourage you as you look toward the new year.

PRAYER. It seems to be a fair, if anecdotal, assessment that Brazilians are more interested in prayer than Bible study, and Americans are more interested in Bible study than prayer. I’ve tried to learn more for, and practice better, my prayer life. Continue reading

Where do I sense hope, encouragement, and growth areas in my life? By looking back over the last few months, I may be able to see which activities and occasions have produced rich fruit.  If I do notice such areas, I will determine to give those areas both time and space in the future.

This text appeared on a panel for a devotional thought. It suggests evaluating the last several months in one’s activities to see where fruit has been produced and focusing more on those areas. The exercise may not be as simple as it sounds, but is a worthy effort. The idea is to go where the results are. Continue reading

It is my belief that passions as strong as his are more likely to be countered by the unexpected force of poetry, which can ambush the human heart at any time.

via The Unexpected Force of Poetry

This is not why I write poetry. I write it because I must. I always have, since a child.

But Steven Lloyd’s point is valid, that the form of poetry and the content of Scripture as Story may gain a better hearing today. Poetry may be that sneaky approach that surprises and captures the reader.

I pray my poetry might have that capacity and that effect.

 

So why is it that American political candidates believe that door-knocking is a viable and, yeah, necessary tactic for a winning campaign, but American churches say that this same door-knocking is no longer effective in evangelism?

The super PAC has had upwards of 250 people canvassing the state, targeting the homes of persuadable Republican voters. Thus far, they estimate they’ve knocked on more than 93,000 doors. And by Election Day, they’re shooting to have knocked on 100,000. In any given week, they say, 100 to 150 individual people spend eight-hour days doing the door-knocking. And most of them get paid.

Or maybe door-knocking for evangelism doesn’t work any more because the door-knockers have lost faith.

READ: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God” 1 Cor 10.31.

THINK: Freedom in Christ, 10.23-30, expresses itself by seeking the glory of God, especially so that many might be saved, 32-33. His glory is his person. Every act is measured by this rule, for it follows the example of Christ, 11.1. This way, pleasing others, 10.33, avoids running the risk of abandoning the truth. We glorify God using our gifts, 1 Pet 4.11; in body and spirit, 1 Cor 6.20; in evangelization, 2 Thes 3.1. Continue reading

“For the benefit of the Lord’s cause, many godly men and their respective families travel to areas of the world completely foreign in order to help but a few plant the seed of the word (Luke 8:11), doing what they can to water, leaving to God for the plant’s growth (1 Cor. 3:6). Let us pray for foreign missionaries, and let us do what we can to support them in their work (cf. Rom. 15:24). A most important work it is.” —Sent Preachers | etsop95.