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Jesus the Evangelist – Free Kindle Book

I must admit I know nothing about the author of the book nor do I know anything about the book itself.  However, the first reviewer on the list was Tim Challies and he gave it a five star rating.

Jesus the Evangelist by Richard D. Phillips

Jesus the Evangelist is exactly what a paranoid and paralyzed church needs to hear in order to do the essential work of witnessing for Jesus Christ! In a day when so-called practical books are synonymous with fluffy books, here s a solid, readable work for the average Christian. Phillips study of John 1, 3, and 4 takes us beyond clever techniques to biblical faithfulness, and beyond entertaining communication to sound theology in evangelism. He does a masterful job of helping us learn from God s Word principles for evangelism, the theology of the gospel, and Jesus own practice in evangelism. Consequently, the reader is moved beyond apathy to action, to proclaiming the good news that Jesus the Son of God has come into the world to take away the sins of all those who repent and believe on Him.

{The free kindle books are available a short time, they are done sorta like a sale and end quickly so you can’t wait a couple of days to “purchase” the free book. If you don’t actually have a kindle you can get the Kindle for PC which will allow you to read kindle books for free.  There are also kindle versions for a blackberry and for an iPhone.}



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Scripture to Ponder

Ponder upon these verses.  I am working on transcribing a sermon that teaches about this passage.

Why did Paul say to the Jews I became as a Jew?  Was he not “Mr. Jew” already?

1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (KJV)
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (ESV)
19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.
20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.
21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.
22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

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Dr. Michael Haykin – Missionary Pioneer Andrew Fuller and Hyper-Calvinism

The eighth session of the True Church Conference 2010 was given by Dr. Michael Haykin, discussing Andrew Fuller. Andrew Fuller was a missionary pioneer and a critic of hyper-Calvinism. Andrew Fuller was a Baptist in England. Haykin’s text was Psalm 2:1-12. How did Andrew Fuller counter the hyper-Calvinism that was present in the Baptist churches of his day?

William Carey in India received help from those who were in England, in America, and in India. Fuller “held the ropes” for Carey. Fuller tied the Baptist theological heritage of the 18th century with the Baptist evangelical movement of the 19th century. Fuller was early on exposed to hyper-Calvinism by his first pastor. He had not seen a baptism by the age of 16 even though he was a Baptist. But then he was exposed to the writings of John Bunyan and realized that he was lost and undone. He had spiritual experiences (such as an experience with Romans 6:14), but was not converted. This went on for almost three years. Fuller cast his soul on Jesus Christ in 1769 just like Esther – “If I perish, I perish.”

Fuller was called into the pastorate six years later. He read Gill and he read the Puritans. He saw the Puritans preach on evangelism, but he did not see this in Gill. He decided Gill was right and the Puritans were wrong. But then he was convicted by the scriptures and the calls to believe found therein. He came to believe that the gospel was to be preached to all men within hearing.

Fuller moved on to Kettering, which was the home church of John Gill. Here he published a book which emphasized the command for unconverted sinners to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ – The Gospel of Christ is Worthy of All Acceptation. In this he took on the beliefs of John Gill. Jesus indiscriminately called the lost to believe in Him.

The preaching of the gospel must passionately exhort unbelievers to believe in Jesus Christ. Baptist churches were lethargic at best in proclaiming the gospel message. He was instrumental in the formation of the Baptist Missionary Society. He added a mark of the Baptist church – a Baptist church is a church which is mission-minded.

Fuller was a man of theological balance. He was a missionary theologian. He was an upholder of the doctrines of grace. He had the ability to sustain long-lasting friendships. Even though he was forthright in telling people his thoughts, he took censure without offense and he gave censure without offense. Fuller built his life upon the word of God.


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True Church Conference 2010

The Quagmire of Hyper-Calvinism

February 18-21, 2010

Grace Life Church of the Shoals
1915 Avalon Ave
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661-3119

Speakers include:

Dr. Michael Haykin,

Jonathan Sims,

David Miller,

Barry King

Conrad Mbewe

Jeff Noblit


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For The Sake Of The Lord’s Name

Why share the gospel? For the sake of the unbelieving? Or For Christ’s Sake?

Philippians 2:8-11
8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,
10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
ESV

For Christ’s sake because unbelievers are profaning the Lord’s name.

Isaiah 48:11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. ESV

Ezekiel 20:9 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations among whom they lived, … ESV

Ezekiel 20:14 But I acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations,… ESV

Ezekiel 20:22 But I withheld my hand and acted for the sake of my name, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the nations, ESV

Ezekiel 36:22-23
22 … It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came.
23 And I will vindicate the holiness of my great name, which has been profaned among the nations, and which you have profaned among them. And the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes
. ESV

Romans 1:5-6
5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations,
6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
ESV

The NIV gives an easier understood reading of Romans 1:5.

Romans 1:5 Through him and for his name’s sake, we received grace and apostleship to call people from among all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith. NIV

3 John 5-8
5 Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,
6 who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.
7 For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
8 Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
ESV

If we are sharing the gospel just for the sake of the unbeliever then we run the risk of defaming and profaning the Lord’s name. We are doing the right thing with the wrong motive.

If we are witnessing and sharing the gospel to others for the sake of the Lord’s name then it behooves us to be sure to be witnessing in a manner that does not profane His name and that it is in obedience to the Lord.

Colossians 3:16-17
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
. ESV


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Friendships – Bad Company Ruining Good Morals or Iron Sharpening Iron?

We need to be careful of how we relate to the world and unbelievers. Although we are called to share the gospel, we are still warned repeatedly about how we are to use caution when we interact with the world. If we are not careful, unbelieving worldly people will lead us astray.

Even those that claim to believe in Jesus Christ can lead us astray if they are living like the world and listening to the world’s message.

Psalms 1:1-2
1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night
. ESV

1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” ESV

Proverbs 4:14-15
14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of the evil.
15 Avoid it; do not go on it; turn away from it and pass on.
ESV

Job 21:16,18 The counsel of the wicked is far from me. … That they are like straw before the wind, and like chaff that the storm carries away? ESV

Proverbs 1:10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. ESV

Psalms 26:4-5
4 I do not sit with men of falsehood, nor do I consort with hypocrites.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the wicked
. ESV

Psalms 119:47-48
47 for I find my delight in your commandments, which I love.
48 I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
ESV

Proverbs 18:24 A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. ESV

John 17:14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. ESV

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. ESV

This Iron sharpens Iron post was talking about how our Christian friends are to encourage us in our walk with the Lord.

“In the Word of God: If either of us are taking on a worldly view or just taking on the “acceptable” view on a topic and not using the Scripture as a guide, it’s not really iron sharpening iron. We’re just having a heated discussion.”

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. ESV
Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy. ESV

Hebrews 3:13-14
13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end
. ESV

1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. ESV

Colossians 3:16-17
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him
. ESV

We can’t have serious discussions of this type with a nonbeliever because we are not using the same guide, God’s Word. Even if a nonbeliever quotes Scripture, you can be sure they will often quote it out of context or without looking at all of Scripture, such as ignoring other verses.

We are to share the gospel and make disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mark 16:15-16
15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.
16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
ESV

Matthew 28:19-20
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
ESV

But while we are going about sharing the gospel we must be sure to not become stained by the world.

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled
before God, the Father, is this:
to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and
to keep oneself unstained from the world. ESV

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God’s Timing is Perfect In All Things

Some days you get reminded that God’s timing is perfect. Not that it isn’t always perfect but that we as selfish, sinful creatures forget that God holds everything in His Hands. There is not one thing that occurs without the Lord being in total supervision.

Last night I got an comment from a relative that was complaining about my post Happiness Despite Happenings . Seems I was not Christ-like that day in her opinion. Needless to say that comment was not something I would choose to end a long day of church, violin recitals and church. We had been gone from 9:30 AM until 8:30 PM that day. When I arrived home, I found that comment.

So what would you do in that case?

Needless to say immediate sleep was out of the question:

Well, here is what I did.

1) I attempted to remember everything that happened that day to see what I did wrong.

Much I’m sure, but if I was unChrist-like it was most likely with the children in trying to get things done in a timely manner. Patience is hard with a time crunch. 🙁 But as I wrote that day went amazingly well and the Lord helped me to be much more patient and calm than I can ever be on my own.

2) I reread that email so many times to see what exactly the complaint was. Most of the comment, over 90%, concerned others and not me. Thus the not posting of it.

Apparently a comment in the post was interpreted to be about this individual.

Some of the funny things must remain private in order to not offend those affected.”

For the life of me I could not remember all that happened that I thought was so funny then. A journal would have helped but I don’t have one. 🙁 I even bribed the kids with money to help me remember. But we do remember a few of them:

~ It was winter and our neighbors had mowed their acres of pasture just previously. Unless you live in the country this might not make sense but that causes rodent homes to be disrupted. Not good. So we soon detected a rodent in the house. Now see I handled snakes, elephants, monkey, etc. when I worked at the zoo but I hate rodents! My plan of attack is full all out war. So we set traps. Lots of them! So the morning that company came we found TWO dead field mice! But I had to make the boys clean up all the traps. I wasn’t going to have a trap sitting in the kitchen floor with company.

~ I buzzed the boys. Clipper sets come with multiple combs for the selected length of the hair. Well in my rush Birthday Boy got buzzed with the wrong comb. Turns out in his birthday pictures he has no hair – he got just shy of a surgical clip. Thankfully, he didn’t mind.

~ The kids reminded me that in the process of cleaning the bathrooms one young child cause the toilet to over flow.

I can’t remember the others but they involved the children. There was nothing funny about this individual. Something especially involved my oldest “Mr. IT” because he hosts my website. He would pull the plug if I posted incriminating evidence about him! :0

3) Then the end of the comment was typical. Stating that I am a sinful hypocrite and not a good example. No argument here. I am afraid I am all of the above and more. That is why I need the Lord every single day. If I was totally sanctified I wouldn’t be here though. But the Lord is sanctifying me more and more every single day. Even with comments. 🙂

The biggest complaint is my attempting to share the gospel with this individual.

I have begged and pleaded with this individual to reexamine her life according to Scriptures. To see if she is in the faith. Because you see just having made a profession of faith and being baptized does not mean you are a Christian. See the post Ten “Christians” God Will Not Allow Into Heaven. I am guilty of telling this relative and others that the evidence exhibited does not indicate that Jesus is Lord of their life and that they should examine themselves according to Scripture.

But I have also been guilty of thinking that I could answer her every question. That I could logically reason her into the faith. But without the Spirit she will never understand.

1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. ESV

That if I just could know enough of the Bible or quote enough Bible verses that she would see the problem. I have prayed for wisdom for me and I have prayed for her and her family.

I have spent hours emailing back and forth trying to convince her that the whole Bible is trust worthy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. ESV

I have begged, argued and pleaded with her and with God about her.

1 Samuel 12:23 Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. ESV

But I am found guilty of sin again!

How?

By thinking that if I say the right words or share just the right verses that I just might win her to Christ. That doesn’t mean I shouldn’t share verses or talk with her about her need for Christ. But I will not be the deciding factor. I know that, but when you love someone and see them hurting we often run ahead of God thinking if we just do this or that then they will see the truth.

God will bring someone to faith if He so chooses, in His own timing and with His own methods. He may decide to use something I said or not. He can use my good Christ-like behavior and He can use my sin. He can use a donkey if He so chooses.

I received a reply email from a friend who was dealing with the recent loss of a friend. She felt her previous attempts to share the gospel had maybe driven the friend away from Christ instead of towards Christ. This is what I wrote her last week:

… something that it took me years to understand.

Your actions are not a reason for someone to accept or reject the gospel. That sounds so strange at first, but I hope I can explain it clearly.

See God chooses who will be saved. God will call whom will be saved.

John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. KJV

Not only that, but we believers were chosen from the foundation of the world. God chose those who would believe from the beginning.

Ephesians 1:3-6

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. KJV

What does this have to with what you said? You are not responsible for her salvation! Only God is. No one is saved by Jesus and some other person, only Jesus saves those who will be saved. It isn’t a Jesus and man team effort. Salvation is only from the Lord. I’m sure you understand this but haven’t probably thought about it in this way.

God chose the Jews even though there was nothing worthy or to be desired in them. (I spent 20 minutes looking for that verse! Still didn’t find it.) God will choose whom He will call to salvation.

Now that doesn’t mean we don’t have a responsibility. We are responsible to obey the Lord by sharing the gospel and we are also to live lives that we cause others to ask about our hope. Nevertheless, the Lord isn’t going to punish another with eternal damnation because WE failed to share the gospel correctly.

Do you see the difference?

This frees us from the fear of being the reason someone did not come to Christ. It also frees us to share the gospel with more people because we do not have to worry about doing everything perfectly or else they will reject the gospel.

I hope this helps. You do not need to apologize for failing to bring your friend to faith that is God’s responsibility. However, if sin in anyway affected your sharing, either a lack of it sharing or sinful emotions, etc. than your responsibility is to God for the sin in your life.

If God so chooses he can send a “talking Donkey” to share the gospel. And if God so chooses he will make a person blind to bring them to salvation. (Apostle Paul)”

When I reread that the Lord reminded me that:

1) He is in Charge.

2) He will save those He calls, not me.

3) I am not responsible for others lack of faith, just my obedience.

4) God’s plans will not be thwarted by my actions, righteous or sinful.


Jonah 2:9 Salvation is of the Lord. KJV
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