Sunday, April 13, 2014

Last weekend of ministry before Resurrection Sunday!

I was privileged to have been asked to speak the annual CEF Spring banquet in Wellsboro on Saturday night. There were about 230 people present and my Biblical challenge was well received. Today I complete the 381st MAD Live Event in scenic Greene, NY. 37 people attended and we were blessed to see the Lord save 3 adults at the Live Event. All glory and honor and praise to our God!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

This weekend of ministry

I'll be speaking tomorrow night in our old stomping grounds...Wellsboro, PA. I miss the mountains and the home we had there. Anyway, I have been asked to speak at the annual CEF Banquet and look forward to it. Sunday I will be at the Greene Alliance Church in Greene, NY doing a MAD Live Event. Prayers for both events are appreciated and coveted.

Monday, April 7, 2014

"You Stink!" Is Unavoidable

by James MacDonald

For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things (2 Corinthians 2:15–16, ESV)?

According to the apostle Paul, you stink. In describing the gospel and how our lives attest to its reality, Paul painted a pungent picture of the effect we have on others. In a sense, people have an awareness of God in us that could be likened to an odor or smell. Paul warns us to expect two extreme reactions to this. For some, our scent is fragrant and pleasant—the aroma of life. For others our lives smell offensive—the stench of death.

Paul’s point is that we can't have it both ways. If we are going to be used by God as witnesses to the gospel, then to some people we are going to stink—just like our Master. Jesus Christ is the aroma of death to those who are perishing.

Derided by the media, denied by the moral left, appropriated by the right to support their pet causes, Jesus is reviled by the world. Why the widespread hatred? You will never attend a movie and hear “Buddha” or “Muhammad” used as a curse word. Artists won’t depict Gandhi or Krishna in some of the crude and offensive ways our Lord has been portrayed. This hatred for Jesus Christ has become predictable and is disturbingly irrational.

More importantly, it is unavoidable. Christ is a stench to those who are perishing, and His followers are that stench too. Why do we try so hard to avoid this reality? Because we dislike rejection. While unbelievers are actually rejecting Jesus, their rejection feels personal to us. Some of our programmed evangelistic strategies are even designed to help us avoid rejection. Rather than talking about Jesus, we invite unbelievers to a church bake sale, a barbeque, or a baseball league, hoping to build a long, safe bridge to the Savior. We must remind ourselves rejection is unavoidable.

Let’s set aside the canned methods that make evangelism feel safer. The apostles didn’t handle their fear of rejection with sterile approaches that covered their stench and made the lost feel comfortable. They displaced their fear of rejection with authentic passion for Jesus and prayers for boldness, knowing they would be rejected.

Should we expect better results than faithful saints of God through the ages? Should we expect to be embraced when our Master was rejected? Jesus warned, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John 15:18).

Unless we are willing to be the aroma of death to those who are perishing, we will never be the aroma of life to those who are being saved.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Divine appointment with the plumber

We had a plumber come in today to do some work for us. His name is Brian. I had a nice conversation with him for the 3 hours he was here. We talked about hunting and the Lord. Although he was raised in a Christian home and attended church when he was young, he led a rather rebellious life. Since getting married and having 3 sons, he got straightened out and got involved in hunting. That is his passion. He says he meets with God as the sun rises while he's in his tree stand. I explained that while that is a magical moment for sure. that would not get him into Heaven. He agreed. I shared Mark Cahill's "One Second After You....Die" with him. He said he would read it and call me if he had questions. We'll see what the Lord does. He's a nice guy and I'd love to see him in Heaven some day.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MAD Live Event in TN today

I completed a MAD Live Event today at the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church in Knoxville. There was a small crowd out, but it was well received. Lord willing I'll be able to come back sometime and do one for a larger group.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

We completed our first MAD Live Event in WV tonight

We completed our first MAD Live Event in West Virginia tonight. 107 people attended. These are some awesome, God fearing people and we enjoyed spending some time with them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MAD Live Event completed in Boyertown, PA

I finished a MAD Live Event for a group in Boyertown, PA today. One man gave his life to Jesus Christ at the training. Praise God!