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How My Evangelism Has Been Incomplete

10/22/2014Posted by Melissa

 

The Plan of Salvation. The steps to salvation.  The Roman Road. Personal testimony. Are these familiar to you?  As people who are already Christians, we memorize these in an attempt to learn to share the gospel with our friends.  All churches seem to have one version or another they stick to.  When I was a kid, I even had a bracelet with different colored beads to help me remember.  While none of these things are wrong, I recently read a book that challenged me to believe that many of these methods of evangelism don't go far enough in letting people know what being a Christian is all about. 
In his book The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur explores the way that Jesus evangelized and compares it to modern church evangelism. While I must say that there is a whole host of things I disagree with the author about in this book (he is a staunch Calvinist), he made a strong argument that our simple plans of salvation don't come to the heart of conversion as Jesus taught it: someone who becomes a Christian must acknowledge through their actions the lordship of Christ.

3 Easy Give-away Casseroles

10/20/2014Posted by Helene, Melissa, Jane

 

A few weeks ago, we shared our tips for taking in food to people who may need it - the sick, new moms, families who have lost loved ones.  This week, we'd like to share three easy casserole recipes that we've used in just these situations. 
 
Pasta Bake
This recipe can be altered to fit foodie tastes!
*1/2 lb of Italian sausage (either cooked case sausage sliced or ground sausage)
*1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast (cut in bite sized pieces)
*1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
*1 standard sized jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
*8-12 oz package of frozen spinach
*1/2 a package (2 cups) of grated mozzarella or "pizza" cheese.
*1 lb package of pasta ( I like rotini for this recipe myself)

Saute the sausage and chicken in a nonstick skillet with the seasoning.

And His Name Will Be Called

10/17/2014Posted by Melissa

 

Sometimes when I think about Biblical prophecy about Jesus, I think in terms of a completed checklist.   Born of a Virgin? Check.  Born in Bethlehem? Check. Died a cruel death? Check.  I can see clearly that God shaped events so that Jesus fulfilled every prediction made about Him. Rarely, though, have I thought of the prophecies of Jesus to be directly applicable in my own life, other than as an evangelical tool.  However, Isaiah 9:6 is a good reminder that Jesus is still fulfilling prophecy today in a deeply personal way.
 

Jesus himself told us that his kingdom is not of this world (John 18:36), and Paul explains that God has already made Jesus the ruler of His church (Ephesians 1:19-23).  In other words, the government already rests on his shoulders, and we can benefit directly from the promises that Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor, a Mighty God, an Eternal Father, and a Prince of Peace.

Developing Virtue: Rules or the Heart?

10/15/2014Posted by Helene

 

Are you a follow your heart kind of girl or a follow the rules kind of girl? 
It seems to me that there is a huge dichotomy between the two; a dichotomy that people in the church especially struggle to work out.  One one side of the aisle people encourage a strict adherence to certain rules.  Sometimes we fight vociferously about which rules are necessary, but all the folks on that side vote "Rules!" every time.  On the other side of the aisle we have people who insist that we follow our hearts.  Christ came to set us free from the strictures of the law, they claim.  And neither side has difficulty backing up their points with scripture.
What's a confused person to do?
Read N.T. Wright's wonderful book After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters!