So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. Philemon 1:6

FRONT PAGE - here you will find the last 20 postings about recent conversations. Please pray for these people!

8/22/12    Jose, Arturo     both in their 50's
In a very, very small way, but significant to me, I experience the death and resurrection of Jesus every day as I fulfill my goal of daily sharing the Gospel.  I confess I usually look forward to sharing my faith not with joy but with dread, maybe a little like what Jesus experienced in the Garden of Gethsemane in anticipation of the cross.  I'm not sure what it is -the fear of the unknown, the possibility of rejection, my lack of confidence in my own abilities, the transition from my comfort zone into spiritual warfare - but whatever it is tempts me to pray "Take this cup (of suffering) away oh Lord!".  If I were to rely on my emotions, I would never move forward out of this dreadful place.  Fortunately,  I have a goal - not a promise that would only set me up for failure - but a goal that I ask God to help me with.  I am over three years into this daily goal now, and have come to view it as one of the best decisions I have made in my life as a Christian.  It is more like a gift from God.  It moves me out of my comfort zone, out into the world, and past those first few ackward moments of talking to a stranger.  It isn't easy, but there's hope.  It may be Friday, but Sundays coming!  A few days ago, this place of dread was especially difficult. I had been busy all day and had no time to witness.  I still wanted to meet my goal, but I looked at going out from the comfort of my house into the dark night with dread, and probably some laziness.  But by God's grace I went anyway, and had several good conversations including one with a man named Jose and his friend Arturo. I had the privilege of sharing Gospel truths and the joy of knowing I had been obedient to God's call.  I have the hope of one day seeing how God might use that conversation to reach Jose and Arturo.  I can relate to Paul, who wrote both "I die every day" (1 Cor. 15:31) and "Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Cor. 9:16)  I went home rejoicing, feeling like I had been resurrected!  It is infinitely better than staying in my comfort zone and dying a long, slow death with no hope for the future.  Having a goal like this is truly a gift from God.

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