Showing posts from December, 2011

Go Tebow!

One of the biggest surprises of the current National Football League season is the success of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.  Ever since the Heismann Trophy winner became the starter this year, the Broncos have lost only one game.  What makes Tim’s success even more amazing is his statistics haven’t been that impressive for an NFL quarterback.  Yet the Broncos have pulled off a string of last minute comebacks.  Unfortunately for me, one of those wins had to be against my favorite team (the Minnesota Vikings).
People have debated if God involves Himself in the outcome of sporting events.  One thing to keep in mind is when two teams are playing, there are usually Christians praying on both sides of the ball.  Still only one team can win.
Nonetheless, I believe the Lord will bless athletes who give Him the glory and aren’t ashamed to praise His name in public.  In January 2000, Kurt Warner put “first things first” and thanked Jesus on national television after leading the St. Louis …

Tell Them the Truth

It's unfortunate many traditions associated with Christmas have pagan origins. But rather than making a big fuss about them, we could create traditions that glorify the Lord. One of my aunts insists on us singing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus before we open up presents. That’s a clever way to remind people of the reason for the season.
A woman once asked me if it was okay for a Christian to have a Christmas tree. Personally I’ve never owned a Christmas tree but I'm not against Christians that do. Satan is a counterfeiter and simply perverts or steals things that the Lord has created. I don’t think it’s wrong to use a tree to honor our Savior’s birth even though Bible scholars have determined His birth did not happen on December 25th.
One holiday tradition I am strongly against is parents giving presents to their kids saying they are from Santa Claus. Many people think this is harmless fun. But when I was little and discovered that Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy were al…

All By Myself

Over the years I‘ve had a few individuals tell me I shouldn’t be street evangelizing alone. They think it’s unscriptural because Jesus sent his disciples out two by two. Certainly there are advantages to going out in pairs or groups. Deuteronomy 32:30 says that if one can chase a thousand, two can “put ten thousand to flight.” There is power in agreement.
However, that doesn’t mean Christians are useless by themselves. There are examples in the Bible where individuals ministered to others without having fellow believers with them such as Philip leading the Ethiopian eunuch to salvation (Acts 8:26-40). While I prefer having a partner with me on the streets, more often than not I minister by myself because no one else is available or willing to join me.
One day while staying at a church in Hanover, Germany, the Lord told me to go out and evangelize that afternoon. But except for handing out a couple tracts, I resisted doing so because I wanted someone ministering with me. While venting be…