Showing posts from September, 2008

Coming to the Cross @ Crossroads

Last Saturday afternoon, my friend Wendy went with me to Richmond, Virginia. There we met up with my friend Kirby at a coffee shop called Crossroads. Just before Kirby showed up, I went online with my laptop computer. A man sitting near me asked about the latest headlines involving Hurricane Ike, which hit Texas that day. This man later asked if was a body count. I responded by asking this man if he knew where he would spend eternity when his life ended. This man was a bit antagonistic towards Christianity and made a comment about millions of Chinese people not knowing the Lord. I responded by pointing out Wendy is Chinese and certainly a believer. It became a seed planting opportunity. A short time later I witnessed to an African-American couple who sat by us. The man claimed to know the Lord but his girlfriend was uncertain of her eternal destiny. Shay prayed to get born again. As Kirby, Wendy, and I were leaving the coffee shop, I saw two boys riding their bicycles in the

The Goodness of God

Recently I attended "A Night of Hope" in Washington, DC featuring Joel Osteen. This was the first time I heard Pastor Joel live. Listening to him minister from the heart without time restrictions gave me a greater appreciation for his ministry. It grieves me how some religious folk criticize Joel Osteen for being too positive. One website labeled Pastor Joel a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.” (Matthew 7:15) Yet as I heard one evangelist point out, “Wolves cannot be shepherds. They are among the sheep.” Many of us often hear the phrase “God is good…all the time.” Sadly, a lot of individuals don’t really believe that. A few preachers think their calling in life is to thump their Bibles and yell at people they think are going to hell. But ministers who lack compassion and do not speak the truth in love may cause sinners to be even more resistant to the gospel! Romans 2:4 says that it’s the goodness of God that leads one to repentance. The truth of God’s goodness can be foun