Monthly Archives: April 2013

Taking a Pause

    Since Feb. of 2012 I have been training Matt and Theresa in EE Discipleship Training at Calvary Chapel Lake Villa. It has been a joy and a struggle. The spiritaul warfare that has surrounded the ministry is intense. Because of that I feel the need to take a step back, PRAY, and re-evaluate. Until I get some issues in order and have a more firm prayer life with serious committed prayer partners I feel the need to pause for a moment. Sometimes, because God has been gracious enough to equip me with knowledge on how to share the basic gospel message in a way that people can understand, I can tend to lean on my own strength. This is not the first time I have attempted to start Evangelism Training in a church or organization. Counting the time spent with the LCBA evangelism Booth, this is actually the 5th time in 17 years that I have been involved in an attempt to implement an evangelism training ministry. Because this is not my “first rodeo” I am very sensitive and aware when spiritual warfare begins to get intense. Without going into details I can say that it has gotten intense and that if I do not step back, PRAY, and re-evaluate, some serious damage could happen that I want to avoid. Satan does not want Christians doing evangelism. He especially wants to stop any Evangelism training that equips the saints.  Sometimes it is more prudent to step back and get reinforcements before one advances further.

    I am not going to stop sharing the gospel or handing out gospel tracts. I am merely pausing in doing EE discipleship training on a specific night of the week. I am praying and planning on starting back up in September 2013. I just need a few months to pause. Please pray for me and the direction this training ministry should take in the future.

4/4/13

   Last Thursday I was unable to go out with Matt and Theresa. Within minutes of calling them and leaving messages a man walked into the shop to give me a sales pitch. This was not a stranger. I knew him from the past. We had done business together. Also, he had recently been ministered to by a friend of mine, and it was this friend who told J that he should visit me. I talked with J about business and our past for half an hour or longer. Catching up so to speak. There was a lot of “God talk” in what J was talking about, especially his reason for his new business. I found J had a heart for God and really wants to live for God. In the midst of thsi I was able to ask J the diagnostic questions.

    #1: Have you come to a place where you know for certain that if you died to day you would go to Heaven and be with God, or would you say this is something you are still working on?

    His answer was; Absolutely Yes!

    #2: If you died tonight and you were standing before God and He asked you, “why should I let you into Heaven?”, what would you say?

    Ou real converstation began here. J was trying to give me a “correct” answer. As I probed further and asked “are there requirements to get right with God, i.e. to go to heaven when you die”, J did not have an answer and was ready to listen to the gospel. I was able to share the Gospel with J. As we went deeper I knew J had heard snippets of this before, but had never understood it. It is like having a box of puzzle pieces, but no image of what the picture looks like when the pieces are all together. J has prayed for salvation in the past, but had not understood what he was praying for. I believe God honored J’s prayers in the past and that I was sharing the Gospel as an Assurance of His salvation. While J was not totally clear how God saves, he knew that God does and that Jesus does the saving. Some may say, but he did not know, how can he be considered “saved”?  Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

    All of us are a work in progress. When you first came to Christ did you understand the deep mysteries like you do now? In the end, I cannot judge the heart of J. My job is to present the Gospel in a clear understandable way. Last Thursday I was able to do that to the Praise of His Glory.