Being Ready

    The past few weeks I have been riding my bicycle back and forth to work each day. Before I began doing this I loaded my front pouch with gospel tracts and I keep my tract bag in my backpack as well. For me, that is being ready.

    Many of you know that I regularly go out on Tuesday evenings looking for opportunities to share the Love of Christ with anyone I encounter. That is time I set aside for God to train others how to be active and ready to share Christ with those around them. But there are 6 more days during the week, and I want to be prepared then as well, although, becauseof the other demands of life I have not set aside specific time to do ministry. But as beleivers in Christ we are also ambassadors and should be ready at a moments notice for a call from our King.

    On Wednesday evening 6/27/12 I was peddling home and noticed a group of teenagers sitting at three picnic tables at Centennial Park. I stopped, introduced myself and said hi. This began an amazing conversation that lasted well over an hour. I spoke with at least 10 teeens who were coming and going, throwing all kinds of questions at me. It was an amazing mix of teens and ideas and questions. There were a few atheists, some agnostics, a self proclaimed atheist, a girl who said she was a bi-sexual, a boy from crossview Church who said hew was “kind of a Christian”, a girl whose family goes to Faith Lutheran Church (she was the most biblically knowledgeable teen there and firm in her belief in God), plus numerous others. There was also a few kids I knew who used to attend Lighthouse Church on a semi-regular basis. Seeds were definately planted. How do I know? Last night I was peddling home and stopped at the “It’s Thursday” concert in Antioch and who did I see? The same group of kids. Actually they saw me and began talking with me again. There was a new teen with them who asked, “is this the preacher man?”. He knew about me before I met him because they were talking with one another about the encounter with me long after I was gone. Believe it or not kids talk about these things. They discuss heaven, hell, morality, religion, etc…. all the time. They are open to discussions. The young adults in college are open as well. It seems when folks get to be 25-30 is when they begin to close the door on being open to talking about death, heaven, hell, truth, and especially about Jesus. But I find teenagers to be extremely open to discussions even if they seem illogical at times.

    I expect many opportunities with these teens all summer. Please pray for them and for me. And remember . . . Be Ready.

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