When Christians are told about or witness the evangelistic activities of their fellows in the faith, I frequently hear them react by saying “If I was a non-believer, I wouldn’t like it if someone approached me the way you approached that person.” I have no doubt that this statement is true. However, I have often seen (and experienced) positive outcomes from the very outreach efforts that some Christians criticize. And when detractors of certain methods propose alternative tactics for sharing the Gospel, I could often point to instances in which the supposedly more sophisticated methods have not been effective (as well as times they’ve worked). Read More
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — During one memorable evangelistic outing, I attempted to converse with the manager of a ukulele shop. The man (who identified himself as an ex-Baptist from Georgia) said that Christianity is merely mythological. He said my belief in a personal god is absurd and that I should look “within myself” for guidance, rather than religion. In summary, he scoffed at my faith in Jesus. Read More
This last weekend we had our annual Amor do Pai (Father’s Love) conference here in Recife, Brazil and it was truly amazing to be a part of and to see the Father’s loving pursuit of His children. For those who don’t know, this is a conference that we here at Shores of Grace host annually for the region in great expectation of people truly encountering the loving embrace of The Father. We have seen God do many special things during these conferences and this year was no exception. There is just something so special and mind boggling for me when people truly encounter the Love of God but even more so when it is for the first time. It always causes me to pause and just reminisce in His Love for me. Read More
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii — In the spring of 2015, I was scheduled to lead a group on a mission trip to southern France, a region believed to be mostly populated by atheists. I was looking forward to sharing the love of God through the Gospel with those who probably know few, if any, Christians personally. But my plans fell through because I was unable to raise enough money for the nine-week trip and I found myself here in the Pacific without an immediate plan of action for my ministry career. Read More
Not often do I have the privilege of participating in events that will be written in history books as monumental game-changing moments of history. Today was such a day.
My team of discipleship students arrived at the Circus Maximus in Rome hours before the opening band would step out on stage. The sweat oozing from our pores boiled under the intense Italian sun, but that did not stop the crowds from gathering. Already, hundreds of fully-garbed nuns, enthusiastic tourists with matching red hats, and patriotic Zambians all wearing homemade outfits in the colors of their flag, swarmed the premises. In a matter of hours, the empty plain of the Circus Maximus overflowed with colorful umbrellas and flags in the hands of 50,000 believers from over 120 countries! Read More
Did Jesus use blunt language when He confronted people about the truth of the Gospel? Sometimes, but many Christians seem to think that He did this as His standard operating procedure. Not only is that notion untrue, but it also belies the teachings of the apostles who represent Christ. The Lord only used blunt rhetoric with people for four specific reasons. Read More
As documented in previous posts, there have been times when I have been insulted, mocked, even cursed as a result of my efforts to lovingly share the Gospel with people. I have been treated, in a word, shamefully. Many Christians, fearing such unpleasant encounters, avoid sharing the Gospel with people unless they are already acquaintances. Jesus also hates when His followers are verbally or otherwise abused, but not as much as He hates when the unredeemed go days, weeks or months without hearing the salvation message. Read More
Street evangelism (or “street preaching”) has not been a popular method for Christians to share the Gospel in the 21st Century. At the outset of the new millennium, few more than 1 in 10 Christians used this method of outreach, according to one study.1 If conversations I’ve had with fellow-believers are any indication, that number could only have diminished in recent years. Read More
In 2016, we felt the Lord gave us a word to return to Quintana Roo, Mexico (City of Cancun) to host a Freedom and Fullness Seminar to encourage Church pastors and leaders. Our last seminar held there was in November 2015 in a church with over 120 people attended.
During our March 2017 trip to Quintana Roo, we meet with different pastors and leaders from different Christian churches. As we shared our testimonies with them, God move on the hearts of the leaders and gave us tremendous favor with them.
This trip we stepped out in faith and God blessed us coming in and going out. Read More