The other day I was watching a Christian music video, on stage and in the crowd: some eyes were closed some stood with heads bowed, arms raised and tears flowing. There were a few people in unrestrained sobbing. I asked myself, “What must it look like to someone who does not know Christ? . . . to see believers praising God”
A few years ago, in a conversation with a not-so-young -man, my response was a statement of faith. He then said to me, “Oh, I forgot you believe in magic.” lol I was floored that he had lived so long and had not surrendered to the sovereignty of God. It was a brief and sad conversation.
Jesus does not need my defense. His life has spoken for itself. Unnumbered lives have been changed by the teachings of Christ. Those who walked with him endured torturous deaths because they saw and ate with the risen King. But we are called to give an account for our faith.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,__ 1 Peter 3:15 KJV
gullible? A former co-worker told me a story of a woman who took out a second mortgage at her pastor’s request and was now unable to make the payments. He said she remind him of me! lol While unfortunate, there was nothing biblical about the pastor’s request or the woman’s gift of borrowed funds. The Apostle Paul said, Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.__ 1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV
As every man purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly or out of compulsion; for God loveth the cheerful giver.__ 2 Corinthians 9:7 KJV
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.__ Genesis 1:26-27 KJV
Anesthesized to the evils of the world? It takes courage to follow Christ. Jesus said,
Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.__ John 15:20 KJV
weak? For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. __ 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV