Category Archives: Ministry

The Power of love, and words:

My wife was just a little girl when she first met Bob Henley. He was one of those older men you look up at and look up to at church. She had a visit to her childhood church some years ago, and she asked about Mr. Henley. They said, “He’s 92 years old – and that he would be there the next week.” My wife made it a point to attend church there the following week and to reconnect with this memory from her past. As they were talking, Mr. Henley said, “You probably don’t remember this (and she didn’t), but one day after church you came up to me and you grabbed this finger. You were only about this high (about the altitude of a 4-year old). But you grabbed my finger and you said, ‘Mr. Henley, I love you.'” Now why would he remember that little¬ childlike expression into the 9th decade of his life? He said, “You don’t know this, but I was raised an orphan. That morning was the first time in my life anyone ever said ‘I love you’ to me.'” Wow!
I’m Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about “Leaving Love Behind.”
All those years without anyone ever telling him they loved him. And the power of someone finally letting him know he was loved.
We’re surrounded by people who don’t know they’re loved…or who have not been told nearly enough. It’s a lonely world of self-focused people. Consequently, you can almost assume that some of the people you know are love-starved. And a lot of the mistakes they are making is because they’re looking for love in all the wrong places. Can you see that need behind their deeds?
Our word for today from the Word of God comes from Ephesians 5:1. It becomes a summons to action for us in our love-starved world. Here’s what it says, “Be imitators· of God, therefore, as dearly loved children…and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Did you get that…”live a life of love”? Here that love is illustrated with the love of Jesus for us; love that is willing to “give yourself up”…to sacrifice; to go out of your way to put someone else first.
I wonder how much of an answer you are to the deep love deficit that people around you are feeling. It isn’t enough that you love them. You have to let them know you love them. A lot of children aren’t feeling secure in their parents’ love, not because mom and dad don’t love them, but because they don’t express their love in ways that the child can feel.
Like that man at Karen’s church, people need to be told they’re loved. They need someone who makes them feel important by just patiently listening to them. You say “I love you” when you show up at the funeral, at the hospital, when you celebrate their special moments with them. You say, “I love you” when you drop what you’re doing to be with that person. You say “I love you” when you hang in there with them when they’re aggravating, frustrating, obnoxious, unlovable. When they’re the least lovable, they need your love the most.
For some of us, this expressive love doesn’t come naturally because we were raised in an undemonstrative family…we’ve been conditioned to not let our feelings show. But that emotional paralysis cripples you and it deprives the people around you of knowing how you care for them. God’s in the business of liberating people emotionally who say, “Lord please unleash Your love… Your love through me.”
It’s important to look around the circle of people in your life and ask, “Does he…does she feel loved by me?” We’re called by God to live a life of love. For, as my wife was reminded by a man in his 90s, your simple, honest expression of love may be one of the first that person has had in a long time, and it is something they will never forget.

Homeless Man Begs For Scraps. Chick-fil-A Manager Says ‘No’ And Takes Action

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The lies that entangle North Korea

North Korea (MNN) — North Korea shows up in the headlines for a variety of reasons. Most recently, it’s been the country’s nuclear arms activity, and the murder of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam. But if we want to really characterize this country in a phrase, it’s safe to say that North Korea is tangled in lies and deception.

Patrick Klein of Vision Beyond Borders says he’s seen this deception first hand.
On one visit to the country, Klein asked his tour guide several basic questions about Kim Jon Un and his family. The tour guide responded by saying that information had not been released by the government. The people were kept from knowing even the most basic biographical information about their leader.
“There’s this real mystery about it that they can’t have information about his personal life, they can’t know anything about his marital status. We do know he’s been very brutal, even killing his uncle in North Korea for working too closely with the Chinese,” Klein says.
And yet, once outside the country, anyone can do a quick Google search to learn more about the family.

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Pastor Falwell speaks for, ( should ) for all Evangelical Pastors, and churches 

This video goes back awhile, but still it has a good message for us who call ourselves Evangelical followers of Jesus. 

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InterVarsity: where once was crisis, is new growth

USA (MNN) — About 20 years ago, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was facing a crisis. The ministry was having a hard time reaching out to students with the Gospel. In fact, in one year the ministry only saw eight college students come to Christ within the whole San Diego area.

From Crisis to Growth:
Now, decades later, InterVarsity has seen some incredible growth.

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TELLING A JEWISH SOUL ABOUT THE ULTIMATE JEW, JESUS CHRIST

    A WORD ABOUT SOMEONE YOU MIGHT NOT THINK WOULD BE A FRIEND OF MINE. HE WAS A LIBERAL, BUT A CLASSIC ONE, JEWISH BY BIRTH AND AN ATHEIST. HIS NAME IS NAT HENTOFF AND HE DIED OVER THE WEEKEND AT AGE 91.

   NAT ANGERED MANY LIBERALS BECAUSE HE WAS ALSO PASSIONATELY PRO-LIFE. I USED TO TEASE HIM THAT BECAUSE HE CLAIMED TO BE AN ATHEIST HE HAD NO BASIS FOR OPPOSING ABORTION.

 I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TELLING NAT ABOUT THE ULTIMATE JEW, JESUS CHRIST. THE HOLY SPIRIT DETERMINES THE RESULT AND MY ROLE – AND YOURS IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER – IS SIMPLY TO PRESET JESUS’ SALVATION MESSAGE. 

( Billy’s thoughts – The above is part of a radio commentary Cal Thomas did. You can listen to the whole commentary here or read the transcript.)

May these Disturbing Trends encourage us to proclaim the truth often 

Listen to the radio commentary.

Preparing is the key to where you are going 

Rev. Graham and the Bible says you must be prepared to go to heaven. Read the post from Facebook and find out if you are. 

A Santa Claus who prays and knows what Christmas should be about 

That particular Christmas I saw something I would not soon forget. I was visiting a theme park that has a wonderful Christmas festival, including a service in their old log chapel. We sang some of the old carols and then there was a short time when we had our eyes closed in prayer. As I opened my eyes, I noticed that someone had slipped in to the old wooden bench across from me – Santa Claus. Yep, there he was red suit, real white hair, real white beard – except for his Santa hat which he had removed to pray. There was Santa Claus, eyes closed and head bowed on his folded hands praying. Look, I’ve seen a lot of Santas. I’ve never seen one praying before. As I visited with him afterwards, he told me how he tried to remind each boy and girl who sat on his lap of the Savior who came on Christmas to die for us. That’s one amazing Santa!

( Read the rest of this radio commentary here or listen to the audio. )

 George Whitefield, The Preacher preached the Bible inside and outside of churches 

Here is a video I watched for my Bible college class on preparing a sermon.