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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Charles Haddon Spurgeon 1834-1892

This past Sunday after church, a woman from the church showed me this quote from Charles Spurgeon, who was a famous preacher in the 1800's. He was a powerful preacher, and this quote moved me when I heard it, so I wanted to share it with all of you.

Here it is...

"If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. And if they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for."

Wow, a moving picture of Christians doing everything within our power to reach the lost before they perish.

Again, why not share a comment on what YOU do to help reach the lost.

I will be preaching this weekend on "the most powerful witnessing tool." Please come with your Bible and a friend.


nancy said...

i have an idea about witnessing to restaurant customers. christians who wait on tables should insert a s.o.t.h. church card or flyer with church info and service times tucked in the customer bills. and maybe the customer will ask about the church or it may be an opportunity to evangelize to them. for christian owned businesses, a s.o.t.h. church card of flyer should be given to customers with their receipts. another opportunity to evangelize and share the gospel.

Jun said...

Pastor Dudley, Please listen to this audio from a 12 year old boy name Logan from Nebraska who called a radio show in Texas (KSBJ) and shared a little tidbit about GOD.

Here's the linl:

The Sky Angel Cowboy!

Aaron Pugh said...

A good clean joke can be used as a witness tool to a non-Christian you have developed a relationship with (I wouldn't personally tell jokes to strangers as a witness tool, but that's just me...) Here is one I told recently:

Billy Graham was returning to Charlotte after a speaking engagement. When his plane
arrived there was a limousine there to transport him to his home in Montreat.
As he prepared to get into the limo, he stopped and spoke to the driver.
"You know" he said, "I am 87 years old and I have never driven a limousine. Would
you mind if I drove it for a while?"
The driver said, "No problem. Have at it."
"Billy gets into the driver's seat and they head off down the highway.
A short distance away sat a rookie State Trooper operating his first speed trap.
The long black limo went by him doing 70 in a 55 mph zone.
The trooper pulled out and easily caught the limo and got out of his patrol car to
begin the procedure.
The young trooper walked up to the driver's door and when the glass was rolled down
he was surprised to see who was driving.
He immediately excused himself and went back to his car and called his supervisor.
He told the supervisor, "I know we are supposed to enforce the law but I also know
that important people are sometimes given certain courtesies.
I need to know what I should do because I have stopped a very important person."

"The supervisor asked, "Is it the governor?"

The young trooper said, "No, he's more important than that."

The supervisor said, "Oh, so it's the president."

The young trooper said, "Not, he's even more important than that."

The supervisor finally asked, "Well then, who is it?"

The young trooper said, "I think it's Jesus because he's got Billy Graham
for a chauffeur !!!!!

HULETTE said...

"Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us" (1 John 4:11, NIV)

Dr. Alfred Adler, international psychiatrist, based the following conclusions on a careful analysis of thousands of patients: "The most important task imposed by religion has always been, 'Love your neighbor' .... It is the individual who is not interested in his fellow man who has the greatest difficulties in life and provides the greatest injury to others. It is from among such individuals that all human failures spring."

As I have said a number of times, it may not be the most desirable for many of us, but we can live healthily as a single or without romantic love in our life. But we cannot live healthily without loving relationships --- or at the very least, one loving relationship.

I would agree with Dr. Adler in that, more often than not, it is a lack of love that drives people into self-destructive behaviors such as: looking for love in all the wrong places and getting deeply hurt and disappointed; acting out sexually as a false substitute for love; and turning to drugs and alcohol as a means to anesthetize or deaden the pain of emptiness caused by a lack of love.

So, if we are lacking in love or feel that we need more healthy love in our life, where do we find it? Easy question ... tough answer.

First, it begins by admitting to ourselves and to at least one trusted friend exactly how empty and lacking in love we feel.

Second, remember that we get damaged in damaging relationships and are healed in healing relationships.

This means we need to be in relationship with at least one loving, accepting, non-judgmental, trusted person (a capable counselor if necessary) with whom we can be totally open and honest and, step by step, open up and reveal our true self---warts and all.

It is only as we reveal who we truly are that we can be loved and accepted for who we are, and not for what we have ever done or have failed to do. And as we are loved and accepted in this way, little by little we learn to love and accept ourselves.

This, of course, takes courageous work and time. However, as we learn to love and accept ourselves, we are not only freed to change, but also in a position where we are attracted to loving people and they to us. Remember, we can only be loved to the degree that we are known --- and we can only love to the degree that we have been loved and accepted.

Third, and most important, realize that we not only need the love of others, but most important of all, we need to know and experience God's love, forgiveness, and his divine acceptance.

As we open up to Him and confess our true self to Him---warts and all ---and ask for His forgiveness, He forgives us totally. And, of course, we need to learn how to forgive ourselves. Then we are freed to experience God's love in the depths of our inner being.

And joyously we will discover as we grow in love towards others, our love for God will also grow and be enriched. As God's Word says, "If we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us"

"Dear God, please help me to find a loving friend with whom I can feel totally safe to open up and share my true self---Help to be that kind of friend to someone else...warts and all---and give me the courage to so do. Help me, too, to grow in love towards others so that Your love is made complete in me. And then, help me to give the same love to others as they and You have given to me. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name. Amen"!!!


Christina said...

Another Bible Idea for seekers and new believers - Greg Laurie's New Believer's Bible. Has anyone on your staff used this??

Dru Morgan said...

40 people just graduated from the Basic Training Course in Evangelism at Shepherd and for the last three weeks we hit the streets. I was amazed to see God work as so many people who had never stepped out of their comfort zone found themselves sharing not only their testimony, but the complete gospel with people they had just met. One young man came back with stories of how he felt the Holy Spirit just giving him the words to say as he witnessed to someone. Praise the Lord.

In addition to just breaking the ice with a million dollar bill or optical illusion, our newest idea is to find a crowded spot in the morning and pass out free coffee with a gospel presentation and a website printed right on the cup.

"Why did we give you this coffee? When you get to work, go to The Great Coffee Mission .org to find out."

gto said...

Has anyone one read the 13 Things Not To Share With Co Wokers ?
It Was on AOLs news page the other day and number seven was Politics And Religion.
I have shared my fellowship with the Lord with a fellow co worker and he and his family are tring to get with my family to go to Sheppeard at Porter Ranch.
God Bless You Dudley!
Have Been A Member for a year and a week now !