In recent years, we have seen devastating environmental disasters—tornadoes, fires, floods, hurricanes and snow storms—but Billy Graham's daughter encourages us to share a comeback story that inspires hope this Easter. read more
Each of us can find ways to help specific people we know encounter the gospel. Thousands of believers across the nation, in every state, are taking the opportunity to do just that through the My Hope America outreach. read more
A few years ago a Christian friend of mine, who happens to be an ordained
clergyman, was participating in a pro-life march in New York City.
Several evangelical and Roman Catholic groups were represented, so
there were, predictably, vigorous counter-demonstrations. Many of these
were led by gays.
My friend said that for many long minutes a counter-demonstrator
kept pace with him from a few feet away, screaming hateful obscenities
at him. His tirade slowing down for a few seconds, he shouted this
strange question at my friend: "Why do you people hate us?"
The question seemed quite unrelated to the pro-life issue,
which of course it is. The questioner identified himself as a gay
The Holy Spirit does lots of incredible things in and through us. But in the Bible, it seems that whenever the Holy Spirit is given to someone, it's for one crucial reason: to preach the Gospel. read more
One of the highlights of my life is the time I put flowers on the grave of a man I had never met. I first heard this man's name—Samuel Zwemer—in the 1980s during a class at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, the oldest and most prestigious Muslim university in the world, sometimes called the "brain of Islam."
My professor taught us that throughout history Christians had attempted to destroy Islam. He reminded us of the bloody battles Christians had waged against the Islamic world during the 200 years of the Crusades. He pointed out the Western colonialism that had been practiced from the late 1700s to the mid-1900s.
"Now Christians have a new strategy to defeat Islam," he added. This strategy was embodied in the name and picture I saw in my textbook: that of Samuel Zwemer. read more
There's nothing more exciting than
leading someone to Christ through a "power encounter" hosted by the Holy
Spirit. I've seen a waitress come to Christ because a group of us out
for lunch simply showed Christ's love and talked to her and gave her
words of knowledge-even one about her cat! I've also experienced times
in which the Spirit of God is so tangible during ministry or a personal
interaction that people have asked me, "What is this, and how do I come
to know this Jesus you are talking about?"
When Jesus spoke brief words of knowledge
to the woman in Samaria, she told the entire village about the Lord. I
believe these types of power encounters have been God's preference for
evangelism all along. Other methods have some impact, but nothing gets
your attention like finding out that God "has your number." read more
When I'm speaking at conferences and events across the country, I'm often asked why so many ministries use the media. After all, it's a very expensive business. Couldn't we use that money for feeding the hungry or helping the homeless? Wouldn't Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, James Dobson (and even your local pastor) be better stewards if they spent God's money on more traditional evangelism?
All good questions. No one wants to waste financial resources or damage opportunities for reaching the lost. So, my first response to such queries is to study the life of Jesus.
How did He reach people? Where did He reach people? How did He make an impact on them? What can I learn from His life and ministry? read more