>Fresh is Always Better than Packaged

>“Prepackaged approaches to the gospel, though helpful to get us started being comfortable in sharing our faith, should not become our only means of sharing. The Bible is full of rich metaphors for the faith. We should appreciate the variety of such terms as we share the gospel. As long as we call a person to embrace the grace of God in faith and not to trust in his or her own deeds for salvation, we are preaching the gospel. We can speak of repenting when considering where we start from at conversion. We can speak of turning to describe the change of direction that comes from embracing God. We can speak of faith in Christ to highlight the object of our hope. We can speak of receiving him to emphasize the personal appropriation of faith that is more than mental assent. We can speak of coming to him to describe the act from Jesus’ perspective. We can talk of confessing him as an expression of how faith verbalizes its presence. All these terms highlight the saving act of faith where people embrace Jesus with a trust that he will forgive them by his grace and bring them into a relationship with him.”
– Darrell Bock

>Half-Way Through

>Ah, the vacation of a lifetime! We’ve been to Bald Head Island four times before over the last decade-plus; but this blows the previous all away.

Not sure why…maybe I needed it more? Maybe I prayed more? Maybe others (you?) prayed, also?

All I know is…we got on the island last Monday…and we have to leave Friday. And the weather has been delightful, the fun amazing, the family time precious…and even more so now as last night sons Josiah and Joel showed up and will be with us ’til we leave Friday.

Here’s some shots thus far (and, yeah, if you want a vacation where there is “nothing”” to do…no boardwalk, no carousel, no arcades, no…well, you get the point…”just” beautiful beaches, incredible trails, wildlife galore…and that most precious commodity…”time” alone, “time” with God, “time” with family…COME TO BALD HEAD). We are already calendaring next year…

>Why I Teach/Preach/Write

>I’ve never been comfortable being referred to as an “evangelist.” That’s how Kansas City Youth For Christ labeled me in 1978 as I joined their staff, and it has continued to varying degrees. In New York, and now in Missouri, the ministries that called me to serve with them (Family Life and Midland) gave me the privilege of making up my own title…thus I have been listed as “Ministry Liaison.” No idea what that means, but I’m very good at it!

But I know I don’t have the gift of evangelism, though I evangelize (as should we all). As one of my dearest friends (now with the Lord) said, “You’ve got the gift of kicking-us-in-the-butt.” I prefer to call it exhorting!

But, regardless of how it’s labeled, A. W. Tozer puts into a word-picture my desire:

“You may say, “I believe all that. You surely don’t think you are telling us anything new!” I don’t hopehttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=jacksjots-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=1578988985&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr to tell you very much that is new; I only hope to set the table for you, arranging the dishes a little better and a little more attractively so that you will be tempted to partake.”
How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, pg 12 (an excellent, Biblical book to read about a subject often ignored or twisted into whackiness)