It’s Not Fingers in Their Ears!

“Why won’t they listen???”

“Why doesn’t he/she get it???”

“What’s the matter with them???”finger_ears

I’ve heard (and voiced) those questions often; asked by people young and old who have tried to share Jesus and the gospel.

One teenager said, “It’s like they sit their with their fingers stuck in their ears!”

Nope.

“If the Good News we preach is hidden behind a veil, it is hidden only from people who are perishing. Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (2 Corinthians 4.3,4)

“But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.” (1 Corinthians 2.14)

This is liberating truth!

We can’t prove/argue/convince anyone of the gospel.

Only God can open their eyes; open their minds.

Our job (every Christian, by the way, not “just” those gifted with evangelism or the “pros”) is to brag on Jesus. Our job is to ask God’s Spirit to enable us to walk our talk. And our job is to “talk.”

His “job” is to open.

40 years? FOUR decades? Forty YEARS?

Yup.

On August 12, 1978 I graduated from Christ Unlimited Bible Institute, which exists no more.

It was started by Kansas City Youth For Christ (which exists no more) in 1975; and I was in the third class.cubi class

I had heard about the school shortly after being paroled…met Jerry Johnston (then a whiz kid for both Jerry Falwell and KCYFC) in California…he told me about CUBI, I applied…lo and behold they accepted me..got my parole moved to KC…and on August 30, 1977 flew from LA to KC with a few bucks; no job, no place to stay.

Within hours God had provided a job (Papa John Turner, Office Manager, heard me typing and hired me on the spot); and a couple days later a place to stay (with Scott Lash and Ken Kirkman). We called our somewhat shaky “house” COWUSA; as I was from California, Scott from Ohio, and Ken from Washington.

The schooling was great…with Dr. Dean Potratz as primary Bible teacher; Dr. Al Metsker as encourager, whipper, and teacher of youth ministry. Several staff members and other guest speakers spoke truth into us; but the best education came from being “slave labor” for KCYFC for hours and hours…truly great learning experiences…

And had God revealed to me what He was up to as I got my diploma on August 12, 1978 it would have scared me to death…

I’m still amazed (and grateful) I get to do what I get to do…and stunned to recognize that I’ve been “on support” for four decades…

God has big sleeves, and He often has what appears to my very limited view “tricks” up them…but He has blessed me inexplicably cubi diplomaand consistently. I’ve spent over four years of my life as a camp speaker; and have shared Christ in schools, prisons, jails, camps, churches, civic organizations and more.

“He opens doors that no man can shut…”

I’m amazed. I’m blessed. I’m thankful…so very thankful.

And if God can use me….yeah, He can use you…and wants to use you…not “someday”, but “today.”

If The Shoe Fits…

Seth Godin is a genius.

I know nothing of his spiritual state.

Truth is truth regardless of who says it.

Got this from him yesterday as I flew home from Philadelphia.

Doesn’t take a lot of “work” to see spiritual implication of a “secular” truth:

“There are two paths, really:

“I will serve just enough to make the maximum profit”

or

“I will profit just enough to provide the maximum service.”

Discouraged? READ THIS!

feel-discouragedJames Emory White has an encouraging word for the discouraged:

“This is a simple post. When you are discouraged, remember these seven words:

There is a God on the loose.

If you’re in ministry, remember it when you don’t have
…enough money
…enough volunteers
…enough space
…enough freedom
…enough staff.

If you’re trying to raise kids, remember it when you don’t have
…enough patience
…enough time
…enough sleep
…enough wisdom
…enough hands.

If you’re trying to follow Christ, remember it when you don’t have
…enough trust
…enough strength
…enough hope
…enough faith
…enough love.

Remember.

There is a God on the loose.

Remember that you have,

…a God who knows all that you don’t have;

…a God who loves your church and ministry more than you do;

…a God who loves your child(ren), and your spouse, more than you do;

…a God who knows what you need more than you do;

…a God who wants to see His kingdom come, and His glory radiate out from your life, more than you do.

This is the God who is roaming wild and free. He knows your situation. He knows…

…you.

And He adores you. He is on your side. He wants nothing but the best for you.

Don’t trivialize this with worldly ideas of “success.” God is about more than that for your life. He’s about all that is right, all that is best, all that is true, all that is beautiful. Despite your current circumstances, His larger, perfect plan is unfolding. Every perfect gift comes from His hand, and He is a gift-giving God.

So if you are discouraged, take heart. You are His prized son, His precious daughter. So pray. Trust. Particularly when you are discouraged.

Why?

There is a God on the loose.

And He knows your name.”