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Encourage: Reaching broken people
Sep05

Encourage: Reaching broken people

We all work together to advance the Gospel. When Baptists in Indian Territory first began to work together in 1883, they declared their desire to “give the Gospel to destitute places.” They opened their eyes to the fields of Indian Territory and saw people and places that were dark and waiting for the Gospel light. If we open our eyes, we would still see people who are dark and destitute. Think in terms of sociology instead of...

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Encourage: The excuse of ‘not me’
Aug29

Encourage: The excuse of ‘not me’

Most of the people reading this sentence have never led another person to faith in Jesus Christ. More than half have never even tried. That truth hurts. The New Testament calls Philip “the Evangelist.” He is always leading people to Jesus. We admire the consistency of his obedience. Everywhere he goes, with everyone he meets, Philip shares the Good News of Jesus Christ. He challenges our excuses—Not them, Not now. When we read the...

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Encourage: Never a better time
Aug22

Encourage: Never a better time

Not them. Not now. Not me. We all know that we are called to share the Good News, but we resist that call with the common excuses listed above. In last week’s article, Philip the Evangelist challenged each excuse, having taught us to cross barriers and boundaries with the Gospel. The people whom the Church tended to ignore or to write off as beyond reach, those are the people Philip pursued. Lord, forgive us for excluding people with...

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Encourage: Share even with ‘them’
Aug15

Encourage: Share even with ‘them’

When Luke tells the story of Paul’s final trip to Jerusalem, he includes an interesting tidbit. “On the next day we left and came to Caesarea, and entering the house of Philip the evangelist, who was one of the seven…” (Acts 21:8) There is only one man in the Bible who is given that descriptive title of “evangelist,” and that man is Philip. If we want to learn about sharing the Good News of Jesus, Philip has something to teach us. We...

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Encourage: Preach God’s Word
Aug08

Encourage: Preach God’s Word

The flock of God needs to be fed. This is the third article of a three-part series about the priority of preaching. We have considered together the vital importance of steadfast Bible preaching since the health and strength of our churches depend on the consistency and quality of our preaching. We need to ask the Lord to stir up our pastors to prepare, stand and deliver the Word week after week. Jesus said the Kingdom of God is like...

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