Keep It Wikipedia na Steve Sjogren

outreachHata ingawa sisi kuwa na pointi kadhaa hapa kuhusu kuanzia muhimu kuwafikia wazo msingi nyuma ya Fadhili Outreach ni rahisi.

Tabia yangu ni kuruka ndani ya kitu mimi kupata kusisimua na kuchochea mambo juu kama iwezekanavyo. Wakati mwingine kuchochea mambo juu inajenga utata. Maisha tu mtiririko kwamba mwelekeo. Kama wengine kupata maono ya jambo jipya, kabla ya muda mrefu, wazo inaweza kuwa haki ngumu.

Je, kuna njia ya kuweka mambo rahisi? Kabisa!

Outreach ni wote kuhusu jambo moja - kuona watu kuja uhusiano na Kristo. neno "kuwafikia" ni neno zaidi ya jumla ya "uinjilisti." kwanza ni kuhusu wigo mzima wa mambo tunaweza kufanya kwamba kusababisha hadi mtu kuja kwa Kristo. mrefu Uinjilisti ni mrefu zaidi mafupi kwamba inahusiana madhubuti na kuona mtu kuvuka mstari na kuja katika uhusiano kuokoa na Yesu.

Kushika yote rahisi hii, tunahitaji kukumbuka nini sisi ni kuhusu. Sisi si juu ya 1,000 mambo mema ambayo inaweza kuboresha maisha ya watu lakini si ni pamoja na kuona wao kuja kujua Kristo. Kama matokeo ya mwisho ni si kuwaona waongofu basi sisi ni kupoteza wimbo wa nini sisi ni kuhusu. Sisi ni waliopotea katika utata.

Watu ambao kukaa rahisi, ambao ni umakini kama laser, unaweza kuwa karibu rude wakati. Wao huwa na kuwa hivyo ililenga wao kurudisha watu nzuri wanaokuja na mawazo mazuri kuhusu mambo mazuri kwamba atawabariki watu. Kuna kitu kibaya na yoyote ya kwamba. Kuna mengi ya maeneo kwa ajili ya kwamba kwa kweli. Katika eneo la kuwafikia, Hata hivyo, tunapaswa kutembea nje urari wa kutabasamu na wakati huo huo kutembea katika uamuzi gritty kufanya chochote inachukua kujitosa kwenye.

St. Patrick - Patron Saint ya Uinjilisti Mtumishi na Steve Sjogren

St. Patrick Patrick aliishi maisha ya msiba akageuka katika ushindi. Hiyo ni eti kwa nini sisi kusherehekea Machi 17 kwa kula vyakula maalum Ireland na kunywa bia ya kijani. Hawa wanatakiwa kuwa maadhimisho ya maisha kukombolewa.

This time of year there is a lot of hoopla around a lot of silliness that has little to do with the origins of St. Patrick’s Day. Somehow I don’t think the real St. Patrick was all that excited about the color green. I’m pretty positive he wouldn’t pinch someone who wasn’t wearing green. I doubt he ever ate corned beef and cabbage. I’m not sure where those nutty traditions got started. They’re fun to do once a year but they have absolutely nothing to do with good ‘ol Patrick.

Yes he killed a few snakes as you have perhaps read, but that’s not what he was about. He was a champion of the underdog. He was all about liberating people who were stuck in sin, who were put down by an oppressive system. I relate to Patrick especially because he was someone who had been in slavery, he had gotten free, and now he was dedicated to liberating others from their captivity. Isn’t that what we are doing in evangelism? If we are up to anything it’s that we recognize in all humility that we are fairly messed up people who are in need of an intervention. We need saving. We don’t need a little bit of help or some reform. Like Patrick, if God doesn’t save us we will remain stuck in captivity. The good news it God has set us free just as he has done for Patrick.

Now that we are set free let’s do as Patrick—let’s make it our lifestyle that we will liberate others. For Patrick life took on greater momentum as he walked further on. The older he got the greater his impact. I believe God wills that sort of Umph for you and me as well. Let’s walk out our calling with zest, with passion and the enthusiasm of God himself. His provision rests upon us as we dedicate ourselves to losing our lives. We have nothing to lose other than our lives—and he will give us great joy in giving those up as well.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Snakes or no snakes, whether you are wearing green or not, it’s about setting people free. Let’s do it together! Thanks for being a part of the Servant Evangelism tribe.

Bora Kosa - Kufanya Outreach Alone na Steve Sjogren

mistake(From time to time in Serve I am going to post Excellent Mistakes I have made in outreach over the years. These are “excellent” mistakes because I have learned from them and our typical step of progression is “Two steps forward, one step backward.” Thus, we are making progress in dropping the ball!) Of course we are able to do outreach on our own. We ought to be willing to do significant acts of outreach apart from our need for a team. There is plenty we can do that is accomplished just by ourselves. However in the long run that policy is going to lead to burnout. We will quit if we seek to be a one-person outreach team. We just aren’t wired to do this stuff apart from connecting with others who are similarly wired to us, with both our weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Fire left alone has a tendency to go out rather quickly. This is just as true in the spiritual world as it is in a physical realm. We need others who are going the same direction as us in outreach. It is vital that we team up with others who have a similar heart. You can’t go it alone in outreach. You need at least a couple of others to team up with you in order to do this for the long haul. The question is How can we move forward to make it for the distance? How can we proceed in a way that is going to endure? Sprinting down the path for a short bit is simple enough. Many can do that. To make it for a marathon distance takes some careful strategy. Jesus calls us to give our entire lives to his cause, for the rest of our lives. This is a matter of the lordship of Jesus.

Pray. Ask God to supply a sidekick or two. Jesus said, “The fields are white unto harvest. …Pray the Lord of the Harvest to send out workers.” The beginning point is simply to ask God to show up. Jesus also said, “Wherever two or more are gathered in my name there am I in their midst.” There is something unfathomably powerful about having our focus on the Lord Jesus. He delights in showing up in our midst when we aim at lifting him up. “If you agree on anything…I will do it.” Amazing power is unleashed when we pray.

Look. Don’t forget to look for the supply of God. He might be in your midst right now doing something great even as you complain and are depressed. A key to progress is having the wherewithal to notice the move of God in both the obvious and the obscure. Pray for truth-tellers to come alongside you to speak words of obviousness to you. Sometimes childlike people will come as a gift to you with the ability to speak plain truth to you. Receive such people with enthusiasm. Take their words to heart.

Start. In the film Forest Gump, Forest begins to jog full-time for reasons not even he understands. He just feels it is important to go for a run, a long run! He runs across the entire United States. When he arrives at one coast he decides to run back the opposite direction again. He doesn’t stop this routine for several years. Forest runs alone for a while, but people start to hear about his run and believe there is something innately spiritual about his trek and slowly other joggers join him. Before long a cadre of fellow runners surround him wherever he runs.
Outreach (and much of leadership!) follows this pattern. Momentum begets momentum. We may not fully understand what we are doing. That’s just fine. Don’t wait until that ethereal point happens. It never will! Just start. Momentum is what life is all about. Without momentum you are either dead or quickly on your way to being dead. Progress happens as you proceed in a willingness to take a stab at the future. Ready, FIRE, Aim.

That’s your mantra from now forward.We need one another in order to do outreach for the long haul. God is going to provide our coworkers. Look for them, but thank him in advance for the amazing team he is sending.

Uinjilisti muhimu: Kuanza mazungumzo! kwa Rice Broocks

Katika makala yangu ya awali “Uinjilisti sio tu uhusiano” Mimi in kwamba ni lazima usisite kushirikisha injili hata kama hatuna uhusiano na mtu. Matumaini yangu ni kupata watu kuzungumza kuhusu Injili. Ndiyo, preaching the Gospel to those we come in contact with.

If we try to build a genuine relationship with someone and fail to mention our faith either one of two things is true. Either that relationship is not very deep or our faith isn’t .

Yet, great soul-winners are also relationally intelligent. They are good at starting conversations that eventually lead to God and the Gospel. It is also critical to remember that evangelism involves listening, not just talking.

The principle I would like to introduce is called S.A.L.T.: Start a conversation, Ask questions, Listen, and then Tell the story.

In many cases, when looking for ways to engage unbelievers, it is critical to ask them questions and then genuinely listen before presenting the Gospel. The more you listen to others’ beliefs or lack thereof, the more they will listen when you tell the story of the Gospel and how it has impacted you.

As far as starting a conversation goes – I have never seen people more open to discussing God and spiritual things as they are now. Just remember to respect the person you are talking to by listening carefully to what they say. You’ll be amazed at how they return the favor.

We’ve developed a tool to help you engage those around you in this way. It’s called The God Test. For more information go to GodTest.Org au RiceBroocks.Com

Kwa nini Wema? Ni kawaida Supernatural na Steve Sjogren

Kuna mengi ya kuzungumza siku hizi kuhusu neno “Aina.” Kuna mengi chatter siku hizi, kwa kweli, mtu anaweza hata kufikiria wema ni sifa ya binadamu. Sana kama upendo. Na wote wawili mawazo / maneno, kuna dymensions ya wazo. Na wote, dhana imekuwa hivyo inapuuzwa, it is becoming difficult to nail down what is meant when people use the word in conversation.

As a word smith, I move we take the time to clarify this powerful word, AND we honor term that is of such enduring significance, it nearly belongs on the Periodic Chart of elements – on the bottom part of that chart if you are familiar with that from a chemistry class. That part of the chart deals with elements that endure for such long time frames we refer to them as having “Half Lives.” When humans touch such elements, there is no missing that one has been touched. Life will never be the same when anything with a half-life has touched our lives. Such is the power of kindness.

Kindness is everlasting. It is! A touch of kindness goes on eternally. When one has experienced an act of kindness – you have been served or you have served others – that touch, that expression will echo all hearts involved for the rest of earthly life. How is this possible? As Jesus said, “With man, this is cannot be done, but with God all things all things are possible.” Kindness is from God. Human effort cannot produce kindness. True kindness never has originated from man apart from God and it never will. Only as God’s kindness flows through available people can anyone experience true kindness.

Kindness is Naturally Supernatural

What humans often confuse with with true kindness is actually ‘Niceness.’ Niceness is great. Hurrah for niceeness! There are far worse things for one to be caught up with than niceness. Make no mistake however – human niceness is utterly different than the kindness of God.

The Apostle Paul clarifies the untangled way of kindness in this verse:

“God’s kindness leads to a radical life change…” Romans 2:4, The Message Version

“God’s kindness”

If you have lived more than a decade, you hopefully have discovered that those things that last originate from God. The temporal is apart from God’s eternal strength.

“Radical life change”

When God changes a life, that life changes for real and for the endurance. That change occurs from the inside out. This is no self-imposed attempt at self-betterment. This is no resolution. This is no ‘I’ll never again’ try harder self-help. God has mercy on us by doing what we could not accomplish in a thousand lifetimes of a grand effort.

Kindness is contageous

The kindness of God Paul refers to flows from one human to another. God is by nature kind among other aspects of his diverse character. The scriptures clarify when God changes a person’s life, a new normal way of living begins. Our bodies look the same, but spiritually we are transformed. We are converted. We are turned inside out. Entirely new ways of living and seeing occur. One of the primary overflows of that life is kindness. The kindness of God himself. (Galatians 5:22, 23)

God invites us to jump onboard!

Once we click into the kindness of God, at whatever point in our journey in life – time of following Jesus, it is as though blinders fall from our eyes. In my life, though I had followed ‘Hard after God’ I had never picked up on the many verses that illustrate the concepts shared in this article alone. I hear this story each day several times via emails and texts – “I can’t believe I never got it before now! How could I have not seen those verses? I’m onboard now. I want to move forward – I want to serve, I want to live in the power of God’s kindness!"

There is a universal light bulb beginning to blink over hundreds of leaders worldwide. The conclusion being discovered is: “We need to show our culture the reality of God. Information without first providing credibility does not work.” This credibility building sequence is the way life has worked for all people of all time of all cultures. This simple request is reasonable. Jesus operated from this perspective.

Let’s begin to live from this new normal way of life as well!

5 Uzinduzi wa masomo kutoka Johnny Appleseed na Steve Sjogren

Yohana Chapman, aka hadithi "Johnny Appleseed" alikuwa mmisionari ambao kufikiwa nje ya Wamarekani ya asili katika Bonde la Ohio katika miaka ya 1800 mapema.

Alikuwa yeye Vyombo Wikipedia

Upandaji wake chombo msingi ilikuwa fimbo! Je, una fimbo? Wakati fimbo yake ya sasa walivaa nje alikuta fimbo mpya. Nikasikia hivi karibuni kwa njia ya mzabibu kwamba vijiti bado ni rahisi kupata!

zaidi kufafanua sisi kufanya mipango yetu ya zaidi ya uwezekano ni kwamba tutashindwa.

Yeye Heard Mwaliko

Yeye ilichukua juu ya mwaliko wa Baba kukamilisha kazi yake wa muda mrefu, Basi wakati wa kwenda got mgumu alikuwa na uwezo wa kurudi mwanzo wa yote kwa wakati Mungu bila kosa alizungumza naye kwenda nje katika nafasi ya kwanza.

Yeye Je Majadiliano Kuhusu Outreach, Yeye Je Outreach

Johnny kueleweka ni kuhusu uanaharakati, si tu majadiliano, wala daima maandalizi utafiti, wala yanayotokana ya madaftari zaidi ya baridi mkutano. Alikuwa wote kuhusu kuchukua hatari na kupata huko nje. Kama yeye angekuwa hai katika 2012 kauli mbiu yake itakuwa, "Utume schmissional! Kuacha majadiliano incessant, kuacha kuwa na kuku tu kufanya hivyo kwa ajili Pete ya!"

Je yeye Mambo Small

Haina kuchukua mengi ya mabadiliko ya dunia. vidogo apple mbegu kukua katika ukubwa mti kuzaa matunda katika dunia kupanda kwamba atachukua maelfu ya apples.

Alikuwa mwaminifu

Alikuwa wote katika! Akaiteketeza madaraja yake. Kulikuwa hakuna kurudi.

Yeye Saw Uwezo katika Ulimwengu wa Imani

Baadhi ingekuwa ni vigumu, kama siyo haiwezekani, kufanya huduma ya Johnny kwa sababu ilikuwa ni ya muda mrefu na si mara moja kutimiza. Naye aliitwa na Mungu kufanya jambo kubwa lakini kitu ambacho si ingekuwa kikamilifu kuzaa matunda katika maisha yake.

Kila mbegu ilikuwa mwisho wa kuzalisha mti wa ajabu kwamba ingekuwa kuzalisha maelfu ya apples kwa utukufu wa Mungu. Inachukua aina ya imani Mungu tu anaweza kutoa kuishi kwa mtazamo kwamba. Hatuwezi kufanya kazi kuwa hadi. "Mungu kuwapa yetu uwezo wa kusikia wito wako, bila kujali majira. "

Na mtumishi wa huduma ya uinjilisti matunda inachukua muda kuja juu, lakini uhakika, lakini wakati wa kupanda kanisa hubaki mwaminifu kwa dhati kuwatumikia na kuonyesha ukarimu kwa jamii yao yanayozunguka, matokeo ya ajabu atakuja kuhusu.

Mtu yeyote anaweza kuhesabu idadi ya mbegu katika apple,
Lakini Mungu tu anaweza kuhesabu idadi ya apples katika mbegu.

Robert H. Schuller

Jinsi Flush yako Mabomba Kiroho na Ken Glassmeyer

Hakuna jambo muda gani mimi kufanya kuwafikia, Mimi mara nyingi kushangazwa kiasi gani athari kuwahudumia wengine kwa kweli ina juu ya afya yetu wenyewe kiroho. Wakati sisi kulisha masikini, au kufanya baadhi ya ishara ndogo ya wema, si tu ni sisi kuwapa ladha ndogo ya ufalme, sisi kupata nishati kiroho kama vizuri. Nimesikia zaidi ya mmoja mchungaji kutumia mfano kwamba sisi ni mfereji au bomba kwa ajili ya neema ya Mungu wakati sisi kumwacha kati yake kupitia kwetu kwa wengine.

Wakati mwingine, when that grace sprays through us, it clean our pipes.

This fall, I had my hot water heater fail on me. I live in an area that has extremely hard water, and frugal skeptic that I am, I have always resisted getting a water softener. I am also not the most knowledgeable guy when it comes to home repair. Little did I know that you are actually supposed drain and flush your hot water heater and lines at least once per year, because calcium, lime, and other minerals in hard water will calcify and gunk up your taps, fixtures pipes, and even the hot water heater itself. In my case I went 15 years without ever having the heater serviced. At first, I noticed white grit in the aerators and reduced flow from the tap. Then a few weeks later every hot water line in the house slowed to a mere trickle. After a few thousand dollars and few days with a plumber, my lines were very clear, I had a new hot water heater, and a softener. I had to help the plumber carry the old heater out of the house because it had over sixty pounds of sediment that had built up over the years. All of this could have been avoided through the simple discipline of flushing my plumbing from time to time.

Can’t the same thing be said for making outreach a regular habit in our lives?

Maybe it goes back to the idea of a man with no shoes suddenly being very happy with his life when he meets a man with no feet. When we serve people that are more impoverished than us, whether it be emotional, spiritual, or fiscal poverty, it helps put our life in perspective. It flushes our spiritual pipes and gets the gunk out.

I had a similar experience with my personal ministry right around the same time the hot water heater went out. Even though most folks assume I do outreach almost as often as I breathe, it does not really come natural to me. If truth be told, I am not a very nice person. I am actually kind of jerk. Kwa kweli, that is proof that effective servant evangelism is absolutely dependent on God’s kindness–not my politeness. Serving others does not come naturally to me. It might look that way if you were elbow to elbow with me doing ministry, but you aren’t seeing me in my natural element. You are seeing the power of God’s kindness transform me on the spot as it flows through me to those I am serving.

As such, sometimes I get in a funk. Wakati mwingine, I slack off with regard to ministry. Weeks and months can slide by, and then I can spiral into a really funky spiritual place. I was in such a place this fall. I had a few serious set backs in my personal life, a few deaths and illnesses in the family, and a number of financial problems. While I wasn’t shaking my fist at God, we weren’t exactly on the best speaking terms. I certainly was in no mood to serve other people, much less be cordial toward them.

I am real big fan of Harry Chapin, and if you happen to have his Greatest Hits CD around, put it in. There is a little rant he goes on between two of his songs where he talks about the ludicrousness of churches and schools getting excited about feeding the poor around Thanksgiving: “sure they eat good for one or two days off of your food drive, but what are they going to eat the rest of the year?"

I happened to be listening to it in the car and it occurred to me, that not only do the impoverished go hungry the rest of the year, some of us get spiritually lazy the rest of the year. Before I heard the CD, I had not only skipped several planned church outreaches, I had even slowed down my personal servant evangelism. I wasn’t “making my rounds” as Steve Sjogren often teaches: simply follow your daily routine, but be attentive and ready to serve the people you meet as you run daily errands and go about your normal business.

My pipes were clogged.

I had actually even thought about skipping my church’s annual Turkeyfest, an event I helped start and refine over twenty-five years ago.

I was in a funk, and while I know and have often taught others that the best way to get out of a funk is to serve others. I didn’t want to. I conjured a hundred reasons not to join Turkeyfest. Spiritual inertia had set in.

It was a very rough autumn. My grandmother had just died just as I was finally really getting to know her and visit with her regularly. Sadly, I’m still a bit unsure just where she landed on the Engle scale before dying. I felt spiritually impotent. Here I was, a type of outreach guru, and I couldn’t even witness effectively to my mostly unsaved family. The rest of my family are pretty dang near the bottom of that same Engel scale. They have a casual awareness that there is a God, but they aren’t Him. It pretty much ends there with regards to faith with most of my family members.

Then my mom was attacked by the third type of cancer she has encountered in two decades: breast cancer, skin cancer, and now finally fatal stage four renal cell carcinoma. She is way down in Florida and, living in Ohio, I can’t really see her as much as I would like to. She has less than six months left. There’s a bit more. . .I am sterile, yet changed that into a passion for being a teacher and I was pretty good at it and even won a few awards, but then I had a heart attack breaking up a fight at school and I was diagnosed with severe CHF and forced to retire early.

I spent a great amount of time in and out the hospital and have several pieces of my anatomy sliced, diced, and removed. I tried to get healthier, but with a heart that works with less than 30% efficiency, my days in the classroom were over.

I threw myself into ministry becoming an outreach maniac and even became the editor of a national magazine dedicated to teaching folks around the world how to do two things:

  1. Notice the needs of people
  2. Help them notice God that is overjoyed to meet those needs for them

Sadly that groove only lasted a couple of years. Due to medical pension stipulations, I had to resign. In fact I had to curb all of my organized ministry endeavors for I am no longer able to lead or instruct others formally—even as a volunteer. I now have to submit a report to the state board delineating my activities proving that I am not doing any form of leading others; I can’t even teach a Bible study or lead a small group. All this for the joy of collecting 21.25% of my final year’s salary—before taxes.

Then I found out I have a brain chemistry problem that the doctors still have not put their finger on. I have become a test subject for pharmaceutical companies, only I am paying them, rather than them paying me as they try medication after medication to stabilize my brain chemistry. Quite possibly it is never going to be fixed and could be a result of all the other medications I take for my Congestive Heart Failure; Hypertension and the fact that I no longer have part of my intestinal tract and stomach.

Some mornings I wake up and wonder why Job was being such a cry-baby.

In other words, I still love God because He is my Father, but lately I haven’t been in the mood to talk to him very much and being around people that are more “cheery” than me makes me even edgier than some of you have ever seen me, and if you thought me rude and brusque before, I am down right spiritually cantankerous at the moment. . .kinda like a crotchety Christian Dennis Miller who thinks he is funnier and smarter than he really is, and says everything he is thinking out loud. So I began to stay away from gatherings so I am not toxic to others.

My spiritual pipes weren’t just clogged—they were backed up.

Anyway, I was almost in such a funk that I dang near took a pass on handing out turkeys this year, causing me to miss my first Turkeyfest. . .well since before we really didn’t have a name for it. Back when we started it in the late 1980’s we just all pitched in out of our own pocket, loaded up a few pickup trucks with frozen turkeys, stuffing, canned goods, pumpkin pies and just doing the best a group of loving amateurs could do to hand out mercy and kindness from the back of a tailgate.

Twenty five years later and we were feeding over a thousand families each Thanksgiving—with a really nice spread. I was going to bail on it.

Then two things changed my mind.

1) I heard a rumor that we might revisit the “old-school model” and have a bit more freedom to freelance/pray and stretch a few atrophied prophetic muscles and find random families to serve as the Lord led rather than use leads (with triplicate paperwork) from a social services agency making us little more than pizza delivery boys. One time last year I was yelled at by the person I gave the turkey dinner to, that I bought out of my pocket, because I was ten minutes late arriving.

2) My youngest nephew, Adam, would be joining us for his first Turkeyfest. This precocious young man is the life of any party: a kid that is two parts scoundrel and three parts saint. You never know what is going to come out of his mouth, but more times than not it would be profound and sometimes even holy.

We reduced down, not going with a larger group this year; just our little extended family of me, my wife, and some of my inlaws. They are Catholic, but let me tell you, that particular faith has forgotten more about service and kindness than any cutting edge parachurch you can name. We bought two turkey dinners to give away. The organizers at my church provided heavy-duty laundry baskets (This is an awesome idea by the way—it holds a great deal of food and a full-sized turkey without breaking, and can be used to do laundry later!) and we just went to the store and filled it with a Thanksgiving bounty including a good sized bird.

The worship was awesome, but I had to chuckle when little Adam leaned into his mother’s shoulder and said: “Uhhmm, mom, I think we went to the wrong place cause this sure ain’t no Catholic church.”

It was going to be a good day.

We drove through Lincoln Heights with our turkeys. The landscape has sure changed since the days of the white bus and food runs I used to organize in this impoverished neighborhood when I was on staff over twenty years ago. The entire place has been gentrified, but if you look close, you can still see the hidden poverty sprinkled around all the new condominiums city planners put in when the bulldozed the eight block grid housing project. I almost go lost.

As we were driving down Chamberlain Ave. little Adam was inspired: “Uncle Kenny, Instead of driving around all day and looking at houses, why don’t we just stop and ask that lady if she knows anybody that is hungry–she looks like she knows where we should go with the food.”

I look over and there is a single mom trying to load her car with a ton of laundry in plastic bags as she also herded two young kids. I hop out of the van and help her load her car introduce myself and ask her if she “knows of any families in the neighborhood going through a bad time that could maybe use an thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings?”

She stared and me blankly for a moment and started crying and pointed to the door of the house. “I don’t live here–that’s my dad’s place,” is all she said, but kept crying.

I motioned to the van and we all carried the pies and stuffing and potatoes and turkey etc inside to meet Marcus and his grandson Javonian.

Marcus explained that his wife had just recently passed and he was trying to make things okay, but it was real rough on the family. To make matters worse, the heater was out, his car was broke, and he was about to lose his job. On top of all that, his wife had always put out a large spread for the family at Thanksgiving, but not only did he not have a clue how to cook, he didn’t have the money to afford such a spread

I started to show him that we had even gave him some basic cooking directions and showed him the cooking tips guide in the basket, but he stopped me. He pointed out the window at his daughter, “She won’t come in here right now ’cause she’s mad at me and the rest of the world. She can cook just like her ma could though, so we are good there. Don’t worry. She’ll come around. She just knows we’re about to do church in this living room, and that is probably more than she could bear right now.”

Adam frowned up at the man, “Why is she mad?”

“Well. . .” tears welled up in his eyes, but he laughed, “we were just arguing this morning about what to do about Thanksgiving this year, and I told her I would pray and God would provide–then you all showed up a few minutes later. She ain’t really mad-mad, she just knows it is time to get right with God again, you know? You folks showing up is just God messing around with her–and some folks don’t think God has a great sense of humor,” Marcus smiled down at Adam as he wiped a tear from his face. “Little man, you and your kin are an answer to prayers this morning,” and with that Marcus grabbed all our hands and we did church in his living room.

We prayed for Marcus and his grandson while his daughter lingered and watched with curiosity from the porch. Then Adam tugged on my jeans: “Aren’t you going to pray for his heater?”

I picked up the broken thermostat in my hand and Adam covered it with his and we prayed that God would “send a friend over that could help him hook it back up right.” The phone rang just as we were leaving. It was a friend of Marcus calling to see what would be a good time to come over and rewire the thermostat that had been lying on the floor.

My pipes are clean now.

Sasa mpango Kwa maana siku ya kufikia walio nje Fadhili wapendanao! na Janie Sjogren

"Je, wewe kupata Valentine wako leo?" Ni rahisi kuweka Siku ya wapendanao kuwafikia pamoja katika muda mfupi. Watu ni kweli kufungua wakati huu wa mwaka, na kila mtu anapenda kupata upendo kidogo umeonyesha yao!

Roses ni wazo kubwa, amefungwa kwa pumzi ya mtoto na baadhi ya karatasi florist kutoka florist mtaa wako. Agizo sehemu na kuwa na timu yako wrap kila kitu juu. Wrap up kila red rose mmoja mmoja. Wrap kwa pumzi ya mtoto, nyekundu florist karatasi na karatasi ya plastiki, kisha kufunga Ribbon na kadi kuwafikia ni. Roses ni kubwa na kutoa nje kando ya barabara, na watu ni kushangaa ni bure. Baadhi ya makanisa kutumia "$ 1 Roses" ishara na kisha kutoa rose na dola kwa watu! Carnations Red pia kazi vizuri kwa ajili ya mradi huu.

Chocolates ni zawadi kubwa ya upendo wakati huu wa mwaka. Weka Hershey kisses au nyingine pipi amefungwa katika mifuko midogo wazi amefungwa na Ribbon na kadi na kusema kuwa "Hii ni njia kidogo na basi unajua Mungu anakupenda, bila kuwa na masharti!" Zawadi ya pipi kwa wafanyakazi katika maduka ni mara nyingi pamoja na kupokea, vilevile kuonyesha upendo katika uuguzi na nyumba. Kununua 3 "X 5" zip-kufungwa mifuko online.

Weka tarehe na wakati! Kupata timu yako pamoja, kupanga nini utasikia kutoa na kuweka tarehe kwa ajili ya Siku yako kuwafikia wapendanao. Hakikisha una vitu vyote kukusanyika kabla ya kuwafikia.

Kama pakiti yao, watu wako kuwapa mbali! Njia nyingine kubwa ya kupata pipi kufanyika kwa watu ni kutuma waliohudhuria Jumapili yako nje ya mlango na 5 au 10 seti ya pipi na kadi masharti tayari kutoa mbali.

Watu wanahitaji kujua wao ni kupendwa, na hii ni njia rahisi ya kufanya hivyo!

Kwa kadi kuungana na mifuko zip-kufungwa, kuangalia nje KindnessResources.com.

Kuadhimisha My Greatest Makosa ya 2011 na Steve Sjogren

Mwishoni mwa mwaka baadhi ya wakati uliopita mimi alitoa ujumbe juu ya tafakari chache mwaka mwisho nilikuwa cloaked karibu "Makosa yangu Biggest ya Mwaka." Kwa mshangao wangu zaidi kusikiliza ujumbe kwamba kuliko mwaka uliopita. mwaka uliofuata mimi sawa na safi, mpya makosa. Tena, kulikuwa na mwitikio shauku. Mimi kuendelea kufanya ujumbe huu wa mwisho wa mwaka, lakini mimi sasa kufanya toleo kuimarishwa online kwa baadhi ya maeneo yangu - hivyo nini wewe ni kusoma sasa.

Juu ya uso wa mambo, inaweza kuonekana giza kidogo kutafakari makosa ya mtu, lakini mimi si kuona kwamba njia, na wala Mungu anafanya. Katika Biblia, Mungu mfululizo kuchagua watu ambao walikuwa kukabiliwa na kufanya makosa bado aliendelea kuwa Stellar mifano ya maisha aliishi sana.

Petro, kwa moja, mara maker kosa ambao walikwenda kwenye mambo makubwa. Makosa yake hakuwa impair naye kutoka ukuu. Alichukua hatari kwamba mara nyingi kuongozwa na kushindwa lakini daima kushoto amana ya imani katika yeye. Alikuwa na uwezo wa kutembea juu ya maji wakati wengine walikuwa na hofu ya hatua nje ya usalama wa mashua. Alishindwa baada ya hatua au mbili, lakini alipokea ufungaji wa ajabu wa imani tu sawa.

Nini kusoma hapa ni ushahidi wangu kutoka mwaka huu uliopita. Kila mmoja wao ni eneo ambapo mimi mwanya huo lakini kisha alifanya marekebisho katikati ya shaka njiani.

Bonyeza hapa au kwenye picha hapo juu kupakua PDF.

Steve Sjogren Akihojiwa na Broocks Rice juu ya TBN

Steve Sjogren hivi karibuni alifanya mahojiano kubwa na Broocks Rice juu ya Mtumishi Uinjilisti kwenye mtandao TBN. Unaweza kupata msaada huu kwa mbele kwa wengine kama njia ya kueleza dhana ya SE kwa kifupi. (Kuvutia kumbuka: It was taped in Nashville at what was previously the estate of country music legend Conway Twitty on his sound stage, known as “TwittyLand!” – not as over the top as the name sounds but a cool bit of Nashville lore. If you are ever in Nashville-Hendersonville on a Tuesday night, you might want to check out the taping of one of these shows.)