Lee Strobel, author of the best-selling The Case for Christ, describes several key considerations to keep in mind when sharing the gospel. Before Jesus spoke to His neighbors about their Heavenly Father, He would first lift them up in prayer. Therefore, prayer should be at the foundation of our efforts. Jesus was also always available for skeptics to ask tough questions about the faith. We should be equally open and welcoming to those who doubt.
When pediatrician Dr. Jerry Kartzinel puts autistic children on a dairy and gluten-free diet, 75% of them respond dramatically, like a fog has lifted! He analogizes that these kids are like computers with a malfunctioning hard drive. Only after the hard drive has been repaired can software like speech and other therapies that are introduced show dramatic results.
Mark and Jenny were concerned when their first-born child wouldn't make eye contact, walked on his tiptoes, and didn’t talk. At the age of three, he was diagnosed with autism, which sent Mark into a deep depression. He wondered if his son would ever graduate from high school or drive a car. In addition, having an autistic child became incredibly isolating as friends found their child’s behavior disruptive. But, ultimately, the entire family found hope and strength to move forward.
If you were asked to identify yourself in one word, what would it be? Parent? Spouse? American? If you’ve accepted Christ as your Savior, then that one word should be Christian. The late E.V. Hill, then-pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, preached apowerfulsermon at a 1992 Promise Keepers event in Boulder, Colorado. In it, he reminds us of the truth of 1 Peter 2:9 which says, We are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession. In other words, our identity is in Jesus Christ.
A key component of a healthy marriage is the ability to humbly apologize. Unfortunately, few of us are very good at that. Dr. Gary Chapman, author of "The Five Languages of Apology," asked thousands of people, "When someone is apologizing to you, what do you want to hear them say or do?" Top answers included: express regret, accept responsibility, make restitution, genuinely repent, and request forgiveness. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, "Godly sorrow brings repentance."
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