ChristAlive! Archives: Evangelism

One thing that has been ringing true in my life in Christ, especially over the last few months, is to be faithful as Christ compels us, and let the Holy Spirit take care of the results...
In 2009, our family traveled to Lee’s Summit, Missouri to celebrate the 100th birthday of my wife’s mother, Mary Louise... Although her life in recent years was confined to an assisted living home where she and about 40 other residents resided, she had not forgotten the words of Jesus in the Great Commission in terms of reaching out to people and inviting them to church.
A few years ago, my dear father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. My first thought was to pray over him. My in-laws are devout Christians but I thought they might be uncomfortable with my praying over him, so I didn’t ask.
How easy it is to tell the stories of God’s power and healing in our lives when prayers have been answered! How difficult it is to tell of our failures to live the Christian life.
As we sat listening to her, my heart softened and I was no longer bent on rushing the meal to get home. I sensed God's anointing and then the nudge from him to pray with her. I asked, "Are you a woman of faith?"
After one class, a woman told us that her teenage son was taking drugs and asked for our ideas on dealing with this challenge. We listened with empathy and prayed with her, and I e-mailed her a prayer for protection and healing that she could pray for her son each day...
God wishes that “rivers of living water” would pour out through us (John 7:38) to a flawed and fallen society. This requires us to grow as saints and apostles: saints to be a pure vessel for the water to flow through and effective apostles to make it accessible to those around us.
What's your story? Your story, your spiritual journey, is unique and powerful! Are you ready to tell it in 60 seconds or less when the time is right? Recently, our pastor challenged us to write and submit the story of our spiritual journey on the church website, using the three questions below.
Our CIC chapter is blessed to have many fine speakers who deliver powerful talks. Several have been called upon to increase the frequency of their scheduled talks with the recent expansion of three new Phoenix area chapters. The incredible graces and spiritual breakthroughs are worth the time commitment necessary to properly prepare to honor God at our meetings.
In the past, while I was seeking new employment, our Father blessed me with a renewed spirit of being present to the people, places and circumstances I encountered. I was very blessed by a deeper intimacy with our Father, which enabled me to spend more time in prayer and reflection.

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