Soul Winning Friday: With Pictures!

Every Friday I write about the people (or lack of people) I’ve had the priviledge of sharing the gospel with. It is my hope that this will encourage believers everywhere,  that every week that God gives us is an opportunity for us to share our testimony with someone who doesn’t know Jesus. “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…”

I am totally and absolutely humbled. My family and I just came back from handing out the tracks I told you about on Monday. I stepped out of my comfort zone; I wrote that I liked to give tracks to people I see on a regular basis, but God had other plans for us. My husband drove us to our Church community (we figured it would be easier for people to get there if they lived close by). When he felt like it, he pulled over and parked the car; let me tell you it was not the nicest part of the neighborhood. It was obvious that the devil’s fingerprints were all over the scene.  As I approached groups of people standing on the street doing nothing in particular, I overheard two of their conversations, to my astonishment, the word drugs was used in BOTH of them. I couldn’t believe that this disease was so common among real life people. This was not television guys!

I apologized for interrupting and told them I wanted to invited them to my Church, I gave them each a track with the address of my Church on the back. I testified to them that God was filling people with the Holy Ghost and delivering souls from bondage. I encouraged them that if they needed prayer for anything to come on out and God would hear and answer. I’m not the girl that usually tells people that Jesus is coming soon, but today I was that girl. One lady readily agreed and told me that the signs were everywhere.

When the police car sped by with the sirens on, one of the gentlemen turned and said to me “It’s always like this, whenever it gets to this time of day”, I suppose he assumed I knew what he was talking about. I didn’t know for sure but I knew it was nothing good.

Some people walk with purpose as though they were on their way to somewhere important (oh how I wished it was to an Apostolic alter), I could only just quickly hand them a tract and shout out an invitation as they hurried by.

I learned today that I don’t need to know someone to love them. As I looked at these complete strangers, I was moved with compassion and I realized that it is possible to see souls the way God sees them. Oh what an experience!

Did you have an opportunity to witness this week? Please share your testimony with us on Apostolic Talk!

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You Question, I Answer Thursday: Why did Jesus…

Every Thursday I answer a question submitted by my readers, if you have a question you’d like to have answered on Apostolic Talk, feel free to send me an email at apostolictalk@gmail.com. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Why do you think when Jesus performed a great miracle on some he asked them to keep it a secret as in the story of the resurrection of Jairus’s daughter in Luke 8:56. But others he told them to make it known as in the story of the demoniac in Luke 8:39.

I have done a lot of thinking on this question. But each time I think I have the answer, I disprove myself as I read further. I may have to check with my Pastor or Bro. Paul (a bible scholar at my Church) on this one and post the answer at a later date. This might just be one of those questions we have to ask the LORD when we get to heaven. Stay Tuned!

If any of my readers would like to make an attempt at answering this question, please be my guest. I would love to see the different Christian perspectives on this subject 🙂

I love to hear from you on Apostolic Talk!

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Fasting and Focused Prayer Wednesday:Loving God; Loving each other…

Every Wednesday I fast for a cause I believe God has laid on my heart. On my blog I share this cause with you and pray a short prayer. It is my hope, that this will encourage my readers to remember to fast at least one day every week. Fasting buffets this flesh and allows our spiritual man to grow through passionate prayer and careful study of the word of God.

For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. (James 2:2-9)

Lord Jesus, thank you for your word that perfects us. Help us to be compassionate, you gave us that example when you were moved with compassion. I pray that the love of God [will be] shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which [you have] given unto us”. Please let this love flow in our Churches, brothers and sisters genuinely loving brothers and sisters. Your word tells us that “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Your coming is near Lord Jesus, and so much needs to be done. But this one thing I pray today; that you will help us to take care of each other, for in doing so we are preparing ourselves for one of the greatest revivals this world has ever seen.

What is your prayer this week? Share it with us on Apostolic Talk!

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What’s In My Head Monday: Tracks! (no pun intended)

Every Monday I write a thought God has placed in my heart, something I discovered in the word of God, or an experience I’ve had that has taught me a lesson I feel would edify my readers. I recently added a fun twist to the end of my Monday posts; pictures of anything I’ve been up to. I hope this will be as interesting for you to read as it was for me to write.

The truth is; I don’t have all the answers to the questions that have barraged my mind lately. How can I live a productive life in this world and adequately prepare for eternity (as far as soul winning is concerned)? When do I make the time to go out and witness? What exactly will I say to people who think this is not for them? Is it wrong to feel guilty and worry when I feel I haven’t done enough?

Obviously, Friday’s post had a sobering effect on me. I have invited so many to Church and have yet to see them come, I have shared my testimony with some, in what I thought was such a heartfelt way, only to watched them walk away uninterested. Though I cannot be sure of the outcome of my soul winning endeavors, I will carry on.  So I’ve equipped myself with new ammunition: ‘Tracks’ :)! I think this is an excelent way to present the meat of the gospel, when a bible study is not practical. I don’t really care for handing out tracks randomly without a conversation, while it may be effective at times, I simply prefer to give tracks to people I have encounters with. On Saturday, for example, when a gentleman was very helpful to me, I offered him one of my tracks and he received it gracefully (of course that might not always be the case). I’m sure I’ll probably hand out a few randomly, but most will go to people I have conversations with at the play ground, my hairdresser, my drycleaner guy, the mailman who I see almost every day, etc. That way, if anyone has questions or need clarification, they know where to find me. I’ll keep you updated, hopefully on Friday I’ll have some exciting things to report!

What’s in your head today? Share your thoughts with us on Apostolic Talk!

Fun Twist: More baking – Cinnamon Crisps! I went walking this morning (to those who are wondering) and I shared these with friends and family, so my household is not consuming this baking all on our own :).

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Soul Winning Friday: Ahmmm, this is bad…

Every Friday I write about the people (or lack of people) I’ve had the priviledge of sharing the gospel with. It is my hope that this will encourage believers everywhere,  that every week that God gives us is an opportunity for us to share our testimony with someone who doesn’t know Jesus. “Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few…”

Well it’s Friday and I have not witnessed to anyone this week. I will not give any excuses though, the bottom line is I was distracted by other things. This is a learning opportunity for me; when I look back over my week, all the things I thought were so important seems a little mundane now. It is so easy for me to get caught up in my responsibilities, and not make time to fullfil the heartbeat of God. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Mat 28:19)  The great commission is for me to go!  At the end of the week I should have been able to look back and say “who did I share my testimony with?” “How many people did I encourage in the Lord?” I hope to do much better next week, I’m challenging myself to have at least one testimony to share with you come Friday. Please pray for me as I attempt to do a work for God.

If you had an opportunity to be a witness this week, please share your testimony with us on Apostolic Talk!

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It’s Not Wednesday, But God has laid this on my heart.

Every Wednesday I fast for a cause I believe God has laid on my heart. On my blog I share this cause with you and pray a short prayer. It is my hope, that this will encourage my readers to remember to fast at least one day every week. Fasting buffets this flesh and allows our spiritual man to grow through passionate prayer and careful study of the word of God.

Mat 25:1-10 “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.”

Lord Jesus, please help me to be ready. Help me to live a consistent life of prayer and fasting and holiness unto you Lord God. Knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is my salvation nearer than when we believed. I cannot be distracted by this world and it’s systems Lord Jesus, help me to trim my lamp now, help me not to be like the foolish virgins. I cannot do it by myself Lord, I am totally dependent on you. I believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ I shall be saved. I want to be a soul winner Jesus, equip me with the tools I need. Let my life be that of a warrior, there are so many things worth fighting for; my fallen brothers and sisters, the souls of unsaved family members, loved ones and friends. Lord God there is a cause. Thank you for the Preached Word that has been reminding me that your coming is near, that I must live a life of separation and consecration, a life of example, showing the love of Jesus, the kindness and compassion that the Holy Ghost gives. Forbearing one another and forgiving one another. I love you Jesus.

Saints, let us be encouraged. Jesus is coming soon! Share your thoughts with us on Apostolic Talk!

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Guest Post Tuesday: Andrea Williams! (I know it’s Wednesday; but my internet was down yesterday due to a power outage)

Every Tuesday I invite a guest to share with my readers. I do my best to find guests that will provide posts that will be both a blessing and an encouragement to you. Today, I am totally flabbergasted that Andrea Williams (affectionately called Angie) has agreed to share with us; I am extremely honored to have her as our guest. She is prolific writer, speaker and an inspiration to many. She is a true Christian and I am proud to be her friend.

This is the day that the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it! (Psalms 118:24) If that’s the case why is it so challenging to obey this command? Is it because the day is subjective, as we perceive it or is it that we are subjected to what the day brings? How do we, as God’s people, enlarge our perspective of what the “day” means? I recently thought of the invisible line that links happenings to feeling. If something good or great happens to me, whether the “element” (wind, rain, sun, no sun) is present or not I feel great. However, if the sun is shining or not and something good or great doesn’t fall within the day, my day may be BLAH! It’s amazing the impact one’s feeling has on their day versus the opposite.

What if we could find a way to manipulate our feelings into remaining consistently positive so that we could rejoice and be glad each day? I have come to realize that there is a miracle drug so potent that would resolve this. I bet you can’t wait to find out what it is well that drug is the thoughts flowing through the mind. I know this may be disappointing to a few of you, as you were really wishing for a miracle over the counter drug. Nevertheless, corny or not, to think that I am my own remedy seems senseless in fact even confusing but it is rather true. How do I then set my mind to be controlled and governed by the principles of happiness and joy? I believe it is in restructuring what is celebrated. To elaborate, if I celebrate just having the ability to wake up and to breathe, then immediately my day jumps off to the right start. However, if I wait for something outside of myself to give me a boost, I may feel as if I am having a blah day and may have nothing to celebrate. Therefore, I have been on a quest to prioritize what I celebrate so that the things within my immediate control are most meaningful. Most accessible are my thoughts.

Consequently, this enables a strong link to be formed between my thoughts and my actions. I am at the helm of my thoughts as you are yours, so if I am the link connecting the thoughts to my mind then I can now justly apply Phillipians 4:7 …whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. It seems quite simple doesn’t it, then why is this so difficult to achieve? It is because it requires discipline and self-control. Let’s muse on the difficulty level again. Ask yourself that same question for only you hold the key to the answer. So why not spend the next few moments in an exercise in hopes of transforming your priorities (only if out of line of course). Think about what it is that determines your happiness and if it is something you can control. If not then give it to God and don’t take it back then realign yourself. I guarantee that you will become and feel so much lighter. Your perception will change as you continue to appreciate the small things while giving God full control of all things.

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