So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.” Luke 9:6

We had an election recently, an important one… one where voters selected from among candidates for Governor, Senators and a host of other offices right down to the local board that oversees our school system. The voter turnout was as low as fourteen percent in some counties and just above twenty percent statewide.

Now, let’s work the math. First, consider that only about half of the adult population is registered to vote, so if only one in five registered voters turns out, that represents one in ten of those who could vote if they bothered to register and vote and since half of those voting plus one vote can decide any election, that means that a scant five percent of the people can decide any election. How much more complacent can we become about our opportunity to influence the direction of our nation?

But, let’s transition from elections to Christian evangelism and the figures only get worse. A recent study determined that ninety seven percent of professing Christians never share their faith! Why is it that only Mormons and Jehovah’s witnesses come to your door? Why don’t Christians?

In fact, according to the Barna Research Group, only fifty five percent of born-again Christians even believe it is their responsibility to even share their faith at all, much less do it.

How can we question our responsibility to share Christ? If we believe what we say we believe–namely, that Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, and that no one comes to the Father except through Him–and if we truly believe there is a heaven and a hell, and that there is no such place as purgatory, then we can’t go on ignoring the spiritual condition of the people around us!

Imagine seeing a group of firefighters polishing their engine outside a burning building with people trapped on the top floor! Nothing is wrong with cleaning a fire engine—but something is wrong with cleaning a fire engine while people are trapped in a burning building! Instead of ignoring their cries, the firefighters should have an overwhelming sense of urgency to rescue them. That’s the spirit that should be behind the task of evangelism.

The world is on fire and people are trapped in sin and dying. Do you have a compelling desire to rescue them or will you sit in a comfortable pew and polish your pretty Bible? (a thought on life from John Grant )

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by Alec Niemi

And yet another friend has gone to live with the Lord. His name is Ed. His formal title is Dr Ed Becker. Ed is a good friend and will always have a spot in my heart. He did a lot of international traveling, ministering to leaders by sharing his story. I was privileged to have traveled with him and his wife on several of their sojourns. You can read his story at the site below if you are interested.

Scripture tells us: “But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. “O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR VICTORY? O DEATH, WHERE IS YOUR STING?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord
1 Corinthians 15:54-57 (New American Standard Bible)

Ed did not toil in vain. He knew Jesus and now has gone to live with Him.  He will be missed but he will also be in the hearts of the many he has touched.

Will you take a moment today and pray a ‘Holy hug’ for the Becker family, I’m sure they would appreciate it.

And if you are struggling with the loss or imminent loss of a loved one, take heart, there is hope and there is victory and it is found in the arms of Jesus.

My prayer for you this week:

Lord Jesus would you wrap the Becker family with the ‘comforter’ of your Holy Spirit and give them a ‘Holy hug’… And I pray for all of us… especially those struggling with sorrow and grief,  “LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. O LORD, you are our God; do not let man prevail against you.  In Jesus name, amen.” 2 Chronicles 14:11

Have a great week

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