The Curse of конечно.

The curse of конечно – conyeshna (pronounced: con – yesh – na, where the yesh is yes with a sh at the end.)

I want to explain this phrase that God put on my heart about 10 years ago.  I don’t remember exactly how it started, but God continues to use it in my life and I hope you will let Him use it in yours as well.

Have you ever noticed how we often assume things when we are talking?  For example.  Who is the most important person in your life?

My wife and children come to mind first, how about you?  My son and daughter-in-law are also important.  But my granddaughter is the most important person in my life.  Oops, that’s not right.  Denise, yea, she is the most important person in my life.  (That was purposeful and to be a joke.  FYI)

Is the first person that came to your mind truly the most important person, are they really?

Was your first answer Jesus?  Isn’t He the most important person in your life?  Did you “assume” that I was meaning the most important being someone here on earth?  I am assuming, a second example of assuming, that you are a Christian and that you have accepted God’s grace.  When was the last time you really felt the weight of your eternal demise until God revealed to you His redemption at the cost of His beloved Son?

Now, how would you answer the original question?  Oh, well, OF COURSE Jesus is the most important person.  He is my Savior and my Lord.  Of course I meant that Jesus is the most important person in my life.

Conyeshna  is the Russian word in Latin characters meaning – of course.

Recently I shared a message about the sheep and the goats out of Matthew 25.  Verse 41 records that Jesus taught the goats are those “who are cursed”.  What does it mean that someone is cursed?  Let’s explore the answer generally and not specifically in context of Matthew 25.

If there were such things as magic spell and curses?  What do all the good people desire to happen to a curse?  In all the fairy tails the curses require someone to come along with the ability to “break” it.

Therefore, the “curse of the conyeshna” is the curse of of course.  It sounds so much better to me in Russian.  Here is the same idea in Polish – the curse of oczywiście.  This to me is also way cooler than in English, but that is not so much here-nor-there.

The curse of of course reminds me that I need help from The One who can break my tendency to leave out the most important.  He is teaching me how to get better at my first thoughts and statements to be the overlooked, the sometimes assumed, or worse the too often forgotten.  This phrase reminds me to search for the best answer instead of just what comes to mind.

I believe the greatest lesson I am learning, out of many, because of seeking to apply the curse of conyeshna at all times is to be reminded of who is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).  Keeping in mind that He is my Lord and King reminds me that I am His bond-servant (Romans 1:1) like Paul.  The result is learning to live more intentionally and faithfully to seeking and obeying God’s will.

This is just the tip-of-the-iceberg regarding this subject for me.  The application of this principle is changing how I talk, what I believe, how I study God’s word, and everything else.  But that is for another blog.

I encourage you to let Jesus, the only one who can, break the curse of conyeshna by His teaching you every day as His disciple through prayer, His word, and the Holy Spirit.

What were they thinking!

Since 1999 I have been learning languages. A somewhat humerus detail about me is that I am the guy that said after graduating from college, out-loud, “I am done studying forever”. Yes, God has a sense of humor.

Since graduating from college, a miracle and or mercy on the part of the university, I have earned a Masters of Divinity (also a miracle) as well as study two languages. So, what does this have to do with the “they” in my title? I am so glad you wondered.

What were the people of Bable thinking? Ok, when we read Genesis 11:1-9 we get an idea of what they were thinking, but only a limited one for sure. Here is my “hang-up” with them, now we have 100s of languages to learn because of their choices.

To be honest I just read the passage again with a less self-oriented perspective. I really want to blame the people of Bable for my need to study Polish today. But it sure doesn’t really sound like it is mostly their fault. Bummer, I can’t blame them. I can’t blame God, He is perfect. All I have left is to quit griping and get to studying.

The passage makes it clear that God chose to confuse them and not necessarily that they had some kind of evil plot or plan. It is not clear to me if verse 4 is hinting at a bigger issue that God only knew. What seems ironic is that the very thing they thought would keep them from getting spread over the earth – got them spread all over the earth.

So, there ya go, one more blog added to the millions with little meaningfulness. I will end this blog with little to no conclusion and or purpose. This is partially true because I need to close the computer and pull out my flash cards with Polish vocabulary.

Na razie.

On a roll?

I am in general a terrible speller, in any language. In high school my teachers must have shown me my mistakes, but were not able to help me discover my unique challenges in this area.

In college, yes surprisingly they did let me into college, I was nearing graduation and found I had an English requirement that was incomplete. It ended up being a spelling test. By this time Denise had helped me improve a little in spelling. I took the test and went went to an office to receive my results.

The big concern was that a bad score would mean more classes, delaying graduation. I was quite nervous when I went for my appointment. The office worker looked at my score and their first indication was not encouraging. It was clear my results were not so good, as I had expected.

The office worker gathered some paperwork and asked what was my teaching emphasis. I asked them to repeat the question, something was wrong. My answer was that I was an engineering student.

The officer worker immediately changed demeanor. When before I could tell they didn’t want to give me all the bad news, now they were happy. They said that my scores were not good enough for a teacher, but as an engineer I had passed. I asked why the difference in criteria. They explained that a teacher must write correctly on a board to teach students. An engineer will have some kind of a secretary to “clean-up” spelling errors.

I was so relieved and not nearly as concerned as I should have been about my spelling inability.

Well, things have improved immensely since that event nearing 30 years ago. Denise helped me spell better, but one “thing” had honestly helped to improve my spelling – the spelling checker. What you don’t know is that so far in this post I have used the spell checker about 10 times.

I believe spell checker is helpful due to the immediate feedback it provides. When I mispell (literal example though you may not see the red underline) I see the error underlined in red. Since I see that I misspelled, misspell, I know that I need to rethink this word. I have learned to take a moment or two to ascertain my error, if possible, before getting the program to help me with the correct spelling.

Why is all this significant? Why did I write this post? No real reason, I just felt like this was what I wanted to write.

It all started with the title of this blog. I looked at the spelling of the word – roll – and realized that this may not be the right spelling. I think this is the correct spelling for the specific shape of bread, but I also think it is what we do when we move a huge rock, or play Rock & Roll.

I am confident you know that there are other ways to spell, roll. Here is how for decades I have managed to “creatively spell”; role, roal, rol. I was confident the last two examples are not real word, but do you see my dilemma (I just asked for help spelling that word). Too many options.

My rambling is done. Now I will send this off into the “cloud” of computing and hope that very few people ever read this post. (Insert smile or grimace.)

Two in a row.

Don’t “they” say that repeating something two times is the beginning of a habit? If not, “they” should. I guess it really depends on two becoming three, and ultimately the activity becomes routine or a habit. (I am babbling about a second post in a row starting this year.)

Yes, my plan is to continue to be totally random for a while and write what comes to mind. Maybe this is stating the obvious, but that can be a good thing.

Speaking of habits. They can be good as well as bad. Doesn’t it seem like the word has taken almost a totally negative connotation? Maybe there is a better word for the positive things we do that are essentially automatic. I guess routine may be a better word than a positive habit. What do you think?

Isn’t it, as you can see I think it is, interesting how the meaning of words changes. Here are a few examples that I believe need a “rediscovery”; Christian, church, and love. I hope this year to explore some of these words and work to rediscover their meaning. The result may be that new words are required for the original purpose, but that is to be explored.

Back to habits. I want to be nearly habitual in my spiritual disciplines. Please don’t jump to the conclusion that this means ritualistic or religious. (Religious is another word to explore.)

I believe that one of the best expressions of spiritual discipline is habitual. By this I mean making spiritual disciplines an absolutely inviolable part of my daily life. That literally the very first thing I do each morning without fail is to consciously talk with the Lord. Not limited to that I “must” be faithful in this, but that I “get to be” faithful in response to what God has done and is doing in me.

I believe intentionally giving up lordship to my life after saying good morning and thanking Him generally for another day to breath and live is spiritually essential. In other words choosing to reject lordship of my own life that day by giving it up so that He will literally be my Lord and Master.

Following the potentially meaningless declaration of lordship is action. I find the tougher part of this essential process is truly giving up my life and obediently doing God’s will the next moment and the rest of the day. It is easy to say I am going to “die to myself” (Galatians 2:19-20) and then at the end of the day realized I never even opened God’s word or really asked what I was to do that day.

Last week I was helping a guy prepare the sermon for Sunday. It was wonderful to hear him seek a deeper understanding, as am I, of what it means to live James 2:14-26. Faith in action – what does that really look like every day? It looks literally like Jesus life! I believe it is also God’s desire that others see me and get a better than pathetic perspective of obedience to God’s will daily.

Paul was bold to state it this way in 1 Corinthians 11:1. “Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.” (Berean Literal Translation). Isn’t that to be the living statement, in word and deed, of every person who calls themselves a Christian?

Ok, enough for now minus one more thing.

Praise the Lord for His amazing, perfect, limitless, and relentless grace.

A new year, a new opportunity

Well, I see I literally missed a whole year of posting. That is not so good, but I am not surprised. Here is a year in review (and a little farther back).

About the time I last posted, it became very clear that our (Denise and I) ministry focus was to change. We had been trying to change it since the previous year, but to no avail.

A quick detail. God planted the InterNational Church of Wroclaw (INCW) through Denise and I. Palm Sunday 2013 was our first Celebration Service. January 3rd, today, I ended officially as founding pastor of the INCW. A new leader began today.

Back to the timeline.

All of 2017 it has been a series of: solving problems, waiting for decisions, new problems arising, solving those problems, waiting some more, and only to have new ones crop up. Month after month the overall process drug along until today.

Literally, today, our ministry focus in Wroclaw, Poland has changed. You might be wondering how Scott feels about the change. I am glad you wondered.

It is very much the right time. Praise the Lord the INCW has grown and God has provided some talented future servant leaders. Praise the Lord that He removed all the obstacles for the new leader to take over. Praise the Lord for it all.

This year starts a ministry focus for Denise and I on university students. I am so ready for the change.

So, enough rambling for my first post in literally years. Thankfully it is likely that nobody else will ever read this post. Yet I feel it is significant as it gets me back in the “saddle” again.

Student BBQ

Have you ever heard the song “Overwhelmed” by Big Daddy Weave?  I strongly encourage you to listen to the song, it is on YouTube.  One version on YouTube has the words.  Are you overwhelmed by the Lord today?  Too often I realize I am underwhelmed as I forget all that He has done and who He is.

Thanks for praying for California Baptist University (CBU) volunteer mission team.  They have especially focused their time on one university and two English classes.  As often as possible the CBU students would meet with the Polish students after classes.  A BBQ was also planned and 70 students signed up.  It was awesome, because not only did they sign up, they came.

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From about 5pm until nearly 10pm there were lots of students chatting, eating, playing games, and having a great time.  I heard many wonderful spiritual conversations were also taking place.  Pray now for the follow-up with the Polish students who showed interest in spiritual things.

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Praise the Lord for His many blessings.  We are truly overwhelmed by what He is doing.

Thanks for praying

Sharing Our Faith II

The following is my sermon “draft”.  It is not a full scripted version of the message, but intended to be mostly full for me to seek a logical flow and content for the message.  This is long. Bold text is for PowerPoint slides, I hope it is not too “loud”.

Rooted & Growing Up
Sharing our Faith II

What are you excited about?
How excited are you about your relationship with God?

Have you ever thought about how being excited about your relationship with God would affect you and others? How about being so excited that you share your faith in Jesus with others.

Examples from the Bible of people excited about their faith enough to share it with others!

Peter and John were arrested and taken before the Jewish leaders because they were excited about their faith in Jesus. This was a bad situation, but to them the consequences didn’t matter, Peter and John were going to keep sharing the Gospel. Acts 4:19-20 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God for us to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

They were sent home! Do you believe this encouraged the believers in Jerusalem? It excited them enough to pray for more boldness – Acts 4:23-31

Do you believe this inspired even some of the Jewish leaders to believe? Acts 6:7 large group of priests became obedient to the faith.”

Paul and Silas sitting in a terrible jail at midnight? Do we find them in Acts 16 feeling sorry for themselves? They must have felt the situation was hopeless, right? Acts 16:25 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”

Paul and Silas didn’t trust their feelings, the situation, or rely on others people for encouragement and hope. They had the Holy Spirit in them! How do you believe Paul and Silas’ response to the situation affected the other prisoners?

Are you excited about what God is doing in your life? Does this excitement just naturally spill into your conversations with others and into your actions every day?

Here is the core of the message today. I believe if we continue to seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, we will be so excited about what God is doing in us we will naturally share our faith with others. (Matthew 6:33,

If we are Rooted & Built Up, Ephesians 3:17, then nothing should really keep us from being excited about what God has done for us. When we are rooted on the Rock and growing spiritually, our foundation is secure, Matthew 7:24-27.

It sounds like to me that true believer will be more like Peter, John, Paul, and Silas who could not and would not stop sharing their faith!

Lets think about this for a minute. As a believer we really rarely have a truly terrible day. Evan a bad day with the Lord is a good day when we look to Him.

Even if we are going through a very difficult situation, God is there loving us. Even when we don’t feel His presence, He is there loving us. I realize this is sometimes easier to say and harder to believe in the middle of the situation, but it is still true.

Did God leave any of these men in their time of trouble? We are promised;  I will never leave you or forsake you! Hebrews 13:5, quote of Deut. 31:6  Who can separate us from the Love of Christ? Romans 8:35

These are examples of what happens believe if we continue to seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, we will be so excited about what God is doing in us we will naturally share our faith with others.

Preparing this message again forced me to search my heart.  Am I like the Disciples as they lived and shared their faith in Jesus? I continue to be convicted about how often I share my faith.

I ask myself again and I now ask you – when was that last time you told someone about your faith in Jesus? I believe if I am sharing my faith with other, like the Disciples, it is evidence of God’s working in my life. If I am not sharing my faith, it shows something is blocking my spiritual life.

I am not saying it is easy to share faith in Jesus with others, or that it is comfortable, or that it isn’t even a scary. What I do believe is that if you aren’t regularly sharing your faith with other people then something needs to change in our spiritual life.

If you are sharing your faith regularly, wonderful, but if you are not then why not? Spend a few seconds searching your heart. Why aren’t or don’t you share your faith in Jesus?

Here are a few typical reasons people say they don’t share their faith.
It isn’t my spiritual gift
I am shy
I don’t know what to say
I tried and failed, so I don’t try anymore
I am afraid _____________ ; of what they will say, that they will reject me, it will affect my job, people won’t like me, etc

Are any of these really valid reasons not to share our faith? When we remember what Jesus did for us? This alone is reason for us to be excited about sharing out faith. We deserve death and eternity in hell separated from God, but instead Jesus died for our sins.

I believe if we continue to seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, we will be so excited about what God is doing in us we will naturally share our faith with others.

But to be honest here are some of the reasons I believe we truly don’t share our faith more often in word and action.           Not really a believer – don’t care people are dying without a personal relationship with Jesus.  Don’t believe there are consequences – for us or others.  Not seeking a close relationship with the Lord

Practical Issues
Relationships are required
Relationships with unbelievers
Do we ever go to meet them on their “turf”?

I believe if we continue to seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, we will be so excited about what God is doing in us we will naturally share our faith with others.

Lets look at Romans 10:1-17. This passage is way to full to explore in-depth, but I believe there are some important truths we can learn in the little time left.

How to share our faith? Practical ideas.
#1       Prayer            v 1      What is my hearts desire? What am I excited about? Paul was excited about praying for the salvation of his fellow Jews. Paul not only prayed for them, but also went and shared his faith with them at great cost to himself.
There is only one other prayer for lost people in the Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1 “First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,”. For a long time it didn’t make sense why we are not taught more in the Bible about praying or the lost. I believe this is true because praying for the lost is a natural desire when our hearts are full of the Holy Spirit.

#2       Literal Transformation     v 2-3 (Matthew 7:21-23, Galatians 2:20, Romans 12:2)
Testify – personal experience.
Zeal – boiling for God
They had no testimony.
I believe Paul is making it clear our words and our own actions are not enough to make us righteous and right with God.  We require a personal experience with Jesus, to know Him by experience.  Everyone must have a personal knowledge of faith, a relationship with Jesus.  It must be based on God’s righteousness and the only way that happens is by our total submission to God’s righteousness.

#3       All about faith in Jesus       v 4-7               Deut 30:11-13
Jesus said He fulfilled the law, Matthew 5:17. We are no longer required to obey the Law legalistically, by our works, but can now live it through believing in Jesus our Savior.
v5 = Leviticus 18:5
v 6-7   Faith is about believing in the one who did what we needed to bring Righteousness. Lack of faith is questioning in our heart who will go for us. Apparently Jesus is not far away up, or down from us.

#4       Filled with the Holy Spirit            v 8                   Deut 30:14
What does “righteousness that comes from faith (v6)” say? Faith is not theoretical. Faith is having a personal experience, testimony, or first-hand knowledge – v2. It is surrendering to God’s righteousness by faith v3. It is placing your faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ, v4.
When faith is our living experience the following are true as evidence.
1. The message is faith in Jesus, and He is right here.
2. The message come freely from our mouth (Matthew 12:34)
3. Because the message is in our heart
When we have living faith we have personally experienced a transformation through salvation.   Evidence of transformation and a growing relationship with God through Jesus is when v8 is true for me.

Here is how it works!
#5       The message                        v 9-11 Faith that Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead!

#6       The result                 v 12-13
Salvation for any and all who call on Him. An important detail is that the word call can also be translated petition or make a request and it is not just a one-time action. We continually require a time of surrendering to God’s will (v3) as we make our petition or request through Jesus.

#7       The messenger        v 14-15
We don’t have time to explore this at all. Do you remember Isaiah’s response to a similar situation? Isaiah 6:8 “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me.” Is this your response as well?

#8       Literal Transformation II v 16-17
Paul then inserts a harsh truth. “But all did not obey the gospel.” Clearly to me it that it is not enough to just hear about Jesus, say we believe in Jesus, and do what we believe is God’s will (v2-3). In the end we must not only hear the message, say we believe the message, but also obey God’s will, the gospel, the good new of Jesus as Lord who was raised from the dead”. This is only true when we have a personal relationship with God through experiencing personal salvation.

So what exactly does it mean to share my faith? Romans 10:8
    Step 1 Rooted, surrender to God’s Righteousness
Step 2 Pray, study God’s Word, keep seeking
Step 3 Be prepared always; full of the Spirit, full of a fresh experience in God’s word, formal training in Evangelism,
Step 4 Intentionally build relationships; serve others, earn the respect to share, make sure actions and words match.
Step 5 Be persistent and never give up = return to Step 1

I believe it is different in every situation, conversation and for every person. It is when God through the Holy Spirit is directing us. Matthew 10:19-20

I have never met someone who asked me directly – how can I be saved? But many days I realize I am sharing my faith when I help someone in some way, when I pray for someone silently, when I tell them I am praying for them, when I ask them how I can pray for them, when I praise the Lord in their presence for some little thing He has done, and sometimes I get to sit down with someone who wants to hear lots about my Jesus.

Serving others
Praying for others
Building relationships with others
Telling them what excites you – fresh testimony

Too often I believe we think God expects us to present some kind of perfect gospel presentation with verses and amazing illustrations. Too often we believe we are expected to convince and convert people with our words of testimony. Too often we wait for the perfect situation to share our faith.

I believe only satan wants to convince us of these partial-truths.

I believe if we continue to seek a closer relationship with God through Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit, we will be so excited about what God is doing in us we will naturally share our faith with others.

The problem is not seeking constantly a closer relationship with the Lord.   When seeking the Lord we are full of the Holy Spirit. I want to be full of the Holy Spirit and my own selfish desires. Only when a believer is full of the Holy Spirit can the rest of the desires in life remain under God’s control.

But I believe there is a simple, but hard solution.

Last week Luke challenged us to understand “our treasure” out of Matthew 6. He reminded us that our heart is where our treasure is – in heaven or on earth. I believe what we are excited about reveals much about our treasure. Don’t we like to talk about our treasure, what excites us?

I believe God continues to show me how I still like to build up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy. My heart’s greatest desire is not based on God’s will. My heart has to many desires that are in conflict. Some of mine are; to much food, more bicycles, and a general lack of self-control.   I could go on, but will stop with these.

When I make sure to put God first in my life everyday, He makes me ready to be used in other people’s lives. A secondary benefit is my life is better in every way when I put God first.

I believe I put God first by choosing my first clear thought each morning to be putting God first. When I do this my next thought is nearly always a desire to spend time in prayer and time in God’s Word before the other things that day. This doesn’t always work because some days I want to choose to put God first, but I don’t and choose to put Him down the list. Worse are the days I don’t even want to put Him first.

When I do put God first, I look back at the end of the day and say how wonderful is our God. On these days, they are more often now than in the distant past, I look back and see in what ways God used me to share my faith in Jesus.

Sharing our faith is to be more about sharing our testimony than sharing information. Acts 4:33.  It is the natural result of our relationship with God.

Why am I excited about what God has done for me? What has He done? Have I forgotten?  Remember as a new believer when you were excited about your faith?  What happened? Not a new believer every day!

What is the goal of the message?     Encourage how to daily be filling by the Holy Spirit so that being the gospel is Jesus-natural, authentic, based on relationship, lived in action and in word.
What is God’s will for the message? Love = obey Him including sharing our testimony of what He has done.
What is the application in the message? Every believer inviting people into their life – and intro to Jesus intentionally and Jesus-naturally along the way.

Sharing our faith.

(Extremely abbreviated version of the message)

Generally what we are excited about is more likely to get other people’s interest. The opposite is also true.

Have you ever thought about how being excited about your relationship with God would affect you and others? How about being so excited that you share your faith in Jesus with others.

Peter and John, Acts 4:19-20 Do you believe their experience encouraged the believers? Prayed for more boldness, Acts 4:23-31

Core of the message today. If we continue to be full of the Holy Spirit then we will be so excited about our growing relationship with God, we will naturally share our faith with others.

Paul & Silas, Acts 16:25, didn’t trust their feelings, the situation, or rely on others people for hope. They had the Holy Spirit in them!

Evan a bad day with the Lord is a good day when we look to Jesus. Whatever is God’s plan it is for my good and His glory, James 1:2-4.

When we are rooted on the Rock and growing spiritually, our foundation is secure, Matthew 7:24-27.

When things get hard lets keep in mind Peter, John, Paul and Silas (Acts 16:25). How about Stephen, Acts 7:54-60, and the greatest example of all – Jesus and all that He suffered to be God’s Grace for us. Hebrews 12:2

When was that last time you told someone about your faith in Jesus? I believe if I am sharing my faith with other, like the Disciples, it is evidence of God’s working in my life.

Reasons I have not more automatically shared my faith.

  1. I am not remaining close to the Lord (John 15:1-8)
  2. I don’t believe there are consequences; for me or others
  3. I expect others to do the job
  4. I really don’t care enough
  5. When it isn’t easy I think it isn’t; the right time, etc.

Are any of these really valid reasons not to share our faith? When we remember what Jesus did for us? We deserve death and eternity in hell, but instead Jesus died for our sins.

Lets look at Romans 10:1-17. Brief outline

#1 Prayer, v 1

#2 True Transformation, v 2-3 (Matt 7:21-23, Gal 2:20, Rom 12:2)

#3 All about faith in Jesus, v 4-7

#4 Filled with the Holy Spirit, v 8   The message is inside us – Jesus!

#5 The message, v 9-11      Jesus is Lord and resurrected!

#6 The result, v 12-13         Salvation for all who petition Him.

#7 The messenger, v 14-15               Isaiah 6:8; is this your response?

#8 Literal Transformation II, v 16-17   Obedience required

I believe I put God first by choosing my first clear thought each morning to be putting God first. When I do this my next thought is nearly always a desire to spend time in prayer and time in God’s Word before the other things that day. This doesn’t always work because some days I want to choose to put God first, but I don’t and choose to put Him down the list.

Too often I believe we think God expects us to present a perfect gospel presentation with verses, amazing illustrations. Too often we wait for the perfect situation to share our faith.

Deut. 6:4-6     Love God with everything and share Him with others.

Steps to naturally sharing our faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Step 1 Be Rooted (Matthew 7:24-27)
Step 2 Pray    (Romans 10:1, Matthew 9:38)
Step 3 Be prepared always; full of the Spirit, full of a fresh experience in God’s word, formal training in Evangelism
Step 4 Intentionally build relationships; serve others, earn the respect and right to share, make sure actions and words match.
Step 5 Be persistent and never give up

Importance of 1 Degree

Lets imagine you went to a big sporting event by car.   You parked with the thousands of people in a huge parking lot. The game ends (in your team’s favor of course) and you begin the process of returning to your car. If you know exactly what direction to walk from the correct exit you will find your car. What happens if you are 1 degree angle or more off of the exact direction?

I know not everyone likes math problems, but if you want to find your car and get home after the game then we need to do a little math. In order to make the calculations we need to establish a few facts. Thankfully this is a hypothetical example and we can choose easy numbers. The car is 100 yards from the stadium exit. The exact direction is 0 degrees.

So if you walk 0 degrees for 100 yards, you will literally bump into the car. Have you ever walked perfectly straight in a parking lot to your car? It is impossible.

What happens if you are 10 degrees off of the perfect direction? Walk 100 yards just 10 degree angle off of perfect and you will be over 17 yards (more than 52 feet) from your car, and you don’t know which direction in the dark. Lets try to find your car.

Parking spaces are about (Wikipedia) 16 feet long. In the end you are three parking spaces from your car and thankfully you can probably find it from this distance.

Now lets make it more personal. You attend a huge conference hall with your 6th grader. You leave them at a booth to go to the bathroom 200 feet away. If you are just ten degrees off in your return, you will miss finding your child by 35 feet. Only one degree off and you are still 3 and a half feet off the mark.

What about something that is one mile away? One degree off at this distance and you are over 92 feet from your goal.

Have I convinced you that one degree can be really significant? Next time we will apply this to our spiritual lives. I think you will find this is really important, important enough to change your life.