Book: Abstain from sin

Fear In Witnessing

Fear In Witnessing

By oxygenna on November 15, 2016

I have a friend named Rem. Rem and I were friends in college. We had this Bible Study on campus that we helped lead. I can remember praying with Rem before the start of each week. Those were good times. I can remember going down in the basement of a building on campus where we would talk about our lives and how we wanted to live them for God and we’d prayed pray for each other in all the many ways were screwing it up and needed the Gospel. We’d talk about and pray for each of our girlfriends, who eventual we both married. Those were good times.

After college, Rem went to Beirut, Lebanon, with his wife to tell people about Jesus. But first they had to go to Amman, Jordan to spend two years learning Arabic.

They’ve come back to the States now, but it was interesting talking to him about his time in Beirut and how, even a few years ago he commented how much of his ministry related to Syrian refugees there (Syria boarders Lebanon).

And I remember once talking to him about something related to the Christian faith, something fairly nuanced and definitely a very secondary matter. In other words, talking about the minutia.

The Peril Of Proud Praying!

The Peril Of Proud Praying!

By oxygenna on November 15, 2016

Generally speaking, we don’t like to be told what to do. If we are told to wear our seatbelts, even if we know it’s good for us, it makes us mad just to be told. If we are told to enjoy eating ice cream something inside us goes, “Don’t tell me to enjoy eating ice cream, thank you very much.”

But we need to see instruction—good instruction, necessary instruction—as a gift, as grace to us, even as lack of instruction would be miserable.

When I started my first job out of college, I was not given a whole lot of instruction, especially at first. I was working in construction, and I kept finding myself assigned to projects were I was way over my head. Projects where I needed help. It seemed as if we had the policy “figure it out for yourself.”

That was really hard of a young graduate. I wanted to do well, I wanted to get things right, I was motivated, but I needed helped more help and guidance.