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  ...it is not the will
     of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.

        
Bringing GOD to some-one

by Mark Lederman

 Wow!!!!  What a privilege and honor. Bringing GOD to somebody encapsulates all the wisdom GOD gives us in the scriptures.  Bringing home one of GODís lost children on earth pays a kingís ransom in the kingdom of heaven.

 The parable of the lost sheep talks about this very topic in Matthew 18:10-14.  Jesus commissions all his disciples to go out into the world and bring back all the people who are lost spiritually. 

GOD has given you a Life Message to share. 

When you became a believer, you also became GODís messenger. GOD wants to speak to the world through you.  The bible says, ďThose who believe in the Son of God have the testimony of GOD in them. 

Your life message has four parts to it:

  • Your testimony: the story of how you began a relationship with Jesus.

  • Your life lessons: the most important lessons GOD has taught you

  • Your godly passions: the issues GOD shaped you to care about most

  • The Good News: the message of salvation

 Bringing GOD to someone includes your testimony: Your testimony is the story of how Christ has made a difference in your life. This is the essence of bringing GOD to someone- simply sharing your personal experiences regarding the LORD. There is no other story like yours, so only you can share it. If you donít share it, it will be lost forever. You may not be a Bible scholar, but you are the authority on your life, and itís hard to argue with personal experience.

 Unbelievers do not want to hear scripture and sermons because they do not believe. They love hearing stories, especially ones you know to be true. Shared stories build a relational bridge that Jesus can walk across from your heart to theirs.

Bringing GOD to someone includes your life lessons: There are lessons and insights you have learned about GOD, relationships, problems, temptations, and other aspects of life. 

While it is wise to learn from experience, it is wiser to learn from the experiences of others. There isnít enough time to learn everything in life from trial and error. We must learn from the life lessons of one another.

Bringing GOD to someone includes sharing your godly passions: As you grow closer to GOD, he will give you a passion and a gift for something he cars about deeply so you can be a spokesman for him in the world. It may be a passion about a problem a purpose, a principle, or a group of people. You cannot keep yourself from talking about what your care about most.

Bringing GOD to someone includes the Good News: The Good News shows how GOD makes people right with himself. Our sins are forgiven because of our Lord, Jesus.

The whole New Testament is the Good News.

GOD has never made a person he didnít love. Everybody matters to GOD. The unbeliever must know he is loved.

Will anyone in heaven be there because of you?

What are you willing to do so that people you know will go to heaven? Invite them to church? Share your story? Give them the book, The Purpose Driven Life? Take them a meal? Pray for them everyday until they are saved? Your mission field is all around you!!

Donít miss the opportunities GOD is giving you.

 Another way of bringing GOD to someone is to bring them LOVE. GOD is love. Love is the essence Jesus.

 Og Mandino wrote this most magnificent piece of writing. I cherish it everytime I read it and have part of it committed to memory. This is a wonderful way of bringing love to others.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

For this is the greatest secret of success in all ventures. Muscle can split a shield and even destroy life but only the unseen power of love can open the hearts of men and until I master this art I will remain no more than a peddler in the market place. I will make love my greatest weapon and none on whom I call can defend against its force.

My reasoning they may counter; my speech they may distrust; my apparel they may disapprove; my face they may  reject; and even my bargains may cause them suspicion; yet my love will melt all hearts liken to the sun whose rays soften the coldest clay.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I will bite on my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.

 Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speak with the music of praise for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth will I remember this secret and it will change my life.

 I will greet this day with love in my heart.

 And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built around their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls.

 I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me; I will love the failures for they can teach me. I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they are divine. I will love the rich for they are yet lonely; I will love the poor for they are so many. I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the wisdom they share. I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.

 I will greet this day with love in my heart.

 But how will I react to the actions of others? With love. For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new shield and become as the softest of rains. My shield will protect me in the market place and sustain me when I am alone. It will uplift me in moments of despair yet it will calm me in time of exultation. It will become stronger and more protective with use until one day I will cast it aside and walk unencumbered among all manners of men and, when I do, my name will be raised high on the pyramid of life.

 I will greet this day with love in my heart.

 And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. In silence and to myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice; and his heart will be opened. And who is there who will say nay to my goods when his heart feels my love?

 I will greet this day with love in my heart.

 And most of all I will love myself. For when I do I will zealously inspect all things which enter my body, my mind, my soul, and my heart. Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation. Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.

 I will greet this day with love in my heart.

 Henceforth will I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love. From this moment I take the first step required to become a man among men. With love I will increase my sales a hundredfold and become a great salesman. If I have no other qualities I can succeed with love alone. Without it I will fail though I possess all the knowledge and skills of the world. 

I will greet this day with love, and I will succeed.

 Mark Lederman

You Can Serve God:
Each of us has different talents, different gifts, these can be used to support each other.
Though there are many ministries you can help with, you must find the one that you are best suited for.
Loaves and Fishes
Serving meals to the needy.
Food Pantry
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Midnight Run
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Ministering to the sick and infirm.
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