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Over the years I have written several "book" or "booklets" and many, many, many newsletter and bulletin articles. Because the book market seeks writings to meet specific needs at specific times, my material has never been accepted. I have a tendency to write what is on my mind and so I am left with self publishing. So, with the encouragement from my wife and others, I am beginning this blog in order to put my "ramblings" "out there"! I hope you enjoy!

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Please note that while my intentions are to use good grammar, because of the way in which some of the material presented here is presented (orally) the grammar and syntax might not always be the best English. Also note that good theology is not always presented in the best English so there may be times when the proper grammar rules are purposely broken.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lifestyle Evangelism is . . . Being Hot.

I want to begin by asking you to ask yourself several questions. Answer them as honestly as you can, not the way you think I would want them answered, not as honestly as you feel comfortable with, because if we are really honest, we may not feel too comfortable with the answers we have to give. This survey does not intend to point only to a certain group of people, so some of the questions might not refer to you. If not, you may want to re-word them to fit your life.

As you attend your children’s or siblings’ sports events this year, what do your actions say to those other fans in the stands? As you sit at home with friends and neighbors viewing your favorite sport (or any show, for that matter), what do your actions say to your friends? Your family schedule and your relationships with your spouse, children, and siblings what do these say about your life, priorities, and self? Your attitudes and actions at work, home, and school are telling people what? Does your life give it away that you are (or for that matter, are not) a Christian?

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). These are the words our Lord states to the church at Laodicea, and they are just as valid for us today. Are you hot or cold for the Lord? Are you turned on or turned off? Do you turn on or turn off others to Jesus Christ? The Lord does not want lukewarm Christians. He wants turned on, “hot” Christians.

It is always the right time to rededicate your life, committing yourself, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to being “hot” for the Lord. It is always the time to invite your circle of influence, those acquaintances, family, or friends you know who are not presently Christian or churched, to get into the habit of attending church. Watch the bulletin, the newsletter, and calendar for upcoming worship, study, and service opportunities.
44 of 52 © Rev. Ronald A. Bogs

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