Monday, April 28, 2008
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- A 14-year-old Japanese girl killed herself by mixing laundry detergent with cleanser, releasing fumes that also sickened 90 people in her apartment house, police said Thursday as they grappled with a spate of similar suicides.
Emergency responders enter an apartment building in Konan, Japan, where a girl commited suicide.
The girl's suicide Wednesday night was part of an expanding string of similar deaths that experts say have been encouraged by Internet suicide sites since last summer.Japan's government has long battled to contain the country's alarmingly high suicide rate. A total of 32,155 people killed themselves in 2006, giving the country the ninth highest rate in the world, according to the government.
Please pray for those who are struggling today in Japan. Pray that they would find the hope of the world - Jesus.
Read here for more.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
"Clearly, atheism is not a rational worldview. It is self-refuting because the atheist must first assume the opposite of what he is trying to prove in order to be able to prove anything. As Dr. Cornelius VanTil put it, “[A]theism presupposes theism.” Laws of logic require the existence of God—and not just any god, but the Christian God."
Read more of this fine article by Dr. Jason Lisle
I am sure all of the messages at this conference are excellent. These are some of the top preachers and evangelists in America today. I encourage you to listen to Dr. John MacArthur though. I am listening to his message on total depravity (The Sinner Neither Able nor Willing) right now and am being humbled and deeply encouraged.
It saddens me, as it does MacArthur, that so many people reject this great basis of the gospel.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
(by a fellow missionary near Tokyo)
As we were waiting for the students, a statement from the book, “Taking Men Alive” by Charles Trumbull came to mind: “one is more than many.” In fact, presented as a Biblical paradox, it is probably the main point of the book. The book is a classic on personal evangelism. So when we returned home, I pulled it back off the shelf and skimmed through it again. It is one of the few books outside of the Bible that I have read through more than once. In my case, that is significant, since by nature I am an activist and not a reader!
Let me share a few more key points from this book:
Christ proclaimed his message by preaching, as his ministers must do today; but Christ won men and women to the acceptance of his message and of himself as Messiah and Savior by his loving, deeply personal, individual evangelism—conversational evangelism is has been well called. P. 37
Reaching one person at a time is the best way of reaching all the world in time. P. 41
But we can never have this needed knowledge of the man, as a first step toward winning the man himself, unless we devote our whole energy, for the time being, to knowing the man…. The art of taking men alive calls for tact (tact is simply touch) at the very beginning, which means, first of all, studying your man. P. 74
He then gives several principles:
1. Their present interest:
He must touch them at the point of their present interests, unworthy though these interests might seem in comparison with higher spiritual matters. He must use a bait that would attract these men just as they were, without waiting until they should come, of their own accord, to worthier interests. P. 77
2. Honest Commendation
It will land the most slippery human fish alive. No man can resist it. A word, heartily spoken, of sincere commendation for a fellow-being, will disarm opposition and draw him to us more effectively than any other method. P. 79
To be a good listener is one of the surest ways of winning and holding men. The “I can help you” attitude is fatal in this work; the “you are helping, or interesting, me” spirit is one of the secrets of success. P. 85
3. Use their “open nerve”
4. Follow-up – pursuer to decision and beyond
5. Explain in terms of Current Reality
All of his principles are illustrated with stories of people he interacted with over the course of his life. Several of the people initially showed no interest and would not be considered good candidates to hear and respond to the gospel. But over the course of time, through the interaction, their hearts changed. The stories bring life to the principles and make it an interesting, easy to read book.
In the back of the book, I wrote:
Keys to his life:
Ø Used every opportunity God gave him
Ø Was genuinely interested in the other person
Ø Followed through on each person
Two more quotes:
To win his confidence to me was a duty, if I would hope to lead him toward Christ. P. 96
But this leading of men to the Bible is to be accomplished, as a rule, by wisely recognizing that those whom we would win to Christ are probably not interested in the Bible to begin with: that their attitude is more likely to be indifferent or even antagonistic to it at the start. This being so, we shall do better to make our approach in the language of their everyday life and in the terms of their present interests, leading them later, with loving skill, to the Book without which any life is sadly incomplete. P. 121
Friday, April 11, 2008
Our of Ur blog reports:
Today, Greg Hawkins, executive pastor at Willow, recapped the study and then shared some changes that the church is now making in response to the research. He said they’re making the biggest changes to the church in over 30 years. For three decades Willow has been focused on making the church appealing to seekers. But the research shows that it’s the mature believers that drive everything in the church—including evangelism.(HT. Vit. Z)