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Jan 16, 2018
evangelism, podcast

Sometimes Our First Step in Evangelism Is Not Jumping in with a Gospel Presentation

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Sometimes Our First Step in Evangelism Is Not Jumping in with a Gospel Presentation

Sometimes Our First Step in Evangelism Is Not Jumping in with a Gospel Presentation

Kerilee Van Schooten, Church Evangelism Research and Ministries Coordinator at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks to us about what it means to simply listen and be present when ...

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Jan 9, 2018
evangelism, podcast

The Gospel Life Podcast

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The Gospel Life Podcast

Persevering in Our Love of Others

Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, shares how we can persevere when living out the gospel in long-term rolls. What do we do when we don’t see the fruit of our labors ...

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Jan 3, 2018
immigrant, migrant

Migrating into God’s Kingdom: A Testimony

In God, there is a unique identity for every immigrant.

I love being an immigrant.

I never thought I would say that but, in retrospect, I would never change what happened to me as a result of crossing the U.S. – Mexico border.

In one sense, the immigrant experience is very simple, really. To be an immigrant is to cross borders ...

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Jan 1, 2018
new year, new year's resolution

The Gospel Turns the ‘Try Harder’ Mentality on Its Head

Our own strength is insufficient to carry us to places of greater faith
The Gospel Turns the ‘Try Harder’ Mentality on Its Head
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It’s that time of year again—New Year’s resolution time, that is. Just as soon as we finish packing up the lights and de-cluttering our houses from all the Christmas cheer, we’ve moved on to our next task: setting goals.

As we reflect on 2017, many of ...

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Dec 28, 2017
prison, freedom, hosea, gomer

My Story: From Prison to Freedom, and What I’ve Learned about the Promise of the Gospel

Formerly incarcerated person pastors church in Orange County

When a publisher asked me, “Why would someone want to read a book written by you?” it took me longer to answer than I expected.

And my answer impacted my faith.

I come from a broken family. I had a long battle with drugs, was kicked out of my house before I was an ...

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Dec 25, 2017
christmas day, christmas, humility

What Christmas Tells Us About the Person and Character of God

So the world will know that hope has come
What Christmas Tells Us About the Person and Character of God
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Today, we celebrate the coming of our Savior and King. Prophets foretold his birth for centuries and, finally, after years of waiting, Christ the Messiah came into the world. The wait for redemption is finally over.

Christmas is a time to celebrate the fulfillment of longings. ...

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Dec 24, 2017
christmas eve, christmas, waiting, anticipation

A Waiting World, the Anticipation of Christmas, and What We Learn About the Love of God

Our hearts are restless until they rest in You.
A Waiting World, the Anticipation of Christmas, and What We Learn About the Love of God
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The first snowfall of the year is an exciting time for those of us living in northern regions of the United States and throughout Canada. Sure, it’s cold. But it really is pretty.

White clouds cover the horizon from highway to hilltop and from them fall millions of frozen ...

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Dec 20, 2017
hospitality, single, divorced, widowed, alone

Opening Your Home (& Heart) to Singles This Holiday Season

Reach out to those who are alone this time of year
Opening Your Home (& Heart) to Singles This Holiday Season
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There is something about this time of year that kindles kindness, generosity, and a general awareness of the needs of others. It’s a time of inspiring hope, belief, joy, and peace.

Growing up, my mother exemplified hospitality. We always had extra seats at our family’s ...

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Dec 18, 2017
prayer, cancer, hope

The Tears of Jesus When Pain Comes: A Reflection on Christmas, Cancer, and the Hope of Christ

Tomorrow may not be known to us, but it is known to the only one who matters, and that makes all the difference.
The Tears of Jesus When Pain Comes: A Reflection on Christmas, Cancer, and the Hope of Christ
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As I get older, I see more people around me go through trials that bring them to their knees. Perhaps it’s always been the case and I wasn’t as aware of it. Or perhaps it’s just that as I get older, so do others.

Either way, lately, the importance of God’s ...

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Dec 18, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Discovering Your Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Discovering Your Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Discovering Your Evangelism Strategy

Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, encourages us to discover how we should communicate the gospel with those around us based on who God has made us to be. We each have unique giftings and personalities ...

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Dec 18, 2017
evangelism, Scripture, memorize

Want to Share Your Faith? Start with Words from the Bible!

Believe, confess, repent, and follow.
Want to Share Your Faith? Start with Words from the Bible!
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As an evangelist, people occasionally ask me which Bible verses they should memorize and use when sharing their faith. While there are many great ones to choose from, here’s where I suggest that they start:

  • 1 Peter 3:15: “But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.”
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Dec 11, 2017
evangelism, podcast

The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
The Power of the Spoken Word [Gospel Life Podcast]

The Power of the Spoken Word

Colleen Cooper, development coordinator at the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about the power of God’s Word spoken aloud and how this simple practice can give hope to those who need it. Both in our personal quiet time, and in ...

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Dec 8, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

Yesterday, I discussed our call to action as we seek to follow Christ in a post-Christian culture. In an age where Christians are concerned over cultural change, we need to begin by rediscovering our call to mission and identity as the people of God. Today, I briefly highlight ...

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Dec 7, 2017
faithfulness, post-christian, cultural, nominal

We live in a moment of cultural turmoil in the West, perhaps particularly in the United States. The shift to a post-Christendom age means that we as Christians need to rediscover our mission and identity as the people of God in a place that is increasingly foreign and, at times, ...

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Dec 4, 2017
evangelism, podcast

Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus.
Forks & Spoons - A Simple Evangelism Strategy [Gospel Life Podcast]

Forks & Spoons – A Simple Evangelism Strategy

John C. Richards, Jr., Managing Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, talks about meals as an opportunity to engage people in faith conversations. Perhaps you’ve been turned down when it comes to ...

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