As wonderful as it is to be given by the Lord the fire in our hearts, the absolute privilege and the many opportunities to proclaim His saving gospel on the streets in the open air, open air preaching is not the end all a be all of evangelism. It is not the only means by which we spread the gospel.
Actually, I haven't open aired since October. Have I wanted to? Yes. Have I been able to? No. Have I shared the gospel by other means, nonetheless? Most definitely! And for that, I am grateful.
This fall has been a super busy season aside from our desire to be out there with the gospel.What with my daily long shifts, family responsibilities, home stuff and other issues, it has been impossible for Kim and I to "hit the streets" as often as we would normally do, especially in the last two months.
As for me, it has been almost a daily occurrence whereby the Lord provided opportunities for me to verbally share the gospel during my working hours and afterwards with certain passengers and with co-workers. There were times when I went seeking and other times where the opportunities were brought to me or where I just walked into peoples' conversations where, given the context of the discussion, I used them as a springboard to get a gospel conversation going.
So, though it has been quiet recently here on the blog, we have been busy, both with our daily lives and with the spreading of the gospel. I will be on a new shift schedule starting today and ending in April which should give me some freed up time to do a little more. And we are eager.
No matter our daily life circumstances we are, as Scripture exhorts us to do, always at the ready to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Christmas time being no more or no less than other times, though somewhat easier given that Jesus has everything to do with Christmas.
I just go back from my chiropractor appointment this morning. Afterwards he wished me a "Merry Christmas" to which I responded, "Christmas means a lot to me, everyday of the year." He asked, "How so?". There it was, another door was opened and I shared the full gospel with him to which he seemed genuinely pleased to hear and he thanked me for sharing.
To all who drop by hear now and again for some encouragement, the management and staff of The Word Street Journal (Paul & Kim) would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and may the new year bring you many, many, many opportunities to share the gospel with the lost who are all around us everyday by which ever way you sense God has blessed you to do so. Every little bit helps.
Oh, a by the way in case you were wondering, the event in the picture above never really happend. It's just a little phun I had with photoshop from two separate photos of weird people, especially the person in the foreground. :)
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