June 18th, 2019

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I was a professional tennis coach for fourteen years prior to entering full-time vocational ministry in 2003. And I can assure you no beginner ever took a lesson or series of lessons with the expectation of becoming an accomplished player in a day, a week, or even a month. To play well requires some basic instruction and lots of time and practice. Spiritual conversations are very similar to playing tennis – …

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While a missionary to my Jewish people in New York City, I met regularly with an orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn I’ll call Ben. I’d go to his apartment once or twice a month and share the truth claims of Jesus to be the Messiah. One day Ben raised a very intimidating objection. He said, “Larry, Jesus can’t possibly be the Messiah due to the curse of Jeconiah!” What …

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“So, then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”  James 1:19 In my years as a missionary, pastor, and witness for Jesus Christ, I’ve had the privilege of verbalizing the wonders of Jesus and the gift of His salvation in a variety of venues, both formal and informal. Yes, I do enjoy talking. But ministering the gospel to the person who …

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“How are you doing?” We hear and use this pleasantry all the time. And often the typical response is, “I’m fine, thank you.” But there are times when that seemingly benign question can open up deep meaningful conversations about the most important issues in life! In fact, there are times when a seemingly benign question may open up the door to be able to pose the most important of questions: …

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One morning while enjoying breakfast with a pastor friend named Luke, he shared something about his devotional life that moved me – something simple, yet profound and powerful. Luke said everyday he includes his morning prayers with this: “Lord, today please give me divine appointments, ministry opportunities and open doors.” I have seen God answer that prayer in my own life. And in regards to engaging in spiritual conversations …

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In the iconic 90s movie, the eponymous Forrest Gump, played by legendary actor Tom Hanks, memorably evokes one of one of his mama’s sayings when he quips: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”Isn’t this just like witnessing conversations? As we seek to fulfill the Great Commission and engage in spiritual conversations about the perfect person and powerful work of Jesus, we never know what we may encounter. Our …

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