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Much of the world celebrates the new year as December 31st turns into January 1st, however my Jewish people celebrate our …

I was a professional tennis coach for fourteen years prior to entering full-time vocational ministry in 2003. And I can assure you …

While a missionary to my Jewish people in New York City, I met regularly with an orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn …

“So, then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”  James 1:19 In …

“How are you doing?” We hear and use this pleasantry all the time. And often the typical response is, “I’m fine, thank …

One morning while enjoying breakfast with a pastor friend named Luke, he shared something about his devotional life that moved me …

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 …

You can handle the truth about different worldviews. As we’ve noted, various religions and philosophies can be distilled down into a …

You can handle the truth about Postmodernism. In simplest terms, this complex and abstract worldview, which dominates increasing segments of our …

You Can Handle the Truth: About Spiritism and Polytheism You can handle the truth about Spiritism and Polytheism. According to this …

You can handle the truth about Theism. As Christians we are certainly theists, but we are not alone. Judaism and Islam …

You can handle the truth about Pantheism. In sharp contrast to Naturalism, which believes the natural order is all there is, …

You CAN handle the truth about Naturalism!What is it? It’s a view that believes the material universe is all that exists. According to …

I am a fan of movies. But not just any movie. I don’t watch everything, but I do like a compelling story and fine …

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. He has made everything beautiful in its time” …

Be a Farmer

April 19, 2019

I grew up in a condominium in Treasure Island, Florida. We were only a 10-minute drive from the beach. I loved …

What’s Your Story?

April 19, 2019

Before I became a believer in Jesus in 1987, I was interested in only one person’s business—my own. Can you relate? …

Do you ever wonder why Passover and Easter sometimes overlap and other times don’t? In some years, the two holidays overlap …

  1 – Would you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Why or why not? 2 – Did grow up with any …

Give thanks with a grateful heart Give thanks to the Holy One Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son And …

Lessons from Jesus: Repent

September 13, 2017

Perhaps you’ve had this experience – You’re driving down a road for a few minutes, perhaps longer…when all of a sudden you …

The Gospel in Pictures

January 13, 2017

Today’s environment is highly visual—television, Web sites, video, and images dominate our lives—and visuals created with new technologies are changing the way …

A Reluctant Witness

January 13, 2017

Evangelism is generally comprised of prayer, good works and good words. For most of us, praying for the lost and taking opportunity …

Hungry?

January 13, 2017

As a minister of the gospel, I have enjoyed the privilege of regular public speaking since 2003. Whether serving as missionary to …

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“Every knock is a boost!” boasted one Moishe Rosen, founder of Jews for Jesus and a giant in Jewish missions in …

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In 1987 the Lord graciously saved me, delivering me out of the Kingdom of Darkness and into the Kingdom of Light. …

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Distraction & Intention

January 13, 2017

We live in curious times. While our present day has been called the Age of Information, it may also be called …

The Most Powerful Weapon

November 20, 2016

It was simply called ‘the bomb.’ The most powerful weapon ever devised in military history was about to be unleashed upon human …

Noah: Our Example

November 20, 2016

Being a missionary to my Jewish people for 6+ years in New York City from 2003-2009 was a remarkable experience. It was …

The Faith Factor

November 20, 2016

Have you ever been accused of having blind faith? I know I have. And to be honest, it irks me a bit. …

Shine!

November 20, 2016

It’s very common to think of evangelism as a combination of doing and saying. But there is a component of our witness …

The Answer

November 20, 2016

The guest speaker made a simple, yet profound observation during the introduction to his Sunday morning message at my home church. He …

Cramped quarters. Isolation. Lack of natural light. Tiny sleeping areas, where beds are sometimes referred to as ‘coffins.’ Minimal restroom facilities. Showers …

The Apple Watch is life-changing! It helps you manage your life in various ways. The Apple Watch can: track every step you …

Nervousness filled my being. I had one shot to get this right. There would be no do-over, no replay, no second chance! …

During my missionary life in New York City, I ministered to one Jewish man who was enthralled by and attracted to Jesus. …

The party crashers had arrived! It was the annual Israel Day Parade along 5th Avenue in Manhattan (New York City). Our team of …

What’s your story? It certainly is a topic that on occasion comes up in conversation, during an interview, and in other venues. …

“Less is more,” I simply stated as looked into the eyes of my student. To their surprise, once they took my words …

Did you know that forest fires generally move faster uphill than downhill? Upon first glance, the uphill versus downhill dynamic is perhaps …

Billy Graham once was asked, “Billy, how do you grow in the Christian life?” Billy responded, “That’s simple. If you want to …

The Wonder of Newness

October 5, 2016

Stepping on board brought forth a sense of excitement, nervousness, opportunity and adventure. This would be a milestone in my life …

Go Tell it on the Mountain

September 24, 2016

He was just out of college, not much older than us. It was my junior year of high school – an English …

Lessons from Acts: Move On!

September 24, 2016

Acts 17:1-15 The Christian walk is a walk of faith. And so is the process of sharing our faith. For there are …

Like a vast array of of parachutists descending from an airplane, seeds travel the wind currents and gentle breezes of the earth, …

I enjoy internet research. I find it fascinating that with a click of a button, one can access a literal world of …

Frenetic, meet confusion and chaos. Speed dating? No! Rather, the afternoon rush hour on the lower East Side of Manhattan – New …

It was Earth Day and I happened to be visiting my sister in Atlanta. I must admit, I don’t get too excited …

Once I was witnessing to a friend of my sister-in-law named Don*. We were having an engaging dialogue about spiritual things. After …

The Christian life is full of paradoxes, seemingly absurd propositions that when investigated prove to be true!  There are theological paradoxes. For …

Smallpox was responsible for an estimated 300 million to 500 million deaths during the 20th century alone, making it one of humanity’s …

Francis Bellamy (1855-1931) was a Baptist minister’s son from upstate New York. He distinguished himself in oratory at the University of Rochester …

Have you ever felt tempted to quit praying for a lost person in your sphere of influence – be it a family …

Divine Appointments

September 24, 2016

Friday morning – Chicago’s O’Hare Airport, July 1. I’m flying home to Tennessee. As I’m passing through security I notice the gentlemen directly …

Call to Me (part 2)

September 24, 2016

I recently had lunch with a pastor friend of mine named Jim. He’s been witnessing to his pediatrist – a Jewish man …

Call to Me (part 1)

September 24, 2016

Bottled water is a fascinating phenomenon. I sometimes wonder if bottled water today is a matter of necessity or nicety – do …

Praying for Boldness

September 24, 2016

A careful reading of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution reveals that it protects several basic liberties — freedom of …

A Coordinated Effort

September 24, 2016

The bomb – it’s a beautiful thing! You may be thinking, ‘What? A bomb – beautiful?’ Yes, I’m actually talking about a …

We are swimming in an ocean of injustice! One needn’t look too critically at our world today in order to come to …

The Sign of Jonah

September 24, 2016

“And they lived happily ever after!” That lovely phrase evocative of childhood fairy tales illustrates a hopeful desire within us. For there …

Swimming Upstream

September 24, 2016

The journey of the salmon is an incredible natural phenomena. Born in a fresh water stream, they will swim to the ocean …

You Shall Be My Witnesses

September 24, 2016

In May I was called to serve on jury duty a Federal Circuit Court. Unlike the other two times I have been …

‘You have to tell your family you believe in Jesus,’ he exclaimed! These were not words I wanted to hear. They startled, …

Growing up in the Tampa Bay area in Florida, lightning was a common occurrence. In fact, Tampa Bay is known as the …

When we think of evangelism, we often think of it in terms of the church going to out and engaging the lost. …

Sharing Jesus is a team thing! While we may think evangelism a solo activity, it is actually done in tandem with the …

Power! In the mechanical realm, nothing works without it, One afternoon in mid-August 2003, the lights went out in New York City! …

The power of modeling or setting an example is replete throughout life! As a young tennis player, my idol was American …

I like to describe evangelism as a process. From a witnessing perspective, we as believers are in the process of being conformed …

Earlier in my life I was a professional tennis coach for fourteen years. And I can assure you no beginner ever took …

While a missionary to my Jewish people in New York City, I was meeting regularly with an orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn …

“So, then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”  James 1:19 In …

“How are you doing?”  We hear it and use it all the time.  Often the response is, “I’m fine, thank you.”  But …

One morning while enjoying breakfast with a pastor friend named Luke, he shared something about his devotional life that moved me – …

In the well-known movie simply titled in honor of the lead character, played by one Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump famously evoked …

You can handle the truth about different worldviews. As we’ve noted, various religions and philosophies can be distilled down into a few …

You can handle the truth about Postmodernism. In simplest terms, this complex and abstract worldview holds that people are simply products of …

You can handle the truth about Spiritism and Polytheism. According to this worldview, the earth is populated by spirit beings who govern …

You can handle the truth about Theism. As Christians we are certainly theists, but we are not alone. Judaism and Islam …

You can handle the truth about Pantheism. In sharp contrast to Naturalism, which believes the natural order is all there is, Pantheism …

You can handle the truth about Naturalism! What is it? It’s a view that believes the material universe is all that …

I like movies – good movies! I’m not the kind of a person who simply likes to go see a show …

Out of curiosity I googled ‘the most distracted society in history’ – and received over 28 million results! Wow! Whether we are in fact ‘the …

The Desired Results

January 3, 2016

We live in a world that often says hard work and doing the right thing will bring the desired results. To …

Getting there on time – it can be a daily grind! Getting to where you need to be when you need to be there. …

“It can’t be that easy! All you have to do is believe?” This sentiment is expressed by many an unbeliever regarding the healing power of …

I love music! My affinity began in the early 1970’s as a youth when I began listening to my older sisters’ records. …

I don’t have the gift of evangelism. This may surprise you. You might be thinking, “You don’t have the gift of evangelism? …

I have one mantra for the Christian life – If we don’t have grace, we don’t have nothin’! Grace, grace, wonderful grace. …

A few weeks ago I was sitting at Starbucks talking with another believer about spiritual things – specifically the Word of God – …

 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare …

Why is this So Hard?

January 3, 2016

You’ve certainly hear the expression, “If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.” Well, that expression certainly fits personal evangelism. …

I did two missionary stints with the Jews for Jesus ministry.  The first included playing guitar and singing with the mobile evangelistic …

Targeting

January 3, 2016

While a missionary to my Jewish people for a number of years, I would on occasion get accused of ‘targeting’ Jews.  …

Be a Farmer!

January 3, 2016

I grew up in a condominium in Treasure Island, Florida. We were only a 10-minute drive from the beach.  I loved the water …

The Great Commission is the Great GO Mission, for God has called each of us to go! Go be witnesses for …

Having played and coached competitive tennis for many years, losing is probably the closest thing I can connect to the rejection we experience in the …

In the spiritual life of a Jesus follower, fear, whether real or imagined, is one emotion we all face. When engaged in personal evangelism, our …

Message in a Bottle

January 3, 2016

“Captured Crew Saved after Sending Message in a Bottle” headlined the following story from Metro, an online British news agency. The report …

Amazing Grace

January 2, 2016

Having become believer in 1987, I have, over time, distilled the Christian life down to one mantra: If we ain’t got grace, we ain’t got nothin’!  Grace – God’s …

Image is Everything

January 2, 2016

Image is everything was the name of an ad campaign by Canon in the 80’s which promoted the EOS Rebel camera.  It …

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Jesus followers are called to introduce …

I recently read this caption of a major newspaper’s reaction to the latest mass murder: ‘God Isn’t Fixing This!’ My response – …

Say What?

October 21, 2015

Faith conversations are like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re gonna get! And because of the organic, fluid, …

To be or not to be…welcome? That was the question 2,000 years ago when Jesus sent out the apostles on their first evangelistic …

Shine the Light

September 1, 2015

Light – essential for living and foundational to life! Yet so easily and often taken for granted – at least until the …

Enter by the Narrow Gate

September 1, 2015

Have you ever heard a statement of fact and your first reaction was, “Nah!” Well, try a couple of these on for …

Fishers of Men

July 21, 2015

Perhaps you’ve seen on a church marque or bumper sticker the following quip: “Be a fisher of men – you catch em’, …

Purim is the Jewish holiday commemorating the deliverance of the Jewish people from Haman’s wicked plot to exterminate the Jewish people during …

As believers in Jesus I would venture a guess we have all prayed the Lord’s Prayer on occasion, some of us on …

To say that personal evangelism is personal is to state the obvious. And while we all would affirm in principle the need …

One night my son Elijah and I were eating a local restaurant. As the waitress approached us I noticed her nametag, smiled …

Personal evangelism is personal by nature and requires a degree of availability. This seems so simple in principle, yet in our busy …

I recently did an interview talking about personal evangelism and my book Serving In His Court: Biblical Principles For Personal Evangelism From …

Saved To….

March 6, 2015

I remember it well – I was 23 years old, walking in quiet desperation, empty inside and going nowhere fast. Aside from that …

Saved From

February 26, 2015

Jay was a man I’d been ministering to in New York City for about a year.  His condition was terminal – lying …

Do What You Can

February 17, 2015

I don’t know what to do! Ever felt this way in your evangelistic efforts? There are times in our evangelistic efforts we are …

Use What You Have

February 4, 2015

Do you have what you need?  We’ve all had that question posed on occasion while striving to accomplish a duty or task. What are …

Start Where You Are

January 20, 2015

“I just wouldn’t know where to start.” This common refrain keeps many people from engaging many things, including the work of evangelism. Analysis …

Evangelism is a team thing. It is not exclusively a “God thing,” nor exclusively a “Me thing.” Evangelism is a “We thing.”  Jesus, at the beginning of His …

Praying for the Lost

December 22, 2014

When we think about praying evangelistically, praying for the lost is kind of like hitting the ball in tennis – it’s imperative.  …

Christmas Questions

December 21, 2014

“How are you doing?” We hear it and use it all the time. Often the response is, “I’m fine, thank you.” But …

Praying for Open Doors

December 9, 2014

Last year during the Christmas holidays our family was blessed to visit my mother in sunny warm Florida. One night as we …

I remember years ago while as a missionary in New York City, I was doing street outreach around the South Street Seaport area in lower Manhattan one afternoon.  …

Praying for Protection

October 3, 2014

We are at war!  As believers we find ourselves in the midst of a spiritual conflict of cosmic proportions!  In the arena …

Fear is a powerful emotion and in the witnessing endeavor, one that can debilitate and demotivate us from sharing our faith. In …

Praying for a Right Spirit

September 10, 2014

Once I was talking with one of my fellow little league baseball dads (our son Elijah played) – and he mentioned he …

Praying for Readiness

August 29, 2014

Readiness plays a key role in acquiring confidence in any endeavor, including personal evangelism.  When we pray, we are preparing to be …

Personal Evangelism is as much about the want to, than perhaps it is about the how to. More specifically, if we don’t have …

Go to God First

August 12, 2014

Go to God on behalf of people before you go to people on behalf of God.  This is a primary principle of …

We are opposed in our efforts to do the work of evangelism.  And while fear is part of that opposition, boldness and …

The Power to Witness

February 11, 2014

When we think of powerful witnessing, it can be tempting to fall into the trap of focusing on the how. Ultimately, in …

Praying for Open Doors

January 20, 2014

During the Christmas holidays last year our family was blessed to visit my mother in sun-kissed Florida. One balmy night as we …

A new year is upon us and with it new opportunities of various sorts. Resolutions abound, goals for 2014 in the fore. …

Our Father’s Business

December 12, 2013

When Jesus was just a boy of 12 years old, His relieved parents found their son, who had been separated from the …

There’s a reason we used to do Show and Tell in school growing up. One without the other is incomplete. The audience …

Who Saves Who?

September 24, 2013

On occasion, I’ve had people share their frustration in witnessing in terms like, “I just can’t get so and so to see …

The Weapons of our Warfare

September 15, 2013

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are …

This is War!

September 10, 2013

I witnessed many a hard fought match when I was a college tennis coach. Two competitors, bashing shot after shot, each point …

What is our message?

August 28, 2013

In the midst of the information age and the advent of 21st Century technologies, we are literally bombarded with messages on a …

I’m a huge sports fan!  The Florida Gators and New York Yankees are my two favorite teams.  Now you’re probably not a …

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to …

Evangelism is a process, not an event! Paradoxically, “the process” is made up of separate events which God uses in an individual’s …

Shall we begin?

May 30, 2013

I like physical training.  I’ve been working out since my youth.  But to be honest, I also like when a workout is …

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