Episode #77 – Christmas Eve 2003, Host John Matarazzo and Mark Cornacchione were part of a team that spent 6 weeks ministering in Israel from mid-December to the end of January. God gave them an opportunity of a lifetime… to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem, on Christmas Eve. Mark and John reminisce about the life-changing events from that mission trip.
Just as gossip ceases to exist when people stop sharing it, so does the gospel. It becomes useless; having no effect in bringing people into salvation.
That day of rest will come for Job and for anyone who has been in a battle for a long time.
Day 238 of Bible Reading Plan – Driving under the influence will likely get one to lose their license. And living under the influence of the devil might get you to lose your life. Rather than merely being influenced by the world, God is calling us to be influencers with the Gospel, the most powerful message in the world that changes hearts and minds.
We are proud. We are selfish. We are messed up. This reality has been true, is true, and always will be true at some level until there is a new heaven and a new earth.
Honestly, the best way to carry the Good News is with empty hands. Our job is simply to drop the baggage and come empty-handed before the Lord.
Often we can mistakenly think something is wrong with us, or that we are depressed or just burdened.
They suspected the truth of the Teacher. They feared that the Deliverer would not deliver this time.
The commission to “go” never required perfection on the part of those being sent. It simply required the boldness to be obedient.
Not only is the gospel a story, but it’s a good story. Good stories have many layers to them, and the gospel is no different.
“Rabbi!” I said. Tears of a different kind now began pouring out. There were no more questions. No more confusion. Jesus was here.
Then new life begins to build. Suddenly, that dead person has become alive as never before.
Our culture proclaims, “You only save yourself,” but box-office statistics and God-spoken Scripture tell us otherwise. Despite our best efforts, we need a Savior.