Shoe Salesman for Jesus

I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ. (Philemon 6)

Never underestimate the impact of sharing your faith. One little conversation can change the world. Literally.

Let me tell you a story . . .

In the 1800s, a humble Sunday school teacher named Ed Kimball helped lots of people get to know Jesus. Ever hear of him? Probably not.

One of those people was a disgruntled teenager named Dwight Moody. Moody’s antics made him seem like a long shot to ever become a Christian. But Kimball never gave up.

One day, Kimball felt led to visit Moody at the shoe store where he worked. The plain-spoken Kimball kept it simple. He asked Moody “to come to Christ, who loved him and who wanted his love and should have it.” Deeply moved, Moody decided to give his heart to Christ right there on the spot.

Moody turned that little shoe store into his own personal mission field, sharing his new faith with anyone who would listen. He went on to become the greatest evangelist of his generation, preaching to crowds as large as 20,000.

But that’s not the end of the story.

A young man named Fred Meyer once saw Moody preach. He was so moved that he decided to launch his own outreach ministry. He preached at colleges all over the country and helped lead many to Christ.

A man named Wilbur Chapman came to one of Meyer’s rallies and gave his heart to Jesus. Chapman got involved in the YMCA and mentored a former pro baseball player named Billy Sunday. Sunday, too, went on to become a great evangelist.

Chapman arranged for Sunday to preach at a revival in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was such a huge success that they decided to have a second one, inviting another well known evangelist named Mordecai Ham to preach.

As Ham spoke, a young man named Billy came forward to give his life to Jesus. That young man’s last name? Graham. Ever hear of him?

And all because a Sunday school teacher took the time to visit a shoe store.

SHARE YOUR FAITH

Top Ten Verses: #4

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains (and apparently a lot of time on their hands) who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Meditate on it. Memorize it. Live it.

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
(Matthew 28:19)

Live Life to the Fullest

I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10)

I’d like to share an amazing essay written by a twelve-year-old girl named Brooke Bronkowski . . .

SINCE I HAVE MY LIFE BEFORE ME

I’ll live my life to the fullest. I’ll be happy. I’ll brighten up. I will be more joyful than I have ever been. I will be kind to others. I will loosen up. I will tell others about Christ. I will go on adventures and change the world. I will be bold and not change who I really am. I will have no troubles but instead help others with their troubles.

You see, I’ll be one of those people who live to be history makers at a young age. Oh, I’ll have moments, good and bad, but I’ll wipe away the bad and only remember the good. In fact that’s all I remember, just good moments, nothing in between, just living my life to the fullest. I’ll be one of those people who go somewhere with a mission, an awesome plan, a world-changing plan, and nothing will hold me back. I’ll set an example for others, I will pray for direction.

I have my life before me. I will give others the joy I have and God will give me more joy. I will do everything God tells me to do. I will follow the footsteps of God. I will do my best!!!

Brooke didn’t just write these words — she lived them. She started a Bible study with her friends at school and spent all her babysitting money on Bibles to give away to others.

Two years later, when she was just a freshman in high school, Brooke was killed in a car accident while driving to the movies. But that’s not the end of the story. Far from it. In the words of her pastor, Francis Chan:

Nearly fifteen hundred people attended Brooke’s memorial service. People from her public high school read poems she had written about her love for God. Everyone spoke of her example and her joy.

I shared the gospel and invited those who wanted to know Jesus to come up and give their lives to Him. There must have been at least two hundred students on their knees at the front of the church praying for salvation. Ushers gave a Bible to each of them. They were Bibles that Brooke had kept in her garage, hoping to give out to all of her unsaved friends.

In one day, Brooke led more people to the Lord than most ever will.

Life is precious. Don’t waste a second.

LIVE YOUR LIFE FOR GOD

Top Ten Bible Verses: #8

We’re counting down the top ten Bible verses of all time, based on an exhaustive study conducted by research scientists with very large brains who determined how often each verse appears in print.

Here’s this week’s verse. Read it. Think about it. Memorize it. Chew on it. Marinate in it.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

Before the disciples received power from the Holy Spirit, they were basically a bunch of terrified nincompoops. They all scattered when Jesus got arrested. One was so scared that he jumped right out of his clothes and fled naked. Even Peter denied knowing Jesus. They ended up huddled together and confused, wondering what to do next.

But then the Holy Spirit came and fired them up. Literally. Tongues of flame descended on them to let them know that God was with them. Fueled by the Holy Spirit, they were transformed from nincompoops to champions for God who were willing to die for what they believed in.

We have the same power available to us. The power that created life. The power that overcame death. Holy Spirit power.

GET FIRED UP