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Forgiveness Has A Name

ForgivenessSmallIn chatting with an old friend recently (I actually hadn’t seen him in decades), I was reminded that when faced with our morality, we often have questions. Some of these questions revolve around, “What about all the ungodly stuff I did that was so horrible I can’t even talk about it?” We seem to expect judgment to come as we would normally conceive justice today. However, God has made provision for our judgment as well as the pardoning of our due sentence.

If you are like any normal person, there were seasons of your life that were times of learning and experimenting. Oftentimes, those times of learning and experimenting happened when you lacked a vibrant relationship with Christ—even if you grew up in the church. During these seasons of unchristian behavior, our culture, media, or friends that we associated with at the time usually influenced us. As we endeavor to walk with Christ after these seasons of unsavory or embarrassing actions, we are often reminded of our blemished past. So what are we to do?

Reading and reminding ourselves of God’s word is the key to answering our questions. The Scriptures tell us in Romans 8:1, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” So if the enemy of your soul is trying to beat you down, you must realize that is not from God. We are also told in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That does not mean confess them to everybody, but confess them to God and ask for His forgiveness.

God will forgive and cleanse us of our sins if we are truly sincere—no matter what the sin. We just have to give every sin and every person affected by our actions to Christ; and ask for his forgiveness. Jesus Christ has purchased our forgiveness for every sin through his atoning sacrifice on the cross. As Romans 5:8 states, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Forgiveness has a name and it’s Jesus Christ. He offers forgiveness to every person who trusts in Him. Today I hope you will.

God’s best!
Marshall

Dr. Windsor is founder and president of Windsor Evangelistic Ministries, Inc. A registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. 

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October 18, 2017 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , | Leave a comment

Evangelist Resources To Strengthen Your Ministry.

Some of the books below will help your theology about evangelism, while others will help Readingbooksmalllead you step-by-step as you begin an evangelistic ministry. Whether you are called to full time evangelistic ministry, or feel compelled to share your faith in your local community, you’ll find some wonderful coaches and mentors in the books below. I pray that the Holy Spirit would guide you as you step out with the greatest message ever told.

For Him,
Marshall M. Windsor, DMin.

Allison, Lon, and Mark Anderson. Going Public with the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell, 2002.

Davis, James O. The Pastor’s Best Friend: The New Testament Evangelist. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1997.

Graham, Billy. A Biblical Standard for Evangelists. Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1984.

Graham, Billy Evangelistic Association. The Mission of An Evangelist: Amsterdam 2000. Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications, 2001.

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People. 3rd ed. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

Mittelberg, Mark. Choosing Your Faith in a World of Spiritual Options. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2008.

Palau, Luis, and Timothy Robnett. Telling the Story: Evangelism for the Next Generation. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2006.

Pippert, Rebecca Manley. Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1979.

Streett, L. Alan. The Effective Invitation. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984.

Sjogren, Steve. Conspiracy of Kindness: A Unique Approach to Sharing the Love of Jesus. 3rd ed. Ventura, CA: Regal, 2007.

Windsor, Marshall M. Becoming A Spirit-Empowered Evangelist. Rolla, MO: Chalfant-Eckert Publishing, 2016.

March 8, 2017 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Outreach – Celebrate The Little Things!

celebrate_smallI recently had the privilege of helping a church with some outreach events. The schedule included a time of encouraging those participating in the outreach (about a dozen) on Friday evening, a breakfast and teaching session Saturday morning, followed by our outreach event. This was the first time that this church had conducted an outreach like this so everyone was wondering how it would turn out (would anyone actually come to the event?!).

First of all, I was so encouraged by the number of folks coming together to help with the outreach! Having a dozen-plus folks show up for outreach in a smaller community is huge. The event was held in the church parking lot and included free hot dogs (cooked onsite) with all the fixings, chips and drinks; as well as some prize drawing giveaways—all while the church’s worship team played and testimonies were shared. The outreach schedule started at 11 a.m. and began wrapping up at 2:30 p.m.

Initially, the pastor wasn’t too excited about this first time event. But, I brought several things to his attention. First, the community was more aware than ever that a church existed in their community that cared enough to offer some hospitality to their neighbors. Second, approximately seventy (70) visitors wandered through the festivities, which was great for a first-time event like this! Third, consistent events pay off. Don’t make pass or fail judgments on the turnout of one event. Word will spread and the community just may begin looking forward to a church’s annual event if it’s done with excellence in the right spirit of ministry.

The pastor agreed that this would be something worth continuing and that the event was as good for the church family as it was for the community. As a matter of fact, at one point the pastor stated, “If this outreach was for nobody else, it was for us.” That’s one of the paradigms of working with God and obeying the Great Commission: when we are obedient to take the gospel to our communities, God actually does a work in us and in our church family as well. How ironic, that we truly receive something new and refreshing from the Lord when we work to give away that which we already have—the hope of Christ. So celebrate the little things and watch them grow!

December 25, 2016 Posted by | Devotions, Outreach | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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