Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry



Great Post, Follow Me Too!

How many of us get a comment like that on our blogs? Some blogger who we have never seen pops by, says nothing much really, but only this: 

Nice Blog! Follow me too! 

That’s irritating, right? In fact, I am pretty sure I read somewhere that this violates the “rules” of blogging etiquette. Obviously, that is a person simply fishing for followers. Rude, I say! In fact, I want to report those guys to the Emily Post blogging etiquette helpline.

But, wait, there’s more!

What do we do most times with those guys? For the most part, we probably ignore them, as if they never spoke. We might even give them short, “thanks,” THEN ignore them. On a bad day, we might even point out their rudeness. After all, pointing out rudeness by being rude is the national sport these days.

We all want readers, likes and follows. Admit it, you do too! Especially Christian bloggers, because we all know that success in the Kingdom of God is measured by butts in the pews so to speak; obviously we don’t get butts in pews on WordPress, but followers and likes are the next best thing.

Friends, allow me to tell you what I do with those guys. I follow them, each and every one. I don’t care if you write about underwater basket weaving. I don’t care if you write really lame poetry(and oh so many do.) I don’t even care if you write about the joys of smoking weed. I. Just. Don’t. Care. Come by, say hi, follow me…and most likely I will do the same in return. Then, I will probably read your lame poetry and even your latest experience in mind-altering drugs. I might even say a word or two. Of course, I don’t have much to offer on your blog about underwater basket weaving, but I can at least say howdy every now and then.

Huh? You say? Why on earth would you read such junk?” 

Let me ask you this if you have a church you call home. If a stranger wanders in the door and says, “Hey nice place,” what do we do? I hope we don’t jump right into how jacked up their lives are, and offer them a church covenant and direct deposit offering form to fill out. No, I sure hope not. I hope we might bring them in, offer them our seat and extend a hand of fellowship. I hope we might even check in with them later, and see how they are doing. Maybe offer a kind word, even when they are doing stuff like smoking weed. I hope we won’t rail against their shortcomings, and I hope we won’t tell them their poetry sucks.

Friends, I love you all, and the fellowship with other Christian bloggers is sweet for sure. We are commanded to extend the hand of fellowship to the brethren, and to support and edify one another. Yet, there is something else we are called to do.

Matthew 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Another thing to remember:

Mark 2:17  When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Friends, let’s get out there and do some reading on underwater basket weaving!

Just a Thought

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Finding common ground with our audience never means watering down the Gospel message

Daily Devotion-June 23, 2015-Revival Is Not Evangelism

Psalm 85:6

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?

Many differing thoughts exist as to what a revival within a church consist of. For many, if not most of us, revival is simply an event; it is something we attend or go to see. Many of us head out to revival, with some hope that, “Gosh, i sure hope somebody gets saved at revival.” I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but that is not what revival is for!

Don’t miss understand me at all; if a person comes to a revival and gets saved, that is wonderful. Just as it is wonderful if they get saved on a regular Sunday morning, Sunday night, in their fishing boat, on the golf course, or any other place where God chooses to reach out to a lost person and convert them. The salvation of a lost soul should always be a cause for great and joyful celebration by the saved themselves; however, the salvation of lost souls is not the purpose of a revival.

Let’s look at the word itself. Re simply means “again,” while vive simply means “life.” So, what we see here is the revival literally means “life again.”  It doesn’t mean new life, or the birth of life; it means the restoring of life that already exists.

Here are some other passages that seem to express the sentiment here.

Psalm 85:6 Wilt thou not revive us again: that THY PEOPLE may rejoice in thee?

Habakkuk 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive THY WORK in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If MY PEOPLE, who are called by My name……

His people…His work. Revival, then is not primarily an effort to give life to those who do not have it. It is primarily an effort to bring back to life those who already have it!

I’m going to try something I think. We commonly greet our visiting preacher with something along the lines of, “Thanks so much for coming to be our evangelist.”

I wonder what would happen if somebody said, “Thanks so much for coming to be our revivalist?”

Next: Is there a relationship between revival and evangelism?

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