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I have been woefully absent from blogging for a long time. In the midst of life adjustments I forgot about blogging, but I think I’m back. And I have also moved.

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I am not a “soul winner” – I am a Ambassador for Christ.

“While we must always remember that it is our responsibility to proclaim salvation, we must never forget that it is God who saves. It is God who brings men and women under the sound of the gospel, and it is God who brings them to faith in Christ. Our evangelistic work is the instrument that He uses for this purpose, but the power that saves is not in the instrument: it is in the hand of the One who uses the instrument.” P.27 from “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by J.I. Packer

James MacDonald posted on Friday a very worthwhile read on how the gospel is being distorted in our day.

Go read it for yourself!

-jeff

Today was the first day of The Gospel Coalition conference and it was great. I was very surprised to see so many people, they say over 3,500 in attendance. I arrived into Chicago very safe and a quite boring trip which was good, because I needed sleep. Having to take a red-eye trip meant that I needed to pray that the Lord would keep me alert for all of the sessions.

I registered at the convention center and toured the annex full of books – even some free ones (9 books thus far-will post what they are soon). I came back to the hotel and the staff here graciously had a room ready for me. What a blessing it was to shower and relax before the start of the conference.

The first session (and I’ll be brief with these) was Tim Keller. His passage was in Acts 19:23-41, concerning the challenge of believers taking on the idols of our time. It was a excellent sermon that dove head first into (1) Discerning idols of those you minister to, (2) Exposing the idols to those you minister to, and (3) Destroying the idols to those you minister to. “Paul always took on and challenged the idols of the culture. We need to discern and expose idols – then destroy them.” Keller had so many apt words for ministry today.

For us planning and praying about our future ministry in Sweden, this hit home very hard. How very important it is to know, study and learn the culture that we will be going into. But at the same time being able to discern where the idols are in Swedish life, some of which may be very similar to the American life, but to expose them. His section on exposing idols was very convicting. What are your personal idols? Money – Romance/Love – Children?? Aren’t we all guilty here… What are your Religious idols? Truths – Gifts? Are we resting in the work of Christ for salvation or my doctrinal pride. What about cultural idols? Enlightenment, human reasoning, science or technology. HG Wells once said (and forgive my horrible paraphrasing) that once we remove religion, then we would have peace in our world and things would be better. He had put all of his hope into man’s ability.

His final charge was that we needed to remove or destroy the idols and this can only be done through the power of God and His word. He also said, “When idols are opposed it is very dangerous. These idols are controlled by the powers of darkness.” Whatever the idol is that we are faced with in our ministry here on earth we need to rely on the Word of God to break the footholds that it has created. God has called us to serve Him in Sweden. We will be faced will all sorts of new idols, some of which we won’t properly understand with prayer and study of the Word. But one of our missions is clear, we are to confront those idols. But this ministry is not only in the future for us, but in the present right now! May I be fully aware of the idols in my life and those that I share Christ with!

-jeff

PS – Here is the audio link! Enjoy!

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