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Devotional 07/16/2017

by Terry Trainor on 07/16/17

We have been simplifying our lives the last several years. I no longer change oil in our vehicles, for instance. We now buy horseradish instead of making it, which is a HORRID job. The last time I made any, It came to me that evangelism is like horseradish: people praise it with tears in their eyes. 
There are other word associations we could make with the concept of evangelism. For some people, evangelism is an evangelical mugging mission, where we go into a phone booth, come out with a big red “S” on our chest and fly into someone elses neighborhood to win it for Christ. 
For others, it's some kind of evangelical ambush where we lure the honest, unsuspecting victim to some type of an event, lock the doors, and sing twenty-two verses of "Just as I Am”, giving them the impression that they cannot escape without walking that aisle!
Some people think of evangelism as a bombing mission where, from protective cloud cover at 30,000 feet, we blanket an area with tracts.
For others, evangelism is herding fish into the stained glass aquarium where the big fisherman throws the lure from the pulpit. 
So much for OUR ideas – what does GOD say about it?

Matthew 28:19 (KJV);
"Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:"

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (KJV);
"For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you."

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