Speaking to God and Others part two

Read Part one here.
colossians

Colossians 4:2-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Part one of this article covered verses verses 2-4 and some of five.

Col.4:5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time
I have already covered a note book to help you keep track of all your witnessing opportunities and prayer request. Acting wisely and making the most of your time is learning to recognize that some people are not willing to listen to the best defenses of Christianity. At some point during many witnessing opportunities it seems as if nothing you can say will even make that person more friendly toward Christianity, much less become a Christian. You don’t have to keep struggling with them. Matthew 7:6 says as much. “Matthew 7:6 (HCSB)
6 Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.” When you feel that they are making a real effort to turn everything you say into a club to use against you, you are free to graciously back out of the conversation. If you are so inclined you can also ask them that if you could convince them that Christianity is true, would they become a Christian, If they say no, then it isn’t a problem that reasoning with them can solve. It could be that they have a sin in their life that they are not willing to let go of, it could be an issue with a severe trauma that they have faced, or it could mean a misunderstanding about Church and God. If you can help them in the future with this issue you should, but if the conversation has gotten to that point both people might need to calm down a bit, so back out gracefully, pray for them, and try to find appropriate answers for whatever issues they have.

It is also a good idea to give them your e-mail address or Christian website URL in case they want to follow up on your conversation.

Salt isn’t just for seasoning food to make it taste better, before the advent of refrigeration salt was used as a preservative to keep meat from going bad. Your words to non-Christians should whenever possible have the same effect.
Without changing the Gospel itself make it taste as good as possible, in an effort to keep the person’s spiritual life from going bad.
While parts of the Gospel do sting, and we can not take all that sting away, we can minimize some of it’s sting. For example to just point blank telling a person that they are going to Hell, will sting a lot more than telling a person that all people have sinned, including yourself and deserve justice, but God loves us enough that he was willing to take the punishment for us, if we are willing to accept his free gift with gratitude. It is the same message with grace, wisdom, and seasoned in a way that the truth will be more palatable to non-Christians thrown in.

Speaking to God and Others

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Colossians 4:2-6 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

2 Devote yourselves to prayer; stay alert in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison, 4 so that I may reveal it as I am required to speak. 5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Col.4:2 Devote yourselves in prayer

You can not pray too much, while it is often impossible to close your eyes and bow your head, you can always say a word or two to God. This is especially important if you are about to talk to someone who is not a Christian. While ultimately it is up to God to save souls, he wants to work through us to accomplish this in the people who will ultimately be saved. We can’t do it alone, we need to talk to God about it so he can guide our speech, to keep us calm when the situation gets heated, and guide us to the right things to say when we have forgotten the proper response.  Being thankful to God is always important, not only does God enjoy and deserve praise, but it gets us in a mindset that we become more likeable people. If you act like you were weaned on a pickle people will be uninterested in following the lead of a bitter person, praising God helps prevent that.

Col. 4:3 3 At the same time, pray also for us that God may open a door to us for the message, to speak the mystery of the Messiah, for which I am in prison,

While ultimately the “us” in this passage was written by Paul, but mostly about Silas and Timothy I believe that a principle can be applied that we should include in our prayers for ourselves, and our Christian leaders a request that God will give us opportunities  to speak about Christ, and if need be suffer for his words. Suffering for any cause now days is something that most think should be avoided but as exercise makes us grow as people physically, suffering gives us strength in other ways. It, of course, isn’t pleasant, but God can turn it for your good.

5 Act wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. 6 Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.

Acting wisely begins even before you come across people who have questions about Christianity, or non-Christians.  If you don’t have answers for many of the questions that you know others have about Christianity, you won’t know how to answer each person, so studying the word of God, and the words of those write about Christian issues is a wise thing to do, but you should do this knowing that no one but Christ knows all the answers. Pick an area or two that you can absorb yourself in, and learn the names of resources that know the answers to things that you don’t specialize in.  That way when you come across questions that you can’t answer you can promise to get back to them with an answer.
It is also wise to keep a notebook on you (a phone app will suffice) You can write down questions that you need to research, contact info of the people who asked you those questions, and random things that you thought of during the day that might play an important part in your Christian walk, that you may need to remember later.
We often tell ourselves we will remember, but often we don’t WRITE IT DOWN!
Prayer request can be kept in your portable notebook as well.

Read more in part two

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.18

Breaking Bread With Natasha

Scripture

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

John 1:16 NLT

Reflection

God favored me, in spite of my enemies. Our blessings keep coming in andas we free ourselvesfrom guilt and shame, and realize that God has ALREADY forgiven us for our sins then we will clearly see the numerous blessings flowing in.

If we spend our time self-inflicting pain and punishing ourselves;
putting the stakes in our hands and feet, whipping ourselves…we
overlook the gifts God has for us. Stop thinking you know God’s Mind and focus on loving Him and doing good towards His children and yourself.

Prayer

Father, I choose to receive Your grace today, as You empower, guide and teach me. I release my guilt and condemnation, and receive Your love and forgiveness. Wash me clean and warm my heart that I may guiltlessly open my arms to receive…

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Adam LaRoche and The Exodus Road


Christian Major League baseball player Adam LaRoche

I am not a sports fan, but I am a fan of Adam LaRoche!  In 2016 he walked away from a baseball career that had guaranteed him 13 Million dollars just that year alone!
Everyone thought that we walked away because he was no longer going to be allowed to take his son to the clubhouse every day. That may have been part of the reason, but his real reason was much deeper than that.
It seems that during his break he participated in a life changing experience.
He had been undercover in Southeast Asia to fight child sex slavery. For ten days he endured the underbelly of the underworld to help children trapped in the clutches of unspeakable evil.  Many of these girls were the same age as his son. When he came back to America to play a game after what he had seen didn’t set right with him.  It’s no wonder that he felt he needed to spend more time with his son.

We can’t all do things as world changing as shut down sex traffickers, most of us can do more for Christ.

If you can please help The Exodus Road there are many more children around the world that need to be rescued from this vile trade!

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, rules the world.

Sport, motherhood and active lifestyle concept - side view of young mother doing yoga with toddler baby at home. Squatting exercise.
I have been listening to a woman trying to convince a man about men’s privilege. While there are some disparities woman were not half as powerless as feminist make us sound. The woman, for the most part, did do the child raising. Creating the next generation, and training both boys and girls on how they should behave. We get to teach them how to treat a woman, morality in general, responsibility.. We help shape the culture when we raise a child. That is power!
These men that feminist talk about with such disdain were trained by woman. We shape young minds so we can enable them to be the future.

Yes, we were held back, but not because all men are louses like we are told.
In the past, there were no refrigerators, frozen food, very few restaurants if, to eat you would have to grow and raise your own food, and harvest it on a daily basis during harvest season, and preserve it so you could have food to eat in the winter. You didn’t just get to turn on your stove and start cooking, you had to gather wood to start a fire in your stove. During most of history, you even had to go outside with a bucket to go get water. It was a very time-consuming task, you also in most cases could not buy a new outfit, you bought cloth and made your clothes by hand. Someone simply had to stay home all day. It wasn’t about men being mean.
Why was it always woman? Biology. Reliable birth control hasn’t always been available, and marriage throughout most of history was about one thing raising the next generation. Married woman were almost always pregnant. There were not a lot of desk jobs available in the past. Most jobs were very dangerous. People did not want woman who were, or could easily get pregnant working in coal mines, chopping down huge trees or anything that could get them killed. Even most feminist today would not want a pregnant police officer working in a dangerous area of town today. She gets stuck with some sort of desk job.
There was also no store-bought formula, nor were refrigerators able to store breast milk in children needed their mother around all day long if they were going to eat. If someone was going to leave the home to find work, it had to be the man.

Never underestimate the power of nagging. Women wanted prohibition, they got it even though the men did not want it.

Why are there so few woman in Stem jobs? For the same reason, there is a shortage of men teaching Elementary schools. As unpopular as this idea is, men and woman are different. Men are better at doing things like working on oil rigs, woman are better at jobs that require diplomacy, and empathy. There are exceptions to every generality but in most cases girls like dolls, and boys like trucks. You give a boy a doll, and it will end up in the bottom of his toy box or riding in the back of his truck. Give a girl a truck, and she will tuck it in at night.

So feminist, suck it up! You are not victims, you are survivors!