Prayer Fodder

I watched this little 3 minute video by David Platt on the importance of prayer.  Hope it encourages you in your vital role in praying for God’s kind work amongst all peoples!

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The 3-Circle Life Conservation Training Video

At Sunday’s night’s prayer meeting I demonstrated how to use the 3-Circle Life Conservation to make a Gospel presentation.  Here’s a link to a more in-depth training video that will help you more effectively share the Gospel.

https://vimeo.com/97258323

There will also be a 3-Circle Conversation training this weekend (Saturday, Nov 11th) at Southeastern Seminary here in Wake Forest for anyone interested in learning more about how to effectively witness and disciple using the 3-Circles Conversation tool.  Follow this link to learn more details about the training:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gospel-conversations-training-tickets-39249647753

I’m praying for the opportunities the Lord is going to provide us all to share our faith in the coming weeks.

Blessings,

Rob Craig

NW’s Roots!

This past Sunday, Oct 22nd, I spoke on the Protestant Reformation in our morning services. I recommended this resource to our congregation — “Freedom Movement” by Michael Reeves. It is a delightful, short, free read (as a pdf) that you can download from this site:

In addition, you might also want to check out these helpful resources on our Protestant roots as well:

These are little 5 minute videos on church history.  October has been focusing on Martin Luther:

And this is a very helpful summary of the 5 solas by Tim Chester:

The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The month of October marks the 500th anniversary of a key event that effectively launched the Protestant Reformation.  Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Catholic church in Wittenburg, Germany on October, 31, 1517.  If you’d like to meet some of the leaders of that movement and hear their stories (you can actually listen to these articles read aloud!), Desiring God ministries has put together 31 very brief biographies of key reformers who have shaped our faith and our world.
You can read (or listen) to them here:
Enjoy!

Why Does God Allow Tragedy and Suffering?

With the latest tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas come many questions, some our own and some from our friends.  I ran across this helpful article by pastor and author Lee Strobel that may be of help to you or to those you are engaging who are trying to make sense out of such great sorrow in our world alongside the presence of a good God.

Be steadfast.  We are right to trust in the greater goodness of God even when the world seems to have gone mad all around us.

Ps. 23.4

Larry

Loving God and Neighbor on Tragic Days

I still remember where I was and what I was doing on that morning 16 years ago today. As my co-workers and I gathered around a television to see what was going on, we watched with a mix of confusion and horror as the second tower of the World Trade Center crumbled to the ground. The moments after that were a fog of bewilderment as we tried to make sense of what we were seeing. May we not forget that there are many today still trying to make sense of the events surrounding 9/11.

No matter the tragedy, trying to make sense of tragedy is elusive. Even though difficult, we are called to love God and love neighbor everyday, even on tragic days.

Here are a four thoughts on dealing with tragedy from a missiological perspective:

We live in a broken world ruled by the enemy. It is easy to forget this fact, but our hope is not in this world, but in one to come. One day there will be no more tears, natural disasters, wars, or loss. King Jesus is coming again to restore the heavens and the earth. Until that day, we need to be aware and live accordingly. We have a responsibility and opportunity to minister compassionately to those around us as they deal with the implications and impact from tragedy in our broken world. Let us #neverforget tragedies like 9/11, but let us also #neverforget that the way we respond in the face of tragedy tells us where our hope lies.

While the people involved in perpetrating evils like 9/11 deserve to be brought to justice, they also deserve our prayers and compassion. Justice and prayer can and should go together. One of the most difficult things to do is to forgive someone who has wronged you. Now, multiply that a hundredfold in times of national tragedy. However, as Jesus followers, we are called to seek justice and love mercy. When faced with tragedy, we have an opportunity to face it with a global mindset and pray for those who wrong you, your neighbors, or your nation.

People perpetuate evil, not entire peoples or cultures. It is hard to call tragedy a mix of good and evil. Psychologists term this an underdeveloped “good-bad” split. In other words, when something bad happens, the tendency is to deny any good. And, when something good happens, the tendency is to deny any bad. Oftentimes, the response to an underdeveloped good-bad split is to attack and judge the other person or thing. The world might seem simpler if everything is either all good or bad, but it’s a bland and cynical world.

In 9/11 we saw a face of terror and Islam that was repulsive and evil. We shouldn’t be surprised by lost people doing evil things because the Bible describes lost people as blinded (2 Cor 4:4), enslaved (Titus 3:3), and dead (Eph 2:1). However, this does not mean that all Muslims or Middle Eastern peoples are terrorists and evil. They, like all peoples and cultures, are a mix of good and bad.

Let’s not take today for granted or assume tomorrow. James 4 reminds us that our lives are but vapors. Not an encouraging thought, but a true statement. Therefore, we need to live our lives with the mindset of Martin Luther, “There are two days in my calendar, this day and that Day.”  Live today in light of eternity. Love your family well, take opportunities to share the gospel, and remember that life is more than tragedy because tragedy does not have the final word.

Hurricane Harvey – How to Help

We have just witnessed what might become the worst natural disaster in American history in Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of parts of Texas and surrounding states. Rescue efforts continue as flooding has destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced the families that live in them. We live in an era where we can learn so much about the far away disaster and yet feel so helpless to offer relief. Here are a few ways to support those who are hurting and those who are helping.

Give

Southern Baptist relief was on its way before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. The North American Mission Board (NAMB) has sent supplies to the hardest hit areas. To add financial support to NAMB’s work visit:

You’ll find a secure place to give on that page.

At the state level, North Carolina Baptists on Mission (NCBM) has mobilized their mobile kitchens, shower units, laundry units, bunk units, generators and will be providing 30,000 meals a day to feed those affected by Harvey. If you’d like to support the  NCBM work you can make a contribution. Please make your checks payable to …

  • N.C. Baptist Men/Baptists On Mission
  • Designated for Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief

Mail to … 

NCBM, Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
P.O. Box 1107
Cary, NC 27512

You can also give online towards this work at …

http://baptistsonmission.org/Missions/By-Type/Disaster-Relief/Hurricane-Harvey/Donations

Go

Volunteers will be needed to help. If you’re interested in going to Texas to help with the relief work, you can visit www.baptistsonmission.org/hurricaneharvey to learn more about the needs and sign up to volunteer.

Pray

This is not the last option, but rather an important, necessary option. Take some time to pray for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by this storm. Pray for all those who have volunteered to go and serve. Pray for their safety as they minister and witness in these hard hit areas. Pray for the witness of ALL the churches in those affected areas; pray that in this darkest hour of human pain, that God’s love would shine forth to all those who are hurting. Your prayers matter. As you pray, ask the Lord to show you how you might respond. I’m sure that He will show you and prompt you for how you might help.

If you have other ideas for how the Church might respond and help with the relief effort, please email or call me at robc@northwake.com or 919-556-1546 (ext. 506).

For the Lord,
Rob Craig