Friday, June 24, 2011

I'm Adopted.

This is the song (well, notes on this song) me and my dad sang as a special at church on Fathers' Day.
If we are truly Christians, we are adopted, we become a child of the King!
God is our Father and He owns everything (wow!). He walks beside us. He's our very best friend. We'll never be lonely again.
We're adopted, hallelujah! We've got a new song. We finally belong!
We have a brand new family overflowing with love.
We're children of the Father above.
God, our heavenly Father, chose us to be His children.
He loves us so much.
He will be with us wherever we go. We should never worry because we have join royalty (God gives us protection).
We are members of the King's family.
"I'm adopted, hallelujah! I've got a new song. I'm adopted, hallelujah! I fin'ly belong. I've got a brand new family overflowing with love. I'm a child of my Father above."

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Fathers' Day!

Happy Fathers' Day to all fathers!
I just want to thank the Lord for giving me such an awesome dad! Well, an awesome mom too☻
I love how my dad is very kind, loving, caring, friendly, and most of all he loves the Lord and he always tries to share the Gospel with everyone. Please view his blog, Ministry Journals, to read about his ministry in Tagaytay.
What did you get your dad today?
I painted this painting for my dad, made him an eBook through Publisher, and sang a special with him at church.
Do you want to know what would be a better gift than all of those?
If your dad or family aren't saved, witness to them while you still can!
And let's try to obey our parents and our authorities.
Let's bring joy to our earthly fathers and our only heavenly Father!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Spread the Message!

This summer I planned a Tract Contest with my 2 friends. We planned to see how many tracts we could give out the whole summer and whoever hands out the most gets the prizes that we put in. My goal was to give out 5 tracts because I'm kind of shy around strangers but guess what? I've passed that goal! Every week when my family goes to the grocery store, I try to hand at least one to the cash register person. All I say is, "This is for you.", smile when they take it, and say thank you. So far nobody has turned me down, but if someone does in the future, I'll just say thank you and maybe try to give them the tract another time. A better way to give out tracts is to ask them if you can give it to them, "May I please give this to you?" And then when they take it, you can summarize and explain the message. Make sure to read the tract before you hand it out so when they ask you what something means you can explain it! I hope you'll try handing out tracts this summer! Make it a contest if you have to. You can give out tracts anywhere; at the cash register/counter, library, at food sample booths, fellowships, parties, amusement parks, gasoline stations, rest areas, and other places. You can get tracts from your church or you can make one yourself. Just remember, Spread the Message!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

A Passion for Thee

-notes on A Passion for Thee from the Wild Music
Let's ask God to set our hearts only on our Father. Let's ask Him to give us hunger and thirst for His word and presence. We should want to keep our focus on loving Him wholly. Let Him turn our hearts after Him. We should have a passion for Him. Ask Him to set a fire in our souls, a burning passion to follow Him. God can hear our prayers and He can use His powers to answer them. We shouldn't just serve Him, but we should also love Him with all of our hearts. We should be filled with the Spirit, and not quench and reject Him. Let's ask God to use us in any way in His ministry. Every motive we have should be based on our love for Christ and not ourselves. We should submit ourselves to Him with humility and not with selfishness. He should be our joy and our soul's desire.
"A passion for Thee; O Lord, set a fire in my soul, and a thirst for my God. Hear Thou my prayer, Lord, Thy power impart. Not just to serve, but to love Thee with all of my heart."

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Do we have a responsibility to witness?

-devotion from Top Priority Manna
Do we have a responsibility to witness?
Ezekiel 33:1-9
It says there in verses 7-9 that we are like watchmen who need to warn others about danger. If there was an enemy charging towards our town and we didn't warn the people and they died, it would be our sin and fault. But if we blew our trumpets and told them and they didn't clear the village, it would be their loss. The danger is really dying and going to hell. If someone dies and doesn't go to heaven, it's our fault for not warning and witnessing to them. But if we warned them and they continued to sin, it's their iniquity.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

God Hears My Prayer

When we bow our knees, and come to the Lord in prayer, we should realize His love and mercy and cast all our burden and care upon Him. He will surround us with His loving arms and He will take and wipe our fears and tears away. God hears our prayer when we come to Him in the darkest hour. He hears us when we bring to Him our needs. He'll lift us up. He'll give us grace in time of trouble. God hears our prayer and He will surely answer us. We need to be in humble submission, with all our sins confessed for Him to give us forgiveness. We should feel great adoration for Him. It's amazing that God delights and loves us even though we're all sinners! "God hears my prayer, when I come to Him in my darkest hour. God hears my prayer, when I bring to Him my need. He'll lift me up, and He'll give me grace in trouble. God hears my prayer, He will surely answer me."
-notes on God Hears My Prayer from the Wilds Music

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Changes has been made to Joy of Her Father! I will be changing it seasonally. Some of the text may be mismatched so I'm sorry! I will try to change them. I hope you will enjoy this blog and keep loving the Lord! Thank you!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

How to Win a Soul to Christ

How to Win a Soul to Christ by Ed Nelson, Published by the Gospel Fellowship Association

Plan Your Soul winning
1. Approach the individual.
2. Deal with the individual, using outline you have developed.
3. Offer the person the opportunity to accept Christ.
4. Pray with the person.
5 Help the person with verses of assurance.

I. The Approach
This is a very important part of soul winning. You will develop the proper approach as you have experience in dealing with souls. Most Christians are so concerned about the approach that they fail to really deal with the person. Remember, the approach is simply to open the way so you can begin to talk with the person about his soul. The approach varies with the situation. Always plan to use your approach to bring the person to begin talking about spiritual things. Generally a good approach is to ask the person, "If you were to die, where would you go?"

II. Dealing With the Individual
A. Develop an Outline
Every successful soul winner has developed an outline and a plan in leading a soul to Christ. He follows that outline again and again, seldom deviating from it. Good soul winners use thousands of time the outline they have developed.
B. Rules for the Outline
1. Make it your outline.
2. Keep it simple and easy to understand.
3. Have a verse for each point in the outline.
4. Memorize the outline so that you will always have it ready to use.
Some people write the outline in the flyleaf of their Bibles and refer to it. It is much better to have it memorized and to be able to use it without referring to written notes. In other words, do not simply take an outline. Be sure the one you use is one that fits you and you find easy to use.
C. Suggested Outlines
The four-point outline is the one used in many of our Gospel tracts such as "This Is Important" or "Four Things God Wants You To Know."

A Four-Point Outline
................................................................Romans Road.....N.T. Road
1. The Fact of Sin.................................Rom. 3:23............Rom. 3:23
2. The Penalty for Sin..........................Rom. 6:23..........Rom. 6:23
3. Christ Paid the Penalty...................Rom. 5:8.............I Peter 3:18
4 You Must Accept...............................Rom. 10:13.........John 1:12

A Six-Point Outline
1. The Fact of Sin, Romans 3:23
2. The Penalty for Sin, Romans 6:23
3. The Penalty Must Be Paid, Heb. 9:27
4. Christ Paid the Penalty, Romans 5:8
5. Works Will Not Save, Eph. 2:8-9
6. You Must Accept, John 1:12
Remember, it is best to use only one verse for each point in the outline. Here are additional verses for your use if they are necessary. You should memorize these verses and have them ready for use if you need them.

Additional Verses
1. The Fact of Sin
Rom. 3:10; Rom. 5:12; Isa. 53:6; Eccl. 7:20
2. The Penalty for Sin
Rom. 5:12; Heb. 9:27; Gal. 3:10
3. Christ Paid the Penalty
I Peter 2:24; Isa. 53:5; II Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13
4. You Must Accept
John 3:13, 36; Acts 16:30-31

D. Method to Use in Presenting the Outline
1. Use the Bible. Do not just quote the verses to the person.
2. Have the person read the Bible verse aloud. In this way, he sees the verse, he hears the verse, and he speaks the verse.
3. Be sure he understands the verse he has just read,
-by emphasizing the truth of the verse.
-by questioning him concerning the verse.
4. Endeavor to make the verse personal to him.

III. Bringing the Person to a Decision
Right at this point is where many soul winners fail. After having dealt with the soul, be sure to give this person the opportunity to accept Christ. The conversation can go like this:
-"Do you want to know that you are saved and that you are going to Heave?"
-"You can be saved right now. All you need to do is receive Christ. Let's kneel right now and I will pray for you."
If the person objects and says he would rather wait awhile, the soul winner needs to show the importance of accepting Christ now. Verses you can use to show the need to accept Christ NOW are:
-II Cor. 6:2
-Heb. 2:3
It is important to press for a decision. It is not wise to so push for a decision that you force a decision rather than permit the Holy Spirit to do the work.

IV. Praying With the Person
A. It is best to kneel. God can hear prayer whether you are kneeling or not, but kneeling brings the person to an attitude of humility.
B. First, the soul winner should pray a brief prayer for the person he is leading to Christ. Second, ask the individual to pray aloud.
C. Outline a prayer for him.
1. Tel God you are a sinner.
2. Ask Him to forgive your sins.
3. Thank Him that Jesus Christ died for you sins.
4. Tell Him that right now you receive Christ as your own personal Savior.
D. Some soul winners simply ask the individual to pray what is known as the sinner's prayer according to Luke 18:13, as follows: "God be merciful to me a sinner and save me for Jesus' sake. Amen." Either of the above ways is good, but it is important that you use that which fits you best.
E. Ask the individual to pray aloud and to pray in his own words, as you suggest in the outline. (You do all this while you are kneeling together in a prayerful attitude.)
1. If he prays aloud his own prayer, listen to his prayer carefully to be sure he really is admitting he is a sinner and is accepting Christ as his Savior. If his prayer does not include this, let him pray until he has finished; and then say, "Now let's add this to your prayer. Just ask God to forgive your sins and tell Him that right now you accept Christ as your Savior."
2. If he does not being praying aloud in his own words, frame a prayer for him and ask him to pray aloud after you. Oftentimes, all you need to suggest for his prayer is that he pray, "Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner." Usually when he prays this much aloud, he will begin praying the rest of the prayer in his own words.
3. Remember, the individual should pray aloud if at all possible.
F. After the person has received Christ as his Savior, while you are still on your knees,
1. Show him a couple verses such as John 3:16 and John 5:24. Help him see those verses teach that when a person believes on the Lord Jesus Christ, he has everlasting life.
2. Have him thank the Lord for his salvation.
3. Have him tell the Lord that he will live for Christ, that he will forward the next Sunday in a good fundamental church, and that he will join and become active in a good, fundamental church.
G. When you stand after kneeling in prayer, take the person's hand and greet him, letting him know he has found real friends in you and in other Christians.

V. Helping the Person With Verses of Assurance
A List of Verses to Use:
John 1:12; John 5:24; Romans 10:13; John 3:16; John 6:47; I John 5:11-13; John 3: 36; Acts 16:30-31
You need not use all of these verses. It is important that the person knows he is saved according to the Word of God.

Friday, June 10, 2011

But...Everybody's Doing It!

Sometimes I ask these questions:
Why can't I go to the places they go to?
Why can't I wear clothes like that?
Why don't I attend those concerts like them?

But then I realize:
If someone was going to dive Niagara Falls or stand in front of a car that is moving 100 mph, would I do that too just because they're doing it? Of course not!

If your friends were drinking or smoking, would you do the same and risk your health? Those people are fools who are going to drag you down into sin and you shouldn't hang around them. You need to stand up for what is right. Some people are just scared of getting teased and persecuted for doing the right thing, so they just follow the bad example. But if you decline the offer, they'll realize that they're not the only people on earth who don't want to do that and they won't accept the offer either.

As Christians, we need to stand apart from the world, not in an "I want attention" way, but in a "I want to glorify God" way.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Spiritual Maturity Affects Attitude

Did you know that your Spiritual growth affects how you act and think?
A few years ago, I wasn't always doing my devotions. Not having my Spiritual food affected me mentally. I didn't know what was right or wrong. I used to try to be in the "cool" crowd. But to be in it, I had to know the newest t.v. shows, the best songs, and all the stylish outfits. I wanted to have good reputation among the cool people, so I sometimes criticized people and did what they did even though some of the things weren't godly.
But now that I am trying to have my devotions everyday and asking God for wisdom, my attitude has changed. I don't want to be in the "cool" worldly crowd anymore and do what I wouldn't usually do. Yes, I still want to look presentable but not in an "I want attention" way. I just want to do the right things and grow in my Spiritual life.

Victory in Jesus

Jesus gave His life on Calvary to save wretches like us. He shed His blood on the cross, and I repented of my sins and won the victory. If you want to have this victory, you need to do the same! We have victory in Jesus. He is our Savior forever once we accept Him into our hearts. He bought us with His redeeming blood. He loved us even before we knew Him. He brings us victory. Jesus had healing and cleansing powers for our hearts and physical needs. He made the lame walk again and the blind see. And then I cried, "Dear Jesus, come and heal my broken spirit." and somehow Jesus came and brought to me the victory. God is building us mansions in glory (heaven). In heaven, there are streets of gold beyond the crystal sea! There, the angels are praising Him. And someday we will sing to Him up there too.
"O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever."

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Would you help a friend?

Imagine that you and your friend were running away from two strangers in the middle of the night. Your friend is lagging behind and trips and the strangers are closing in. Would you go over to your friend and help him/her out?
You probably would. At least I hope so!

Well, what if the strangers were death and hell? Your friend trips, and sprains his ankle, and you are the only help he sees. I certainly hope that you will help him by witnessing and letting him know of the Salvation received through Christ.

What if both you and your friend tripped and sprained your ankles? Who would be able to help you in the middle of the night when everybody is sleeping? Would you get caught by the two strangers? Or would you immediately gain strength and get back up? You can receive strength and help from God. Just call out to Him, confess and repent of your sins, and accept Him as your Savior and He will throw you the life line of Salvation!

For the Beauty of the Earth

Today, I had an opportunity to see some of God's marvelous works!
God gave us such an amazing world!
We should thank Him for it.

He even took time to create animals and all the tiny details they have! This is a crawdad that one of the guys caught.

Nature is so beautiful and peaceful.

Do you want to keep this scenery and obey God's command to take care of the earth? Genesis 2:15 says, "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." God commanded Adam to cultivate and to keep the Garden of Eden, meaning that we should also keep the earth clean. Don't litter for one thing. But also, reuse, reduce, and recycle! We need to keep the beauty of the earth to be good stewards of God's creation.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Why should we praise God?

Why should we, like Moses and the Israelites, praise God?
Exodus 15:1-21; Psalms 40:3
Ex. 15:2- The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.
God is our strength and song. He became our Salvation. He took care of the Israelites in Egypt, so why wouldn't He take care of us now? He destroys all of our enemies. He is our sheild and guide. We can trust in Him. He provides all our needs and we need to praise Him!
We are like Israelites trapped in Egypt. However, we are trapped in this sinful world. People hate us, Christians, because we love God. But God the Almighty will surely destroy them.