Saturday, May 17, 2014

Evangelism;  A.Pocket Full of Hope

Today I sat on my porch swing enjoying the beauty of God's creation.  I was talking to God, about writing this article for the Pocket Testament League.   Of all this ministry does for Our Lord and Savior, I noticed the top priority is evangelism.  So, as I continued to pray, I asked God to help me define the deepest meaning of evangelism possible.

So I asked Him,  "What is evangelism"?  While finishing up my morning devotional, I remembered I have always thought of an evangelist as one who goes around pulling little books out of their pockets, and handing them to strangers.  Then I recalled a time in the down town area sitting on a bench, watching these people with joyful glow on their faces.  One after another, they would approach people walking to and fro, and pull little cards from their pockets, and hand them out.  After at time of watching, I asked myself, "What kind of miracle did they have in their pockets?"  I became amazed as the countenance of each receiver went from slouched over to somewhat a little taller.  The evangelists seemed to be pulling hope right out of their pockets. I decided right then that I was determined to find out what they were sharing.  I would hang around the area until I found out what was behind this "evangelism".  I boldly walked over to inquire of these pocket evangelists.   The truth was astonishing!  From his pocket, he pulled out a little card stating that Jesus Cares.  There was hope in his pocket.  And people needed it. All kinds of  hope; hope that we aren't alone.  Hope that our troubles are not our own. Hope that would eternally lighten our load.  And all this fit in someone's pocket.

What do we carry in our pocket?  Is it the Good News?  .  If we know Jesus, then we know the freedom He gave us at the Cross.    

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Under Dog Research Alliance

Research Writer Collaborators

"If they do not listen, they shall perish by the sword, and die without knowledge."  Job 36:11-13

Let's do it for the world.

Our Mission will be share articles, videos, interviews, news reels, and anything pertaining to issues not known to the average working class citizen, the less informed,  AKA  "the Under Dog."

Millions of citizens work long hours, and have no time to search for news on current issues.  Yet these very issues effect their lives, and the ones they love.  What laws are being made at the citizen's expense?  What does the future hold for America?  How are we still protected by the constitution?

Let's unite our passions.  Let's form; 
"The Under-Dog Research Alliance"

"The home of the free and the brave" is about to need major foundation repair!!!

At first it might be a little rocky, but that's only at the beginning.  We'll combine our smarts, familiarity of diverse cultures.  Through trial and error; we will come up with a custom made routine to find answers.

Before the group can be established, we must determine on what individual strengths, location, and culture is each partner experienced in.  I love to research, and write.  I live in U.S. Texas.  What I don't know about the laws, and how things are done, I will learn through research...


Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Pocket Full of Hope 

A person may ask; Who is an Evangelist?  The answer would be simple.  An evangelist is a normal, everyday person who, through devotion to our Creator, chooses to go out and share what they carry.  When I think of carrying something, I think of pockets.  Some of us carry coins.  Some of us carry reminders.  An evangelist carries hope in his pocket

We, as God's people, carry treasures of hope with us everyday.  It's almost as if our pockets are filled with shiny gold coins.   These coins, however, have no value if they stay in our pockets.  As Christians, we are to share our treasures of hope with everyone we meet.  Hope is a free gift that was given to all of us. Evangelism is the act of emptying our pockets,  only to have them filled again. 

There are people around us everyday looking for answers. They fear the perplexity of the times.  All they know is what the world tells them.   They continue their daily routine, while we have been called as evangelists to go and proclaim the Good News from God's Word that is filling our pockets. The only source of information people in the world have is newspapers, or media.  It is for this reason men, women and children live at the threshold of fear and panic. "Why"? you ask.  The reasons are obvious.   Through the media we are currently seeing an ever increasing series of bizarre events. According to news media, and the internet we are unable to trust leadership.  Reports of hurricanes,  tsunamis, and earthquakes rapidly increase in number.  Wars are sparking up on every front.  Not all people around us have been equipped with important tools that enable them to distinguish between what is Truth, and what is not.  

Now you say; "I don't know anything about being an evangelist. Those are people you see on TV."   I say; "Hold it right there!" You are able to be an evangelist just as easy as the next guy. You don't need a TV station, a satellite, or a massive audience. All you need is a willing heart.   With the tools and training offered by the Pocket Testament League, anyone can be fully equipped and encouraged everyday.   Some of the tools include; pocket pamphlets, daily devotionals, bible studies, and lots of encouragement and support along the way. 
Remember! We have hope in our pockets!  In Luke chapter 21, Jesus talks about all these events happening.  In verse 28, He said "When these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."   This is why we evangelize.  We have Good News to tell.  How is the world suppose to know there's hope, if we don't tell them?  How will they know that through Jesus they have nothing to fear?  I will tell you how they will know.  We will share the hope that's in our pockets.  They will know because of people like us carrying out the command to go and tell.  We carry hope in our pockets, and generously give it away.

Let's be obedient and evangelize this lost world.  Let's pour out our pockets on a daily basis to everyone we meet.

For more information on how to get equipped, go to The Pocket Testament League website.  Let's share the hope that is in our pockets.

Scripture reference: New King James Bible

Luke 21:28
And when these things begin to happen, Look up.  Lift up your heads. For your redemption draws near." 

LeAnn Strickland Wright

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The American Deficit of Life

"Let instruction and knowledge mean more to you than silver and the finest gold."  Proverbs 8:10 

As a writer, I constantly thirst for new information.  For this reason, I spend a large part of my days, and nights, searching for information that has anything to do with what goes on around us, as Americans.  I do this because I want the world to get better.  As the search continues, I find myself bombarded by the realities that avalanche down upon me.  Sure the government has caused an American deficit that's too big to pay back.  That's no sweat off their brow.  They just go print more money.  Let's see, oh yea!  We've got the war on terror, nation wide foreclosures, unemployment, large corporate take overs, and get this!  We also have executive orders that claim rights to our property, our transportation, our health care, and even the right to detain us anytime, and anywhere they see fit.  The really troubling part is that a large percentage of the American population doesn't know half of what's just been mentioned.

Laws change,  and we better decide to make it our business.

We live in the most blessed and powerful nation in the world.  We are blessed because we are free to exercise our rights as we see fit.  According to United States Constitution, we are protected by laws. Laws change and we better decide to make it our business.  One of the greatest privileges, as far as I'm concerned, is the freedom to express ourselves.  And expressing myself is the tool that I plan to use to make our country, and the world, a kinder place to live.  I want this to be a better world for my children and grandchildren.
  We the People, or We the Oppressed

I love America and I love people.  Yet I am overwhelmed over the dangers that have the potential to take us from "We the people" to "We the Oppressed".   I, alone, cannot fix the problem.  It's way too big!  I'm trying to soak all this in.  But wait a minute.  While I'm soaking this in, the dangers are still heading towards us. We need to see what's coming.  We need to make changes, and we need to do it together..

The interest rate for "not caring" is forever increasing.
 "We the People" are the greatest allies we have. 

Here is my solution. No, here is OUR solution.  I will do my part by keeping an eye on things and writing. I will continue to encourage others to the best of my ability.  I know we can't change government corruption and we can't stop wars.  These have been happening since the beginning of time. That's out of our control.  But little at a time, and one person at a time, we can change "our world" and that adds up.  WE MUST DO EVERYTHING IN OUR POWER TO HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACK. If we help another person, then that person helps another, and so on. know what I'm getting at.  That is the reason that I want to encourage each of my friends to do what THEY can do.  I'm talking about things like saying a simple prayer.  No, the way things are heading in our country, we need tons of prayer!,  Don't get me wrong. Things that seem small can go a long way.  Give someone a word of encouragement, an unexpected kindness, a smile on a rainy day, a phone call, or a letter to a lonely relative.  The possibilities for positive reinforcement are endless.   Once we lift someone's spirit, then perhaps they will gain strength to do the same for someone else.  As Americans, our deficit has nothing to do with money.   We are a blessed people.  The deficit that "We the People" suffer from is a shortage of caring.  And the interest rate for "not caring" is forever increasing.  I'm not saying that we can change the whole world!  I'm just saying that we can make our piece a little better.  So I want to encourage my friends.  Hang in there.  Be there for someone.  Let your neighbor know you've got their back.  We can make things better. Let's try starting in our own little piece of the world.  Maybe someday the pieces will all fit together, because WE THE PEOPLE did something about it.  It's all up to us.  Because we,  the people, are our greatest allies.

One final thought;  I hope to make a priority of empowering our young people with this knowledge.  It's their future that is at stake.   Let's make an effort to give them the understanding they need to hold on to the rights given to them by their forefathers.  We owe it to them. We owe it to ourselves. Talk to your kids. Talk to their kids. We can do this!  It's our responsibility.

"From this ordinary people can learn to be smart, and young people can gain knowledge and good sense."  Proverbs 1:4