Read, receive, believe – in Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God

Lately I have been impressed by the Holy Spirit of Truth to witness to my family. Some background on this. I’ve always been a sincere follower of Jesus Christ, though my walk has been far from consistent over the years. During one of my walks, and due to this inconsistency, my family did not believe that I was speaking the truth when I witnessed their need to be saved by Jesus of Nazareth, the Word of God. Instead they called the mental health services, who then followed up with me like bulldogs – to my great consternation – for the next few weeks. I have had issues ever since trying to prove that my faith is genuine to close family members.

Interestingly, I have read that sometimes the last people saved Christians witness to is indeed close family members. I wonder why this is so. Why do we feel it is easier and perhaps less burdensome to open our hearts to strangers, risking ridicule and rejection, than to stand in the gap for unsaved souls we share genetics and a long history with (see Ezekiel 13:5 and 22:30)? Surely it should be easiest for us to reach out to people we have loved since childhood as we are more likely to know the paths to their hearts? Yet so often we fail to do so, and I have been guilty myself of shrinking back when faced with God’s clear edict to “teach all nations” (Matthew 8:19), beginning with my family.

In the last week or so I have been impressed by God to overcome my reluctance to reach out to family with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’ve responded by sending each household a King James bible, with a Chick gospel tract inserted neatly where Psalm 119 (extolling the virtues of the Word of God as our basis for faith) is located. I’ve also made an effort to extend myself in becoming more a part of my family’s lives on an ongoing basis, which I previously neglected to do as many of them live quite far away. I have yet to develop the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23, Ephesians 5:9) that God calls us to exhibit but I hope that when I do my family might one day see Christ in me and be encouraged.

Yesterday, however, I struck an issue. I could not for the life of me remember my aunt’s home address and when I searched the White Pages online, I found her phone number was not listed. Then, to my astonishment and delight, a wonderful thing happened. Her street name and number were quite clearly and authoritatively impressed upon my mind…when I checked later with my sister, I found that what I had been given spiritually was utterly true and correct. This gave me incredible encouragement to keep going with my commitment to witness to my aunt and her friend, as I’d previously felt a strange, fleshly reluctance to do so. It was clear that God was 100% behind my efforts to spread the gospel to all my family members, particularly my aunt’s household.

The above was the first little miracle and “assistance from above” that I received yesterday. More was to follow. After I mailed out bibles to three separate family households I spent some time in our front garden, painstakingly pulling up weeds. As I did so, the following three words were impressed on my mind concerning bringing people to faith: read, receive, believe. When I pondered these words in my heart over the next day or so, I found – again, to my delight and wonder – that they dovetailed neatly with three phrases God gave me when writing the article “Fighting demons with God’s love” on this site (see The two categories of words formed an interesting spiritual pattern which I will explain here for your edification.

1. Read – the Word of God…which is true (fits with “God is true”).
2. Receive – the Spirit of Truth…which is given in love (fits with “God is love”).
3. Believe – in Jesus of Nazareth…who is the Son of God (fits with “God is faith”).

I hope the above encourages you in your faith walk with the Lord Jesus, the Son of God. It certainly did me, as, like all Christians, I have moments of doubt and discouragement. May we all come to the realization today that we are true children of God, that we are really saved and going to heaven, where we will see God and those we have loved (and witnessed to) on earth.

God bless you.

How to Witness to a Jewish Person (and other things Christians screw up royally)

A very funny and touching post from my Jewish sister in Christ, Melissa Presser.

I wanted to share tips on Gentiles witnessing to Jewish people as this seems to be a neglected outreach in many churches today.

God bless you for reading, enjoy. 🙂

These are such exciting times to live in as we see more and more people wanting to know the Lord

An inspiring testimony from Jewish believer Rachel Netanel. This was really touching, I love how she shared her faith with someone from a completely different background and culture to her, with no fear, only love.

I have written more about Rachel here:

Beth Netanel Jerusalem, Rachel Netanel

We will part of a festival they hold every year and will take place in different locations (including mine) from 7 – 9 September. Last year there were 1600 guests, and we are expecting even more this year. We will have food and Israeli music.

I was invited to speak on a new TV station. The man who organizes this program asked me if I would also speak on “El Hayat” in Moroccan to the Moroccans. It has been years since I have spoken in that language, but the Lord gave me grace to give my testimony.

This week I also went into a garden shop and saw a Muslim lady there who looked so very sad. I talked to her and remarked that I could see her sadness and that she has no light or life in her and that I understood how that…

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Do vs Done: a Christian Response to Sikhism

Today whilst on my way to church I hailed a cab. The reason why? Public transport was disrupted on my train line so I had to return home without actually attending church in the end at all.

During the cab ride I chatted with the driver, who told me he was Sikh. He also told me he was curious about the Bible and wanted to read it in his own language. I realised the Lord was opening this man’s heart so I gave him a gospel tract (which he accepted with interest) and tried to encourage him to continue exploring Christianity. I felt hampered in my witnessing efforts, however, as I did not have a clear picture of what Sikhism is as a religious system. This article is an attempt to make up for that shortfall, in hopes that others who may also be needing further information may be helped.

Basically, Sikhism is like every other religion on the planet except for Bible-believing Christianity: performance based, an attempt by its adherents to earn their way to heaven. As Cary Schmidt’s handy eBook explains, there are just two religions in the world: DO and DONE. If you’re stuck on the former you are missing the central message of the Bible. We cannot earn our way to God. We must come to Him on His terms or not at all.

God wants more than cold religion. He wants a relationship. Cary’s little booklet “Done” is what most religions don’t tell you about the Bible. You are more than a body; you will live forever somewhere; and God is on a divine rescue mission to make sure your “forever” is safe with Him! If you enjoy being loved; if you enjoy gifts; if you care about where you will spend forever; and if you want to know the true message of the Bible, then you must read this book:

Click to access done.pdf

Now for a Christian response to Sikhism, courtesy of (see


Name: Sikhism (pronounced “seek-ism”)

Founder and key figures: Nanak (1469-1539) and nine successive leaders (gurus) through 1708.

Origin: India, with greatest success in the Punjab region

Scriptures: Adi Granth (Guru Granth Sahib)

Adherents: Worldwide—est. 23 million; U.S.—est. 300,000; Canada—est. 280,000

Historical Background
Sikhism is a recent religion (15th century A.D.) and represents a syncretism of Hindu devotional elements and the monotheism of Islam. However, its adherents claim it constitutes a fresh religious start. Nanak believed God commissioned him to spread a new redemptive revelation to humanity-that all people should believe in the true God. Nanak and the other Sikh gurus taught the basic value of devotion, brotherhood, charity, obedience, patience, humility, and piety as the path to spirituality in life. Nanak’s followers called themselves Sikhs (disciples). Sikhism does not consider itself an active missionary religion because it accepts other religious traditions as valid.

Sikhs first came to North America in 1897 when Sikh soldiers from India serving in the British Army arrived in Canada. They came to the United States in 1908, when several immigrants from the Punjab region of India entered California. They built their first place of worship in 1912. Migrations since World War II have added to the Sikh population. In 1969, they built the largest Sikh temple in the world in Yuba City, Calif. Sikhs have established several organizational bodies in the United States, including the Sikh Council of North America, the chief instrument for coordinating Sikh work. One prominent branch of Sikhism in the United States is Sikh Dharma. Its head-Yogi Bhajan (b. 1929)-has been the major propagator of Sikh ideas in the United States.

Key Beliefs
Sikhism holds that God is one. There is no Trinity. He is Creator, sovereign, all-powerful, all-knowing, eternal. They believe God both transcends and indwells the universe. God is the abstract principle of truth and has never known an incarnation. Neither can He be defined. However, God is personal in that He can be loved and honored. Nanak called God the “true name” (Sat Nam) because he wanted to avoid any term implying God could be limited.

Christian Response: God is the only eternal being in the universe, and He is supreme. God has revealed Himself personally to humanity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The incarnation of Jesus Christ epitomizes God’s love for fallen humanity. Christianity affirms Jesus’ unique place as Savior and Lord of humanity (John 1:1- 14; 3:16).

Place of Humanity
Although humans are the highest order of creation, they are separated from God because of self-centeredness and willful ignorance of God. This separation is the source of all human misery and unhappiness. Consequently, people are bound up in the process known as transmigration of the soul-continual birth, death, and rebirth (reincarnation). Position in the next life is dependent on the law of karma, a notion that one’s thoughts, words, and deeds have a direct impact on future reincarnations. Current circumstances were determined by past behavior and current conduct will shape the next life. The goal of Sikhism is to break this cycle.

Christian Response: Human beings were created in the image of a loving God and are the crowning achievement of His creative acts. God endowed humanity with free choice, but people chose to disobey God and introduce sin into the race. The chief fault of humanity is rebellion against God. As a gift from God, human personality is sacred and unique; every person is of great value. There are no reincarnations, and people have only one life; afterward, all must stand before God’s judgment (Gen. 1:26-31; Ps. 8; John 3:16).

The endless cycles of reincarnation are caused by selfish desire and ignorance of God, but they may be ended by renouncing self and becoming devoted to God. Consequently, the ultimate goal in life has a twofold aspect: liberation from continual birth and rebirth and union with God. Salvation is achieved through God’s grace, who reveals Himself and allows humans to meditate on His name and nature.

Christian Response: The future destiny of people is not determined by karma, but by acceptance or rejection of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Salvation is defined as being born again, or receiving the new birth (regeneration) through personal faith in Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. The afterlife is not union of the soul with God, but a resurrection of the body and conscious worship of the Lord forever with other believers (Eph. 2:1-10; 1 Thess. 4:13-18; Rev. 21:1-7).

Grace is understood as God’s kind recognition or notice of a person. This endowment of grace enables people to follow a path that will free them from karma and reincarnation. Full surrender to God’s will is most important for those who want to receive God’s grace, because grace comes when people eliminate self from their minds. The effects of grace include constant meditation on the repetition of God’s name and good works to other humans.

Christian Response: Grace refers to God’s redemptive love toward sinful humanity. Grace is unmerited on the part of humans. Grace is supremely represented in the person and work of Jesus Christ, who seeks to save sinners and maintains believers in proper relationship with Him (Eph. 2:8-9).

Witnessing to Sikhs
1. Establish positive and cordial relationships with Sikhs. Let them see Christ’s love in you. Give New Testaments to your new friends so that they may inquire further about your faith. Help them understand what they read.

2. Be aware of aspects of the Sikh religion that are similar to Christianity-for example: monotheism, need for relationship with God, and good works resulting from religious values. Lead them to God’s teachings about the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as Savior.

3. Be prepared to share your faith and God’s Word concerning the human predicament and God’s desire for humanity. The “Here’s Hope Roman Road” tract (see Rom. 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 10:9,13; 12:1-2) is one witnessing tool that has been used effectively by many Christians.

4. Invite Sikhs to attend a Christian worship service, and explain what each part of the service signifies in relation to Christian theology. Clarify such terms as salvation, faith, new birth, and conversion.

5. Underscore the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as humanity’s Savior and as God’s perfect revelation of Himself.

Written by Don Dowless, Louisburg, N.C.