Splitting Firewood and Personal Evangelism?

I love the sound, aroma, and warmth of a nice fire.  But such requires work- lots of work.  For me, this means felling the tree, sawing it up, loading it on the trailer, and hauling it back to the house.  But this isn’t the end, as it still has to be split into pieces that can be easily stacked, and eventually put into the fireplace.  I’ve labored at these tasks most of my life to be able to enjoy the soothing, crackling warmth of a fire.  I should probably mention that I’ve never owned a hydraulic wood splitter- though I have borrowed one occasionally for especially big jobs.  Instead, I usually split firewood the old-fashioned way: with wedges and a splitting maul.  Recently, it occurred to me that there are some lessons to be learned from splitting firewood this way that might be comparatively beneficial to breaking open the sometimes-tough exteriors of people, and laying bare their hearts, with the power of the gospel.  So, think with me for a moment about splitting wood and personal evangelism…

 

Lessons We Can Learn from Job

If we think the lesson of Job is that if you remain faithful during times of tribulation God will double your physical blessings, we've missed the point.  This very basic PowerPoint lesson considers fundamental lessons this great book teaches about Satan, Our Friends and Family, God, Ourselves, and LIfe. 

 

Do You “Value” the Church?

"Value" has two primary components: 1) Inherent worth, which is intrinsically based and is therefore objective; and, 2) Perceived worth, which is personally based as is therefore subjective.  These components are used in this PowerPoint lesson to establish the "value" of the church based on its inherent worth, and to provide a basis for determining whether or not we really "value" it personally.

 

Modulation or Transformation?

Have you ever thought, said, or heard it said, “So N. So is such a good man, he really only needs to be baptized- he wouldn’t have to change much of anything about his life.”  I’ve been guilty of thinking that about some people.  But unfortunately, this type of reasoning tends to either be derived from or contribute to some false notions about baptism…

 

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Men’s One-Day Study: “The Selection, Appoinment, and Duties of Elders”

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“[Spiritual Fullness in Christ] So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

- Colossians 2:6-7

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