Vol. 1, Issue 2
In This Issue Pg.3 – ABIDE! Radio schedule Pgs.4-5 – A Word from the Street: “Evangeholics Anonymous” Pg.6 – Preaching schedule & upcoming ABIDE! Events Pgs.7-8 – Living the Intentional Spiritual Life: “Hang in There!” Pg.9 – Daily Bible Reading Plan Pg.10 – Web Site of the Month Pg.11 – Preacher Spotlight: Paul Washer
Episode Schedule (Tentative) ABIDE! TV We are hoping to be able to provide 2 episodes each week. We are currently focusing on the book of Colossians and providing reflections, one verse at a time, from this powerful book.
ABIDE! Radio During January, we will be talking about making this a year of pursuing Jesus and actually keeping those New Yearâ€™s resolutions to walk with Christ daily.
A WORD FROM THE STREET “EVANGEHOLICS ANONYMOUS”
by Ryan Muniak
I need a fix… My hands are shaky… I’m getting restless… If I don’t get to evangelize soon, I’m going to scream! Ever feel like this? Congratulations, YOU are addicted to evangelism. When I began doing Biblical Evangelism in 2010, I couldn’t get enough. I had many symptoms and signs of someone addicted to drugs. I was consumed with witnessing—spending an exorbitant amount of time doing, thinking or planning outreaches and evangelism encounters. My tolerance for evangelism was never satisfied. I had a difficult time stopping the evangelism or cutting back, constantly wanting more and more. Last winter, I even suffered from evangelism withdrawal being that I live in Cleveland, Ohio. Many evangelistic-minded people will read this and think there is no problem, while others will think I am certifiably insane because I desire to share my faith so much. The answer lies in finding a comfortable balance that coincides with your lifestyle. For instance, a single person could spend much more time evangelizing the lost than someone with a spouse and kids. If you are suffering from the effects of evangelism addiction, there is hope… 1. Plan your evangelism outings around your schedule. Don’t neglect other things or people because you are so focused on sharing the Gospel. 2. Prioritize appropriately. If evangelism is more important than your daily Bible reading and prayer, something is drastically wrong. How can you share God with others when you aren’t spending time with Him yourself? 3. Find a way to disperse your evangelism in day-to-day activities. For example, bring tracts when you go grocery shopping: Drop some in the alcohol cases. Place more in the books and magazines. Don’t forget to save one for the cashier when you pay for your items. 4. Fellowship with other evangelists. Hearing about their evangelism activities can curb your “appetite” because you are “feeding” off their stories. 5. Teach a class. Training others in evangelism offers you the opportunity to share your tales and create fellow laborers for future outreach events.
Oddly enough, this is a true story. I am a recovering “Evangeholic” and using these tips, you too can make a full recovery. My wife noticed my addiction before I did. I kept trying to force her into evangelism situations and was always talking about doing some new outreach. Evangelism was slowly taking over my life. Following the guidelines above really helped me to get on the right track. Make sure to talk with your pastor about your zeal to “seek and save the lost.” He may be able to help you by offering suggestions for areas to witness or even offer to have you start an evangelism training class in your church. Don’t be upset with someone for “complaining” about your doing too much evangelism. They may see the addiction problems before you do. In closing, continue to share the Gospel with excitement and anticipation, just make sure you don’t overdose on evangelism. For those that think we’re nuts, maybe you aren’t sharing your faith enough… or at all! Remember that Jesus commands us to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
Ryan Muniak is the co-founder of Missional Evangelists for Jesus Christ, along with his wife, Elaine. He is also a co-host on ABIDE! Radio. You can follow his evangelistic ministry at http://www.me4jc.com
IGNITE! 2012 “Spiritual Boot Camp” March 9th – 10th Find out more at www.AbideRadio.com
Paul Yanchek’s Tentative Preaching Schedule Unless otherwise noted, messages will be given at Lighthouse Alliance Church in Rocky River, Ohio. January 1st – “What is and What Is” More Than Conquerors (Part 1) January 8th – “Diagnosing Our Dilemma” More Than Conquerors (Part 2) January 15th – “The Road to Victory” More Than Conquerors (Part 3) January 22nd – “Walking in the Power of the Spirit” More Than Conquerors (Part 4) January 29th – “The Comfort of Grace” More Than Conquerors (Part 5)
ABIDE! Events January 4 - Bible Drills: Scripture Memory January 11 – Evening of Prayer & Praise January 18 – Bible Drills: Scripture Memory Looking ahead… February 24-25 – 30 Hour Famine March 9-10 – IGNITE! 2012: Spiritual Boot Camp March 28 – Discipleship Program Course begins: Prayer in the Bible
Memory Verse Colossians 4:2 “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”
Living the Intentional Spiritual Life “Hang in There!”
by Paul Yanchek
After redoing my lawn a few years ago because of a busted sewer line, I noticed the next spring that the lawn was hanging over the edge of the driveway and sidewalk. It seems that the fall weather and the spring meltdown slid the dirt from the lawn over the cement line. A weed-whacker wasn’t getting the job done to scale the lawn back to its proper place, so I got one of those old-fashioned manual edgers. That was not fun. Trying to cut through the thickened dirt took entirely too long. My arms ached. My back was killing me. I had no energy left to push it another inch. I had to drop the edger where it was and take a nice long break. When you carry a burden in intercessory prayer, there are times when it becomes spiritually, emotionally, and even physically exhausting. It is then the command of Colossians 4:2 becomes real. To “continue steadfastly” in prayer in the Greek means “to adhere to, to devote oneself to” and “to not faint.” In short, it is a call to keep praying and to not give up. That day when I was edging and I took my break, guess what happened? I was done for the day. I had to resume the next day, even though I was still sore. That was fine. It wasn’t all that important if and when I finished the task. However, there are times when it does matter. If the situation is a matter of life and death, we dig down deep and keep going and we somehow find the strength to do so. Continued on next page
Is prayer important? Yes!! When we are carrying a burden in prayer, we cannot take a break until God allows us to take a break. Until then, we are to ask and keep on asking, seek and keep on seeking, and to knock and keep on knocking. Prayer isn’t a nice little exercise in piety. Prayer is an offensive weapon in a spiritual war. A.W. Tozer once said that revivals are born after midnight. He goes on to explain that revivals are born when we pray long after others have ceased praying. Eric Ludy talks about “praying through” – about digging long after others have given up. Have you been praying for revival? Have you been praying for the salvation of a loved one? Have you been praying for your rebellious teenager? Have you been praying for restoration in your marriage? Whatever the burden you have been carrying in intercessory prayer, hang in there. Don’t let up. Do not pray in your power and strength, but in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Live in Colossians 1:11, “May you be strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy” (emphasis added). It would be sad to give up the fight before the victory is won. Hang in there. Pray on!
Paul Yanchek is the pastor of Lighthouse Alliance Church and the host of ABIDE! Radio.
Daily Bible Reading Plan 1/1 – Genesis 1-2 1/2 – Matthew 1-4 1/3 – Genesis 3-5 1/4 – Matthew 5-7 1/5 – Genesis 6-8 1/6 – Matthew 8-10 1/7 – Genesis 9-11 1/8 – Matthew 11-13 1/9 – Genesis 12-14 1/10 – Matthew 14-16 1/11 – Genesis 15-17 1/12 – Matthew 17-19 1/13 – Genesis 18-20 1/14 – Matthew 20-22 1/15 – Genesis 21-23 1/16 – Matthew 23-25 1/17 – Genesis 24-26 1/18 – Matthew 26-28 1/19 – Genesis 27-29 1/20 – Mark 1-3
1/21 – Genesis 30-32 1/22 – Mark 4-6 1/23 – Genesis 33-35 1/24 – Mark 7-10 1/25 – Genesis 36-38 1/26 – Mark 11-13 1/27 – Genesis 39-41 1/28 – Mark 14-16 1/29 – Genesis 42-44 1/30 – Luke 1-3 1/31 – Genesis 45-47
Web Site of the Month
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PREACHER SPOTLIGHT This month’s preacher spotlight is Paul Washer. Paul Washer was a missionary in Peru for ten years and is the founder of the Heartcry Missionary Society. The Heartcry Missionary Society assists indigenous (native) missionaries in South America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Artic region. They support the indigenous missions through prayer, financial support, theological training, and church planting. He is currently assisting with a church plant in Virginia. Paul Washer is also an itinerant preacher who has preached all over the world. He became famous over night when he delivered a hard-hitting message at a youth event where he tearfully and powerfully pleaded with the teenagers to examine themselves to see if they are really in the faith. Someone taped the sermon and posted it on YouTube where it went viral. The sermon is informally known as “The Shocking Youth Message” and will change your life. Washer’s preaching style is extremely convicting and Biblical. When he prays, it is almost like you are eavesdropping on a private conversation between him and God. It makes you desire to know God as he does. We should all be thankful that God has blessed us with great shepherds like Paul Washer. Heartcry Missionary Society Paul Washer Sermons: Ten Indictments Against The Modern Church Shocking Youth Message The Gift Nobody Wants He Drank Your Hell Taking Dominion (Hold The Rope) Pray And Be Alone With God
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