Welcome to the SPRING 2018
edition of the From His Heart Newsletter: REAL
. We trust the insights below will be a blessing to you. Scroll down to view the following articles in this edition or click here
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- Lost people need to hear YOUR story by Pastor Jeff
- How can you talk about Jesus to strangers?
- How to be a sweet fragrance for Christ by Debbie Schreve
- How to invest in future generations
- Meet our gifted graphic artist
by Dr. Jeff Schreve
The last thing Jesus said to His disciples before He ascended to heaven was …
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” -- Acts 1:8
Telling others about Jesus was their job; and it’s our job. Now, if you’re thinking, Oh, are you talking about witnessing? I don’t do very well with witnessing. I’m just not good at it, then let me suggest three things that might help …
- Remember what your life was like without Christ.
You may have quite a story about what your life was like before you met Christ, or you may have become a Christian at a very young age. Either way, you know what life is like for people without Jesus. You know the devil’s game plan for every single person:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” -- John 10:10
Every person without Christ is spiritually dead. They’re in desperate need and terrible trouble—just like you were. Ephesians 2:12 says, “Remember that you were at that time separate from Christ ... having no hope and without God in the world.” But just as He saved you, He can save your friends and family members, too.
2. Remember what the Lord has done for you.
Think about your life and how God has been at work to put His truth, love, and hope in your heart. The Bible says Jesus “loves us and released us from our sins by His blood” (Revelation 1:5). How awesome is that! We truly are loved and have been set free from the penalty and power of our sins!
Jesus has not only forgiven your sins, but He has also changed your life. He gives you joy and peace, and He promises to be with you always. He changes you on the inside first, and then these changes work their way to the outside. He made you brand-new, just as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says:
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
3. Remember what the Lord has commanded you to do.
God placed you on this earth to shine for Christ and to share your story and His story—the Gospel.
When they used the word Christian in the New Testament, that meant you were like Jesus. A Christian was like Christ. They didn’t do things that people in the world did, because Jesus wouldn’t do those things.
As a follower of Christ, you have something wonderful to share. You have Good News that can change a person’s life both now and for eternity. And it doesn’t depend on how impressively or eloquently you communicate. God’s Word has power, so be bold and share it!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes ….” -- Romans 1:16
Thank you for sharing the Gospel with people all over the world through From His Heart broadcasts. Together, we’re living out His command to be His witnesses “even to the remotest part of the earth.” May many more lives may be saved and transformed in the days ahead as you help share the great things Jesus has done!
Q: Jeff, how can you talk to people, even perfect strangers, about Jesus?
A: Pray for divine appointments and remember that everybody you meet matters to God. Initiate the conversation and weave spiritual truths into it. Don’t shy away from dealing with sin, because true salvation requires people to be convicted of sin. Be clear in presenting that Jesus is the only solution for our sin.
Q: How do you share the Gospel when you don’t feel confident?
A: Take the time to prepare yourself to tell people about Jesus. Rehearse your own salvation story so that you can be ready to share it concisely and effectively. You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to be a witness. Witnessing is really just one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread. Learn a few pertinent scriptures (Romans 3:23, 6:23, 10:9-13, Ephesians 2:8-9) so you can show people that we all are sinners, we need a Savior, and Jesus is that Savior. And then be prepared to lead that person to Christ. Ask: “Does this make sense to you? Would you like to receive Jesus right now?” The devil wants them to do it later, but you should encourage them to do it now. 2 Corinthians 6:2 reminds us, “Now is ‘the acceptable time,’ behold, now is ‘the day of salvation.’”
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by Debbie Schreve
My grandmother would always tell me, "Debbie-do, NEVER pray for patience because the good Lord will be sure to send you things that will require a lot of it!"
I learned the hard way just how true that statement was and that my grandmother was a very wise woman.
Galatians 5:22-23 reminds us: “...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control...”
You see, patience is just one of those nine attributes that Christ exhibited, regardless of His circumstances. When you accept Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to live within you giving you access to all these attributes too. But, just because we have access to them, it doesn't mean we will appropriate them in our daily lives. I don't know about you, but I often struggle with seeing this fruit in my life. All too often I see frustration, worry, harshness, abruptness and lack of self-control.
If you and I are going to live a life that exhibits the sweet-smelling fruit and fragrance of Christ, we must be surrendered to the Holy Spirit. We must allow Him to guide and control us. Relying on my flesh alone, I’m not going to experience His fruit in my life. I'm going to experience all those negative qualities I’ve listed above.
As I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord, I’ve become much more aware of the times that I start to take control back and see my peace slip away. I start to get easily angered and frustrated. My words become more harsh and abrupt. It's only when I’m living surrendered that life is good for me and those around me. I’ve often told Jeff that any time I could’ve said something but didn’t was evidence of great spiritual growth!
Learning to live surrendered is an ongoing process (sanctification). I'm so thankful that regardless of my selfishness, God is patient, faithful, loving, gentle and kind to me.
Can you imagine what our world would look like if believers lived surrendered lives and exhibited this fruit 24/7? I challenge you, as I challenge myself, to allow the Holy Spirit to live through you in such a powerful way that everyone you meet sees this fruit in your life.
I pray we would ALL be a sweet “fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2:15 NASB).
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The Christian life is not a playground; it’s a battleground. And what are we fighting for? We’re fighting for the souls of men, women, boys, and girls.
God has called us to be His witnesses. He’s called us to shine for Christ and share the story of what He’s done for us through His death and resurrection. And He’s given us the ministry of reconciliation. Second Corinthians 5:18-20 says,
“God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ ... gave us the ministry of reconciliation .... Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
See, we’re not only witnesses, but also ambassadors for the King of kings. We have a critical assignment: to plead with people to come to Jesus before it’s too late.
You and I can’t save anybody. But we can point people to Jesus who loves them and is mighty to save.
Whether they’re people in our family or workplace—or people we can reach only by using TV, radio, and online programs—let’s continue proclaiming the Gospel so more people can find salvation, hope, and abundant life in Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your heart for the lost and for your generosity to spread the Good News of Jesus across our nation and around the world. I’m grateful to serve alongside you in building God’s Kingdom by speaking the truth in love!
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Anita has chosen to make a powerful investment in the future that will help advance God’s Kingdom on earth, even when she’s in heaven. She shares …
“I’ve watched Pastor Jeff’s From His Heart program for years. I believe it to be the most God-loving, God-fearing ministry spreading the truth and love of Jesus that I have ever seen.
“I decided to leave my house to this worthwhile ministry because I was raised in a Christian home, and I want my faith inheritance to be passed on to a new generation. If it can help bring one more person to Christ, it would be the ultimate gift!”
If you’d like to leave a gift in your will to help share the Gospel through From His Heart, please talk to your financial adviser. Feel free to contact us at From His Heart as well, if you have any questions you’d like to discuss.
Thank you for considering how you can impact the next generation with your faith!
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As the Graphic Designer, I provide all the images the ministry deeds for print, online, and TV on air graphics. Through From His Heart, I’m able to make use of the ability God has given me to glorify Him and His Gospel through visual communication.
I had some understanding of the Gospel when I was young, but did not actively pursue His will for my life until I was in my mid 20’s. Philippians 2:5-8 is a verse I really love. It says, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Christ sets the precedent for us in loving others: In humility he bridged the largest relationship gap possible and he is the King of the universe. When it is hard to love others, remember what the King did. I am married and we have two amazing daughters ages 4 and 2. They are both bright and beautiful with the oldest being extremely strong-willed… kinda like her dad!
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