Posted: March 4th, 2013 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: Christian, Christianity, church, evangelism, God, gospel, Life, love, Testimony, thoughts | 4 Comments »
A few weeks ago I gave a friend a ride to Rochester, which is about a three hour drive. No, acquaintance is more accurate, though I believe now we are friends.
See, there’s only a few things one can do when stuck in a car for a few hours with another individual. You can listen to the radio, talk, or sleep. If you know me at all my only option is to talk.
So talk we did.
It started with the small chit-chat, “How’s it going?” Blah. Blah. Blah. But before long we were sharing our history with each other.
My friend is a single guy, and I’m a fourteen-year marriage veteran with five kids (number six due in three months!). He started asking me how I liked marriage and family life. With each question he drew wisdom out of me like buckets of water from a well. I told an almost perfect stranger about past failures and victories few people know. Before long he was telling me his story and what God had done in his life to make him the man he is today.
It was powerful.
Do I think what I said will make a long-term difference in his life and how he someday treats his wife? I hope so. I hope he avoids some of the pitfalls I fell into and that he develops the type of relationship that love stories are written about. I may never know.
One thing I do know is that God accomplished something in us. This past Sunday Peter Hopper shared at our church about the power of our testimony. When we open our mouths to speak, not only is the other person strengthened but so are we. We are better men, better Christians today because of that talk. We shared our lives, our testimonies of how God has dealt kindly with us despite our transgressions and in doing so broke some of the lies of the devil in our lives–that we are alone and no one can understand our struggles or has overcome them.
And I know it can’t just be me. I believe there’s something deep inside us all that longs to be seen by others. To be known.
Sharing our story with others is part of that. Anyone can love the “good” us, the façade we put on display when we pretend that everything is OK and we are perfect (or at least better than “so and so”). One of love’s greatest powers is knowing the good and the bad about a person and still loving him despite his failures.
Answer that call deep inside you and share your story with someone today. Heck, share it here. Not only will it bring victory into your life, it will bring it to theirs as well.
Revelation 12:11 ” And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” (ESV, emphasis added)
Posted: November 23rd, 2009 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: Christian, Christianity, Christians, church, evangelism, God, jesus, missionary, Spirituality | No Comments »
Last night, there was a massacre of people, including women in the Philippines. The LA Times picked up the story and are reporting at least 30 people dead. One of the men where I work is close friends with a missionary family there, and here is the email . Please PLEASE pray for God’s protection for them! Please pray for the families of those who died, and please pray for those Muslim families to come to the knowledge and belief in Christ so His glory will be known!
Dear praying friends,
We are used to sporadic and senseless violence in the areas where we work. Last week when I drove to spend time with our underground believers I found out about a looming, politically related conflict between two warring clans in the same Muslim people group. This morning the unthinkable happened. To lessen a potentially violent reaction to a candidacy registration, some delegates from one clan sent their women representatives with the hope that the other side wouldn’t harm the ladies. This morning at approximately 9:30 am, one clan ambushed and kidnapped a contingent of over 40 people on their way to the capitol of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. No one survived. The women were raped and beheaded and were members of a prominent and powerful family. Lawyers, family members, body guards and media personnel were also massacred.
This is only a few kilometers from where we have our oldest and most established ministry! Presently our staff are hunkered down at our school with my orders to evacuate as soon as possible. The problem is that it is night and no one can travel safely after dark. Hopefully there will be public transportation available tomorrow or one of our staff in a nearby city will try to run the gauntlet and pick them up.
For those of you who don’t live here it may be hard to understand the gravity of this situation. In the culture where this happened revenge is considered a virtue. Everyone expects an indiscriminate and unprecedented blood bath. This is worse than the wars and kidnap threats we have endured in the past. Much, Much worse.
This effects everything. Our school will probably have to shut down for the rest of the school year. No parents will send their children to school when by virtue of them being a distant relative of one of the clans become targets of a blood feud.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PGC STAFF AND THE BELIEVERS FROM THIS CULTURE!
PLEASE PRAY FOR WISDOM TO MAKE WISE DECISIONS THAT ARE MOST EFFECTIVE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE PEOPLE AND MINISTRIES WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR.
PLEASE PRAY THAT JUSTICE WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE GUILTY (EVERYONE KNOWS WHO IS BEHIND IT) AND THAT THE INNOCENT WILL BE PROTECTED.
Thank you for standing with us,
Posted: November 10th, 2009 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: Christian, Christians, church, evangelism, God, gospel, hope, jesus, Spirituality | 3 Comments »
When I was a kid, our family went to Watercountry USA in Willamsburg, VA as part of our vacation. It was an amazing place full of incredible water rides. One in particular really got my attention, the wave pool. It looked like a football field of yellow donuts with people popping out where the jelly should have been. People were screaming as the waves threw them around and people were being tossed in every direction.
I had to get in on the fun, so I hijacked an empty tube. Well, by hijacked, I mean I jumped as far as I could to try and reach one. I missed. What had before appeared to be an awesome time turned into terror as the field of happy faced yellow donuts morphed into a suffocating yellow blanket filled with angry, thrashing legs.
Panic set in as I tried to reach the surface, but I could not escape my prison, and my lungs began to burn. It’s crazy, but everything became peaceful, and I felt OK. At that moment, someone pulled me out of the water. I don’t know who, and I don’t know how, but he did.
And I was safe. I was saved. I was coughing a bit, and my lungs still burned, but I was no longer in my desperate, life-threatening situation. And it felt wonderful. I still smile, because I never saw the guy who helped me.
Now I think about the world we live in, and how it too is in a desperate place. It is lost, and searching for some sign of hope; a hand to reach and pull it out of the sea it is drowning in. They are trying to scream for help, but the water muffles their cries and fills their lungs. And I look at my life and see that God wants me to be the hand, He wants me to pull as many out water as I can. And it hurts, because I’m standing at the edge of the pool with my hands in my pockets, thinking of what a great time I am having just being alive.
Church, we need to reach out. There is a world drowning, and we are to be His hands. God, that I would be like C.T. Studd and “…run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.”
(sorry mom and dad, should have told you when it happened, instead of 23 years after the fact)
Posted: September 8th, 2009 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: bible, Christian, Christianity, Christians, church, Culture, evangelism, forgiveness, God, hope, jesus, Life, love, revival, Sin, Spirituality, video, Youtube | No Comments »
This is a great bit of audio. Here is the video from youtube, or if you like, you can follow the link and download the mp3.
Words that hurt so good: “They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, a time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he is offering a service to God.” John 16:2
Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Posted: August 14th, 2009 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: Christianity, Christians, church, Culture, evangelism, God, gospel, hope, jesus, Spirituality | 9 Comments »
We’ve all been there. You’re walking through the food court of your local mall, bee-lining it to the restrooms because one of the kids can’t “hold it” any longer, and you hear the words, “Free sample?” Your thought process stops for a moment and your mouth begins to water as the smell of General Tsao’s chicken hits the back of your tongue. Your head turns past a smiling lady and your gaze turns toward the tray she is holding.
Little Johnny is tugging at your arm, and it is the moment of decision. What do you do?
At this point, my senses override my child’s pleading to relieve himself and I say, “Sure!” Now, I have no intention or time to indulge in the delicacies the Flaming Kitten, I mean Wok, but I know a little dab will do for now. Maybe next time I’ll get the veggie with three meat special, but for now, it’s off to my fatherly duty.
Maybe you find these people annoying and just brush by them in annoyance. But you know, they really don’t mind it. It’s a time proven effective way to generate sales: Get the product before as many people as possible. Some will buy, some will not. The number of people that buy will go up exponentially however, if you you can get them to taste its savory goodness.
What is this all about? The gospel.
In Matthew 4, Jesus tell his potential followers, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Most of my life that translated as, “Let’s go catch some people.” Intriguing, right? But how do we do it?
Most of today’s literature would suggest that you become good friends with someone, then over time share the gospel with them. Honestly though, if you are a Christian, how many non-church friends do you really have, and of those how many do you actively try to tell the good news too?
I think this is a flawed method, and unscriptural. See, in calling the disciples to be fishers of men, they new exactly what it meant. Their method of fishing was not to put bait on a hook and pray that a fish would bite. No, they took their boat to where they knew the fish were, and cast a net. Some times they caught many fish, others they caught none. When they cast where Jesus told them, their nets were overflowing to the point of breaking.
Are you starting to get it? Jesus wants us to spread the net wide, and offer our free gift to everyone. Sure, some people are going to blow you off, maybe even be angry; but in the end, if we offer as many as we can something they can sample, many more will receive the gospel willingly. Some will chose to follow Christ, others won’t, let the Holy Spirit worry about the results.
For now, let’s try to get over our shyness, and offer the one thing that actually matters in life. maybe the next time you ask someone “Free sample?” will be the one time they accept.
Posted: August 13th, 2009 | Author: C.R. Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts | Tags: Charles Leiter, Christian, Christianity, Christians, church, Culture, evangelism, forgiveness, God, gospel, Homosexuality, hope, jesus, John Piper, Leonard Ravenhill, Life, love, marriage, Paul Washer, Random, revival, Sin, Spirituality, theology, thoughts, Tim Conway, video, Youtube | 4 Comments »
Saw this recently. Wow. About 10 minutes long, but it will really make you think about. There is a way to pursue righteousness that leads to hell!
Posted: March 5th, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality | Tags: Christian, Christianity, Christians, church, evangelism, Evangelize, God, Life, poetry, Spirituality, thoughts | 9 Comments »
Since my “Are you a lying, thieving, alduterous blashpemer?” post, I have been thinking a lot about personal evangelism. I ran across this poem a while back and thought I would share it with you.
My Friend – by D.J. Higgins
My friend, I stand in judgment now
And feel that you’re to blame somehow
While on this earth I walked with you day by day
And never did you point the way
You knew the Lord in truth and glory
But never did you tell the story
My knowledge then was very dim
You could have led me safe to him
Though we lived together here on earth
You never told me of your second birth
And now I stand this day condemned
Because you failed to mention him
You taught me many things, that’s true
I called you friend and trusted you
But now I learned, now it’s too late
You could have kept me from this fate
We walked by day and talked by night
And yet you showed me not the light
You let me live, love and die
And all the while you knew I’d never live on high
Yes, I called you friend in life
And trusted you in joy and strife
Yet in coming to this end
I see you really weren’t my friend
How many of your friends and family know that you are a Christian? Do you love them enough to tell them Why you live life the way you do? Why you believe?
Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38).
- chris mooney
Posted: February 22nd, 2008 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: My Thoughts, Spirituality | Tags: bible, Culture, evangelism, Evangelize, God, hope, jesus, Life, Random, ray comfort, TBN, thoughts, way of the master | 13 Comments »
I’ve bee thinking quite a bit about “personal evangelism” lately. I think mostly because I saw Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron on TBN the other night showing how they evangelize (Christianity) on the street. They showed a few examples of people who were receptive to the method they were using, and a few more that weren’t interested.
It really got me thinking about the different takes people have on the subject.
I have personally been of the conviction that the most effective approach would be to have a relationship with a person before trying to proselytize them. You would think so right? I would be more apt to buy a product on a friend’s recommendation than I would from the guy knocking on my door. And I know it annoys most people when the Jehovah’s Witness guys come to the house with their agenda of conversion. That kind of stuff just turns me off.
That being said, I am truly intrigued at the approach of Ray and Kirk. I feel their approach a tad legalistic and brash, but their is video proof that converts have come by taking this route. Thus the dilemma: a personal preference versus what might be truth. So I take it to the Bible, because truth is more important than what I think.
I’m blown away now. The entire New Testament is full of conversion stories and only a handful come from someone telling a friend. The Apostles went to many different places, often converting thousands, and almost none came from a friendship.
And what about Jesus? Many of His converts, including the disciples, were strangers that He approached seemingly on a “whim”.
So where does that leave me? Time for me to get out of what is comfortable and follow the example of the One I say I want to be like. Time to start spreading the Word. I hold something deep inside that needs to get out. It’s a simple as a child’s song, “Put it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine.”
- chris mooney
Posted: November 9th, 2007 | Author: Mooney | Filed under: Spirituality, Writing | Tags: evangelism, God, hope, light, Satire, Short Story | No Comments »
umm, yeah. Here’s a little diddy I wrote today.
I own a lighting store called A Light in the Darkness. It’s a neat little shop that has thousands of different lamps, chandeliers, and the like. I also sell the bulbs for every model you could think of. My motto is “My light will free you from any darkness.”
When you walk through the aisles, every lamp is lit so you can see how brightly they shine and what kind of light they cast. They are screaming, “Look how bright my light shines! I have what it takes to free you from darkness!”
These bulbs scoff at the others still in the package. They call them useless and tell them how dull and insignificant they are sitting on the shelf. “See how much light I give off? And you just sit there doing nothing.”
All of the lights are in separate rows, so you can clearly see their labels and what each is good at. Sometimes you can hear them argue about who does their job better and why they’re so important.
It’s a funny thing how proud the lights on display are. But they are the ones that never leave the shop.
The lights that are still in the package, they are my greatest asset. They have the potential to be everything and more that the display lights are, but are content to remain where I put them. They wait for the day that I take them from the shelf and send them to be the light that frees someone from darkness.
And that is important, because I have a specific light for every need. And not everyone knows what type of light is needed for their particular circumstance. These customers are easy to spot as they wander around my store from aisle to aisle looking for the one that’s “just right.” I’ve had a few complaints that it’s hard to know which light to choose when they all say they are the best. So I help them and guide them to a shelf, giving them the light that’s just right for their need.
I wish the display lights could be used to help someone, but they are too busy trying to outshine the others and too afraid to leave the store. They fear that they might be unplugged and their lights cease shining. I try to tell them they will be plugged in again when they are ready to be used but their fear paralyzes them.
So I am surrounded mostly by display lights who give light to no one but themselves in a store that is already lit, while a handful wait patiently for me to send them.
Remember, “My light will free you from any darkness.”