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Wednesday
Apr162014

A Note from Warren & Virginia

Dear Friend,

"You are a blessing!" – Warren and Virginia Olson

A young salesman was disappointed about losing a very big sale. So he went to speak with his sales manager to look for some encouragement. He lamented, “Well, I guess this proves you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”

The sales manager replied, “Son, take my advice: Your job isn’t to make him drink. Your job is to make him thirsty!”

In Matthew 5:13, the Lord Jesus teaches, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.”

Now, in the ancient world, salt had many uses. Like today, it was used as a seasoning and a preservative, both of which are applicable to this verse.

But one use of salt that was also common in the days of Jesus is that it would be given to animals to make them thirsty. This would cause them to drink more and stay hydrated when traveling through the desert.

As believers in Jesus Christ and ambassadors for God’s Kingdom, that is our job… to live our lives in such a way that others see us and thirst for the salvation only Christ can give.

In a world that thirsts for all the wrong things, be the salt that brings about a thirst for Christ. Live with joy even in difficult circumstances. Treat others as you would want them to treat you. Let your light shine so that others would see your good works and glorify the Lord.

I hope you’ve been encouraged by this edition of SeniorLife. It’s our prayer that you’ve found truth that will move you forward in your relationship with God and others.

As always, we’re incredibly grateful for your continued prayers and gifts to help more seniors embrace the life God intends.

You truly are a blessing!

Warren & Virginia Olson

Wednesday
Apr162014

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Wednesday
Apr162014

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Q&A with Warren and Virginia

Q: Warren, you talk about sharing Christ despite our fears. But every time I try to muster up the courage to share the gospel, I freeze in terror. What can I do?

Have a question for Warren? Write us at: Info@SeniorLivingMinistries.org.

A: This is a very common feeling among Christians who are worried about damaging their relationships by trying to convert people to Christianity. But what if instead of taking out your Bible and going through a rehearsed gospel presentation, you simply told your story of faith? Talk about your life before knowing Christ. And most importantly, share about how Jesus is making a difference in your life today. Ask them if they’ve ever had an experience like that and see where the conversation goes from there. When we make the gospel part of our normal conversation, it speaks to people’s hearts and replaces “religious” conversation with relational conversation. 

Q: After I’ve shared my testimony, what’s one practical way of sharing Scripture as I’m talking about Jesus with others?

A: A very simple way I like to share the gospel with others is called Bad News, Good News: The bad news is we’re all sinners and have fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). And because of sin, the Bible says we deserve death and eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23). But the good news is that God loves us and sent Jesus to take the penalty of death for us (Romans 5:8). And when we believe in Jesus’ death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sins, we’re saved and enter eternal life (Romans 10:9).

Wednesday
Apr162014

How to Embrace Your Calling as Christ's Ambassador

By Warren Olson

Years ago, evangelist Leighton Ford was speaking at an open-air crusade in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Billy Graham was scheduled to speak the following night, but arrived a day early and joined the evening’s crowd by slipping in the back. He was wearing a hat and dark glasses, so no one recognized him.

Sitting just in front of Graham was an elderly gentleman who was listening intently to Ford’s evangelistic sermon. When the crowd was invited to come forward as a sign of commitment to Christ, Billy Graham tapped the man on the shoulder and asked, “Sir, would you like to accept Christ? I’ll be glad to walk down with you.”

"Naw,” the man responded, not realizing to whom he was speaking, “I think I’ll wait ’til the big gun comes tomorrow night.”

It’s easy to sometimes fall into the mind-set that sharing the message of Christ is a job for the spiritual “big guns” like Billy Graham, while the rest of us are just along for the ride. But the truth is that every single one of us is called to be a representative of God’s Kingdom here on earth.

This is precisely what the apostle Paul was talking about when he wrote, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us... ” (2 Corinthians 5:20).

Now, if most Christians are honest with themselves, the biggest hindrance they have to performing their duties as an ambassador is found in a simple, four-letter word: fear. People are afraid that if they share Christ, they’ll be rejected and shamed.

But what’s the role of an ambassador? Quite simply, it’s to move forward the interests of the leader he or she represents. More important than promoting an ambassador’s own reputation is the priority of promoting the one who sent him.

So what does that mean for those of us who are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God in the world? It means we put our own reputation second to making Jesus famous. It means we accept there will be people who reject what we say, and yet we share God’s message of hope anyway because we truly believe life is found in Christ alone.

Wherever you are today, you’re an ambassador for God’s Kingdom. And it’s your solemn duty to promote His Kingdom interests of bringing others to salvation through Christ. Don’t neglect your responsibility of sharing God’s message of hope and love. Embrace your heavenly calling by sharing Christ with those whom God has placed around you!

Wednesday
Apr162014

How to build an authentic faith community

A cowboy was driving down a dirt road late one night in his pickup truck with his horse riding in the trailer behind. He failed to negotiate a curve and his truck tipped over...

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Wednesday
Apr162014

The key to stopping the enemy’s attacks

Many years ago, a young Frenchman captured the world’s attention by walking a tightrope between the twin towers of New York City’s World Trade Center. At 1,350 feet above the ground, the man walked effortlessly...

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Fulfilling your role in the Great Commission

The president of a large missions ministry sat across from one of his wealthiest board members and his wife one evening over dinner. He shared about all that God was doing in the ministry...

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Wednesday
Apr162014

How to be content without becoming complacent

The great pianist Ignacy Jan Padrewski achieved tremendous popularity all over the world around the turn of the 20th century. Yet, said Padrewski, “There have been few moments when I have known complete satisfaction, but only a few..."

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Thursday
Apr102014

The power of confidence in your testimony

The famous author Robert Louis Stevenson tells of a storm that caught a ship off a rocky coast and threatened to drive the ship into the rocks, which would mean certain destruction...

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Wednesday
Apr092014

The most effective way for you to share Christ

Pliny the Elder, a Roman writer who lived during the same time period as Jesus, told a story of the setting of a 99-foot-tall obelisk. Over 20,000 workers were chosen to pull on the ropes to hoist the apparatus...

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Tuesday
Apr082014

How you can be an example to future generations

More than anything else, the Presidency of the United States rests on the character of the person who inhabits the office. This is how the founders of the U.S. designed it. It was their idea...

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Monday
Apr072014

The most powerful way to preserve your witness

Several years ago, Douglas Aircraft went head-to-head against Boeing to try to sell Eastern Airlines its first big jets...

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Friday
Apr042014

What it really means to grow in the Word

While studying in the Holy Land, a seminary professor met a man who claimed to have memorized the entire Old Testament in Hebrew. So the professor asked the man if he could give a demonstration...

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Thursday
Apr032014

How you can support persecuted believers today

In 1915, a Russian Armenian Christian was reading his Bible when he was beheaded for his faith. That Bible still exists today, and a red stain which permeates most of the book can still be seen. This man was one of more than a million casualties...

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Wednesday
Apr022014

Showing external evidence of your internal change

The renowned Quaker philosopher Rufus Jones was once speaking to a crowd about the importance of having a radiant countenance. When Jones finished his lecture, a very plain-looking woman walked up to him...

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Tuesday
Apr012014

Making sense of chaos in your life

In 1980, Les Henson was a 6-foot, 6-inch forward on the Virginia Tech basketball team. He’ll never forget a game against Florida State in Tallahassee when...

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Tuesday
Apr012014

The real secret of the Christian life

In the 1950s, there was a very famous racecar driver by the name of Bill Vukovich who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1953 and 1954. Few other drivers had matched his success, and everyone wanted to know his secret...

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Friday
Mar282014

What to do when ‘good people’ need Jesus

Over a century ago, a bishop in the United Brethren Church named Milton Wright pronounced from his pulpit and in a publication he edited that human flight was both impossible and contrary to the will of God...

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Friday
Mar282014

Finding fulfillment in your Kingdom calling

A story is told of a woman who fell out of a second floor window and landed in a slow moving garbage truck. She was surprised to open her eyes and find herself half buried in litter...

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