Envelope Without the Contents

envelopeletterJust the other day I was sealing up graduation party invitations. I addressed six envelopes and I was just going to seal them when I noticed one of them didn’t have an invitation inside. I instantly, naturally, thought that it was a good idea I noticed. It would have been embarrassing and insulting to send an envelope without the invitation!

Then, I saw someone recently talk about a group that prayed for America; I thought about that empty envelope. It was addressed and could be delivered and would be delivered. However, it didn’t have anything inside.

James 2:14-17:

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?

If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

And one of you say unto them, “Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;” notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

Prayer is needed. But without the invitation, or works to back it up, it doesn’t profit as much. We can’t just pray for America; we must reach out to America with the love of Christ and pray.

So, make sure your envelope has its contents intact!

Mail – Unread (1)

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Mail – Unread (1)

I recently got that on my email server. Nothing unusually; I get emails often. This particular one was from a Mormon friend of mine. His subject line was:

Salvation

It instantly had me intrigued! Could this be it? Could he really be asking “what must I do to be saved?”

After I opened the email I read that he had been talking to a friend and he had a question for me . . . what was it I believed he had to do to be saved?

I responded as quickly as I could with:

In order to be saved, according to the Bible, you must believe that Jesus (the Jesus that only comes from the Bible) is the only Son of God (the God revealed in the Bible alone), that He lived a sinless life, that He died on the cross for your sin, that God raised Him from the dead on the third day and that the gift of eternal life is just that: a gift and cannot be earned. And you need to confess and repent of your sins. This comes from Ephesians 2:8-9 and Romans 10:9.

I have yet to hear back from him. Please pray that his eyes will be opened to the Truth because the Truth will set him free!

Prayer Request

White_blood_cell_with_MRSAI recently got news that a close friend of mine has been very sick. She had to be brought to ER and they are looking into her symptoms. Although they are not 100% sure, it looks like she has Crohn’s disease.

Please pray for her. She is a very strong Christian and her attitude about the whole deal is simply amazing. Please pray that she won’t just have to learn to live with it; pray that God will completely heal her!

Locked Target

missileYeah, I basically feel like the target of that missile. Today, I’ll be delivering another speech in front of 50 adults including many elected officials. Please pray for me as I deliver the following speech for Reach America:

I grew up in a family of 15. Twelve siblings and my mom and dad. I saw my older brothers and sister go through adolescence and I was determined not to handle it like they did. I passed with flying colors . . . but, no need to check that with my parents!

Anyway, my whole life I’ve been friends with some older people, and you’d be surprised how often I hear how influential they think I will be. Some of them congratulate me on my faith and passion and others, the impact I will have when I’m older. I never accepted that.

When I was about 14, I set up my own website and started studying. I wanted to do everything I could to reach people with Christ. I’d get people’s addresses and send them a letter,  preaching the Gospel. I’d hand out tracts and do whatever online witnessing I could.  I did all this within the last 3 years of my life.

Teenagers are highly underestimated. Children are highly underestimated. We are in the stages of our lives where we can be of the most influence to other teens and adults.  We are also in the stage of our life when we are most influenced.

At Reach America, we are using that age of influence to train teens up to impact this world. We are creating a Christ-centered Counter-culture where teens can be raised up as leaders. We are a group of teens called to reach America, and we are doing it.

I urge the teens and adults in this room to help us bring back America to the nation our founding fathers established! Will you help us?