Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm Trouble

By Cheryle M. Touchton
The Pocket Full of Quarters Lady

But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved. Eph 2:4-5

They All Met Jesus

You couldn’t miss her lying on the ground wearing coconuts connected by a string and little boy shirts. I liked her immediately. She had no idea where she was going in the next life but was pretty sure it was no where good.

“Why?” I asked.

“I’m told I’m trouble.”

“Are you?”

“Probably,” she grinned and answered dryly.

She was Catholic but not going to church. While she believed in the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and had confessed sin, she had never met Him personally. She believed 100% that all had sinned and fallen short of the glory of God and that it applied to her. When she heard about grace, her eyes lit up with hope. I didn’t have to ask her twice about accepting that grace and praying to receive Jesus.

As she finished praying, her entire face lit up with the Holy Spirit Glow. After taking a minute to enjoy it, she looked down at her outfit self-consciously.

“I didn’t really mean to come out like this. It is possible I was inebriated.”

I enjoyed her humor and honesty. “Now that you’ve met Jesus, you are going to move from being described as trouble to being described as interesting. I suspect you are never boring and that will only get better with Jesus.”

She liked that. She had many questions so we talked for about an hour. One issue was boyfriend. He had wanted to discuss marriage but her parent’s divorce made her hesitant. She had told him that she would be “with” him but not marry him. I gave her my 5-question relationship test and he passed. He sounded like a great guy. In an effort to teach her about the hope of Christian marriage, I told her my parent’s love story and how they had recently died just 29 days apart.

“Awe,” she said. “That is so sweet.”

I surprised myself by agreeing. Somewhere in the time since my parent’s death, I had moved past the surprise and grief. I now saw their deaths being so close together as a sweet ending to an amazing Christian love story that would become a part of helping people follow Jesus.

I’m blessed to be a small of God’s amazing plans for this interesting young woman who is loved by God, made whole by grace, and will one day be meeting my parents in heaven.
Cheryle M. Touchton, the Pocket Full of Quarters Lady, is the Director of Pocket Full of Change Ministries.  She and the Missionary Dog Shiloh travel the country as evangelists. For more information or to schedule a speaker for an event, go Pocket Full of Change

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Quick Tip - Don't Defend God

Many of the souls to whom I evangelize complain about things that happen on this earth and use them as reasons to reject God. They may think life is unfair, that too many bad that happen, that Christians are mean, that God has lost control of the world, or whatever. When you hear it, resist the urge to defend God. He doesn't need it. God reminds us that they can't possibly understand His ways until they know Jesus. Instead of defending God, listen, imagine God loving them and seeking them out. Respond with some love and compassion. Speak the tender scriptures of the Gospel and invite them to meet the loving Savior whose mercy is everlasting.

Quick Tip - Trust the Gospel

Many family members who have prayed for the salvation of their loved ones for years, express doubt when their prayers are finally answered. Invariably, they badger the newly saved spiritual neophyte in an attempt to relieve their fears. They notice mistakes and use it as ammunition to prove the experience wasn't "real." Often, they try to make their loved one repeat the prayer of salvation, just to make sure. At best, this discounts the turning point in someone's life. At worst, it causes fear, which stunts future spiritual development. 

Here's the thing - your loved one won't understand what happened to him or her. When they accept Jesus, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are a package deal. The Holy Spirit is a new resident in their life and they hardly recognize the voice yet. Old rants and sins may and probably will resurface. The person is saved - not perfect. It make take years for the Holy Spirit to get through on all the issues that need resolution. All who call on the name of the Lord will be saved - trust those words. Be patient. Don't quiz or challenge. Sit back and watch in amazement as your loved one gradually changes.  

For an example of what I'm talking about, read He Really Got Saved.