Calling The Padres


Nope, not talking about the San Diego Padres, but my parents back in Minnesota. One of the giants I am trying to face this week is sharing the gospel with them because I am not sure that they understand the gospel. I called my mom this morning and after awhile I tried to bring up spiritual things, but usually the conversation would drift to other things, usually my sister, before I could nail down any gospel truth. It was just very frustrating for me to experience it. I mean I love my family so much and I don’t want them to burn in hell. But that is exactly what will happen if I do not make sure that they have understood the gospel clearly and given them the opportunity to know God. Please please pray for me and for them. Pray that when I call them back tonight, that I will be full of boldness and just go for it and share the gospel with them.


3 thoughts on “Calling The Padres

  1. Well, they took the day off since my sister left for her mission trip this morning. I totally agree with it being better in person, but its hard when I’m 2,000 miles away.

    I never said that my parents were going to Hell. But I believe that the only way to eternal life is through Christ and accepting him into their hearts and I have no idea if they have done that. I have reason to believe, though, by watching their lives that they have not and so I love them so much that I can’t take the risk of them spending eternity there. Of course the decision to send someone to Hell is God’s and only God’s and it will always be kept that way, no matter what simply because God is who is. But I think he has made it clear what will and will not get you into Heaven or Hell and so we can reasonably conclude, when we know somebody, where they will spend eternity from their lives at the present point in time. Making that conclusion is not the same as deciding that they will burn in Hell. I do not decide that two and two makes four, but I can reasonably conclude that two and two does, indeed, make four.

    I am very critical of myself all the time. But I was not being critical of my parents. I just express a desire to share with them the love and amazing, life-changing power of Jesus Christ.

  2. talk to your parents when you get back…you’ll be able to have a much longer conversation, not to mention there will probably be a greater connection. if this is something that is important to you, why wouldn’t you want to make it count? there is no need to rush something like this, especially if it is important to you.

    there are many different interpretations of the Bible, so what you believe sends a person to hell, may not actually be the reality of it.

    it does sound as though you are judging people, which is not your place. You did not come up with 2+2 = 4, but you also did not create this world, you do not get to choose who is let in and who is not.

    you want to spread the word of God, that is great, it really is…but looking at people and guessing whether or not they are going to hell does not seem very christianly to me…i think you should think before doing so.

  3. I agree, this is very important, which is why I need to talk to them about it as soon as possible. I mean, I know that I will be home in 24 days, but 24 days is a long time, and we truly do not know what is going to happen.

    I was not judging, though. Christ made it clear that those who have not accepted him will not spend eternity with him. You are right, I did not create the world, and I do not get to decide who goes to Heaven and who doesn’t. But like I said, God has told us what it takes to get there. If he didn’t, we wouldn’t really know what to do to get there.

    I never look at someone, especially someone I do not know, and guess whether or not they will go to Heaven. However, I do look at them and wonder if I know God and have an intense desire to share God with them, which is different. I feel that way because I look at them with compassion and do not want them to burn in Hell, and I think that is the most Christianly thing we can do for others.

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