How do I initiate Spiritual Conversations?  Do you ever feel awkward as to how to talk to someone about spiritual matters and you don’t know what to say?  Is there someone you want to talk to about spiritual matter but don’t know how to start?  Or you are starting to disciple someone but you realize the discipleship can be more personal so it is more than just a one-on-one book reading club.  I think by nature I am an introvert.  I write this with them in mind.  I’m also a preacher and I realize the danger that what can begin as a spiritual conversation suddenly transform into a one-way sermon with an audience of one.  I found that what helps me in both those situations is the importance of initiating a spiritual conversation by asking the other person questions and then listening.

The following are questions that I found helpful to asks to initiate spiritual conversations.  I must add that there are no magic bullets here.  One must not forget the importance of Christian love that drives one’s spiritual conversation.  If you ask these questions merely to go through them, well, you won’t get far.  But asking question with Christian love does make an impact.  Don’t forget the words of Jesus on the duty of Christian love: “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

Here are the questions:

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Charles H. Spurgeon. Struggles of Conscience.  Pensacola, FL: Chapel Library, April 23rd, 2014. 29 pp.

5 out of 5

This booklet is from a sermon by Charles Spurgeon that he preached on September 23, 1860 based in part upon Job 13:23 (it is a more topical sermon in the way that Spurgeon often gets a textual preacher from one verse).  This year I have been reading more of Spurgeon and I must say thus far this is one of my favorite work that has been made available through Chapel Library.  Here in this work Spurgeon tackles on the problem that some have that one must have a deeper sense of feelings of their sinfulness before they would repent and turn towards Christ.  Anyone who knows Spurgeon knows he loves the Puritans but here he does fault some Puritans for making the mistake of confusing post-conversion “feelings” must manifest before one come to saving faith in Christ.  At times some of these preachers make their own experience to be the litmus test of true conversion.  In tackling this problem and objection towards the Gospel we see a display of the “classic Spurgeon” in which his message is pastorally directed towards the heart, is Gospel driven, biblical, practical, illustrative and dripping with memorable one-liners.

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We have quite a stream of readers of our blog from Southern California and I thought it would be helpful to post this.

This is courtesy of Craig Huey of Election Forum (HT).

Christians must definitely be informed in how they vote where they vote not against their principles but as much as for it.  You might not think there’s much reason to vote concerning presidential candidates but there’s still other candidates for other offices where your vote counts even more.

(For the record I can’t bring myself to vote neither of the two party’s candidate for president)

Here’s the voter’s guide for Orange County:

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Anthony Carter. Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation.  Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, January 22nd, 2013. 150 pp.

4 out of 5

This was a wonderful book on what the blood of Christ has accomplished for the believers.  It is amazing to see how much His blood accomplished and studying the blood of Christ beautifully capture the multi-faceted dimension of our salvation through the Gospel.  The book has thirteen chapters and covers areas such as propitiation, justification, redemption, sanctification, ransom and being brought near by the blood of Christ.

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I don’t understand why the media has downplayed the wikileaks and the emails of Hillary Clinton.  I’m not going to go over the media’s double standard with how they handle Hillary as opposed to Trump for this post but instead I want to focus on an important spiritual lesson that comes from Hillary’s emails being leaked.

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I think this Bible contradiction is easy to resolve.  But I don’t want to resolve it just because it’s easy.  I think this alleged Bible contradiction is a great opportunity to share the Gospel!

Today’s post will tackle the question that the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: “Can thieves go to heaven?”

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:


They *crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (Mark 15:27) Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be put to death with Him.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise. (Luke 23:32, 43)


Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

(Note: Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Let’s take a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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The last few Sundays we have featured posts tackling the sin of the love of money.  I thought I share them all in one post as a table of contents.

The first post is important because if one doesn’t realize they have the love of money, they aren’t going to see the importance of how one combat one’s love of money.  The second and third posts deals with fighting against the love of money in terms of what to put off and what to put on instead, respectively.

Here are the posts:

How do you tell if you are a lover of money?

How do you combat the love of money? Part 1

How do you combat the love of money? Part 2