There are some practical ways that us normal people (the non-preachers and non-evangelists) can bring the good news of Christ into our everyday worlds. Practical Way #2 is the power of affirmation. Even Jesus did this!

Most of us are not going to preach to thousands in filled stadiums, and most of us are not persuasive communicators or able to winsomely convince someone of his or her need for Christ in a single sitting. Here are some practical ways the rest of us (the non-preachers and non-evangelists) can bring the good news of Christ into our everyday worlds.

Perhaps sometime today (or even as you read the title of this post) God’s Spirit brought someone to mind who would benefit from your encouragement to know and walk with Jesus. This can be intimidating. Where do you start in terms of helping your friend spiritually? Here are three practical starting points.

The most natural tendency in us all is to just try harder to act in a way that smells sweet. To dress ourselves up. To act the right ways with each group of people we interact with.  The problem with behavior modification is it leads to hypocrisy.

Jesus lived among us, and He knows from first-hand experience that we as people are messed up! I am! Do you realize that you need help, too?

How we "smell," how people experience us, is a direct result of our heart health. Good or bad. I’ve had the privilege of knowing a few cardiologists. Each of them would tell you, “as goes the heart, so goes the rest of the body.” Heart health is important!

This past week, as I walked into the garage, an offensive odor hit my nostrils. Ugh! Something was dead somewhere in the garage. I ended up being late for an appointment and didn’t find the dead critter until later that evening.

It makes me think. Would our believing and (even more important) not-yet-believing friends say that the character and disposition of our lives are a pleasant aroma that points people to Jesus?

I’ve been praying for friends across the country who are experiencing deep hardships. I’m often caught up with emotion for the burdens they bear. Jesus’ disciples must have felt similar emotions. When Jesus was about to depart this earth, He directed the eyes and expectations of His disciples to another Counselorthe Holy Spirit.

Much of our existence is spent in the in-between time, between our current reality and anticipated better future. In Haggai 2:4-9, the prophet gave three sustaining truths for living between the now and the not yet.

My wife, Pam, and I enjoy going to concerts. The beauty of the music comes not only from the notes, but also from the spaces between the notes. The pulse of alternating sounds and silence—the rhythm—can make it a hand-clapping march or a soothing ballad.