The "Plane" Gospel

Tim Beals

READ : 2 Timothy 1:8-12 Do not be ashamed . . . of the testimony about our Lord . . . (v. 8) The headline of a (San Diego) Christian Times article read “Hijacker of Mission Flight Accepts Christ, Surrenders to Authorities.” I had heard about the incident on TV, but I didn’t know “the rest of the story.” It began when a plane belonging to Missionary Flight International (MFI), which transports missionaries between the US and Haiti, was commandeered …

You're in My Seat

Tim Beals

READ : John 6:35-40 Anyone who comes to me I will never drive away. (v. 37) A friend once told me about a church experience that left him scratching his head. While vacationing one summer in a sleepy, shoreline village along Lake Superior, Brian and his wife, Ann, decided to attend Sunday services at a church nearby. As they entered the charming white frame building, they made their way down the center aisle and sat down near the front. The …

Dad's Tracts

Tim Beals

READ : 2 Timothy 4:1-5 Proclaim the message . . . whether the time is favorable or unfavorable. (v. 2) I recently reached into the breast pocket of my father’s suit coat and felt a tug at my heart. We wear the same size, so after he gave me his navy pin-striped suit, I wondered what it was he forgot to take out of the pocket. I pulled out a tract – a copy of the one he’s used for …

Piece of Cake

Tim Beals

READ : Matthew 9:9-13 Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. (v. 12) Imagine living in one of the most violent neighborhoods in one of America’s most troubled cities – Newark, New Jersey. You believe God has called you to penetrate the darkness of the inner city, but you are surrounded by whole blocks brought to their foundations by crime and poverty. Your problems are even more basic than that. How do …

Help Wanted

Tim Beals

READ : Ephesians 6:18-20 Pray . . . that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. (v. 19, niv) I recently attended the memorial service for an influential man of God. Dr. Ted W. Engstrom served for many years as an executive at a large Christian publisher and for decades more as president of both Youth for Christ and World Vision. Until his death at age 90, he went into World Vision headquarters five days a week, …

Going and Sending

Tim Beals

READ : Acts 13:1-5 “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (v. 2) When the Pittsburgh Steelers clinched Super Bowl XL, who got the credit? The coach for his winning strategy? The players for their quality execution? The general manager for his personnel decisions? Everyone in the Steelers organization won when they clinched the victory. On every team, there are those on the field and those on the sidelines, but they …