Heisann! How long has it been? Phewks! Glad that no cobwebs have grown around here while I was away. I wish I could write every so often but sometimes (many times) life gets busy huh?

Anyway, Here I go again – literally!

Have you heard the song Here I Go Again by Casting Crowns? I only came across it not so long ago – Ow. Where have I been all these years? Yikes.

Seriously, this is one of the best songs about evangelism that I have ever heard. I can relate to almost every verse.

I concluded a previous article with this quote:

Fear, not ignorance, is the real enemy of evangelism. We fear that our friends will reject or marginalize us if we speak about our faith; we fear that what we don’t know will be exposed; we fear that our beliefs will be challenged.

Can this be more true? I mean, think about that friend you have always hang out with, you talk everything football, maybe study together, but there is one thing you have always struggled to tell them – Maybe never even mentioned it. And that, ironically, is the best news the world could ever hear. That Christ lived the righteous life we could never live, and died, on a cross, the death we should die, to pay for our very sins. Believing in Him is the ONLY way our sins can be forgiven, and the only way we can be right with God.

Often times, I find myself talking about how bad (or good) the weather is, how well (or bad) Manchester United played in the previous match, or even politics – Just things that won’t live past the day.

If you are like me, this is the prayer you make when going out to evangelize or hangout with friends,

Father, hear my prayer
I need the perfect words
Words that he will hear
And know they’re straight from You
I don’t know what to say
I only know it hurts
To see my only friend slowly fade away
So maybe this time I’ll speak the words of life
With Your fire in my eyes
But that old familiar fear is tearing at my words
What am I so afraid of?

 

That’s the first verse of the song by the way. Then comes the chorus…

 

 ‘Cause here I go again
Talkin ’bout the rain
And mulling over things that won’t live past today
And as I dance around the truth
Time is not his friend
This might be my last chance to tell him
That You love Him
But here I go again, here I go again

 

I feel like those song leaders who keep talking as the song goes on. “Verse 2, Come on! 😀 ”

 

Lord, You love him so, You gave Your only Son
If he will just believe; he will never die
But how then will he know what he has never heard
Lord he has never seen mirrored in my life
So maybe this time I’ll speak the words of life
With Your fire in my eyes
But that old familiar fear is tearing at my words
What am I so afraid of?

 

I will end this with that same quote by Rebecca Manley Pippert.

Fear, not ignorance, is the real enemy of evangelism. We fear that our friends will reject or marginalize us if we speak about our faith; we fear that what we don’t know will be exposed; we fear that our beliefs will be challenged.