Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bridges to the Gospel in A Hindu Context

This is the last in a three-part series about engaging Hindus for Christ, part one can be found here and part two can be found here.. These are modified from a recent paper I wrote on bridges and barriers to the gospel within a Hindu worldview.

God is drawing Hindus to himself all over the world and doing this in many ways, but in my experience of ministering to Hindus, I have come across some common bridges to the gospel. This is in no way meant to be an exhaustive list, but just a couple simple bridges to help one get started in ministering cross-culturally to a Hindu, wherever they be in the world.

1. They hear the story of Creation to Cross.

This has been one of the most common bridges to the entire gospel that I have experienced in ministering to Hindus. By giving them the meta-narrative of the Bible you get to go into a lot of different sub-points. For those of you unfamiliar with what I mean by meta-narrative, you basically do a snap shot of the entire underlining story in the Bible. The short of that would be: creation, fall, redemption, restoration.

By doing this you will usually have time to go deeper into each point as time allows. If it is in the context of a friendship then you can spend weeks on each point so that they really grasp an understanding of it.

The reason that this has proven to be such a successful bridge builder is because you start by establishing that God has always been with no beginning. You then move to this God being the creator God who made a perfect creation with man being his most precious creation. This allows you to move into the serpent (most craftiest creation) coming in and questioning God and tempting man to do the same. Once you mention sin it is really important to spend a lot of time on it and go deep into the problem evil. From here you have obviously set up the need for Jesus, the Savior of the world. You then spend time on Jesus: his life, death, and resurrection.

In short this bridge is giving them the gospel and you leave them with the fact that as man we all have a decision to make. We either worship Jesus as Lord or we reject him as Lord. I have found in my experience that it is helpful after sharing this to give them a Bible in their mother tongue and follow up with them within the next week.

2. They experience physical healing.

I know, some of you are questioning what this Southern Baptist raised and seminary trained guy is doing mentioning miracles. The reality is that the supernatural is much more evident amongst Hindus and in a place like India where there is such a desperate need for the gospel.

This does not mean that a miracle will always take place as I can name many situations where they have not, but a high percentage of Hindus that I know that have come to faith in Jesus did so initially through a physically healing that took place in their own life or someone in their family. In my experience I would say 95%+ have reported this to me. I have heard countless stories of entire families coming to faith at once through a miracle taking place in one persons life.

This is one reason that as a bridge to the gospel, I teach Hindu background believers to always ask when sharing the gospel if there is any need for physical healing. My Charismatic friends are tracking with me 100%, but I know my Baptists friends are questioning and doubting me at this point. It tells us in Luke 10:9 when entering a house to "Heal the sick in it and say to them, 'The Kingdom of God has come near to you.'" I do not have time to go into everything here, but I will simply say that it is happening, out of the mouth of a Baptist, God is using physical healing still today to bring people to himself. And give me a break, I married a Pentecostal so if anything I'm a Bapticostal.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Barriers to the Gospel in a Hindu Context

This is the second in a three-part series about engaging Hindus for Christ, the first part can be found here. These are modified from a recent paper I wrote on bridges and barriers to the gospel within a Hindu worldview.

Before I get into the bridges to the gospel in a Hindu worldview, I want to mention a couple of the most common barriers that I have encountered in my ministering to Hindus. Many barriers are in the way of Hindus having faith and following Jesus as Lord, the only Lord. Some of these obstacles are locality of the Hindus, many live in places that nobody with the gospel wants to venture to. This is one of the many reasons so many of the unreached people groups of today are Hindu found within India, because nobody wants to take the gospel to them so they simply have never heard the gospel.

Although, in recent days there seems to be a move of God within the nation of India amongst some of the least reached areas and people are responding to Jesus. I know this because I have been there and experienced it. But in spite of that, there are a couple of common barriers that I have encountered in my interaction of sharing the gospel with Hindus both in the village and city.

Common Barriers:

1. All Americans are Christians.

This is a huge barrier if you take a minute to stop and think about what that loaded statement would mean. If everything that was displayed in the movies, on tv, and from our news outlets alone defined Christianity then I would want nothing to do with it myself. As Timothy C. Tennent said, "People who stand outside of the boundaries of historic Christianity are representing Christianity."

To be fair, in part this idea comes from the same idea behind many Hindus that to be Indian is to be Hindu, which is also far from the truth. In the parts of India where I have ministered one can easily find Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, and Hindus along with many variations of each of those religions.

Helping re-define what a Hindu believes a Christian is goes a long way in engaging them with the gospel. Once they learn that what they saw on MTV or in some Hollywood movies does not actually represent disciples of Jesus, it gives you an opportunity to explain to them and display for them what being a follower of Jesus is all about.

2. "All gods are the same, man is what is different."

This is the exact statement that my Hindu neighbor gave me when having a gospel conversation recently. Although he just presented this barrier to me last week, this is a recurring barrier. As has already been stated, most Hindus have no problem with Jesus, many believe the Bible is a holy book, and therefore see Jesus as a God amongst many.

So what this statement really means is that to the average Hindu all gods are expressions of the gods are the same, but as man we express this differently based on our culture, upbringing, etc. The reality could not be any further from the truth.

In engaging Hindus with the gospel this is an important point to flip on its head. The truth is that as man we are all the same, sinners in need of a Savior; but the one true God is what is different. He is set apart from all 330 million gods in Hinduism because he is creator God, and the only one who sent Jesus, the Godman to die in our place so that we could have a restored relationship with the God of the universe. Along with this, Hindus generally do the religious rituals as a way to please the gods in hopes of having their favor. This is another great point to show Hindus that as man we can never on our own effort please God, but that through Jesus are sins can be forgiven and we can be looked at as righteous in the sight of God.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Engaging Hindus with the Gospel

The following is the first in a three-part series about engaging Hindus for Christ. These are modified from a paper I wrote recently on bridges and barriers to the gospel within a Hindu worldview.

I often get asked how it is that Hindus are coming to faith and for any advice in witnessing to Hindus, whether that be in India or the US. The reality is that there is no "one size fits all" formula or method for engaging Hindus with the Gospel as Hinduism is made up of a very diverse group of people around the world. And maybe to your surprise many of them have no problem with Jesus or the Bible as they see him as one God amongst many gods (330 million+). In part their own worldview makes reaching Hindus more difficult, especially where and how the gospel fits.

In my experience of church planting amongst Hindus I have come across three general types of Hindus.

1. The very active, religious Hindu.

These are the Hindus that have their gods, pray and worship daily, regularly go to the temple, and even have a prayer room in their house. Typically their life is guided and big decisions are made based on what their guru tells them. They worship many gods, but have their two to three that are the most important gods. In engaging this group with the gospel many will have no problem with Jesus and some will even gladly "accept" him as God, but with the understanding he is one amongst many.

2. The nominal Hindu.

These are the Hindus that are definitely Hindu in religion and name, but they only worship the gods as a show to those around them and at times of the year it will likely benefit them, such as for prosperity, health, etc. These are similar to your "Christians" who go to church on Easter and Christmas. These Hindus love to celebrate the large religious  festivals, and in their day to day life they will perform the rituals if they have time.

3. Hindu in name only.

This is the group of people that are not very religious and have very little time for the gods of Hinduism or the religious practices. In my experience the majority of this group are of the younger generation (ages 10-30) or those that have been successful apart from the gods. This is the group that I really have a heart for because they are at a good place in realizing that Hinduism is offering them nothing, but if they gospel does not penetrate their heart soon then I fear they will just turn to materialism.

These are recognizably broad generalizations and it gets more complicated with many nuances if you are trying to reach Hindus in the city opposed to the village. But aside from the broad generalizations, I have engaged all three groups with the gospel and the bridges that I will discuss in the next post are relevant to all Hindus everywhere.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Point of Prayer is Empowering for Mission

I have been re-reading through John Pipers book Desiring God this week and wanted to share a quote from his chapter on "Prayer: The Power of Christian Hedonism," along with some verses that point to prayer as the empowering for mission. Piper says, "We see repeatedly in Scripture that prayer is a walkie-talkie for warfare, not a domestic intercom for increasing our conveniences. The point of prayer is empowering for mission."

The point of prayer is empowering for mission in the following ways:

"[Pray] for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel" -Ephesians 6:19

"Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ." -Colossians 4:3

"Strive together with me in your prayers to God on my behalf...that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints." -Romans 15:30-31

"Pray for us that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored." -2 Thessalonians 3:1

"Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." -Matthew 9:38

The above verses point to the many reasons that prayer is vital for warfare in the mission of God. I mention the above also as a way to thank those of you who have partnered with my family as we seek to be on mission in S. Asia. We have never felt the need for prayer before like we have the last couple years of our life and we ask that you would continue to pray for us as we are in a war like environment that God would continue to advance His church here.

Monday, February 18, 2013

7 Free Martin Luther Books on the 467th Anniversary of His Death


Martin Luther


Today is the 467th anniversary of Martin Luther's going to be with the Lord. To celebrate, my friends over at Deep Roots Library are giving away seven of his most popular books as a free download. Below you will find a brief biography of Luther that was put together by the guys at Deep Roots as well as a list of the free books. 

Brief Biography

Martin Luther was a German monk, priest, professor of theology and seminal figure of the Protestant Reformation. He strongly disputed the claim that freedom from God’s punishment for sin could be purchased with money. He confronted indulgence salesman Johann Tetzel with his Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. His refusal to retract all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the pope and condemnation as an outlaw by the Emperor.
Luther taught that salvation is not earned by good deeds but received only as a free gift of God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ as redeemer from sin. His theology challenged the authority of the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church by teaching that the Bible is the only source of divinely revealed knowledge and opposed sacerdotalism by considering all baptized Christians to be a holy priesthood. Those who identify with Luther’s teachings are called Lutherans.
His translation of the Bible into the vernacular (instead of Latin) made it more accessible, causing a tremendous impact on the church and on German culture. It fostered the development of a standard version of the German language, added several principles to the art of translation, and influenced the translation into English of the King James Bible. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. His marriage to Katharina von Bora set a model for the practice of clerical marriage, allowing Protestant priests to marry.
Free Book Downloads:
  • Christian Liberty
  • First Principles
  • Good Works
  • Larger Catechism
  • Smaller Catechism
  • Preface to Romans
  • The Bondage of the Will
I'd like to thank the Luke Wilson at Deep Roots Library for putting this together and for the free books. Make sure you go to their original post to see instructions on how to receive your free downloads and share it with others by using this link or by sharing this post.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Reading for Lent

The 40 days prior to Easter are known for a time of giving up something sacrificially for a season of preparation and repentance in order to show God how much we love him, namely this is referred to as Lent. And although most of the time people give up or fast something during this time such as sweets, caffeine, or even Facebook,  which I encourage you to do, I am also adding something that I am going to do every week during Lent. For each week of Lent I have a goal of reading one book in addition to my normal reading and daily Bible reading. 

The books that I plan to read are not necessarily "Lent/Easter" specific books, but they are all books that will help in ones spiritual development and growth in leading up to the celebration of Easter. Some of the book are going to be a first read and others a re-read.

Recommended Lent Reading

On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius 
Athanasius composed this essay in his early life and devoted it to a number of issues still debated by theologians today, including monotheism, spiritual salvation, and the divine nature of Jesus Christ.

A Passion for Prayer: Experiencing Deeper Intimacy with God by Tom Elliff
A Passion for Prayer seeks to help you develop or deepen your communion with God. Drawing on personal experiences and the reassurances of God's Word, Pastor Tom Elliff shares the principles, challenges and disciplines of prayer.

Desiring God: Meditations of A Christian Hedonist by John Piper
According to John Piper, the pursuit of pleasure in God is not only permissible, it’s essential.
Desiring God is a paradigm-shattering work that dramatically alters common perspectives on relating to God.


Paul's Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry
This book examines Paul's missionary methods from the perspective of Paul's activities in the first century and the perspective of his ongoing impact on missions today.

Primal Credo: Your Entrance Into the Apostles' Creed by Derek Vreeland This is a fresh, modern reading of the Apostles' Creed.

Learning to Soar: How to Grow Through Transitions and Trials by Avery T. and Matt Willis
This book will motivate unfulfilled Christians to respond to God's stirrings and to step out into abundant living.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Verge 2013 Free Live Webcast

A few months ago I mentioned the Verge 2013 Conference on Disciple Making that is happening in Austin, TX on March 1-2, 2013. I mainly mention conferences like these because if you are able to attend I believe that they are worth your time and investment.

Obviously I am unable to attend because of living in India, but now Verge has made it available to still participate in the conference by offering a free live webcast. For my friends who are living and serving overseas, this is good news because we can still benefit even though we can not be there in person. Now, I am sure some of you like me do not want to wake up at 2am to participate in some of the sessions, no worries the webcast will also have DVR ability so that you can start/stop whenever needed. For complete details on the live webcast go here: Verge Network Live Webcast.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Identifying the "Weights" in Our Lives

I just finished reading a short biography by Daniel Akin on the life of missionary Eric Liddell, whose career as an Olympic runner was made famous by the 1982 film Chariots of Fire. There is much of Liddel's life that is commendable to all of us but he would want to be most known for the race that he ran as a follower of Jesus. One notable quote by Liddell is that he said, "We are all missionaries. Wherever we go we either bring people nearer to Christ or we repel them from Christ."

In order to run the race well, Liddel would turn to Hebrews 12:1-2: Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

In order to be the missionaries that we are called to be, Liddell would identify some "weights" that would hinder us:

Prejudices - I believe it is God's will that the whole world should be without any barriers of race, colour, class, or anything else that breaks the spirit of fellowship.

Distraction - If you are not guided by God, you will be guided by someone or something else.

Rebellion - Surrender means the end of the great rebellion of our wills.

Disobedience - Sin is anything we know we should do but won't or don't do. It is therefore disobedience.

Persecution - The only way to face persecution is to rejoice. Any other way of facing it fails to come out victorious. The apostles rejoiced "that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name (Acts 5:41).

Lordship - To speak of Jesus as Lord means that I give him the control of my will... I say "Lord Jesus," meaning Jesus is now Lord of my life to lead and dictate. My greatest joy is just to do what pleases him.

Unexpected hardships - Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God's plans, but God is not helpless among ruins.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dr. Benjamin Carson's Speech at the National Prayer Breakfast

A friend sent me a link to Dr. Benjamin Carson's speech that took place on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast. Dr. Carson is the pediatric neorosurgery division director at John Hopkins Hospital and a follower of Jesus. Although, I typically do not post anything political in nature, I think that this speech from the Fellowship Foundation National Prayer Breakfast is worth twenty-seven minutes of your time.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart


In his newest book, Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved, J.D. Greear has written a book on a topic that inevitably all of us within the church have struggled with at some point, whether or not we can have assurance of salvation. The book really comes out of Greear's own struggle with his own assurance as a young Christian, one that would last for years. Although most probably have not struggled with this question on the level of Greear, "asking Jesus into my heart 5,000 times by 18, being saved in every denomination, and being baptized four times," we all at some point in our Christian walk struggle with our assurance. The purpose of the book is clear from the beginning by looking at the question, how can anyone know, beyond all doubts, that they're saved?

To be fair to Greear, his own struggle came from looking at passages like Matthew 7:21-23, which mentions many people thinking that they know Jesus, but awakening on the final day to the reality that He never knew them. Chapter one looks briefly at both those who struggle with the assurance of their salvation and then those that are falsely assured by living however they want to because they are holding on to some meaningless prayer prayed at some point. To the second group, Greear says, "Salvation does indeed happen in a moment, and once you are saved you are always saved. The mark, however, of someone who is saved is that they maintain their confession of faith until the end of their lives."

For many of us that grew up in the church such as myself, we will easily resonate with this book, especially those of us that prayed a generic sinner's prayer by asking Jesus into our heart. The book puts it this way, "'Praying the sinners prayer' has become something like a Protestant ritual we have people go through to gain entry into heaven."To be clear, Greear does believe as ministers of the gospel that we should urge our hearers for a response, in fact he personally believes that if we do not then we have not fully preached the gospel.

For some the first part of the title is a bit controversial, especially in the SBC in recent days, but that is not Greear's heartfelt desire behind the title or the book. His point is that salvation comes not because you prayed a prayer correctly, but because you have leaned the hopes of your soul on the finished work of Christ. 

Greear says with certainty that God wants us to have certainty about salvation, and believes that ones spiritual life really never takes off until assurance of salvation is present. In order to unpack that statement he shows how until one has assurance they will inevitably deal with all types of struggles including sin because of the doubt of their salvation.

This small book is packed full of Scripture but specifically 1 John is looked at in regards to having assurance in salvation. In 1 John 5:-10-12, Greear shows how John identifies two components of assurance: Belief in a testimony about eternal life and; Evidences of eternal life at work in us.

In Greear's own struggle, what eventually helped him have assurance of salvation was by looking at John 3:36 and realizing that there are only two postures we can take toward Christ: We either "believe" or we do not. And so in belief one does not have to hope they are forgiven, but rather one can know they are forgiven because as Greear's church summarizes the gospel: It is Jesus in my place.

The apostle Paul also summarizes the gospel in a simple and straightforward way by saying to be saved you must "believe." Greear expounds on this statement by showing that biblical belief or faith includes volitional aspects. "Biblically speaking, repentance and belief are part of the same whole."

"Conversion is not completing a ritual, it is commencing a relationship." Greear shows how that salvation was obtained by resting on two "facts" promised by God: He was crucified as the payment for our sins; He was resurrected as proof that God accepted His sacrifice as payment. To those continuing to wrestle with their assurance of salvation: "Don't try to find assurance from a prayer you prayed in the past; find assurance by resting in the present on what Jesus did in the past."

Since belief and repentance are part of the same whole, repentance is not subsequent to belief; it is part of belief. Greear says it this way, "It is belief in action - choices that flow out of conviction." In this section Greear wants to be clear on repentance so he outlines what repentance is and what is not.

Many reading this book will wonder if "once saved always saved," then why does the Bible warn about one losing their salvation? Clearly what the Bible teaches is that those who endure to the end will be saved, but how does that assure one of their salvation? Greear shows us in a biblically faithful way how a true believer can never be lost, but a true believer will also never stop following Jesus. Greear describes it like this, "Faith that fades, no matter how luscious its first-fruits, is not saving faith. Greear then points back to the title by saying, "Praying a prayer to ask Jesus into your heart, even if it's followed by a flurry of emotion and religious fervor, is no proof that you are saved."

To be clear, Greear is not advocating that once saved someone will not struggle with sin. In fact, he believes that believers can and do struggle with almost every type of sin, but the key is how one gets up from sin. We must get up in constant posture of repentance and faith.

Included in the book are two very helpful appendix sections. The first on the issue of baptism, especially for those that were baptized before they were assured of their salvation. The second on the indispensable link between assurance and the doctrine of justification by faith alone.

I find this book to be a very necessary one and believe that this book is extremely helpful for everyone within the church. This small book will help both those that wrestle with their assurance of salvation and those that are overly assured to be able to know for sure they are saved. So if you have ever wrestled with the assurance of salvation than this is the book for you as it is made readable for all audiences.

After reading this book, I highly recommend it as Greear has a pastoral heart to help people be assured of their salvation. Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart is the most concise book available on the assurance of salvation and one that I think will become a helpful discipleship tool for churches across America. You may even want to buy an extra copy as I have a feeling this will be the book to point people to on assurance for years to come.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Quotes from Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart

On my plane ride back home yesterday I finished reading my copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by JD Greear. As promised a full review of the book will be posted both on Amazon and here on Wednesday but until then I wanted to post some noteworthy quotes from the book to wet your appetite.

Noteworthy quotes:

Salvation does indeed happen in a moment, and once you are saved you are always saved. The mark, however, of someone who is saved is that they maintain their confession of faith until the end of their lives. (5)

Repentance and faith are heart postures you take toward the finished work of Christ. (8)

Praying the sinner's prayer has become something like a Protestant ritual we have to go through to gain entry into heaven. (9)

If we do not urge the hearer (of the gospel) to respond personally to God's offer in Christ, I do not believe we have fully preached the gospel. (10).

Salvation comes not because you prayed a prayer correctly, but because you have leaned on the hopes of your soul on the finished work of Christ. (11)

You will never have the strength to say "no" to sin until you realize the unconditional "yes" that God has given you in Christ. (16)

There are only two postures we can take toward Jesus Christ. We either "believe" or we do not. (27)

You did not start to sin because you hung around the wrong crowd; you were the wrong crowd. You hung around those you were comfortable with. You chose to sin because you liked it better than God. (29)

Conversion is not completing a ritual, it is commencing a relationship. (42)

Salvation was obtained by simply resting on the two "facts" God has promised about Jesus: He was crucified as the payment for our sins; He was resurrected as proof that God accepted His sacrifice as payment. (46)

Repentance is not subsequent to belief; it is part of belief. It is belief in action - choices that flow out of conviction. (55)

A true believer can never be lost, but a true believer also will never stop following Jesus. (79)

Praying a prayer to ask Jesus into your heart, even if it's followed by a flurry of emotion and religious ferver, is no proof that you are saved. (82)

Often the strongest evidence of my growth in grace is my growth in the knowledge of my need for grace. (103)

Don't feel your way into your beliefs; believe your way into your feelings. (108)

Knowing that you know Jesus, and that Jesus knows you, will lead to more peace and joy than you dreamed possible. (112)

Friday, February 1, 2013

Book Giveaway: Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart Book by J.D. Greear

J.D. Greear's new book Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved releases today. I am in the process of reading my own pre-released copy and plan on putting a full review of the book up as soon as I finish. I highly encourage you to buy this book as I believe that the doctrine of assurance is one that many within the church struggle with continuously. And because I believe in the contents of this book I would like to give one copy of the book away. See below for details.

FROM THE BOOK

“If there were a Guinness Book of World Records entry for ‘amount of times having prayed the sinner’s prayer,’ I’m pretty sure I’d be a top contender,” says pastor and author J. D. Greear. He struggled for many years to gain an assurance of salvation and eventually learned he was not alone. “Lack of assurance” is epidemic among evangelical Christians.
In Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart, J. D. shows that faulty ways of present- ing the gospel are a leading source of the confusion. Our presentations may not be heretical, but they are sometimes misleading. The idea of “asking Jesus into your heart” or “giving your life to Jesus” often gives false assurance to those who are not saved—and keeps those who genuinely are saved from fully embracing that reality.

Greear unpacks the doctrine of assurance, showing that salvation is a posture we take to the promise of God in Christ, a posture that begins at a certain point and is maintained for the rest of our lives. He also answers the tough questions about assurance: What exactly is faith? What is repentance? Why are there so many warnings that seem to imply we can lose our salvation?

Such issues are handled with respect to the theological rigors they require, but Greear never loses his pastoral sensitivity or a communication technique that makes this message teachable to a wide audience from teens to adults.

THE GIVEAWAY

I am giving away one free copy of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved to one of my faithful readers. There are two ways to be eligible to enter the giveaway or feel free to do both. Here is how to enter the giveaway:

1. Share a link to this post via Twitter or Facebook.

2. Leave a comment below, briefly sharing how you either struggled with assurance of salvation or how you came about being confident in your salvation. 

3. The winner will be selected and announced at the bottom of the comments section on this post on the morning of February 4th. The book will be sent to the winner.