Friday, December 30, 2011

Food for Thought 11 - Christmas and Resolutions

Here are links to some of the best blog posts this past Christmas. Even though Christmas is over I think you will find some good "food for thought" in these post.

There are also three excellent posts on resolutions from a Christian perspective that would be worth your time as well as three links to some good short gospel videos I have come across.

Lastly, there are links to ten graphics with Scriptures I have made the past few months. You will see thumbnails which you can click on if you want to download.

May the Lord bless you in the coming year and may He continue to open the eyes of your heart more and more to His love and the beauty of the gospel.

Top Twelve Christmas Posts

Posts on Resolutions for the New Year

A New Year’s Top Ten List

Gospel Videos

All I Have is Christ - An Animation (5:23 minutes)

My Last Day (9:14 minutes)

A True Christmas Story (5:13 minutes)

Ten Graphics with Scriptures

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Graphics with Scriptures - Romanian

Here are the same graphics but with Romanian instead of English. Just click on the graphic and it will open a link so you can download the graphic.


Graphics with Scriptures - English

Here are some graphics I made from Creative Commons photos I found online. If you click on  the graphic it will open a link to download the graphic. Be sure to click on "large" to get the original size if it gives you an option on what size you want.

These can be for your own use or to email to others or put on social networks like Facebook to bless and encourage your friends and family.

May the Lord bless you in the coming year! 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Definition of the Gospel

Here is my latest version of a short definition of the gospel:
The Gospel is the good news about Jesus. That through His sinless life, sacrificial death on the cross and resurrection He has restored the reign and rule of God over all creation and made it possible for us to be reconciled to God and live with Him forever if we turn from our sinful rebellion back to God and place our trust in Jesus and all He did to deal with our sin and the judgment we deserve.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Food for Thought 4

How does the gospel apply to the life of a Christian? The Apostle Paul spent a lot of time writing about this. In verse 8 of the first chapter of Romans he states that the faith of those in the church at Rome was known throughout the world yet in verse 15 he tells them he wants to come and preach the gospel to them. Why would he want to do that? Especially considering that his letter to them is the richest letter in regards to gospel content. Well, Paul gives an answer to that in verse 16 "The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..." When is salvation done? When the new heavens and earth are created and the New Jerusalem comes down and God lives with His people. 

If that is so then it means that the gospel is the means by which we grow spiritually and become more like Jesus. How do we apply the gospel and live it out in our lives? Well, below are links to some blog posts that give some good "Food for Thought" about this. I hope they will get you thinking and be a blessing.
Is Religion Just Self-Help?

Can I Change My Emotions?

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Food for Thought 3

It is easy to think of those who go overseas of doing missions work but every Christian, according to Jesus, is to be a missionary right where they live. Below are some links that will give you some "Food for Thought" about the "mission" Jesus gave us.

These "Food for Thought" posts are sent out in an email usually once a week unless I am very busy or traveling. The last one sent out was "Food for Thought 8" so you can see I delay before posting them online. If you would like to receive "Food for Thought" by email let me know.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Food for Thought 2

How should normal everyday Christians be involved in life, evangelism and missions and what should motivate them? Here are a few links that will give you some "Food for Thought" in regards to these things. 

About the impact "normal everyday" Christians had on the growth of Christianity

The call to radical mission is NOT the solution to consumer Christianity - Part 1

The call to radical mission is NOT the solution to consumer Christianity - Part 2

The Glory and Goal of Missions

The Attributes of God in Light of the Cross - video - Dallas Willard on Spiritual Formation - 16 minutes

Spirituality isn't Inward

Lording willing I will be sending out my newsletter next week. You can check it out you can at the link Time, Traveling and Teams and if you would like to receive my newsletters just go to Subscribe.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Food for Thought

Three weeks ago I started sending out a once-a-week email with links to articles and blog posts on the internet that I think contain some good "food for thought" for those who follow Jesus. If you would like to start receiving the email please let me know.

Here are the links from the first one sent out:

Abide in the Vine

Steps to Shrink Spiritually - This is Discipling (1:58 min)

12 Ways to Glorify God at Work

Nine Pastoral Prayers

As some of you know, I have a page on Facebook called christlinks that I put links to the best stuff I find on the internet about Jesus and the gospel. It is an experiment to see how Facebook can be used to edify and encourage believers and give those without Jesus things to think about. If this is something that interest you I would encourage you to go to the page and click on the "Like" button if you haven't already. That way the links will show up in your newsfeed and the ones that you like you can click on "share" for them to show up for your friends to see. It would also be good to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to use the links to speak to your friends.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

"Walk by Faith" Part 2 of 2

As I was going about trying to raise support to go on my first summer outreach to Europe in 1997 I really had no idea what to do. I had read about George Mueller, who was an evangelist during the 1800’s, and how he had started orphanages and other organizations without asking for money. What did he do? He prayed and that was it, he never told anyone about the needs of the orphanages. To me that seemed like a great idea but I didn’t sense this was the way for me to go.

So I wrote a letter to friends and others I knew and showed it to my pastor to see what he thought. He said it was ok but suggested I don’t mention how much I need and let God take care of that. Sounded good to me so I did that and by the time I left for the outreach I had exactly the amount needed for the trip. For me that was very encouraging and would be the way I would deal with raising support from then on. Let people know what I was doing and leave the results to God and pray a lot!

When I moved to Romania long-term in October 1997 I went because God had very strongly confirmed that He wanted me to go. The sense that I was suppose to go was so strong that I didn’t wait until I had support lined up. I sent out letters again and let everyone know what I was doing and why and then I left for Romania. I had a plane ticket and $600 in my hand and didn’t know what would happen but because I believed God wanted me to go I trusted that He would provide.

After being in Romania a few weeks I said to myself, “Was I nuts or what!” All of a sudden there were lots of doubts as I had no idea how things were going to work out. But you know what? They did work out. It wasn’t easy at first but over time things got better and better. I saw God provide when I was in special need many times and those experiences really encouraged me.

But since moving to Bucharest in February 2007 my support has never been adequate for living here in the Capitol of Romania. Living in the big city is a lot more expensive than the other places I have lived. I have a nice apartment and by Bucharest standards my rent is very reasonable. When I tell Romanians who visit my place how much I pay they tell I got a great deal. But what I pay for rent here is what I use to live on for everything- rent, utilities, food, etcetera. Of course, the cost of living has gone up a lot as well so if I was back in those other cities I would be paying a lot more than I did before.

I did not look for this apartment; it fell into my lap, so to speak. When I first saw it I realized it would be a great place for a Bible study as it is on the ground floor, has marble tiled floors, a tram stops right outside in front of the apartment building and is located somewhat close to the center of the city. It is used now for ministry on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and one Sunday a month for movie night. In addition, I have a Romanian living with me who graduated from the Bible College in Hungary and had moved back but had no place to live. I love having him and am glad I can help him out this way but so far he hasn’t able to pay for the additional expenses he has caused as some of the utilities are based on how many people live in the apartment. In May he will start a new job so hopefully he will be able to help out a bit though he will only be making around $300 a month.

I have been back to the States twice trying to raise more support to live here in Bucharest. Each time I would have people and churches tell me they are going to support me but most never followed through. Thankfully a few did but it hasn’t been enough yet to meet my monthly expenses.  So I am in real need of raising a lot more monthly support and even some one time financial gifts as I don’t know how I am going to pay rent next month. I pay three months at a time in the middle of the three months and it comes due May 15. Somehow, by faith, I will be able to pay it. This is my hope and prayer as I would hate to have to move out.

So I would appreciate your prayers very much and if any of you are open and able I would ask you to please prayerfully consider supporting me on a monthly basis or at least sending a financial gift  at this time to help me out so I can pay rent next month.

For His glory,


Support Information

By Check
Make checks payable to: Lumina pe Strada

Put ROWA in the memo section and attached a note to the check with my name William Anderson

Mail to:   Lumina pe Strada
              1241 West Olive Ave.
              El Centro, CA  92243

Please include the following information the first time you send support:
  1. Name for tax purposes
  2. Address
  3. Phone number
  4. Email address
Giving to Lumina pe Strada (Romanian for "Light on the Street') is tax deductible. At the end of the year you will receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Friday, April 15, 2011

"Walk by Faith" Part 1 of 2

These are the words I have heard in my heart a lot over the past few months. It is a challenging time to be a missionary who is dependent on support due to the economic crisis in the world. I realize I am not the only one experiencing difficulties as several missionaries I know have either gone back home to the States or are really struggling just to pay rent and have enough to live on. This is the world we live in these days and many are hurting and feeling the affects of the economic problems.

While my support had been going down it also did not help that I changed my home church to Calvary Kaleo in Brawley, California after almost thirteen years with Calvary Chapel Boise. It was not something done lightly or easily but I felt God was calling me in a different direction than where CC Boise was going so it was the best thing to do under the circumstances. Pastor Bob of CC Boise was very gracious to continue supporting me for a time which I really appreciate as it helped a lot in the transition.

But now I am fully under Calvary Kaleo and excited about it. The pastor, Shane Herman, had been the pastor here in Bucharest so he knows exactly what the challenges and struggles are here and we are both on the same page as far as the vision for the ministry here. Unfortunately, since Calvary Kaleo is a church plant starting from scratch, they are not in a position yet to support me financially though in every other way they are so good to me.

While I was in the States from late August to mid October last year some things happened that served as a warning to me that I was going to experience some challenges when I got back to Romania that would cause me to consider moving back to the States but that the Lord still had things for me to do in Romania and that I should “walk by faith”.

The reason I recognized this is because it was not the first time the Lord had warned me. When I was planting the church in Braşov I had a dream in which I was back in the States and in the dream I realized I was not ever going to be allowed to go back to Romania. Still in the dream, I was so devastated I just cried and cried. When I woke up I realized that it was the Lord’s way of letting me know that Romania was still my calling and I was glad for this reminder as it was not long after that some challenges came up that made me want to quit and go back to the States. But I heard the words “walk by faith’ in my heart.

This time, while in the States, three good friends and my oldest sister in different ways and for different reasons talked to me about moving back to the States. They did not know each other or have any idea that the others had talked to me about moving back. For me this was very surprising as no one had ever done this before. Right away I wondered what was going on. So I took some time to seek the Lord about this as maybe what happened was the Lord’s way of telling me to move back to the States. I want to be open to what the Lord wants, whatever it is. While praying I still felt that God wasn’t done with me yet in Romania. Again what came to my mind was “walk by faith”.

Before I left to come back to Romania I received some confirmation from Shane as I talked to him about what people had said to me. His response was something like, “William, God’s ways are different. When the Lord tells us something we need to learn to “walk by faith”.

So, believing that the Lord still has things for me to do here I am staying. But what does it mean to “walk by faith” in the circumstances I find myself in today? I will explore that more in my next blog post.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Top 3 Reasons Christians Don't Share the Gospel | J. D. Payne

I came across a post on Ed Stetzer's blog, J.D. Payne Answers Your Questions About Evangelism, in which J.D. gave a good answer to the following question:

In your estimation, what are the top 3 reasons Christians don't share the gospel with the lost?
Aside from general disobedience, I believe most people are apathetic about evangelism because they do not understand the implications of the gospel on their lives. They fail to understand who they are in Christ and what it means to live in obedience to Him. Second, people are afraid of what others will say or think about them. The fear of man is their primarily concern. Finally, some people think that they do not know what to say to others. They fear being asked a question that they cannot answer. Or, they fear giving someone incorrect information. Since they do not see themselves as "evangelists," they decide to leave such Kingdom labors to the "professionals."