I hope your new year has gotten off to a great start. There are a couple of things I
want to share with you this month, the first of which may seem a bit strange coming
from an author. We live in a society that is saturated with books—there are so many
Christian bookstores loaded with innumerable books from which to choose. But lately
I have noticed that a lot of people can quote from books they have read, but very few
are quoting from the Bible. When we are getting more of our information about God from
books other than the Bible itself, there is a problem. It’s been said that people will
read books about the Book, but they won’t read the Book. I believe we have hit that
point in Christianity.
One problem is that a lot of untruth is circulating in supposed Christian circles.
There are things happening in churches today that are unheard of in the Bible. Should
we say those things are okay just because they happen in the church? No; we must apply
discernment and wisdom. But how can we know if a speaker or an author is preaching
untruth unless we know what the truth is? The truth is in God’s Word. Period. His Word
is the light that will carry you through the darkness. I have received many compliments
about the book I wrote, and it has been very humbling to see how God has used it. But
please understand something: my book is only one-trillionth as good as the Bible. And
that is stretching it on my end! God’s Word will endure forever, while all of the works
by human authors will fade away. Make a great commitment this month to read God’s Word
and nothing else. The more of His Word that we can get into us, the more He can get
out of us.
You are going to love this e-mail I received. Listen to what this young lady did:
Hi Mr. Cahill!
I'm the girl who ran into you Saturday night in front of Phillips Arena. I was so
stunned to see you there! I knew you have said that you go where people are, but I
was shocked to see you out on that bitterly cold night. I couldn't stop thinking over
and over, That man walks his talk.
Well, you asked if I had been witnessing, and I promised to email you. The answer is
yes, I have. I just turned 20, and I was a student at the first Summit session at Bryan
College this summer. At the time, I thought the camp was good, but I really wasn't excited
about it. I enjoyed the lectures, but I'm not a fan of big groups, so I was a bit
overwhelmed by the social aspect and the number of people there. Plus, I didn't envision
how the concepts could really be all that important.
However, your lecture on the Saturday in the middle of the two weeks made a HUGE
impression on me. Right after the lecture, I went back to my dorm room and cried
for half an hour until the bus left to go on the evangelism trip to Chattanooga. I
was terribly nervous, but I went on the trip (that is something I would have NEVER
done except for your lecture).
Nothing spectacular happened that afternoon, but the ideas stuck. I went home and decided
I wanted to put the principles into practice. I made a commitment to start witnessing to
at least one person on every day that I went to class for the entire semester (I live off
campus, but I go to Kennesaw State University twice a week for class). By witnessing, I
mean actual conversations, not just passing out tracts.
Except for one day where I had laryngitis and couldn't talk, I kept my commitment, and
some days, I had several conversations. I kept a journal about every conversation, and
by the end of the semester, I believe I had gone to class approximately 30 days and had
Some of them turned out to be incredible. Witnessing on campus is an ideal situation,
and people have sat and talked to me for over an hour--about the gospel. I never dreamed
that would happen. I know 51 people is nothing compared to how many people you have witnessed
to, but it's 51 more than I EVER would have made contact with prior to Summit.
Now that I can look back on it, I can say Summit was one of the most important experiences
of my life up to this point. The principles taught there changed the way I view the world.
In the past five months, I can't tell you how many times I have used the things I learned.
Those principles have turned out to be CRITICAL in reaching out to a world that doesn't know
Christ. And running into you out in the cold this weekend made me realize all over again just
how CRITICAL it is to reach out. This semester, I want to do more.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your courage. It turned my life upside down.
Summit Ministries is one of the top camps in the country to help you grow to become the man
or woman of God that you are supposed to be. I call it a finishing school. Wherever you are
in your walk with the Lord, this camp will take you to the next level. It is for students
age 16 and older, so it may be perfect for you or for someone you know. The Colorado Summit
also has a one-week session for adults. (Click these links for information about the
and Summit Tennessee
If you go or send someone to the camp, you will not be disappointed!
The final thing is that, as I mentioned last month, I am writing another book. (And I just
said there are too many books!) However, this book is geared for the lost. Few lost people
read the Bible, but most will read a book. I am excited about it. As I wrap up the writing,
please pray that this will be an effective tool to reach the lost for the Lord.
Have a great month sharing your faith. Someone once said that, when it comes to witnessing,
some truth is better than no truth at all. If we don’t witness to people, they may get no
truth. If we witness to them, they get at least some truth. Good point. Press on.
Until the nets are full,