Tuesday, December 26, 2017

It's OK To Say, "I Don't Know"

We have discussed that it's ok to be wrong when we find ourselves in a discussion about the Lord, philosophy, politics or anything else for that matter! We also understand that it's ok to be right, as well. Yet, what if we just don't know? Easy! Just say, "I don't know!" because it's ok to not know everything.

Honestly, "I don't know" ... and that's ok!

Most of the time when we are debating/discussing/persuading, the person we're engaged with doesn't know either. We may feel like we are conceding a point if we can't come up with something on the spot. We are not conceding anything! We want to always be seeking the truth.

This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. - 1 Timothy 2:3-4 NLT

Ponder, Meditate, Contemplate

If we are in the cool zone we aren't looking to win arguments. We're looking to win hearts and for us to do that we want to seek the truth. Therefore, if you don't know, then say it!

A seasoned thinker knows that when he ventures into new territory of thought and reasoning, it's wise to ponder and think it through. Be patient and let the Word and the Holy Spirit inform this new area.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. - Ephesians 5:17 NKJV

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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Take Action!

A savior is born! It wasn't an accident or happenstance. It was expected!

What do the scriptures say? 
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven's Armies will make this happen! - Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT
The Book of Isaiah was written between 701 and 681 B.C.! God has a plan.
Remember the former things of old, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, 'My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,' - Isaiah 46:9-10 NKJV 
Praise the Lord! :-)

Please, add your thoughts in the comment section.

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Concept: A Savior is born.

In The Cool Zone concept. Think like Jesus thinks. Deliver the Gospel. Teach what you have learned.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's Ok To Be Right

When we engage people with the Gospel, doctrine, philosophy, politics, etc. it can be fun and it can also be a little intimidating if we feel we don't have all the details locked down. Some people avoid those discussions all together. Yet, religion (i.e. any belief system) and politics are where the ideas come from, that move the world forward.


Here at In The Cool Zone we want to provide a strategy to discuss these types of topics with a calm, cool and thoughtful demeanor. We even want to do this to the point of helping others remain calm and thoughtful as well.

Many of those ideas and techniques are found at ITCZ 101.

In the article, It's Ok To Be Wrong, we showed how one can eradicate the fear of being wrong. Especially, if we are engaging in conversations that have the potential to go sideways. With that, we also want to reinforce the idea that it's ok to be right, as well.

Yes! It's Ok To Be Right

As Christians we have so much material to read, study and discuss, we quickly realize that we cannot know everything. Yet, if you've told people about the Lord and your salvation, it doesn't take too long to get push back.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

It's Ok To Be Wrong

One of the reasons we may not engage others with the Gospel or biblical wisdom is a fear of being wrong about some detail. That fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in front of a group can completely shut a Christian down from sharing their faith. There is however, an antidote to this fear.

What is the truth here?

Wrap your mind around this idea... "It's ok to be wrong!"

As we go about our day, as Christians we should be ready to tell others what the Lord has done for us.  There is nothing to fear, especially if you prepare yourself. If you're not ready, you can be!

Focus on Coming to the Truth

If we get wrapped up in a philosophical question and we realize that we have wandered off on some tangent that is more, "uniformed opinion," than truth, do this... acknowledge it! Now, that's not hard is it?

Step one is to acknowledge to ourselves that we are wrong.

Step two, we want to have a mindset of always seeking the truth. If we know our goal and are committed to that goal of getting the truth, we are in a humble state. That's a great place to be. It's a peaceful place to be!

Don't worry anymore about winning arguments or debates. Let seeking the truth be so important that you don't need to "be right" to win. We win when we win people, not arguments.

Step three, skillfully move the other person to think.

In most encounters we are dealing with someone who does not know how to process information. We can help their thinking process by developing the skills taught on our ITCZ 101 page, In The Field, section. These techniques are very effective and designed to win people, not necessarily a debate. Although, they can do that too. :-)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Are You Lost in Obedience?

Everything we are looking for in our relationship with the Lord is found on the other side of a renewed mind. A renewed mind ushers us to walk in obedience. The result is an amazing relationship with the Lord.

Everything we want in a relationship with the Lord is on the other side of a renewed mind.

Bearing fruit, understanding the scriptures or walking in the Spirit, these things come only after we have been renewed in the mind and take action.

A renewed mind is a mind that thinks like Jesus thinks. It draws us to obedience. This is where we bear fruit and grow in a close and intimate relationship with the Lord. There isn't another way to grow.

Can we enter an extreme phase of obedience? Possibly. How is your thinking? Do you understand you are going to live forever? If that's so, then how does that change how you think?

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. - 1 Peter 1:23 NLT