Evangelization

A few days ago I posted a blog about how we talk to people and say “God bless you” and start conversations. In the last few days we had other experiences which I’m going to share with you to encourage you to start doing the same.

Our bus driver to the airport was a wonderful gentleman. We just said “God bless you” and told him we are a Catholic Pilgrimage group and it started a wonderful conversation. At the end he said what a great time of fellowship and fun it was talking with “you and your folks”. He is encouraged to be a better Christian and all of us emboldened to share more.

5BAEF919-D7C7-4C85-8597-5738EEB8AE9DSecond, Janet and I were in the airport lounge and this wonderful woman (see picture) was serving us and very pleasant. We simply said, “God bless you!”. She got so excited, turned around and said, “No one says that anymore, thank you so much and God bless you too!”

That started a very pleasant conversation about how everyone is afraid to express their Christian faith in this pagan and woke world. Her father was a pastor and she said her whole life is devoted 100% to Jesus Christ. We told her we were the same. We had a wonderful conversation that spread to all the other people in the lounge and it was a great moment of evangelism just because we said “God bless you”.

EB9AEAAD-7867-4791-A9C3-41EFEEAE2394I also wear this simple symbol of my belief in Jesus Christ and his Church (see picture). It starts conversations every day and this is another way you can open the door for evangelistic conversations.

Yesterday we sat by a young Hispanic man and I asked him if he was a Catholic. He smiled and said, “Yes.” We told him he was smart for being a Catholic and to never let anybody talk him out of it. Another great conversation ensued.

If Janet and I can do it, you can do it! Let’s take our world back for Jesus!

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By virtue of our baptism we are called to be evangelists. This should be on our minds every day.

Right now we are in the airport in Detroit ready to depart for Saint Augustine Florida where we will pick up our pilgrimage group and discover where Catholicism began in the New World (It did not begin with the pilgrims in Jamestown which was at least 50 years later).

We were sitting next to an elderly couple and they asked us where we were going and we asked where they were going. We told them that we lead Catholic Pilgrimages and we found out that one was a former legislator and the wife an appellate court justice. A very high-level couple. He joked that he was in the legislature and his wife was always vetoing him not only in the courts but at home :-)

So, we told them that we were Catholics and that we love teaching the Bible and taking people to biblical and Catholic sites. They were interested and we had a marvelous conversation.

Now, we could’ve not said a thing and just told them we were going to Florida. That would’ve been OK, but what kind of evangelism is that?

Janet and I have been working over a lifetime to find a way to turn every conversation into an evangelistic approach. Not to be offensive, pushy or denigrating. But we share the joy of the Lord and what we do and because of that we’ve been able to plant a lot of seeds and give Christianity a positive note in a very anti-Christian world.

Think about it. You can do it too. there are a million ways to bring Our Lord into the conversation and if you ask God to bring you one or two people a day, it will make your life very exciting waiting for the people that God is going to bring to you and make sure you don’t drop the ball :-)

Even when we came into the airport we said “God bless you” to three people who served us and all of them smiled and said, “Thank you and God bless you too!” A man walked by with a T-shirt that said “God is awesome”. We stopped him and said, “He sure is awesome and God bless you for being a Christian.” You should’ve seen the smile on his and his wife’s face!

You can do it too!

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People always ask, “What do I say to my husband…?”  or “How do I get my kids back in the Church?  or  “I am getting no where trying to tell my friend about my Faith.”

Well Steve came up with Six Rules to help you deal with non-Catholics – especially family and friends.

To read my article on this topic, click here. I will discuss this on the Terry & Jesse Show at 2 PM Eastern, Tuesday. Listen live or later to the recorded show here.

They are only 2 minutes each! Enjoy!

Rule 1: Don’t Argue!

Rule 2: Love them more than ever before

Rule 3: Study and do your homework

Rule 4: Pray and make sacrifices (not being trite)

Rule 5: Show the Joy of the Lord

Rule 6: Most Important… Listen to find out what it is!

Here is my article Six Rules published in Catholic Answers Magazine

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Discussion on how to live a Catholic Life in an increasingly anti-Christian World

January 16, 2021

I have a great time chatting with Jude and Theresa Verzosa, founders of Empower Philippines over Zoom. It was broadcast live over the Philippines and the US though Facebook. It was a lively discussion discussing the early Christians and how we can imitate their courageous lives in the face of Greco-Roman paganism and persecution. Watch […]

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“Dear Mr. Bible Guy, Thanks for Confronting my Son…”

August 15, 2020

Posted in National Catholic Register: Dear Mr. Bible Guy Who Tried to Convert My Son and His Friends: These kids don’t just know the Bible, the Catechism, and Church history. They know how to think. Excellent article written by Jennifer Fitz Dear Christian Bible Guy, I want to thank you for coming up to my son and […]

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Should We Evangelize Protestants?

August 10, 2020

Excellent article in The Catholic Thing by Casey Chalk affirms that we SHOULD evangelize Protestants. I have always said evangelism does not stop until all Christians are eating one meal together, in one house at one table (altar). As a convert, I understand the blindness that prevails and the need to teach all of the […]

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Z-Meeting of the Minds Interview: How to Evangelize Protestants

June 4, 2020

Fun show with Gene. Blip verses and how to talk with Protestants.

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My Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family & Friends

June 2, 2020

Recently I had the opportunity to do a podcast with Pamela Fernandez about a topic that I am asked about more than any other. What should I do with my family? How do I get them back in the Church? You can also visit Pamela’s website for more info and resources. Hopefully you will enjoy […]

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Interview with Steve Ray (Jerusalem Jones)

May 7, 2020

Here is my interview on YouTube with Will Deatherage from Clarifying Catholic. We discuss my conversion story, Scripture and Tradition, the origins of my ministry, and more in 5-minute video clips. Head over to YouTube to check out the full playlist. You can also listen to the interview on Spotify.

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Seven Rules for Dealing with Non-Catholic Family and Friends During the Holidays

November 25, 2019

This is always an interesting topic that floods the phone lines. I am posting this again for the Drew Mariani Show today by popular demand discussing how we as Catholics can relate to and influence our family and friends – especially during the upcoming holidays. Ready to go! Family life can cause tension and strife among those we love most. […]

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New Convert Holds His Ground with a Street Preacher

November 17, 2019

I was so delighted to receive this e-mail that I had to reshare it with everyone! Darrell should be a model for all of us!! Hi Steve, Just had to share this…I was visiting San Antonio this weekend and as I walked around the riverwalk section of town, a gentleman approached me with a gospel tract. […]

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Is Paganism Making a Comeback? Steve on The Catholic Current with Fr. McTeigue SJ

April 5, 2019

Based on my talk “Swimming Upstream: Living a Catholic Life in a Pagan World,” Steve and Fr. Robert McTeigue, SJ discussed how paganism is coming back in a big way in the Western World. Christianity is being abandoned and alternative “spiritualities” are filling the void. It was a lively discussion about what paganism is, why the West […]

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Don’t be shy, open up, share the Truth

February 6, 2019

Janet and I decided long time ago that we would start conversations about the Catholic Faith whenever we have an opportunity. The Lord wants us to share the truth wherever we go. Today we are on our way to Jordan-Israel to lead a group of pilgrims. When our Metro Cars driver arrived we knew he […]

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Questions We Answered on Catholic Answers Live: Steve Ray & Trent Horn – Tips for Defending the Faith

January 30, 2019

Tips for Defending the Faith – Live from the Legatus Summit in Orange County California Questions Covered: 02:50 – Where did Protestants wanting to convert Catholics come from? 09:03 – My daughter-in-law considers herself to be a humanist and doesn’t believe in God. She once said, “I guess I’m going to hell because I haven’t been baptized.” […]

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“Hey, I Like Your Cross!”

October 30, 2018

That’s why I always where my San Damiano Cross. It is colorful and catches people’s eye. Even yesterday while traveling two people commented. My response is always, “Thanks, I wear it proudly as a Catholic!” Invariably an interesting discussion ensues. An atheist once asked why he should become Catholic. What fun! Yesterday two people at […]

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Chaldean Christian Driver from Iraq

April 19, 2018

We take the Metro Cars back-and-forth to the airport for all our multiple flights. I make sure we never take more than 10 minutes to get a conversation started about the things that matter most — Christianity and the Catholic Church. Today on our way to the airport to fly to Milan Italy to pick […]

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