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There is danger of allowing a needs-based ministry to eclipse the sharing of the gospel message. Some people never go beyond ministering to physical and emotional needs, because it doesn't carry the same risk of offending as does sharing Bible truth. However, unless those for whom we labor are invited to follow Jesus and His Word, what has truly been gained? The gospel is still the world's greatest need. . . .
Even when suffering from illness or disease, the greatest and most urgent need is often the healing of the soul. Christ's pronouncement to the paralytic that his sins were forgiven, which He made prior to healing his body, provides a striking example of this. . . .
If we mingle, sympathize, and minister, but never invite, we are making friends for this life only. But God would have us make friends for eternity.
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