Pre-Evangelism

One of the ways Christians try to evangelize is to help them see how wretched they really are so that they might see their need for Jesus. Other try to help people see their philosophical need for an absolute truth. And just share Jesus without any preamble.

These are often wise.

But I’ve come across some people who are so wretched, weak, and disdainful of themselves and being in general that something like “living forever with God” sounds worse than dying and sleeping forever.

How can we help them aside from prayer?

I suspect sometimes, the pre-evangelism necessary might include helping them get their lives together generally, if at all possible. Why? If their life isn’t purely miserable, then eternal life might seem like a worth while goal or a gift worth receiving.

How do you help people do this?

I’m not certain but I have some ideas.

White Sox Win 4th Straight

CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run, seventh-inning rally, Reynaldo Lopez pitched six strong innings in his White Sox debut and Chicago won its fourth straight, 6-3 over the sliding Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Mike Moustakas belted a pair of deep solo shots to give him 34 homers, but the Royals lost their fifth straight and 10th in 12.

Adam Engel’s second triple of the game drove in the tiebreaking run in the seventh. Yolmer Sanchez had two RBIs and Kevan Smith doubled in a run as the AL-worst White Sox kept rolling following a three-game sweep of league-leading Houston.

Aaron Bummer (1-2) pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn his first major league win. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy (7-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in his second straight loss.

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Stanton Hits 40th HR As Marlins Beat Rockies 6-3

MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his Major League-leading 40th home run as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Friday night.

Derek Dietrich hit a tie-breaking bloop single to spark a three-run eighth inning to help the Marlins take the lead.

Stanton’s blast pulled him within two of the Marlins’ franchise record of 42 set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton has hit seven home runs in his last eight games to reach the 40-home run plateau for the first time in his eight-year career.

Junichi Tazawa (2-2) tossed a scoreless eighth to earn the victory and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth to record his third save in six chances. Jake McGee (0-2) took the loss for the Rockies.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead in the third on Nolan Arenado two-run home run, his 26th, making him the first player in the majors with 100 RBIs. Gerardo Parra homered in the sixth for the Rockies, who have lost three of four after dropping the first of a three-game series in Miami.

Dietrich scored Miami’s first run in the fifth when Miguel Rojas grounded into a double play.

Parra, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, also had two assists from left field throwing out runners in the third and fourth innings.

Stanton’s solo homer to left field in the sixth off Jon Gray pulled the Marlins within 3-2. It was his 25th solo home run of the season.

Christian Yelich followed Stanton with a double to left and scored on a sacrifice fly by J.T. Realmuto to the game at 3.

Gray allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking two.

The Rockies trailed for the first time when Jake McGee (0-2) allowed a lead-off single to Yelich, who advanced to second on a walk, and scored on Dietrich’s bloop fly single to center field.

Tomas Telis followed with a two-run triple to stretch Miami’s lead to 6-3.

Miami starter Jose Urena allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking one.

ROCKIES UNDECIDED ON MONDAY STARTER

Colorado manager Bud Black is undecided on Monday’s starting pitcher against Atlanta. Black is considering a trio of right-handers in Chad Bettis, Antonio Senzatela, and Tyler Chatwood.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Ian Desmond (right calf strain) is “still a ways away” from beginning a rehab assignment, according to Black. Desmond has been on the disabled list since July 26.

Marlins: 1B Justin Bour (right oblique strain) is progressing with activity, but will not do any baseball-related activity until he is pain-free. . LHP Wei-Yin Chen (arm) is progressing with his throwing program and is scheduled to throw a live batting practice on Saturday. . RHP Kyle Barraclough (shoulder) threw 14 pitches in a GCL rehab assignment game on Thursday and is scheduled to throw one inning for Single-A Jupiter on Saturday. . SS JT Riddle (shoulder) had season-ending surgery on Friday to repair a torn labrum.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jeff Hoffman (6-3, 5.03 ERA) will take the mound in the second game of the series on Saturday. Hoffman is coming off one of his best performances of the season allowing one run and striking out eight over seven innings against Philadelphia on Sunday.

Marlins: LHP Justin Nicolino (0-1, 5.31) will make his return to the big leagues for the first time since a relief appearance on June 28 against the Mets. Nicolino is 7-11 with a 4.76 ERA in 30 career starts.

By CHRISTOPHER STOCK, Associated Press

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Man Dies At Oakland Chabot Space And Science Center

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man died at Oakland’s Chabot Space and Science Center late Friday morning, according to police.

At 11:47 a.m., officers responded to a report of an individual behaving aggressively at the center, located at 1000 Skyline Boulevard.

There, officers found the man on the ground, unresponsive.

Officers and emergency crews attempted to render the man first aid, however, he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Investigators could not immediately determine how the man died.

The Alameda County coroner’s bureau is investigating to determine the cause of death.

A spokesman with the center was not immediately available.

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How Does A Reverse Mortgage Work?

(CBS) — It’s a tax free source of income, but only 2 percent of seniors take advantage of it.

CBS 2 Cost Cutter Dorothy Tucker shows who could benefit the most from a reverse mortgage.

“It gave my dad the sense of independence,” says financial expert Terry Savage.

She says a reverse mortgage can help people like her dad live comfortably in their own homes until they die.

It’s like using your home equity as another retirement savings account.

“It comes out as a tax-free withdrawal for you to live on,” Savage says.

A reverse mortgage works best for someone who owes little or nothing on the original mortgage and plans to live in the home for more than five years.

“Do your research, shop around and talk with a federally approved housing counselor,” advises Jason Adler with the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC has information here).

He says fees, interest rates and restrictions vary. Plus, you still have to pay property taxes & insurance.

“Failure to do those sorts of things can make the loan immediately due and could eventually lead to foreclosure,” warns Adler.

Here’s something else to consider: When you move out of your home or die the balance due on the reverse mortgage loan will be paid through the sale of the house.

If the home sells for more than you owe, you or your estate will get money back. But if you’ve borrowed more than the value of the home, the lender keeps it.

“They can never charge your heirs more than the house is worth, you simply turn over the property to the reverse-mortgage lender,” says Savage.

You have to be 62 to take out a reverse mortgage.

Savage suggests taking a monthly check, rather than a lump sum payment, which you might use up too fast.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has more information here.

Festival Combines Bike Race, Concerts, Market

By Stan Bush

DENVER (CBS4)– Small businesses hope to be the biggest beneficiaries from the Velorama Festival.

Velorama accompanies the new Colorado Classic professional bike race – a four stage event in Colorado Springs, Breckenridge, and culminating this weekend with two days in Denver. The race features some of the best athletes in professional cycling.

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Eric Matelski from Epic Brewing Company says the race has put the growing RiNo neighborhood in the spotlight and could change the way sport holds events.

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“”It’s setting the tone around the world as how people will view this sport,” says Matelski.

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CBS4’s Stan Bush interviews Eric Matelski from Epic Brewing Company (credit: CBS)

Velorama is hoping to provide an anchor to the race that keeps spectators near the start/finish line well beyond the time of the race itself.

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Musical acts Wilco and Death Cab For Cutie are headlining the event that also includes vendors from the Denver Flea Market and dozens of food trucks.

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Wendy Padaguan owns CBD, a coconut/cannabis skincare company, she hopes will break out with more than 20,000 people expected to attend.

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CBS4’s Stan Bush interviews CBD owner Wendy Padaguan (credit: CBS)

“We’re reaching people outside our normal demographic,” says Padaguan. “Knowing that they’re not all from Denver we know we can reach across the country.”

Stan Bush is a general assignment reporter at CBS4. His stories can be seen on CBS4 News at 10. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @StanBushTV.