Monday, January 31, 2011

Voddie Baucham

First, you'll have to press the pause button on the music player over to your right, so you can hear this video.

Ask the question correctly.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday 01-22-11

A few of us headed out to Mill Ave to share the Gospel on Saturday night. Tom and I walked through the drum circle area, and a guy ran over to us, attracted by the cross that asks the question, "Are You Ready?" on it. He said he was ready and considered himself to be a good person, so we took him through four of the Commandments. But then he wandered away, but was soon back again, asking for money. He seemed drunk or high and only thought we would be easy marks for a few bucks.

As we arrived at the post office, there was a band set up there. They seemed to be playing Christian music and they hung around until around 10:30 or so, before they packed up. We listened to the music and handed out tracts and had a few one to one conversations until the band left.

After that I did some open air trivia. There were a couple of guys dressed up like members of the band Insane Clown Posse, with make up on their faces. One of them, Drew, stayed and went through the Good Person Test. He seemed convicted and understood the message of the Gospel. I left him with a "Are You Good Enough to Get into Heaven?" tract. This was the only good conversation of the night. But just one is worthwhile, praise God. Then another guy approached us.

He had spoken with a couple of others in our group before. He stated that he was 2,000 years old and that he was Judas. I guess he forgot that he told us his real name was Fernando earlier.

He said that Jesus Christ is his Lord and Savior, yet he also claimed that he was one of the one third of the angels that fell from heaven.
He said that Jesus came to seek that which is lost, and according to him, that is those fallen angels. Sometimes he said he was saved, sometimes he claimed he was a "dishonorable vessel", unable to be saved.
He continued to blaspheme and speak nonsense to Marcus and myself, telling us that we did not understand. That was one thing he was right about.

After a while, he went over and talked with Shawn, the atheist who was set up nearby. He was the only one there at that time. Fernando talked with him for a long time, but when he started getting a little intense and stepping forward, causing Shawn to take a step back, we decided to go over and offer some support. Fernando finally headed out and we didn't see him the rest of the night.

It was an odd night, but we had at least one good conversation, and distributed a lot of tracts. Keep the lost in prayer, that they my be saved and the Lord glorified.

Soli Deo Gloria

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saturday 01-15-11

Tom and I met Alan, Joe and Jennifer out on Mill Ave.

As soon as we got there, a man named Gary came up to talk to us. We had seen him out there before, he has a Jamaican background and believes all religions are basically the same and lead to the same place. He tends to take up a lot of time, keeping us from talking to others who are more open to hearing the Gospel. This guy just wants to argue his own point, even though he claims not to. He says he’ll come out every week, so maybe we’ll see him again.

After that, two girls came by and were interested in the glow sticks that Tom was giving away. He took them through four of the Commandments, but then Rocco came up with a few objections and they used that as an excuse to get away. I gave them a “Are You Good Enough to Get into Heaven?” tract as they left.

Tom was talking to a guy who seemed to be high on something. He claimed to be a Christian, but thought that all paths lead to the same place and that we cannot know for sure what the correct one is. He went off on a lot of “relative truth” kind of stuff that we heard a lot tonight. His name is John and he’s trying to get back to OR. I left him with a small booklet of the Gospel of John.

Our atheists were there, and argued with us during the Open Air preaching. After they had packed up to leave, and we were getting ready to go, Tom told Rocco to be careful that he doesn’t talk too much or he might end up with a sore throat. Rocco mentioned that he does actually have a problem with his throat, as well as with his leg and shoulder. Tom then asked if we could pray for him, and he said he didn’t care. I’m not sure if he realized that we were going to do it right there on the street or not, but we were able to put our hands on him and pray right there on the street.

We prayed that he would come to realize God’s Truth and also for his health and healing. Please keep Rocco in prayer, both for his health issues and, more importantly, for his spiritual health and coming to know the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I cannot bring myself to call them "baptists" for they are not. Any group that is held together by their hatred of others is not Christian in any way. I'm sure you know who I'm talking about. The Fred Phelps family in Topeka, KS that calls itself a church, made infamous for their attention-craving protests at funerals and their "God hates....." (well, pretty much everything) signs. A few loud folks who's only joy seems to be from claiming that people are being tormented in hell.
They say it with the same sort of smirk on their face as the mugshot of the man arrested for shooting all those people in Tucson.

Our Lord and Savior does not rejoice in the death of anyone (Ezekiel 18:32), but wants all to repent and be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-5 and 2 Peter 3:9).

What fruit of the Spirit are they displaying (love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, per Gal 5:22-23) in their protests? I don't see any of those with the Phelps group.

What I do see is hatred, along with fits of rage, discord, dissensions and factions, which are acts of the flesh and those who practice them will not inherit the kingdom of God (Gal 5:19-21).

The Bible teaches that we are not to hate our brothers and sisters (1 John 4:20) and we will be held accountable, even subject to judgment (Matt 5:21-22). Who are our brothers and sisters? Well, if we believe the Bible, all mankind descended from Adam and Eve, so that would make a good argument for all mankind being our brothers and sisters.

Yet, even if you consider someone an enemy, you are not to rejoice at their misfortune (Prov 24:17). You are to love them and pray for them (Matt 5:43-44, Luke 6:27). Because we were once just like them, prior to being saved by God's sovereign will (Titus 3:3, Ephesians 2:3, Col 1:21, 1 Cor 6:9-11).

We are to preach the Word, per the Great Commission (Matt 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 10:42), and always be prepared to explain the hope within us with gentleness and respect (1 Pet 3:15).

God wants all to be saved, so how could we rejoice in the death of anyone when God does not (Ezekiel 18:23)?
We will be held accountable for every careless word we've spoken (Matt 12:36).

So, don't anyone be confused by a hate group such as this that call themselves "Christian".

Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. -Matthew 7:20

Monday, January 10, 2011

Saturday 01-08-11

I hadn’t been out to share the Gospel in a while due to the holidays, so it was nice to get back out there. Tom, Catherine, Ronnie, Joe, Marcus, Jennifer and I met out on Mill Ave to hand out tracts and preach the Word as we’re commanded in the Great Commission. It was a pretty good night, not real busy, but there were more people out later on. Tom kept busy talking to small groups of people and I did some open air preaching. You can catch more of Tom's experiences at his Blog.

A man named Chris stopped by and went through Good Person Test after some trivia questions. He seemed to have a pretty good grasp of the Gospel, but I took him through the whole thing anyway, so that others could hear it as well.

Next, a woman named Misty came and asked if we were giving away money for trivia, so I did some trivia and then took her through the Good Person Test. She seemed to have a general knowledge of Christianity, but she hadn’t heard it explained quite like this before, and she said it made a lot of sense. She seemed convicted, and much more serious after I had quoted Hebrews 10:26-27 to her.

Our atheists showed up later on, and Rocco got on the mic for a while, talking about all the “transitional fossils” that have been found…. and I hadn’t brought the turtle duck.
He also went on about how evolution has been proven and how looking into the eyes of animals, you can tell that there is some ancient ancestor there. He talked about how monkeys can learn sign language and their feelings and all that, but still, no group of animals have ever set up a court system to uphold their morality. And speaking of morals, I don’t know how those could ever evolve, they have to borrow those from Christianity, while still attempting to deny the God who gave them.

Then I asked if they had any idea why pretty much everywhere in the world uses a 7 day week, since 7 does not divide evenly into any natural cycles. There is absolutely no reason for a 7 day week at all except for the creation account in the Bible, where God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th. It serves as a constant reminder of our God and creation, every single week that goes by. Of course, our atheists attempted to argue about that, but they had nothing that made any sense. I bet they’re looking into that right now.

Soli Deo Gloria

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Religion of Peace?

Ok, press pause on the music player over on the right so you can listen to this:

Col Allen West answers a question on Muslim terror.