Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Saturday 04-16-11

A couple of women stopped to check out our verse from Isaiah on the board. It says:

"Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

I asked if they knew who this was talking about, and of course, they said, "Jesus." I then explained that they were correct, and that this verse was written 750 years before Christ was born (Isaiah 53:4-6). This is an amazing fulfilled prophecy!

They said their names were Aboba and Annalisa. They didn't really like going through the law, but wanted to stick with the "love only gospel", fortetting that God is also holy, righteous and just. I explained that it only makes sense when we understand our NEED for a Savior. I didn't see much change in them, but hopefully gave them something to consider later.

I did some Open Air Trivia, and Shawn (from the Skeptic Tank) answered a couple of the trivia questions. He claimed he hadn't heard the answers before, but I know he's heard the questions many times in the past. It really doesn't matter who answers the questions, as long as people can see what's going on and stop by to hear the rest.

A self proclaimed hippy guy stopped to go through the Good Person Test. He went through most of it, but walked away before the end, forfeiting his prize. However, there were others in the crowd who stayed and listened, so the Gospel was proclaimed and the Lord says that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Tom talked to a big mean looking guy named Damon who wanted a glow stick. He went through about half of the Good Person Test, before just grabbing the glow stick and walking off. People are quite bold in just taking what they want these days, with their conscience seared, reminding me of the verse in Judges 17:6, when Israel had no king and everyone did whatever they wanted.

We stopped at Taco Bell after that, where we met Marcus and Kat. We were talking about baptism, and three guys sitting nearby wanted to discuss the subject. We found that they were Catholic and debated with them for a while, going into infant baptistm, prayers to Mary, the Immaculate Conception, transubstantiation, and other Catholic doctrine.
A couple of Muslims stopped by to listen in, and I talked with them for a while. I didn't have much progress with them. They had been drinking, which they admitted was against their own religious belief system that they still held tightly to.

Another girl came and sat down to see what was going on, but her friend came and told her they had to go. I looked around and there were a lot of people standing around listening to this discussion. There were only a few other people sitting further away, most had come near our table to listen, debate, or just add their opinion into the matter. Who says people don't like to discuss their religious beliefs?

Tom has had a Catholic background, so he was able to talk with the three guys for a while, but with no success. They were very passionate young men in their religion. I pray that they would see their error in following tradition and man, worshipping Mary and holding to many pagan practices and come to Jesus Christ alone as the only mediator between God and man.

Soli Deo Gloria

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