Saturday, May 30, 2009
We must be about our streets and help make aware to our fellow man the immensity and complexity of the universe, designed and created by the one and only true God who not only did that, but lowered Himself to become a servant to us in the person of Jesus.
Above all our mighty God has created, He considers us mere mortals as His crowning jewel. That He who created all life would come into humanity and lay down His very own for the likes of you and me is nothing short of astounding. The Creator who came to serve and die for the created, that we may be saved. Incredible!
Be amazed and humbled by this 3 minute Hubble/Washer clip:
Such love. Such mercy. Such POWER!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
First, I am pleased to inform you that my bout with the unswine flu was short and not half as bad as it could of been. I am very grateful to the Lord for that. I'll spare you the details (sorry) and just let you know that I am feeling better.
Secondly, as you might be aware, my trusty computer of 5 years suddenly died last weekend. The funeral was nice but I have this gut feeling (no relation to my flu) that I did not click the "SAVE" option before it bit the dust, so I'm not sure if it will make it to cyber-heaven or not. It was a "good" computer but we all know our standard of goodness doesn't cut it.
I still have much in the way of getting my new computer up to snuff by up and downloading the various programs I use. It sure takes time. I hope to have my computer fully up and running again by the weekend.
The month of May has been a whirlwind of events and activity here in our household. A funeral of a beloved aunt of mine and a wedding of a dearly beloved daughter of mine among many other things, including work.
I am praying for things to slow down well enough to allow Kim and I to get busy hitting the streets again with the gospel.
The Lord was gracious to give us opportunities to hand out a hundred gospel tracts over the wedding weekend. And I was even able to share the gospel with an old acquaintance of mine during the reception.
But there's nothing like going out for the sole purpose of sharing the gospel with people who are in need of receiving it. The nervousness beforehand is always replaced by the Lord's encouragement during which is always replaced by a great sense of joy after.
Here's to a new season, albeit a bit late! Praise the Lord!
Monday, May 25, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In this 10 minute video clip, check in on James White, of Alpha & Omega Ministries, as he delivers his closing remarks from a debate on Calvinism which he participated in against George Bryson at the Anaheim Vineyard in Southern California last year.
We primarily go out to the streets to herald the plain and simple gospel to people, not to debate theological doctrines and distinctives. But I pray that you would be enriched from this offering as I believe Dr White helps to explain one of the ways in which the gospel works from the point of view of free grace. It is imperative that we bring our hearers the good news that salvation is a free gift of grace from God through Christ, unattainable by our own good works.
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Monday, May 18, 2009
I linked to Rachel's story in my last post. In it, she recounts various people asking her a question that is asked at times by those whom we are witnessing to. The question is basically this: "If God is so good, then why do bad things happen?" Or, "If God is so loving, why does he allow bad things happen to good people."
Rachel answered that question with uncompromising truth. To underscore this truth, here is Voddie Baucham in a 5 minute video clip as he gives answer to the same kind of question. We should learn from these answers as they are the answers we can give if and when that question comes up from those we witness to.
Finally, again, if you have not yet taken the time to view Rachel Barkey's video, I still strongly urge you to do so. It will be time well spent. Watch it here at Rachel's website: "Death is Not Dying". May God bless you in the viewing of it.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Yes, the video I highly recommend you to see is just short of an hour long. So what? Put away whatever is menial. Don't ignore this and then go spend your time watching anything on TV. Nothing you will ever watch today or tonight on the tube can come close to what you will see here.
This is about an everyday woman, wife and mom named Rachel Barkey of Vancouver, BC, Canada. It is presented by Rachel. Instead of telling you what she addresses here, you will just have to trust me as I link you to RACHEL'S WEBSITE for you to view her video yourself.
I guarantee, you will be deeply moved and inspired. I would also ask that you pass a link to Rachel's website and video to anybody you know who is Christian or, more importantly, not.
A powerful testimony and a source of encouragement for Christians. But this video can also be used as a convicting gospel witness tool demonstrating what a true relationship with God can be like for those whose faith and trust are completely in Him, even amidst suffering and ...
Have you ever felt God has given you a hard hand to deal with? Then watch this and be encouraged. Share it with someone you know . Blessing will be your reward.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
There are really only two kinds of people who will stand before God on Judgment Day ready to give account. Jesus calls them: sheep and goats. Sadly, millions of "goats" will stand before Him as those who had professed themselves to be "Christian", who sincerely believed they were of the faith, but were not.
All the more that true Christians must be here, there and everywhere preaching the true gospel, speaking one-on-one and handing out tracts. Even to those who raise their hand and voice and proclaim that they are Christians.
Here's JC Ryle:
“True Christianity! Let us mind that word true. There is a vast quantity of religion current in the world which is not true, genuine Christianity. It passes muster, it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money. It is not the authentic reality that called itself Christianity in the beginning.
There are thousands of men and women who go to churches and chapels every Sunday and call themselves Christians. They make a profession of faith in Christ. Their names are in the baptismal register. They are reckoned Christians while they live. They are married with a Christian marriage service. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die. But you never see any fight about their religion! Of spiritual strife and exertion and conflict and self–denial and watching and warring they know literally nothing at all.
Such Christianity may satisfy man, and those who say anything against it may be thought very hard and uncharitable; but it certainly is not the Christianity of the Bible. It is not the religion which the Lord Jesus founded and His apostles preached. It is not the religion which produces real holiness. True Christianity is a fight.”
-J.C. Ryle, from the book Holiness
HT: Reformed Voices
Monday, May 11, 2009
If you are one who does not share their faith in Christ, pray that the Lord will build you up. Ask Him to encourage you and fill your heart with compassion for the lost. Pray for His leading to help you discover and apply ways in which you can bolbdy and lovingly share the saving gospel of Jesus Christ to others, no matter how inept you may feel and/or no matter how foolish others may think you are.
May the Lord bless you, Christian, in this most important Kingdom building venture for the sake of the lost and for the glory of God. Let us serve our King!
HT: Witnessing Encouragement
Friday, May 8, 2009
It's not usual for me to publish more than one post at a time. I am taking exception to this rule today as this message is urgent and should cause every Christian to take seriously our call to spread the gospel "in spirit and in truth" to both the unchurched and, even especially, the so-called "churched". There are too many false teachers and preachers around, too many wolves in sheep's clothing, to assume that everyone who goes to church knows the gospel TRUTH.
I'm going to leave this up for the weekend. I've got to hit the streets and do my part. Will you?
This and other challenging "when was the last time" questions were asked in a recent sermon by Pastor Brian Robinson, of Faith Baptist Church in Scarborough, Ontario, to the congregation of Grace Baptist Church in Ottawa, where he was a guest preacher.
What answer would you have for any of these questions found in this 3 minute clip from Pastor Robinson's sermon?
Pray for opportunity, courage and the words to preach what the world deems as "foolishness". Dare to share the gospel of Jesus with others today so that your answer for tomorrow's 'when was the last time' question would be "Yesterday!"
"...God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe." (1 Cor 1:21)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here is a 3 minute audio clip from his sermon that left me shaking in my pew and even caused me to pray for greater diligence in sharing the gospel of Jesus with others. It reminded me that there is no time like the present because there may not be a tomorrow.
(If above player does not operate, click on alternate player here.)
Pray that the Lord would use you today to share God's saving message to those around you. Your words may be the last that someone may ever hear.
Monday, May 4, 2009
You are contemplating the nerve racking, seemingly life-threatening task of the unspeakable.
You are thinking about the possibility of...of....handing someone...a gospel tract and sharing your faith in Christ !!!
Feeling completely unqualified to do so? Then watch this 2 minute video and join the club:
"Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may baost before him." (1 Cor 1:27-29)