Monday, August 31, 2009
So, Tony decided to let them know what he thought:
I think this to be a great example of what Christians should be doing when they come across blatant displays of man's depravity in public.
Don't just shake your head and walk on by.
Speak up, Christian! Speak up!
Speak up against the offending issue at hand. Speak up on the negative social impact it has on society. Make it personal, if applicable.
And, most important: use it as a springboard to preach the law and the gospel, as Tony did here, with a compassionate heart and a righteous anger that brings glory to God.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I was truly enlightened and moved by his sermon.
Please take a half hour of your time this weekend and view this humble and powerful presentation of God's Word.
HT: I'll Be Honest
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Oh, yeah, I do manage to make a little time to evangelize but I'm a little behind in bringing you my reports so I'll start with a week ago Sunday.
It was a beautiful warm afternoon when, after church, I decided to take the cross to a nearby beach where I knew hundreds would be. I also brought along a Ray Comfort book, my Bible, a chair and some gospel tracts.
I set up my cross along a main pathway that was constantly busy with passersby busy doing what passersby do...pass by.
As I sat reading my book beside the cross by the path, I heard many people comment to each other after reading the glaring question "Are You Ready".
"Oh, that's just some Jesus freak" one said to another. Thank you. I'll take that as a compliment.
"He's probably some religious guy" another said. They don't know me very well.
"We're all gonna die! We're all gonna die!" some young guys laughed and mocked. Hey, great idea for a t-shirt slogan!
Hundreds of people passed by in my time there, glanced and kept on walking without saying anything...at least that I could hear.
It wasn't until an hour and a half into my presence there that two ladies came over to ask what I was doing there. They knew what the question on the cross was leading to as they proclaimed to be Christians.
One of the two ladies, Paula, said "But, we are Catholic Charismatics."
"Well, this should be interesting", I thought to myself.
She continued excitedly, "I go to church every Sunday, I go to prayer meetings every week and I have been baptized in the Holy Spirit!"
I smiled, welcomed them and started what turned out to be a half hour discussion.
I began with, "Alright, but are you ready?"
"Me?" Paula asked with a puzzled look.
"Yes." I confirmed. "Let me put it this way: If you were to die today and found yourself being ushered into Heaven, how would you have made it there?"
She thought for a moment. "Well, I have no idea how I would make it to Heaven, but I am hoping I'm going to make it there, that's for sure."
In other words, "I hope I am religious enough and, therefore, good enough to make it into Heaven."
That's all it took.
I don't have time to tell you all the details of our conversation, but rest assured, they heard the clear and simple gospel. Though we touched on the various differences that separate us doctrinally, (Mary, purgatory, transubstantiation, praying to saints, etc.), I tried my best to keep the discussion focused on the cross of Christ and what that all entails.
Paula listened intently to what I had to say. Her friend, however, (I forgot her name) tried to argue me down on every issue, but I would not enter into debate. I brought out the Word of God to prove various points I was making.
Paula was nodding her head as though she was being given food for thought. Her friend told me my Bible was not valid as it was not a Catholic bible and that I should return to the ways of the Catholic church and follow the church's Magesterium for my spiritual and moral guidance.
I told her that the infallible Word of God in the Bible is all I need for my spiritual and moral guidance and not the fallible word and traditions of sinful man.
I reiterated the simple truth of the gospel to them and asked them to think and pray about what they had heard . With that, they had to go.
Paula smiled and thanked me for spending time with them. Her friend was rather, shall I say, cold in saying goodbye.
As they turned away I told them I would be praying for them. Paula's friend whipped around, pointed her finger at me and said, "You're the one that needs prayers, sir!"
I was grateful for our conversation though saddened by their lack assurance of their place in Heaven even though they practice all the "religious" things they proclaimed were so great.
This is for sure: the questioning cross is a catalyst for thought and discussion. Because of it's presence with me, hundreds walked by thinking about the question and two people stopped by and were given the gospel in a clear and concise manner.
God is good.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I anticipated handing out hundreds of gospel tracts. I was hoping to talk one-to-one with tons of people. I was planning on breaking my record of open air preaching more than twice in one day.
But Proverbs 19:21 came to life for me that day, which says:
"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD'S purpose that prevails."
"I didn't come all the way here for nothing", I thought. "I'm going to get up, open my bible and read all of John 3 and maybe stop some people, if any pass by", I decided.
OK, well maybe someone. This fellow stopped by, stood a few feet away from me and stayed for the whole reading of John 3, nodded his head a few times, thanked me when I was done but couldn't stick around to talk.
Well here's one who came by for a tract. I think he just felt sorry for me.
"I know! I'll head down to the busy entrance of the Rideau Centre shopping mall, read from John 3 and open air." Not many people there either, but I did what I came to do.
So, what I thought was going to be a big numbers day turned out to be a handful of people who heard the gospel and less than 10 gospel tracts given out.
But, evangelism is not about numbers. We should not be going out for the "big numbers" as some churches do in order to declare themselves a "success".
We should be going out in humble obedience and gratefulness to God for what He did for us on the cross regardless if anybody listened, anybody talked with us or anybody took tracts.
Monday, August 17, 2009
He gave me much to think and pray about. During each of his sermons, I don't think my eyes blinked once.
Here is a sample why:
Professing Christian: did this shake you? Did this cause you to question your true stance before God? Did you come to Christ with a broken heart? Or did you, for example, just recite a little prayer?
Have you truly repented of your sins? Or are you still living them out from Monday to Saturday thinking it's no big deal?
Then please, please, do as Paul exhorts in 2 Corinthians 13:5 and examine yourself to see if you are truly in the faith. You've come this far! Test yourself by the Word of God. Test yourself and know whether or not you are truly saved.
And if not, repent! Forsake your sins once and for all and put your faith in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation while God has still given you time.
(Note: the world is in dire need of fervent preachers like Pastor Al Martin... for those who are not saved, for those who think they are but are not and for those who know they truly are.)
Friday, August 14, 2009
Jesus did not say "Wait at your church doors for strangers to come in. And, if they do come, welcome them and preach the good news to them."
No! He said, "GO".
That means we must be proactive just as Jesus was proactive: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (Luke 19:10)
Jesus didn't wait for the lost to come to Him. He went out to them wherever they were.
Many of us have preached in the open air on the open street. But here's a place where the gospel is being preached that I never would have thought about. I was absolutely amazed and touched when I viewed this video. I love the ending.
Christians must venture away from the four walls of their church buildings to seek and save what is lost. To search in every crack and crevice for those who need to hear the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Again, we are commanded to do so by the very One who saved us in the first place.
For those who know Christ as their Savior and are quiet about it:
Pray. Seek the Lord's leading towards evangelism.
Pray. Seek advice from those already out there.
Pray. Seek the lost!
"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" (Romans 10:14)
HT: Pure Gospel Truth
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I came across this incredible story on the Transplant Ministries blogsite and was upset as a father and deeply moved as a Christian.
Do honor killings really happen here in North America?
I publish this in light of the very recent story in Montreal, Canada, where a Muslim man and his wife (and their 18 year old son) are being held on charges of first degree murder in the deaths of their three daughters and the man's first wife.
It is alleged that these 4 murders were committed as "honor killings", for other unjustifiable reasons than conversion to Christianity.
I don't think this young girl's father's death threat should be taken lightly. Honor killing is honored within the boundaries of this "religion of peace" for those who are deeply devout.
Rifqa is both very brave and terrified. She has grace to be one and reason to be the other. Yet, her faith and trust in her Savior is unshakable.
I would love to know the details of her conversion story. Could it be possible that God planted a seed in her heart in the receiving of the gospel by someone handing her a gospel tract on the street or by hearing a gospel preacher on the street? Who knows?
But what is important now is her safety and the maintaining of her steadfast faith in Christ, no matter what.
Please pray for Rifqa.
“Indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God.” -John 16:2
HT: Transplant Ministries / Read Fox News story HERE.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
With that, one of his friends got him in a headlock and dragged him away and he was gone. I had wished for more time with him but others heard my point.
Many, especially the buildup of people waiting on the corner for their light to turn green every minute, turned their attention to what I was reading and preaching.
And I also gave thanks for my new trusty companion, the questioning cross. What a blessing!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
She knew, there and then, that she was NOT ready. She asked a few more questions to which I gave answer and then she said she had to leave.
1) Two Christians saw the cross and were drawn to talk to me and left encouraged by my witness. Praise God.
Monday, August 3, 2009
The simple cross with the burning question "ARE YOU READY" along the crossbeam. Saturday was our first time incorporating it into our street gospel work.
As I carried the cross through downtown festival crowds and as it stood attached to my dolly on the Sparks Street Mall, people's attention clearly were drawn to it. Some were curious enough to come up to me and ask me the obvious question: "Ready for what?".
One fellow, John, who you will see me sharing the gospel with in the video below, left his outdoor cafe table across from where we were set up and talked with Kim and I for over a half hour.
Just before leaving he said: "I'm so glad to have had this conversation with you. You gave me lots to think about. And if it wasn't for this cross I saw, I would have had no reason to come over and talk with you."
God is so good!
I hope this little video is a help to those who are praying for encouragement to reach out to others with the saving gospel of Christ our Lord in whatever way they feel inspired to do so, big or small: