Thursday, November 27, 2008

Our Prayer Today

Proverbs 24:10-12
If you falter in times of trouble how small is your strength!
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering towards the slaughter.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How Much Time Is Left?... SAY IT!!

James 4:14 ...For what is your life? For it is a vapor, which appears for a little time, and then disappears.

Titus 3:4-7 But when the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared,
not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,
whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that being justified by His grace, we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Ice Man Cometh

Yesterday I had to stop and get some gas. I noticed a large truck parked in the lot with the name of an ice company on the side.

Hmmm.......I wondered where the driver was? The ice truck was running but he wasn't around. This meant to me that he would be right back! I left the nozzle in (not on autofill) and grabbed some tracts. When I saw him jump up into his truck I ducked under the gas hose and ran for the truck. I could hear that he was putting it into gear so I slapped the door. It scared him (works for me).

He opened the door cautiously and I said, "Hi", with a big smile. He smiled and told me his name was Javier. I gave him a Million Dollar Bill and told him that I just had one question for him. He said, "Sure."

"Will you go to Heaven when you die, Javier?"

He let out a long breath and turned toward the open door. "Well....I hope so." His openness encouraged me. I asked him if he ever thought about it and he said, "Yes..all the time!"

I took him through some of the Commandments and each time he answered that he was guilty of breaking it. As I took him to the courtroom and asked what God would think, he began to justify himself. We went back to the Law and he again admitted his guilt. When he found out that God would send him to Hell he told me that he didn't want to go there.

I told him that God didn't want him to go there either, that He was "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence." We talked about repentence.

"Javier do you know what repentence is?" I said.

", not really."

"It means you have to turn your back on sin. Are you married?"

"Yes, I am." he told me.

"Well, it means that you don't come to your wife with your arm around your girlfriend! You have to leave all that behind!" (Thanks Neil!)

Javier shook his head, "Yeah, yeah..."

"What stops you from taking care of this Javier?"

"I am so busy, so many things to do."

"Well, Javier you have a lot to think about, and since we aren't promised our next breath you should take care of this pretty quick. You could go down the road today and get in an accident. Then it would be too late!"

I waved goodbye and prayed that God would continue to speak to him.

Learning To Fly

We are so blessed to be a tiny part of completing two new Way of the Master Basic Classes. The students officially graduated on November 13th. Congratulations to Terri and Jeff in Melbourne and Diana and Mary in Merritt Island!! You guys all did a GREAT job!!!

May God bless you all and open your eyes to many opportunities that you never saw before!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Invisible People.

We are blessed to have ‘birthed’ two new WOTM Basic classes by raising up two teams of new teachers. Classes are going well and yesterday we accompanied both classes to the Space Coast State Fair.

After a couple of hours of some good encounters, I saw a girl in a booth that sold cold drinks. No one was there so I thought I could get in a quick conversation about eternal things. Crista was her name and she was friendly enough. She thought she was a good person and told me that every Sunday when they broke the fair down she would stay in the town and find a church to go to.

“Great, so you go to church. Where will you go when you die?”

She smiled and said, “Heaven, I hope.”

As soon as I began to take her through the Law tons of people showed up. (naturally) In between people I would pop my head in and ask her another question and she mentally stayed right with me. When there was a break I told her about Jesus. When I introduced Him to her I told her that He knew her even before she was formed. He knew exactly how many hairs there were on her head…and He even kept every tear she had ever cried in a bottle. Her face turned red and tears began to stream down her cheeks. I asked her if she knew that and she shook her head, no. I told her it was written in Psalms and Luke and then I asked her if she had heard of Jesus. She said, ‘yes’. I informed her that the demons believed and trembled and she again became troubled. We talked about repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.

After giving her a Good Person booklet I asked her if this was something she was interested in doing and she said, “Yes.”

I said, “Since you aren’t promised your next breath when will you be taking care of this?”

She picked up the booklet and said, “Right now!”

As I walked away from Crista I prayed for her that the Lord would protect her heart and grow this seed. I came back by a couple minutes later and I could see her hunched over the little booklet, reading intently.

One of the ‘carnies’ told Dennis that he felt that many people treated them badly. He said that people acted as though they were ‘second class’. I admit that some of them are a bit ‘rough around the edges’ but I also know that they are VERY precious to the Lord. They rate right up there alongside the heads of state or a sports superstar to Him. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God...

And such were some of you. But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Priestly Advice

A few weeks ago we went fishing at a local carnival hosted by a large local church. I saw Jim at the “throw something into a dish and win a fish” stand. We spoke a short time and I could see he was searching. I took him through the Law, compared it to a civil court and could see he was concerned when he admitted he would be guilty. He was more concerned when he figured out he would spend eternity in Hell. However, he said he would think about it so I left him a GP booklet and the Gospel of John.

Shortly after this happened, the priest came out and asked us to leave. As he was telling Diana that we needed to stop witnessing, I snapped this picture. He said that preaching Law, Grace, Sin, Hell and Salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ is not something they wanted preached at this church because it was not in compliance with their ‘Sola Scriptura’ doctrine. He even used the scripture James 3:15 "This is not the wisdom coming down from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish".

This did not put a damper on things...we just went across the street to the beach to fish. It also did not stop the Word which had already penetrated Jim's heart....

UPDATE: This weekend we were fishing at the Florida Fairgrounds in Cocoa and discovered the same “carnie” folks were there. I saw Jim and asked if he remembered our talk and how things were going. He told me, “Just great and getting better” and he smiled. Jim said after we had our first conversation a couple of weeks ago, he left that carnival with a buddy, and saw a church on the way home. They stopped and Jim said he turned his life over to Jesus Christ. AMEN!

Carnival Time at Local Church=Great fishing

We heard that there was to be a carnival in town at a local church so we decided to drop in! After we prayed, we went in, in teams of two. My team mate must have had a different appointment, because at the gate to the carnival he kept going towards the church. We exchanged glances and then parted as I kept walked into the carnival and he towards the church. As I entered the carnival midway, I noticed there were not very many customers or spectators. It was pretty empty except for a few visitors and the carnival workers who were standing around talking with each other. More people came as we were witnessing. Since this was the first outreach for some of the new WOTM students, I thought I would wait for them so I walked the midway to check it out.

I then saw two teams of two, both of them witnessing. On one team, Mary was talking to the guys operating the Super Slide. They were very interested in what Mary was saying to them so I took their picture.

As I turned to my right, Trish’s group was still engaged in a conversation. They were talking to a man inside a Lemon Hut. He was holding a large $100 gospel tract. I could tell that the man’s conscious was working, by the expression on his face. I also know the Holy Spirit was working, because I was able to take several pictures and adjust my camera without him ever looking up from what Trish was saying to him.

I started walking and heard Dennis over the noise of the carnival rides. I looked and he was about 50 or so feet away. I realized Dennis was giving a really good "open air preaching" to a man running a game with little rubber ducks. I got closer for a picture and saw that the man he was speaking to was locked on to every word coming from Dennis’ mouth. He never noticed me taking the picture but Dennis did. It didn't slow Dennis down and he never even changed his tone. I could tell the Holy Spirit was speaking directly through Dennis to this man’s conscious.

I started back to the other side of the midway when the game attendants started calling me over, not to play a game but because they wanted some of the giant $100 bills (gospel tracts) I was carrying around. These people working for the carnival were basically starving for Truth. It was such a refreshing opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus with them, they were so open. When I asked where they were going to spend eternity they weren't sure, or they knew it would not be in Heaven. I found that I didn't need to share too much about the Law of God before they knew they had broken it-that they were sinners. I spoke to them of Judgment Day and Gods penalty for sin. I related this to the natural realm here on earth by comparing an example of standing in a court room before a Judge being convicted of a serious crime and then having someone else come and pay our fine in your stead. I told them about the Cross and what Jesus has done to pay for our sins. I told them it was not just a belief in Jesus but that we had to repent and trust in Jesus and do as He commands in the Bible. I asked them what sin was so important to them that they were willing to give up Heaven and spend eternity in Hell. I asked them why they would be willing to spend eternity in Hell in order to have a few short years of doing life their way- instead of just surrendering control to God.

As Dennis said to me as we passed each other in the midway, " I know that man I was talking to is really going to be thinking of his eternal destination while he is trying to go to sleep tonight." And that’s what I asked people to do before they went to sleep- to get right with God. They were very happy to take Ray Comfort's book, "SAVE YOURSELF SOME PAIN" which tells how to get right with God and how to have a relationship with Him. I also gave them "The Pocket Testament" book of John.

I had finished one conversation I was having and saw that Diana was standing next to me. She was locked into a conversation with a young man I had planned to speak with next. I took their picture. They never even looked up.

The most memorable moment was when I saw Trish witnessing to a lady, tending one of the games. They were very much into their conversation and I could see the concern on the face of the lady Trish was talking with. Trish had her back turned to me and the lady was facing me. I was going to take a picture when I realized the lady was praying and giving her life to Jesus! I waited with such joy and then asked Trish to see if I could take their picture. She agreed and I took the picture of them and congratulated her on her decision for Jesus. That by far is the best thing I have witnessed all week. Praise God!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I know Satan!!

Halloween night means going downtown to a festival known as “Meg-O-Ween” which is sponsored by a local bar, Meg O’Malley’s. We don't often get to wear our AWD shirts but we did tonite. (BTW-these are available at

As we walked toward the entrance gate Dennis, Jeff and I met our first fish. Dennis gave them both a MDB tract and started to ask a couple of questions. One of the guys jumped up and turned to Jeff and me and said, “I’ll bet you don’t know where the word Bible came from!” We could smell the liquor on his breath and backed up a couple of feet. We stayed just a couple minutes more, deciding that these guys needed to sober up a bit.

As we left, we asked them a question of our own…”What is the difference between a slave and a man who drinks strong drink?” When neither could answer it we told them, “Nothing. They both obey their masters.”

We went thru the gate and started handing out tracts; the weather looked as though any moment it would begin pouring. You won’t see any photos of the costumes that we saw, because it would be indecent to document them. This seems to be worse each year we go to this ‘festival’. Shocking.

The rainy night really fit the mood of this 'party'. Despair was covered up by over-zelous laughter. It rained intermittently and when it did we ran for cover. Jeff began conversations with a group, and since they couldn’t go anywhere he would take them all through the Good Person test. It was great! We got all sorts of reactions to the tracts…from smiles to cussing us out. One woman somewhere in her 40’s screamed when I told her it was a Gospel tract! She said, “@#%&* and &*@#% I already tried that *%@#! Besides I got a boyfriend!” and she yanked the arm of the teenaged kid with her. He kept his tract and looked back at me as she screamed. I said, “Hey! Read it!” to which he nodded slightly. I pray that this boy will hear God’s Word and obey!

While Jeff was talking to the first group of people I noticed ,one of the guys looking at the Giant Money poking out of my bag. I pointed to it and to him He nodded his head and I realized he was deaf. I only know a little sign language so I asked if he wanted one. He told me 'yes' and I was able to give him one along with a Good Person booklet. He promised to read it and I pray he does with an open heart.

Dennis engaged a couple who turned out to go to a mega-church in the area. When he asked them how to get to Heaven...the man articulated fairly well after a few moments, but the woman...not so much. The man finally told Dennis he didn't want to talk anymore.

We met all sorts of people; most of them were very self-righteous. In fact, I don’t think we have ever encountered so many people who have never told a lie in their lives! Kumar was one of them. He wavered between telling me he had never sinned and justifying it. I talked with him for a few minutes but it was clear he was already drunk. I left when he began detailing why it was OK to sleep with any girl he wanted. TMI! Maybe when he sobers up he will remember our conversation?

Trying to keep track of everyone, I saw Dennis handing tracts to every person he could, as fast as he could. When I turned around I walked right into Satan. Now, I have seen people dressed like this before, but this was different. This man ‘belonged’ in this guise. He looked just like Anton Lavey and was comfortable in his skin. He looked at me and I looked at him. It was as though time stood still. I said, “Did you get one of these?” He calmly took the MDB from me and said, “What is it?” I told him it was a Gospel tract. He stopped and looked up from it. For the life of me I cannot remember what it was he said or what I said to him-but I do remember thinking that I did not want to engage this person in conversation. I don’t really know why because normally I would not have stopped… I turned to go and Jeff was right behind me. As we walked away he said, “Did you notice that he ‘was’ the costume?”

The area in which we live is renowned for Satanism. I think often of this as I read Revelation 2, where the Lord addresses Pergamos and talks about Satan’s seat being there.

Driving home I could not get the encounter off of my mind…then suddenly I yelled, "I know Satan!!" Now Dennis never saw the encounter so he jumped.

A few months ago I had to visit this guy's office and the first thing I noticed was that there were human skulls in every room. Maybe not weird for a medical professional but this really was overkill and very creepy…now I KNOW why!! I asked him at the time what his fascination with death was. He just smoothly told me they were medical specimens. Wonder who it is sitting up on his shelves??
Revelation 2:13 I know your works, and where you live, even where Satan's seat is. And you hold fast My name and have not denied My faith, even in those days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwells.

What’s the strangest witnessing experience you’ve had????