Sunday, December 28, 2008

Fishing at the beach.

People were crawling all over the beach today…guess it’s because of vacation. Tons of college students. Jeff, Rochelle, Dennis and I met there and right away Jeff walked into the middle of a group of Spanish-speakers. Even though he speaks no Spanish he was prepared-he had Spanish MDB’s and Good Person booklets in Spanish.

Dennis found a man who hated God. He said that God was evil for killing the entire world in the Flood. Dennis reminded him of how the people were living but it didn’t seem to faze him.

In the meantime Jeff talked to a woman who told him that her husband was a pastor. She had three kids with her and we gave them all tracts to pass out. When he was finished she walked over and interrupted Dennis, who was mid-conversation with someone!! Even though we motioned her away from them, she just kept talking. Dennis kept his cool and carried on.

I met a girl named Brittany who was unusual. She had odd pieces of jewelry on and fish bones in her matted hair. She told me that she and her sister make jewelry. Since she was friendly we talked about Heaven and Hell. She said she was on her way to Heaven when she died. I asked how she would get there and she said she was a good person. We started talking about that and after admitting to lying, thieving and blaspheming she told me that God would overlook her sin. In the middle of this the pastor’s wife showed up and started talking! I started to tell her to go away but I felt that I should not say anything. Suddenly she was gone as quickly as she had appeared. I told Brittany that God would not overlook her sin. She stopped listening and started asking if animals were in Heaven…

We met groups of kids and when possible they all got the test. Three girls I spoke with took it seriously. Others made it clear they were on vacation. Rochelle put it well when she said, “They think they are on vacation from God, too.” Hmmm.

Jeff met a guy who told Jeff that he was headed to Hell. He listened for a moment but then told Jeff he would enjoy it there.

Rochelle talked to Scott who said that he was trusting in his baptism to get him to Heaven.

Sean was visiting from Massachusetts. Walking up, Dennis noticed a fresh scar down his back. He was recovering from multiple injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident while driving too fast. He said that before the accident he thought he was invincible, but that had changed. They had a good conversation, leaving Sean with knowledge of his heavy burden and the Only Way to relieve it.

Jeff spoke to a guy who said he was a Christian but had a problem with sin. After speaking with him Jeff knew from the conversation that he was not saved.

We meet so many who have a false sense of security. Some trust in a verse taken out of context, or a conversation with a ‘spiritual leader’ who declares them to be ‘righteous’. Some trust in a feeling they have, others in an experience or a magic prayer. Some people even trust in what 'their parent told them'! All who trust in anything other than Jesus are LOST and on their way to HELL!

Act 4:12 And there is salvation in no other One; for there is no other name under Heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

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