Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Share your Faith - Today!

Last week at the Spring Praise Fest in Cocoa Fl was a great opportunity to witness to believers and non-believers and those not so sure of where they are with Jesus Christ. The Praise Fest is an all day event with several of the local church praise bands.

I saw a couple sitting off by themselves with a small Sheltie dog so I went up to pet the dog – use whatever means possible to start a conversation. I quickly asked if they were believers and she said yes and her husband is an assistant pastor at a church that she said has become the recovery church. Many of the attenders are recovering addicts of different types. We talked a bit of what they teach, are they of the God has a Wonderful Plan for your Life church or do they use the Bible? He said he thinks he is very sound but when I spoke to him a little more, he was struggling. I gave them the Wonder Plan book and both were appreciative.

Then she said she is struggling to witness to some co-workers. One a Lesbian, another an atheist and another she was not sure what she believed. I gave her some tracts to use, including the “Are you afraid to Die” booklet. She was very appreciative and was surprised there are actually people who help others learn to witness Biblically.

It’s time to learn how to witness – God has given us the plan in His Word.
John 4:1-30, Luke 18:18-30

Friday, March 18, 2011

Daddy, how do I get to Heaven?

As we entered the restaurant we noticed that the only thing open was the bar. We hesitated, then thirst won out. As the bartender brought our Cokes, we asked him about a large tattoo on his arm. It was a cross with his grand-fathers' names inside. I asked him why he chose a cross.

"No reason, just a Celtic cross.". The way he said it made me think he didn't want a 'religion' discussion. Then he showed us a tattoo going down his arm with the name Madelyn. He told us that it was his daughter's name and that she was his pride and joy. He told us that he and his wife were expecting a new baby soon. He showed us where he would put the new name.

In light of that, I asked if he believed in Heaven and Hell. Scott told us that he believed in Heaven but not Hell. We talked about that for a moment and Scott told us that he was raised a Catholic but didn't believe 'all that'. He told us that he took catechism and was baptized but didn't believe all that stuff. Then he got busy and waited on some others who were there. He avoided us for a few minutes and then came back around. He seemed very closed to our discussion.

"What will you tell Madelyn and Sophie one day when they ask you how to get to Heaven?"

In a moment, his face changed. All arrogance was wiped away. He now seemed a bit desperate.

"I know that you're busy Scott. I'm going to leave this little booklet for you and I hope you'll read it before you sleep tonite."

He quickly came over and picked up the Good Person test lying on the bar. He took a pitcher with his tips in it that he had under the counter.

"I'm gonna keep this in here. I promise that I'll read it tonite." What he once avoided he now seemed to treasure.

Now that's a great tip!! (FYI: we left a great REAL tip along with that. Be sure you glorify the Lord with your testimony. Don't be stingy with your tips!)

Friday, March 11, 2011

Can you see the signs???

What a perspective. Only a very foolish person would think they could outrun something like this.

This quake is meant to be an attention grabber, a wake-up call. Sort of like that first contraction before birth. Hmmm...


Mark 13:8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

If you are a true Christian, please pray for our brothers and sisters in Japan and around the world.

If you are not a Christian, please pause in your life long enough to consider the warning that you are being given from above.

Luke 12: 4-5 "I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!

Matthew 16:24-27 Then Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

One more.

After the Art Festival, Dayna and I were making our way back to the car. Behind the restaurant, where we parked we saw a young woman sitting on the ground. We approached her and started talking to her. She was open to conversation and seemed interested and intrigued. Her name was Sarah. She listened closely and was thoughtful. Dayna asked her if she owned a Bible. She didn't. Dayna pulled a brand new Bible out of her bag and handed it to her.

"You have a Bible in there? Do you guys talk to other people like this?" she was genuinely touched.

"We talk to everyone we can, because you know what? Jesus changed our lives! We are not the same people we used to be, Sarah. He will change yours too, if you let Him." Dayna said. "I hope you'll consider these things very seriously, Sarah before you go to sleep tonite- no one knows when it's their turn to die."

"I know. I will. Thank you both for talking to me like this."

Will her life be changed? Whosoever will may come.

Luke 14:23 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Instructions for becoming an Atheist.

Had to pass along an article from that great thinker, Ray Comfort. Kudos.

Pay close attention to these directions...they're difficult to follow!!

Romans 1: 16-32 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith."For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Bakers Dozen

We were asked by Pastor Bob at Calvary Chapel Venice to teach a one day crash course at the church. We invited our friends Steve and Dayna to come and help us out. Saturday morning came and we were so excited to see that while 6 signed up, 13 were present! Pastor Bob and his lovely wife Barb were so gracious to provide breakfast and even a worship leader! We sang a few songs and then dug in to study. We did some videos and role played, too. Even after only 3 hours everyone did really well.

Venice was having it's yearly Art Festival. It provided a great opportunity for an outreach. On the way over we stopped at Pineapple's Grill for a quick bite to eat. Milt, one of the students wanted to get started so he went out alone!!! Can you imagine your first time out- alone?? We are so thankful for people who still want to know how to share the Gospel.

We are so very grateful to Pastor Bob and Barb for allowing us to teach this class. We are praying that they will consider the full 8-week course here.

2 timothy 3:15