Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

Nathan, Mike,Joanne, Kyle & I went to hand out tracts at the Burbank Media Center for about an hour. Trying to fill the gap between cleaning out your garage and BBQ. Kyle did great and got an Ice-cream cone as a reward.

Thank you Lord for all the soldiers who have fought to keep us free to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ in America!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Glendale/Noho 5-29-10 Follow-Up

We had a great turnout last night so we split teams up a team in Glendale and a team at Burbank Media Center. I'll attach a link to Mikes video when he posts it of what was going on there.

For us it was a little slow but its always a good night. Normally I look forward to an alley way filled with "punk kids" that we can witness to or preach to but that night they had a security guard shooing them away :( Had some good 1-on-1's and did a little open air but what was disheartening to me was how unable many teens are to actually have a normal conversation. Maybe its just me but they can barely tell you their name and look at you. They seem so disconnected.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Biblical Gospel & Evangelism - Paul Washer

This sermon is a MUST LISTEN to all Evangelists. I learned so much, what a blessing!!

Spurgeon quote for the day! 5/29

"I must close, Brothers and Sisters, with this reflection. You and I want to bring forth fruit unto God. We want to save souls. Then we must do what Christ did, though in another sense. That is to say, we must fall into the ground and die. Did you ever see a minister who was such a gentleman that he did not know his people, and never shook hands with them in his life—one who was only anxious to show them what a dignified individual an ordained minister is? Well, such a man as that is like a grain of wheat put into a golden shrine to be admired. But, possibly, you know another man—he may be a city missionary—and he goes right down into the midst of the sin and misery of those whom he seeks to win for Christ, looking at everything from their point of view. And often it is a difficult task for him, yet he will do it. He lays aside everything in which he is their superior, speaks so that they can understand him, and brings the Gospel right down to their level. That man will win souls for the Savior because he is not a grain of wheat laid on a marble shelf, but he is dropped into the ground! And the more that man will spend himself for his Master—work himself to death, break up his constitution—kill himself, as it were, in his Master’s service—the more likely is he to bring forth “much fruit” unto God. I do not believe you can do much good without having a great deal taken out of yourselves. And when men are so very particular and careful about themselves and will only serve God if it does not cost them anything, I believe that no earthly good can come of that. The man whom God will greatly bless must be willing, in this sense, to fall into the ground and die!

In persecuting times, the Christian has often had to literally give himself up to die, but, instead of the cause of Christ being injured by his death, he has, in that way, brought forth the much fruit.” There have been no other such fruitful preachers of the Gospel as those who suffered at the stakes of Smithfield or died upon the rack. If you would be the means of saving others, you must make no reserve for yourself, but imitate your Master, of whom His enemies tauntingly but truly said, He saved others; Himself He cannot save. I ask you, Brothers and Sisters in Christ, to resolve, by Gods strength, that there is nothing you will not do and nothing you will not give for Him who loved you so well that He gave all He had to save you! Seek, by every means that you can use, to win souls for Christ! The man who must have conversions, or he will die, will have them! The woman who feels that she must bring her class to Christ and will never rest till she does, will bring them to Christ! The Lord help us so to preach Christ and so to live for Christ and, if necessary, so to die for Christ, that we may bring forth fruit unto God—some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. Amen.

C.H. Spurgeon -
"Christ's Death and Ours"

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Darwin's Deadly Legacy

Mike lent me a copy of this DVD and I watched it last night... CHILLING.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Spurgeon on Depression

"Any simpleton can follow the narrow path in the light: faith's rare wisdom enables us to march on in the dark with infallible accuracy, since she places her hand in that of her Great Guide."

—Charles Spurgeon, Lectures to my Students

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Noho/Hollywood & Western Follow-up 5-22-10

Had a great turn out tonight. About 14 people. We split into two teams: Noho & a team went to Western & Hollywood. Please pray for those we witnessed to and who took tracts & bibles.

Something definitely unusual that happened was that there was this guy who was obviously high on something, running around in the street in from of cars with his pants pulled down. While I was preaching he ran up and "mooned" me... I can actually say that was a first.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ambassadors Hollywood Visit

Mike and I took a quick visit to Hollywood today to visit the Ambassadors Academy. Good times!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Noho Follow-Up 5-15-10

Praise the Lord! Had a great time last night with the team. There was Dean, Mike S, Debbie, Bea, Mark, Forest, Art & his daughter, Jorge and even Tony the Lawman joined us! It was such a great atmosphere. Lots of preaching to sustained crowds, handed out about 60 bibles, had a heckler mic going and good fellowship after at Panera Bread. I was so encouraged!!

Please pray for Inez (72 year old Pentecostal whose 4 kids and grandkids don't know the Lord). Those who took bibles & tracts.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Morning devotion - C.H. Spurgeon May 14th

"All that believe are justified." — Acts 13:39

The believer in Christ receives a present justification. Faith does not produce this fruit by-and-by, but now. So far as justification is the result of faith, it is given to the soul in the moment when it closes with Christ, and accepts Him as its all in all. Are they who stand before the throne of God justified now?—so are we, as truly and as clearly justified as they who walk in white and sing melodious praises to celestial harps. The thief upon the cross was justified the moment that he turned the eye of faith to Jesus; and Paul, the aged, after years of service, was not more justified than was the thief with no service at all. We are to-day accepted in the Beloved, to-day absolved from sin, to-day acquitted at the bar of God. Oh! soul-transporting thought! There are some clusters of Eshcol's vine which we shall not be able to gather till we enter heaven; but this is a bough which runneth over the wall. This is not as the corn of the land, which we can never eat till we cross the Jordan; but this is part of the manna in the wilderness, a portion of our daily nutriment with which God supplies us in our journeying to and fro. We are now—even now pardoned; even now are our sins put away; even now we stand in the sight of God accepted, as though we had never been guilty. "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus." There is not a sin in the Book of God, even now, against one of His people. Who dareth to lay anything to their charge? There is neither speck, nor spot, nor wrinkle, nor any such thing remaining upon any one believer in the matter of justification in the sight of the Judge of all the earth. Let present privilege awaken us to present duty, and now, while life lasts, let us spend and be spent for our sweet Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How to Reform a Church and Not be a Coward - Paul Washer

This teaching can totally be applied to evangelism and making disciples.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Now Aarons ready!

I wanted to thank everyone who contributed to Aaron's goodbye present which was his very own preaching box filled with 1600 Spanish tracts! NOW he's ready for action! Thank you for your generosity. Please pray for his safe journey as he leaves tomorrow for Guatalahara. You can keep an update on his adventures at HIS BLOG.

Morning devotion - C.H. Spurgeon May 11th

"I am with you alway." — Matthew 28:20

It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, moth-eaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon Him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure. My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on His person, all thy hope in His merit, all thy trust in His efficacious blood, all thy joy in His presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world's garden fade by turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death's black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone! The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to Him who will never leave thee; trust thyself with Him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of death's stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with Him in heavenly places for ever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother. Trust all thy concerns with Him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave Him, even "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." "Lo, I am with you alway," is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

There Is No Plan B

Morning devotion - C.H. Spurgeon May 6th

"We dwell in Him." — 1 John 4:13

Do you want a house for your soul? Do you ask, "What is the purchase?" It is something less than proud human nature will like to give. It is without money and without price. Ah! you would like to pay a respectable rent! You would love to do something to win Christ? Then you cannot have the house, for it is "without price." Will you take my Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving Him for ever? Will you take Jesus and "dwell in Him?" See, this house is furnished with all you want, it is filled with riches more than you will spend as long as you live. Here you can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on His love; here are tables well-stored with food for you to live on for ever; in it, when weary, you can find rest with Jesus; and from it you can look out and see heaven itself. Will you have the house? Ah! if you are houseless, you will say, "I should like to have the house; but may I have it?" Yes; there is the key—the key is, "Come to Jesus." "But," you say, "I am too shabby for such a house." Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the house is too good for you, Christ will make you good enough for the house by-and-by. He will wash you and cleanse you, and you will yet be able to sing, "We dwell in Him." Believer: thrice happy art thou to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged thou art, for thou hast a "strong habitation" in which thou art ever safe. And "dwelling in Him," thou hast not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one. When this world shall have melted like a dream, our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it is God Himself—"We dwell in Him."

Believers, remember He is preparing a people for a place He has prepared for us.

He is preparing a people for Himself.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Hecklers Corner

Dan wrote in response to John Pipers video:

"Why John Piper is so exited self persuaded and self deluded!!! How he dare to think that he is right in his belief? Let me remind you that Christianity was created by Jews for the Jews at the first place. But because of the Roman conquest of Israel it spread dramatically into the pagan world and been adopted by them. The gentile changed some critical signs of belief in order to make it comfortable to the pagans and that when Christianity deserted its links with Judaism and God and became a new one in nature and structure. Christians might declare the Christianity is the only true belief in the world but it’s not obligatory to non Christians. They might say the same about their own religion, as the Muslims and Buddhist already say.
The Jewish prophecy is well in advance as we see how Jews came out of the ashes and gathered in their land and created a wonderful society. I think that no Christian has the right to preach to Jews in what they should believe in. he God of Jesus was the God of the Jews and still is. Now as we see Jews are gathering to live in the land of Israel we only can say that God was right and his prophecy as declared by his Jewish prophets is being fulfilled and alive.
Judaism is the law, belief and prophecy of the Jewish people and the other believes are the Noah believes as states in the Old Testimony. See no reason to change the “live and let live”

My Response: Dan, do you think you are "right" in what you believe? If you believe you are "right" are you asserting that Piper should not be asserting that he is right?

Jesus said "I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father but by me." Piper is merely affirming the truth of what Jesus said... that He is the ONLY WAY to heaven.

I think this one section of your post is the main point of what needs to be addressed: "he God of Jesus was the God of the Jews and still is."

Actually the bible states not that "he God of Jesus" but that Jesus IS God. Second Person of the Trinity. That is why Jesus said "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM." John 8:58. I believe THAT is your main issue. Please understand that Jesus is the Messiah, who died on a cross for your sins and rose again that you may have eternal life if you repent and believe. If you knew Christ you would know God, but because you deny the Son you don't have the Father either. Jesus warned "you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I AM, you will die in your sins." John 8:24

Its Getting Dangerous

This is a must read article from Albert Mohler about the Preacher who was recently arrested in England.


Only Ray Comfort can come up with this! You can download your personal "Witnessing Ringtone" HERE. Classic Comfort!

Monday, May 3, 2010

How to Listen to the Lord

This sermon by MacArthur was sent to me by our sister Faith and was so encouraging.

Morning devotion - C.H. Spurgeon May 3rd

"In the world ye shall have tribulation." — John 16:33

Art thou asking the reason of this, believer? Look upward to thy heavenly Father, and behold Him pure and holy. Dost thou know that thou art one day to be like Him? Wilt thou easily be conformed to His image? Wilt thou not require much refining in the furnace of affliction to purify thee? Will it be an easy thing to get rid of thy corruptions, and make thee perfect even as thy Father which is in heaven is perfect? Next, Christian, turn thine eyedownward. Dost thou know what foes thou hast beneath thy feet? Thou wast once a servant of Satan, and no king will willingly lose his subjects. Dost thou think that Satan will let thee alone? No, he will be always at thee, for he "goeth about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." Expect trouble, therefore, Christian, when thou lookest beneath thee. Then look around thee. Where art thou? Thou art in an enemy's country, a stranger and a sojourner. The world is not thy friend. If it be, then thou art not God's friend, for he who is the friend of the world is the enemy of God. Be assured that thou shalt find foe-men everywhere. When thou sleepest, think that thou art resting on the battlefield; when thou walkest, suspect an ambush in every hedge. As mosquitoes are said to bite strangers more than natives, so will the trials of earth be sharpest to you. Lastly, look within thee, into thine own heart and observe what is there.Sin and self are still within. Ah! if thou hadst no devil to tempt thee, no enemies to fight thee, and no world to ensnare thee, thou wouldst still find in thyself evil enough to be a sore trouble to thee, for "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked." Expect trouble then, but despond not on account of it, for God is with thee to help and to strengthen thee. He hath said, "I will be with thee in trouble; I will deliver thee and honour thee."