Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Amp, And Yet . . . 6/28/2014

Sadly, the AMC mall has become a carnival midway. Restrictive regulation is likely to follow.

This evening we were drowned out by the rent-raising sax player, a new guitar and flute duo, the whining songstress, and our old friend John the breakdancer. 

The noise level was so great, and the sonic stew so chaotic, that in spite of our brand new Pyle Pro, we were totally out-amped. Technical issues notwithstanding, it seems prudent to revisit the paradigm which has served us so well these last 5+ years. Yes, we have always had competition in the sonic marketplace. But lately, as Dean sagely stated, "It's never been this bad before."

Dean and Mark wisely volunteered to do some stoplight preaching at the corner. This may become the method of choice as we go forward. 

The lower profile of the Aker amp, combined with the greater flexibility and portability of small two or three man teams may be our most effective strategy in the foreseeable future.

The heckler mic setup is the best way to draw a crowd, and will continue to be our mainstay once things calm down a bit on the mall. 

But, as this photo depicts, it seems that lately we are spending a lot of time waiting for the opportunity to proclaim the gospel. What is the point of an empty box? We could stay home and accomplish that.

So far, for stoplight preaching we've focused on the Magnolia/San Fernando intersection. However, each block along San Fernando seems well suited to similar stoplight preaching. Orange Grove, Palm and Olive all have the same type of low brick wall structures that offer the shelter of a back-stop or even a place to stand on.

Can you imagine as many as four preachers all proclaiming the gospel at the same time? Rule number one: No preacher stands alone. We must go in teams of 2 or 3. 

And as long as we are "rattling the cage," here's another idea to consider. A visual component. Dr. Jack, and others, have long been suggesting this. It would be great to develop a simple, lightweight, portable way to set up a large (approx. 24" x 36") graphic printed on foamcore or similar material, with thoughtful questions/statements to give people something to think about. E.g. "Questions Evolution Can't Answer." "Why Did Christ Have to Die?" "Why Can We Trust the Bible?" I have spoken to Jaime, our printer, and Mike, our chief tech guy, and they have both offered to help with this. Of course, we don't want to become the "sign guys" (see below).

But the value of a poster is that it explains what we are up to instantly, while the preacher is sharing the gospel. Ear gate and eye gate.

This type of poster is very effective at the Mission Hills clinic.

Your ideas are welcome.

In spite of the sound issues, there were numerous opportunities the Lord provided for us to share the Gospel.

Morning Shift  6/25/2014

It's always refreshing to be out early sharing the glorious Gospel. This time of year the sun rises early too.

Sadly, the cultists are even more disciplined to bring their message of deception than we are to bring Christ's message of hope. Is this a sad image or what? Is this couple investing their retirement years fishing for souls to lead into damnation? What a trajic legacy. If you have a heart for reaching these poor misguided souls, the NoHo station is a prime location to get some experience in breaking down spiritual strongholds.

Forced Labor?

Comparisons to North Korea, or references to Stalinism may seem a bit extreme, but it seems one would have to look to a dictatorship to find a modern example of citizens subjected by their government to do forced labor for reasons of ideological conformity mandated by the State. But this recent article on Jeremy's Dad, the Colorado baker, would seem to indicate that our government can force, or at least coerce, it's citizens to perform labor which conflicts with an individual's conscience. Thanks to recent Supreme Court decisions this will hopefully be overturned. 

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy. If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified.  (1 Peter 4:12-14)

Apologetics Corner

Sent in by brother Razmik:

As you already know, I had a long conversation with Roger 2 weeks ago and his main objection at that time was the contradictions in the Bible and he had a book with him titled "Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman.  Of course I did not have the time or resources to answer all his claims so I did some research and found that there is a new testament scholar, Mike Licona, who has actually debated Ehrman on a few occasions.
Here is the Licona interview.

Also, they have a really good site that has hundreds of useful articles.  

Brother Razmik also sent a link to the recent teaching that Pastor Paul Washer did at the Chinese Church in Rosemead.

Just discovered this great resource. We ought to transcribe some of these videos to have at hand when we are on the box. Quick, authoritative, scriptural answers to common questions. Not sure who produces these, but they are great! WWUTT stands for "When We Understand The Text," meaning, of course, the Bible.

Join Us!

Please check out our schedule in the right-hand column. We will be passing out the Giant $100 bills at the Glendale Cruise Night event on Saturday, July 19th. Please let Steve know if you can be there early (around 2pm) to help set up the booth.


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