Thursday, October 9, 2014

Deliver Your Soul 10/4/2014

So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. (Ezekial 33:7-9)

Our Saturday evening in Glendale was far greater a blessing than we had even hoped for. Prayer time on the roof of the parking structure included Jeremy, Razmik and Steven V. When we reached the location we were greeted by Steve M.'s smiling face. Soon after that Dean and Sai arrived.

Mobs of people flowed back and forth across the intersection every time the lights changed. Soon we were taking turns on the box, proclaiming the Gospel. People began stepping up and requesting bibles. 

A mood of euphoria energized the team as it became clear that perhaps thousands would be exposed to the gospel tonight and many would stick around to listen and receive Bibles.

Almost all of the bibles were given out. One father brought his 3 sons forward each to receive bibles. Glory to God!

Needless to say, we will be back, Lord willing! Stay tuned for another Glendale outreach next month.

The Morning Shift  10/1/2014

This week Steve was joined by Brother Jeremy and Paul's friend Kelly. Please stand with us on Wednesday mornings at 6:00 AM at the North Hollywood Metro Station on Lankershim Blvd. it's a great opportunity to share the truth with the thousands of commuters who pass through this area.

Abortuary Duty  10/4/2014

Like the phantom of the open hearth (the name given to the face-like image in the steel mill furnaces of a bygone era), the garage entrance to the Mission Hills abortuary building seems as if it was designed to guard the demonically inspired activity that takes place within.

Anne and Don hold some of the signs that volunteers carry in front of the building. Every car that passes by, and every person who enters the parking lot, sees the word of God as a testimony to the judgment of a righteous God against the sin of murder. What men see as a "final solution" to an inconvenient problem, that is abortion, is murder in God's eyes.

You can join the effort at the Mission Hills clinic, 10200 Sepulveda Blvd., 91345, every Saturday and Tuesday morning from 8 to 10 am. No experience necessary.

News Items

Apologetics Corner

Paul Washer: The Personal Impact of Street Preaching

by Lita Cosner,

There are a number of contrasts between the temptation of Eve and the temptation of Jesus. The first Adam was tempted in a garden paradise, while Jesus was tempted in a barren wilderness after being without food for 40 days. Eve leaned on her own understanding of the situation when she talked to the serpent, and it didn’t take her very long to be deceived. Even though Jesus is God, He depended on Scripture to refute Satan’s lies (and so He is an example for us to also lean on Scripture). Adam and Eve became unfaithful to God, but Jesus stood firm.

Each of the temptations is significant. First, Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread so He could eat. At a first glance, it might be unclear why this would be a bad thing. If someone developed technology that could turn rocks into bread, it would be hailed as a breakthrough that would solve world hunger. But Jesus never did a miracle to benefit Himself, and He never did a miracle without relying on the power of the Spirit. This is important, because Jesus’ perfect life also had to be a human life. If He relied on His divine power to ‘skip’ the discomforts and inconveniences of life, it would cease to be the sort of life that could be credited to us as righteousness. So Satan’s temptation was for Jesus to use His own divine power, and to cease to live a purely human life.

The second temptation was for Jesus to cast Himself off the Temple, so that the angels would keep Him from harm. Satan even quoted a Scripture that legitimately applied to Jesus to prove that it would happen. But this would have been putting God to the test in a way that is expressly forbidden in Scripture. Jesus completely and implicitly trusts His Father, but He refuses to put Him to the test in such a way.

The third temptation was for Jesus to take a ‘shortcut’ in His mission, and to rule the whole world and all its kingdoms by worshipping Satan. But this would have eliminated the Cross, the reason Jesus came. Jesus came to suffer on behalf of sinners who would believe in Him, not to enjoy power and wealth. Worshipping Satan would also render to Satan what only belongs to God. So Jesus refused.

Having ‘passed the test’, Satan left Jesus and the angels came to comfort Him. However, the battle had only begun. It says, “And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time” (Luke 4:13). While this episode was a critical battle against Satan, His whole life and ministry was an ongoing war against Satan.

Could Jesus have sinned?

Some people say that because Jesus is God, He could not really be tempted. Others say that it was not a real temptation because Jesus could not sin. However, this is not how the Bible presents Jesus. Jesus got hungry and tired during His earthly life—He experienced all the struggles of life in the fallen world, except that He did it all without sinning. And part of what He experienced was temptation—the Bible says He “in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). That means that in His human nature, He really was tempted with every sort of sin, but never committed the slightest sin. He could not sin because He is God, but He resisted temptation as a man, so that His righteousness could be imputed to us. If Jesus’ righteousness was only the righteousness of God, it could not be credited to us—He had to have the righteousness of a perfect man so that we could be counted righteous.

Because Jesus was righteous as a man, His resistance of temptation and obedience to God is a powerful example to us as we follow Him.

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