Friday, October 3, 2014

The Hour Is Coming 9/27/2014

"Do you now believe? Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:31-33 NKJV)

When's the last time you've seen signs like these? Yes, the times they are a-changin' once again. This cartoon is grimly clever. Thanks be to God that He is our sure foundation. Surely the Lord is using these events to convict and draw near to Him those whom He has called unto salvation. How much more should we seek to reach out to the lost whom the Holy Spirit is drawing. Let us be bold in proclaiming the true Gospel that Christ may be glorified.
A core team consisting of Dr. Jack, Jeremy, Mark, Razmik, and Steve, took up a position on the public sidewalk in front of the Town Center Mall. This is an ideal spot due to the great number of pedestrians who constantly pass by, combined with the halting power of the traffic lights. 

It was a blessed evening of proclamation and one to one sharing of the Gospel.

Brother Razmik had several conversations. At one point there was a group of Armenian men who were very supportive and interested in our ministry, including a Gospel preacher (in white shirt). They stood with us for quite a while as we preached.

Another Armenian man came back after receiving a tract. Razmik had a discussion with him that revealed much confusion on his part. It is interesting to see how the Armenian people open up and become engaged in discussion when someone speaks their language.

Steve had no sooner stepped off the box when this man, also named Steve, came out to ask us to move. He is the manager of the PF Chang's restaurant, and he was acting on a complaint by a man who was eating nearby on the patio with his family. The tone of the discussion was polite. Yet, the restaurant manager was demanding that we move. To us, this seemed unreasonable as we were clearly situated on public property, at least fifteen feet away from the restaurant patio area, and we were directing our Aker amp away from the restaurant and toward the noisy intersection. 

Two things to take away:
1. We need to remember to limit the discussion to one or at most two members of the team, so that the whole team does not waste valuable evangelism time.
2. The most effective means of avoiding ungodly and unproductive wrangling is to be quick to negotiate by giving up some unnecessary thing (e.g. amplification) so as to not jeopardize our witness to the complainant. After all, he is someone our Savior died for, just as we are.

The outcome was simple: After a few minutes break from proclamation, Mark got on the box and Whitfielded his message. Later the manager came out and thanked us and apologized.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NASB)

Photos by Jeremy

This Saturday, October 4th - UPDATED

Instead of our usual Burbank outreach we will be witnessing in Glendale at the Central Avenue entrance to the Galleria Mall, across from the Americana. There is a large sidewalk area at the stoplight located midway between Broadway and Colorado. Large groups of shoppers gather at the light waiting to cross back and forth between the two malls. 

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REVISED PLAN - Please join us on the TOP FLOOR of the parking structure at the South West corner of the Glendale Galleria. This is the end of the mall where Target is located. Nearest corner is Orange and Colorado. Please meet us there at the usual time, 6:00pm, for prayer and then we will walk to the ministry site described above. See you there!

NOTE:  From the 134 Freeway, exit onto Central, going South from the Freeway. Turn Right at Colorado. Then turn Right again at the entrance to the Galleria. Turn Left into the parking structure and follow the signs to the roof. We will gather at the South East corner of the roof, as outlined in the illustration above. (Thanks to Razmik for the satellite view!)

The Morning Shift  9/23/2014

Please join 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. 

News Items

Apologetics Corner

Brother David sent a link to an excellent sermon by Martyn Lloyd-Jones, "The Wrath of God"

Brother Razmik sent a link to a great article by Tim Challies, "All Those Things I Will Leave Undone"

Join Us!

Please join us as we proclaim the glorious Gospel to a lost and dying world on the streets of Burbank and beyond.


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