Monday, February 9, 2015

Not Peace, But a Sword 1/31/2015

Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:34-39)

Hollywood Outreach  


We had not been to Hollywood since Halloween. It seemed like a good time to go. The pagan atmosphere is far more intense than Burbank, or most other places for that matter, but the issue is the still the same; where will you go when you die.

Many people react the same. First they wonder what act we are putting on, surrounded as they are by actors and hucksters. Then they quickly avert their eyes when they gather what we are up to. "What? God being proclaimed here? Aren't these people in the wrong place? We're trying to have fun here." Smiles suddenly fade.

Debbie steadfastly distributes Gospel tracts, to the glory of God.

These gentlemen listened intently for a while and then posed to have their picture taken by another tourist.

Many people stopped to read the tracts. Glory to God!

This lady, being intoxicated, shouted "God hates you!" She then challenged us with the classic "Where did Cain get his wife?" question. The simple answer shocked her, and her attitude changed. She suddenly took an inordinate interest in the Bible, which, in her compromised state, involved resting her chin on the Bible itself. Soon her friends came back to escort her away. Please pray for her deliverance and salvation.

Sharon, as always, had numerous one-to-one conversations and handed out many tracts. Her expressions tell the story.

Brother Dean gave an impassioned plea: "Please don't take God's kindness for weakness. You must be born again to see the kingdom of heaven!"

This man sought to shake Dean's sincere demeanor by using expletives and questioning Dean's intellect, motive, and veracity. He, of course, denounced the Bible, citing his extensive internet research including the discredited video, "Zeitgeist." Nothing new here.

Richard gave a passionate presentation of the Gospel to this young couple who inexplicably stopped and patiently responded to the "Good Person Test." Their family members listened intently.

As always, Hollywood was chaotic and full of challenges. It is a true crossroads of fallen humanity and therefore a good place to confront the pagan culture with the glorious and life-saving Gospel of Christ. Many other evangelists come down here, so it is probably best that we do not make this a primary focus of our efforts, but instead reserve this outreach for special opportunities, of the Lord's leading. It is important that we do not become complacent in doing the Lord's work, but seek to refine and grow our faith through obedience to His calling under diverse circumstances. Even so, we need to keep our primary focus on our own "neighborhood" of Burbank, Glendale and North Hollywood, since this is where the Lord has placed us, and if we neglect these areas, then who will go?

The Morning Shift - NoHo Station  1/28/2015

Red sky in the morning, sinners take warning. The Gospel is about to be preached here!

Paul did a great job of using word pictures to proclaim the truth about Jesus Christ.

People wait. And they listen.

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. Please watch for text announcements on Tuesday evenings. Please always RSVP if you plan to join us on Wednesday mornings.

Abortuary Duty

The best speech the President never gave. A good example of unintended implications.

The Drop Box - The Heart of the Story

Faithful stewards of God's love and mercy. Anyone who loves the Lord can do this too. He will give you strength. "If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ..." (1 Peter 4:11)

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

Brother Razmik reports from the G3 Conference:

The theme of the conference was: The Bible is the Word of God. So, all the speakers focused to show from different perspectives why this is so. James White and Voddie Baucham, for instance, focused more on the apologetic side of the things, whereas Paul Washer and Richard Owen Roberts focused on how our lives should be lived in light of the fact that the Bible is the Word of God. We had about 5 full sermons each day, plus optional seminars. I believe the registered attendees were about 700, plus all the volunteers and the vendors.  

We got a chance to talk to people from all over the U.S. We also got a chance to talk to some of the speakers. I spoke with Voddie Baucham for a couple of minutes. My friends were able to have conversations with James White, Steve Lawson, and some of the other speakers as well. We stayed at the Holiday Inn that was about 10 minutes away from the church and it was such a blessing to go to the hotel and all the guests we saw were attendees so it was like a "mini-heaven." The hotel had a breakfast included so in the morning when we went there Paul Washer, Anthony Mathenia and Richard Owen Roberts were eating at the same table and we were having breakfast next to them. Paul Washer pointed at me saying "I know this guy." I reminded him that we've met in LA several times. He remembered and said that he'll be in LA again in March for the TMAI conference. 

Overall, it was a great experience and I would recommend those who are interested to go. The 5 hour flight is probably the least enjoyable part of the trip but that's not something we could avoid anyway.
The sermons and updates on the conference should be on the website pretty soon.  


Apologetics Corner

A common strategy of atheistic hecklers is to try to discredit Christians by accusing them of not following the Old Testament laws regarding dress and diet. The Black Hebrew Israelites are prone to attack us on such issues. This article provides some quick responses to this challenge. Also, here is a video from Wretched which addresses the same basic issue.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Proclaim On the Housetops 1/24/2015

What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 10:27-33)

Burbank Outreach  


Praise the Lord, we were able to preach in the mall again! Many weeks have passed since we have had the opportunity to proclaim the Gospel from our old stomping grounds.

This is the first time we have been able to set up the heckler mic in months!

Mark: It's not about religion. We're talking about the God of this universe. He is in heaven right now, reaching out with nail-imprinted hands, offering forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and a relationship. He is a relational God. We're talking about God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit from all eternity past. He does not need us. He never did. But He wanted to glorify Himself. He wanted to bless His creation, and that is who we are. We have been blessing Christ Jesus through the gift of being able to worship God. People often wonder, why does man always worship something? It's because we are designed this way. It's the manufacturers design specs. Human beings were designed to worship. The question is what are you going to worship? Our greatest idol is the worship of self. Especially in America, we are very self-idolizing people. But the fact is that we will all worship something. When we worship the wrong thing, the bible calls this idolatry, and it's a grave sin against God.
We come out her to proclaim the true God, the only God. He is the God of Truth. Jesus says, I am the way, the truth and the life. He said He is going to send us the Spirit of all Truth, The Holy Spirit, to guide us into truth. He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to a knowledge of the Truth. The bible says that He is the only true God.

Many tracts were given out.

Friends stopped by to say hello.

There is great joy in serving the most high God!

Our new secret weapon was finally unveiled: The Whitfield Spurgeomatic, street-preaching robot.

Both Richard and Sharon took turns witnessing to this homeless man and his buddies. Please pray that his heart will be changed.

Many people take tracts, and many do not.

Dean: The Apostle Paul said, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation." Do you realize that Jesus Christ is our salvation? He said, "I am the light of the world." Jesus said, "I am the bread of life." Jesus also said, "You must be born again." If you are not born again, Jesus said that you will not enter heaven. He didn't say, "Let me see your church attendance record." He didn't say, "Try to be a good person, and we'll all get to heaven." No, Jesus said that the road is narrow, and the gate is small that leads to everlasting life and only a few people ever find it. Are you one of those few people? I hope so, because Jesus said that many are going to say to me on that day, "Lord, Lord, here I am." And He is going to say to them, "Depart from Me, I never knew you." God said that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and your neighbor as yourself. Are you doing that? Well, the good news is that Jesus Christ died to save you, on the cross. It took God Himself to rescue you and me. It took God Himself becoming a man. And it took the perfect God-Man to die on a cross to satisfy God's wrath."

Steve: Our prayer for you tonight is that God would grant you a heart of repentance, and faith and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, because the Bible shows us very clearly that it is only through Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross that we may be saved. People criticize Christians because they proclaim the exclusivity. They claim that their God is the one and only God, and that their God is the only way to heaven. The fact is that we are simply reporting to you what the word of God says. It would be a sin and blasphemy to make up any such claims about God beyond what the Bible teaches. We don't want to add anything, we don't want to take anything away from the word of God. Many churches today are guilty of taking away from the Gospel. They take away sin, they take away righteousness, they take away judgement because they fail to tell the people in the churches that they are going to face judgement one day. That they are not okay with God. But that God will judge us, each one of us in righteousness. And that's why He sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the debt of sin on our behalf. That glorious Gospel has never changed! It is the same as it was 2,000 years ago. And yet, mankind has changed the Gospel. They've come up with the prosperity Gospel, the works righteousness Gospel, and every other kind of gospel, all of which are an abomination to God. There is only one true Gospel and that is the Gospel of repentance and faith in the Son, Jesus Christ, and what He accomplished for you on that cross. Jesus did for you what you cannot do for yourself. For God so loved the world...

Dr. Jack rarely has an idle moment. When he is not on the box or one to one, he is coming up with new ideas for witnessing opportunities.

Our brother Tony Miano once referred to our sister Sharon as an "unstoppable" witness.

This man was quietly listening to several preachers, while paging through one of our free bibles. Apparently he was waiting for his daughter to emerge from one of the theaters. When she showed up this conversation took place. Not sure what was said, but surely it included the gospel.

Few of us have as much passion and joy in sharing the gospel as our brother Richard. At times he will execute a mean break dance when the Spirit won't let him be still. Here he considers some of the many thousands who have passed by, not knowing of their desperate need for the Savior. He frequently quotes Matthew 28:19-20: 
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (NKJV)

Abortuary Duty

The Most Unreported Social Phenomenon of Our Time

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

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