Saturday, April 18, 2015

God Desires All People to be Saved 4/11/2015

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:1-6)

Saturday Outreach

4/11/2015 Burbank

Sad to say, this crowd was NOT gathered to hear the proclamation of God's glorious gospel. 

Instead they were held captive by a young man dressed in silver who transfixed them by moving like a robot.

As the crowd passed by, the gospel was preached.

At least one took notice. Let's pray that all the eyes and ears would be opened while there is still time.

Jack: There is no such thing as an atheist. We know that God exists because creation speaks of a creator and because we have a conscience. Our conscience speaks very loudly because basically we sin with knowledge. The bible says: "Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." The Bible says that we need to be approved, and that we need to endure temptation. What is enduring temptation? Sin is pleasurable for a season, but then comes destruction. And as long as we are sinning we cannot be approved. That means practicing sin. Pornography, lustful thoughts, theft, adultery, dishonoring your parents. The bible says, "Let no one say when he is tempted that he is tempted by God. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. So when you get in trouble for doing wrong things, don't blame God for it. But each one is tempted when he is brought away by his own desires, and is enticed. You may say, "Well, I'm a natural person. All that lust comes naturally." Well, what we do have naturally is a sin nature. We have this from Adam. But God wants to change our nature. It's a neat thing that God is so personal that He wants to change your thinking. But, He won't do it by force. When a desire is conceived, it gives birth to sin, and sin, when it is grown brings forth death. The bible says that the wages of sin is death. That's why we die, and that makes sense. Evolution makes no sense of death, because if we die we actually end the progress, so-called, of evolution. Instead death brings nothing but death. But the Bible says that death is eternal. So it is actually an active process of death in hell. So if you think that you are just going to the grave, and someone says some words over you, and that you will be remembered by people after you, and that is all there is to life, then that is a real sad story. But Jesus says that you may have life, and have that abundantly. But you must come to Christ and repent of your sins. The bible says that every good and perfect gift is from above. It comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. The Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Once you repent and put your faith in Christ, those sins will be forgiven eternally. 

It was great to have our brother Forest back out with the team. Forest has endured a long season of healing after injuries to his knee and arm.

Debbie and Sharon were busy, as always, with one-to-one witnessing and faithfully distributing tracts.

Our friend Arvin stopped by to give encouragement.

Our dear sister Murlee, from CBC, stopped by as well.

Dean was finally back on board after a few weeks off duty.

These two young men were very appreciative to hear the gospel being preached.

Richard is very good at attracting a crowd of teenagers with the good person test.

This fellow (Thomas) politely approached Steve and at first seemed ready to offer encouragement. But instead he said: "Jesus was not perfect. That's what made him so important, man. He didn't live a perfect life."
Steve: How do you know that?
Thomas: That's what I believe.
Steve: I see. Well, what I believe is what is in the Bible, and the Bible shows us very clearly that Jesus Christ is perfect in every way. He never sinned once in thought, word or deed.
Thomas: That's the point of 'our own image.' That's why what he did was so important . . . that he wasn't perfect.
Steve: He was our righteousness, as I was sharing a few minutes ago (Jeremiah 23:6). One of His many names is "The Lord Our Righteousness." He was righteous on our behalf . . because we are all sinners. You see, we are the ones who are not perfect. He is God, He is perfect. He was perfect on our behalf. He was fully man and fully God, yet without sin.
Thomas: That's why he was made exactly in our image. He wasn't perfect.
Steve: He was born of a woman, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Thomas: But he wasn't perfect. What's up there is perfect, but what's here is not perfect.
Steve: My name is Steve, what is your name?
Thomas: Thomas. He wasn't perfect and neither are we, that's why it is important.
Steve: Thomas, what is your source for saying that Jesus Christ was not perfect?
Thomas: Because . . . I read the same stuff, man.
Steve: Where do you find it in the Bible? You see it is only through His perfection, Thomas, that we can be saved, because He was perfect on our behalf. He paid the ransom that we cannot pay.
Thomas: He was made in our image. There-fore . . he could not be perfect.
Steve: But we are made in God's image, right?
Thomas: Therefore he was not perfect.
Steve: Thomas, there is no "therefore."
Thomas: (Leaving) Thank you.
Steve: Well, Thomas, we will be in prayer for you, because that is really not true.  "Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead."
Ed. note: I believe that Thomas is perhaps confused by the passage in Romans 8:3: "For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin; He condemned sin in the flesh . . ." And he has perhaps conflated that with Genesis 1:26: "Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. . " Here is an article on this topic.

Missed opportunities:  2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 8:3, Hebrews 4:16, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:5

Many one-to-ones took place, glory to God!

Praising Him for another evening of witnessing, and another day closer to seeing Him face to face.

The Morning Shift - NoHo Station 4/8/2015

Glory to God! The gospel was proclaimed!

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  4/11/2015

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

News Items

Article: Isis in Mexico

Apologetics Corner

Adrian Rogers was one of the great preachers of our time. Here is a valuable episode from his radio series, Love Worth Finding.

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