Friday, December 4, 2015

Outreach Review 11/2015

The Heavenly Hope

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:13-16 NKJV)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV)


Burbank Outreach  11/7/2015

Our brother, Deacon Mark, was spotted studying the Word of God, as usual, in one of his few spare moments of the week, prior to the team gathering at the Burbank Police Department parking lot.

Not long afterwards the team was blessed to witness a regional anomaly. This mysterious looking object in the evening sky caught our attention and was photographed by Jeremy. It was the source of much speculation throughout the Southern California area. Brother Mark was the first to suggest the true cause: a rocket launched by the U.S. Navy performing maneuvers off the Coast.

Making it's politically incorrect appearance, for perhaps one last time, was the Burbank Christmas Tree. By God's grace, we were blessed to find a spot near the intersection from which to proclaim the Gospel.

As always happens, brother Mark was greatly used by the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel to several listeners.

We were blessed to be joined by our friends Gor & his wife Arpi, who we know from the Mission Hills Abortion Clinic outreach. Here Gor witnesses to an Armenian speaking woman as Arpi hands out tracts.

Another evangelist friend, Arnold, whom we met through the Mission Hills outreach, stopped by to offer encouragement. Arnold has been very helpful in explaining the process for obtaining an amplification permit in the City of Glendale. We are presently waiting for our permit to be approved there.

By God's grace we were allowed the opportunity, once again, to proclaim the gospel openly, with no substantial competition.

Steve was proclaiming the gospel when this man approached and quietly made some obtuse, yet disturbing comments implying that Jesus was inappropriately attracted to young children. His smirk conveyed that he was quite amused to express such a blasphemous thought. 

As if that was not unseemly enough, he proceeded to take a picture of the young girl that was accompanying him as she posed beneath the Christmas tree.

As Dean was calmly but passionately proclaiming the Truth and pleading with people to repent and believe the gospel, this man approached and began heckling. He seemed to be making the common argument made by those who claim to be born-again, bible-reading, church-going Christians, and yet who can't bear to hear the Gospel preached publicly when our sin is proclaimed to be what separates us from a Holy God. 

"Why don't you preach the love of God instead of talking about judgement? No wonder people hate Christians when they are always telling people that they are sinners who are going to hell, rather than sharing the love of God!" 

After his demands for us to stop went unheeded he stormed off in frustration. Brother Jack attempted to dialog with him. Jack reports that, to his credit, the man apologized before he left.


Burbank  11/14/2015

On the day after the Paris attacks by ISIS operatives there was an urgent tone to our gospel presentations. Sleepwalking unbelievers, willingly estranged from the God of heaven (Romans 1:21), are perhaps finding it increasingly difficult to deny the growing depravity and lawlessness in the world. 

Perhaps it is wishful thinking on our part, but it seems that people are increasingly willing to engage in discussions about the Living God, even if they are still holding on to their rebelliousness. The Lord is drawing some and hardening others.

Mark shared a new "Evolutionary" theory: A scientist has suggested a new theory that "Dark Matter" was to blame for the demise of the dinosaurs and the formation of the first human beings.

No one should worry about “dark”'s needlessly negative connotations or dark matter’s superior powers. The influence of a dark matter particle—or even billions of them—can be ignored. But the gravitational influence of a sufficiently large amount of dark matter aggregated into a concentrated region has had a substantial influence—one that has been critical to the Universe’s development. As with the other unnoticed populations in our midst, dark matter was essential to our world, and according to our recent research, might possibly have been essential to the emergence of human life.
(Lisa Randall, New Republic)

Meanwhile, wiser heads suggest that "Dark Matter" is simply nothing.

The worldview that underlies modern cosmology, and cosmogony (on the origin of the universe) is an atheistic one. It has no place for a Creator, and only relies on what man can discover for himself. As a result he has had to resort to all sorts of fudge factors to make his model fit the observational data, the evidence from the cosmos. Dark matter has arisen from this. But even when assumed to fix such problems the supposed dark matter does not behave like normal matter under the influence of gravity. It is stranger than fiction and I am afraid it is no more real than the ‘Emperors’ new clothes’."
(John G. Hartnett, CMI)

But Mark went on to set the record straight, saying, "They will not give God glory." 

We were blessed to be joined once again by brother Tom from CBC. Tom has boldly taken tracts to a new level with his direct questions to passersby. Several stopped to talk, including this man.


Morning Shift - NoHo Metro Station  11/11/2015

Please stand with us on Wednesdays 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 - Mission Hills  


Mission Hills  11/11/2015


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.




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