Monday, May 9, 2016

Making Use of the Time

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:2-6) *

April in Pictures

Thanks to the climate in Southern California, and the Lord graciously providing a consistent set of men, we have the pleasure of going out nearly 52 weeks a year to the streets of Burbank and Glendale.  Unfortunately our regularity in going out doesn’t always translate to our regularity in the upkeep of this blog!  We hope that you will enjoy this April, 2016 “catch up” posting of images and hope they will encourage you to come out and join us!

Check out the calendar on the side bar (which we DO keep up to date!) for upcoming Saturday evening outreaches.  If you can’t make it on a Saturday evening, speak with Steve for other outreach opportunities, such as Wednesday morning (NoHo) and Saturday morning (Mission Hills Abortion Clinic).  Also you can join a couple of the team members on Thursday evenings in NoHo, hosted by Dean.

If you are unable to come out, please remember us in your prayers.  We are not “super evangelists”, but a bunch of feeble men who are there only out of love for our Savior and desire to see others saved.  Trust me - our knees knock as much as the next.  We need your prayers!

And if you ever in the area for dinner or a movie - stop by!  You have no idea how encouraging it is for the team when another brother or sister passes by with an encouraging word.  It’s a breath of fresh air that adds a spring to the step to know we aren’t alone in this dark world.

Saturday Outreach
Burbank and Glendale

April 02, 2016

This young man has been featured on one of our blogs, before.  He’s a former atheist turned follower of Judaism.  His mom is Christian, and hopes for him to see past obedience to the Law as the way to righteousness, to the Messiah who fulfilled the Law and is righteousness for all who place their trust in Him. (Romans 10:1-4)

The man handing out tracts lays a breadcrumb trail, while the man on the box keeps pointing them on to Christ.  But the man handing out the Bible is giving the very word of God, sufficient to teach, save, sanctify, and keep!  We enjoy these moments when someone comes up and takes one, and we pray they read and are saved!

April 16, 2016

Mark reading his Bible as he prepares to take the box.

Si speaks very little English, yet that doesn’t stop her from pointing at the Bible and saying, “Read!” :)

April 23, 2016

We have foot traffic in Burbank, but in Glendale we have foooooooot traffic!  Requires short, concise messages by the men on the box, but is a tract-hander-outers dream location :)

April 30, 2016

When we arrived this evening, there was the “oh no” moment with this guy loudly broadcasting a message that we could hear blocks away.  It was a Christian message, so Steve and Dean went over to see if they could negotiate some quiet so they could speak.  Turns out that he was from Grace Community and was more than willing to move to allow us to preach there.  It was his first time “out”, and he was humble as Dean helped him set up on another corner and gave him some advice on a volume level that didn’t make the message an auditory offense to the hearer!

It never ceases to amaze that as many million dollar tracts we’ve handed out, that there are still people in Burbank who have never seen them before!

Our brother Razmik unexpectedly stepped into some hot water with this couple when he suggested that the man’s lifestyle didn’t appear to validate his profession of faith after he showed Razmik the tattoo of Jesus on his chest.  This in/out of jail gang member would have nothing of that, and Razmik quickly retreated when the girl warned him he was in danger from her uncontrollable boyfriend.

Abortion Clinic and North Hollywood

Due to various reasons, Steve was not able to go out to the abortion clinic outreaches more than once this month.  Continue to pray for Don as he is there two days a week, every week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am - 10am.

Also, because of scheduling reasons, Steve was also unable to be at North Hollywood Wednesday mornings in April.  Because the number of people who go out is few in number (generally just Steve and Paul), ask Steve to add you to his text notification list if you think you might be interested in joining them.  It 1) helps for him to know if someone will be going with him, and 2) makes sure you get cancellation notices the evening before so you don’t show up only to find yourself alone!


Voddie Baucham: Misusing the OT to Misuse the OT

* All verses from the ESV, unless otherwise noted