Friday, May 28, 2021

Sharing with Family - May 2021

 Sharing the Gospel with Family and Friends

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The "Prince of Preachers," Charles Spurgeon said, "Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that." A Christian cannot be apathetic about the salvation of the world. The love of God in him will motivate him to seek and save that which is lost. 



Although it would be nice to have a loved one say, "Tell me about your faith in Jesus Christ," that may never happen. You will have to gently and lovingly make an opportunity to speak to them. You may have only one shot, so pray for wisdom and sensitivity to God's timing.





When sharing the gospel with your loved ones, make sure you use the Law to gently address the conscience and bring the knowledge of sin inoffensively. An effective way to soften the message without compromise is to speak in the "first person" or in testimonial form. Say something like, "I didn't realize the Bible warns that for every idle word I have spoken, I will have to give an account on Judgment Day. I thought that as long as I believed in God and tried to live a good life, I would go to Heaven when I died. I was so wrong. 





Jesus said that if I as much as looked with lust, I had committed adultery in my heart, and that there was nothing I could do to wash away my sins. I knew that if God judged me by the Ten Commandments on Judgment Day, I would be guilty and end up in Hell. It was when I acknowledged my sins that I began to understand why Jesus died. It was to take the punishment for my sins and the sins of all others who would believe."






Then, depending on the person's openness, you may ask, "How do you think you will do on Judgment Day, if God judges you by the Ten Commandments?" Keep your cool, or you may end up with a lifetime of regret--believe me. Then share Christ in all of His amazing grace, explaining that if they will repent and believe, God will forgive them. Continue to persevere in prayer for them, that God would open their eyes to the truth.

(From "Save Yourself Some Pain," by Ray Comfort, available from Living Waters)





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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Recent Outreaches - April 2021

 Ambassadors for Christ

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Can you spot the differences in these two photos?

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.   (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 NIV)


Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their wrongdoings against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.


Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin in our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.    (2 Cor. 5:18-21 NASB)


We were blessed to have Pastor Jay join us, along with some of our new members.



Many Gospel conversations were divinely appointed and many tracts were received.







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"You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44 NASB)

Although most people who make a show of confronting us with the "hail satan" routine probably do not even believe that he exists, we see more and more of these displays in rebellious opposition to the Gospel. Please pray with us that each would be led by the Holy Spirit to read the word of God and be granted a heart of repentance whereby hopeless sinners may be saved from eternal destruction in hell.

Most of those who proclaim their supposed allegiance to satan do not bother to stick around and present a coherent argument for their "belief". Here is an article that documents one such discussion. But, of course, our Lord and Savior always had the last word when rebuking the evil one, as in (Matthew 4:10-11).
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We have been blessed with several new (masked!) faces joining our ranks. Glory to God! Thanks to all who have been faithfully praying for this ministry.







Brother Bob offered another thoughtful plea to the people of Burbank to repent and believe the Gospel, this time based on passages from the Prophet Hosea.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Evangelism "101" - 3/27/2021

 Our Most Sobering Task by Ray Comfort

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Late in December 1996, a large family in Los Angeles gathered for a joyous Christmas. There were so many gathered that night, five of the children slept in the converted garage, kept warm during the night by an electric heater placed near the door.


During the early hours of the morning, the heater suddenly burst into flames, blocking the doorway. In seconds the room became a blazing inferno. The frantic 911 call revealed the unspeakable terror as one of the children could be heard screaming, "I'm on fire!" The distraught father rushed into the flames to try to save his beloved children, receiving burns to 50 percent of the body. Tragically, all five children burned to death. They died because steel bars on the windows thwarted their escape. There was only one door, and it was blocked by the flames.


Imagine you are back in time, just minutes before the heater burst into flames. You peer through the darkness at the peaceful sight of five sleeping youngsters, knowing that at any moment the room will erupt into an inferno and burn the flesh of horrified children. Can you in good conscience turn and walk away? No! You must awaken them and warn them to run from that death trap!



Similarly, the world sleeps peacefully in the darkness of ignorance. There is only one Door by which they may escape death. The steel bars of sin prevent their salvation, and at the same time they call for the flames of Eternal Justice. What a fearful thing Judgment Day will be! The fires of the wrath of Almighty God will burn for eternity. The Church has been entrusted with the task of awakening them before it's too late. We cannot turn our backs and walk away in complacency. Think of how the father ran into the flames. His love knew no bounds. 



Our devotion to the sober task God has given us will be in direct proportion to our love for the lost. There are few who run headlong into the flames to warn them to flee (Luke 10:2). Please be one of them. We really have no choice. The apostle Paul said, "Woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16)  From "Save Yourself Some Pain" available from Living Waters


Sometimes a heckler will be humbled by our considerate response and returns to apologize, which in turn humbles our hearts, and glorifies God.


This lady was very pleased to receive a free New Testament in Armenian.

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Interesting Articles:



A very good general article on King James Onlyism, which is sufficient to bring an evangelist up to speed on the issue. This article is also merely an introduction to an exhaustive set of articles on the KJV Only issue.

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Faces New and Familiar - 3/20/21




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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Divine Appointment 3/13/2021


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This Saturday evening the Lord placed our team is just the right spot to preach the Gospel to approximately 200 teenagers.  As we set up in one of our usual spots in front of the Town Center Mall, many groups of teens mingled, in and out of the mall, as they chatted and took selfies. It was clear that they were all there together for some kind of event.

The group was rather well behaved, yet disinterested in these strange people who kept talking about Jesus. The purpose of the event was a meet-up between fans and "influencers" from the local social media culture. Every generation seems to have it's own distracting influences.

Several young people were accompanied by their parents. Yay, Parents! - who care enough to shepherd their teen kids by coming to such a "meetup."

We were ecstatic to be blessed with such an opportunity to serve the Lord, by bringing the gospel to these young ears.


At times we were a bit intimidated by the crowd, but the Lord kept us on track to deliver the message of hope and redemption from sin by the precious blood of the savior, shed for all who would believe.



On the box, or one to one, the gospel goes forth as it has since the early church.




One of these teens was the daughter of our friend Margarit who visits sometimes to encourage us. She also heard the gospel.




Please pray for all these young souls who navigate through our sin cursed world with very little, if any, exposure to the truth of God.

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Pastor James Coates to be released     

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