Isaiah 58: 1,7 (New Living Translation)

1 “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast.
      Shout aloud! Don’t be timid.
   Tell my people Israel of their sins!”

7″Share your food with the hungry,
      and give shelter to the homeless.
   Give clothes to those who need them,
      and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”

(This outreach note is also made available to CCJ Facebook people, North Knoxville Calvary Kinship B.B., my blog and those on my email list.) Today was a very warm day for the Downtown Outreach. A collapsible cooler was donated to hold bottles of water and easier to move and haul. Thank you to the persons for it and the two packages of bottle water. It holds about 30 bottles of the Nestle water and a small bag of ice. The new cooler comes with a container to fill with water and freeze to keep drinks cooler longer. I was able to pass out about 24 bottles of water. I had 3 packs of water with a total of 84 bottles of water.

I was not able to give out all due to all the ice melted in the cooler and funds to buy ice were not available and I met up with a church out of Maryville that was handing out bottles of water as well. Since a Maryville church had already arrived before me, I respectfully moved to another area to hand out water bottles to for maximum impact and outreach to those not near where the Maryville church was handing them out. I also was able to handout bible tracts to people for them to read.

I ran across Teresea(the lady I met from the previous Saturday, she is a believer.) she made notice of my new bag that held my tracts.(one of the Wal-Mart  green bags.) I was using plastic bags but were splitting from the weight of the tracts. I met a couple and they said they thank the Lord for sending me to bless them. He has alcohol issues and I told him the Lord loves him and suggested to him to not drink himself drunk and dehydrate in the heat. Alcohol is a large addiction to the homeless population and many will drink out in the open but have the bottle covered in a bag to hide  what they are drinking from law enforcement.

I will most likely go this Friday instead of Saturday due to the Holiday. This is to provide opportunity to anyone among the CC Knoxville body or those wanting to replicate a similar ministry in their church. Please contact me via email: robertmoss77@hotmail.com or call the Calvary Chapel Knoxville office to get my cell number.

Prayer Needs: Protection of those participating to not get hurt or overheat.

Protection of the water and bible tracts.

God to go before us to minister as he leads us to those downtown.

Authentic Conversion to Christ and turning away from sin(genuine repentance) to those we minister.

 Provision of bottles of water and ice.

Isaiah 58:1, 7(a) (New Living Translation)

1 “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast.
      Shout aloud! Don’t be timid.
   Tell my people Israel of their sins!

7 Share your food with the hungry,
      and give shelter to the homeless.
   Give clothes to those who need them…”

I noticed a pattern both in the Old and New Testaments. Before an individual’s physical need is met we are to primarily deal with the spiritual need. This is not to say we must get the person to say a sinner’s prayer before we help them. The Lord wants to meet people’s basic needs. Yet, He is most concerned for the person’s spiritual need. 

There are many Christian  organizations doing wonderful social outreaches. However, if an organization proclaims to be a Christian ministry, the spiritual need of people is the ultimate goal. Christian organizations, churches, groups, and individuals can feed, clothe, and provide shelter for people, yet if those people are not given an opportunity to receive Jesus in their lives and make him their Savior and Lord;  we have just allowed these people to be the best dressed and well fed as they are on their way to Hell. 

There are plenty on secular organizations providing the same kinds of services as Christian organizations. Yet, if Christian organizations downplay the need for a Savior in order to promote themselves as worthy social cause, it would best to drop the Christian title. 

A person primary need to be rescued not from poverty and sickness. Accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord and recognizing Jesus’s blood washed away their sins so they don’t have to spend eternity in the Lake of Fire  is a person’s primary need.  Sometimes God uses pain and suffering to drive a person to accept Jesus as payment for their sins. 

We should always be ready to help people. Yet, seeing them receive Jesus in their lives has eternal rewards for a person than temporairly satisfying a person’s hunger and nakedness.

Holy Heartburn

June 12, 2009

 

Jeremiah 20:8-10 (New Living Translation)

 8 When I speak, the words burst out.
      “Violence and destruction!” I shout.
   So these messages from the Lord
      have made me a household joke.
 9 But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord
      or speak in his name,
   his word burns in my heart like a fire.
      It’s like a fire in my bones!
   I am worn out trying to hold it in!
      I can’t do it!
 10 I have heard the many rumors about me.
      They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.”
   They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.”
      Even my old friends are watching me,
      waiting for a fatal slip.
   “He will trap himself,” they say,
      “and then we will get our revenge on him.”

Man do I ever relate to this verse. I have always felt the presence of the Lord since I was saved when I was about 12. As the years went by, even when I backslide, God has been like a Shepard and brought me back into his arms.  I have a passion for God’s Word and how it speaks to my life and want to share His Word with others. I love all my family, friends and acquaintances. Yet, my relationship with my Savior is first and as a result overflows to others.  Like Jeremiah, the Holy Spirit and God’s Word is so extremely burning in my life.  No amount of Tums can quench this Holy Heartburn.

Will there be times when I sound like I am chewing peoples’ butt off?  Yet, there will be times when I will passionately be uplifting. I only ask God to guide me and lead me. I ask God when it comes to spiritual matters that it will only be Him and Him only speaking in me and through me. I do not want self getting in the way of God declaring his love for people in the world. I want to see as many of my friends and family in Heaven. Sometimes it will be I am sounding like spiritual discipline people. Remember, it is only what God wants his people to hear, I am just a messenger. I will do my very best when writing to cite Scripture when a spiritual statement is written.  

God loves you very much and so do I.