Walking for the Lord

October 30, 2009

Isaiah 52:7 (New Living Translation) “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation,the news that the God of Israel reigns!”

I definitely was able to get a walk  in Smokey Mountain area. I walked both on the UT(University of Tennessee) Strip and Market Square.  Which the Lord brought this previous Bible passage to mind. Lots of the Michael Jackson Million Dollar Bills were given away.

There are some days the Lord gives me an open door to carry a conversation with a person I give a gospel tract. Today, it did not happen. No worries. I am thankful to the Lord the gospel was handed out to about 5o persons. One large college man with tattoos up and down his arms asked very politely for one after I gave one to his friend. Pray for this guy. I pray before and after I handout tracts. Yet, God move on my heart to pray for this young man. The Lord also burden me to pray for a young couple.(They both got a Million dollar tract.)  It is always good to pray for those you evangelize.  However, there are some encounters the Lord wants us to lift up in prayer.

Walking past a bar on the UT Strip, one of the local rock stations was doing a live remote. There was two ladies working the live remote.  I was not going to pass up the opportunity to give them each a tract. Perhaps, the gospel message will be mentioned during the live remote. It would be neat to know, maybe on the other side of Heaven,  these ladies would mention the encounter of receiving a Michael Jackson Million Dollar Bill to their listeners.

 

 

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Revelation 22:19 (New King James Version)

“…and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

I personally believe from Scripture that just because someone sprinkles bible verses and has a nice smile does not make them Christian. Hence wolves in sheeps clothing. The devil used scripture with Jesus in the desert, it didn’t make him a christian minister. The same with Osteen and Warren both preach a worldly social and prosperity gospel. Osteen… Read More mentor, Robert Schuller, is a positive thinker gospel, not a biblical gospel. Warren preaches a man centered gospel through doing enough “good works” via man effort to bring the Kingdom of God. He partners with Bono of U2 that believes the “Coexist” theology in his concerts….a blasphemous against the 1st and 2nd commandments. Warren/Bono theology is very universalism theology and not Bible centered. Even during the Tribulation the Anti-Christ will appear to do “good works” with the fulfillment and completion of the Warren/Bono “One World Church.”

The same with the emergent church guys like Rob Bell that preach universalism and take out sin and hell out of their messages as not to offend. Bell has declared himself smarter than God by taking away from the Word of God. that Bell deems offensive. His Nooma videos, such as “Bullhorn Guy”, snub evangelists like Greg Laurie and soapbox preachers because they speak both on sin and judgment via the Law to bring the person by the Holy Spirit to the Cross of Jesus.

2 Peter 2:1 (New King James Version)

But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

2 Peter 2:18 (New King James Version)

For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error.

Mark 13:10-11 (New Living Translation) ” For the Good News must first be preached to all nations. But when you are arrested and stand trial, don’t worry in advance about what to say. Just say what God tells you at that time, for it is not you who will be speaking, but the Holy Spirit.”

The Holy Spirit is our guide and strength as we proclaim Jesus and handout gospel tracts. We can never be truly effective in our own strength. It should all be done in the power of God.

Today, I had one gentleman working at the UT Taco Bell recognized me from a previous evangelistic sidewalk encounter. I may have not been able to immediately recognized him, yet he remembered me giving him a gospel business card tract. This is what one of the business card tracts looks.

I gave the cashier a Million Dollar Bill for taking my order. She took a quick “smoke break” to read the back. There are times I am thankful someone does take the time to read the gospel message. Other times, many people tear up or throw away the tract.  No matter what happens to the tract, I am to continue being faithful to the Great Commission. The power of Evangelism efforts is by God and His Word printed on a Gospel tract.  Just thankful the Lord is using me as an instrument to present the Good News to people.

Afterwords, I took a brisk walk down UT Strip(Cumberland Ave.) and handed out more Million Dollar Bills.

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On this cool Saturday night, I walked for about thirty minutes along the UT Strip.(Cumberland Ave.) As college students were bar hopping, The Lord allowed me to hand out several Million Dollar Bill tracts.

One man complemented me on my Hawaiian shirt, for this he received a Million Dollar Bill. If someone approaches me and talks to me firsthand, they automatically get a tract.

I parked in front of the Papa John’s Pizza building. As I walked on the lot to my car, one of the pizza delivery guys drove in and parked his car to grab his next batch of pizza deliveries. I walked up to him and said, “Here is probably your biggest tip of the evening.” I handed him one of the Michael Jackson Million Dollar Bills. He laughed and said thank you.

Some days I am able to converse with those I hand a gospel tract. Other times, it is only a three-second exchange of the MDB(Million Dollar Bill) from my hand to another person’s hand.

I always begin and end in prayer. I pray for protection as I hand out gospel tracts and for seeds to be planted in the hearts and minds of the receiver.

I prayed for no rain in the evening around Market Square. My prayer was answered as God held back the rain for me to hand out  Gospel tracts. I started on one end of the Square and gave out some tracts. Then I went to the other end of the square and gave out……you guessed it….more tracts. Then proceeding to Gay Street, I did something……wanna guess???? I handed out more tracts.

There will be opportunities to have neat adventure stories. The other times is just planting seeds(tracts) in the soil(people).  Did I encounter any demon possessed people?  I might have and the demons might have just been mellowed out for the evening and were told by God to give me a break tonight after the car trouble and sickness I have the past few weeks prior. It is nice to be able to have a smooth evening once in a while.

Many of you may be thinking I act like those idiot “sign guys”  yelling out at people  and just give out judgments without grace and salvation of Jesus.  No way indeed. That is not me, and I try to stay away from those guys if I am in the same area sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In golf, the instructors tell their students to “follow-thru” on their golf swing. If you want to make the golf ball go far, you must do a full swing to allow for maximum impact.

Many of the guys you have seen with the “God hates fags” signs and just give out judgments, do not give a full gospel “follow-thru”. They stop at the judgments on people and entice people into a “legalistic religiosity” which is not “Biblical Christianity.”

As I look how Jesus preached to the masses, He always preached in love while he spoke truth.  The only times he got miffed was at the religious leaders for misusing their positions of power to keep people under their thumbs with religious rituals.

I want to mimic my Jesus. I want to share with the world around me(Right now it is Knoxville and to an extent the Internet.) what they must do to be saved from being found guilty under the Ten Commandments and suffer eternal punishment in Hell. It is simply “Repentance(Turning away from selfish evil  lifestyles)” and “Faith(trust) in Jesus for their salvation. With God’s help, I treat others with respect and courtesy. It does not mean I water down God’s Word. Biblical love is done truthfully.

I have previously wrote about sign guys. I do not want to lump ALL guys using signs in gospel presentations as bad or non-biblical.  Sign people, whose presentations have the complete follow through of the Gospel I respect as brothers and sisters. Follow-thru is very important in Gospel presentations. Without the grace following the law during evangelistic outings,  it becomes just as bad as those watering the Word with a feel good message.

So today’s word is: Follow-thru.  It makes Gospel presentations clear and effective when done in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Evangelism Code Words

  1. Fishing(Street Witness)
  2. Worm(Gospel Tract)
  3. Fish(People)
  4. Fishing Hole(favorite place to street witness)
  5. Fish Cleaner(God/Jesus)
  6. Fisherman(Christians)
  7. Rough Waters(Spiritual battling ground to share the Gospel)

Back in Action

October 22, 2009

knoxville market square

After having no passenger-side headlight, today the problem was rectified. This means, I prayed and landed  Market Square this evening.

God gave me the opportunity to distribute some gospel tracts. I was rejoicing the Lord granted me the ability to get back in the saddle and get some evangelistic action. I left praying for the tracts handed out will cause the readers to repent and place their faith in Jesus Christ.

After a long nap and feeling tons better.(The getting sick was definitely spiritual warfare.) I grabbed some Million Dollar Bills and headed for the University of Tennessee Strip.(Bar and restaurant area on Cumberland).

I always begin and end in prayer when I go out to fish(street witness).  It is the power of the Holy Spirit which gives me the ability to share Jesus with people.

The Strip was jammed packed with college students and Knoxville police.  Some people took bills, others refused, and many came up to me asking for them. It is refreshing to me when people come up to you asking for the Million Dollar Bill tract.

Some officers called out to me curious to what I was passing out.  I gave the gospel presentation to a group of six officers. Whoot! After the gospel presentation, they told me if I encountered any problems to get their attention.

This night was even more exciting as I was able to attain the attention of several groups of college students. Most take the bill and go on their way. Yet, God gave me more time with the groups and individuals to proceed with the Million Dollar question. (Are you going to Heaven?)

One instance where I was able to ask the question and get at least a 3 minute conversation with a young man.  He confessed he had not been to church in a while and the church he admitted to attending was one down the road from my church.  He was a little tipsy and from the looks of the group he was in attendance was not a group I suspected he  did not really fit in. As his group was dragging him away, I encouraged him to read the back of the bill, read his Bible, and get back to church as soon as possible. After he left, I said a small prayer for this young man.

It is very disappointing to see many young people make the same choices I made in the past. I used to both go to the bar on Saturday night and attend church the next morning.  The bars provide students with unrealistic pleasure which go against the Word of God. The hopes of seeing scantily dressed women show off their hooters after drinking too much was a draw for me to go to bars. Yet, I knew the Bible had clear warning from participating in events at the bars.(wet-t-shirt contests, etc). It took some tough situations for me to experience to know God has better plans for me than what I tried to gain at bars.  I eventually came to repentance and faith in the Lord during this time. Now, I want to be able to reach the college students for the Lord. Many times it means going where the college student goes on nights( bars, waffle house, football games, etc).

I know there are mothers, fathers, grandparents, pastors, and church people praying for there prodigal children.  I wonder at times, if many of these praying people are asking God for someone like myself to encounter their child in these situations?

Here is a Chick tract  which gives a story about many of the situations I encounter at the bar district.

http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/0099/0099_01.asp

Many think I am hokie  for  street witnessing.(Actually, a Hokie is who you are if you attend Virgina Tech.) People can think whatever or discourage me from street witnessing.  I must be faithful to God and his words, “Go into ALL the world…”, Right now my world is Knoxville, Tennessee.  I must obey God rather than the idle threats of man.

The Lord gave me a little over an hour to hand out Billy Graham “Decision” magazines and some Million Dollar Bills on Market Square. I prayed for people to not mistake me for a Jehovah Witness handing out “Watchtower” magazines.  I gave away all my stack of “Decision” magazines(about 25 copies.)  No one really stuck around to talk or return to ask me questions. I don’t make an effort to make notches on my belt for new converts.  God gives me the opportunity to do spiritual “tilling” of the market square “garden”.

I remember as a young teen during the springtime, dad would get out the rototiller and break up the rocky ground in our backyard to plant a garden.  As my dad would till the ground, my brother and I would have to grab the big rocks out of the garden. For vegetables to grow properly, you have to breakup the stony ground. The same applies to evangelism.

1 Corinthians 3:6-9 (New Living Translation)

“6 I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. 7 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. 9 For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.”

As I was leaving Market Square, it started to rain. This is a great reminder to me. God let me plant some seeds and God watered the seeds. Pray for the spiritual fruit to grow and blossom.

Revelation 3:16 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth.”

Now you may ask, “Where does the vomit play into street witnessing?”  The next morning I woke up with a headache. I still went to the morning street evangelism class at Calvary Baptist Student Center. My headache proceeded to get worse. The moment I entered my car is the moment I stuck my head out of the car and returned the pancakes and sausage onto the ground.  Gross, T.M.I., Robert.

I need to bring this up(oops. Sorry again.) to tell you  the Christian walk is not all rosy. When you give your life to Jesus in Christian service, expect to be attacked by the enemy.  I have become temporarily ill the past few times I go out and witness to people, experienced car problems,  and encountered spiritual warfare in various others means.

I know it is not the flu or something I ate to make me sick, the past other times I got this sick was when it involved street witnessing. You may say to me, “Use Germ-X.” It may sound like a good precaution, yet if Satan and his demons want to fight back, they will use any method to discourage or stop the witnessing. I am not going to stop sharing about my Jesus.  I am thankful God allows me to evangelize to people.  It humbles me he wants to use me to glorify Him.

Ephesians 6:12 (New Living Translation)

“12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

God calls all believers to evangelize(verb). You may not be led to be an Evangelist(noun) like Billy Graham. Yet Jesus give ALL believers this command:

Mark 16:15 (New Living Translation)

“And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.”

God may protect you from puking your guts up after sharing your faith, then again he may allow it. I just ask you if you are willing to share your faith are you willing to potentially endure more than just being temporarily ill. You may be thrown in jail as a result of false accusations(I’ve had this happened to me.), Spit upon, verbally abused, and especially if you are in a hostile country to Christianity: murdered.  It is a privilege to bring the Good news of Repentance and faith Jesus. Are you ready?


Last night was a small group.(Due to a men’s  retreat.) It started with Jim and I on Market Square. A couple from church was eating at Market Square and we chatted with them. Then a homeless guy walks up. Jim gives him a tract and the man gives it back to Jim. Jim started a conversation with the man. The man gave his religious reasoning to get into Heaven. Then the couple from church chime-in and start sharing the Word with the man about what he believes and what the Word teaches.

Later in the evening two women from our church joined us.  We encountered a college couple and their friend. Our team of women gave a gospel presentation to the young people.

I was able to pass out bible tracts geared for the fall/Halloween season.  The tract started talking about the Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin cartoon. Then from the cartoon it lead into the gospel presentation.

It was an awsome opportunity to evangelize people in Market Square. Pray for seeds to grow.