Directly after Wednesday night service, I loaded up a portable cooler of ice-downed midget Deer Park waters. Then I proceeded down to the College bar district.(Cumberland Ave.) Over a dozen of the bottle waters and gospel tracts were given away to college students going to the bars and nurses waiting for the KAT bus to pick them up after a hard day of work.

The water and gospel tracts were prayed over and God gave me the incredible physical energy(Holy Spirit power) to get his Gospel message to the Knoxville world. Time is running out. People need Jesus. The Rapture is coming and many may not have the opportunity to receive Christ before they pass away or get left behind.  I am praying for the seeds to be sown and new brothers and sisters in the Lord! God is Good!

The biblical inspired idea to handout bottle water to people while handing out tracts comes from Jesus and the encounter with the woman at the well.

John 4:1-42 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

John 4

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman

1 When Jesus knew that the Pharisees heard He was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself was not baptizing, but His disciples were), 3 He left Judea and went again to Galilee. 4 He had to travel through Samaria, 5 so He came to a town of Samaria called Sychar near the property that Jacob had given his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, worn out from His journey, sat down at the well. It was about six in the evening.

7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water.

“Give Me a drink,” Jesus said to her, 8 for His disciples had gone into town to buy food.

9 “How is it that You, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” she asked Him. For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.

10 Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”

11 “Sir,” said the woman, “You don’t even have a bucket, and the well is deep. So where do you get this ‘living water’? 12 You aren’t greater than our father Jacob, are you? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and livestock.”

13 Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks from this water will get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks from the water that I will give him will never get thirsty again—ever! In fact, the water I will give him will become a well of water springing up within him for eternal life.”

15 “Sir,” the woman said to Him, “give me this water so I won’t get thirsty and come here to draw water.”

16 “Go call your husband,” He told her, “and come back here.”

17 “I don’t have a husband,” she answered.

“You have correctly said, ‘I don’t have a husband,’ “ Jesus said. 18 “For you’ve had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.”

19 “Sir,” the woman replied, “I see that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, yet you [Jews] say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”

21 Jesus told her, “Believe Me, woman, an hour is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans worship what you do not know. We worship what we do know, because salvation is from the Jews. 23 But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ ). “When He comes, He will explain everything to us.”

26 “I am [He],” Jesus told her, “the One speaking to you.”

The Ripened Harvest

27 Just then His disciples arrived, and they were amazed that He was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, “What do You want?” or “Why are You talking with her?”

28 Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They left the town and made their way to Him.

31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging Him, ” Rabbi, eat something.”

32 But He said, “I have food to eat that you don’t know about.”

33 The disciples said to one another, “Could someone have brought Him something to eat?”

34 “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work,” Jesus told them. 35 “Don’t you say, ‘There are still four more months, then comes the harvest’? Listen [to what] I’m telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps. ‘ 38 I sent you to reap what you didn’t labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor.”

The Savior of the World

39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” 40 Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of what He said. 42 And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.”

Judges 5:6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

6 “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
in the days of Jael,
the main ways were deserted,
because travelers kept to the side roads.”

Where the people(travelers) are, there is an opportunity to share Jesus!

This weekend marks the return of University of Tennessee college students. This was also a very hot weekend, so I waited til the evening to go out to Evangelize. I first went to Market Square, afterward I went to Cumberland Ave. to greet back the old and new college students . A few people took the tracts, some did not. This is always expected when street evangelizing. I mostly used the “Man of Salvation” tract. This is the one created by a couple of people from my church.

On Market Square, I was hailed by one of the street music performers. Greg(not real name) is an 80’s musician. He has the looks of an 80’s rocker and was very polite to visit. After speaking with him, I learned he grew up in a secular rock band and later in life came to have a personal relationship with Jesus. He is part Native American, which gave him the look of Slash from Guns N’ Roses. He was new to me on Market Square.

One of his gifts of music is he will ask you to name three of the music chords on a guitar and he will take a passage from anywhere in the Bible and sing it to the chords you chose. He flipped to the story of Lazarus and sang it to the chords I chose.(which happened to be chords used in grunge music.)  It was neat to hear the Word of God being sung aloud for people on Market Square to hear.

He was interested in my tracts, so I gave him the “Man of Salvation” tract and told him what church I attended. He said he has been to different Calvary Chapel and was familiar with their style.  I tipped him a dollar which he said i did not have to do, but want to share the love of Christ with him since he was making his living by playing music.

Many of the street performers do not  like it when someone drops a tract in their case instead of money.(Unless that tract comes with money.) Yet, Greg asked for the tract and gave one to him. The other performers and I have formed a good friendship without giving them a tract. I talk about Jesus to them without getting in their faces and screaming at them. There are times when the street performers and I have to team up on freedom of speech issues of exercising our 1st amendment rights. One of the music performers is going to be in court for playing in an open area. This is an open and shut case as the officer was shocked that this gentleman knew the law concerning 1st amendment rights and Supreme Court decisions. Based on the freedom of speech and public areas court cases the courts will rule in his favor. So in this instance, I can show my support to him both as a friend and an open door to share Jesus with him.  Evangelizing can happen in different ways and does not necessarily assume a gospel tract was exchanged between two parties.

For information on street performers, here is the Wikipedia link:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busking

Today was the monthly “First Friday” in Knoxville, Tennessee. This is a monthly event held on the first Friday of every month. Everything “artsy” happens in the downtown area of Knoxville.  Nothing wrong with the Arts and there are many artists here that are talented. However, there are some that take their gift and it is used in a very non-Christian way.  This is an open opportunity to share the Gospel and hand out tracts.

Several of the Million Dollar Bill money tracts, Fellowship Tract League tracts, and a Wretched “Todd Friel”  Gospel show on DVD  was handed out. The DVD went to some Jr. High skater boys. The DVD is geared towards a the school and college age crowd.

However, I never go out to do Street Evangelism without praying first. When Evangelism in the open, always pray and ask for the power of the Holy Spirit in leading you and protecting you. I go out in my Hawaii t-shirt and shorts. I am not one to do the suit and tie. Especially with hot temperatures.  As far as materials, I pack my satchel/murse with Christian materials.  In my satchel are my pocket New Testament Bible(Holman Standard edition), Gospel tracts, New Testament Bibles(Holman Christian Standard: This is the Southern Baptist translation also known as the Hard Core Southern Baptist….hence the same first letters in each word as Holman Christian Standard Bible.), Greg Laurie’s New Believer pocket guide, hand gel…yes you come across some of the homeless and you will be thankful later, and a couple of Spanish tracts.

I walk all around the downtown area and greet people as they are handed a gospel tract. Other times, I lay a tract down by a table or chair. Most people are gracious in taking the material. You will always encounter the meanies, but even more of a reason to pray for those that reject the Gospel message. They are rejecting Jesus and not you so never take it personal. One encounter the guy refuses the tract and asks me, “Are you a Jehovah Witness?” I replied, “Nope!” He still refused the Gospel.

To get to the atmosphere of the area. When First Friday occurs, pretty much everything “Anti-Bible/Jesus/Christian” comes out in FULL FORCE.  Yet:

1 John 4:4 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Most all the vendors selling their wares and services(example: Yoga and Palm Reading) have New Age, Unitarian, Open Homosexuality, Buddhist, Eastern Mysticism, Catholicism, Socialist, Communist, Witchcraft, Pagan, and the list goes continues of views opposite of Biblical Christianity. It is weird feelings of demonic oppression I face during this monthly event. You enter the devils playground, expect demonic attack in all manners.  Most of the attacks were mental and emotional. Other attacks were from vendors that know me and I am a deterrent to their pagan and demonic businesses.

What ruffles my feathers is when the vendors or people downtown combo parts of the Christian faith and mix it with paganism, yoga, and New age mumbo jumbo. That is very sacrilegious and when you read in the Word how in both the Old and New Testaments how God is displeased when people mix the religious practices of pagan nations with his standards.

Here is a passage from God’s Word about his views on witchcraft and paganism….which have their roots in drug use.

Nahum 3:3-5 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

3 Charging horseman,
flashing sword,
shining spear;
heaps of slain,
mounds of corpses,
dead bodies without end —
they stumble over their dead.

4 Because of the continual prostitution of the prostitute,
the attractive mistress of sorcery,
who betrays nations by her prostitution
and clans by her witchcraft,

5 I am against you —
the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
I will lift your skirts over your face
and display your nakedness to nations,
your shame to kingdoms.

Many of the New Age girls dress very loosely to expose almost all their chest to attract guys to their booths or the ritual dances they do using a hypnotic drum beat(Drum Circles). The drum circles have lots of  intentions of drawing crowds with very loud beats to drown out any potential street preacher proclaiming God’s Word.

After about an hour of  passing out tracts, I thanked the Lord for the opportunity of Evangelism and proceeded home.

Evangelism in Jail

August 5, 2010

Thursday night was awesome. I went to the prison to share Jesus with the inmates. The Lord allowed me to listen to the men’s concern. God was awesome as he brought Scripture to my mind to share with the men. I was able to pray for them and their families. Awesome to hear an inmate excited about going through a Christian Bible Study by mail. Other men were also interested in a Bible study. It helps them to discipline themselves not to hop and skip through the Bible but to get into ALL God’s Word.

Evangelism does not necessarily have to take place in an open public environment.  It can take place within the walls of a jail or prison.

Matthew 25:36 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

“…I was in prison and you visited Me.”

Yesterday(Saturday), I was able to hand out and place tracts around the Knoxville area. One unique place to place tracts is at the gas pumps. If you have the business card format tract, they fit great in the credit card reader on the pump. If you have a tract like the Million Dollar bill, they fit wonderfully in the gas pump slot or in the handle lever of the pump. You may never know the next person to use the pump, but the one who repents of their sins and puts their faith in Jesus will thank you in Heaven.

Show me wisdom Lord where to place tracts so others can get the Gospel message in a way that would make them say, “How I received this tract was all in the hands of the Lord.” That would be awesome to hear stories in Heaven of what they went through at the time of receiving this tract.