I pray before going out to do the work of an Evangelist. I prayed especially for a free parking space down on Cumberland. Tomorrow is the UT vs. Florida football game. It was crazy already downtown and the game has not started. I walked up and down Cumberland Ave. and passed out tracts. Read the 3rd chapter of John on a street corner next to Old College Inn.  Then I went back to the spot in front of the Taco Bell facing the bars and a liquor store.  For about 3o minutes I read the Bible.

After thirty minutes, a  gentleman walks up beside me with a couple of tracts and starts passing out tracts as I read the word. When he ran out of tracts he asked if he could help me pass out some of my tract stash. I gladly let him. I introduced myself to him. He and I both share the same name. He is a drifter and just got into Knoxville after a long bike ride from Tazwell. He did receive an earlier ride from South Kentucky to Tazwell by a minister.  When talking to Rob, I received assurance from the Lord, Rob was a believer and a God-sent help to me. We probably passed out about 50 tracts, a Gospel of John, and a pocket New Testament, “The Invitation”.  I gave him one of my tracts with the website to get ahold of me next time he is on the Internet. He told me of a legal matter he had to take care of in the area. I prayed with him about the legal matter and for his safety wherever the Lord guides him and to have that continue boldness of the Holy Spirit in sharing  Jesus. I did not have any money to give him for food or hotel, but I pray that the Lord will me his needs. Thank you Jesus for sending, Rob.

While we were handing out tracts, a group of gang bangers started yelling at us and going by us, “Satan is Lord, Satan is God, etc”  Rob and I shook our heads knowing spiritual attack comes when light shines in the darkness.  Towards the end as I started to read scripture for the last time the noise level on a live band went super loud. Yet the Lord gave me scripture to read and no music was going to drown out the reading of the Bible. At other times when not reading the Bible, I started reading the tracts. If the college crowd was not going to read them, then I will read it to them.

At times when I had one of the million dollar bills in mine hands, I held them up. I figured if the UT scalpers where going to hold their products(tickets) in the air to sell, I was going to hold up my tracts and if someone asked me how much I was charging for a ticket, I would say this ticket is free and hand them a gospel tract.

I left rejoicing for the seeds planted and for the Lord sending Rob to help distribute tracts.

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Here are a list of verses when evangelizing. I am using New King James Version.  I attempted to put these in an order of  starting with the Ten Commandments(the Law, God’s standard of perfection) showing how the person being evangelized is a sinner by violating God’s standard and will be found guilty on Judgment Day. Then by the Holy Spirit leading them to the Cross and be declared innocent by God(The need for a person to repent and put their faith in Jesus.)

Exodus 20

The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words, saying:
2 “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; 5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain, for the LORD will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “ Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day isIn it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “ Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Galatians 3:24

24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Romans 3:23

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,


Romans 3:12

12 They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one

Hebrews 9:27

27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Matthew 7:21-23

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Revelation 21:8

8 But the cowardly, unbelieving,[a] abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Revelation 20:15

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

John 14:6

6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Acts 4:12

12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Romans 5:8

8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

John 3:16-17

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

1 Timothy 2:3-5 (New King James Version)

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,

Matthew 4:17 (New King James Version)

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent(Turning away and not returning to your sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Romans 10:9-10, 13 (New King James Version)

9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

13 For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:17

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Remember to have a balance of Scripture. Don’t leave a person at the Law, follow through to the Cross. Don’t ignore the law/sin issue. The purpose of the Cross was for Jesus to take the guilty status of the sinner upon himself.  People need to be aware of the disease(sin) before they take the cure.(Cross). Why should I take a cure if I see no reason to receive the cure?  A good doctor tells his patient  what is occurring with the patient’s body and after explaining the situation, the doctor will be able to give the cure to the grateful patient.  In other words, don’t get the cart before the horse.

Pray to be led by the Holy Spirit in your conversations(Zech. 4:6).

John 6:44

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

It is God doing the work in man, he just allows us to participate in the process. We are the pen in the Lord’s hand, being filled with the ink of the Holy Spirit to spread the word of Jesus to all we come in contact.

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?


On this Saturday evening, I encountered a  liberal-minded high school age group sitting in the park next to Market Square. I asked one of them if they would like a Trillion Obama bill. A couple of them took the offer. One of the girls was perceptive enough to know there was the Gospel message on the back of the bill.

She asked, “When you hand these out and people see Obama on the front then turn to the back of the bill and see a Christian message, isn’t it a kinda of gotcha tactic?” I respectfully took the natural realm of Obama on the front and bridged the spiritual realm of the Gospel message on the back. I replied, “Both Obama and Jesus offer ‘change’, Obama offers temporary change, while Jesus offers eternal change.” I used  this passage from God’s Word:

2 Corinthians 5:17 (New International Version)

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

After making the bridge between the natural to the spiritual then applying Scripture, she and her friends were able to make sense of the change God was presenting to them. I thank them for their  time and told them to consider the message on the back of the bill.

Million Dollar Question

August 10, 2009

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Here is the Million Dollar Question: Are you good enough to go to Heaven? Let’s go through the Ten Commandments and see if you qualify.

Exodus 20:2-17 (New Living Translation)

2 “I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery.
3 “You must not have any other god but me.
4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
7 “You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
8 “Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 You have six days each week for your ordinary work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You must not murder.
14 “You must not commit adultery.
15 “You must not steal.
16 “You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
17 “You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.

No matter how you can justify yourself…you have broken all of them in one way or another. Murder? I’ve never killed anyone, Robert…sheesh.  Yet, look at it in a different angle….ever called anyone a name or put someone down? Your name calling and put downs are murder.  Looked at a woman in lust….or did the “second look”? It is still adultery.

Now when you die, you will appear before God. It will be like a courtroom setting.(You’ll wish you had Judge Judy.) God will examine the evidence.(Birth to death, your life has been recorded.)

Will you be found innocent or guilty?  If you say innocent, why? “Oh, God is an all loving and good God and will overlook my past, I do plenty of good deeds.”  If God is to be a good and righteous judge, he cannot turn a blind eye.

Let’s go to a real courtroom setting and apply the same idea: A child molester appears before a judge. The child molester says to the judge…”I know you are a good judge and can just look over this crime and let me go.”(Then the molester slips the judge a $20) You would be outraged if the judge said, “Ok, case dismissed.”  The judge would be corrupt and should be removed from his judicial position.

It is the same way with God. He cannot be bought out with our  “good” deeds. Scripture says,

Isaiah 64:6 (New King James Version)

6 But we are all like an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags;
We all fade as a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind,
Have taken us away.

The Hebrew translation for filthy rags is menstrual rags. For us guys, it is called a used tampon. We cannot buy God off with our so called “good” works.

Now be honest. We are guilty. All of us have sinned. Sin is a word for missing the mark. Remember taking archery in gym class? If you did not get the dead center(bulls-eye ), but shot anywhere around dead center, it is called sin.

So now knowing we are Guilty, what is the punishment? It is Hell.

Revelation 20:15 (New King James Version)

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Now does this concern you? It should. I don’t want to go to Hell and neither do I want to see you go to Hell.

At the end of a United States President’s term, he has the option of pardoning individuals for crimes they have committed. Even though the person is guilty of the crime. The President with one signature can declare that person innocent and free.

Why did I make that statement after saying we are guilty and deserve Hell? Here is the good news for you as a guilty person standing before God and getting ready to be sentenced for eternity in Hell.  You fine has been paid. A pardon has been issued on you behalf.

2,000 years ago God came to Earth as both man and God. He was perfect in every way. In all his 32-plus years on Earth he did not sin in thought, word, or deed. As being a sinless being,  he was nailed to a tree and his blood spilled. God saw this as a satisfactory payment for the sins of the world. Then get this….Jesus arose from the dead.  He not only spilled his blood for your sins, but defeated death for you and me.

Isaiah 53:5 (New King James Version)

5 But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

John 3:16 (Amplified Bible)

16For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

Will all this information what will you do? A decision needs to me made. You cannot put it off, because you do not have a guarantee you will be alive in the next 3 minutes.  Do you accept and receive the pardon?

You must admit you are a sinner, you must repent(turn away and not go back to the same way of living) from your sins, and finally you must receive the pardon of your sins, Jesus Christ.  Like a present under a Christmas tree waiting to be opened, God offers you salvation from the wrath of himself through his Son, Jesus. You need to cry out to Jesus. Right now.   Ask him to wipe away your sins by his blood.  Place your faith in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8 (New Living Translation)

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

As a result according to Scripture:

Romans 8:1 (New Living Translation)

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.

Another version of the Bible says it like this:

Romans 8:1 (Contemporary English Version)

If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished.

When you accept Jesus as your pardon, you are free and declared innocent.

So now what? You can start reading your Bible. Start with the book of John. Find a Biblical foundational church to attend. Warning: Many religious bodies claim to be Christian, but are dangerous cults. So pray for God to help you find a church. I can give you suggestions if you are unsure about a certain church body or you need some free spiritual material for your growth.

https://www.harvest.org/knowgod/know-god/request-materials.html

http://www.billygraham.org/

You may contact me personally at: robertmoss77@hotmail.com

Pray for God to send you some Christian friends to encourage you and support you in your daily walk with Jesus. Jesus loves you and so do I.

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.

Psalm 24:1-6

May 18, 2009

Psalm 24:1-6 (Holman Christian Standard Bible) 

 1 The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the LORD; 2 for He laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers. 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

With the blood sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus, we can stand before our father. Without Jesus, we would be unable to even approach our Heavenly Father. Thank you Jesus for taking our punishment so we can spend eternity with you.