After evening church, the Lord gave me some extra energy to return to Cumberland Strip. I did more open air bible reading than tract passing. Although, I passed by a lesbian couple and gave this tract to the woman(the more manly one.):

It hurts to see how homosexuality is becoming more blatantly open among the young people. They seek love in a place where they will never be truly satisfied.

I mainly open aired preached/bible read from portions of Romans, John chapter 3, 2 Timothy 4, Isaiah 54, Psalm 1, and various other scriptures. What occurred differently reading the Word tonight from this afternoon, I really felt the Holy presence of  the Lord. I became so convicting to me and my heart hurting for the college students, I started to verbally weep during the reading. I had to stop at times, take a deep breath, and ask the Lord for strength to continue and not lose my voice.

It was the book of Romans that I started to verbally weep. Not so much in other scripture, except my voice raised a degree when reading John 3:16. I remember how John Wesley fell under the conviction of the Lord when he heard the introduction to the book of Romans.

My heart started to go out for the kids(college students). I was in their place a few short years ago. I was lost. Looking for love and acceptance in all the wrong places. Trying to live the best of both worlds. One in the church and one in the world. God says in scripture that a man cannot serve two masters, he will love the one and hate the other.(Matthew 6:24, Luke 16:13)

I do not know how much longer we have til the Rapture. Yet, the Lord is lovingly patient. There will be a point in time where the Lord will initiate the Rapture. I just want to be used by the Lord to share Jesus with as many people as possible. There are so many who will die in their sins be killed  by numerous outcomes from the Rapture and the 7 year tribulation. Prior to the Rapture….when ever it will occur….as believers we must keep allowing ourselves to be used by the Lord in bearing fruit. Let’s pack Heaven now while we have breath and life by sharing the Gospel.(The Bema Seat of the believers will be what we are rewarded for the pure motives of serving the Lord.) Not that getting rewarded is a great incentive, but most important is seeing God glorified in all we do.

So Evangelism is necessary and the Great Commission is still in effect. Which leaves me with being obedient to the Lord’s call on my life. I cannot do what I do without the power of the Holy Spirit(Zechariah 4:6).  In the evangelism outreach, I want to always be loving  and yet still convey the Truth in love.

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Right after church and lunch, I hit Cumberland Strip(all the restaurants near the university.). Gave away several different tracts(Chick, Million Dollar Bill, Man of Salvation, etc)

One  older man wearing a Habitat for Humanity shirt took one of my tracts and as he was walking away spoke very loudly and sarcastically, “This is one of those ‘Holy Roller” tracts. What should I expect in the Bible Belt and in the State of Tennessee?”

I also went to a couple different corners on Cumberland Strip and read large portions of Scripture.(Book of Isaiah and John 3 and 4). One college man walked by me and scolded me saying, “You are wasting your time no one can hear you above the traffic noise”.) Ironically, he heard me since he walked right by me. So no time wasted on him as I prayed for his salvation in Jesus.

After watching a play in morning services in church about a Christian man appearing before the Bema Seat of Jesus. This seat is for the believers to be rewarded on what he or she has directly or indirectly done to honor and glorify the Lord.

For the unbeliever, the must appear before the Lord as they are cast away from the Lord into everlasting hell and fire.

I want to as much as I can in the power of the Holy Spirit in this life to bring God glory!  God be the glory for anyone repenting and coming to faith in Jesus or a believer becoming led by God to share their faith in Jesus more boldly.

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.

Thank the Lord for the spiritual and physical strength walk in the heat of the night for street evangelism.  My tract supplier sent me three different envelops full of tracts.

A college student in a Chevy was given a tract while pulling out of the Taco Bell. Another group of college kids(wow at 30, I am calling college student, “Kids”) were from out of town looking for a steak restaurant near the college strip. I told him not really in walking distance on Cumberland Ave. Yet I gave them a Gospel tract.(A.K.A. Spiritual food) A street prostitute walked past me and I gave her a Gospel tract.  Then I past by three different phone booth locations and placed tracts.

After about thirty minutes, I got in my car drove to the Pilot for an Icee(Any size for 99 cents during the summer month.) and put gospel tract in the bathroom.(Something for someone to read while they think hard on the pooper.)

The Lord just gives me impressions on my spirit to lay a tract while passing out gospel tracts. I did have some competitors while out passing out gospel tracts: the Budweiser girls. If the devil cannot just get a guy to drink alcohol, then Satan uses very attractive and scantily dressed women to lure guys into drinking.

BONUS: Keep a young man in your prayers(He found one of the Gospel tracts I left in  Chick Fil A in Georgia while taking the pastor to the airport over two weeks ago.) The young man contacted me via the website I stamped on the back of the tract. He needs Salvation and a good solid church home.

With Spring upon us and this being Easter weekend, I am excited at the awesome Gospel door openings God allowed on this Good Friday. I always pray up and let the Holy Spirit fill me up before any Evangelistic opportunities.  Thank you Jesus for the wonderful weather.

On this Easter weekend was also First Friday in downtown Knoxville. However, prior to going down to Market Square for First Friday, I went on the UT strip and handed out Gospel Tracts. After a quick lunch at Krystal, I proceeded to Downtown to meet up with Jim Shannon(Another Calvary Chapel Knoxville attendee.) to pass out tracts on Market Square and Gay Street.

The tracts I used were from Carl Kalbfleisch from http://www.bezeugen.org .   Two of the tracts used had an Easter theme. The other tract was geared towards those inclined to the New Age movement.(The COEXIST tract.)

First Friday in Downtown Knoxville is a monthly event where the artsy people show off their art work and musicians play out in the open. On top of this going on downtown, An ecumenical “Stations of the Cross” services was being conducted.  These two events on a sunny day was an open door to spread the Gospel. Thank you, Jesus for the great open doors in Knoxville.

I estimated Jim and I confronted over 10o persons with a Gospel tract. One little boy came up to us and wanted one each of the different tracts we possessed.

One young college age man was given a tract. He had a bottle of beer in his other hand. He was a little buzzed.  A few moments later he returned to give us back the tract. He said he was a Christian. Yet, he was scared and apologized to us for drinking. His conscience was working overtime on him. He asked us about if drinking was a sin. We told him what the bible says about drunkenness. He gave us back the tract. Five minutes passed and he came back to us asking for the tract back. This was a first for me to have someone ask for a tract back that he returned to us after giving it to him in the first place. We told him he was invited to attend Easter service at the Bijou Theater this Sunday at 10 a.m.(Anyone reading this in driving distance is invited as well.) We prayed for this man Salvation and Repentance.

Those in attendance for the Stations of the Cross services in Market Square were walking from each station in a dead religious shuffle. God started to work in me to bring joy to these people of the power of the resurrected Jesus to enter their lives. I handed as many tracts to these gloomy people. They needed the love and JOYFUL power of Jesus in their lives.  Jesus is ALIVE! He has overcome the grave. The people need to know this fact. The Catholic priests conducting the service gave me the impression of dead religion, not the powerful relationship God wants to bring to the people.

I look forward in the next couple of hours for God to guide me to share the Gospel with the college kids heading to the bars to drink and party.  I love Jesus and I love people so much I want to tell them of the love of Jesus through his death, burial, and resurrection. People need faith in Jesus with godly sorrow(repentance) to escape the wrath of God and enter into Heaven.

Pray for me. Pray for those I share the Gospel. I want to remain humble, flexible and always go in the power of the Holy Spirit in being an Evangelist. Pray for me and hopefully God will provide the opportunity for me to be a full-time preacher. I am not fully satisfied unless I am proclaiming my faith in Jesus and sharing God’s Word to a dying world. If God wills, I want to be a full-time preacher/teacher.  This goes beyond feeling called, I know within my heart, mind, soul, and spirit that God has called me to the ministry. Ever since in July of 1996, when I talked back home in Carl Junction to my then pastor, Bob Simon that I believed God has called me to the ministry. Like Joseph and the dream God gave him and how long it took God to shape Joseph for his calling, God has shaped me and is continuing to shape me to be molded in his image. I have prayed to God if there is any other career he wants me to be in besides in the ministry, He needs to make it clear as day. So far nothing else is going to bring me the satisfaction as my calling to be in the ministry and telling others about the redemption of their lives through Jesus Christ.

Happy Easter everyone!

E-Team during the Holidays

December 21, 2009

A-Team becomes the E-Team

From A-Team to E-Team

Ephesians 6:12-20 (New King James Version)

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

While you may not be armed with guns and neck chains  like Mr. T. and the A-Team, you are armed with the weapons of spiritual warfare.

The E-Team has formed in Southwest Missouri.(Still accepting Christian believers to join. Those of you around the country, especially the Way of the Master people, pray for this group. WOTM people you are apart of the SW Missouri team in Spirit through your prayers.)

I will be leaving tomorrow. One day on the bus, then I arrive in Joplin, Missouri in the morning. I am so excited to see family. It has been last Christmas since returning home. It will be a blessing to see family and friends. More exciting, God has allowed me to join with others in Southwest Missouri to share our faith(evangelizing) in Jesus.

Doing evangelism back home comes with different scenarios than in Knoxville.  Evangelizing in my hometown, I will share my faith with those I know more personally than the three years I have lived in Knoxville.  Joplin-area is quite smaller than Knoxville. I am not intimidated by the fact of  being potentially being rejected by acquaintances.(It is not me or anyone on the Evangelism team being rejected but many will reject the salvation message of  Jesus and Him Crucified.) I am just an instrument in the Lord’s hand.  Places to evangelize are smaller and limited than Knoxville.(Yet,  everyone in all areas, both small and large, need the message of Jesus saving them from their destructive paths.)

If you share your faith in Jesus, prepare to be rejected. If it happened to God and the men  he used in the Bible,  we should expect the same to us.(I Samuel 8:7 is a great example of people rejecting God as their King.) We will get caught in the crossfire due to being the messengers.   We should not be afraid of rejection. Evil man can only do so much to us.

Matthew 10:27-28, 32 (New King James Version)

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. 33 But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

This verse in an encouragement to the believer sharing their faith.

Merry Christmas to all. Remember the greatest gift you can receive, if you are not a Christian, is accepting  Jesus as your Savior. Just turn away from you selfish lifestyles and put your trust in the truth of Jesus Christ.

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.

Unique Tract Reactions

November 22, 2009

1 Thessalonians 1:5 (New Living Translation)

For when we brought you the Good News, it was not only with words but also with power, for the Holy Spirit gave you full assurance that what we said was true. And you know of our concern for you from the way we lived when we were with you.

God’s Word has can have an explosive effect on people. When sharing your faith, sometimes you can see people’s reactions.  I had three separate incidents by just using a simple gospel tract.

The first was an older couple. The man noticed I dropped a Million Dollar Bill.  He thought I accidentally dropped the bill.(I did not.) I told him I sometimes purposefully drop the Gospel tract which look like real money. He said that was neat. He then proceeded to tell me he was a retired minister and how it was a blessing to see someone evangelizing.  He encouraged me to never quit doing what the Lord started in me.

The second incident was at my every other year eye exam.  After the doctor was done checking my eyes, I showed him one of my eye illusion tracts(the curved angle tract).  He liked it and I told him he could have it to show his other colleagues in his eye profession. Then I told him there was a gospel message on the back of the tracts.

The last and funny incident was at KFC. I sat next to the trash cans.  I placed the fake Monopoly game piece(Get out of Hell free card) on top of the cans where the trays are returned.  I watch how one man took the card back to his family and church family, about 25 adults and children,  occupying half the KFC building.(Must have been Baptists. Ha! Ha!) He handed off to one of the ladies and she very loudly in the dinning area read the gospel tract. They kept the tract.

Just because someone attends a church and has the appearance of  a Christian, does not mean they are saved.  It maybe someone in the church group will come to actual repentance and faith in Jesus instead of playing church religion.

I did have other opportunities to hand out tracts or place them in unique areas such as benches, tables, books, and etc.  It was these unique incidents God let me encounter the explosive power of the Holy Spirit.

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)

2 Corinthians 5:20 (New Living Translation)

So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!

If you want to see sinners repent and place their faith in Jesus, then we need to bring the church to the sinner. Many in the church have it backwards, build a church and the sinner attend. It may happen. Yet according to the Great Commission, we are told by Jesus to “Go into the world.”

If you are a Christian believer, then you are commanded by Christ to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to all people.  155,000 people die each day. Many without repenting and placing their faith in Jesus. What are you doing about it? You may say….”I leave it to the preacher and those called to evangelism.” However, the commandment Jesus gave before ascending into Heaven was for every believer to share and preach the Gospel. So the only way you can be excluded from this is if you are not a believer.

I’m not implying you should become a Billy Graham and hold crusades, unless the Lord tells you.  You daily go out into the public via your job, recreational facilities, events, ball games, etc., so you have a field God has given you to tend.  I will say in the area of you job, do the job you were hired. You can witness by your work ethic and during your lunch break or off the clock you can witness personally to your co-workers.

After church services, I went out to the mall for some fishing(street evangelism). I purposefully dropped the million dollar bills on the ground. In one instance, I saw a group of college age kids pick up the bill. One guy started reading the tract. He then passed it on to his friends. One bill tract was read by seven kids. Pray for these college kids.

In another situation after I dropped a bill, a high school kid picked the bill up read the gospel message and in disgust threw it back on the ground. It was momentarily picked up by a young grade school kid. Then his dad grabbed it out of his hands. The dad read the back and in a huff he tore the bill up and threw it in the garbage.  Now you may say, that was a waste of a tract. However, two men read the gospel message. It cut them in the heart and offended them. Yet, only after time the seeds which were planted will take effect. Over time they will either grow bitter towards the Gospel or it will “bug the tar” out of them til they realize their need for repentance and a Savior. Yet, when they die and stand before the Lord, God will ask them why the rejected the Gospel message. It may have been their only opportunity to know Christ before dying. Just as scripture says:

Romans 1:20 (New Living Translation)

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

Do not expect immediate conversion at point of impact.  Just like gardening, it takes time to see the results. Even though time is growing short and God will enter time and space. He will say time is up. Everyone will have to give an account of  why they did or did not repent and place their faith in Christ.

Share Jesus with others while the clock is ticking and let us bring as many people to Heaven. The more the merrier.