Proverbs 16:9 (New King James Version)

A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

I had a blessed time with family and friends during my annual Christmas visit. Despite the snow,getting bumped and delayed on buses going home,   sick people, a water heater going wacko, and  a screw in my dad’s truck tire;  the Lord had his hand in directing me to the people needing a word of encouragement and a gospel tract.

God used these situations to lead me to the people needing to receive a gospel tract and/or encouragement.  I prayed for God to go before me in any encounter during the trip and in the Joplin area.  Several people at the various Greyhound bus stations picked up the Santa Million Dollar bill or the little bible book(a quarter size tract with various bible scriptures with an opportunity to repent and put their faith in Jesus.)

The mall evangelistic outreach was me. The snow on Christmas bumped people to reschedule their Christmas on the weekend. Others had the flu. Mom and dad had to babysit a water heater til a repairman came to the house.

So, it was Monday morning when the roads were safely cleared to do the outreach. I almost did not get to go out to the mall after taking my dad’s truck to the tire shop. He had a screw in a tire which was slowly going flat.(At the tire shop, I met a Christian family. The father and I started talking and it was an encouragement to me during my time at the tire shop.  I left a gospel tract in the waiting area.)

Went to a bank to cash some Christmas moola and gave the bank tellers some Santa Million Dollar Bills.  Left on the table a million dollar bill at a fast food burger eatery.   Then FINALLY, I was off to the mall….AGAIN.

I prayed for the mall cops at Northpark Mall to be blind to the evangelistic outreach.(Never fun to have the mall cops(i.e. Paul Blarts) tell you to stop or throw away any tracts.) I was able to give out some Million Dollar Bills to mall shoppers.(This includes both those I did not know personally and those I did know personally.)   I made sure every chair and bench in the mall had a gospel tract. I returned to some of the benches and put out more tracts that the previous tract was in the hands of a mall shopper. I did the fish feeding of dropping the million dollar bill on the ground and stand to the side watching shoppers picking up the bill.

The Lord gave me opportunities to talk with friends receiving the tracts. One of them actually thanked me and gave me a hug for giving them the “little bible” gospel tract. When you witness to friends, I did have the butterflies in the stomach more than I would a total stranger. There were at times I was hesitant giving a tract to acquaintances, yet the Lord gave me strength to overcome the apprehension .

I probably spent about two hours at the mall before heading out. As I was leaving, I just prayed and thanked God for the opportunity to share my faith at the mall.  I hope many put their faith in Jesus. Yet, I was not done…….

It was off  to Books-A-Million……(Thank you to Tony Miano for posting on his blog about book stuffing.) The bookstore is half the size  of the one in Knoxville.  Many popular titles and especially the Joel Osteen(Ostink) books received a free bookmark.  I was able to make it over to the New Age and Witchcraft section and went to town with the Santa bills.

On the ride back to Knoxville, I was able to give out some of the bills, the new year’s resolution tracts, and the little bible ministry tracts to lots of people at the greyhound locations and on the buses.

The last bus taking me back to Knoxville was the most fruitful. After several of us got tired of hearing a man snore very, very, very, VERY loudly in the back of the bus, we moved to the front after many got off the bus at a stop en route to Knoxville.  Who would have thought this snoring man gave me the opportunity to be reseated around both Christians and non-Christians.  Those around me were interested in the gospel tracts. So many of them were given several to share with their family and friends. A lady old enough to be my mother  was sitting next to me.  She shared with me of  her life and being remarried and having children and grandchildren.  We got to the stop for our lunch break. She only had about sixty-five cents. I ended up buying her lunch and gave her a “little bible” gospel tract.(It had a happy face with “Jesus loves you” on the front and had the scripture explaining about what it means to repent and put her faith in Jesus. ) From the discussion I had with her, I could tell she had some spiritual background, but unsure if she was saved. So instead of automatically assuming she was a Christian, I still gave her a tract.  The bus stopped at Knoxville and everyone either got on another bus or Knoxville was their last stop. Once we got off the bus, she gave me a hug and thanked me for the lunch and the gospel tract. I was definitely thanking the Lord for this encounter with this lady and pray for her salvation or strengthened her faith if she was a Christian.

So after I got back to the house and showered, I went to evening services at Calvary Chapel Knoxville. I was able to tell those about my adventures in witnessing encounters.

EXTRA: I was able to see my church family at Calvary Chapel Joplin. I gave the gospel tracts, “The Man of Salvation”  to the prison ministry guy at CC Joplin, Ron Wright.  Some will be given to the CC Joplin Saturday Evangelism team and potentially in the prison outreach after approval from the organization. He works with the organization, “Bill Glass Champions for Life”. Once they review the tract, Bill Glass may be potentially using “The Man of Salvation”  So pray for this gospel tract to be used to the glory of God. It give scripture, why you need to be saved, repentance, and faith in Jesus. (all using the name of Jesus in an acrostic fashion) If you are interested in purchasing a pack of  “The Man of Salvation” please contact Calvary Chapel Knoxville at 865-609-1385 (phone), (web)  http://www.calvaryknoxville.org/ , (mail) 2864 Alcoa Hwy, Knoxville TN 37920, (email) knoxville@calvarychapel.com

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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.

I love this organization and their commitment to preach Jesus to those in Asia. Snatching people out of the fires of Hell and into the arms of Jesus.

Psalm 5:3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

3 At daybreak, LORD, You hear my voice;
    at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.

I have found great joy in waking up and talking to Jesus. In order to get the day going on the right foot, people will exercise, drink coffee, eat, read the morning paper, or other  daybreak rituals.  Yet, there is something which goes on deeper when I start off with prayer and reading God’s Word. Giving God the first part of the day, I  gain more than a physical jump start for the rest of the day.  Thereis a spiritual aspect of realizing God has gone before me and to prepare me to accomplish His will for my life.  Making it through the day can only truly accomplished when I thank Jesus for giving me another day to live for him and share with other about him.

Know God

April 14, 2009

If you don’t have a personal daily relationship with Jesus, here is a link to help you in the most important issue concerning your life and eternity: http://www.harvest.org/knowgod/

Spiritual bullseye

April 13, 2009

Ephesians 6:12 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
12 For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.

I am seeing more and more everytime I make a stand for Christ, I get attacked spirituallly. Yet greater is Jesus living in me than the devil that is in the world.
The devil doesnt mess with the quiet christians. He just gets mad and attacks anytime a believer in Jesus uses his spiritual armor for the Lord and empowered by the Lord. So if you dont want to be attacked stay off the battlefield.  Yet, God calls us, via the Great Comission, to go into all the world to proclaim the name of Jesus.

Personal revival

March 13, 2009

Hosea 6:1-3 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)

 

Hosea 6

A Call to Repentance

 1 Come, let us return to the LORD.
    For He has torn [us],
    and He will heal us;
    He has wounded [us],
    and He will bind up our wounds.    2 He will revive us after two days,
    and on the third day He will raise us up
    so we can live in His presence.

    3 Let us strive to know the LORD.
    His appearance is as sure as the dawn.
    He will come to us like the rain,
    like the spring showers that water the land.

    Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville Tennessee. All rights reserved.

 

Personal revival has been a topic in the recent events of my life. I came across two books. One was out of print and only available through someone on Ebay and the other I found in a used bookstore.  What was amazing was both discussed “personal revival.”  I attained these books at different time frames. The first book had “personal revival” as the title, the second has the same words in the pages of the book.(I did not plan for this subject in purchasing both books, it has definately been the Lord.) 

The above scripture is used in the second book I am reading, “Downpour”, by James MacDonald. The minor prophets are really good spiritual food for the soul. These few verses pack a punch. It should cause any drifted away or complacent in religiousity believer to take serious the condition of where he/she has sinned against the Lord.  The Lord deisires to finish and complete what he has began in us. Yet, for some of us, it may require some reconstuctive spiritual surgery. While surgery is never fun, it is necessary to remove the cancer of sin from our lives. He will heal us.

Our faith in the Lord does not stop the day we accepted him in our lives. It is a daily and life continual relationship.  Have you taken the effort to get in His Word to see what He has planned for you? He desires to pour our his water of the Spirit and the Word for our dry and thirsty body, mind, and soul. Nothing else will satisfy, only God offers living water.