Category Archives: Evangelizing the Church

Oh Lord, Where Are Your Evangelist?

My Lord, You exist eternally and therefore have no beginning nor an end.  You never change and cannot fail. You are full of wisdom and foresight is something you do not lack.  You know all and control all. By Your word, You accomplish the impossible. You are merciful and have held back from us what all men have earned. Your greatest attribute may very well be Grace. For You love to pardon the sinner and take pleasure in overflowing Your people with goodness that shows Your grace and mercy.  How great and good You alone are.

Reading Your word which is pure and true, it describes Your splendor and wondrous works that have no number. How You created the heavens and the earth an established their ends. How You gather the wind in Your fist and placed the stars in the sky and know them all by name. Again Lord, How great and good You alone are.

I remain in awe and find comfort reading how You protected Israel from Pharaoh’s army and made it possible for them to cross the sea on dry ground. How You made the sun stand still and gave life to a valley of dry bones. Water is turned to wine by Your power, demons obey and flee. The wind and seas obey with just a word! Is there anything to hard for You! How great and good You alone are!

All of my works and deeds has not earned Your love. Long before I was born, You knew me and ordained my redemption by the shedding of Righteous blood. You took what was broken & vile and called it Yours.  Although, if it had been my choice, I would rather have slapped You in the face and followed my own will. My limited vocabulary does not grant me the words to describe properly how appreciative that I am, that my will would never trump Your good and perfect will.  My heart was full of treason and hatred toward You and yet,…You saved me. You granted me faith and repentance and helped me to believe. Your love towards a sinner such as me is a mystery that I cannot grasp. You love me though. How great and good are You alone!

At one time, I was a rebel full of hate towards You. Now with the lens you have given me, I see the wicked deeds of men all around me. They fuel my burden as they provide a constant reminder of the treachery I had towards You. In my sinful state, it was I who yelled over every other, “Crucify Him!” It was I who yelled for the murderer to be set free rather than the Righteous. You knew this and yet, You make me Your treasure.

The knowledge of this leaves me in the company of your servant David who desired that men would know and come to You. That they would know Your sovereignty an all of Your attributes. That You are El-Shaddai, God Almighty ,”the God who is all-sufficient and all-bountiful, the source of all blessings. That You are faithful and keep Your promises. That Your wrath is unlike human anger; it is never capricious, but a necessary response to evil. How Your word is to the soul as breath is to life. How salvation is not found in work other than the work of Christ. That He brings life where there was none.

With all of this knowledge of You, I humbly ask, “Where are Your evangelist?” Where are Your people pleading and preaching Your word so that men would be saved? Where are those lifting your name in the highways and hedges compelling men to come? Where are your servants willing to sell themselves into slavery so that men would not die without hearing Your name?  Where are those who hear “Follow Me” and picture a hard road paved with afflictions that end with the Lamb receiving the reward for His suffering, rather than an invitation to a lavish meal in their honor?  I know that Your plan cannot be thwarted. That you will have mercy on whom You will have mercy, and save all whom You choose. It is Your glory that I desire the most. And what better glory for You, than for those who would hold the robes of murderers, that they would be converted only to proclaim the One who they would have zealously tried to extinguish.  I know that Your people are everywhere Lord working and doing Your will. I pray for them that they would persevere and fervently work to make Your name great.

If they are fearful, remind them of how you protected Elisha with an army of angels. Remind them that the one who would wish them harm, is nothing more than a pitiful dog on a leash. That he is too a created being and with no might except that which You allow. If they fear a loss of words, remind them how You gave words to Your prophet Moses and Jeremiah. How Paul’s preaching was a demonstration of the Spirit and not of eloquent speech and pervasive words. If they struggle with unbelief, help them with their unbelief. Oh Lord, and if they have simply forgotten what they have been saved from and saved for, will You remind them of the Cross. Show them Your glory and how great and good You alone are.

You have said in Your word,

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me? “

  A thousand earthy kings could not equal Your power. A thousand legions of strong men could not bend Your arm. An infinite number of stars combined could not bring light to the darkness like Your word.  So I beg of You to raise up laborers to proclaim your glories. May You help Your people see what You see, to love what You love, to hate what You hate. Break my heart continuously as well as the heart of my brothers and sisters over the plight of sinful men.  Help us to die for Your glory rather than seek it for our own. Please Lord, raise up laborers so that all may know You.


Why was America so great? It was her churches

“Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.”  ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

Alexis de Tocqueville was the famous 19th century French statesman, historian and social philosopher. He traveled to America in the 1830s to discover the reasons for the incredible success of this new nation. He published his observations in his classic two-volume work, Democracy in America. He was especially impressed by America’s religious character. Here are some startling excerpts from Tocqueville’s great work:

Upon my arrival in the United States the religious aspect of the country was the first thing that struck my attention; and the longer I stayed there, the more I perceived the great political consequences resulting from this new state of things.In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.

Religion in America…must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief.

I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion — for who can search the human heart? But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society.

In the United States, the sovereign authority is religious…there is no country in the world where the Christian religion retains a greater influence over the souls of men than in America, and there can be no greater proof of its utility and of its conformity to human nature than that its influence is powerfully felt over the most enlightened and free nation of the earth.

In the United States, the influence of religion is not confined to the manners, but it extends to the intelligence of the people…

Christianity, therefore, reigns without obstacle, by universal consent…

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors…; in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution.

Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits flame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power.

America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.

The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

The Americans combine the notions of Christianity and of liberty so intimately in their minds, that it is impossible to make them conceive the one without the other

Christianity is the companion of liberty in all its conflicts — the cradle of its infancy, and the divine source of its claims.

Tocqueville gives this account of a court case in New York:

While I was in America, a witness, who happened to be called at the assizes of the county of Chester (state of New York), declared that he did not believe in the existence of God or in the immortality of the soul. The judge refused to admit his evidence, on the ground that the witness had destroyed beforehand all confidence of the court in what he was about to say. The newspapers related the fact without any further comment. The New York Spectator of August 23rd, 1831, relates the fact in the following terms: “The court of common pleas of Chester county (New York), a few days since rejected a witness who declared his disbelief in the existence of God. The presiding judge remarked, that he had not before been aware that there was a man living who did not believe in the existence of God; that this belief constituted the sanction of all testimony in a court of justice: and that he knew of no case in a Christian country, where a witness had been permitted to testify without such belief.”

Taken from http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/cdf/onug/detocq.html


On his way to rob someone until…

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Glory to God for His work in drawing men to Himself! John 6:4

Yesterday outside the abortion mill, a young man was walking by and I met him halfway and handed him a little gospel of John.
We spoke for a bit about its contents, noting that Jesus was God and what an amazing thing He did for us on the cross. Not why we were good either, but why we were sinners rebelling against God, that it was then that Jesus died for us.
Sharing the whole gospel with him, he said he already knew Jesus and soon was on his way.

Moments later he returns walking down the sidewalk with his head down reading John’s gospel. I engaged him in another conversation and he says to me, “This book was what I needed!”   As I elaborated a little more with him about God’s word, a mother walks up and the pro-aborts go into a  frenzy with a fellow laborer that was with me and my focus was misplaced. When the smoke had settled, Terrance was off walking down the street still reading with his head down.

Later on in the day, a friend that I had met on the sidewalk in front of the abortion facility too, walked up and tells a God glorifying story on how God pursues after us.

With much excitement in his voice, he goes on to tell me that he had seen Terrance earlier in the day reading the gospel up the street and knew where he got it when he saw it. The two began a conversation and Terrance went on to tell him how this book saved him, that he could be in prison as he was on his way to rob someone when it was given to him. My friend was amazed at how God was working and realized also how God had worked in his life so many times.

Praise Jesus! I am reminded of Saul on the way to Damascus to arrest believers. God is not blind to the plans of men and met Saul when he wasn’t looking for Him. He saved Saul and made him the greatest missionary the Church has known. God did this, all of it! Salvation is indeed the Lord’s. Glory to Him.

Please pray for Terrance & my friend Edward.

Consider too my friends, the world is our mission field. Not just in front of abortion facilities, homeless camps, street corners, or far away lands. Our mission field is everywhere and they is so many to tell about Jesus!
Go and share JESUS with the world and expect Him to save sinners as He glorifies Himself. AMEN


Have you gotten over JESUS?

jesusLook at my new baby! Look at my ring! See my new car!  Jesus saved me!

There are times and instances that occur in our lives that leave us wanting to tell everyone. Such as the couple who just had their first baby, the young lady who is newly engaged and wants to show off her engagement ring, or the teen who got their first car and cannot wait to show all their friends. These are instances that for at least a few weeks or so, they are the highlight of one’s life and the world must know of them.

Then there is the greatest event to occur in a believers life. Jesus saves them! For a period, they are on top of the mountain, full of joy, reading their bible daily, the first one in church when the doors are open, they are praying and hopefully telling others how Jesus saved them and how He can do the same for them too. Then they come off the mountain.  Jesus isn’t new anymore, people do not want to hear about Him, you see others believers who have been saved longer with no joy, no desire to tell others and you loose your zeal. After time, you just get over the fact that Jesus saved you. The greatest miracle to occur in your life looses its flame.

In an article by Chuck Lawless, Professor of Evangelism & Missions at Southwestern Seminary, he list Nine Reasons Christians Don’t Evangelize.  Of all the reasons given, he says one reason is that,

We’ve gotten over our salvation. When Jesus becomes routine to us – that is, our passion for Him has settled into mediocrity – we won’t readily tell others about Him.”

I have a trouble with this among all other reasons he gives. The greatest event to occur in a believers life, and how do we get over JESUS!  Look at who Jesus is and what He has done!  People have asked me what happened to me to make me the way I am. It is simple. Jesus saved me. Jesus took a filthy sinner who wasn’t looking for Him and found me. He took away my sins, changed my heart, He loved David when David did not deserve to be loved.

I have often prayed to the Lord this one question. “Why do you love me Lord?” He doesn’t have to respond with a reason. He loves me because He loves me. That is it! How can I get over the fact that He saved me?

Consider that Peter never got over breakfast with the Lord. Even later in life and death on an upside down cross, he never got over the fact that Jesus saved him.

Paul in chains sang to the Lord and counted all he had learned as “rubbish” to that of knowing Jesus Christ. He never got over the fact that JESUS saved him.

Jim Elliot, missionary to the Huaorani people of Ecuador, killed trying to take them the gospel. Risked his life so they could hear of Jesus. It wasn’t just his love for these people that made him consider his life not his own, it was his love for his Lord.  He too never got over the fact that Jesus saved him.

I could go on and on of people in the bible and history who lead lives that never got over the fact that Jesus saved them. Let me emphasize something clearly  saints, “We get over new cars, engagements, and even the cute faces of our newborn babies, but we should not get over the fact that Jesus, God in the flesh saved us!”

So how is your walk dear friend? Have you forgotten what God did for you? Have you gotten over the fact that JESUS saved you?

So that all may know Him,

David


Auburn / Georgia Outreach Update Nov. 14, 2015

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Randy & Olivia who stopped to encourage me in the Lord.

Grace & mercy to you all that are in Christ.

The Lord blessed the time greatly this past Saturday in Auburn as they played Georgia.  As usual, the opportunities were endless to distribute gospel literature and to declare the glories of God in the open air.  I must confess though, It was an early game, it was cold outside, I was tired and wanted to stay home badly. I made a commitment to brother Bill that I would take part in these events, and more importantly, I knew the Lord would glorify His name to some lost sinner.  So I continued on.
To give a recap, I live about a 45 minute drive from Auburn Al. That’s what my GPS says. it takes me 1 1/12 though. To get there and to get on my post at Toomer’s Corner.  I’m a slow driver and have to park half a mile from my post, so I leave early to get a good start. It make for some good drive time prayer too.
This weekend wasn’t much different that other outreaches, there was the scalpers and brochure girl yelling as usual for people to sell them a ticket and to get a brochure. There were the many who looked at you at if a mosquito had given you a large hicky on your nose as you preached. I had tracts end up on the ground and in the garbage can down from me. But the delight of my entire day was the encouragement the Lord sent my way. Often you may wonder in anyone is listening. Multitudes of people walk by you saying nothing and if you get a response, it is usually just a War Eagle or something you don’t want to repeat to kids.
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While preaching through the gospel of John, a man turns around after walking past and places his hand on my arm and bows his head and prays for me. I thank him and off her goes disappearing into the crowd. Later, Randy a brother in Christ from Birmingham who was here with his daughter Olivia come up to me. He said that they had passed by me earlier and heard me preaching and wanted to thank me. We stood there talking about the fate of the sinner and all the Lord has done for us. I shared some tracts with him and told him about SportsFan Outreach International, him in the Lord and to be a bold witness wherever the Lord has him.
Indeed my friend, what a great time in the Lord blessed me with.  I had the encouragement of believers, my brother Scott join me for a short while, free pizza by the way from #Pieology that just opened. But what I treasure the most, was the time with the Lord. Preaching & hearing His Word and being reminded not just what He has done for all of mankind, but what He has done to save a wretch like me.  This saints is why we take the ridicule, why we suffer the rain and cold, why we proclaim His Word to all that may hear. Because He is worth it.  Continue on my friends. Make Him known to all men.
My next outreach is Saturday November 21, 2015 as Auburn plays Idaho. Kickoff is at 4pm. Ministry time is 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Come and join me and the Lord if you can.
A view from my pocketcam this past weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-oULwZpw5o
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“One of these days.”

terry“One of these days,” replied the old man with the raspy voice when asked if he was living for the Lord.

On a slow day outside the abortion facility a few days back, I glanced up the road and saw a man smoking on a cigarette walking toward me. He looked vaguely familiar, but with the sunglasses he was wearing, I was not sure if I had met him before.  He made his way closer to me and I greeted him with my usual, “Hello my friend.”  He returned the greeting and then asked for one of my gospel tracts. By now, I was remembering who he was. His name was Terry. Not the Terry I had mentioned in online post, but another man who frequents the neighborhood walking back and forth to the service station at the top of the hill.

As I gave him the gospel tract he requested, I told him it was the good news of Jesus Christ an asked if he was living for the Lord? With a puff on his cigarette and with his raspy voice, he said, “One of these days.”

“One of the days! Why not today!” I exclaimed. What if you do not get tomorrow? What if today was your last day? Terry displayed absolutely no concern to live for the Lord, and looked away from me and pointed out a gentleman walking toward us, telling me to ask him as he walked off puffing his cigarette.

If I had asked Terry if he believed and feared the Lord, mostly assuredly I would have received a quick yes. But ask Satan himself and the answer too would be no different. My pastor recently noted that if you simply say you believe in God, you have qualified yourself to be a demon. As the book of James states even the “demons believe and they tremble” James 2:19.

One of the points that I simply desire to make is if we truly believe, we will do more than profess, but our life will be different. Get hit by a truck and you will be changed. If God has saved you, there will be a change as well. Most agree that the opposite of “love” is “hate.”  Jesus said that ,”If you love Me, keep my commandments” John 14:16. Do you have a longing my friend to keep God’s Commandments?

Again, if you question Satan on if he believes in God and fears him, expect nothing but a yes. Ask him though if he has a desire to do that which please the Lord, by no means does he. And what he says will be proved true by the fruit he produces, as will it be with all who profess Christ. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit.” Matthew 7:18

Satan is a liar and the father of lies. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy. He hates God and hates all who belong to Him. He is the very opposite of Jesus Christ.  Jesus is our example to follow. He came to do all that pleases the Father. To do the will of Him who sent Him. Jesus was obedient to the Father, even to a criminal’s death on a cross, as it should be with all who bear His name. Philippians 2:8

My other point. Consider who God is and the condition of your soul.

I have a former co-worker that I ran into a few weeks back. We worked together nearly twenty years ago. I left the job and hadn’t seen them since till recently. Now I say I have known them, but in reality, I have only known of them.  We worked at the same place, we said hello at the beginning of our shift, but there was no relationship. I didn’t know if they were married with kids, where they lived, etc. There was only a belief of their existence, but no knowledge of who they were.

Quite often this is with God. We live with a belief of His existence. But show no knowledge of who He truly is or of His attributes. He is God and has split time in half to show the crown of His creation how much He loves them. When He should have crushed His enemies and been just in doing so, He showed mercy and made His enemies His friends. He sent Jesus to die this criminals death on a bloody Roman cross as payment for our crimes against Him. This is how God forgives sin. Not by us saying a sinners prayer or simply saying ,”I’m sorry.” Consider that we should be sorry, we’ve sinned / rebelled against a Holy Righteous God!

Oh consider my friend what we deserve and what we have received! Consider all the more what Christ received and what He rightfully deserves!  2 Corinthians 5:21 notes, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” John MacArthur calls the verse the heart of the gospel and sums it us by saying,

“Here God treated Jesus as if He had lived our lives, then turns around and treats Jesus as if He has lived our lives.”

My friend, do not be as Terry was. Do not put off what must be done today for tomorrow. Consider the great King of the universe and what He has done the lowliest of sinners, what He has done for you. Run to Christ, run to His throne, don’t walk. Run to His thrown and know His great mercy. Consider greatly who God is and the condition of your soul.  Live a life pleasing to the Lord, a life worthy of the price paid.

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Thanks Shawn & Jamani for the sermons that helped me write this.


A Job Interview

thZ7X4M3D1I’ve always wanted to be in an elevator or in a room where a group of people have gathered and just out of the blue, stand in front of them and say, “The reason I have gathered you all here today is..”

Today, I got that opportunity!

I applied the other day for a part-time job at a local delivery company and was scheduled for an interview this morning. When I arrived on site, there were a number of applicants vying for the same position as I. So the interviewer gathered us all in a large room and one by one, took us into their office and performed the interview.

The interviewer took each person back in the order that they had signed in at the front gate. As time went slowly by, one person exited the office and another went in.  I knew that I had plenty of time as I was about the fourth from the last to sign in.

As I worked up the nerve to talk to the group waiting, I struck up conversations with those sitting close to me, but also eavesdropped on some conversations of others in earshot. I knew I was among some worldly guys and may never get the opportunity again to tell them what God has done for sinful men.

So with a shot of adrenaline, I stood in front of them and asked them their names and introduced myself to them.

With an awkward gaze, they listened to what I had to say.

   My friends, sorry to interrupt you, but I wanted to share something with you before I am called back. I may not the opportunity as I probably will not be hired as I have a broken arm (then patting my brace on my arm). All of you are here because you need a job. You have bills to pay and families maybe to take care of. But I wanted to offer you something. And with grin and chuckle, I said, “Now I have gathered you all here today for.” I laughed because it was too funny. These guys must have thought I was nuts as I told them that I have always wanted to say that. 

To help break the ice more and get them to feel comfortable listening to me, I told them that before I offer them something, I wanted to give a quick test.  So I figured my Genius Test that I use often would suit just fine.

To one guy I asked, “Spell the word SHOP out loud.  What do you do when you come to a green light?” He replied with “STOP.”

To another guy I asked, “Spell the world SILK out loud. What do cows drink?” He said, “Milk.”

And another, “What is the name of the RAISED PRINT that deaf read with?”  “Braille?” He replied.

One by one, they answered incorrectly and laughed at themselves and one another when I showed them how they were wrong.

Then I shared the Good Test with them, asking them individually if they had ever lied, taken something that wasn’t theirs, or looked with lust which Jesus said was adultery. Matthew 5:38

As I finished with the sharing the Law, I found myself in the presence of liars, thieves, and adulterers.

As I moved n into the gospel, that all men must give an account to God for their sin (Romans 14:12), one young man blurted out with all you need to do is pray every day. I agreed with him to a point, you need to pray, but praying won’t save you. Sharing Hebrews 9:22 with them, I informed them that without the “shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”

As I said that, the interviewer opened the door and out walked the previous applicant. I pulled out a few gospel tracts and told them I had to go, but to please read this as I handed each one a tract.

I hope this encourages you to be creative, be bold, be biblical, but take every opportunity to make God known. Share the gospel with lost people. Don’t assume people automatically know God and what He has done.

Please pray for those I spoke with today. God knows their name.

So that all may know Him,

David