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An atheist comes to the Prayer Station

theeBefore I left the house Monday morning, I prayed the Lord would send me the biggest baddest sinner he could my way. While I did not have any that seemed to fit that description, we did have three atheists from Chicago, two whom were pretty big prove their foolishness while out with the Prayer Station this past Monday.

My brother Reggie began the conversation with them as I was talking with someone else. When I was done, I stood about and listened to Reggie as he spoke with the trio. Reggie was able to share the Ten Commandments with them to show them their sin and while one of them laughed and walked away, surprisingly, one of them admitted that he was guilty of breaking God’s commandments and would go to hell if he died, the third one Dan, said no and that God did not exist and he would not be guilty or go to hell. As I heard the conversation progress, I jumped in and Dan and I began to talk.

Dan gave all sorts of excuses for his foolishness. He mentioned that there are writing that predates the bible that tell of many accounts much like the biblical accounts that in his mind, show the bible and Jesus to be a farce. He asked that if God knows all things that He knows that he would reject Him and die and go to hell for all eternity, why he would still make me? On and on, he made up excuses for his rebellion. He said that all other religions will say they worship the one true God and would say we worship a false god. “What sets Christianity apart from all other religions?” He asked. Reggie replied “Jesus” and went on to explain the atoning sacrifice of Christ. ~ 1 John 2:2

There wasn’t much arguing with him, but Reggie continued and shared the law and gospel, but he remained in his folly.

Dan did make a few points that I have heard asked. “Why did not God just keep Adam and Eve from sinning? Great question I thought. In a class on Calvinism recently at church we discussed this. Indeed while many things do leave us with questions and we may wonder why? We trust in God and in His perfect will. But to think that if there were no sin, if God had indeed kept Satan out of the garden and indeed He could have and He could have prevented the fall, none of us would ever have known what grace is. Indeed we would never have seen grace in view of the cross of Christ.  We could have spent all eternity in heaven and be satisfied, but indeed, with all of God’s attributes, grace is indeed one we cherish and no one deserves.

I shared with Dan, some of what I learned in the class and again no reply to it, just another question.

I then asked Dan, “Could you be wrong about all you believe and say to be true?” “Yes, he replied. Then how do you know what you say to be true is true?” (I think I said that right)

Dan then directed my question back at me. My reply was that to have absolute knowledge and know what truth is; you have to either have absolute knowledge or know someone who does. Indeed God knows all things, every word before we say it, all our days were written in His book, when yet not one day had come to be. ~ Psalm 139

Dan then gave me a look at if I had gone crazy and told me he was not going to get into a logical conversation with me. Very soon after that, the sun hid itself behind some dark clouds, it began to thunder, and the bottom fell out drenching Reggie and I and chasing our atheist friends away.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Indeed pray for all we met this Monday at the station and may God be gloried and may He draw near to all for His glory alone.I normally will debate the existence of God with those who refuse to acknowledge what they already know to be true (that God exist). O have practiced like many of my of those who are active in sharing their faith analogies and reasoning’s to present to an atheist, but recently come across a resource that I am still learning an encourage all in obedience that share their faith to view this resource, “How to Answer the Fool” by Sye Ten Bruggencate”

Here is a brief description the dvd that is available from American Vision.   http://store.americanvision.org/products/fool

“The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” – Psalm 14:1

Not since the late Dr. Greg Bahnsen debated Dr. Gordon Stein in “The Great Debate: Does God Exist?” have we really seen presuppositional apologetics in action. And few have taken it into culture to show that there are only two positions, Christ…or absurdity.

But wait no more… Apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate takes this apologetic to the streets and Universities exposing the logical inconsistencies of the unbeliever (and dare we say some ‘Christians’) by showing that we don’t need ‘evidence’ to prove that God exists. For as Romans 1:18-21 declares:

“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

Produced as a cinematic film, How to Answer the Fool was adapted for use in small group and Sunday School classes, making it a useful tool for individual or group study. With an eye-opening, cinematic message, How to Answer the Fool deliberately and strategically teaches you how to defend the Faith; answering the call of Scripture to ‘be ready in season and out of season‘ in order that we may ‘…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in [us].’

“Within a minute or two you’ll see highly intelligent college students stunned at their inability to answer questions about knowledge and ethics. This six-part video series is a game-changer, not only for the unbelieving world but also for Christian apologists who compromise the gospel by arguing for the possibility that God exists and not the certainty of God’s existence.” – Gary DeMar

“In this video, Sye Ten Bruggencate masterfully demonstrates the biblical way to defend the Christian faith. For far too long Christians have allowed unbelievers to pretend to be the judge and jury in the debate over the Christian faith. But God is the true judge. And apart from the Christian worldview, debates over any truth claim would not be possible. It is the Christian worldview alone that makes sense of those things necessary for reasoning: laws of logic, reliability of the senses, and the capacity of the human mind to be rational. In a chance universe, none of these things would make sense, and knowledge could not exist. The very fact that debate is possible is proof of the Christian worldview. But this isn’t just theoretical. Sye takes it to the streets, and shows that unbelievers could not know anything at all if their professed worldview were true. It is delightful to see the “lights come on” when an unbeliever realizes that his professed worldview just doesn’t make any sense.”

“Sye also shows the method in action in a radio debate setting. The unbelievers simply cannot answer even basic questions of truth on their own professed worldview. The fact that unbelievers do know things demonstrates that in their heart-of-hearts, they really do know God. But they have suppressed that truth in unrighteousness, just as Scripture teaches (Romans 1:18-20). If all Christians began defending the faith the way the Bible tells us to, recognizing Christ as our ultimate authority, it wouldn’t take long at all to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:18-20.)” – Dr. Jason Lisle


Amid Tornados, praise the Lord ~ A thought from the Prayer Station

The Lord gave the opportunity to speak and pray with quite a few this morning at the Prayer Station alongside my brother Tom Hicks Jr. in whom I grateful to know and witness with. The thoughts of the incidents in Oklahoma were mentioned by many I spoke with. Even looking at the devastation and hearing of the loss of all that people owned and even the loss of life, God remains God! He remains sovereign and abundantly good! His word brings comfort and assurance when we see an experience such acts of nature, “Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word” Psalm 148:8. We can recall the great flood and know that it was a work of His hand and while a great unsearchable number, men, women, & kids, perished in that flood, He spared eight. Not for anything that had done, but because He good and merciful, and because He alone is God. A great many more could have perished in Oklahoma, but many survived, again, not simply by the shelter that they sought, but by His mighty hand. How much more has He delivered us from what we do deserve, by pouring our well deserved wages because of sin upon His Son.

Psalm 148 gives a rightful response to Him and His glory which is to simply praise the Lord.

1 Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[b]
the praise of all his faithful servants,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.


Prayer Station Evangelism for April 6, 2011

As much as desire, I just can’t seem to make it out with the Prayer Station as regular as I once was able to.  But each time I take it out, I am very blessed and humbled at the opportunity to go before the Lord on the behalf of those that request prayer.   I can’t express to you enough how humbling it is for me of all people to be able to pray with complete strangers, hear their burdens and needs and the cries in their heart.  To be able to offer comfort in knowing God’s word is true and that He reminds us that in all things, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18.

Although, I have been somewhat restricted due to time and other matters, I was able to take the Prayer Station out this past Wednesday.  I was joined for a short while by Rafael, my good and faithful brother in Christ that I have mentioned in previous post before, as well as Catherine, my darling four year old daughter that loves to go witnessing with me.

The day gave many opportunities to pray and share the glories of God with others. To not just comfort one but to share the importance of repentance and faith in Christ.

Below are a few names and a short summary of the request asked of us.  I ask that you would pray for these individuals and their specific need. As you pray though, pray that God would as well draw them to Him. That he would open their eyes and show Himself to them; that they may indeed see their need for a savior and repent and place their faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.

  • Anthony ~ Employment, Life Issues
  • Toby ~ On Parole
  • Lulu  & George W. ~ Salvation
  • Hunter ~ Walk with Christ
  • Sarah ~ She stopped her car in the middle of the road in desparate need of prayer for her husband Edward and her son Edward Jr.  The details were not mentioned. Just pray for them.
  • OC ~ Walk with Christ, Employment, House
  • Alfonso C. ~  Walk with Christ
  • Annie ~ Families Salvation, Son Orlando In Jail.

As always, I am thankful for your prayers as well, pray for laborers.

Light the darkness,

David

EvangelizeYourCity.org


Man’s Greatest Need ~ Prayer Station Evangelism 3/2/11

All to often we look at the situations and infirmities of life with a negative standpoint.  We see them as weights or thorns in our flesh that cause pain rather than triumph.  We moan and groan through the storms of life instead of seeing the calm after the storm and the glory of creation afterward.  Those times of great trials are often followed by times of great prayer.  Our burdens lead us to our knees to petition our God for deliverance.  When we think He has not heard us, the clouds tend to break and the sun shines through and we come out of it much stronger than when the storm began.

On Tuesday, I placed the Prayer Station on a quiet street corner between Dexter and Perry Street in Downtown Montgomery.  I had been praying for the people I knew I would meet days before and it had been as if I could already see their faces.  Some filled with joy over life while some feeling the weight of it. My heart was humbled and broken by the time I left.  Humbled that such a wonderful and holy God would allow such a depraved sinful being into His throne room and bring Him petitions on behalf of those I prayed with.   Broken over those that I saw that were without hope and in despair.  I thought often of  God and His heart toward a creation in need.

For these few shorts hours, I had the opportunity to talk to people, pass out tracts and share the gospel with numerous people.   I heard people express concern over unsaved family members, abusive husbands, loneliness  and so forth.  Thankfully, I was not alone the entire time.  I was encouraged and thankful for a good brother who joined me on this corner, Rafael Ray.  He had been on his break from work and just happened to be walking by.

Below is a list of those we had the chance to pray with.  Please when you pray, remember these individuals and the needs they expressed.  Of all the needs that were prayed for, the greatest need of each person that we tried to stress with them was the need for a Savior.  That man is lost and separated from God because of sin.

That as depraved individuals with nothing good in us.  Even our Good works are filthy rags to a holy God.  Isaiah 64:6 That in man’s rebellion toward Him, God showed mercy and provided a way for man to be reconciled with Him. That as we rejected God and broke His laws, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ as a substitute on our behalf.  Christ gave His life on the cross and was resurrected three days later, paying the fine for the crimes we committed.  We broke the law, Christ paid the fine.  God’s word tell us that If we turn from sin and trust in Christ, we shall have eternal life.  This is mans greatest need.

  • Jerome M.  ~ Pray for family, Mother Barbara and Grandmother Berth, walk with Christ and that he would stay out of prison
  • Fredrick ~ Walk with Christ, Family
  • Mary M. ~ Skin Condition, Walk with Christ
  • Mr. Holloway ~ Walk with Christ
  • Doris W. ~ Salvation for her and her children, Peaches, Itchy, Keith
  • Jennie D. ~ Walk with Christ, witness to those around her
  • Sadie ~ Family, husband Arthur and son Fernando. Alcoholic issues in family
  • Cathy ~ Some of her children are in prison. Cedric, Mario, Coydarrell, Marquita, Chiquita ~ Salvation
  • Lonnie ~ Father of three. Wife Cathy. Struggling at work, out of town away from family. Children, Megan, Katlin & Steven
  • Monica & Serene ~ Two ladies who stopped by. Walk with Christ. Witness at work
  • Harriett ~ Husband Ludie D. has cancer and is in hospital.
  • Curtis ~ Salvation, kids. Teqwenda, Jattavius, Quadarious, Brittney
  • Dean ~ Estranged from son James, alone and in need of a good church and good friends

Lord willing, I intend to take the Prayer Station out at least once a week on Tuesday or Wednesday.  If time permits, please consider joining us. If not for the entire time maybe half and hour or so.  For more info, just comment to this post or email me at David@EvangelizeYourCity.org

Very thankful,

Light the darkness,

David

EvangelizeYourCity.org


The death of Captain Kruse

I read this evening of the death of “”Rookie” Kruse, a fisherman all of his life and charter boat captain in Orange Beach, Al. Like many that live and depend on the Gulf of Mexico to help maintain their way of life, things have come to a halt due to the massive oil spill that is plaguing the Gulf.

In the charter boat business for over 26 years, I’m sure Rookie has seen his fair share of up’s and downs like many of us.  This past Wednesday however, Captain Rookie was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on one of his boats.   I can’t help but to try to comprehend what he may have been dealing with.  Life can be tough and can bring the worst at times.  I myself have seen my share of hard times as have many of my friends.

I am deeply sad for Rookie and I encourage you to pray for his family and all of those that are affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The apparent suicide though of Rookie should be a check-up for many of us.  What are we placing our trust in?  If we were to lose it all tomorrow, how would we react?  Would we give up or would we plant our feet firmly on the faith we profess.  Will we remember Romans 8:28,” that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose?”

Or the words of the Psalmist, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in time of trouble. Though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though it waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging ~ Psalm 46:1-3.

It is very easy to become dependent on that job you’ve held for numerous years and that paycheck that ends up in your bank account on each Friday.  But if you were to wake up one day and find that that job had suddenly come to a halt and that weekly check along with, would you give up or cling to the words mentioned?

Man’s greatest need however is that of salvation. No matter how wealthy and prosperous or poor and needy one is, we are all lost and in need of a savior.  All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.   As you pray, and hold fast to your faith, pray that through the troublesome times, that God would use this as an opportunity to glorify His name and bring people to repentance and faith in Christ.

Light the darkness~

David


Prayer Station Friday Prayer Request 6/18/10

Prayer Station Evangelism

Free water was a good draw-card to get people to stop by the Prayer Station this afternoon with temperatures reaching a high 97° degrees this afternoon.  But man can’t live on bread alone or in this case, ice water; so along with the water, some tracts and bibles were available as people walked by our station.

Some walked on their way to lunch,work or to pay bills nearby at the power company.  Some looking for employment like Arthur that recently relocated from Tennessee that was looking for work in the hotel business or a group of joggers that haven’t learned that it isn’t wise to jog in 97° degree weather.

The Prayer Station offered many opportunities to pray and witness to people this afternoon.  Many walked by just looking trying to figure it out, asking questions and taking a few tracts and water, even if they did not have a prayer request.   Even as I was breaking down the station, an opportunity to witness came my way.

I was walking across the street to load my gear in my truck, when a car stalled in the road and I assisted a couple into pushing their vehicle to a parking spot, handing him a tract as I made my way back to my gear.  Later on as I continued to load up, the man that I assisted walked pass the station and I offered him some water.  He politely took some and questioned me about my station. I briefly told him what it is and how we use it.

His name was Gregory and come to find out, he was a believer in Christ  as well.  We spoke a bit about evangelism and church and I asked him if he had something I could pray with him about.  No short list here.  His car  just died on him, his house is in foreclosure, his wife lost her job and he is being sued.

I shared a testimony with him and assured him that God knows his situation and that every situation is an opportunity for God to glorify Himself.  That he formed us in the womb and knows each day of our lives ~ Psalm 139. With a few more words of comfort, I prayed with him and we both were able to sharpen each other through words of encouragement.

These are just a few examples of people I encountered on this hot afternoon in Montgomery.  While those that I spoke with and prayed for had many needs and needs that are important to God and to myself, man’s greatest need is that of salvation.  With everyone we speak with, we not only pray for their needs but question them if that need will be of importance to them 300 years from now.  Most likely not.  The only thing that will matter to any of us 300 years from now is where we will be spending eternity.  So to those we ask, where will you spend eternity?

Below is a list of prayer request.  Please remember not just those written down but the many that we just passed a tract to or just spoke to. I ask as well that you would pray for opportunities to witness and for laborers for this outreach and through it, God would be glorified.  Thank you…

  1. Mrs. Calloway ~ Finances & her appliances in her house have died.
  2. Rodney P. ~ Son of Mrs. Calloway, in jail for a crime in which his mother says he did not commit.
  3. Ms. Howard ~ Employment
  4. Ian ~ Mother & Father are going through some issues
  5. Bike Policeman ~ Catholic guy I witnessed to, pray for more opportunities to witness to him.
  6. Curtis ~ Looking for employment and a good wife
  7. Robert ~ Looking for employment
  8. Arthur ~ Employment
  9. Grace ~ Finances
  10. Kelly ~ Finances
  11. Marcus ~ Struggling with the lust of the flesh and being consistent in his time with God.
  12. Sarah, Peter, Allen ~ Prayer request from Scottish lady, her children
  13. Alyssa Abrego ~ Brain Tumor
  14. Matt, Shannon, & Stewart ~ Prayer request given by another lady for her children.
  15. Gregory ~ Finances, employment, situations with being sued and car troubles.
  16. Ricky ~ Salvation and a good wife
  17. Laura ~ Her business she just started and family.

While these request are specific, pray too that God would not only answer the prayers requested but that He would indeed draw each and everyone of these people to Him, saving them.

I plan on taking the Prayer Station out each Friday as times permits.  If you would choose to participate in helping the with station, please send me an email or contact me through my website at EvangelizeYouyrCity.org

As I have mentioned before, this Prayer Station is a great tool to use to share Christ.  If you would like to use it for your own outreach or church event,  I freely offer it to you. Just contact me about the details.

Until next time,

Light the darkness ~ David


Prayer Station Prayer Request June 11, 2010

Everyone has a need that needs to be met, whether a health issue, financial, or an issue with relationships. While these needs aren’t any less important to the individual or Christ, a persons most important need is that of salvation. Many of the individuals that we have the opportunity to pray for have pretty much the same needs as I just mentioned.  

With the Prayer Station, we have the opportunity to talk to people and pray with them for what ever that may request, but with the intention of stressing to them their most important need of where will they go when they die.

It has been over a year since I had taken the Prayer Station out on the streets of Montgomery. I had forgotten what a great tool it is to use when reaching the lost. Two those wondering about this, what we do is set a table up and place tracts and bibles and give some free water and as people pass by, ask them if they have something we could pray with them about. As I mentioned, with the intent to share the Law & the Gospel with them.

Today I was joined by my friend Jamie and later in the day by my 6 & 3 year old that passed out tracts to those walking by.
We were able to give away many of our bibles and tracts and pray and share Christ with others. Below is a short list and summary of those we met and the need that they requested we pray for. Please consider these individuals when you pray, that God would not only fill the need but draw them to Himself.

  1. Harvey ~ Issues with bills and had a stroke that has disabled the right side of  his body making it difficult to use his arms and walk.
  2. Calvin & Tewana Boyfriend & Girlfriend, when asked if we could pray for them, they just request a general prayer, nothing specific.   However upon speaking to Calvin, he was depending on his good works to outweigh his bad in hopes of going to heaven.  His girlfriend had little to say but Calvin asked what must he do to get to heaven and seemed sincere.
  3. RosalieHad requested healing with a pain in her body that she has suffered for many years.  Said she was a Christian and has has issues with coworkers and wishes to be a light at work. Pray for boldness to reach the lost.
  4. Craig Smith~ Rosalie’s son that was injured in Iraq, losing part of his leg.  he lives in D.C. and she says he is backsliden.
  5. Ms. Patterson ~  Requested prayer on getting her son back and the relationship with her daughter to be strengthened.
  6. Consuela ~   Requested financial help  and relationship.  She is a recovering drug addict, recently became straight.
  7. Nate & Mr. Jones ~ General Prayer
  8. Prayer for all that we met and passed out tracts to that we did not get the chance to pray with.

As I mentioned, pray for these individuals and most importantly that God would not only meet their needs as He wills, but will draw them to repentance and faith In Christ.

If you would like to go out with us one afternoon and help with the Prayer Station, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you would like to use it for you own personal use or small group/church use,  please let me know as well.

To learn more about Prayer Stations, check out our website and click the Prayer Station page. www.EvangelizeYourCity.org

Light the darkness~

David