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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


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


My best friend is my wife

About three weeks ago, I awoke from a nap to find that my roof was leaking. I went outside and climbed the ladder and as I looked for the leak, it began to thunder and lighting. My wife stepped outside and suggested I come down and went to hold the ladder. I was way ahead of her on that idea and went to get on ladder before she had took hold of it.  As I placed my feet on the ladder, I recall very vividly seeing the ladder slide at the bottom and me trying to leap unsuccessfully back on the roof.

11401098_10155721937810204_3335399968681339472_nThe next thing I saw was myself laying on my concrete patio having fallen ten to twelve feet.  My wife as expected was a bit hysterical and my two girls were not far behind her as they worried too about their dad.  As the rain increased to what felt to me like a torrential downpour, I laid there having hit my head on concrete and felt great deal of pain in my lower left hip and my left arm. My dear wife asked if I could move and I then realized that I had broken my arm.  The paramedics were called and I was transported by ambulance to the local emergency room.

I am thankful and amazed that I remain here. After all the x-rays, the only damage was a broken humerus to my left arm ( That’s the bone between the elbow and shoulder).

But I rejoice in all of this as I know that God is completely sovereign over all things. That His word stands true even in the midst of our greatest afflictions.  Romans 8:28 attest to this. “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

The Lord has shown and taught me so much love and compassion, patience, and humility by allowing this one act of mercy to occur to me. I understand that many people die from falls just six feet from the ground, yet I fell ten to twelve feet onto a concrete patio and did not burst my head open. That I could have too broken my back or be paralyzed.

The greatest thing He showed me was what a great wife He has given me. My dear wife has for the past few weeks went without sleep, fed me, bathed me, dressed me, nursed my wombs, and has transported me to the doctor and everywhere else I needed to go. She has done all of this too without one complaint. I wonder why this women loves me of all people so much to do all of this.  I am so unworthy. God’s word again rings true, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22.

This though is a picture of Christ who laid down His life, not for good men or because we somehow deserved it. He did so because He loved us. Again, how myself and all of us are unworthy.

I want to express, I indeed found favor from the Lord with my Amanda, as she is the best wife one could ask for.

I have so much more to say as to what the Lord has done to me by allowing me to fall, but I just wanted to tell you husbands, love your wives. Pray for them and with them. Read the bible to them, wash them in the word. Love them as Christ has loved you. Ephesians 5:25-26, (All of these I realize I have not been as diligent as I should.)

Here is some help from Paul David Tripp “How to Love your Spouse by the Grace of God.”

I love you sweetheart. Thank you so much

Your crippled little old man & your best friend,

Love you. David

My best friend

My best friend


National Event in Montgomery, Alabama

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Repost from http://statesofrefuge.org/national-event-in-montgomery-alabama/

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” (Ephesians 6:13).

Dear Christians,

The Holy Scriptures assures us that we have come into the Kingdom for such a time as this. Yes, we are the people, Montgomery, AL is the place, and the appointed time is July 11-18, 2015.

We are praying for God to record His name in Montgomery and by His Spirit bid His people come to bring the Gospel of the Kingdom to the gates of hell (Abortion mills in Alabama). They will not prevail against the Church of the living God (Matthew 16:18). They never have and they never will. Jesus is Lord!

For years, Operation Save America has stood faithfully with Chief Justice Roy Moore, a poet, warrior, statesmen. Through his many battles, we supported his righteous stands in the face of persecution and tyranny. Today, the Alabama Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Moore continues to stand against injustice and once again we are going to come alongside to help.

Moore, along with Justice Tom Parker, have rendered Decisions from the court that directly or indirectly have taken on Roe vs. Wade. Currently, Moore is acting faithfully as a Lower Magistrate to resist “Gay Marriage” in his state. He is taking another just stand and once again, we will stand with him.

Alabama is also working on establishing “Personhood” for the preborn child who is made in the image of God. Alabamians are willing to stand upon the self-evident truth established by God’s Word and we our coming to stand with them.

There are at least four death camps in Alabama still applying their grisly trade to murder babies made in the image of God. This evil defiles the land and invokes God’s judgments upon us. We are coming to stand in the gap and make up the hedge. We want to give God a reason to show mercy in the midst of the American holocaust.

During this appointed time, the salt will come out of the shaker and the light from under the bushel to love God and our neighbor as ourselves. There will be street activities each day and every night anointed rallies. Operation Save America is bringing experts in their field to address the battle for the souls of men, the lives of children, and the future of our nation. With all dispatch, we ask you to seek the Lord, fast, pray, and plan on joining us to make a stand for our King and the little ones made in His image in Jesus’ name!

Go to our facebook page by following this link. There you can share that you are going or at least you will try to make it. Hope to see you there in Jesus’ name.


Matthew and something worth sharing with others

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A few months ago my wife begThe-call-of-Levi-an selling beauty products and hosting at-home spas at our house as well as her friend’s home’s. During these spas, My wife would share with them some of the products she represents and they all would try them out among enjoying some snacks and fellowship. Her goal was not just making an extra few dollars but introducing her friends and other people to the product that she enjoys using as well as telling others about.

I have seen many products that people offer that they claim can change your life or make you rich; give you happiness and a fulfilled life. Unfortunately, many do not offer what they profess to and are just gimmicks to get them rich. But what is worth really telling people about?

Beginning in the 27th verse of the 5th chapter of the Gospel of Luke, there is an…

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Evangelism Opportunity: Being inconvienced for the glory of God

Baby Crying On Monday,  I visited City Hall to file paperwork to attain a noise permit to use our amp when preaching downtown. Once there, I was told that things have changed and the police station was where I must go to get the permit. I made my way to the police station and found the person I needed to speak with, explained my intentions, and was told once again that I was in the incorrect place and I must go somewhere else to attain the permit I was seeking.

At times, my flesh would have called me to grunt when things do not go according to my plan. Having to go back and forth from building to building was not what I wanted to do.

But let tell you, what an opportunity the Lord gave to speak of His great name as I was able to share my faith and pray with a lady at the police station.

While at the police, I spoke with a lady named Judy. I am not sure of her job title, but apparently she was the person I was supposed to speak with that day. In her office she began to look over my permit application and noted that she has seen us downtown preaching on the corner. She was filled with many questions, one being if people come up and talk to us, and indeed they do I replied. I shared a few encounters that we have had, some where people were aggressive with us and some where we received some great encouragement as people seemed to be drawn to the Lord.

As God the Creator, I was seeing how He designed such a great opportunity as we spoke about many things, including the sinfulness of men. She mentioned how seeing things on the news, how men do such evil acts and how people are trying to take God out of everything. I replied to her that “all men are sinners” and do what their nature calls them to do and by choice.  Noting as well the bible states man’s heart is “deceitfully wicked and cannot be trusted.”  Jeremiah 17:9 

And when you consider all that we see men do in light of what scripture says, it make sense. Apart from Christ, man hates God and does as he pleases. And this is one reason to share the gospel, for the only way to change the heart of man  is with the preaching of the gospel. Why the actions of men is expected in their sinful state, what doesn’t makes sense  though is the Cross of Christ. Why?  Why would Christ shed His blood for such men? We get into a fight and tell those to wait till my brothers or buddies get here. Not Jesus!  Naked and nailed to a cross asked His father to “forgive them, that they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

What an opportunity to speak of His grace! Indeed Jesus shed His blood for the glory of His father and to save sinners, even the most wicked of them.

I then showed her a gospel tract and called it my, “City of Montgomery Sobriety Test.”  I used the curved illusion red and blue cards and she was amazed at it. When she was tricked by it, I joked that it was time to call human resources and then let her have it. That opened the door to speak on how easy it is to be tricked into believing something that was not true. One being how many of us consider ourselves good, when God’s words states, “there is none righteous, no not one.” In fact, “there is no man who seeks after God.” Romans 3:10

I continued to share that salvation is not found in nothing we do, but through the cross of Christ who shed His blood to pay for our sins and who defeated death by rising from the grave three days later proving all that He said was true and indeed that He was in fact God.

As we talked, I thought to myself on how I was inconvenienced and even noted this with Judy, but how wonderful it was to meet and share the things of God with her. Before I left, I asked if there was anything I could pray for her about and she mentioned her mom who is ill. There in her office, we bowed our heads I thanked the Lord for the opportunity to speak of His name and for her mom and her.

What an opportunity! As I was leaving, her coworker walked in and I handed Judy an extra curved illusion tract and told her to share it with her coworker. How I wish you could have seen the excitement on her face as she lifted the cards up and demonstrated the illusion with her coworker. Here she was sharing her faith easily and not with fear, but delight!

I have much to be thankful for for the this day an am filled with praise for Him. thinking of how He used this opportunity for His own glory. My inconvenience was part of His perfect will and purpose. May He let me remember this the next time things do not go as want them to go.

Please pray for Judy, that we get the permit, and that God would work His wonders through the preaching of His gospel.
So that all may know Him,
David