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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.

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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


Nick Saban & The Pursuit of Holiness

AlabamaA friend told me sometime back of a post on Facebook that a friend of ours Carl Kalbfleisch had mentioned that every time he sees that Alabama scripted A that he thinks of atheist. A reply posted below by someone else stated that every they saw the scripted A, they thought of National Championships!

I think many will continue to agree many years to come that Alabama is great football team and that Nick Saban is a great football coach. Indeed Nick Saban has some principles that he follows and expects his players to follow that separates them from the rest.

But I want to pose a question.  If you applied the zeal, the determination,and just half the effort as Nick Saban does in coaching and building a top-tier football program to pursuing holiness, to reading and studying His word, to sharing the gospel with those around you, how would your walk with Christ be different than from now?

Paul the apostle wrote to the church in the city of Ephesus while in prison of all places to “live a life worthy of the life in which you have been called” and to be “imitators of Christ.”

In 1 Peter 1:15-16, Peter tells us that as obedient children not to be conformed to our former lust, but like the Holy one who called us,”be holy yourselves as in all your behavior, because it is written ,“YOU SHALL BE HOLY , FOR I AM HOLY.”

What does holiness mean to you? When you hear of it, what comes to mind? The bible says that, “Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

This is just a simple small note but consider it your walk with Christ compared to what effort Saban applies to football. His goal may be to win football games, but our goal should be in all we do for the glory of God alone.  1 Corinthians 10:31

A. W.  Tozer has some great insight from his book, the Pursuit of Holiness. Please take some time to read it as well as the resource below from R.C. Sproul from Ligonier Ministries one of the best teaching when it comes to the holiness of God and offers the entire teaching online for free. I encourage you greatly to take some time and listen to it.

http://www.authenticchristianity.net/Authentic%20Christianity/Articles/The%20Pursuit%20of%20Holiness.htm

http://www.ligonier.org/learn/series/holiness_of_god/

Light the darkness,

David

www.EvangelizeYourCity.org


Bingo, Jesse Jackson & 100 Years From Now

On March 6, 2010 on a brisk cold morning in Downtown Montgomery Alabama, a group of individuals prepared to march down Dexter Avenue to the Alabama State Capital in a protest reminiscent of the civil rights marches that took place during the 1960’s. Lead by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a civil rights figure that marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. across America for the rights and freedom of black individuals at that time in history.

On this day though, many years from the historic marches of days gone by, the march was not for the integration of blacks and whites or for equality for all men, but for the chance to vote on the legalization of gambling.

A group of men and I saw the gathering of individuals as an opportunity to share the gospel. Our intent was not to go to the march and pro-test against gambling, but to be obedient to Christ command to witness and preach the gospel. As we arrived, we quickly began to approach people and offer tracts and speak to the about the most important thing, where you will go when you die.

The responses we received from the majority was not well accepted well. While we did speak and have some great conversations with people, there was those that saw us as a threat. People questioned us on if we were for or against the bingo. We tried to stay neutral on the situation, but once the question was asked, we told them the truth on it. That gambling hurts people and families. That the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs ~ 1 Timothy 6:10

We were handing out gospel tracts with President Obama and while some found favor in them, others found them offensive with the image of Obama on them. Kevin Tomlin, one of the guys in our group had the chance to speak to Jesse Jackson as he talked with supporters. He handed Mr. Jackson a, “One Heartbeat Way” tract and told him that he was one heartbeat away from eternity, where are you gonna go?

I had the chance to give him an Obama Trillion tract and as I gave it to him, I expressed to him the message were preaching. That 100 years from now, the last thing on our minds will be bingo but where we spend eternity. As well as the if it was that important to seek and save that which was lost for Jesus, shouldn’t it be just as important for us? That we should be telling people to turn from sin and turn to God. Mr. Jackson examined the tract and I shook his hand and walked off.

I spoke with an older gentleman named Curtis. I shared the Law or Ten Commandments with him and he understood that he had broken God’s Law. That if he were to die this day that he would go to Hell. I asked if it bothered him and he said yes. I shared with him what Christ had done on the cross , that it was more that saying, “I’m sorry, Please forgive me. ” That when Jesus died, what took place was a legal transaction. It was Christ paying the price for the crimes /sins he had committed. I told him that he must turn from sin and place his trust in Christ. Curtis expressed on how he needs to be grateful and to live a holy life. I offered him a Bible, but he said he already had one. I encouraged him to read it daily, that it would help him to resist temptation and help him understand what God has for him.

Curtis was just one of the conversations that we had with people. As I mentioned, some were hostile towards us, but some gave us the opportunity to share the gospel with them there for planting a seed for eternity.

I am overjoyed that I had the chance to go and share Christ with people alongside a great group of guys. It was encouraging watching and listening to them witness and share their testimony on how God has changed them. As my buddy Rob always says,” If not one person got saved today, God was pleased that somebody took the time to share his story with others.”

With that said, ” One hundred years from now, what will matter? It won’t matter how much money you made or what type of car you drove, but where you spend eternity” And for Christians, If it was that important for Christ to suffer and die on a cross to seek and save that which is lost,shouldn’t it be even that more important for us to do all we can to tell all we know about the only cure for this lost and dying world? You betcha!

Here is a link to the local news media and a clip of me witnessing to Mr. Jackson as well as a link to some othger clips and pictures taken by Chris Thornton that witnessed with us that day.

Pictures and video by Chris

Local News Clip of Jesse getting a tract

Thanks to Kevin Tomlin & Chris Thornton of Inner City Evangelism & Jeremy Aldridge , Donnell Owens, & Rob Wysmulek for being faithful in sharing their faith..

Until then, Light the darkness!

David

EvangelizeYourCity.org