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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.


Our duty and delight in sharing the gospel

what-if-today-was-your-last-dayWe’ve heard it all before, “I am going to live to be old and will repent of my sins then.” Truth is no one knows when their ticket will be punched, when they will go from this life to the next. God is the only with such knowledge, as it is “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10
Many think they have years left, then all of sudden, their heart stops or a tragic accident occurs.  The hope for a long life is traded in for eternity either in heaven or in hell.  One must truly consider how foolish are many who thought they had just one more day.
I have a coworker named William who on Monday informed me that the Friday coming up would be his last day, his last day of work that is. He had only worked with me for a few months before deciding to return to his previous employer. We saw one another each day as I came to work and as he prepared to depart. Our conversations were usually brief and consisted of the normal water cooler stories, sports, politics, and work related issues.  Of the few months that we worked together, I never just had a conversation with him on what is most important, “What of your soul, what would happen to you if you died today?” 
When William informed me that the following Friday would be his last day, I prepared. I practiced and knew what I would say, but how to say it and when. We are often surrounded by others that work with us and honestly, why they too needed the gospel, I worried how to give it without being the odd one.  I think we worry too much about what would happen and don’t focus enough on the One who puts words in our mouths to say and indeed the lowly sinner repent, how angels would rejoice! Luke 15:10  
Friday came fast and as usual, we met in the main office and chatted about work.  He was about to get off and I knew this would most likely be the last time I will ever see him.  With others in the office not paying attention, I sat next to him on a chair and showed him a curved red and blue gospel tract.  For those of you who share your faith, you know what I am referring to. Everyone else, you have got to get some of these cards. I will share how later.
As I messed with his brain a bit and eased into what they actually were, I just went completely honest with him.   I may never see you again, and want to know if you know what would happen to you if today was your last day, where would you go?
He smiled and said, “Sure, Heaven.”
“On what basis would God let you into heaven,” I asked.  
“On what Christ did on the cross.” He replied.
Great words to hear and a correct answer.
The conversation did not end there though. I have learned that nearly everyone will say they are going to heaven when they die.  They will tell me God is forgiving, Jesus died for the sins of men, and many will just plainly consider themselves sinners, but not that bad.
With the ice broken, I shared a few of the Ten Commandments with William to show to do as Paul writes, “bring the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20.  Then the wonderful good news of Jesus death and resurrection to follow.
Thankfully, William seemed to understand and agree with all I shared with him. He did not just consider himself to be a good person and if we do not meet again in this life, I pray we do in the next.
There is a lot that can be said by this opportunity to witness.
First, How many people do we work with or come in contact with each day and have no idea of the condition of their soul? People are walking around more concerned about hitting the time clock on Friday and dreading to repeat it on Monday.  Their last concern is what if this was my last day?
Secondly, I worked with William for a few months and never knew that he was a Christian. Shouldn’t we be drawn to one another? Shouldn’t we be excited to be a follower of Christ and to encourage each other in the Lord, be a delight of ours? I feel that there is a sense of urgency to share the gospel with others since we do not know what day could really be their last, and I know I should have spoken up sooner, but so should have William.
Sharing the gospel is not only the duty of every Christian, but it should also be the delight of every Christian.
So go, go and share your faith with boldness to all you know.
David
(The curved red and blue tracts can be purchased here or here. )

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.


God’s Providence in Evangelism ~ Atlanta Dogwood Festival Outreach with Revival USA

 Chap preaching at this festivalAs preachers and evangelist we all have a desire to see men come to repentance, faith, and obedience to Christ.  This is one reason we strive and toil to learn His word and to preach solid biblical sermons by expounding the scripture in the manner it is worthy of. We use great enthusiasm in painting pictures in the mind of our listener through the use of analogies and stories that in hope would assist in bringing the text spoken to life. However, in all our planting and in all our watering, it will be God who will reap the harvest, who will ultimately be the Victor and Redeemer of the lost soul. He will be the one who works the miracle at His appointed time to take the most wicked sinner, not from bad to good, but from dead to alive.  

  This past April I joined twenty plus men in learning how to preach and prepare sermons and taking what we have learned to the streets of Atlanta at the Dogwood Festival to practice preaching His glories to all of creation as part of a Revival USA Outreach.

   While there are many stories to tell, not from just me but my brothers who were with me, there is one I must tell and hope it brings glory to God alone and speaks of His providence in providing opportunities to share His gospel.

   On Sunday afternoon, after a great session from a local pastor on expository preaching and some fellowship with my brothers, I had to depart to catch the bus back home. As I was dropped off outside the civic center where my bus would arrive, there was a large crowd of around fifty or more people who had gathered waiting on the bus to take them to their desired destination.

   Now, Atlanta had already showed what to me appeared to be its worst. While the festival had a wholesome part to it, it also was filled atheist, mockers, and homosexuals and standing and waiting at the bus stop, looked as if they all had come to wish me farewell.  That notion to preach had now developed into a question of discernment since I was alone, “To preach or not to preach?”

  I decided to stand quietly near some planters and pray and think of a segway to use to begin a quick sermon for the audience given to me. I too was careful to take notice of the buses that were loading and unloading so that I would not get left behind. While wondering about which bus was going where, there was a man who I would come to know as Chris that had come and stood next to me while waiting on his bus.  He informed me that the bus that was loading now was going to Memphis and then questioned as to where I was headed. I replied to him, Montgomery, Alabama and he playfully said. “Ah, the Gump!” and that he was headed there as well.

He and I talked briefly and I asked him what brought him to Atlanta. He said that his mother who was eighty had died and he had come over to go to her funeral. I expressed my sorrow over the loss of his mother and related to him that it has not been long either that mother had passed as well.

As we talked and I tried to steer the conversation to a discussion on eternity and therefore hopes to share the gospel, I came to find out that his mind was elsewhere when he interrupted me and asked if I was a cop. Apparently the sunglasses I was wearing gave me that Dirty Harry look and seemed to concern him since as I told him no, he mentioned that he was about to smoke a blunt.

Not only was he about to smoke some marijuana in front of me and everyone else, but he felt the need to ask me if I wanted to do so with him, which I politely declined.

As he is going through his bag looking for his weed or whatever, he makes mention that he spent some time this weekend at the Dogwood Festival. “Really?” I said with a smile. I then asked him if he had seen those men preaching at the entrances to the festival. With a hand in the cookie jar expression, he just looked up at me and said, ”That was you?” I told him it was me and friends of mine.

Almost never do the fish jump in the boat, but this one did.

How great it would be to share with you that after I presented the law and gospel to him, he wept over his sin and repented right there and begged God to save him. However he did not. He actually said he had to leave and go get an inhaler from the hospital next door before the bus arrived. I think he was just getting away to smoke his dope.

dogwood wWhile this opportunity was rare, I myself have to stand by in awe knowing that I did nothing to orchestrate the conversation, but be there.  When he mentioned being at the festival, of all the places in Atlanta to be and then to end up next to me on the way home, I am humbled and fearful too, knowing things are bigger than I and that God, the Creator of all we know, works  through undeserving men such as myself to make His glories known. May we all be faithful to present Him well in all we do, in season and out of season. 

So that all may know Him,

David


“Get on your knees and beg God to save you!”

Prepare to meet God Today is Friday. What will be of your soul on Saturday? Will you still reside in your home, be employed by the same employer, will you still be able to hug your spouse and kids? None of these things that we hold of great importance and value stand next to the value of your soul. Flee from your sin. Flee from drunkenness and lust. Flee from self righteousness and hatred of God. Have not one thing to do with sin why God allows you to live. Don’t you know that it is the sheer mercy and grace of God that allows you to breath the breath you just did. It is His goodness that leads a man to repentance. (Romans 2:4) Prepare to meet God today. Get used to it, because on the day you die, you will stand before Him at Judgement and who will stand for you? Not your dearest loved one, not your closet friend, or even those you have prayed for you. Prepare to Meet God this hour… Repent of all sin, get on your knees and beg God to save you. Turn to Christ my friend! Turn from sin and turn to Him.  It was not rusty iron nails that held my Lord to the cross, but His desire to please His father and his great love for us that held Him there.  Wait not one minute more!  Get on your knees and beg God to save you!

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Never take it for granted…

  “I will never take it for granted again.” Those were the words of Mike, a man I used to work with some years ago that I saw walking this afternoon downtown as I was preparing to read the bible aloud as part of Project Ezra.

Mike walking away

Since I last saw Mike, he has spent some time in jail for tickets and fines and lost him home, his car, and was living on the street. Mike and I spoke for a bit and I talked to him about the things we hold dear to us. And within a blink of an eye, everything could be gone. Mike them proceeded to tell me of his misfortune, how he lost it all. And that if he ever gets back on his feet again, he will never take it for granted.

He misses having his own home and place to rest at night. I shared with him the law of God, how each one us are sinners and deserve nothing. That each one us us has sinned against God. As well as the good news of Christ, that through Him only are we made right with God.

Mike is a good guy by the standards of this world. Like all of us, He has made mistakes and his has cost him dearly. But as Gods word states, “there is none Good but God” Mark 10:18 and all of our mistakes have cost us dearly. As ” the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23. We may not seem to suffer them at first, but God is just and will not over look sin. A price has to paid, the fine for our sins must be taken care of rightly and justly.

It is only through Christ is that possible. He is the only mediator between us and God. Only through Him are we made right with God. By His lifeblood that was shed on the cross, comes the forgiveness of sin.

Look at those things that we hold dear. Our cars, our clothes, our jobs, our money. One hundred years from now, our cars may sit in a junkyard, our clothes will be tattered and torn or just done away with, our homes will be occupied by someone else, all the money we made will have been useless.

The only thing that will be of great concern to any of  us one hundred years from this day will be whether we  are in heaven or hell.  As my friend Mike took for granted a simple meal or a pillow to lay his head down at night before he lost it all, don’t take your life for granted. You aren’t promised the next breath.

Listen to the words of Christ in Luke 13:5.. “Repent or Perish.” Turn form your sin, confess it before God and place your faith and trust in Christ for the forgiveness of sin. Read your bible daily, find a bible believing church and share your faith with all of those around you.

Lastly… Pray for Mike and another man that sat on a bench as I read the bible aloud at the Court-square, named James. James was homeless as well. He looked to be in his seventies and had real firm profession of faith in Christ. Please pray for these men, that God would continue to provide for them for this world as well as the next.

All for the Glory of God
David

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