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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.

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Have you gotten over JESUS?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So that all may know Him,

David


Auburn / Georgia Outreach Update Nov. 14, 2015

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

Grace & mercy to you all that are in Christ.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A Job Interview

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

Today, I got that opportunity!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So that all may know Him,

David


Two things God could have done

Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?”  And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him. Luke 22:34-36

 

Two things could have occurred to the men who mocked and beat Jesus as given in Luke’s account.

1. God could have destroyed these men.

These men actions against the Son of God deserved death. These men were blasphemers if there ever was one. They had blindfolded the Son of God slapped him,  and used blasphemy against Him. With each punch or word, these men deserved the full blow of God’s wrath.  Even the anger alone in their heart merited them the all of God’s fury & anger.  Rightfully and just, God who with just a word spoke into existence all of creation, could have ended their existence on this Earth in the same manner.

2. God could have saved them. 

God who is full of wrath is also equally full of love. All that took place was part of His plan. Every blow, every word, every drop of blood that was spilled had a purpose.

Long before there was anything, God predestined every blow.  His plan for the things to come was already written in time. These men who beat Him, he knew them. He put them together with bones and sinews; knitted them together in their mothers womb.

He watched them grow, and even with all the affairs and events of the world, took time to count the hairs on their head.  It was even He whose hands held their life.

While these men indeed deserved nothing and God also was not obligated to show any grace, it would not surprise me if we would walk with these men one day in heaven.

How do I know this?

Because like these men, I am no different. None of us are. I know if I had been alive twenty centuries ago, I feel surely that I might have been one who accused Jesus of blasphemy or yelled with zeal among the crowds the following day to crucify Him.

While like these men, deserving full well the fury, anger, & wrath of God for my crimes against Him,  He sought me out.  Knowing my every sin & every inclination to rebel against him, He did not crush me but drew me to Him.

And like the actions that took place this night Jesus was arrested and the night the Lord revealed Himself to me, it was for no other purpose except for His own good will and purpose.

God saves. He saves wicked men. He does so not for our benefit, but for His own glory. 2 Timothy 1:9

It is easy to sit next to a madman, a murderer and say like the Pharisee, “At least I am not like that guy!”  Pertaining to the tax collector as mentioned in Luke 18:9.

We may never commit a crime that will send us to the electric chair, but we all deserve to be crushed under the wrath of God.

Everyman that breathes should be thankful for the mercy God has given them. He lets us live! With the thoughts we have had in the past day, He lets us live. It is His kindness that leads is to repentance. Romans 2:4

How amazing it is what God has done to redeem those who are rebels in His sight. Those who have committed treason under His authority, those who desire to be god themselves. He does not crush them, He makes them His own. Rebels, criminals, all of these would would hate Him, He loves them so much as to send not just a messenger, but His own Son to redeem them. John 3:16.

Jesus was mocked. God the Son. Was He being passive? No, He was being merciful. Thankful He shows us the same.

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Rejoice in all the Lord did in 2014

My friends, many thanks as always for the generosity of your prayers and for the support that has been offered to help with this ministry as we take the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to the streets.  My family and I are beyond grateful for what we have seen the Lord do through people.  I rejoice to be able to share updates with you as to the fruit of what your prayers and support bring forth.

Everything that we have been able to do, has not been by our strength and intellect, but only by the grace of Lord who gives strength and wisdom to all. Proverbs 2:6

My children helping separate gospel tracts for an upcoming outreach

My children helping separate gospel tracts for an upcoming outreach

In 2014, we are thankful that over 20,000 gospel tracts went out into the hands of sinners!  That the Lord allowed us to speak of His wonders and grace to thousands at many of the college & high school football games that took place here in town as well as in Auburn & Alabama. Our local baseball team, the Montgomery Biscuits offered many opportunities through the months of March – September that have become one of our greatest mission fields during the season.

My brother Reggie & Calvin sharing Christ at Riverwalk Stadium

My brother Reggie & Calvin sharing Christ at Riverwalk Stadium

Just recently I ran into a fellow brother in Christ who works with the firm who planned and built the entertainment district downtown. I rejoiced telling him how all that was been accomplished by him and his firm was an answer to my prayers. How for so long I have prayed for an opportunity to witness, then the Lord through men, builds me a giant baseball stadium and turns the area into a place where people gather and can hear the gospel. Amen!

Jeff & Cody from Strong Tower Church at AUM earlier this year with me.

Jeff & Cody from Strong Tower Church at AUM earlier this year with me.

We began joyfully witnessing at the local university as well. We were met with some scrutiny by local groups who feared that the public proclamation of the gospel or open air preaching would be to offensive. We continued to go out and many have heard the gospel and have approached us desiring to know more and offered great encouragement to continue.  The atheist on campus even encouraged us toward our use of free speech!

Much of our time though as been and remains out in front of the local abortion clinic. Many moms and dads continue to find no hope except what seems right to them.  Over 100 children lost their lives in the past two months to this evil that is so prevalent in today’s culture.  I have joy that even though many did not choose life, seven people that we know of have decided to choose life let their baby live.  Our prayers is that they would not only choose life for their baby, but come to know Christ and truly know what it is to live themselves.

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Two fellow brothers in Christ who joined me this year to ring in the 2015 sharing the gospel. Pictures of James and his son Tyler

We ended the year just as we had begin it. Proclaiming Christ in downtown Montgomery at the New Years Eve celebration.  A brother from my church came out and witnessed with me for the first time and them I was joined by a father and his young son who walked by and wanted to help. His son passed out tracts and talked with people and each of them praiseworthy held our cross high for all to see. The local news later said that over 20,000 people were downtown that night and some called me the next day telling me that they had seen the cross on TV with the words to “Trust Christ” written on it.  Amen & Amen!  May God for all that He does get all the glory!

I pray that you are encouraged and will this year strive to make God known in your own world by sharing the gospel with others.  Whether it be at your workplace, school, or wherever the Lord leads you. He is a KING and worthy to be made much of!

May you consider as well this ministry in your giving. We continue to raise support that allows us by His grace to continue.  We remain only at about 20% of our fully funded goal each month.  The Lord has kept and sustained us, remaining faithful to if He has called you to something, He will prepare and provide the means to do so.  Please pray and consider becoming a monthly partner to help take the gospel to lost sinners? 

Your support will allow for people to get a bible at our Prayer Station and learn to grow into the likeness of Christ through the reading of His word. Or for young parents to hear the gospel and get valuable resources to help them choose life outside the clinic. It will allow as many people the Lord places in front of us to hear what is often taken for granted. It will let them hear that Jesus is Lord and He saves even the most wicked of sinners!   

All donations are tax deductible through the North American Mission Board (NAMB).  Again, your prayers & support are greatly appreciated. Feel free to call me if you have any questions of any kind or just need prayer.  334-324-8967

Donations can be made securely online by following the NAMB link below or just go to our webpage at www.SoThatAllMayKnowHim.org  and clicking the Donate button to the left on our ministry page. Or by mail to

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My family and I are truly thankful for your prayers and support and long to be able to share even more stories as to what the Lord does to draw men unto Himself.

So that all may know Him,

David Day & Family

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