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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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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


Raising my child only to die

10175114_230775120455650_1587855249_nSince she was three years old, my little Catherine has been going along me as I practiced sharing my faith at baseball games, festivals, or just to Wal-Mart to get milk. Almost anytime I announced to my wonderful pack of God’s gifts I was going “gospel-ling”, she is usually the first one out the door as my wing-man or wing-girl.

Today I picked her up from school and she told me she was good today and the teacher said she could bring something for show and tell. While I joked about something crazy she could bring, she tells me as if it was second nature to her that she was going to bring a book with a gospel tract in it. And described how she could open the book in front of the class and have it fall out and tell them what it is. (Yes I smiled in delight)

As I write this, I struggle holding back tears considering the reality of what I have instilled in her and the rest of my children and what it may one day cost them, as I love them more than anyone can imagine. But It came to me as I considered truly her plans to share the gospel with her classmates. Of all I have taught her and been trying to instill in her, I have been teaching her to die.

The Christian walk is not a life we get to live as if to join the YMCA. Jesus did not say pick up your bag and lets go on a picnic. He said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” His words are very different that what we hear and see portrayed often.

But consider my friends, that if any of us truly follow Christ, our life is not ours to live for ourselves, but for Christ. That it was not while we were good and well esteemed by men, but while we were enemies, criminals of God in fact, He died for us. (Romans 5:8)

What a life to live and even die for! For Christ our King who not only died, but lives! Who gives breath to all men, and what better way to use that breath than to proclaim and share to all, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! (John 1:29)

I have no idea who Catherine or any of my children will grow up to be, but my hope is that they will live the way I taught them to die.

For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21)

“A video her her witnessing at 3 or 4 years old”)

#Loveyoukids.

Dad



Make it your business to win souls!

This morning I sat on my front porch looking as my neighbors came out of their homes. Some were caring for their lawns, some heading to work, and some just sitting on the porch as I was. My neighbors are nice and don’t cause any trouble. If anyone is were considered the weird neighbor on my block, I gladly take credit for it. But I thought of my neighbors and what would happen if they died. From what I know about them, I think it would indeed be hell. Sad isn’t it? Not sad that they would be simply in hell for eternity, but that just I knowing the possibility of such a fate for them, I remained sitting on my porch with a dry eye. As I am guilty of allowing my own selfishness and pride in this area of disobedience to God, I pray He would change me in this area. While I love opportunities to make much of Christ through the sharing of His gospel, and by no way I am making an excuse, this area of witnessing to those who are close to me is an area that is a struggle.

Maybe you are not much different. Maybe you too struggle with talking with those around you about Christ or maybe you struggle with talking to everyone about Him.But laying all fears and lack of confidence aside, consider yourself and those around you. Consider your neighbors. Some maybe you have talked with, your kids play with their kids. Consider their souls!

Think of their souls! Think of the torment they will endure without Christ! Would you sit by if you saw armed men breaking into their house as they sleep in the night or would you with great haste notify the police and try to warn them? What man would just sit by as that occurred? Cowards I must say, men with no backbone! Harsh words indeed but is there just an once of truth in them?

Charles Spurgeon said that, “The winning of souls should be the chief business and main pursuit of every true believer.”  To win souls is what we should be our aim!  Not the corporate ladder to increase our portfolios. Not to be simply liked by others for our stature or abilities,but to win souls!  Proverbs 11:30 tell is as well that, “He that wins souls is wise.”

It should be done not from guilt telling ourselves that, “I must do this simply because this is my duty.” But from the example of Christ. What we need is a garden experience as Christ had. “Not my will but yours.” Luke 22:42 As Christ so willingly was ready to give His life to do the will of His father, so should everyone who say they follow Him!

As Christ cared greatly to see sinners saved, we should be imitators of Him. Ephesians 5:1.

The excuse of not knowing what to say comes from our poor judgment of priorities and laziness! We study with great diligence when it comes to preparing essays for school or reports for our employer or when it comes to remembering those football scores, if we would have the same enthusiasm when it comes to memorization of scripture and the learning to win souls!

Moses and Jeremiah both complained as men often do when given a task that seems so far beyond their knowledge. “Who am I.” ~ “I am just a kid.” ~ “I can’t speak” God’s reply to them is the same for you and I. “I have put my words in your mouth” Jeremiah 1:9. God will give words as we show obedience to His Great Commission. He will be with us. Indeed we should show ourselves approved and use God’s word to open the eyes of the sinner and speak of the full meal of the gospel, but ultimately, salvation is a work of God alone.
2 Timothy 2:15, Jonah 2:9

We are just the means by which God uses to take His lifesaving gospel to the ear of sinners and He then takes it from there to their hearts.

Again my friends, Show gratitude that you have escaped a darkness with no end, that Christ stands between you and the God’s bow. That Christ is your Redeemer and has swallowed all the wrath you deserve for your for your crimes against God upon Himself.  Show gratitude by making it your chief business and main pursuit to glorify God by the winning of souls!

May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward for His suffering,

David Day


Our preaching should be for God, not merely for souls

I walked downtown this afternoon and my thoughts became captive to the wonder of the souls of those I passed by.   “What of their soul?” I thought.    Are they saved?  Where might there eternal resting place be?  I was reminded of words spoken in a tract I had read earlier in the day.  It spoke of the torment of hell and all its fury.  How unpleasant the thought of hell is to me, as well as knowing that a good many people are going to end up there.  Just as I write these words now, I feel anguish in me knowing that so many that I know live an ungodly life and proudly proclaim a desire to be in hell, if not by their words but by the life they live.  Oh, woe to them….   

Hell is a great motivation to fire up any man to preach the gospel.  For what redeemed man desires for another to feel the wrath of the Almighty God, even if that person had committed vile and wicked deeds throughout his life with no sign of remorse?

It is with great cause that the preaching of Christ be done with urgency to rescue those that are perishing, to warn others of the wrath to come. That all men are guilty sinners, slaves to self and deserve every inch of hell and God’s entire wrath for every act of rebellion toward Him through sin.  Oh, the thought of the judgment come, woe are those who remain enemies of God.

While will do preach the gospel and have the desire to see men saved; we should not preach simply I say, to see men rescued from hell, but to glorify our Father in heaven, whether men be dammed or converted.

Any act of evangelism, the proclamation of the gospel, should be out of a desire to bring glory to our Holy and Just God first and foremost;  to see Him lifted high and holy above all else. Even if that means through our labors, we are never be granted the opportunity to experience the moment when one  repents  and trust Christ as Lord. It is all for His sake, not for theirs or ours.

I recall Christ as He prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Mark 14:36 Here Christ could have had legions of angels at His disposal, but He longed to please, to glorify His Father in Heaven, His desires should be ours as well as we long to be like Him.

In Matthew 22:34-40, Christ is speaking to the Pharisees. He was asked about of the law, “which is the greatest commandment?”  His reply was, “You shall love the LORD your GOD with all your heart, and with all your soul, and your entire mind,” noting as well that the second was to love your neighbor as yourself.

Here Christ clearly shows us that the greatest thing we are to do is to love our God with all we have and others as ourselves.  That He alone is to be first in all in all we do.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul writes in the text about all whatever we do, whether we eat or drink, do all for the glory of God.   Even in the text, Paul writes about the partaking of food, as simple and trivial to some that may be, even that should be done to the honor of God.

As these few scriptures state clearly, God is holy and is to be esteemed above everything else, even when it comes to the saving of souls.  If we obedient and loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind, then there will be nothing left for no one else, God gets it all, but out of our obedience , God gives us the desire to love others as He does.

Are we placing God second when we weep over the ignorance of men who refuse to repent? By no means. If we weep for souls, it is only because through His grace  that we have the desire for others to be saved.    If we have no such desire, what becomes of us?

Charles Spurgeon said that, “If you have no desire to see men saved, then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that.”              

We should long for men to come to repentance; if we don’t then I would stress that we do not possess the desire to please God.  If you have not shed a tear or loss sleep at the thought of men going to hell, I worry for your soul.  As Christ longed for God’s will to be complete before His, so should our desire be.

Paul expressed great sorrow and anguish for the souls of men in Romans 9:1-4, so much as to be willing to give up his own salvation for those he considered his brothers.

I am speaking the truth in Christ, I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit,  that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. “

Abraham in Genesis 18:22-33.  God was about to wipe the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah out, but Abraham is said to have stood before the Lord and pleaded with God to spare the cities if just ten righteous men were found in the city.

In Exodus 32, Moses had been gone for some time and the people of Israel believed Him to be dead so they fashioned a golden calf and worshiped it.  It is said that then God burned with anger and was about to destroy the people of Israel, then Moses steps in and implored of God to spare them.  And God did.

As these men showed longing for souls, as should we.   Never forget though that it is never our tracts, our sermons, our analogies, our labors that save men, but Christ and His cross.

As the thought of opportunities missed for me to share the gospel with so many riddles my mind, the thought that many may already be now as I write, experiencing wages earned for their sins, I weep for those I encounter when the sun rises.  May the God who is compassionate and forgiving, who is all knowing, give grace to each of us, for our lack of obedience to His Great Commission.  May all our labor to see men redeemed be in direct response to the grace we have been shown through the death and resurrection of Christ.  May we never sway or cower to the fear of man when it comes to the preaching of the gospel.   But with all diligence and effort, glorify God alone.

Light the darkness,

David