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Homeless can collector gets his teeth stolen

December 19, 2014

Had a bad day? How would you like to be homeless and collecting cans for a living, and then have someone take your coat which had your dentures in the pocket?

I just got on to the train platform from the bus today when i noticed him sitting at a bench and then jumped out of his seat in anger. He was very upset about something for sure. He kept talking out loud as he went through his backpack in hast looking for something. I walked behind him and went down a little and prayed for him.

Over the last two years we have had some good conversations with him. He is a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and knows the Bible better than most I’ve seen. I will never forget one time about a year ago. I was on the back of the bus talking to a young guy about his need to be saved, when all of a sudden this homeless friend jumps in with all the right scriptures. I just sat back in amazement as to how the Holy Spirit orchestrates at just the precise time with just the right scriptures and the right people. This friend captured this young guys attention by not only sharing the scriptures, but by giving his testimony that made the guy really listen to him.

So after standing there and watching him in his frustration, I walked over to him and said “Hi”. He immediately calmed down and shared with me what had happened. He said that two days ago he was doing his usual thing of taking his cans to a local Walmart to get money. While he was there, he took off his coat which unfortunately had his dentures in the pocket. After he had finished putting all his cans into the counter machine, he turned around to get his coat and it was gone. Somebody had lifted it. Its winter here and stealing from everyone is a common way of life for most of the homeless. He was the victim.

After telling me what had happened, he began to change and thank God for what he still had. The clothes on his back. His shoes. His health. He also gave testimony about a couple of healing’s that God had done in the past for him.

After listening to him change by remembering how good God has been to him and what he has done, I asked if I could pray for him and could we believe that God would bring his teeth back to him. He also shared how there might be a possibility of getting a new pair through the place that he had got this pair from. He said that he is checking into it. We then prayed and believed that God was going to be glorified through this provision.

The train soon came and we both got on. We continued to listen to him share about his life and how it fails in comparison to the apostle Paul. He brought up all kinds of scriptures that related to the apostles trials, testimony’s etc. He then shared something with me that didn’t surprise me, but I didn’t know it about him. At one time in his life he taught the scriptures to other believers in his church. This didn’t surprise me because I knew from past experiences with him, that he indeed did have the gift of teaching.

I mention to him the scripture that says that “the gifts and callings of God are without repentance”. His eyes began to water and he wipes them with his hand. God is reminding him of his love for him. I just assured him that all he has to do is turn back to God at times like these and be obedient to what God shows him.

While he was getting encouraged and excited by sharing the scriptures with me, his stop comes. He shakes my hand and says goodbye, then goes out the door only to turn right around and come back in. He said that he couldn’t leave. This was too good. So for the next few more stops we continued to be blessed together. Finally, he gets his pack together and leaves out the door on the next stop. As he leaves, he says, “Wow! Every time you show up, God really gets a hold of me!”. I point my finger up and say, “It’s all God! He loves you!”. He smiles, and off he goes.

Please pray for him.

Hearts melted on the bus

November 15, 2013

Tonight on the way home, in walks a mentally challenged guy and takes a seat. He is sitting up front on one of the side seats. I am two seats back across the aisle. He looks at me and smiles. I look back and smile at him. A few minutes later, i hand him a “Jesus card”. He says, “what is it?” I share a little about the card with him. He says, “No thanks”. I say, “thats ok. God bless you”. He smiles.

Another few minutes go by. Then he takes center stage for the next 10 minutes. The rest of the bus is stone quiet listening. I’m sitting there beholding the words spoken as if they were pure gold.

He said that he had not yet been baptized, but that he loved God and that he was born again. He shared about his conversion as if a newborn child was able to talk about their new birth. It was sweeter than honey 

Then he said something that i believe was straight from the heart of God. He made mention of how he was the least of them, and that heaven was going to be filled with people like himself. Wow, i thought. Sounds like what Jesus taught. Then i shared what Jesus had said in the bible. He smiled and agreed. All the while, it was still quiet, not a word could be heard.

Once again, God showed how awesome he is in placing someone right at the perfect time in just the right place for all to see and hear. Straight from above.

My stop came. I got up and shook his hand and blessed him. As i was walking to the back door to leave, i looked around at the people. They appeared to be deep in thought. One lady smiled at me with a smile that was deeper than the ocean  She looked as if she was ready to cry an ocean.
HEARTS MELTED.

Continual re-focusing needed

June 29, 2012

In study this morning, the teacher was downloading some good stuff as usual. Bless His name!
Continual re-focusing is needed like no other in this day and time we are in. Even with those who continually seek the Father and spend time with him, it is needed.
With the Fathers heart we are to be filled with his love, mercy and compassion towards those who are lost in the cess-pool world of iniquity. Yes, like God, we are to hate sin, evil and wickedness, but if re-focusing on the heart of God which he displayed through His Son Jesus is not being applied, we will all get side-tracked with everything that is not of love, mercy and compassion towards men.
In closing, the Spirit gave me Mt. 24:12. This has to do with the end times. “And because iniquity (lawlessness) will abound, the love of many will grow cold.”
Sin, lawlessness, perversity etc. is growing needless to say. But, if we are not re-focusing on the Fathers heart through Jesus, our own hearts will for certain grow cold (wax cold) towards those who are lost through iniquity. A cold heart can be of no good in God’s kingdom. The only way we will be able to be of use in the coming days with all the more evil displayed, is with the Fathers heart. Amen.

People in a needy area

June 14, 2012

This morning the Spirit showed me that He wanted me to visit a part of town that I haven’t been to in over six month’s. When I first heard this, I really didn’t want to go. I was just not enthused about going there this time. However, I have learned that it’s not about whither I want to go or not, it’s about what He wants to do.

After getting off the max train, I started to walk in a different area to get to this part of town. This time, I came from another direction. It was from the west. All the other times that I can remember were from the north, either walking or by bus.

After about a block or two, I looked to my left and noticed a man standing outside of a place of business and looking at his phone. Quickly the Spirit had me focus on his shirt that he was wearing. It said, “I’m in a boat”. Then I heard the Spirit say, “the boat, ah, you know what to do with that”. I smiled and said, “oh yes”.

A brother and I, will sometimes use “boat” in reference to sharing Christ and telling them that they need to “get in the boat” with Jesus.

So I walked over to the guy and said, “hey, I like your shirt!” He smiled and said, “thanks”. I then proceeded to share with him how that many times I will share Jesus with people and use the “boat” as saying, “are you in the boat yet?”. I then asked him if he was familiar with the story of Noah and the Ark. He said that he was. I then said that it’s the same today, God is trying to get people in the boat before it takes off. He listened and was receptive to what he heard. Another reminder, another seed.

After that encounter, I went by the “Polish Association” building. As I was passing by, I noticed a billboard and a map of Poland. As I stood there looking at it, my mind went back years ago when the Wall was still up and we went into Poland, taking with us something that the brothers and sisters counted as priceless. I will never forget. Blessed again with the reminder.

As I approached the area, I was once again reminded that one of Satan’s main tools is “preoccupation”. Whatever and whoever he can use to distract from them receiving from their maker, he will do. He is doing a very good job of it. In fact, I would say that he is getting better all the time at the art of preoccupation.

Soon we were onto the main street of this area. I am well familiar with this area, having been here many times. We went into a prayer walk immediately as we walked down the sidewalk. A ways down the road, we were hit with the word “Perversion”. It came strong and continually as we spent the next couple hours in walking and sitting in prayer.

I can honestly say that since the last time I was here, the increase in “iniquity” which is perversion, has dramatically increased in as little as six months. Yep, only six months.

Continuing in prayer, I kept hearing “twisted”. I know that is a popular “cool” word, but this had some depth to it. When I got home this evening, I went into study again on “Iniquity”, “Perversion” and the like. I will not take all the time here, but a few things might be a good reminder.

Iniquity in the Hebrew means, “perversity ie (moral) evil, fault. Along with some other meanings, it also means “to distort”. After much study, I came to the Webster definition of Distort. It means, “to twist, to twist out of the true meaning or proportion, to twist out of a natural, normal or original shape or condition, pervert.”

So when the Spirit gave me the words “perversion” and “twisted”, He wasn’t far off.

So now we are in prayer ever more so for the people of this area. And, asking when we are to go back and what we are to do. They need Jesus, like really bad. It’s one of the “core” areas of this city.

 

“That man changed my life!”

May 11, 2012

Someday we will all be very surprised as to who God used to reach people that he was calling.

Today I heard an awesome testimony from a young guy who I hadn’t seen in almost a year. I remember that we had some good God conversations along the way. He showed up with a friend on a corner where I was hanging out. After talking a while he said, “hey do you remember that guy that sat on that corner over there (as he pointed) last summer that had those scriptures on a cardboard sign?”. I paused for a moment as my mind searched for that time. Boom, I remembered.

Last summer there was a homeless man who sat on a very busy corner downtown. He had the usual homelessness gear such as a pack, sleeping bag, dirty clothes and worn out shoes. But, this guy was different from most. This guy was a minister of the Gospel. He sat there with his bible from which he would occasionally read out loud. And yes, he did have a hat sitting there for money.

My mind went back to the couple of times I visited with him that summer. I remembered that he knew the scriptures very well and would engage with a lot of people while sitting on the sidewalk. What I remembered about him the most was this big old cardboard sign that he had taken a marker and wrote some scriptures on it. He had it propped up for all to see passing by. He was a soft-spoken guy, but big and burley. I remembered, I liked him. I did give him some money, but can’t remember how much. A truly different kind of minister for sure. One that most people would pass by and think, “give me a break, get a job” or “sorry, but how are you doing any good?” or “your no better off than all the other homeless bums out here that beg for money”. So goes the story……..

Then we fast forward to our brother who shared what had happened when he had met the man. He said that one day he walked by and stared at the guy, then took a glance at his cardboard sign and walked away. Then, he heard the man yell out, “hey come back here for a minute!”. So, around he turns and heads back to the man. Soon, he takes up a seat on the sidewalk right next to him as people go rushing by.

My friend didn’t go into all the details that happened thereafter, but he did tell me something that I will never forget. He said, “I WAS “BORN AGAIN” THAT DAY“. That man changed my life!” Wow! I thought. I was humbled. Bless God! We will never know completely, all those He uses and how He uses them. Beware less we think, “Oh how can God use that person? Look at what he is doing”.

The bottom line is: God has used and will use anyone he wants to use. And not only that, but how he wants to use them. We dare not judge.

Hurt, Pain and the Healer

April 7, 2012

“The Hurt & The Healer” Song by Mercy Me

Why?
The question that is never far away
The healing doesn’t come from the explained
Jesus please don’t let this go in vain
You’re all I have
All that remains So here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into Your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide Breathe
Sometimes I feel it’s all that I can do
Pain so deep that I can hardly move
Just keep my eyes completely fixed on You
Lord take hold and pull me throughSo here I am
What’s left of me
Where glory meets my suffering

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When the hurt and the healer collide

It’s the moment when humanity
Is overcome by majesty
When grace is ushered in for good
And all our scars are understood
When mercy takes its rightful place
And all these questions fade away
When out of the weakness we must bow
And hear You say “It’s over now”

I’m alive
Even though a part of me has died
You take my heart and breathe it back to life
I’ve fallen into your arms open wide
When The hurt and the healer collide

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]

Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here

When the hurt and the healer collide [x2]
Jesus come and break my fear
Awake my heart and take my tears
Find Your glory even here
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From rags to True Riches

February 9, 2012

“He would do things like, scream and yell at people. He would run as fast as he could down the sidewalk, screaming and yelling, pushing people out of his way. People who didn’t know him, or weren’t from this area, would freak out. Many would call the police. He was picked up and taken to jail so many times that Joe had lost track of the count. The police of course knew him all too well.”

I believe in the redemptive power of God to change a life. Testimonies prove it.

Today was a lot like a typical day going out on the streets, getting on the train after riding the bus to the train stop. As the train was getting ready to make its first stop into downtown, I looked out the window and noticed a corner, and a spot to stand hit my eye. I heard the Spirit say, “stand there”. So, as it stopped, I got off and walked back to that spot.

I stood there smiling and handing out the “Why do you need Jesus cards”. Had a couple of good contacts with a few people, and good reception in taking the cards. After about 20 minutes, I turned to my right and this guy almost knocked me over. It was Steve! (name changed to protect the redeemed).

Now, I will back up to approximately five years ago.

The Hawthorne area is an area that the Lord has led me to quite often over the years. Like a lot of towns, they have their part of town that cater to the younger generations and it’s “hippy” like culture. Such is this part of our city. Like a lot of cities, it has deep roots in the occult and witchcraft. But hey, the light shines brightest in the dark, right?

On many visits to this area, I would see this man who lived here and everybody knew him. Why did they know him? Well, it wasn’t exactly for his well dressed look or his very charming personally. He was known as the guy who everybody felt sorry for. He was a part of the town. He would bum food, money etc. from anybody at anytime of the day or night. You’re thinking right about now, that he was the “local town bum” right? Well, you could say that, but it ran a little deeper than that. Let me explain.

I have developed a friendship with one guy down there who has his corner where he hangs out everyday with his cardboard sign. His name is Joe (name changed to protect his popularity). Joe has known Steve ever since he came to this area. Many times when I landed here, I would go over to Joe’s corner and hang out for a while. We would always eventually bring up Steve and talk about how he was doing.

You see, Steve had some real mental things going on. And yes, a good deal of it was spiritual. He would do things like, scream and yell at people. He would run as fast as he could down the sidewalk, screaming and yelling, pushing people out of his way. People who didn’t know him, or weren’t from this area would freak out. Many would call the police. He was picked up and taken to jail so many times that Joe had lost track of the count. The police of course knew him all too well.

I remember on one occasion, I had just arrived there, and it was night-time. I looked down the street and saw the flashing lights. I walked by the police car, and there they were, putting Steve in the car again. After visiting with Joe, he shared with me as to what he was arrested for. It was “indecent exposure”. You see, Steve also had this problem where he would for no known reason, pull down his pants and began to take his clothes off. And yes, right in front of everybody as they passed by. And you can guess what would happen shortly afterwards. Yep, the flashing lights.

Two occasions stand out in my mind as a recall the times when I saw him there. One time, it was the middle of winter, and he had his usual dirty clothes, long matted hair, and dirty face. Because of his condition, you could not carry on an intelligent conversation with him. This always bothered me, however, I did not want to succumb to the thought of “oh well, that’s just the way he is”, and just let him be. I believed he was going to be delivered and healed. So, when ever I would see him, I would push through and try to speak with him. Well, this day he actually stopped long enough to hear me invite him to go with me to the Starbucks for coffee. He said he would! Wow! I was shocked, and quite frankly didn’t expect it. So, we walked down the sidewalk. I spoke to him about God’s love for him. I prayed for him and tried to get some feedback, but nothing.

We came to the coffee shop. I opened the door and he just stood there. I said, “let’s go in”. He just stood there. I closed the door, and we stood outside. After trying to find out why he didn’t want to go in, I finally figured it out. Here was a man who didn’t live inside of four walls. He had no house to stay in. All he knew was the outdoors. It was his home. I’m sure the enclosure frighten him, big time.

So, I asked him what kind of drink he wanted. Much to my surprise he said, “a latte”. I said, “what kind?” He said, “vanilla” Wow!, I thought. Praise God! I got an intelligent response out of him. I hugged him and said, “all right! that it will be”. So, he waited outside and I went in. I came out and smiled, gave him his drink and…….. off he went. What? He could not even stay for a minute? There went Steve, pushing aside people and hurrying down the sidewalk. Well, I was thankful that I had experienced a breakthrough with him anyways.

The other time was when I was standing on a corner in the area, passing out cards and noticed that he came by. I reached out and said “hey Steve, remember me? I bought you the latte? He looked at me as if he never met me or seen me before. I began to really pray for him. I didn’t like what the enemy was doing to this man. Frankly, I was getting real upset. Here was a wasted life that the enemy had no right to take and destroy. After about 20 minutes, I saw him coming back my way. I was not going to let this opportunity pass by. As he came by, I……..

immediately followed him rebuking the devil the whole way. It was a busy day and the sidewalks were full. We swerved in and out of the people passing by. I did not care what they thought of this “crazy man” following this guy and talking out loud, saying “I rebuke the unclean spirits in my brother! Come out of him, right now! In Jesus name! etc.etc.” Then……

He took off in a dead run. I followed a short distance, then stopped and gave him to the Lord. No doubt, many people have prayed for him over the years. I know many people have blessed him with untold blessings such as food, water, sleeping bags, money etc. Heaven will tell the story.

A year went by. No sight of him anywhere. I asked around and nobody knew. Of course, we hoped that he made his peace with God, if he had left us for good. Then one day……. I was downtown at a certain corner, and I looked to my left, and saw him. He was walking at a regular pace. He was dressed nicer. He was clean. I called out, “hey Steve!” He looked at me. I said, “do you remember me?” He shook his head up and down and said, “yes”. I smiled and said, “how are you doing?” He said, “really good”, I have my own place now”. I said, “really!” He said, “yeah!” Then he said, “hey I got to catch this bus”. We parted and I couldn’t believe what I had just heard and seen. I went home that night rejoicing in our Lord.

I couldn’t wait for the next time to go out to Hawthorne and tell Joe the good news. The next week came and I found myself led to go out there and tell him. He was so excited to hear that he was alive. I think he might have given up hope. It was an exciting time for sure.

Now fast forward six months, to today. As I turned to my right, this guy almost knocked me over. It was Steve!  I asked him how he was doing. He said great. He reminded me again that he had his own place, and that he had his own food. He looked really good. We reminisced a little about our times on Hawthorne. He remembered.

Now here is the best part………. I asked him, as I stood there holding one of my “why do you need Jesus” cards, “What about Jesus!” He looked at me and said, “Oh yeah! He’s my Lord and Savior!” Wow! To hear that come from his mouth, was like sweet dew coming from heaven! I hugged him and said, “God bless  you brother!” He smiled and said he needed to catch the bus. What a Redeeming God He is! Changed forever!

The rejection of the Savior

December 30, 2011

The last two days out, I have been reminded again about the rejection of the Savior, Christ Jesus. Of course, if people really knew what would be the cost of such rejection, they would run to the Savior with open arms. It’s hard to preach such a message. If anyone finds pleasure in doing so, I would question their love for the lost.

As I share the Gospel of Christ on the streets and hear and see the rejection quite often, it hurts. Why? Because I know that God’s heart hurts. In His love, He has offered His Son at the ultimate price for their sins which results in death for eternity. The offer to escape death is still being offered to them because of His great love and mercy. But, for how much longer? Of course, we don’t know. But, we know that time is very short for them to turn. Eternity is a very long time to spend apart from God. Is the place where all who reject Christ going to be plush and comfortable?

If you are a believer, have you searched His word to find out what the place might be, and what it’s going to be like? Or, are you just taking someone elses thoughts. Are you just going by what you have been taught? Do you care? If you haven’t studied it for yourself, or you don’t care, then there is a good possibility that you don’t really care for the lost. You might even have the “got mine” kind of attitude. If one really knew what the final state of the “unbeliever” was, they would be out everyday sharing the Gospel, compelling them to be saved.

In these last days, one of the biggest deceptions that Satan has sold to the believers, and also the unbelievers, is that there is no real cost or penalty for rejecting God’s gift of His Son. Many are taught and believe that you just cease to exist.

The final end up place for the unbeliever is THE LAKE. This is hard stuff. This is the kind of stuff you don’t want to think about, believe or except. So, if one suggest another way, if course you would consider it. But, to swallow it, you have to receive some sort of deception through the twisting of the scriptures and not taking them for what they really mean.

Without taking a lot of time on this subject, and one really doesn’t have to be a “scholar” to understand it, it can easily be understood if one wants to believe what they are reading. One can dissect it into pieces if they want, and come up with another meaning to suit their liking if they so choose.

Just two portions of scripture come to my mind. The story of the rich man and Lazarus, and John’s description of THE LAKE.

Luke 16:19 through verse 31 explains the story of the rich man and his torment. How is this “torment” described? Well, let’s take a look. Verse 23 says, “And being in torments in hell, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom”. So here we see that the rich man was fully aware of what was going on in hell. We see that he was in “torment”. What does that mean? One of its meanings is “torture”

In verse 24, we see that this place of torture was a little hot. “Then he cried and said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus (why?) that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame”. Sounds like fire to me. The word flame here means, “to flash or flame; a blaze, flaming”. Hot and in torment describes hell.

Verse 26, describes that in hell there is a “great gulf” or divide that separates, so that people cannot get out, or go back and forth. “And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us”.

Verses 27 through 30, lets us know that the rich man, while still in torment, still had some care and concern for his loved ones. Would this not be tormenting, in and of itself? The bottom line is that you would not want anyone to go to such a place. Anyone who would, has no heart, period.

How about THE LAKE described in The Revelation? We will start at chapter 20 verse 10. “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever. Now bear in mind, that we are talking about a place, and all who will go there.

Here we are at the Last Judgment, verses 11 through 15. What will it be like? Who will be judged? How will they be judged? And what will be the final resting place?

“And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened. And another book was opened, which was the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them. And they were judged, each one according to their works.”

Then, look what happens to Death and Hell after they get done dumping out the dead which were in them.

“Then Death and Hell were cast into the lake of fire”. Now what is this called? “This is the second death”. Now, is this it? Does this sum it all up? Lets see on. Verse 15, “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”. Now here is the very sobering part. The part that we don’t want to believe. These are PEOPLE! People that were not in the Book of Life! They were cast into the LAKE! Do you think it might be pretty important that our names and others are written in the Book of Life? Maybe that is why Jesus gave us the two greatest commandments, of which one is “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Now, do you think that we are done, as to the types of people who will be “cast into the Lake?”

I will not take the time to break down the other types of people who will be there. You can study the words contained in the 21st chapter, verse 8. It would do you good to break down the words such as “cowardly”, idolaters etc”. But one word that in cases a lot, is “UNBELIEVERS”. Could this be all those that have “rejected the Savior?”. All those who have heard of the Christ, and have rejected Him? Come on! This is serious stuff! What is going to happen to all the unbelievers! Check it out!

…….”shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone:” Which is what? “the second death”.

Now, if after you have read this, and know some unbelievers, does it move you? Does an urgency swell up in you? Or, in your mind, you are still wanting to not believe this? Believe me, I know, this is hard to swallow stuff. If someone would say, “Ah, don’t believe that. That’s not true”. Or, “How could a loving God have a lake of fire to send unbelievers?”

If you were God the Father, and people rejected your gift of Salvation that was your only Son, and that would save them from “Death”, what would you do? Well, there we go again, trying to figure out God on our human terms. Can’t be done, sorry.

The point is: There is a price to pay for rejecting the Savior, like it or not.

“Of such is the Kingdom of God”

July 1, 2011

So this is the way it is out there.

Today started off as one of those many days we see that seemly no one is interested in hearing about God, Christ or anything related. This of course is no surprise because of this part of the country that we live in. It has often been claimed to be the least churched state in America. Like any city, sin runs ramped here. This is a long way from the “Bible belt” as they call it. It is not unlikely to talk to a young person in the age bracket of 8 to 25, that has never heard the Gospel, or that doesn’t know who Christ was. You see blank faces as they walk by listening to the Gospel, as if to say, “what are they talking about?”

This is what hit me today. I was on this corner across from a very popular book store, standing there holding a tract in my hand, and occasionally sharing the message of Christ, sin, forgiveness, life etc. I had been there for about an hour, and no one had taken a tract, or made any real comments, except for a lady that started talking about believing in a “goddess”.

Now, this was not the norm to have an hour go by with no one taking a tract from me. However, this particular area has not been known to do a whole lot of receiving. I believe this is why he has laid it upon my heart again. I finally noticed off to my right, a lady pushing a man in a wheel chair. They were heading down the sidewalk coming straight towards me. As he passed by, he reached out and grabbed one. He put the tract up to his eyes as if he was going to read it. Then he began to make comments that let me know that he was mentally challenged. He kept asking what’s this? What’s this? And saying, “Why? Why? Why?”

I gently put my hand on his shoulder and knelt down and began to say, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus”. “He loves you, He loves you”. Soon, the light turned and the lady pushing him smiled and off they went. “Of such is the Kingdom of God”

“The first shall be last, and the last first”. I believe we will all be surprised at who all makes it into the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus was pretty plain on that subject. What a contrast to have seen a couple hundred people pass by that were walking, talking, smiling and laughing. Some appeared to be fairly well off as far as clothing, good looks etc. goes. But who was the only one who responded in a positive manner? The man who was mentally and physically challenged. This is the way it is.

Making the Devil somewhat happy

June 8, 2011

He is somewhat happy if all you do is “whistle and skip” yourself around in God’s kingdom. Oh sure, he is not completely happy and content, cause he still wants and tries to get your soul for eternity. But if you try to take someone else along for eternity, look out, all “hell” breaks loose.

If all you do is, surround yourself with other Christians, go to church, meetings and conferences etc., but never get outside of your circle and share Christ with a lost person, then the Devil is somewhat satisfied. If you life consists of keeping to yourself, your family and saved friends, you are missing out on what God’s heart is, and that is, saving the lost. It has always been about souls. It all comes down to it. God wants our soul for eternity, and so does the devil. A wasted life is one that has no effect upon the lost. God has saved us and has us on this earth for one main purpose, to be the light to those in darkness. To help snatch those who the devil has his grip on, and yells “they are mine for eternity!”

Our lives must have an effect on the lost in some way. We must be actively engaged in some fashion in reaching the lost. Each of us has a different “calling”, but it will involve  reaching out to the lost in some way, to those who have yet to be saved.

We must check our lives. Take inventory. If need be, pray and ask God to awake you to the lost around you, and to those outside of your own world.

Give me your heart that will cause my eyes to see. Then give me your ability to use my whole being to reach out to those in need