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Spitting bullets

April 16, 2011

To me she looked like your average lady in her mid-sixties. She was kind of small in stature. A little on the heavier side. Her hair was covered with a scarf. I was presuming that it was because of the rain. To me, your everyday women.

That morning, before going out, I was led to some scriptures regarding those who would not make it into the kingdom of heaven. His word does list some certain types of people who will not enter.

So, as usual, I wrote down a few scriptures that I was given that morning, and headed out the door. When I arrived into the city, I had no clear direction as to where to go. This is not unusual for me, in fact it is probably the norm. It usually takes some prayer walking before I can hear, or sence where to go, or where to stop, or stay.

After about an hour or so, I ended up on a corner that I had only been to maybe three or four times at the most. I just stood there holding out a tract, with an occasional word or two. Very little response in the 30 or 40 minutes that I was there. So, I sensed that it was time to head over to the “square”. This is the “popular” place for evangelism of any type. But, for me, I want to only go there if I sence a leading to go there. I did, so off I went. It was one of the typical rainy days we get here. I went to a place that you might say, is my favorite spot. It also has a covering in which to stand, if it’s raining.

So, I stood there holding out a tract. At this place, people are waiting for the next light rail train that heads west. Little by little the crowd builds. Then, the Spirit prompted me to open the word and began sharing. I sensed that this was the time and opportunity to share what He gave me that morning, so I did……..

It started like this…. “God’s word tells us about those who will not make it into the kingdom of God. Those who will not inherit the kingdom. Fornicator’s, those who have sex…” AND THEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN, A LADY THAT WAS STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO ME, ON MY RIGHT SIDE, SHOUTED AND “WENT INTO ONE” for the next 10 minutes.

She said things like, “who do you think you are?”. “What right do you have to tell all these people this?”. “How dare you, talk like this!”  She went on and on, yelling the whole time.

Now, one thing I have learned, when it comes to “preaching” and that is, when one tries to stop the word and the Spirit, don’t give in. ( only by the Holy Spirit, of course. Only His power). So, all the time she was carrying on, the Spirit was still delivering. I must admit, that this lady was just like a “pack of wolves” in the spirit. She was ferocious and very furious. For just a second or two, I was temped to stop and address her. But, the Spirit said, “keep going”. As usual, there were several that were watching this as it was going on. Many times, it is for those who are on the sidelines. This has bore witness, more than once. In fact, just last week, for that matter.

This was awesome. A younger girl appeared just a minute into this lady’s rampage. She stepped in and said to the lady, “this man is doing nothing wrong. He’s not yelling. He is just speaking. He has every right too”. Well, this made her all the more mad. By now she was “spitting bullets”. I thank God for his armour! The fiery darts just reflected off the shield of faith, bless the Lord!

She asked me, “where are you getting this?” This was the only time I answered her. I said, “from the word of God”. She said, “oh, how do you know that’s God’s word?” As I attempted to answer her, she took her hand and hit my bible. I was so glad that I had a firm grip on it. Her hand just bounced off the cover. There was a lot of water in front of me, so that would not have been good, had it fallen to the ground.

I quickly remained in the Spirit and went on sharing what the Spirit was giving me. She never stopped, neither did I. Soon, she went off yelling and boarding the train, for who knows where.

Well, just another outing on the streets. We will continue to pray for that lady, and many others out there who need God so desperately.

Oh, for those who are interested, we were sharing from 1Cor.6:9-10. And Gal.5:19-21.

Noon time Gospel

April 15, 2011

I was passing by on my usual prayer walk downtown going through the crowd of people ordering their food at the local food trailers, I heard, “would you be willing to stand there and share the Gospel?” Well, of course I would. That’s one of the things that I do. But, because of the weakness of my flesh, and because it was a new spot, and of a different type, I heard, “you are going to have to die to self, before you can”. I thought, “why would that have to be?”. Then as I was finishing my prayer walk, I thought, because I would be standing right in the middle of people who had nothing to do except to wait for their food and listen to someone “preaching”. Also, because it was a new place for me, and kinda small and up close and personal.

So, I came back around from my walk and landed right in the middle, between the block. It took no time at all to sence that this was not going to be the typical, raise the voice so that many could hear approach. No, this was close to a normal voice, yet strong enough to be found clear and convincing. We started with reading from the scriptures, then went with what the Spirit gave us. And as usual, God placed those who He had pre-determined to hear once again.

The nice thing about this spot was that besides its close proximity, there were several who stayed around and actually ate there. I believe that the Spirit had me speak in a tone that did not run them off. There was no need to share with those who were down on the corner. He had me in the middle of the two corners, sharing with those who were close by. There were maybe 10 to 15 at any given time.

After having noticed a couple of men who were obviously listening as they ate, I picked up on two ladies that were right in front of me, about 10 feet away. They were eating off of the lip of a trailer that had been closed because of the owner having gone to Cuba for the last three weeks. It was convenient for them to use as a table, as they stood there. And yes, all the time, they got to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ once again in their lives. How awesome is that!

A lot of what I do, is just giving people another opportunity to hear. Most don’t go to “church”. And, if they did, would they hear the Gospel? They should be able to hear it if they went, right? Most, are not going to hear the Gospel in a given week, outside of a “street preacher” sharing it with them. All I see in it all, God’s love, letting them hear of His Son one more time in their life time. Believe it or not, that’s love. Why? Because God is always pursuing mankind with His Love. He loves mankind so much that He let’s them hear about His Son, who He gave for them, that whoever would believe in Him, they would not perish because of their sins, but would receive forgiveness of their sins and receive everlasting life.

So, towards finishing sharing the message of Christ, I particularly noticed the two ladies in front of me. They had been there the longest, and they were the closest to me. I was getting close to finishing, when I noticed them saying good-bye to each other with a hug and a kiss.

When it was all over, I sensed God had filled his bucket with love and poured it out on those who He had there that day and time. He had them there because of his love for them. Bless the Lord!

Street preachers, check this out!

January 22, 2010

I was surfing under the “witnessing” category today and found this. This is a must for street preachers. Check out the old fashioned picture. How about the people in the crowd? Awesome! Hope you are blessed like I was!

http://a-voice-crying-out.com/2010/01/21/bold-little-preacher/

Church on the bus!

June 17, 2009

Four black brothers got on the bus ahead of me. Three of them sat in the back. The other sat a few seats up. I sat in my usual side seat in the back.

I thought the usual, this is going to be good or not. As the bus left, I watched and listened. After about five minutes, I pulled out a tract and handed it to the guy who was closest to me. He took it. Then I got out two more and handed them to the other guys.

THEN CHURCH BROKE OUT!!!!!

The guy in the middle shouted out, “It’s the only way to get to heaven”.(this was in response to my tract that says, “Why do you need Jesus?”)
I said Amen!

Then all three guys began to share out loud (now I mean loud, loud enough for everyone on the bus to hear, including the bus driver)
The guy in the middle was sharing that Jesus is the only way to the Father. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus. (one of my favorites)

Then all three of these guys began to get real pumped up. The back of the bus was alive with the Spirit of God. One would preach, then the other. Scripture was flowing all through out the bus. There was probably eight to ten more people on the bus. No one, including the driver tried to stop “the service”. All that were there had no choice but to hear The Word for the next 20 to 25 minutes.

There was rejoicing like I haven’t seen in years. Truth was being poured out all over the bus. It was truly an awesome sight to behold!

The other brother that had sat up a few seats, was turning around and smiling. Finally he stands up and comes back to join us. Then he begins to share some spirit filled poetry out loud. We all could barely keep our seats. The guy in the back middle seat, had one leg on the seat, the other on the floor. Still no one tried to stop what God was doing on the bus.

The brother that came to the back, had to get off at the next stop. So we gave him “knuckles”, and off he went.

Two stops later, it was my turn to depart. I didn’t want to. This was so rich. I have had numerous “church” gatherings on buses, trains, street corners etc, but this was special. Just like God, so spontaneous.

I am a firm believer in that “church” is “wherever two or three are gathered in His name”. It doesn’t have to be in a “church building”. It can be in a home, a mall, a car, on a street corner etc, or even ON A BUS.

Defiant one comes to Christ

May 21, 2009

I stood there looking at him, trying to convince myself that it was him.

I had just finished preaching a couple of blocks up from the local town square. The theme today was, “how to be put right with God”. I originally got the term, “put right” for righteousness, from the “Good News” translation of the Bible. It’s really the only reason I like that translation. I like to read from Romans chapter 3 starting with verse 21.
“But now God’s way of putting people right with himself has been revealed.
Vs.22, “God puts people right through their faith in Jesus Christ”…….
There is some more, but for the sake of time I will continue with the testimony.

So as I finished a couple of blocks up, I walked towards the square to check out a place that I stand and share. As I approached the square, I turned left and went a short distance, then right. I saw a guy with a small “boom box” playing something. I got a little closer to try and hear what it was that was coming out. The guy standing by it looked very familiar. I heard, “God” and “Jesus” coming from the box.

I walked a couple of feet to my usual spot, stood there holding a tract out and staring at the guy with the boom box.

Then it hit me! No, this can’t be the guy that I have seen before that got “in my face” when I was preaching. I stood there staring at him. Then his eyes caught mine.

I immediately walked over to him to take a closer look. I said, “what are you playing?” He explained that it was somebody preaching. I said, “Oh yeah” Then I said to him, “Are you a follower of Christ?” He said he was.
All the time, I was thinking to myself, “it’s him, isn’t it?”

Then I asked him, “how long have you known Christ? He said, about three month’s. I said, Really, praise God!

Then I had to ask him, “do you remember me?” I was preaching one time at this square about a year ago or so, and you got real belidgerant with me. You got in my face and was real defiant with me. Do you remember? He said, “Yes, I do”. “But now I’m changed” He went on to say that I was not the only one that he came against. There were other preachers that he had did the same to.

I do remember that he had this evil presence about him at the time. But now my spirit was bearing witness that he had been changed by the power of God. He was out witnessing, playing these CD’s and passing them out.

God is so awesome! He even mentioned the Apostle Paul, as to how he was before conversion. Likening himself to similar circumstances.

With God all things are possible! Great things He is doing! He is getting ready those who are going to be part of the next great awakening that is going to take place out in the open, outside of four walls.

Are you getting ready? It’s coming.

Man gets on track

September 18, 2008

Sometimes of late, I have used the analogy of train tracks to share what it is like when you turn to God and he puts you on the track.

Yesterday, I was sharing the Gospel at one of the many local train stops where people gather. The Lord had me sharing about the recent stock market trouble in relation to where our security if found. Most of the day was security related. It worked in getting their attention.

It was towards the end of the day and people were gathering for their commute home. God had me also share along with security, the analogy of the train tracks that were right out in front of where I was speaking.

“When you turn to God it is like he takes you and puts you on these tracks” (pointing to the tracks). “You then start a life going down the track with Him” “It’s a process of a life of purification” “He will give you the grace to stay on track” “You don’t have what it takes to get on these tracks with God” “You can’t earn it” “You must come to Christ to be able to get aboard” “He is the only way”.

I went on with the message of Christ and towards the end I noticed this man coming toward me. This happens quite often, and 75% of the time they want to argue or try to stop you from preaching. I have gotten use to it. I try and put my finger up to gesture “just a minute”. When I sense it is time to finish, then I speak with them.

In this case, I sensed it was OK to stop.

I went over to him and smiled. What he said next almost blew me away.

“HOW DO I GET ON THOSE TRACKS?”

I said, “Are you serious?” He said, “Yes” “I want to know how”.

He was dead serious! Then I got serious!

I spent some time talking to him about repentance, sin and turning from it. He agreed. We went on in preparing him to make the choice to receive Christ.

HE DID! I prayed with him and he received Christ as his Lord and Saviour. PRAISE GOD! The angels were singing.

What a glorious thing it is when one repents and is born again. Awesome! Words do no Justice.

I told him we need to go and find water and get baptized. I looked over at the fountain in the park where I have baptized before, but the water was already shut off for the year. He said he could get baptized at his local church. I assured him as to the need to not put it off. I talked about the reason why we get baptized.

There you have it. Another “Man gets on track”.
Praise God!!!

The example of a child

September 11, 2008

Today while I was preaching at the local square, a child of about two years old came up to me and stood at my feet and looked up at me as I was sharing The Gospel.

I have seen this before and it is very precious to say the least. It just goes to show us how God can move a little child to come up and be an example, but adults often stay away. The child is not bound by fear, or what other’s may think. He just steps out and gives it no thought.

I handed him a tract as his parents looked on and smiled. He ran back and handed it to his mom.

What a perfect example of what Jesus taught about in Matthew chapter 18.

There were people all around this area where the child was. People from all walks of life. The rich, the poor, the homeless. The only one at that time to come up and grab a tract was a little boy. The only one who was humble enough to receive, was the child. What does that tell you?

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
(Matt.18:1-4)

There is a humbling of ones self to be able to walk up and take a tract from someone who is preaching The Gospel. We know that the Spirit has to first draw them, but there is a stepping out by faith that also takes place. A step of faith and humbling ones self is action that follows the moving of The Spirit of God.

I asked God to bless that little one today. May he rise up and be all God has chosen him to be.
Amen.

The message of Faith

September 2, 2008

“So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ.” (Rom.10:17)
What is this message of faith?
“What it says is this: God’s message is near you, on your lips and in your heart – that is, the message of faith that we preach. If you will confess that Jesus is Lord and believe that God raised him from death, you will be saved.”
“For it is by our faith that we are put right with God; it is by our confession that we are saved”. (Rom.10:8-10)
“Everyone who calls out to the Lord for help will be saved”.(10:13)

But wait we have a problem!

“But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed?”(vs.14) Good question, is it not?
“And how can they believe if they have not heard the message?”(vs.14) Better question?
“And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed?”(vs14) Message not being preached?

Well, what about this?

“And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out?” (vs.15)

Herein lies the problem. Are preachers being sent out to proclaim the message of Christ?

We have Mormon boys and girls out there proclaiming “Mormonism”.
We have Jehovah witnesses knocking on the doors proclaiming “the kingdom”.

Where are the preachers out there being sent out to proclaim The Gospel of Jesus Christ?

Not church, not religion, but Jesus Christ!

“So then faith comes from hearing the message, (the Gospel of Christ) and the message comes through preaching Christ” (vs.17)

May many answer the call to go out there and preach Christ.
God bless you all.

Evidence of change

July 11, 2008

Sometimes change in ones life is gradual but it is indeed change. So it is with this young guy that we have been working with over the course of the last six months. Originally when we met him, he was far away from God and did not mind telling us so.

He was raised in a Christian home. His dad is a minister. So it is with some of the young people out there today. He is not the first we have met. For what ever reason besides rebellion, they have decided to check out of typical church and religion. They don’t want the usual status quo that comes with organized religion.

In one since, I can’t blame them. I do tell them that it is not all about “church and religion”. It’s more than that, a whole lot more. They are not interested in going through the motions of playing church. They want the real deal. If God is real, show me. Let’s see the power of God, they would say.

I believe the day is coming soon when many young people are going to be coming to God through Christ. I’m afraid it might be in a way that most are not familiar with. Could it come in a way that has never been seen before? Unusual ways, with unusual people? God truly only knows.

We are seeing some get on board, glory to God. However, until the church in the four walls begins to open it’s doors to all types of people and also get out to the people on a regular basis, it will remain stuck within the walls of religion. Also, some other good advise would be to minister to them right where they are at. Don’t just invite them to church, do some ministering on your own. Pray with them. Befriend them. Love on them right there. They may already have a church that is close by them, that’s OK. It is not all about numbers or bringing them to church.

Back to our brother who is soon going to get on track with God. Today, I walked into the coffee shop where he works and said hello. Just Hi, and asked him how he was doing. Nothing more. After about a half an hour he stopped by the corner where James and I were ministering. Now, he could have taken another route once he left work. There were several ways he could have gone to avoid us. But, praise God he didn’t and came right over to me as James was preaching.

He asked about James preaching. He asked if we were seeing any good things happening from his preaching. I assured him that if he would stay for awhile he would see. It wasn’t long before a whole group of young kids showed up to wait for the bus. As they waited, most listened, they got to hear The Gospel (these where kids around 8-10). James brought it right down to their level. Our friend smiled. He knew what was going on then. Who knows, it might have brought back memories when he was with God and his family.

He began to ask questions regarding his relationship with God. I could immediately tell that he was seeking after God. The beautiful thing was that he was now opening up to God. Where as before, it was obvious that he was running.

God can do something if their hearts are not shut and He is indeed drawing them. This is the case with Steve (not his real name, to protect the guilty). I am believing, that as we continue to pray for him (I’m sure there are family members that have been praying a lot longer than us) he will turn back to God.

All to the glory to God!

“How can this do any good?”

April 3, 2008

She came up to me as I was preaching and said, “How can this do any good?”

This is a common question that we hear out on the streets as we preach the Gospel. Many times it is the believer that questions us. Some will get in our face and really manifest the wrong spirit. It makes you wonder. Most have not been around long enough to see what takes place before and after the word has gone forward. They are just quick to judge.

Today was an awesome chance to see God move on a heart.

She came up to me as I was preaching and said, “How can this do any good?” I didn’t get alarmed, because I have heard that comment before on more than one occasion.

So I said, “Well, if you would have been here earlier, you would have seen three different young guys come up and would have been able to see God work upon them as I ministered to them”.

All because The Gospel was going forward. God through His Spirit drew them and then ministered to them.

She began to open up as God was moving upon her heart. She shared a little about her pain and difficulties that she has been going through. She admitted that she was away from God, and that He was trying to get her attention.

She was raised in a Christian home and her Dad was either a youth pastor or was one at one time. I sensed that there was some pain there and that had to do with some of the difficulties that she was experiencing.

Tears began to come to her eyes as she talked more about her need to get back to God.

This is why God places people in our path. With God working through me, I was able to relate to her on a level that her parents were maybe not able too. Many times God has to use other people to reach the kids of parents in ministry. I have seen it on several occasions.

All in all, God was moving. I asked her if I could pray with her, so we did. I also invited her to a bible study that we have on Tuesdays in a local mall, and gave her my contact information. She seemed to be really blessed and encouraged as she went. I hope to see her soon.

How can this do any good? She found out because she stuck around. Little did she know at first that her question would be answered. She yielded to God and He answered in the end. Praise Him!

Pray for her, her name is Jennifer.