Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Timothy Brindle - The Humility of Christ

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Neil Diamond Tribute Band

What is good about a Neil Diamond Tribute band playing at Santa Clarita Park? Well, the fact is that there are many people that are walking into the park that you can speak with, hand them a tract or hold a sign that causes them to think about God and eternity. Like the twin towers it should be obvious that death could come at any moment when lest expected. One man spoke loud enough behind me as he walked by accusing me of wasting my time by declaring, "don't you have some thing better to do?" In my mind, I pause to think about that question. I never responded to the man and his wife even asked her husband what he said. I think she was embarrassed by her husband's remark. I understand the man's frustration because I was once oblivious to the truth. Why can't people just enjoy themselves. Have a good time without thinking about God and judgement. To a Christian this sounds crazy but to an unbeliever it sounds reasonable except the unbeliever is blinded from the truth about God. (John 12:40)

Some honked their horns. Some young attractive girls laughed at me. I'm use to that. Many ignored me but there were a few that honked their horns in joy and gave me thumbs up for what I was doing. I'm not a good person. I am wretched and poor and if not for God's saving grace I would not show my face in public. A man walked by and asked me, "How's business?" I said, "Business? I'm not in the business of selling any thing" And he didn't stick around. Cowards always keep their feet moving and never engage further than throwing out a remark or two. Jesus isn't for sale. Jesus isn't knocking at your door and trying to invite you in. That is a lie from the pit of hell. God works every thing after the counsel of His will.(Ephesians 1:11) Salvation is of the Lord.(Jonah 2:9)

Me and Tony shared the Gospel at the Neil Diamond Tribute at Santa Clarita Park on Saturday. Two girls and a guy that passed by me earlier had a slight scare as a truck making a U-Turn came close to running them over.

Many of the people that entered the park saw the cross and mouthed the words

Thursday, July 22, 2010

It never fails to succeed

It is important to note that never fails does not refer to success. Love is not a magic key that Christians use to unlock every opportunity and guarantee every endeavor. Love is not a spiritual formula that, faithfully applied, automatically fulfills our desires and produces human success. Love does not always win, at least not in the usual sense. Jesus Christ was love incarnate, yet He did not by His perfect love succeed in winning every person to Himself. He was ridiculed, maligned, denied, rejected, and crucified. Paul could be called the apostle of love, yet he did not leave a trail of perfect successes wherever he ministered. He was persecuted, arrested, beaten, imprisoned, and, like his Lord, put to death because of what he said and did in love.

On the other hand, whenever and wherever Christians are successful in their living and ministering, it will always be through love. Because love does not overpower human will, we cannot always accomplish our purposes, no matter how loving, spiritual, and self-less we may be. But no godly work can be accomplished without love. Success will not always be a part of love, but love will always be a part of true spiritual success

MacArthur, J. (1996). 1 Corinthians (358). Chicago: Moody Press.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Agony by Leonard Ravenhill


God has three reasons, three motives, for being gracious to us. First, He provides salvation in order that those who are saved may produce good works. Good works touch and help the lives of others, including telling them of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. Paul tells the Ephesians, “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). In another letter he instructs Titus that Christ “gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds” (Titus 2:14). Later in the epistle he explains, “This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men” (3:8). God saved us to do good works because good works benefit men. God wants His children to touch all the world with their goodness, made possible through His Son.

Second, saving grace is meant to bring blessing to believers. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, … made us alive together with Christ, … in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:4–7). God graciously saves us in order that He can pour out His great blessings on us forever.

Third, and most importantly, God saves us through grace in order to glorify Himself. Grace is given “in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church” and that “to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever” (Eph. 3:10, 21). Jesus taught that the primary purpose for letting our light shine before men, made possible by our salvation, is to “glorify [our] Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16). Jesus’ own primary purpose in going to the cross, which made our salvation possible, was to glorify His Father and to be glorified Himself (John 12:28; 17:1, 4–5). God’s glory is dearly on disphy in the gracious and powerful work of salvation.

The Lord’s gracious salvation is given in order for the saved to bring blessing to other men through good works, to bring blessing to believers themselves, and above all to bring glory to Himself. He is gracious for the world’s sake, for His children’s sake, and for His own sake.

MacArthur, J. (1996). 1 Corinthians (14–15). Chicago: Moody Press.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ed Lee - Stoplight Preaching Academy #1

Thirteen Heresies in William Young's book The Shack

I've noticed that a lot of people who think they are Christians are reading The Shack and quoting paragraph's from the book so I feel a need to post this. Pass it on.

Source: Dr. Youssef reveals 13 Heresies in William Young's book The Shack

1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.

Because God's eyes are pure and cannot look upon sin, the Bible says that God would not look upon His own beloved Son as He hung on the Cross, carrying our sins (Habakkuk 1:13; Matthew 27:45).

2. God is limited by His love and cannot practice justice.

The Bible declares that God's love and His justice are two sides of the same coin — equally a part of the personality and the character of God (Isaiah 61:8; Hosea 2:19).

3. On the Cross, God forgave all of humanity, whether they repent or not. Some choose a relationship with Him, but He forgives them all regardless.

Jesus explained that only those who come to Him will be saved (John 14:6).

4. Hierarchical structures, whether they are in the Church or in the government, are evil.

Our God is a God of order (Job 25:2).

5. God will never judge people for their sins.

The Word of God repeatedly invites people to escape from the judgment of God by believing in Jesus Christ, His Son (Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy 4:1-3).

6. There is not a hierarchical structure in the Godhead, just a circle of unity.

The Bible says that Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. This doesn't mean that one Person is higher or better than the other; just unique. Jesus said, "I came to do the will of Him who sent me. I am here to obey my Father." Jesus also said, "I will send you the Holy Spirit" (John 4:34, 6:44, 14:26, 15:26).

7. God submits to human wishes and choices.

Far from God submitting to us, Jesus said, "Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life." We are to submit to Him in all things, for His glory and because of what He has accomplished for us (Matthew 7:13-15).

8. Justice will never take place because of love.

The Bible teaches that when God's love is rejected, and when the offer of salvation and forgiveness is rejected, justice must take place or God has sent Jesus Christ to die on the cross for nothing (Matthew 12:20; Romans 3:25-26).

9. There is no such a thing as eternal judgment or torment in hell.

Jesus' own description of hell is vivid ... it cannot be denied (Luke 12:5, 16:23).

10. Jesus is walking with all people in their different journeys to God, and it doesn't matter which way you get to Him.

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one will come to the Father but by me" (John 14:6).

11. Jesus is constantly being transformed along with us.

Jesus, who dwells in the splendor of heaven, sits at the right hand of God, reigning and ruling the universe. The Bible says, "In Him there is no change, for He is yesterday, today, and forever" (Hebrews 11:12, 13:8; James 1:17).

12. There is no need for faith or reconciliation with God because everyone will make it to heaven.

Jesus said, "Only those who believe in me will have eternal life" (John 3:15, 3:36, 5:24, 6:40).

13. The Bible is not true because it reduces God to paper.

The Bible is God-breathed. Sure, there were many men through 1,800 years who put pen to paper (so to speak), each from different professions and different backgrounds, but the Holy Spirit infused their work with God's words. These men were writing the same message from Genesis to Revelation. If you want to read more about the place of Christ in the Scripture, read "We Preach Christ" (2 Timothy 3:16).

Source: Dr. Youssef reveals 13 Heresies in William Young's book The Shack

Friday, July 9, 2010

Examine Yourself - Paul Washer

If you think you've listened to this before then listen to this again. If not just listen. Jesus said that the way is narrow that leads to life and there are few that find it. (Matthew 7:14) Strive to enter through the narrow door: for many I tell you will seek to enter and will not be able to enter." Luke 13:24

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Cross - Valencia

Picture #1 I love the look on Tony's face. God is good.

Picture #2 & #3
Tony on the corner with the Cross talking to young kids about God.

Picture #4
Joshua has his Cross. Several hecklers and some honking and waving from other Christians in support of what were doing out there.