Thursday, March 31, 2011

Doubting Thomas

‎So the other disciples were saying to him, "We have seen the Lord!" But he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." John 20:25

Caravaggio (1602-1603): Doubting Thomas

"Let us never set down men in a low place, as graceless and godless, because their faith is feeble and their love is cold. Let us remember the case of Thomas, and be very pitiful and of tender mercy. Our Lord has many weak children in His family, many dull pupils in His school, many raw soldiers in His army, many lame sheep in His fold. Yet He bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to deal likewise with his brethren. There are many in the Church, who, like Thomas, are dull and slow, but for all that, like Thomas, are real and true believers." ~J.C. Ryle on 'Forbearance'

Click Link Below for further study...
Common Men, Uncommon Calling: Matthew and Thomas by John MacArthur

Thursday, March 24, 2011

"Repent and Witness" 2011 Evangelism Camp: New York City



 www.RepentandWitness.com


When is the next Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp?


What can I expect from Repent and Witness Evangelism Camp?

Evangelism Camps are heavy duty. The schedule is structured so that you are always engaged in a meaningful activity. Leaders are there to encourage you to stay focused on the work at hand, gently pushing you to serve the Lord with greater courage and zeal. The outcome?
“I am forever changed by this experience. I went to a boot camp last year in NYC, but this was on a different level. I have a hunger and passion for open air preaching that I never had before. I have been freshly kindled by the Spirit of God and I have a deeper burden to see God glorified through evangelism than ever before. I have never in my life experienced such deep God honoring fellowship before. I have a deep love for the Repent and Witness crew.”           – Mitch

Do I need to have prior training in biblical evangelism to apply as a missionary?

Yes. We provide that for you at no cost right here on our website. Visit our Online Evangelism Training page and prepare for battle. Once you have completed our audio/visual training, you may apply to become a RW missionary! If you are already familiar with biblical evangelism, you do not have to complete the online training.

How much does a camp cost and what is included?

Each Repent and Witness missionary trip varies in cost due to location, activities, and ministry needs. Check out our various camps below for details on each camp, as well as the various aspects the cost covers.

How can I raise funds to attend?

There many ways to raise funds to attend Repent and Witness. We provide a free online tool to fundraise simply and effectively through online support-raising and provide detailed directions. Note: Only approved CCN missionaries may raise support.
You can also download fund raising materials: Brochure (for both students and non-students) and Donation Slips. Use these materials to help raise support. Share your mission with your pastor, friends, church members, or anyone else who may support you. For more info on how to effectively raise support, please visit this outside informational website.

Can I Donate Toward the RW Scholarship Fund?

Yes. Many times a dedicated CCN member wishes to attend our camp, however he or she is unable due to a lack of funds. You can help by donating toward a RW scholarship!

Who are awarded with RW Scholarships?

CCN awards numerous students and non-students with scholarships based on their involvement in the ministry during the school year. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of CCN.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hop Stop Metro Evangelism 3/5/2011


First Stop: North Hollywood Metro Station

StreetEvangelist Jeff said, "This was a Sovereign encounter orchestrated by God. These Jehovah Witnesses actually remembered talking with me 3 or 4 years ago in a completely different city. What are the chances of running into the same people twice, in an area with a population of 18 million? Praise God!

Got to ask them if they had assurance of eternal life - went through John 6:53 & 1 John 5. Powerful! I pray that God grants them Salvation."








Universal City Walk

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Why The Bible Is True - Dr. Voddie Baucham



Part 1 - Why I choose to believe the Bible.


Part 2


Part 3


Part 4


Part 5

Monday, March 7, 2011

Above Reproach - John MacArthur

Above Reproach


A small item I read in the news twenty years ago has stuck in my mind ever since. The Rockdale County High School Bulldogs basketball team of Conyers, Georgia, won their first-ever state championship in March of 1987, rolling over all their opponents. After eighteen years of coaching the team without a championship, coach Cleveland Stroud was ecstatic.



But a few weeks after the championship game, Coach Stroud was doing a routine review of his players’ grades when he discovered that one of his third‑string players had failed some courses, rendering the player academically ineligible for the basketball team.

The struggling student was by no means a factor in the team’s victory. He was an underclassman who suited up for games but hadn’t actually seen any playing time all season. During one of the semifinal matches, however, with the team leading by more than 20 points, Coach Stroud wanted to give every player an opportunity to participate. He had put that player in the game for less than 45 seconds. The ineligible man had scored no points. His participation had in no way affected the outcome of the game. But it was, technically, a violation of state eligibility standards.

Coach Stroud was in a distressing predicament. If he revealed the infraction, his team would be disqualified and stripped of their championship. If he kept quiet, it was highly unlikely anyone outside the school would ever discover the offense.

Yet the coach realized that at the very least, the player involved was aware of the breach of rules. It was also possible that other students on the team knew and thought their coach had purposely ignored the eligibility guidelines. But more important still, Coach Stroud himself knew, and if he deliberately tried to keep the facts from coming to light, his greatest coaching victory would be forever tainted with an ugly secret.

Coach Stroud said from the moment he discovered the violation, he knew what he had to do. He never even pondered any alternatives. His priorities had been set long before this. He realized that his team’s championship was not as important as their character. “People forget the scores of basketball games,” he said. “They don’t ever forget what you’re made of.”

He reported the infraction and forfeited the only state championship his team had ever won.

But both coach and team won a far more important kind of honor than they forfeited. They kept their integrity intact and gained an immeasurable amount of trust and respect. The coach was recognized with numerous teacher-of-the-year, coach-of-the-year, and citizen-of-the-year awards, as well as a formal commendation from the Georgia State Legislature. A few years later he was elected to Conyers City council, where he still serves. He was right. People who would have long ago forgotten about the Bulldogs’ victory in the state championship have never forgotten about this coach’s integrity.

Read the rest at http://www.gty.org/Resources/Articles/A388

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Starbucks Evangelism 3/4/2011

I decided to goto Burbank and find a place to read the bible out loud (not scream) so many would hear and I would transition to the Good News as I felt led. There was a large group of kids dancing and playing music. Some guy on the corner was playing his horn and the Girl Scouts were selling their girl scout cookies that unfortunately now is affiliated with Planned Parenthood which is an Anti-Life organization. It's odd that Planned Parenthood would call Christians Anti-Choice when it's the unborn child that really has no choice in the matter when it comes to the choice of abortion. 


What could a Christian accomplish here on a public sidewalk in front of Starbucks? Mark 16:15 applies to this location. I am not as bold as I want to be. I preached with fear and trembling for about 2 hours. I have a great fear of pronouncing words incorrectly. In some cases I skipped a bunch of verses because I was really having trouble with the Genealogy of Jesus. But I continued on as I wept knowing that God accomplishes what pleases Him.

A sample of the people that took notice as they heard me reading from the book of Luke. Be encouraged, because you can do this. Yeah, I was mocked a little and pretty girls laughed and giggled and one guy got into a shouting match with me. I was only trying to preach over him but that was going no where so eventually I went back to reading the Scriptures at a relaxed level and he walked away.

A group of kids came by twice and I caused a kid who claimed to be a Christian to examine his life more closely to see if he was in the faith. He said he wasn't reading the bible. Him and a friend of his took Evidence Bibles and then 2 guys who were standing close by and listening began to ask me questions and I shared the Good News with him and I got him to admit that he was not broken over his sin. He was not sorrowful over his sin. He was nothing like the tax collector that stood afar and was unable to lift his eyes to heaven as it is written, ".... God be merciful to me a sinner." What was really interesting was that I revealed to him that Jesus was God in the flesh (The Son of God) who is equal to the Father. He did not know that.

Alex was very grateful for the conversation that we had and so was his friend Adam who listened to me. I gave him a book to read called the "Case for Christ" by Lee Strobel and I also gave them both audio copies of True & False Conversion by Ray Comfort available at www.livingwaters.com

"Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." 1 Timothy 4:13



On my way home from Burbank I got off the freeway and I noticed a DUI Check Point just East of the 5 Freeway and so I parked across the street and I noticed people standing around with bibles in their hands along with law enforcement & tow truck drivers.


 Cars were being filtered into a single line and the officers were checking the drivers to see if they were under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance along with proper identification. I decided to go across the street and see if anyone would take a Gospel Tract from me. I live in a predominate Hispanic neighborhood so I made sure I had plenty of Spanish Million Dollar Tracts to give out. All the police officers took the tracks which was a surprise because usually police officer's do not take any thing when they are working so it was a pleasant surprise. The tow truck drivers get theirs and then I handed out more than a dozen Spanish tracts to the men & women that had bibles. I told them the bill had a bible message on the back and they smiled. 

  I then tried to hand the leader of the Church group a tract but he wouldn't take one even after I told him I was a Christian and that it had a bible message on the back. He said he was a Christian but said no thanks. It feels awful enough to be rejected by an unbeliever but from a professing Christian? It doesn't make any sense.  What a great way for that Christian to use that tract to start a conversation with the Officer about his eternal soul. The officer next to him took the Gospel Tract and then I reminded the group leader of Mark 16:15 to go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every one. A professing Christian should never turn down a tract. Shame on him!

I would say that the group leader was lacking in the department of encouragement. Maybe the tract I put in the Police man's hand did lead the professing Christian to share the Word of Christ with the officer or maybe it brought conviction to him for not bring up the things of God. I don't know for sure but i do know that it's appointed for a man to die once and then comes the judgement. 
Hebrews 9:27  We should share our faith while we still have time.



So I went home and I decided to go back out and now it's around 12:30am and the police have two young men get out of their vehicle and it turns out these two are cousins.  While one is given a sobriety test the other one is told to stand near me as his cousin goes through different test eventually fails the test and it is determined that he was under the influence of Marijuana and is led away in hand cuffs.

The cousin didn't even realize his older cousin was going to jail as I broke the news to him. He was really upset because he had a long walk home so I immediately offered him a ride and so I drove him to his house and before he got out I gave him a book to read called, "How to live forever without being Religious" by Ray Comfort and he was very grateful as he walked away from my truck.



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Universal City Walk Evangelism 2/26/2011

So me & Jeff started our Afternoon at the North Hollywood Metro Station. Jeff makes an effort to talk with Jehovah Witnesses every time we go there and he leaves them with a Scripture to think about. Be kind when witnessing to JW's. I tend to be a bull in a glass shop so when I watch & listen to Jeff I am learning how to give an answer with gentleness and reverence. (1 Peter 3:15) 

StreetEvangelistJeff said, "I asked these two Jehovah Witness Sisters if they could read me 1 John 5:1, they said they could not because they only had Spanish Bibles. (Hmmmm....so dishonest) So I read it to them from my Bible. "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him." 1 John 5:1 This particular passage is very perplexing to a JW and is almost impossible to explain using Watchtower theology. Chris and I only got to speak with them briefly before they 'suddenly' had to leave. I pray that their difficulty with this passage haunts them. I pray that they will ultimately come to True Salvation in Christ."

"The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion." Proverbs 28:1
(1) Question to ask a Jehovah Witness, "If becoming 'born from God' in 1 John 5:1 is open to 'whoever believes'—and if the requirement for entering the kingdom of heaven is being 'born of God' or 'born again' as in John 3:5—then isn't the kingdom of heaven open to 'whoever believes' and not just 144,000 people?"
A cult is a group that claims to be Christian but adds or takes away from the teachings of Scripture.
"If any thing is contrary to Scripture, it is wrong. If any thing is the same as Scripture, it is not needed. If any thing goes beyond Scripture, it has no authority." Dr. Curtis Crenshaw
Below are helpful websites for witnessing to Jehovah Witnesses:
(1) faithfacts.org/world-religions-and-theology/jehovahs-witness


This isn't some thing we've always done on the Subway. I get really nervous handing out tracts in confined spaces but what was the worst thing that happen? A few people ignored me or said no thank you but most of the people took the tracts with the bible message on the back. At the end of the clip I ran out and had to go back to my backpack to get more tracts.

One guy thought that Roosevelt on my Zero bill tract looked like Satan. I've learned that no matter how much someone tries to irritate you just ignore the sarcasm and treat them like you would want to be treated. When we got off train and we were riding up the escalator the same guy asked for a different tract to add to his Satan tract as we both laughed and joked about him being a millionaire now that he had a million dollar bill.



Universal City Metro Station is between North Hollywood & Hollywood. We've passed by this stop several times so this week we decided to take a look at this potential fishing pond and the fish were definitely biting. (Mark 1:17)

Universal City Walk Evangelism 


 
Universal City Walk Snowman & the Good News.


We left Universal and went to Hollywood where we handed out tracts for awhile before heading back home on the Subway.



Me & Jeff took turns reading the back of a Gospel Tract on the Subway ride home. This should be encouraging for any Christian to do. Even if your mind goes blank you have the words right in front of you so you can continue on and finish the message. People are listening even if they don't show it. God draws His Children to Jesus Christ. (John 6:44) Be encouraged because you can do this!


Do you think you have to be a good person to goto heaven? (Romans 3:10-12)

Are you saved? (2 Peter 1:10)

Not sure? Do you wish to examine yourself? (2 Corinthians 13:5)

Need encouragement? (Hebrews 3:13)

Do you not believe in God? (Romans 1:20)