I've recently decided to deactivate my account on Myspace since I haven't been on that site in a long time. I wanted to transfer a few of my blog post of evangelism from the site to Fish With Chris so I hope they are an encouragement to you and your walk with the Lord.
08/09/08 Glendale, California
It is always a great time of fellowship and freedom to share the Gospel out on Brand Blvd in Glendale, California. God has given us much by allowing us the freedom to speak the truth in love without the persecution that is so much more costly in other parts of the world.
Here I am on the box giving the good person test to Lolena who professed to be a good person. I later found out as I talked to her on the box that she professed to be a Christian. I explained to her that in Romans 3:10-12 that God has written that no one is good or does good, not even one. Compared to other people we may appear better than others but compared to God who is Holy, Righteous and Just, not one of us on this earth even compares to who God is. She was very thankful that I had taken the time to speak with her.
Here is a pic of Greg (Last Words Ministry), Mike (Ambassadors Academy 2) & Nora (Granada Hills Church). There are many Christians that come out to Brand Blvd., to engage in one-2-one conversations, hand out tracts or just be with us and pray for God's will to be done. The fellowship with other Christians on the streets is some thing that every Christian should experience and enjoy. If we love Jesus we will want to be around other Christians that love Jesus, talk about our Lord and share the Good News with people when the opportunity comes up.Being a Christian is not some thing you only do on Sunday and then live like the world the rest of the week. We read and obey God's Word and live it out day by day. We pray for God's mercy and forgiveness when we stumble. God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6) When we stumble. We get up, brush ourselves off and strive toward that narrow gate.
Jesus said, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able." Luke 13:24
There will be people in your life that make such a huge impact on your life and then as a result you want to follow in their footsteps because of the remarkable ability of how they interact with others with their personality and compassion. Tony is one of those people that I am so honored and thankful to God for allowing me to be friends with. God is using Tony in an amazing way.
"...since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:8-11
Each person that gets up on the box has their own style and approach to sharing the Gospel but the core of the message remains the same. Unless a person repents toward God and by faith, receives Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will spend eternity in the lake of fire. We can't earn our way into heaven because all our righteous acts are like a filthy rag before God and no one can come to Jesus unless the Father draws him or her and Jesus will raise them up on the last day.
"...give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching." 1 Timothy 4:13
Goto Tony's Blog Post to read about this encounter on Brand Blvd.
This is 15 year old Ronnie who open air preached for the first time.
Ronnie, Frank, Dru & Eric. Ronnie's dad, Frank is the executive pastor of As You Are Church. His dad & fellow brother-in-Christ Eric who is part of the Mens Ministry at As You Are Church attended Dru Morgan's Evangelism Crash Course held at Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch. They were the only two that came out to share the gospel the evening of the Evangelism Crash Course and they both got up on the box and open air preached as well.
This is the head security guard (Mendoza) on Brand Blvd. He is very disappointed that we are out there open air preaching on the public sidewalk. We were very polite with Mr. Mendoza but he was not cooperating with us. After Tony, Greg & Dru left to do the radio show I was approached by the security. They asked me if the kid on the microphone was with our group. I told him yes and then they asked me if I had a permit and asked to see my identification. A permit is required in Glendale if you use amplification. After providing the info to them I was told that the police were being called but apparently that never happened as the police never showed up. Please pray for Mendoza that he will repent toward God and believe the Gospel.
26 year old Christopher (professing Christian) was picked out of the crowd to be interviewed by Tony on Last Words Radio. After getting off the phone he said that he was struggling with the idea of using the law. I reminded him of Galatians 3:24 where it says that the law is our tutor that leads us to Christ and Romans 7:7 where it is written by Paul that he would not have known sin except by the law. He said he had a lot to think about and I gave him True and False Conversion CD, Why Christianity tract, Save Yourself Some Pain and a $10 gift card to Starbucks. He was very thankful and we talked for at about 20 minutes after he got off the phone. Pray for Christopher.