Thursday, December 13, 2007

Mission: New York-Charles in Central Park


This witness encounter took place in Central Park not far from the Strawberry fields memorial to John Lennon. Charles was sitting on a rock selling maps and looking bored. I decided to approach him and give him a million dollar bill tract to kick things off. I have to wonder if Charles was homeless. He had a bicycle and what looked like all his belongings in an overstuffed back pack. My heart really went out to him. Listen here as I share the gospel message with Charles, and please pray that God is doing a work in his life.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Mission: New York- Raymond


I met Raymond at Grand Central Station in New York and was surprised to hear that he "used to be a Christian." I think I was preparing to deal with what is often referred to as an "inoculated Christian." That is, someone who seems to know all the ins and outs of Christianity but somehow still got lost in the fray. Inoculated Christians are actually harder to talk to than non believers. They often have a warped understanding of the bible and especially of the Gospel. Either that or what they say all sounds good, but something still seems to be missing from their testimony.

It may be that an individual like this has heard some form or fashion of the modern gospel being preached today. A feelgood gospel with a promise of a happy life, good marriage and a great paying job with little mention of God's anger toward sin and the trouble we're in. Often times people have been offered the cure (Jesus Christ) without being given knowledge of the disease (sin) and the consequences (Hell). Until a sinner knows how bad his sin is, and how reasonable Hell is, he cannot fully comprehend the kind gift that God has delivered in the true Gospel of Jesus Christ. Listen here as I share the Gospel with Raymond.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Mission: New York - Perfect Yanna


This was a witness encounter I had with Yanna outside of Grand Central Station. He seemed interested until the weight of the commandments began to challenge his conscience, then he was suddenly ready to leave. It was raining and we were huddled underneath the covered entrance way, but I guess he was more willing to get wet than to face his sin. By far, the most difficult and heartbreaking aspect of this witness encounter was his unwillingness to acknowledge any sin at all. Please pray for Yanna and that the Holy Spirit would work in his conscience.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Mission: New York Part 2

This audio is of my second open air experience (third ever) on a New York city subway car. There was standing room only. The most encouraging thing about this encounter was that there was a man on the other side of the car that kept making eye contact and nodding. It helped keep me going praise God. He thanked me on the way out onto the platform. After we got off the train, a woman came up behind me and thanked me offering me "good luck" on my mission. That was great to hear too. The blessing here was double: First I got to share the gospel to thirty or forty people, and secondly, I was acknowledged by two other Christians that I hope are now thinking about sharing Jesus with others. After all, part of why I do this is to motivate and mobilize the workers.

Upon listening to this again, I noticed an "amen" from the crowd that I do not remember hearing at the time. Just another confirmation that this message never gets old to the believer. This may sound extreme and fanatical to some, but we know that John the Baptist came preaching as "the voice of one crying in the wilderness..." (Matthew 3:3, Mark 1:3,Luke 3:4,John 1:23) Isn't this exactly what the open air preacher is doing? Like John, we are preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. I heard an evangelist once say "The gospel will be offensive to some, but we don't have to be." Hopefully my concern for the lost comes out in my tone and delivery. Listen here as I preach a short Gospel message of repentance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mission: New York


My break from posting has been due to both staying in vacation mode and problems with my computer, but now that I'm fully acclimated to the reality of work and my Dell seems stable, there's lots to report. My next several posts will center on my experiences in New York City.

To celebrate our fifteen years of marriage, my wife and I took a trip to New York. Most of our time was spent in Montauk and the Hamptons in general on the east end of Long Island. We found a church family at Community Bible Church. Community Bible is within the family of Calvary Chapels and is situated in beautiful Sag Harbor. Thanks to Pastor Doug Kinney and everyone there that made us feel so welcome and at home.

Our trip also took us to New York City twice; The day after we flew in, and the day before we left. Both days presented many opportunities to share the Gospel one on one with individuals and also open air to many. Actually, the air wasn't too open where I preached--on the subway once the doors closed! I don't pretend to be a polished open air preacher and this first audio proves it. I was so nervous that you can hear my voice was considerably higher in tone than normal. I also didn't have any idea how long to the next stop so I was racing against the clock. Listen here as I share the Gospel with a captive audience--literally. This was actually only my second time doing open air preaching ever. Praise God for His direction.

Note: My nervous referance to "my Jewish brother" was the sudden realization that there was a young man wearing a Yarmulke(skullcap)in the audience.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Free speach paradise

For those who wonder where I've been, I was in New York for the last couple of weeks. We only spent a couple of days in Manhattan and the rest out at the the end of Long Island in Montauk. Keep checking back as I was able to open air preach on the New York subways as well as some one on one witnessing at Penn Station, Rockefeller center and Central Park. I'm looking forward to sharing some audio and pics of those encounters.

Thanks to my wonderful wife Cheryl for putting up with her preaching husband while on our 15th wedding anniversary vacation. Honey, your the best!



Thursday, October 4, 2007

Dear Pastor; An open letter


The following article was posted by Tony Miano over at The Centurion Papers blog You can learn more about him on his profile there. He is well gifted in discernment, counseling and evangelism. I hold Tony in the highest regard for being compelled by the truth of the scriptures and his unyielding resolve to honor Jesus Christ. Because of his loving tone yet strong rebuke, I believe this letter is worthy of further distribution. My hope is that it will not only open a few more eyes to what is happening in the evangelical church today, but perhaps serve as an example of how to communicate such concerns. The article below introduces the letter Tony wrote to Pastor Rusty George concerning a troubling message he delivered to a congregation about evangelism.


"On Sunday, September 2, a brother in Christ contacted me. He heard a sermon preached at his church, by a visiting pastor. My friend was bothered by the sermon's content--specifically what he felt was a man-centered approach to evangelism that did not include the proclamation of the Law and the Gospel. He asked me to watch the video podcast of the sermon and he requested my feedback."
Read the entire article here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

How big is God?


Have you ever thought about God in all His power and might and absolute sovereignty? His authority and presence in His creation is unimaginable. Our reason for evangelizing the lost above all is to glorify God. Three hundred million years from now, all that will matter is whether we are in Heaven or in Hell. Oh how we, want to share with others what He has done for us in kindness and grace through the complete work of Jesus Christ on the cross. Consider the following in trying to grasp how big God is and then know that it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of reality.

The Milky Way Galaxy where we live is about 100,000 to 130,000 light years wide. A light year is the distance that light will travel in one year at a rate of 186,000 miles per second. One light year is equal to about 5.88 trillion miles. If our galaxy is at the low end 100,000 light years wide, that would make it 100,000 X 5.88 trillion miles wide! That is only our galaxy there are millions more in space.

If you thought that was big, here’s where it gets really big. Isaiah 40:12 “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” (emphasis mine.) Now that is really big! Psalm 19:1 says this: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

When considering how all encompassing God is, how omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent He is, how can we but tremble at what we would be facing without His forgiveness? Proverbs 1:7 says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools [a] despise wisdom and discipline.” This is my motivation for sharing the Gospel with a dying world. Still, I sometimes let fear get the best of me and let opportunities go by. I can only pray that this fear of man will only drive me to my knees in prayer in order to serve my God more obediently.



Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The Gospel according to The Beatles


I saw this church sign and although surprised, I was not really shocked. I called this church to interview the pastor. I got the receptionist and had a lengthy conversation with her and then received a callback from the pastor sometime later. I don't want to judge motive here, but I do have some questions concerning the plain preaching and teaching of God's Word. The conversation seemed to revolve around methodology and more than once I think I heard my position being referred to as "Pharasitical." I did record the interview, but I see it as a string with several knots in it. I don't want to try to untie those knots here, but suffice it to say, the conversation revolved around methodology. I'll just post the pic and let you wonder why the plain Word of God isn't enough.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The limits of a stretch

Okay, I guess this post will forever put me in the category of a stuffy old fundamentalist. It might even be the blackball that keeps me from a future in youth ministry. At least, in any emergent or post modern setting. It's not even really about the style of music, I can tolerate that if the message is good. The question I have concerning this video, from Family Force 5, a professing Christian band, is what is the height of the spiritual message? Is it when the lead singer begins to writhe on the floor screaming, or at the end when they destroy the set? Which part exactly glorifies the King of the universe?

I found an interview they had with Jesusfreakhideout.com. Their take on evangelism is sad. I can't find anything in the bible about their method. It's just a train wreck. Since biblical evangelism is what StreetFishing is about, I thought I'd address this here. Here is the part of the interview that really disturbed me. You can find it in it's entirety at http://www.jesusfreakhideout.com/interviews/FamilyForce5.asp

Please pray for professing Christians in the public eye who have cheapened the Gospel and muddied up God's kind plan and provision. God's program is so simple yet some have tried to strip it of it's power either through deception or plain ignorance. Also pray for the youth who are influenced by the message and methodology of bands like this.
·

JFH: How about your thoughts on Christian/non-Christian venues? Because we've
seen you at the bar in New York which was very different than say, a more
Christian venue like the Gotee Showcase last night.


Soul Glow Activatur: The
Family Force 5 believes that we love all people and it doesn't matter what venue
it's in, if it's in a club, or in a church. We love these people no matter what.
We give them the same show, same message, same interaction, same way we're gonna
hang out, no matter who they are - if they don't love Jesus, if they do love
Jesus. Because that's the only way that we can reach everyone. And that's the
way we're planting seeds in people who don't know Jesus. So that's kind of where
our hearts lie on venues. It's not a big deal. I love it when a crowd's going
crazy. Doesn't matter if it's a club or if it's at a Christian event. The thing
is we're still worshipping God no matter what. So it doesn't matter what house
we're in. That house is the Lord's house.

· JFH: Have you
had any cool after-show witnessing experiences?


Soul Glow Activatur: Yes,
we've actually lead a couple people to the Lord. We talked to this club owner in
Ohio and he's like, "Man, I don't go to church at all and you guys didn't really
seem that 'Christian,' but I know you are. Cause I can tell just by the way you
guys were walking and stuff." And he said, "Is that right? I've never done any
background checks on you so I don't know anything about your band but for some
reason, that's what it seems like. Is that true?" And I'm like "Yeah, we love
Jesus. That's what we believe in." He's like, "If more Christians were like you
guys, that's something I'd really get into." And I said, "Man, you don't worry
cause there's a whole movement of our kind of people that are more loving and
more accepting of you immediately. You don't have to go to church, but if you
want to learn more about this kind of stuff, hit us up with an email or give me
a call on my cell phone." So there's those kinds of conversations that we're
able to carry on with people that don't know Christ. We get those witnessing
opportunities all the time at clubs. But, y'know, at the churches too. The thing
is you can't let your guard down no matter what. It's like "Oh, I'm not gonna
work as hard cause I'm in a church and all these people people are saved." It's
not true. There are people there who are not saved.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tract your progress


I was putting together a top ten list of reasons to use gospel tracts when I came across this list at Transfired Ministries. I have to admit, I was a little dissapointed that they had thought of it first. On the other hand, their list was so cool I had to grab it! So here they are:

Ten reasons to use tracts

1. They are a very economical form of evangelism
2. They work while we sleep
3. They have the ability to get into a house and stay there
4. They are never afraid or show cowardice
5. They are never tempted to compromise their message
6. They never get tired, discouraged or give up
7. They stick to what they have to say and never argue
8. They can present the message when don't have time
9. They can go to places where we cannot
10. They get people in the mood – they only speak when they are read

Maybe you've heard that tracts are ineffective or only used by people too afraid to personally engage others--basically, the easy way out. All I can say to that is try handing out a pack of fifty good tracts without feeling fear. Even if you don't say anything, you'll find yourself picking and choosing who you think will take them, or who you think will mock and ridicule you. It's kind of funny really. What's the worst they could do, laugh at you because you love Christ and want to spread His gospel? Persecute you because you don't want to see people die without having heard the wonderful, generous, kind provision that God has made for them?
By far, the best way to pass out gospel tracts is to find a place with lots of people and just start asking "Did you get one of these yet?" It piques their interest, and you aren't asking them to take something. Most will take one and keep going, some will stop and ask "What is it?" That's my cue to say "It's a gospel tract, I'm out here asking people what they think happens when they die?" It's as easy (and hard) as that. Some will say "No thanks" and keep going. Rarely have I gotten rude responses other than just being ignored. I can deal with that.
By far the best place to find good bible tracts is at Living Waters, the website of Ray Comfort for books, audios, tracts and all sorts of other free resources for evangelist. The photo above shows one of their starter packs which includes many of the different choices you have.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ten Four and Centurion Papers



TenFour Ministries is the work of retired Los Angeles Sheriff’s department deputy Tony Miano. His mission there is to provide practical and spiritual support to the law enforcement community. If you or anyone you know is in law enforcement, there is a wealth of knowledge an resources to be had there including his newest book “Take up the Shield.”

Tony currently serves as a volunteer Chaplain for the agency he served for twenty years as well as being a full time missionary sharing the gospel locally and abroad. He can be heard weekly on The Way of The Master radio program in their “street fishing” segments. Tony also maintains a blog at The Centurion Papers where he writes articles and editorials as well as discussing various experiences in open-air preaching and street evangelism encounters.

Tony’s ministry and counsel have been a great encouragement to me and my work here and I would like to personally thank and welcome him as a friend and partner to StreetFishing.

Friday, August 17, 2007

"Be cool, because I am cool"


Yet another curiosity to marvel at. I submitted this picture to the folks over at Crumby Church Signs (yes, that is a real web site) but I have to give them the credit for the clever reinterpretation of 1 Peter 1:15-16. "But just as He who called you is cool, so be cool in all you do. For it is written, "Be cool, because I am cool."

Monday, August 13, 2007

Church for men or Church for me?

Here is yet another example of what's being done for the sake of "relevance." When I saw this story, all I could think is that it was a furthering the cause of "low view theology." That is, a low view of the bible, and the power of the message within it's pages. This seems like it's a dumbing down of church for the stereotypical armchair slob who can only laugh at potty humor and beer commercials but who wants to have some form of godliness in his life. God's message hasn't changed and it is as powerful today as it was thousands of years ago. Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David and many others were manly men who knew of Gods holiness, righteousness and provision. They were not nagged to serve God by their wives nor did they need some kind of interesting bait to make their relationship to God more appealing to their flesh.

Men's ministries and functions are great--within the context of a church body that is committed to sound biblical teaching and fellowship. A church for men to get them to warm up to the mainstream runs the risk of emphasizing the worldly comforts instead of the things of God.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Me Church

The following quote is from the famed Reformed Baptist minister Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was written well over one hundred years ago in response to the increasing use of modern methods and attitudes in the church. It became best known as The Downgradge Controversy. Compare it to some of what we are seeing today in the post-modern age where truth is becoming more subjective and the authority of the scripures are being questioned. Churches are becoming increasingly interested in the comfort of attendees. Careful attention is being paid to the individual's personal experience. The result may be strong membership and wealth but at what expense? God is Holy and Righteous and angry at sin. The world get's more depraved each day and people are going to Hell. Is it right to offer gratuitous humor in sermons to keep people interested, or to focus so much on aestetics and polish along with "relevant" 26 minute messages to keep from boring people. Read Spurgeon's words below:




"An evil resides in the professed camp of the Lord so gross in its
impudence that the most shortsighted can hardly fail to notice it. During the
past few years it has developed at an abnormal rate evil for evil. It has worked
like leaven until the whole lump ferments. The devil has seldom done a cleverer
thing than hinting to the Church that part of their mission is to provide
entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them. From speaking out as
the Puritans did, the Church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked
at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her
borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the
masses.

In the great day, when the muster-roll shall be read, of
all those who are converted through fine music, and church decoration, and
religious exhibitions and entertainments, they will amount to the tenth part of
nothing; but it will always please God by the foolishness of preaching to save
them that believe. Keep to your preaching; and if you do anything beside, do not
let it throw your preaching into the background. In the first place preach, and
in the second place preach, and in the third place preach.
Believe in
preaching the love of Christ, believe in preaching the atoning sacrifice,
believe in preaching the new birth, believe in preaching the whole counsel of
God. The old hammer of the gospel will still break the rock in pieces; the
ancient fire of Pentecost will still burn among the multitude. Try nothing new,
but go on with preaching, and if we all preach with the Holy Ghost sent down
from heaven, the results of preaching will astound us."
- Charles
Spurgeon

To me, it certainly sounds like these words could have been written a week ago. Let's not forget Paul's example to preach the whole council of God. It is the Gospel rightly preached that produces fruit. We know that it is the "power of God for salvation." Focusing on felt needs focuses the person on self. A most dangerous place to be. See my video of the week in the sidebar. It's funny and a little extreme, but it rings true.
























Tuesday, July 31, 2007

A Warm Welcome to GBL Ministries and Deliver Detroit Blog

I'd like to inroduce a partnering ministry that is very like minded with StreetFishing in seeking and saving the lost as well as equipping the saints for the harvest. Here is their mission statement as found on the Deliver Detroit blog.

"We serve the Saints and minister to the unsaved of Metro-Detroit. Our purpose is
to seek and save the lost in the city of Detroit and it's surrounding suburbs.
We also aim to equip, teach, train, and recruit the saints to evangelize the
lost.We also aim to inform those within the walls of the contemporary church
that are trapped within the 'edifice complex' that mystifies and misleads them
into believing they have salvation through works instead of by grace. We believe
the utmost significant threat against the truth today is the false truth and
teachers leading the unknowing astray and one of our goals is to call out the
Lord's sheep from amongst the goats."
Please notice their link on the sidebar and vistit often for compelling and interesting articles concerning the church today.




Tuesday, July 24, 2007

And Now The Gospel...Almost




Up to this point, I have generally shared with younger people. They seem a lot more open to discussing matters of eternity. Nowhere else has this been the case than on the college campuses. This night however, I was at the Chandler Fashion Center Mall near the Harkins theaters when I encountered Ed and Lorraine. Both were probably in their late fifties or early sixties and our conversation went well for awhile until Ed had had enough of the Law. Just before I was about to get to the Good News of God’s grace in Christ, Ed shut down the conversation and gave back the million dollar bill tracts I had given each of them. As I listened to the audio before posting, I am sure that Ed was hit hard with my comment about creating his own god that only reflected gentle and passive attributes. Even though he was rejecting the truth and not me, it was still hard to see him shut down like he did. I wanted so much to finish giving him the Good News. Listen here as I witness to Ed and Lorraine and please pray for them both.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Follow The "Christ"









Yesterday, my doorbell rang. One of my children came in running, "It's a man and a woman!" She had peeked out the side window, as I was about to do, to see who would want to pay us an unannounced visit on a Saturday afternoon. As I peered out, I saw the familiar look; Suit and tie for the man, and a dress for the woman, neither of which looked very comfortable for the 110 degree weather here in the Phoenix area. By now, it was obvious that it was another visit from the Jehovah's Witnesses. As always, I felt unprepared yet wanting to do my best in giving them the true Gospel. I didn't know how this would turn out but I opened the door anyway. To my surprise, they weren't here preaching their creative scripture interpretations, no, they were here to invite me to their upcoming conference. I politely took their flyer and they promptly walked off.


I took a quick glance at the flyer and found something familiar about the wording:


How can following the Christ help you to

  • Improve family life
  • Deal with life's difficult problems?

  • Draw closer to God?

  • Oppose the Devil?

  • Gain everlasting life?

I thought about it for a moment and then it hit me. It bore a striking resembelance to those well written, glossy slick post cards I get from any number of the newest seeker friendly churches popping up all over my community. It's worded to appeal to my felt needs. That is, it's designed to attract me for what the church can do for me and my family. What a sorry state of affairs it is when one of the most corrupted psuedo-Christian cults has caught on to the marketing efforts of much of the modern evangelical church.


Instead of mailing out invitations that emphasize the teaching and preaching of God's Word and the sanctity of spirit filled worship, they have promoted "relevant messages" and a rocking praise band along with a fun place for your children to be entertained. And now that seeker friendly model has been shown to draw in the crowds, to grow churches from public school auditoriums to megachurches in no time flat, the cults have caught on to the marketing and the selling of faith. And to the unbleiever, this flyer from The Watchtower looks just like the modern American Evangelistic model. A new deception from the father of lies.








































Monday, July 9, 2007

Transplant Ministries sets sights on controversial creation museum


I'l like to depart from my normal format to give a hats off to Marcus Pittman at Transplant Ministries for creating the promotional video trailer for StreetFishing. His talents and efforts are greatly appreciated. He and a friend are about to embark on a grass roots adventure to the the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum. I'll let him describe what their adventure will consist of.



Rob

Remember when Oprah and Gayle went on a road trip across the country with no real purpose or motivation? Now imagine if they were two Southern Baptist Christian Fundamentalist and oh yea, guys! Transplant Ministries will be going to the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum, in which we will document witness encounters and debates about Creation/Evolution along the way. Hitting several Truck Stops and those really fancy combination McDonald's/Gas Stops, we will visit several people along the bible belt of VA and KY, passing out tracts and spreading the Amazing News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a unique. and hopefully humorous way, "Spot and Marcus travel to the Creation Museum" is sure to transform Christian Reality.
To find out how you can help visit contact www.transplantministries.com


Marcus

Friday, June 29, 2007

Mustafa on Mill


This encounter if from our first outing to Mill Avenue in Tempe near Arizona State University. Mustafa was easy to talk to. I'm sure not all Muslims are this easy to communicate the Gospel to, but then again there are plenty of people from all backgrounds who are a challenge. I have to admit, I was not actively seeking out Muslims, but I'm glad that I ran across this young man. I was able to make some connection with things we had in common. I also used the optical illusion tract from living waters. Listen as I talk to Mustafa. Please pray for him.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Blockbuster Opportunity



Next Friday, Evan Almighty will be in theaters everywhere. It's expected to be a summer hit like it's predesessor Bruce Almighty starring Jim Carrey. One thing for sure is that this movie is causing a lot of controversy among Christians. Either way, the expected crowds give us a good reason to hit the theaters with a bundle of gospel tracts. What's unique about this opportunity is that the theme of the movie should provide some good ways to approach people with the Gospel.

Consider the following approach: "Hi, I'm here asking people what they are expecting to get from this movie?" "Do you think that it will in any way reflect what God is really like?"

Take some time to think about possible ideas to swing from the natural (small talk or initial approach) to the spiritual.

Post your ideas in the comments below. Also consider recording your encounter. Submit it to StreetFishing and I will consider it for posting.

Note: Audios must be digital and in either wav or mp3 format for consideration.

Soli Deo Gloria

Robert

Monday, June 11, 2007

Keep The Change


I was driving home on Saturday and decided to take a route that I only occasionally use. As I turned onto the street, I noticed a blue Dodge Durango pulled over and a woman waving frantically for me to pull over. I did, and it turned out that she was out of gas with three small kids and late for an appointment. Summer temperatures in the Phoenix area get well into the 100's, so naturally she was in a potentially dangerous situation as there were no gas stations or stores within walking distance. I told her that I lived a mile away and had a gas can at home and that I could fill it and be back in fifteen minutes. She insisted that I take some money as she put the bills in my hand. The container only held a gallon anyway and I figured the least I could do was pay for it. Then I would sneak the money back onto the seat or something. She waited with her kids while I was off to get the gas. On the way I was trying to think of how I could witness, what I could say. It seemed that in the heat and given her rush, it would be awkward any way I put it. Then on the way back, it hit me; Just slip a million dollar bill tract among the bills I would be returning....she would eventually find it and know I put it there. When I returned, she insisted I keep the money. I told her that I was a Christian and it wasn't necessary, this is what we do. She thanked me profusely and got on her way.
I’m guilty of thinking in the past that a tract left or given without further follow up was “the easy way out.” But this experience taught me the value of a tract well placed. Sometimes a conversation is not possible, practical or sensitive. A good tract though, will share the Gospel, and since it's the work of The Holy Spirit anyway, we can still rest in our obedience.

Soli Deo Gloria
Rob

Friday, June 1, 2007

Speak it!


Okay, I'm not going to play games here...well, maybe a little. Can you pick out the goofy terminology I used in this audio? The point is, nerves can play a big part in your conversations. Mallory seems pretty comfortable to speak about eternal things but apparently I got a little creative with my speech.

Really, the point isn't to make any apology for my blunder, it's to point out that you are going to stumble now and again and get a little tongue tied. Just work through it and move on. All that said, Mallory was engaged and hopefully she has something to think about. Please pray for her.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How Heavy Is A Millstone?

Occasionally, I will post a video here if it is compelling and related to evangelism. I don't like posting this one but it makes a clear point of what atheists are doing out there. Brian Sapient and his group The Rational Response Squad are issuing what they call the "blasphemy challenge." Why are they doing this? Because, according to Mark 3:29 in the Holy Bible, "Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin." The atheist group holds to a gross misinterpretation this passage to make their point. There are many videos posted of people verbally denying the Holy Spirit, but this one is heart breaking.

I couldn't help but think of Mark 9:42. "And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck." Sapient and the atheists responsible for this "challenge" will have a lot to answer for when they are facing God. Please pray for this young person.

Soli Deo Gloria

Rob


Tuesday, May 8, 2007

New Age Spring Break

This is Sedona, Arizona. It's a town known for it's beautiful views and peaceful surroundings. It's also known by New Age spirtualists as a hot spot for mystical activity. New Age is a relatively new expression encompassing Eastern philosophy, mystical traditions, Native American beliefs, Celtic Goddess worship and psychic phenomena.

I had planned to witness to someone in a New Age shop where they sell books, crystals and other objects. However, after hanging around for fifteen minutes or so, I got really uncomfortable with the conversation the owner was having with a couple of college students about her channeling capabilities where she was able to communicate with the dead. I decided to hit the downtown tourist shops instead. That's where I met Justin, a teenager visiting with his family from Texas. Take note of what Justin did to the gospel tract I gave him. I think our conversation had him a little nervous. Hopefully that was the Holy Spirit convicting his conscience. Please pray for Justin.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Backsliding atheist


Here is some ecouragement for those of us who have felt intimidated by the atheist argument. Chances are you know more about your faith than they do about Darwin’s evolutionary model or the Big Bang. One of the easiest ways to derail the evolution argument is to ask them to state their favorite piece of scientific evidence. It catches them off gaurd and furthermore, there isn’t any. They are usually swinging blindly when they try to give evidence for what they believe. Unlike the picture above, they never make the connection and win the prize. It will eventially end in eternal regret.

Listen here to a good example from Way of The Master Radio. Ray Comfort talks to a student who hasn’t got much in the way of a defense for his Darwinistic faith…and make no mistake; That’s what it is, a beief system. As the interview progresses, this young man proves what is actually very common. They have nothing to support their position. Especially when compared to light of God’s truth. Please pray that God softens this young person's heart.

Soli Deo Gloria

--Robert

Monday, April 2, 2007

Frustration on Mill Ave.


I thought awhile before posting this audio for a couple of different reasons. First, at the time, I thought the entire encounter was a total failure. Secondly, because of technical reasons, it ends abruptly after about ten minutes. As you will hear, there was a kind of a mish-mash of things happening all at once. While the group pretty much stuck with the topic, it was peppered with silly remarks and distractions. At one point, one guy in their group actually ate the bible tract I gave him. Listening to it now, I am surprised at how I managed to stay on task and that is why I am posting it now. It had to be the Holy Spirit because I'm not that patient.

At times, a conversation will go in a direction you don't want or expect. Especially when there are several people you are talking to at once. Comments and questions come in all at once and often times there is a nervous tension. The key is to stay focused on the gospel you are trying to share. Avoid intellectual argument and stick with the conscience and quote the bible whenever you can either exactly or paraphrased. Notice my reaction to his statement "God hates me."

In the end, I got as far as using the law to bring sin to light, but my iPod microphone got pulled out before the interview ended. Hopefully, the lesson here is to stay on track as best you can when conversations get difficult. Even if it ends up like this one, God can and will use it to His glory. Click here to listen.

--Robert

Saturday, February 24, 2007

The Christian bookstore clerk


A few weeks ago I posted an audio of a conversation I had with a national call-in line advertised on a Christian radio station. It might have been the most lacking “gospel” explanation I have ever heard. If anything, it was just a confused mess; Words and sentences that barely made any sense at all. The response from listeners was very interesting. Some mocked and laughed and others voiced concern and sadness. They wondered how this could be considered a gospel presentation at all. Whatever your response, the truth is that it was a sobering exposure of how unspecific the gospel has become to many. This was an individual who was presumably trained for witnessing.

Since then I have asked other professing Christians what it means to be born again. You might be surprised by their answers. Hopefully this will make you think about how you would answer. What if you were standing before Jesus tonight and asked this question by Him? This audio is a very short, but it gives an idea of what is happening in the church. I’m afraid as I continue asking the question, I will continue to get confused and ambiguous answers. Please listen to this audio and let it challenge you to be able to answer the question with confidence. Keep checking my journal page for my new article coming soon on “Giving an answer.”

Robert

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Street witness using the law

Last week we heard a trainwreck of a witness encounter. The phone evangelist was giving a baffling and sorely lacking "gospel" presentation. After hearing that, all I could do was marvel in disbelief and apparently, many of you felt the same because boy, did the emails and comments come in!

Watch this video of Ray Comfort using the Law, the 10 commandments to bring about the knowledge of sin to this young man on Seal Beach. He begins with an ice breaker to move from the natural to the spiritual. "Can you name any of the ten commandments?" The young man rattles off a few. Then basically, Ray puts him through the good person test. "Have you kept them?" He goes through several to show the young man his standing before God. After admitting guilt, he's asked, "Will you be innocent or guilty?" "Guilty" "Will you go to heaven or hell?" "Heaven." Soon he changes his answer. "Hell" "Does that concern you?" "Yes,yes it does" "Do you know why Jesus died on the cross? "Do you know what you must do?"

What is truly interesting about this video is the change of countenance of the young man. He goes from being pretty light hearted to being visibly convicted. He shows his concern and knows that he must believe in(put on) Christ and repent for his sins before a righteous and holy God if he is to escape the judgement to come. Go to my personal journal page to read my article on what should happen when someone is born again.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Clear as mud

While listening to a popular Christian radio station, I heard a promotion for a number to call if you needed to learn more about a "relationship with Jesus Christ." Since this is exactly what StreetFishing is about, I was interested in how they would present me with the gospel. I wasn't prepared for what I was about to hear though. As a believer, this phone call left me perplexed. It didn't even closely resemble any gospel presentation I've ever heard. I wonder what the unbleliever has experienced.

The goal of this ministry is to encourage and equip others to go and share the gospel plainly and biblically. Much of what we hear today is a product of modern methods that are targeted at a specific audience and that are seeker sensitive rather than biblically sound. The peson on this call however didn't even use anything remotely seeker sensitive. He didn't make sense at all in my opinion. Let me know what you think. Listen here as Robert calls this national phone-in line.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Does this kid want to hear the Gospel?


I wonder how many of us would pass this young person up for someone who looks a little more like us. Truth is, someone like this wears distress on the outside while most do a pretty good job of hiding it. To me, this kid is screaming for someone to listen, and even take her seriously enough to hold a meaningful conversation. How much more meaningful of a conversation than sharing the Gospel!
Kegan and his girlfriend were much like this young lady. They are popularly characterized as "Goths." I met them outside of a movie theater. Although Kegan had an interesting opinion about the Ten Commandments and his girlfriend claimed to be angry at God, they stood and listened. They were patient and engaged. Listen now as Robert shares the gospel with them.
NOTE: In the interview,I make reference to a "Quad" which is a single volume containing The book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price and the King James bible.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Easy going Ken on Mill




Ken was leaning against the wall near this Starbuck's in downtown Tempe, AZ. He had jet black hair, a goatee and was dressed for the nightlife. Not exactly what many would consider the most approachable looking character. But I couldn't get around the fact that he looked like he was waiting for someone, just passing the time until they got there. That was my cue. Ken turned out to be very personable and was happy to talk to us. Nick was along for the fun that night as we walked up and down Mill streetfishing. Listen here as I witness to Ken.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Even when things go wrong

I knew almost from the start that this interview wasn't going exactly the way I wanted it to. After playing the recording back I cringed to hear myself talking to this student. I seemed to be beating around the apologetic bush. Kevin was hung up on "religion" and although I kept swinging away from that, he didn't seem to get that I wasn't trying to sign him up for church or something. Although I left frustrated, I know that I can learn from it and despite my bad preaching, God can use it to His glory. After all, he does the convicting and saving.
My point in all this is to show that bad encounters will happen. Some are absolute train wrecks but we keep on anyway, learning from our mistakes. This is why I ask (sometimes beg) for feedback. I want to know how to share the Gospel more effectively and learn from encounters that don't go so well. God willing, I won't make the same mistakes too often. Listen here as I witness to Kevin the skeptic.

NOTE: Their is an expletive near the end of this interview that was not edited out. Soon I will be using editing software avoid posting inappropriate language.

Soli Deo Gloria

--Robert