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.