Monday, October 27, 2008

What Your Vote Says About You

Please watch the video the video first and then read the quote by Greg Koukl below. This issue has been sidestepped this election season. I'm sure it's due largely to the financial problems we face. Remember that over 4,000 babies are being aborted every day, and most of these for the sake of convenience.



"If you vote for a pro-abortion candidate for personal reasons (like
economics) that are not more weighty than justice concerns (the wholesale
destruction of children), then you are doing something profoundly un-Christian.
If this happens often enough, you are either not a Christian or your
Christianity completely fails to inform your political life. One wonders if it
informs any other aspect of your life as well, and if it doesn't, then by what
right do you call yourself a Christian?" ~ Gregory Koukl

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Arizona State Fair




October usually brings the cooler weather giving us a break from the long hot summer. It also brings the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix. Last week I had a chance to check out the fishing there and although it started out pretty smoothly, it wasn’t long before I was sent packing.




The gates didn’t open until 11am, but I got there at about 10:15 and already, people were lining up at the ticket booths to get in. I was able to hand out about two hundred Million Dollar Bill tracts before I was asked to stop by security. I asked him why I wasn’t allowed to distribute tracts. “This is government property” was his response. Funny, but I thought by definition, that gave me the right to exercise my first amendment right. I wasn’t in the mood to press it, so I just asked if I could address the crowd. “I don’t care who you talk to, just don’t hand any more those out, (pointing to my tracts) you’ll have to go out to the public sidewalk to do that.” Once he left, I went out to the sidewalk about fifty yards away and handed out more tracts. While I was out there, he came out to make sure I didn’t cross over to fair property and gave me one more warning for good measure.

Security!


Right before the gates opened, I was able to open air preach to the crowd three times before they began filing into the fairgrounds. Apparently, the complaints started to roll in because shortly after that, my new friend along with another security guard and two DPS officers showed up to cordially ask me to leave. I asked what law I was breaking, but even the officers couldn't’t give me that information. One of them just pulled out a sheet of by-laws from the fair officials and read them off to me. I think “No shouting or disturbing people” was the one he pointed out to me. No leaflets either. I was disappointed, but my estimate is that around one hundred and fifty people heard the Gospel that day and even more received tracts.


The crowd begins to grow.



I’ll probably look into getting a permit to be able to preach there next year. That should be fun! Please pray for those that heard the Gospel and for both the security and DPS officers.


Security regroups after my departure.



NOTE: If you plan to record your witness encounters and open air, make sure the microphone is plugged into the right jack!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Aid and Abet: Powerful


Check out this story from Tony Miano's blog. See the analogy he uses and to whom he applies it to. This says it all.


"Christian"....Are you guilty?

Friday, October 17, 2008

Sandwich Evangelism

"I don't have to go to Zimbabwe [to share the Gospel] , I can go to Subway."

-Mark Cahill

Monday, October 13, 2008

Which Jesus?


My friend Clarke joined me in sharing the Gospel recently at Chandler/Gilbert Community College. He has been studying on how to share his faith and it shows in this witness encounter he had with a young Mormon. I think we were right when surmising that he was a returning LDS missionary by his questions, responses and demeanor. It was a spirited but very polite exchange between the two. If you look up "civil discourse," this conversation should be on the books as a good example. Listen here as Clarke shares the true Gospel with this young man and clearly makes the distinction that the Jesus of Mormonism is not the Jesus of the Holy Bible. Please pray that the Spirit of god is working in this mans life.


Way to go Clarke. Keep up the good work.


Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Kirk Cameron interviews John MacArthur

Watch here as Kirk Cameron interviews John MacArthur. A little long at about thirty minutes but well worth it.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Serving the same Lord?

Here is another great ariticle from Rob-Roy Nelson.





I Saw this quote from Rick Warren in Christianity Today dated October 1, 2008.


"We need to mobilize a billion Catholics and Orthodox [believers]. I'm not really that interested in interfaith dialogue. I am interested in interfaith projects. Let's do something together. You are probably not going to change your doctrinal distinctives, and I'm probably not going to change my doctrinal distinctives. We have different beliefs. But the fact is, we do serve the same Lord. Let's work on the things we can agree on." – Rick Warren in Christianity Today


Same Lord? Really? This is from the Catholic Encyclopedia and/or Catechism.


Supernatural Gift


In order to live worthy of our Divine dignity and to attain our Divine end, we stand in need of supernatural aid. This supernatural aid to a supernatural end is called grace. For our present purpose it will be sufficient to note that grace is either habitual (i.e. sanctifying, making us pleasing to God) or actual (i.e. enabling us to produce works deserving of salvation).


Salvation




man really cooperates in his personal salvation from sin


Catechism - Grace


Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us (1996)… Moved by the Holy Spirit and by charity, we can then merit for ourselves and for others the graces needed for our sanctification, for the increase of grace and charity, and for the attainment of eternal life. (2010)


That is not the grace of the bible. It is a false gospel of self righteous merit and effort that can never save. Grace redefined is grace removed and therefore no grace at all. Here is the true grace of the bible.


"But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace." Romans 11:6


"I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? 4Have you suffered so much for nothing—if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard?" Galatians 3:2-5



"You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace." Galatians 5:4


We serve a different Jesus than the one found in the Roman Catholic teachings. We serve the Jesus who paid it all and in whom the only merit is found. We can contribute nothing to what He has done to save us. Any other Jesus that requires our effort and merit to cooperate with his is a false Christ that cannot save.


Love, Rob-roy

Friday, October 3, 2008

Spoof Du Jour

This comes to us from Sacred Sandwich. Someone has too much time on their hands over there!



Tired of being called a shallow Christian, Judy decides to wear something to prove her faith.