Thursday, May 14, 2009

Barack Obama ASU Commencement Outreach


Some guys who were working at the ASU graduation event.They heard me preaching and prayed for me. Some were with Teen Challenge. It was a blessing to meet and talk with them.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Second Day Laborer Outreach

This past Sunday a group of people from Calvary Chapel Saving Grace got together and made about 300 lunches. Then the next day we (Melinda, Tish, Jennifer, Jean, Josh, Bill, Jeremy, Tony and I) went to Mesa and Chandler to give out the lunches to day laborers along with Gospel tracts. This was the second time we have done this. It was awesome.

Mormon doctrine, missionaries, evangelism, fellowshipping, preaching and police coming to my aid all in one long evening

On Saturday, we started out the evening by going to an event that Jeff Durbin, a Christian apologist from LifeQuest Church was having called “Is Mormonism Christian?” Jeff did a great job teaching (see the YouTube of a portion of the event below). We left before the Q&A portion to head out to Mill Ave. to meet up with Rob-roy Nelson, a good friend and brother in the Lord, along with others to speared the Gospel.



As we drove up to park, I saw what appeared to be two Mormon missionaries passing by. I wanted to run over and talk with them, so I jumped out of the car, grabbed my Bible and hurried towards them. After I caught up to where they were and I asked if they were LDS missionaries, they said yes. I then asked them why there had been so many changes to the Book of Mormon. Since 1830 there have been over 3,900 changes excluding punctuation marks to the book that the Mormon Church claims is the word of God. Elder Davis wanted more information and likely proof of the changes, so I gave him my e-mail address. After talking about the changes, we discussed what is sometimes called “The Impossible Mormon Gospel.” It’s basically the Mormon teaching of how one is made right with God. Which basically amounts to being perfect and sinless in this life. I cited Book of Mormon passages like Moroni 10:32 and 2 Nephi 25:23. “Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God” (Moroni 10:32 of the Book of Mormon) “…for we know that it is by grace that we are saved, after all we can do” (2 Nephi 25:23 of the Book of Mormon). I asked them if they had denied all ungodliness and do all they can do. After all only then is the grace sufficient. I asked them if they achieved this and they said “no” and denied that it was possible. I then pointed out to them that the Book of Mormon states “…the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them” (1 Nephi 3:7). They didn’t have many answers concerning these thing. They asked if I had kept that standard, I replied “no” and that if the Book of Mormon is true, I’m going to Hell, but thank God it’s not. I got to tell them the true Gospel which is that grace is unmerited favor and that salvation is a gift of God (See Romans 4:1-7; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6). Repentance is granted by God, it’s not a work(Acts 11:18; 2 Timothy 2:25). We must turn from sin to God and trust in Christ and He will save us. At one point I did tell them that according to the Bible we are not all children of God (See Acts 13:9-11; 1 John 3:10). Note what Jesus said “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me…Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do…” (John 8:42, 44). Overall it was a great conversation.
Afterwards, Jennifer and I walked over to Rob-roy’s table on Mill Ave. where he gives away tracts, Bibles, booklets, pizza and water bottles with the gospel on them. When we got there, he was speaking with some cabbies, I think they were Muslim. Steven, his wife Kelly and Justin were there as well. I think that it’s great that Steven and Kelly come out together. They are truly acting as one flesh. I got to spend some time talking with Justin, he’s a wonderful brother in the Lord. He and I witnessed to two ladies. One claimed to be an atheist and the other a Presbyterian. The Presbyterian was willing to take a booklet and a Bible. Later into the evening, we gathered to pray about the night and other things. Overall, the fellowshipping with all of them was great and encouraging. Pictured from left to right is Steven, Justin, Marcus (me) and Rob Roy. Not pictured are the are the ladies Kelly and Jennifer.

Jennifer and I walked the others to their vehicles. Then Jennifer and I went back out to open air in front of the bars/ night clubs. I began to preach about sin and salvation. Only about five minutes into preaching someone threw liquid (perhaps water or beer) onto the box that amplifies the sound on the portable P.A. we use. Praise God, it was all right. I just continued preaching. Jennifer said at one point I did so for a half hour. At times it was a little frightening. At one point two guys came over and talked/argued. One of them closely circled Jennifer. They got too close for my comfort. I tried to stay within arm‘s length of Jennifer. I thank God for His protection as they did eventually leave. As we were leaving, I decided to preach while we walked. Anyway, a man came up to me saying that I was blasphemes. The man didn’t seem to be in his right mind. He kept coming closer to me and I tried to get away. I was thinking this man might be demon possessed or drunk. I just kept declaring that Jesus is Lord and God. Just then, out of nowhere it seemed, police officers road up on bikes and told him to leave. It seem they had warned the man about his conduct before. He moved away and the officers said to call them if we have any trouble. We thanked them and headed out, it was past midnight. It was a lot to consume. God showed us grace and mercy throughout the night.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Pray

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First Friday

This past Friday, Jennifer (my sister) and I went to an event in Phoenix known as First Friday. Thousands of people gather to display art, dance, play music, sell items and hang out. This was the second time we went to this event. We did some open airing and had some conversations with people about the Bible and atheism, among other topics.



We started the night off with open airing for awhile about the standard God has set for those who want to be right with Him and enter into His Kingdom. After all, Heaven is His kingdom not ours. He decides Who gets in, not me, not Obama, not Bush, but God. God has told us that His standard is perfection. Jesus said, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). However, God’s Word also tells us that we have not kept that standard. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God” (Romans 3:10-11). God lovingly made a way whereby we could be made right with him and not go to Hell. That way is Jesus. He suffered the punishment we all deserve and died on the cross, then he rose again on the third day. Now God commands men everywhere to repent and trust in Christ for the forgiveness of their sins for He has appointed a day in which He will Judge the world in righteousness.

During the night a young man came over to ask me if God was going to send the one billion Muslims to Hell. I discussed the issue with Him for a bit. I asked him who would be the one that decides who goes to Heaven. Would it be me, him or God the Creator of all of us? He agreed that it would be God. We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). God has made away for us to be saved from hell and damnation. Furthermore, the law is written on our hearts (Romans 2:15). Man is without excuse.
Near the end of our night, Jennifer and I spoke to a young man named Michael. He had been standing nearby while I was open airing. He said that he had recently arrived at the conclusion that Christianity and the Bible are true; though I don’t know if he has repented and trusted in Christ as His savior. Pray for Him and us as well.

By the way, there was a guy there that was dressed up like Captain Jack Sparrow of the Pirates of Caribbean movies.