Saturday, November 28, 2009

Bad News but no Good News! Shawn?

Yep, you read right.  This past Wednesday, Bob and I were able to sit with a group of men in the county jail and spend some time over the scriptures.  We opened up the scriptures and began to explain the new-birth and the Gospel.  I was well into using the Law (Ten Commandments) to show that every one of us/them is a criminal before His Holy and righteous standard and that by breaking His Law and knowing better (Romans 2:15) they were storing up wrath that would be revealed on the Day of Wrath.  Right about that time, the fire-alarm went off and the jail went into lock-down and we had to be escorted from the building … without being able to present the Good News. 


I was initially alarmed, but began to realize that God’s providence allowed/orchestrated the events of that evening; just maybe He wanted one of the inmates to stew over transgression of God’s Law and the pending judgment for a while  before hearing the Gospel.  We won’t be able to get back into that area of the prison until next Wednesday evening.  Pray.


Tonight, Bob and I (along with another gentleman, Vince) spent a couple hours with a fairly large group of inmates.  We used hour ten of the Word Pictures, “How God Converts The Human Soul” series, which Bob would stop every few minutes to explain.  Afterwards Vince and I had the chance to talk to them men.  I asked if some of the  believed they were born-again, didn’t know or simply were not.  There several responses some clear and others mumbled.  One man stood out; Shawn.  It seems that Shawn turned himself in, after feeling some conviction in church and looking to know His ways.  He thanked us for coming and said that tonight he learned what he needed to do next, to pursue God.  I was able to give the challenge to examine oneself whether they be in the faith (2Cor.13:5), looking at several of the signs mentioned in 1John. 


Had a very brief chance to interact with Shawn after we’d wrapped up & he was heading off to begin reading the New Testament that night.


Dear reader; I don’t know whether you’ve been born of God (Born Again) by repentance and faith or not.  If you have and you are not growing spiritually; is it maybe  because you are not feeling your spirit on God’s Word by reading and studying it?  Read it!  If you’d like some help,  I’ve found the Professor G. Horner’s Bible-Reading System personally helpful.  Email me and I’ll give you more information on this.



Saturday, November 7, 2009

Niagara Falls

Today we began the long trip back from Quebec to Alberta (4200km).  We’ve been gone for a month this trip and drove the distance in three days on the way out, wanted the kids to have more fun on the way back.  Today, we planned to stop by Niagara Falls for some fun.  We were done taking our picture and video and were getting ready to leave.  I began to walk back to the car with them, as everyone was getting cold from the mist, when I stopped.  It’s off-season but there were still quite a few people about.  I asked if everyone minded waiting for a few minutes.
Walking back to the look-out right in front of the falls I stood on a rock and began to preach.  I called attention to the spectacular example of God’s Creations we were seeing, but that many of them no-doubt refused to give Him credit.  I went on to point out the God’s Word says that the Wrath of God will be poured out on all those who hold the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1).  I went on to talk of death, judgment and Law.  I spent time on the Cross, resurrection and the call to Repentance and Faith.  As I was beginning to draw to a close, I noticed that a new group had approached and was paying very close attention, listening to every word, so I backed up and gave a brief recap of the Gospel message.
After I’d thanked folks for their attention, Bill approached me and introduced himself as a believer and voiced appreciation for the message.  He introduced me to his family and chatted a bit.  He’s never met a street preacher before and encouragingly said as he left, ‘I want to do that some day’.  May our Lord help him to get into the harvest field.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Talking to Sue’s childhood Church

Last Lord’s Day I had the privilege to talk to the church my wife Sue grew up in.  I told them a little about what we’ve been doing, traveling and preaching the Gospel.  I wanted to tell them about the Open Air Campaigners sketchboard that we’ve been learning to use as a tool to share the Gospel.  It seemed like the simplest thing to do was setup my board at the front of the church and simply preach through a sketch that I use when preaching in the public square; which I did.  The response from the congregation was very positive.  I didn’t get a video, but have combined an audio recording with a photo of the completed sketch I took last night: