Encouraging Month

Encouraging Month

 

This month I was out witnessing at least 3 days each week.  It was wonderful.  I was able to spend a day up at IUP with Zane and Matt.  I have not been up there in about 2 years.  I was able to handout 400 gospel tracts and I talked to so many college students up there.  The one young lady that I talked to wanted to know if she could keep smoking pot and still be a Christian.  We talked about not being drunk and being sober minded.  That seems to be a new theme that Christians think that it is ok to smoke pot.  Her argument was that it brings her closer to God and makes her feel spiritual.   She also mentioned "Rastafarian" rituals.  I asked her what the rituals had to do with the Bible and she changed the subject.  Ultimately I asked her if she should be getting her peace of mind from God for from drugs.  I also talked with her about rebeling from God.  I do not think I convinced her that she should quit but it is a conversation that I am have more and more often with students that claim to be Christians.  

If you look at Galatians 5:19-21 "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,envy,fn drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God."

The greek word for witchcraft  "pharmakeía (from pharmakeuō, "administer drugs") – properly, drug-related sorcery, like the practice of magical-arts," According to Bible hub.  

Think about what it means to be a Christian.  Are we supposed to be going after the pleasures of this world?  Or are we to be seeking after holiness?  These students are looking for a religious experience but they need to be repenting and putting their trust in Jesus.  

In the churches today there are books that talk all about creating the religious experience by how you play the music and what music to play and how to put the lights.  They are looking to create a religious experience.  On the streets I have talked to lots of people that raised their hand and prayed a prayer because of a concert or the like.  These experiences do not make you a Christian.  Repentance and faith, being born again is what makes you a Christian.

Pray for these young people to repent and trust Jesus for his righteousness.

This is a student coming back to get a few more tracts from my dad at Pitt.  You can see Zane in the back ground preparing to preach at Pitt.

Matt and Zane joined me at Pitt on a day that I do not normally go to Pitt.  My dad went with us.  I ran into several of my students that were not able to attend Bible Study this semester.  They asked if Bible study would be the same time next semester so that they could plan their schedule around it.  We were able to pray and minister to the one student.  

I spent several days this month at the two different abortion clinics.  Here are two deathscorts escorting a father to kill his baby.

 

The man on the left is a deacon at his church where the pastor believes that it is ok to murder babies.  I tend to share scripture with him over and over again and explain that there is no way that he is saved.  He tells the women that come in to the murder mill that Jesus is ok with them killing their babies.

I was able to share the gospel with many that pasted by the Planned parenthood.  Two young gentle men thanked me for explaining the gospel to them.

At Slippery Rock we shared the gospel even in the cold rain.  I had a women stop and talk to me while the rain poured down on her for over her.  She understood the gospel and thanked me for explaining it.

Here is a picture of Aunt Laura sharing the gospel at Pitt.  

 

We have so many good conversations on the street.  We get Christians that thank us for handing out tracts.  I get Christians that tell me we should be handing out gloves and not tracts.  I am told that I should not handout the million dollar tracts.  I get people that come back and ask for more million dollar tracts so they can give them to other people.  Everyone has a view and we hear it every time we go out.  

There is no verse in the Bible that says you have to earn the right to share the gospel with others.  All authority was given to Jesus and he told us to go!

Mat 28:19-20  "And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”"

Giving people gloves does not get them saved.  Being nice to people does not get them saved.  We are to not grow weary of doing good, (Gal 5:9) however, it is the gospel that is the power unto salvation. (Rom 1:16).  How can they be saved unless they hear?(Rom 10:14)  Should we be doing good deeds? yes!  Should we be known for doing good? Yes!  However, unless we verbally or in written word explain the gospel a person cannot be saved.  

We handed out thousands of tracts in the rain at the St Patrick's Day Parade.  It was cold and wet but God was glorified.  I was so grateful for all the help.  Without these guys I would not have been able to get all of those gospel tracts out.

Thank You for your partnership.  Without your partnership I would not be able to go out and share the gospel as often as I do.

 

 

 

 

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