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Samford vs UGA Saturday 9/16/17

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Kickoff was at 7:40 PM on Saturday so we arrived at the stadium around 4:30 PM and set up our equipment. We had a few new faces this week. Billy from Clemson joined us as well as Scott’s daughters. Scott, Chike and I preached as everyone else gave away Gospel tracts on the bridge. There was a lot of foot traffic, which increased as kickoff time drew closer. Hundreds, possibly thousands, heard the Gospel proclaimed for three hours, with many receiving Gospel tracts.Inline image 1

Although having one on one conversations can be a challenge before the games, there were a few on this Saturday. Before we began preaching a young man came and let us know that he was a Christian and a UGA student. He informed us that the students didn’t like preachers that come on campus and yell hate speech at them. We asked him to define what he meant by hate speech but he couldn’t seem to articulate what he meant and said he used the wrong term. Apparently it was “Hellfire and Brimstone preaching” that was offensive. Again, we asked him to define what he meant by that, and again he couldn’t articulate his definition of Hellfire and Brimstone.  Finally, Scott asked him what exactly was said that was offensive to him and again he couldn’t really explain himself. At this point Scott explained to him he was actually being offensive by coming up with his unsubstantiated accusations. I left the conversation at this point and heard the young man apologizing to Scott. To be clear, we are not against constructive criticism, but when you can’t even explain what you are criticizing, well, it isn’t very constructive.

It also seemed to be Mormon day at the stadium. Chike engaged two young Mormon girls and did an excellent job showing them how the Mormon church’s teachings contradicted Scripture. They talked for a while and were very polite young ladies.

Inline image 3Later, three young men, sporting “elder” name tags and the traditional white shirts and ties, came over as Chike was preaching and wanted a picture with him, to which he declined. All five of these young Mormons seemed to put forth the idea that, “Hey, we’re Christian too” which is really what lead into the discussion about the differences between the Mormon cult and Christianity. Finally, as Chike was wrapping up, right before kickoff, a young man who wasn’t dressed as a traditional Mormon came over and began to tell me how we only had two Testaments and we needed the Book of Mormon. I attempted to strike up a conversation with him, by asking him who wrote the Book of Mormon, but he was only interested in repeating his “You need the Book of Mormon” mantra over and over again.

It was a wonderful day of evangelism and fellowship! We are thankful for the Saints who came by with words of encouragement and thankful for Scott’s daughters coming out!  Please pray for the young Mormons and everyone who received the Gospel!

Until All Hear!

Alex

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The Rabbit. How God Used a Bunny to Start a Witnessing Encounter!

gameWe were outside NGR stadium doing evangelism, before Super Bowl LI, when a lady and two kids walked up to our ministry location with a rabbit in a stroller. A conversation began between myself and the lady after I had asked her about the rabbit and mentioned that my daughter also had one. She told me the rabbit wanted to get out and stretch it’s legs. Now, how the rabbit communicated this to the lady is a mystery to me. The only thing I am kind of sure of is that God must have instructed this rabbit to stretch his legs at our precise location. I mean, we are outside the stadium where the Super Bowl is about to start and this rabbit brings his owner right over to where the street preachers are set up and suddenly needs to get out of his stroller and stretch his legs. Had to be a God orchestrated encounter, right?

 

After we discussed rabbits for a few minutes I asked her if she was a believer and she said she was and went on to tell me how they had been going to church for about three years. As the conversation progressed I found out she had been raised Catholic and her view seemed to be one of working your way to heaven by church attendance and learning more about God. Those are great things to do but they can’t forgive you of sin or give you eternal life.

She was a really nice lady and we had a great conversation. I was able to explain how we had to repent and trust Jesus for forgiveness because our sin debt had to be paid for and either the payment Jesus made is applied to our account, through repentance and faith, or we have to pay our own sin debt in hell for eternity. She asked me to repeat part of what I said so we went through it again and she said it made sense but she had a question.
sbHer question is a very popular one and a very good one. It didn’t seem right to her that people in places where they were not told about Jesus, she used North Korea for an example, would go to hell. We went back through the reason people go to hell. We agreed that it isn’t because they haven’t heard about Jesus but because of their sin and discussed Romans 1 and how God has revealed himself through the creation so nobody has an excuse. She was satisfied with the answer and said she had been wondering about that.

After we talked I believe she had a better understanding of the Gospel and how to be forgiven. It was almost like she had came to us for that very reason.  I asked her if I could pray with her and she agreed, so we prayed and I gave her a Gospel tract and encouraged her to contact me if she had any questions or needed help in any way. Pray for her and her family!

God used a rooster and a donkey, so we shouldn’t be surprised He used a rabbit to bring a lady to hear the Gospel!16734962_10210062664815860_699051353_o

Until All Hear!

Alex

II Corinthians 5:21

50 Gray ISIS shades of Homosexuality

dscn4379.jpgA movie about sex and bondage has many up in arms, while others defend it as a wonderful love story that just happens to include sex and bondage.  While I can certainly understand the outcry for Christian women, and men,  to avoid this film, I think it may be a late response to an issue that has been going on so long many fail to see the problem.  It is similar to the old frog in a pot of water where the temperature is slowly turned up until he boils, without even realizing what has happened.  You see for years Hollyweird has been slowly pushing the limits on sensuality in the television and  film industry.  Remember Ricky and Lucy who, even though they were married, slept in separate beds?  While those days may have portrayed life as a little more conservative than was reality, today we have gone way passed the calm medium.  Average tv shows now paraded sex  as a natural instinct that is neither sacred or confined in any way.  Characters sleep with whoever they like as if they are a pack of animals that just need a sex fix, with no regard for the emotional and spiritual aspects of such acts.  The train came off the proverbial track long ago and because of society being bombarded so often, like the frog, many do not see that there is anything wrong.  We have been simmered in sin so long, we cannot discern that we are in trouble and if we do not wake up, like the frog, we will be boiled.
Isis works as the self-proclaimed instrument of allah, the god of Islam, but there is only one true God and it isn’t him.  Some in our nation help this rebellion against the one true God with idiotic statements  and suggestions.  They are justified by our own president when he likens them to be no worse than the folks who fought in the Crusades.  He failed to mention of course the Crusades were a direct response to an Islamic invasion.  It seems, in the eyes of the president, Islam can do no wrong.  Another government official at the State Department even suggested we could not stop the terrorists by killing them but by giving them jobs.  This is yet another attempt to blame the horrific acts of ISIS on society, or more importantly on the United States, making us responsible for their evil deeds.   On the other hand, many of us are outraged at the ISIS situation yet are fine with the daily slaughter of 3500 babies right here in the United States but that will have to wait.

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Finally, homosexuality is consistently being paraded as normal, as Christians such as Judge Roy Moore are made to be villains, because they stand on Scripture.  This may have been more prominent to me because the latest attack has happened in my beloved home state of Alabama.  I have even witnessed Christians who will defend the parading homosexuals, telling other Christians to stop judging the person who lives the lifestyle.  These Christians should know that God has already judged homosexuality and every other sin as evil.  Simply pointing it out and begging the sinner to repent and trust the Savior is seen as hateful and judgmental, even by many people who claim to belong to Christ.  One said it was not showing the love of Christ to tell homosexuals they were wrong.  Letting anyone walk off into eternity thinking they are okay, when hell awaits them, is ultimate hatred.

All of this is rooted in the fact that man is a slave to and loves sin.  The light has come into the world but the darkness rejected it because it loved it’s evil deeds. (John 3:19)

Repent and trust the Savior today!

Until All Hear!

Alex