Prayed for

by on August 22, 2016

I saw a guy leaning up against his truck each day on the way home. He had on a heavy coat. He had a big beard. He always had a can of beer in his hand.

I started to pray for him. I prayed that the Lord would send someone to share the Gospel with him. After a few weeks, the thought came to mind that I should stop and talk with him.

I didn’t really want to. I was on my way home. Then, I decided that I needed to do it. Who else would? Then, I thought to myself, “I don’t have the right kind of tracts to give him.” Then, I thought, “I don’t really have the time.”

The next day, I got out the tracts I wanted to give him. I was going to stop at his house, and he wasn’t there. So, I determined to do it the next day. The next day came, and sure he enough, he was there.

I stopped to talk with him. He said, “I”m what you’d call ’spiritually challenged,’ I have a bad angel on this shoulder and a good angel on this shoulder. I try and do what the good one wants me to do, but he has this boss that comes and pushes him around. He said he can’t kill humans, so he’s going to kill cherubs instead. Then all the cherubs started to cry. I’m pretty sure the good angel is a cherub too ‘cuz he started to cry too.”

He then went on to share some medical problems.

I offered to pray for him, and he said, “No, a Christian praying for me would do more harm than good.” He wouldn’t take a tract, and I didn’t tell him I’d already been praying for him for weeks, and that I’d be praying for him anyway.

God willing, I’ll stop by and talk with him again soon.

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Did you know the Lord?

by on July 18, 2016

“I used to be a Christian. I went to church, and Bible study and prayed and all that. I was even born again.” – Jay
“Did you know the Lord?” – Tim
“Yeah, I knew the Lord.” – Jay
“So, you walked away from Him on purpose?” – Tim

Jay’s friends came and interrupted our conversation.

But, why did I ask him if he knew the Lord? It is a hard YES or NO question. If he says, “Yes,” then he is admitting he is a Christian, but living in sin, and needs to repent. If he says, “No,” then he is admitting that he was never saved in the first place. Regardless of his answer, he admits his need to repent and trust Christ to save him.

Most people who say, “Yes,” when confronted with the thought that they walked away from the Lord and are living in sin usually come to the conclusion that they were never really saved in the first place. Most of the time, people realize they are only holding a rope of sand made of their own self righteousness, or someone else’s faith.

Jay took a couple of tracts, and shook my hand, thanking me for talking with him.

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Food Trucks

July 1, 2016

“That is NOT in the Bible! Jesus did NOT say that!”
I’d just given a Million Dollar Bill tract to a lady working at a food truck serving Bar-B-Que. She read the tract aloud and said, “Men are hardwired for lust! That’s how the human race continues.
She had a problem with the seventh commandment, but thanked [...]

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Summer Travel Idea

May 24, 2016

A lot of people travel during the summer, whether it’s for vacation or work, or to visit relatives. If it is more than across town, that means stopping along the way at least for gas if you’re driving. If you fly, there are even more stops, and more interactions with people you’ve never met before.
On [...]

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Saturday Comments

April 26, 2016

Some people have interesting comments and questions as you share the Gospel at the free speech plaza in downtown Eugene. Then again, you could probably hear some of the same kinds of things in the city where you live too. Here are a few of them:
“I believe in Science.” – Sidney
“Okay, tell me about science.” [...]

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Armor of God

March 25, 2016

Ephesians 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the [...]

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Use Words, not just Actions

January 27, 2016

This is from June of 2012, but it is true, and is a good reminder. So, I’m re-posting this here. Here is the original link if you want to read it there:    http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2012/june/preach-gospel-and-since-its-necessary-use-words.html

Preach the Gospel, and Since It’s Necessary, Use Words
Ed Stetzer

There’s a popular saying often repeated by Christians. It has found new life [...]

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Evaluation

October 14, 2015

Two friends of mine were preaching the Gospel at the University of Oregon. No one would stop to listen. A couple people yelled profanity at them, but that was it. The next week we asked people to evaluate the speakers just so that we could share the Gospel one to one. We even offered people [...]

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Wishing to remember

September 23, 2015

Saturday Market’s free speech area was jammed with people. There were people selling glass pipes, crystals, and wooden jewelry boxes. A few had what looked like a junk drawers worth of stuff laid out in front of them to sell.
I set up where I was going to share the Gospel, and do a money for [...]

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The Bible says…

July 13, 2015

I’d just shared the Gospel with a group at the Free Speech Plaza in Eugene. I prayed for Roy who counsels teens in the Juvenile Justice System. Then, one of the guys who had been listening to me said…
“Hey, Christian, preacher guy. Or,… are you a minister?”
“Hi, I’m Tim. I believe what the Bible says [...]

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