Too much or not enough

by on September 30, 2016

1 John says “God is love.”

Christians see this and are encouraged. They know that God is love and that God is just. Since God is just, he must punish those who sin. Since God is love, he made a way out of that punishment through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ bled and died on a cross taking the punishment for the sins you and I have done. God demonstrated His love in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Atheists see what God did, and say He didn’t do enough. He doesn’t stop all wickedness in it’s tracks instantly, and punish the wicked enough or soon enough; hence the atheist’s problem with pain. The only problem is that if God stopped all evil instantly, and gave every person instant justice for what they had done, no one would live. He who keeps the whole law and stumbles in one point is guilty of all. And, the wages of sin is death. God is very merciful in letting us live so long and giving us so many chances to repent, turning to Him.

Muslims see God’s perfect justice and that He allows none to escape his wrath. The idea of a loving God, and that God would let someone take the punishment for another out of love is simply TOO MUCH love. They believe God does not love, or if He does love, it is very little, and he can change his mind. It is God’s mercy that lets people live, and his mercy that saves some, though those people don’t know who they are.

God’s word is clear. 1 John 5:13 says, “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” You can know you will be in Heaven one day.

God is love. He is good and kind. He is merciful. He made the only way for people to be saved from sin and the punishment for sin through His Son, Jesus Christ.


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.


Did you know the Lord?

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 [...]

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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:

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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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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