Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Fishing with Ben
Ben Craft ( who was on his first fishin trip ) and I made our way to downtown Huntington. He had a desire to to biblical evangelism in action. He also had "Did you get one of these?" down. He was excited and ready. As we were walking through downtown to give a tract to one guy, he turned around and told us to "get out of here with your Jesus stuff and stop doing what you're doing!". He was upset, so we replied that we were on a public sidewalk and that we would keep telling others about Jesus. Ben saw his first "heckler".
We first spoke with David. As we went through the Law, David tried to take us on a few rabbit trails..we quickly addresses those issues and came right back to the Law. As we spoke Davids countenance changed...he became less aggressive and saw we had a burden for him by the way we spoke to him with compassion and concern for his eternal destiny. He admitted to breaking the Law and said that He would spend eternity in Hell. He then said that he was very concerned about spending eternity in Hell because he didnt want to go there. We were able to share the gospel with David and He understood the message said it made sense to him and that he would not put his head down on his pillow without thinking about how he needed to repent and put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ for his eternal salvation. Pray for David.
Ronnie was sitting on a chair on the sidewalk downtown writing on his note pad. Described himself as a deep thinker and a good person. We went through the good person test and found out that ......He's just like the rest of us. He knew if he died tonight he would go to hell because he sinned against a holy God. He was concerned and was able to hear the gospel. He said that wasnt any sin in his life that he loved so much that he would spend eternity in hell for. He thanked us for sharing the message of the cross with him and said he would definitley think about what we said and that he knew he needed to repent of his sin and put his faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
I spoke with a big group of teenagers who all told me they were saved Christians. Of course, I asked them to tell ME how I could go to heaven if I had three minutes to live. Nobody could help me. I then able to share the gospel with one of them and the other four took off. Pray for this young man that he would think about what we talked about.
I went through the good person test with Tiara. After finding out that she was like the rest of us, Tiara still proclaimed that she was a good person and that God knew she was a good person. I shared Romans 3:10 with her and explained that she was creating a god to fit her beliefs...which is idolatry. She was concerned about spending eternity in hell and said she would think about all that we discussed. Pray for her.
We were walking by City Hall and the Mayor of Huntington ( who is a Mormon ) walked by us. We were able to talk with him for a moment about our city and let him know that we were praying for him..and of course, give him a million dollar bill. That was exciting.
We spoke with Ashley and Patti at the community college. We took them through the good person test and like everyone else, they failed too. They were concerned about spending eternity in hell and thanked us for sharing the gospel with them.
On our way back to the truck, I had a chance to meet James, a Huntington police officer. I was able to give him a copy of Tony Miano's booklet "Running Beyond Inspiration".
It was great to have Ben with me today at the pond. He said that he is looking forward to coming back. God was glorified today. Keep fishin!
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