Monday, December 13, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

20 Degrees on the Street

Dan and I spent a few chilly hours in Downtown Huntington.  I had the opportunity to chat with Jason, who said he was a Christian but couldn't communicate the gospel at all. We had a great conversation and I hope he will consider the things of which we spoke.
Dan speaking with Russell

Dan "on the street"

Vernon "on the street"
Dan was able to talk to Russell a local homeless man due to some personal circumstances.. Dan was encouraged by his attitude being positive. He talked to him about his spiritual state and Russell stated he was saved.. Dan had a really good conversation with him. Dan also had a few others stop by and offer and handshake and words of kindness for being out there sharing the Gospel.  Pray for Jason, Russell, and all those who received Gospel tracts. All for His Glory!! 

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Black Friday 2010

Rain soaked Bill and Leah

Brandy and Leah...ready to pass out some tracts!

Open-Air Bill

Gerald, Leah, and Brandy
We had a great Thanksgiving. After spending time with friends and family we had planned since last year (Black Friday 2009)  to deliver the gospel to all the people waiting in lines at Toys R Us and Best Buy.  This year Bill and I had three new proclaimers with us.  Gerald Foster, Leah Sikes, and Brandy Riley.  Bill open-aired the crowd while Leah, Brandy and Gerald handed out tracts, ect.   Then the rain that time they had already handed out over 500 tracts and hundreds more heard the gospel preached in the open-air.  Bill handed out tracts to the Best Buy crowd while I open aired. Bill then closed out this years Black Friday with some open air and then we went home to dry off.  What a great time of fellowship. We are already looking forward to next year. Praise the Lord for this opportunity. It's such a joy to share the gospel.!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I Have Many In This City Who Are My People. Acts 18:10 - Charles Spurgeon

This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne. They are Christ's property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them he will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which his Son has paid. He will not suffer his substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.
Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. "Neither pray I for these alone," saith the great Intercessor, "but for them also which shall believe on me through their word." Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on his breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace. "The time of figs is not yet." The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have his own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when he cometh forth with fulness of power-they must become the willing servants of the living God. "My people shall be willing in the day of my power." "He shall justify many." "He shall see of the travail of his soul." "I will divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong."

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

C.A.U.S.E. 2010: Marshall University

Our team took part in this years CAUSE project at Marshall University in Huntington,WV.  We were there for about 3 hours.  We had the opportunity to put the gospel into the hands of over 1000 people.  We also had several great conversations. I had the opportunity to speak with Josh who while he received the tract said " I don't think you should be here doing this, pushing your religion on people"  "I don't believe in God"  "Why is there death, disease, suffering, ect.?  To which I replied, " I'm not religious, I am here because I care about people".  I then answered his questions.  It seemed as if that disarmed him, then we were able to have a long conversation which included going through the law and the gospel.  Josh thanked me for speaking to him and said he would consider what we spoke about. Pray that Josh would come to repentance and faith in the Savior.
Dan talked to a couple of people today while passing out tracts.. One guy by the name of Caleb.. Caleb stated he was a Christian, but when Dan asked him "What must I do to be saved". Caleb could not clearly tell Dan how he could be saved... Dan shared the Gospel with him, and left Caleb with some thoughts... He also talked to Adrian. As Adrian walked by Dan and he started to hand her a tract she told him that the Bible was basically not God's Word and was politically changed... Dan talked with her for about 15 minutes about many different things.. Adrian's view on how one gets to Heaven was based upon doing good things, and loving your neighbor. Dan told her that his thoughts were different than hers and asked her which one is right.. Where do you look to find the authority on who's opinion is the correct one? Dan then led her to the 10 Commandments being God's Holy Law... He showed Adrian how we have violated God's Law and are bound for Hell, but repentance and faith will lead to Life. Dan had the impression that Adrian although being grounded in her beliefs did have a bit of a look of concern on her face as she was trying to place her eternal life in the hands of 'her' opinion instead of putting faith in Christ. Pray for Adrian.  
Vernon sharing with Josh.

Running short on sleep for this week's mission to Marshall, Bill was expecting to just pass out tracts. God had other plans, however, and ordained a meeting with Brandon, a young man who heard the law and the Gospel for the first time. He said he had been thinking about morality and the afterlife for some time, and was visibly moved when he was given his own personal copy of the bible to take and read. Please pray that God will give him ears to hear and that he will be born again!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Marshall University - October 2010

Bill and I had the opportunity to hand out hundreds of gospel tracts to the students at Marshall University. One particular guy named Anthony had walked by, got a tract, and continued onto class. After class he walked back by our location. He said that while he was in class he read the tract twice. He said that he was really convicted of his sin. I had a short time to speak with him. He understood that he needed to repent and trust the Savior..I pray that he does. Pray for Anthony.
Bill Sikes also had the opportunity to talk with several students at the campus. Among them were Erin, a cultural catholic who heard the biblical Gospel for the first time, and Dominic, an advocate of reincarnation who had questions about references to Jesus in the old testament. Bill also presented the law and the Gospel to Gerrica and Courtney, who both realized for the first time that their best efforts fall far short of God's expectation. Please pray for these and others to come to repentance and belief in the good news of Jesus Christ.

Monday, October 18, 2010

I Am Not Ashamed - Nov 6, 2010 Charleston Municipal Auditorium

Come hear Dr. David Menton, Ken Ham, Todd Friel.  Please be sure to come by the "Living Waters Resource Table" and say hello.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I decided to make this box for the upcoming Pumpkin Festival that out church is going to have a booth at. I will be adding lights to the inside of the box so the face will light up at night. :-)  We will also be able to use it when the kids come around Halloween night.  It will be a good opportunity for conversations and to hand out gospel tracts.  More to come....

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Gospel Message

Saturday, September 25, 2010

A Great Day at Marshall

Dan sharing the Gospel at Ritter Park

Bill Sharing the Gospel.

Dan, Bill and I started of our day at Ritter Park.  I read our weekly scripture and then we all proclaimed the gospel in the open air.  We then went to Marshall University and spoke with several people.  We had the Lie Detector with us and it was a great tool to have.  I spoke with several people.  One girl didn't realize then extent of her sin and knew she had to repent and trust the Savior.  She asked for a Bible. :-)  Another girl was from the Church of Christ and we spoke on Baptism most of the time...we gave her some things to think about how baptism doesn't save, but it is done in response to what Christ has done in a person life. ect.  She was very pleasant to talk with and hopefully we will run into Anna again.  I had a chance to speak with a guy who told me he was a Christian but hasn't been to church since coming to school. I asked him why he didn't have an answer. i was able to refer him to the website to find a local church. I also spoke with several other people and was able to talk with them as well.  Pray for them.  Dan was able to hand out several Gospel Tracts today, along with having several conversations with Students. Dan spoke with Ronald and Alisha about their Faith in Christ. That was a real encouragement to Dan to hear how they could tell how they were saved. Dan also was able to share the Gospel with Todd, who had no idea how one gets to Heaven.. Dan shared the Law and the Gospel with him, and was able to show Todd no matter what he does he can never meet God's standard of Righteousness. Dan also spoke with Wade a student on the Campus that was also a Christian, and was involved in a Student Ministry.. Keep Fishin!

Vernon speaking to Anna about baptism.

Bill sharing with two Muslims from Saudi Arabia.

Taking the Lie Detector Test..the girl on the left requested a Bible.

Bill sharing the Gospel.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Love Lustres at Calvary

My Father,
Enlarge my heart, warm my affections,
      open my lips,
   supply words that proclaim ‘Love lustres
     at Calvary.’
There grace removes my burdens and heaps them
     on thy Son,
   made a transgressor, a curse, and sin for me;
There the sword of thy justice smote the man,
     thy fellow;
There thy infinite attributes were magnified,
   and infinite atonement was made;
There infinite punishment was due,
   and infinite punishment was endured.
Christ was all anguish that I might be all joy,
   cast off that I might be brought in,
   trodden down as an enemy
     that I might be welcomed as a friend,
   surrendered to hell’s worst
     that I might attain heaven’s best,
   stripped that I might be clothed,
   wounded that I might be healed,
   athirst that I might drink,
   tormented that I might be comforted,
   made a shame that I might inherit glory,
   entered darkness that I might have eternal light.
My Saviour wept that all tears might be wiped
     from my eyes,
   groaned that I might have endless song,
   endured all pain that I might have unfading health,
   bore a thorny crown that I might have
     a glory-diadem,
   bowed his head that I might uplift mine,
   experienced reproach that I might receive
   closed his eyes in death that I might gaze
     on unclouded brightness,
   expired that I might for ever live.
O Father, who spared not thine only Son that thou
     mightest spare me,
All this transfer thy love designed and
Help me to adore thee by lips and life.
O that my every breath might be ecstatic praise,
   my every step buoyant with delight, as I see my
     enemies crushed,
   Satan baffled, defeated, destroyed,
   sin buried in the ocean of reconciling blood,
   hell’s gates closed, heaven’s portal open.
Go forth, O conquering God, and show me
   the cross, mighty to subdue, comfort and save.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Shawnee State University - Sept 2010

Gerald, Dan and myself made the journey to Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.  We met up with  Gary Chaffins from Grace Community Church of Portsmouth.   We all had several conversations and were able to utilize the "Lie Detector" from Living Waters.  The students really enjoyed it.  It sparked several people to start talking about how they thought they were good....but then they took the test and had second thoughts.  One person in particular named Marcus.  I was able to go through the law and the gospel with him.  He admitted if he was to die at that very moment "He would go to hell".  He knew that he needed to repent and place his trust in Christ alone to be saved.  He didn't have a bible so we gave him one.  Pray that Marcus would repent and trust in Christ. Praise the Lord for these wonderful conversations.
Gerald sharing with a student.
About to experience "The Lie Detector".
Dan patiently waiting.
Gary Chaffins sharing with a student.
It's "Lie Detector" time!!
Gerald sharing the gospel with two girls.
Dan was first able to speak with Dwayne. He had no idea what happened to someone after they died, but then went on to speak about either Heaven or Hell. Dan was able to speak with him briefly before his ride showed up. He took a Gospel Tract that Dan gave him and left.   Dan also spoke with two friends Aaron and Tyshon.  Aaron spoke, as Tyshon was pretty quiet.. Aaron believed that everyone goes to Heaven when they die. Dan was able to take them through the Law and Gospel and show them how we stand guilty before God for breaking the Laws of God. They are now aware that not everyone goes to Heaven when they die.  Dan also spoke with Tim who professed to be a Born Again Believer. Dan was able to pass out several Gospel Tracts to students as they came from the dorm area to the Campus. Gerald also passed out several hundred tract and had the opportunity to share the gospel with many students. Gerald is such an encouragement to us. Pray for all the students of Shawnee State and for all the seeds that were sown today.  Praise the Lord!!  Keep Fishin..

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Missionary Call: How do I Get One?

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas. Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21

The Missionary Call: How do I Get One?
By David Sitton on September 4th, 2010

I was never called to be a missionary, nor was I drafted. I volunteered. No special call was needed. I chose to go; I wanted to go; I was compelled to go. And where I go is determined by an open bible and a stretched-out map of the regions where Christ is still unknown and un-praised!

I chuckle when I hear missionaries and pastors talk about “surrendering to the call” of ministry. I always want to ask, “After you surrendered, were you water-boarded, or just hauled off in handcuffs and leg irons.” Was it really necessary for you to be abducted by a heavenly vision before you would go into the work of the gospel?

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas; Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21.

Getting called! David Sitton, searching for the Black Water region of Papua New Guinea, with the village leaders of Govimas. Bible opened to Rom 15:20-21

The missionary call is not like a prison dog that tracks us down, sniffs us out, and hog-ties us for the nations. That is silly-talk and really bad theology. Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.
Don’t Wait for a Call

No aspect of mission is more bogged down with extra-biblical baggage than the “missionary call.” The clear command of Christ “to go” should be, by itself, sufficient to set you on your way “into all the world… proclaiming the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). You can’t go wrong by trying to go. Trust the Lord to direct your moving feet. If you are convinced of your call to “stay”, this will only serve as added confirmation that you are right. Don’t fear the risk of ending up some place the Lord doesn’t want you. Too many already took that “risk” when they assumed a stateside ministry or vocation with no confirmation other than their own desires.

Dramatic calls to ministry are the exception. If you have it in your heart to go, then go. Then, lean on the sovereignty of God to get you where he wants you in the harvest.
Try to Go

Paul tried to go into Asia, but the Lord wouldn’t let him. He then tried to go to Bithynia, but was “kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.” Still, he kept trying to go. I count at least six cities in Acts 16 where Paul tried to take the gospel. It was only then that the Lord gave him a vision of the Macedonian. He woke up the next morning and immediately headed for the regions north, having “concluded that God had called them to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16:1-6

The point? Don’t complicate the missionary call! Get radical with the going and God will get radical in the specific guiding.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Marshall University: Fall 2010

Fall is an exciting time for our team in Huntington, WV. It's a time when the students come back to finish their schooling or it may be their first semester. We know we have a command to reach the lost with the gospel and that is what we did on this day. We care about people enough to put aside what or how they may think about us in order to share the truth with them. Today I had the pleasure of speaking with Garrett and Cody. Garrett came from a home where his Dad is a pastor. He has gone to church most of his life and has heard the gospel several times. He wasn't to clear some aspects of his faith. I was able to take share the gospel with him in our conversation. He said that he has repented of his sin and place his faith in Jesus. We spoke of some of the challenges he faces in the college environment and how to battle or make war with the sin in our lives. He asked for a handful of tracts to hand out to his friends and for those that cross his path. I was encouraged by his willingness to share his faith. Garrett is a football player for Marshall. Please pray for him and his team as they start the season.
I also had the opportunity to speak with Cody. He told me he sings in a gospel group. I asked him " if he knew what the word "gospel" meant? He didn't know. I explained to him what it meant and also had the opportunity to share the gospel with him. I asked Cody to examine himself and see if he was a Christian? He said he appreciated the conversation and would be thinking about it. He had to cut the conversation short to get to class. Please pray for Cody.

Dan was able to speak with Chris a Freshman in College about his Faith and the Gospel. Chris was able to tell Dan about his Salvation experience with much Clarity.. He was excited to see Chris's enthusiasm for Christ. Dan was also able to share the Gospel with a student named Tim.

Bill was blessed with the opportunity to share the gospel one-to-one with about 8 different individuals, including Mohamed, who had no idea who Jesus was, Ethan, who had never heard the Gospel before and requested a bible, along with several others. Regarding the discussions, Bill said, "It was a really diverse day as far as witnessing encounters go. I talked to a lot of different types of people, and even a few Christians, which was really encouraging. The young guy I spoke to named Ethan was really stunned by the weight of the Gospel and he said that he wanted a bible to learn more. I marked the Gospel of John and the book of Romans to help him get started, and I gave him some contact info. Please pray for him and all the others who received tracts and the message of the cross by word of mouth today!"  Keep Fishin!!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Hurricane City Wide Yard Sale

Every year Hurricane, WV has a city wide yard sale. Our church decided to use that time as as means to get the gospel out to the community. We also used it as a time to sell some things and donate all the money earned to the daughter of one of our members who will be going to East Asia. Gerald and I hit the streets on this day and had several great conversations and were able to pass out hundreds of tracts. Praisethe Lord!!

Fools for Christs Sake - Tony Miano

A short clip of my friend Tony Miano sharing the gospel. You can read more about Tonys evangelism encounters at The Lawman Chronicles.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Downtown Huntington 8-17-10

Bill and I went to Ritter Park. I began with our "Project Ezra' scripture reading of Jeremiah 7 and then continued sharing the Law and the Gospel. Bill got up to do his open-air and we had a group of people come and sit down and listen to him as they ate their lunch. Several people were handed tracts and heard the gospel. Then we headed into Downtown and were able to hand out several tracts. One person said "He wasn't sure he was going to die"...he didn't want to talk about what happens to you after you die....he just fled..pray for him. We did have the joy to meet two Chinese guys who upon talking to them and offering them a Chinese Bible they told us they were Christians. Their faces just lit up with joy talking about Jesus. They told us how they read their Bibles everyday and love His Word. They attend a nearby church. Bill and I couldn't recall meeting American Christians on our fishing trips that were as joyful as those two guys and love to talk about Jesus! Praise the Lord!! Keep Fishin!!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Huntington Rib Fest 2010

I can't believe it been one year since last years Rib Fest. This year was about the same as last year. I had the opportunity to hit the Rib Fest with my friend Kenny Taylor who is also my pastor. He leads by example and has been a great encouragement to me. Kenny has a genuine heart for the lost. He schedules other evangelistic outreaches in the community. We had a great time and were able to share the gospel with many. We pray that they would come to repentance and faith in the Savior.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Canada Day Gospel Outreach

Check out my friend Paul Latour and his wife Kim, along with their friend Pascal from Ottawa, Canada.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sunday Afternoon at Ritter Park - July 4, 2010

I had the opportunity to read Gods Word at Ritter Park in Huntington,WV. It was a beautiful afternoon. There were lots of people walking, running and riding bikes around the park. I set up and began to read 1 John for Project Ezra. While I was reading a woman and her son sat down at nearby picnic table to listen. After reading 1 John and proclaiming the Gospel I asked them not to only consider the freedom that was purchased 200 years ago, but the forgiveness that was purchased 2000 years ago through Christ. The little boy wanted a Bible and his mom thanked me for reading. Another woman stopped running briefly to say thank you for reading 1 John. Praise the Lord for the opportunity to read the Word in public. May many repent and believe. Keep Fishin.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Downtown Huntington - June 2010

Dan, Bill and myself headed to downtown Huntington. Vernon had a great conversation with a guy named Justin. He said "He was saved". When Vernon asked him How? Why? and How he could be saved Justin couldn't tell him. Justin was at a loss for words. He knew the lingo but that's it. Vernon spent the rest of his time explaining the gospel to Justin. Justin said "It makes sense" and was given a Bible. Pray that Justin would come to repentance and faith in the Savior. Dan spoke with a few people today one on one, and also handed out several Gospel tracts. One man that Dan spoke with was very confident that he was going to Heaven and assured Dan that he reads his Bible everyday and prays. Dan asked him if he was born again, and his response was that he did not identify with man made religion and was secure in 'his' beliefs and ways.. Dan told him that Jesus said, "You must be born again". At that point the man said he had to get to lunch and abruptly walked away. Dan also spoke to a gentleman that claimed that you get a belief (or in his mind saved) in you when you are little. Dan was not sure where he was going with that one, because Dan tried to speak to the man but he left quickly as well. Dan also had a few conversations with some beleivers(Kathleen and Jo). Bill had several conversations throughout the city as he passed out gospel tracts. later, We all went to Ritter Park and read John 3 and presented the Gospel in the Open-Air. Praise the Lord for this opportunity. Keep Fishin.