Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Dan, Bill and myself decided to head up to Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. We had made prior arrangements with campus security before our arrival. Security was watching our every move from the beginning at least for the first 45 minutes. Once they figured out that we weren't causing a commotion they left. ( It could have been the 25 degree temps not counting the wind chill) We met up with Pastor Gary Chaffins and Tim Duduit from Grace Community Church of Portsmouth, Ohio. Things started out slow but then kicked into high gear. We had several conversations and in over a few hours get the gospel into over 500 peoples hands. Dan spoke with Amber who said she was a Christian but fell away from God for about a year, then God brought her back again this year.. He asked her how she would explain to someone about how to become a Christian.. She was really unclear about it, so Dan took her through the Law and Gospel, and left her with the thoughts of how we have broken God's Holy law and then explained the Gospel. Amber left having a clear description of the Gospel. Pray that Amber would examine herself and see if she is in the faith. 2 Cor 13:5. Pray for all who recieved the gospel and that many would come to repentance and faith in the Savior.
We then all got lunch at Hickie's Hamburger Inn and then went back to Grace Community Church to just hang out a bit. Gary and Tim were really encouraging to us. They both have a genuine concern for the lost and a desire for sound teaching. If your ever in the area of Portsmouth, Ohio visit Grace Community Church and you will be fed well. Keep Fishin!!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Colleen just called me and was so excited….she shared the Gospel with a lady at the gym this morning and the lady apparently got saved or getting saved…way to long of a story to tell by email but it was really something….Here is a brief summary --- Colleen told the lady to lose the Rosary deal ( she is a catholic and wears a big crucifix and was talking about her doing the Rosary to Colleen) and turn to God for rest and salvation…shared 2 ways to live and she completely understood and was very much awakened to her need to repent and confess Jesus as Lord ..…this all took place in front of several other folks in the room and of course Colleen prayed and the lady was completely blown away by the Truth, she completely understood repentance for the 1st time in her life and her need to have her sin forgiven. She is going home to read John. Please pray for Loraine and praise God for who He is and what He is doing with Loraine.
This event with Colleen and Loraine reminded me how easy it is to share Jesus and His Gospel with strangers without becoming good friends prior to sharing the Gospel with them. It also reminded me of the many opportunities there are to share the Gospel if we only pay attention and take those opportunities….Loraine and Colleens conversation started out by Colleen telling Loraine good morning then Loraine complaining back to Colleen telling how stressed out she was and that she has a headache over all the issues she is dealing with….Colleen told her the Bible says in Mathew that Jesus calls all who are weary and heavy laden to come to Him and He will give you rest….the lady tells Colleen she goes to church some and she prays the Rosary – then Colleen was “off to the races” with the Gospel……this a sober reminder for me and hopefully you as well to look for and take advantage of ministry opportunities like this. Colleen is the one who was blessed today as a result her obedience and her joy was really cool to see…so cool that I am writing this email to all of you.
Go share your faith while you still have time!!! Keep Fishin!!
Monday, January 4, 2010
We all had a great day. We started off with our "Project Ezra" scripture reading at Ritter Park and then headed to Downtown Huntington, WV. to meet up with Dan and the cross.
Bill had a great discussion with Mike, a 20 something guy who was raised in a baptist church, who had made a profession of faith in Jesus as a child and had been baptised. He was quick to note that he doesn't trust in Jesus now and that he's currently trying to "figure things out" as far as faith and God are concerned. Bill was able to go through the law with Mike, and present the gospel of Jesus to him. Mike left with a million dollar bill tract in hand and promised to consider his eternity and what he and Bill discussed.