Thursday, April 30, 2009

This call may be monitored for quality assurance

Well, I suspect that the last several calls from U.S. Bank have been monitored for quality control purposes and someone didn't like that every time someone called trying to get us to go in debt they got the Gospel instead! I have not received anymore calls from them for over 2 months.

One thing that I do know for sure is that I was faithful with the opportunity that the Lord had given to me. I pray for those people and wonder if Jeff ever bought a Bible and repent? Did Ellen ever share the Gospel with anyone and was she encouraged? Did Christina ever recover from the shock of thinking about death? Here's the previous posts.

http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2008/10/i-love-phone-solicitors.html

http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2008/10/another-phone-fish.html

http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2009/01/i-love-us-bank.html

I laugh at all those calls I received while being on the do-not-call list. But, I do and always will continue to pray for those people. I wonder if I will ever meet someone in heaven and the Lord introduces us by saying, "Your obedience was the means I had ordained for this believer to be saved. Yes, your obedience really did matter."

I know God isn't wringing His hands in heaven waiting for me or any other believer for that matter to act. I still am in awe that God would condescend to use a peon like me to share a message of salvation with anyone. Look for those opportunities especially the ones that come to you that He places in your lap. I know there were so many that I have had that I squandered. I am thankful that He gives me the opportunities that He does. It is the very least I can do for a God that is so great.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

His name was Micah

I was out in the backyard when I heard someone yell from the top of the hill in the front yard. He was from one of those companies trying to sell prepackaged meat and seafood from his truck. I let my husband know from the basement that someone was at the front door. I went back to my gardening project because a lot of rain was predicted for the next several days and it was going to be dark soon. I was exhausted and had been working 10-12 hours per day on this for several days and nothing was going to stop me from getting this done before the rain.

Then the Lord said, "Get your head off of yourself and your project and go open that new box of tracts that just came in and don't miss this opportunity that I just sent to your door!" Ouch.

I had just ordered a lot of tracts for the Kentucky Derby this week-end and hadn't had a chance to open them up. Now was the perfect opportunity. My son had already raided the tract stash in an attempt to give one to this guy. He was unaware of the new ones that had arrived. We pulled out one of the celebrity millions and headed up to talk to this guy.

Our son is becoming more bold about sharing the Gospel and so he gave him one. It was a "Harrison Ford" million. He laughed and thought is was really neat as my son said, "Thanks a million." He then asked him if he had a religious background. He said, "Well yeah, my name is Micah!" We laughed and then he proceeded to tell us that his grandfather is a preacher in Virginia. Hmmm, just because grandpa is a preacher doesn't mean you're saved.

But, it seems to be the case for many I talk to in the Bible belt, they're all saved. I can't say whether he was a Christian or not nor was that even my goal. I just wanted to make sure that ultimately the guy was able to hear the Gospel before he left. My son told him to read the back of the tract. He did and was very kind but since it was late and he was trying to sell the rest of what he had on his truck, he couldn't stay long. We talked briefly about repentance and faith and he nodded in affirmation. He kept affirming what we were saying to him.

When I had opened the box to pull out my new tracts, I also grabbed a "Why Christianity?" tract by Ray Comfort. You can order this tract at www.livingwaters.com. It is an almost 20 page mini booklet that you can give to someone when sharing the Gospel. It begins by using the analogy of jumping from a plane. Would you want the Mona Lisa, a new Lamborghini, a million dollars, or a parachute? It then shares details of a heinous crime that was committed against a child, asks what the reader believes should be done to the murderer and then compares Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity. The complete Gospel is given at the end showing that Christianity is the only way.

I wouldn't hand them out indiscriminately because they are about 50 cents each. I love this tract and had never used it before. Micah started flipping through it and reading a little as we continued to try to see if he thinks he's good enough to go to heaven or does he realize that no one is good enough. Micah was very excited and said emphatically, "I'm going to read it as soon as I get in my truck!" We know he had to go, but I pray that the little my son and I were able to share was able to plant the seed in the heart of this young man if he was unsaved. I was really impressed with this tract and look forward to using it in the future. Oh, and uh, I got my project complete before the rain.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Getting Ready for the Derby!

I have one prayer request: please pray for no rain this Saturday! I am going to be in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby on the corner of 4th and Central with my son handing out tracts. My movie star millions arrived today and I'm thrilled!

Also, a dear friend of the family lost his father after a long illness. My husband will be traveling to the funeral in a different city on Saturday.

Pray for travel mercies for us all and may the Gospel go forth!

Suffering to Learn

This has been such a simultaneously difficult and very blessed season of my life. I think it quite providential that at the time that I have been drawing nearer to the Lord, I have seen this series of sermons, which amazingly, address the very aspect of the difficulty that I am currently experiencing.

In the Fall of 2008, I felt led to memorize the book of 1 Peter. My memory is horrible and I struggle to retain things after a car accident scrambled my brains in 1994. I'd never had the gumption to try to memorize a book before but I knew that I was impressed to learn this.

Then in early 2009, Pastor Mark Driscoll started a series on 1 Peter. Wow! How amazing that I had a primer on 1 Peter for 3 months and then the Lord allows extra exposition and practical application through this sermon series. Through this, I have felt the Lord's presence in ways I have never experienced and while I can't necessarily say that this is on the top ten list of things I would like to experience, it is so beneficial and I am thankful for what the Lord is showing me. Pastor Mark addresses the root of the difficulty that both my husband and I are experiencing during this season. This video addresses suffering when it is being committed against you and you are not committing any sin. You can start the video at 5:40 as this is where he begins the sermon.

May you be richly blessed, if perhaps, you are being sinned against for doing right and living with integrity and you don't know what to do with suffering.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Do you obey even when it seems stupid?

I have been blessed by an incredible season of God using me in ways I couldn't have imagined. I don't say this with false modesty but, I really do blow it on a daily, sometimes an hourly basis with regard to my thoughts and actions as a Christian. So, I guess that is why I am really amazed that God has even allowed the opportunities He has.

The first one, began when I took my sons to get their haircut. There is a barbershop up the road from our house. A stylist whom I attended church with in another city almost a decade ago works there. She and I have always wanted to "catch up" but the last time I went in, I felt compelled to schedule a lunch time for fellowship. This wasn't the normal oh-I-want-to get-together-and-gab feeling this was a compulsion of necessity. I grabbed my calendar and scheduled a date. We had lunch on Monday. What a blessing! I got to know her better and she told me her story. She became a Christian after she had married. She has prayed for her husband's salvation for over 20 years. He is still unsaved. This is where the story get interesting. I scheduled the lunch date on the 15th. Unknown to me, she received a letter from their son the week-end of the 18th and we had lunch on the 20th. The news in the letter was devastating to both her and her husband and they wept that week-end.

On Monday, we met and I was able to equip her not only to share the Gospel with her husband but able to give her some tools for her workplace. She is a strong Christian and walks through difficulty well. Her gentle, quiet spirit will be winsome to her husband. Her words to me were that she didn't know how to share the Gospel and while she knows scripture, she is the ONLY light in her workplace. Her co-workers could be described as a bitter Catholic who is obsessed with performing rituals to make sure his salvation is in "good standing," a gay man who has frequent fights with his boyfriend, and the owner who commiserates with the gay man when she has a fight with her husband. She attends a questionable church that likes to read excerpts from books by Brian McLaren (one of the emergent church gurus).

My friend knows she has a mission field and she believes that every person that sits in her chair is an opportunity to share the Gospel. She just didn't know HOW. I gave her several examples and we role played several scenarios. I gave her a copy of Way of the Master and Hell's Best Kept Secret. I also encouraged her to attend an Academy out in Los Angeles. What a wonderful time of fellowship it was with this sister! Pray for her ministry opportunities and her personal family situation and the salvation of her husband and son.

Two days later, on Wednesday, I had to go to Sam's Club. I always like to see what they have in the back "clearance" corner. While I was there, I ran into a woman that I vaguely remembered. Our daughters attended the same preschool almost 10 years ago. She and I spied some Adirondack chairs and were curious about the price. Since I had arrived first, she asked if I was interested in them too. When I told her I was, she said that since I was there first she was going to go on shopping. She wasn't going to pursue them. The sales lady came with the price, but I decided against them.

So, I decided head to the check out. Again, there was a compulsion like I had felt when I knew I needed to schedule a lunch date and this time it was accompanied by what I like to call an "audible thought" that said, "Find her!" I thought, "That's ridiculous! This is Sam's Club and it's huge and packed and she probably didn't want them anyway." I pushed my cart further and was then told by the Lord, "You need to find this woman and tell her you don't want the chairs." I said, "Lord, if this is what you want, you will have to find her for me because I have to go and she already said she didn't want them." As I pushed the cart towards the check out what do you know, the next to the last aisle I found her. I went up to her and said, "Excuse me m'am, I just wanted to let you know that I decided against those chairs and just wanted to let you know." As soon as I said that, she remarked how that was kind and then began to tell me that they were trying to sell their house and she thought they would look good in her back yard to try to help sell her house. She then told me about some difficulty that she was experiencing and about job uncertainty with her husband as a major employer in our city just laid off over 300 people a few days before. About then she said, "You look familiar." I told her that I had remembered that our daughters attended pre-school together almost a decade ago. She then, shared a few more things and I then knew why I was there. I felt like I was to share a portion of the difficulty we'd been through recently.

I began to share with her the difficulty of the trials we had been through over the last 3 years and how they intensified over the last 8 months. I shared with her the wonderful things that resulted from these trials and that the trials brought us to the end of ourselves and our own self-reliance. Idols were torn down in our lives. I shared with her our own house woes having survived 22 months of double house payments and other difficulties and brought it back to how beneficial the trial was to my husband in particular.

As I began to tell her the things that changed in my husband as a result of the trial, tears welled up in her eyes. I gave her some resources to help her be encouraged in the Lord and I told her run to the Lord and stay there through this. She leaned forward and grabbed my neck and gave me a hug. All she could say was, "You have no idea how similar our stories are. I needed to hear this today because this morning I was at a particularly low point because we have many decisions to make. I think you were sent by the Lord."

I was stunned, but I believe I was too. I have to tell you, I don't normally go sharing such things with complete strangers or people I only vaguely remember from a decade ago, but I felt compelled. I truly felt that if I didn't find her and tell her about the chairs, that I would have been disobedient on an incomprehensible level. I know the chairs were only the mechanism by which the Lord provided so that I would be able to start a conversation with this lady. Even though my first thought was, "This is stupid," I know that it was orchestrated by God to encourage another sister in Christ.

It has also made me more mindful of obeying little promptings and not being so quick to dismiss them as just a capricious whim on my part. It also has made me to be even more faithful with Bible reading and memorizing the Word because I can not be used if I am empty.

I encourage you to train your spiritual ear to not only hear but obey the promptings that are placed within your heart even if they seem stupid or off the wall. I have had these things happen in the past, but not as often in the last 2-3 years. I believe it is because of the season that the Lord allowed us to walk through and with all the insights that He has given to me as a result of this time of refining, I believe that I can encourage others to run to the Lord. Keep your spiritual ears open and cultivate an obedient willing spirit that can be used be the Lord.



Monday, April 20, 2009

Ministry opportunities abound!

Well, it's been a busy week-end. I went to a convention in another state and handed out lots of tracts. But, the exciting news is that no sooner had I posted about my spiritual obesity and needing to serve, God provided an opportunity!

He knows that I deeply desire to walk in obedience to Him and I also want to help in any way I can. I have been praying for so long that we would be able to serve in a church that wants to tell people about Jesus. I am truly convinced that chasing people down to make a decision for Christ is the least effective and downright least obedient route for sharing the Gospel. It is emotionally manipulative and creates false converts. However, if you do not have the infrastructure laid do disciple those who are new in Christ, then they are in danger of never making it past the spiritual milk/baby stage of the Christian walk.

We believe we have been led to a church where the pastor is truly committed to evangelism and wants people to be soundly saved. He called on Thursday of last week asking if I could take a person to the doctor whom he had been in contact with. It was a wonderful opportunity to touch base with this lady who is going through an extremely difficult time in her life. On our ride to her appointment, she shared that her husband is questioning if there is really a God. Please be in prayer for this couple and that as we share the full Gospel with them that the Lord would continue to draw them to Him.

The Derby is coming in a few weeks and I am getting very excited about sharing the Gospel! I've never been to the Derby because I have never had a desire to go just for the sake of the Derby. But, to share the Gospel will be incredible!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Are you a spiritually obese Christian?

"If missions languish, it is because the whole life of godliness is feeble. The command to go everywhere and preach to everybody is not obeyed, until the will is lost by self-surrender in the will of God. There is little right giving because there is little right living, and because of the lack of sympathetic contact with God in holiness of heart, there is a lack of effectual contact with him at the Throne of Grace. Living, praying, giving and going will always be found together, and a low standard in one means a general debility in the whole spiritual being.” Arthur T. Pierson

I read this quote the other day and was struck by the truth contained within it. We are all called to missions- some to go overseas, some to within their own neighborhoods- but by and large it is a command that is largely ignored even by evangelical churches.

How many times do we live and behave as spiritual consumers? I have been just as guilty of consuming and consuming and not obeying or giving back. I may not have started out on a really good spiritual diet and at times the availability of good teachings were few and far between. But now, I am like the bloated, obese carcass of a beached whale. I haven't "arrived" nor will I ever spiritually, but I have enough knowledge and life experience to give back and help teach and encourage new Christians and to share the Gospel with the lost.

I have 4 children and the oldest will be a teen next month and our next child will be a teen next year and have learned what works and doesn't work with pre-teen children. Why am I not encouraging younger parents? I will be married 20 years next year and am relatively mature in my spiritual walk yet there is a tendency to just sit in church, week after week and consume. We as women need to become that Titus 2 woman to the younger women. You don't have to wait until your life is almost over to do this. So there is an opportunity to serve within the body of Christ. But what about sharing the Gospel with the unsaved within your community?

I find that there is a lot of lip service given within churches to "go and preach the Gospel" but in reality, very little is done within the community they serve. We pat ourselves on the backs for taking the Gospel to remote places in the world, but locally besides Easter egg hunts or 4th of July picnics labeled as "outreaches" very little of the Gospel is really shared within the local community. I am not against outreaches to the community, however we need to couple sharing the Gospel with action motivated by love.

My Academy roommate who lives in Arizona shared her frustration that the outreach in her church amounted to handing out bottles of water to strangers on the street but not sharing the Gospel; not even a tract was handed out. These are just worthless gimmicks that are a waste of time. If we hand out bottles of water, food, or offer to change oil in the cars of single mothers we need to give them the reason for the hope we have within. Our action demonstrates we love but if we fail to tell them why we love then we have gained nothing. If they die going home in their car with newly changed oil or they drink the bottle of water and die on the way home without repenting and believing in Christ, their fate is sealed forever. This should alarm us!

We visited a church last year and I was angered to the point I almost stood up and left. The minister came out, sat on the stage and played a video clip. The video clip had the sound removed and showed a man holding a large sign which had a message about sin and hell while he was speaking into a bullhorn. I don't know what the man was saying, but the preacher then used 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 and preached a horrible reductionistic sermon about how we are just supposed to love people into the kingdom by working and keeping silent! Here are the 2 verses:

11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

He took these 2 verses totally out of context and used these verses to say that God's Word says that this is proof that we are not to be overt in our efforts. He asserted that they WILL come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ if we just work quietly side by side with the lost and just "smile and wave at them" like the penguins from the movie Madagascar. The icing on the cake is when he brought out a book by Brian McLaren, the emergent church guru, and started reading a bunch of heresy to complete his sermon.

I am not a fan of the "sign people" although I do consider them brothers and sisters in Christ. But at least that man in the video is not sitting in his church as a spiritually bloated consumer unable or unwilling to share the Gospel.

We need to have a balanced approach to sharing the Gospel. We all don't need to be on a box on a corner to be successful. Have you shared the Gospel with your neighbor? Bake them muffins or bread, mow their lawn or offer to watch their house when they're gone because you need a touch point, but at some point you HAVE to open your mouth. What about getting involved with a local jail ministry? Did you know that most public schools are looking for tutors for school children and that this relationship can last over the summer break? What an opportunity to make the difference in the life of a child or their families by introducing them to Jesus. Have you volunteered at a local food bank? Most communities have a Ronald McDoanld House for families with terminally ill children. Go volunteer there by cooking and serving a meal or driving the van to pick up families at the hospital. They always need help. Homeless shelters are also a wonderful place to make a difference and meet people who may not know Christ.

You can even share the Gospel within the church by teaching a children's class. I have a friend in California that teaches Kindergarten through 2nd grade in her church. She is sharing the Gospel with these kids each week. If you have children, your greatest mission field are your children. Have younger couples over to your home to encourage them in their marriage and in raising Godly families. But to willingly neglect sharing the Gospel message is in error when you know that these individuals are not saved.

We are looking for ways to be more deliberate with our neighbors and to not only be Christ to them by our actions but to share Christ with them by opening our mouths. I encourage you to make a list of 5 neighbors that you don't know and make it a point to meet all 5 of them within the month. That's about 1 per week. Take something over to them, say "Hello" and find out if they have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Listen up, you professing atheists!

I had the honor of filming my son reading the last part of Matthew 28-the Great Commission on Good Friday as he practiced open air reading of the Gospel. Three short years ago today, he had never heard of God, Jesus, or any of the other familiar Bible stories most children know. Three years ago he didn't even speak or read English.

video

Those first few months here, I communicated the truths of God and His existence. He told me that in Russia, he had asked many people how the trees got here? Where did the animals come from? Where did all the people come from? Everyone he asked, no one knew. But, he knew deep down there was something bigger in control. Even as a child in a godless country that had spent almost 100 years trying to erase any vestiges of God he, in theory, shouldn't have even ackowledged a Creator for none had ever been spoken to him.

The first book that we studied together was Romans. Romans 1:18-23 states:

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

He would read in his little Russian Bible and I would let the truth of God's word soak in to his heart and soul. Without Sunday school or a preacher to teach him, ONLY the Word of God, and our discussions I asked him one day if he now had an answer to his former questions? He had only been home for 4 months and we still communicated primarily in Russian and I'll never forget his answer as his eyes lit up as he said, "Это Бог!" (It is God!)

He KNEW instinctively in his conscience there was something bigger than him that had to have put this planet and everything on it in motion. He just didn't know who or what it was. Oh the arrogance of the professing "atheist!" You can not say in your heart there is no God only because you deny the muffled screams of your deadened conscience that you suppress! Please, humble yourself and repent and place your faith in Jesus Christ!

The argument which states that you can't use the Bible to prove that there is a God is just not true. God's Word states that even without the Bible that ALL of creation is testimony to the creative hand of the Almighty God. It proved to be true in the life of this little boy who knew there was something bigger than himself and waited until God sought him and plucked him out of a desolate land and revealed Himself to him. Think about these truths and let it sink in.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

This is what He did for all of us and especially for my son. While he was still a sinner He died for him and then because he couldn't seek God, God sought him.


Saturday, April 11, 2009

Mission Good Friday 2009

For Mission Good Friday, we headed downtown. We decided to go early because severe weather was forecast in the afternoon and for the remainder of the evening. I headed with my "team" complete with umbrellas and open air "boxes." This was across the street from our courthouse and in front of the central library. My eldest son was the camera crew, but at times it was a little shaky. Just listen to the audio, because the video isn't that important.

While I was reading, it began to rain. After it stopped, two gentlemen stood in front of me and listened to the whole reading. One was a homeless man named Paul and the other was Joseph. I was able to share the Gospel with them even though both of them professed Christianity. Paul said he was a bad Catholic but was a very good person. We were able to share law and grace and encourage him to not rely on his works to get him to heaven because there is nothing that he can do to get to heaven on his own. Joseph said he was a Christian and I asked him what he would tell me if I had a knife in my back and 2 minutes to live and wanted to go to heaven. He said call on the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved. I explained that repentance is key. I explained repentance and clarified the difference between godly sorrow and worldly sorrow and encouraged him to walk in obedience and if he had habitual sin he struggled with, to repent and God would give him the strength to escape.

I'm not some whack job out there wildly screaming at people and never explaining that they are sick. Until they see they are ill the cure will never make sense. I am just someone who is deeply burdened for the lost and feel the weight of responsibility God has placed upon my shoulders to walk in obedience. I am grateful for what the Lord has done for me by His death on the cross that I could barely maintain my composure when I had to read, "Crucify him! Crucify him!"

I guaran-dang-tee you those men would not have darkened the door of my church or perhaps any church this Easter Sunday. There is a dying world that needs to hear the Gospel and if we are going to continue with the arrogant thought and attitude that we will just keep building more and more churches and they will come, we are deluded. God doesn't need my help. He needs my obedience and EVERY Christian has been given the duty of sharing the Gospel and making disciples. This job is not reserved "just" for the pastor of the church. The pastor should be equipping believers to GO OUT and share the Gospel and make converts as well as feeding the flock. The pastor of a church has a great responsibility placed upon his shoulders, but he is not the only "authorized" person to share the Gospel.

When we as Christians stop playing church and actually walk in obedience, churches will become vibrant centers where living water flows (John 4) from them to quench the thirst of a dying world and it will stop being a holding tank for converts who have become bloated carcasses who do nothing but consume.


Monday, April 6, 2009

Is abortion really murder?

While this is primarily and evangelism oriented blog encouraging believers to share their faith, I believe strongly in the right of the unborn. Hollywood declares that this human being, an image bearer of God, is simply a choice- nothing more, nothing less. However, watch this video clip and see how far we have strayed from when this original movie was made to the time of the remake.



Over the holidays I had a conversation with my niece. She lives at a boarding school and graduates next month to go to college. In the name of having a "superior education" she has been indoctrinated by the post-modern, feminist, Darwinistic worldview which advocates survival of the fittest which was picked up by the likes of Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood. She is so educated she can't argue her way out of theological paper bag yet professes to be a Christian. It's sad. She actually believes that it's OK to abort a child up to a certain point because she reasoned that it can't feel and it is unconscious so it's excusable. However, when pressed to reveal that defining point in a pregnancy when it is OK to kill the child and when it is not OK, she couldn't answer.

In spite of being shown the video of Gianna Jessen (click here to see the video http://chipperfisher.blogspot.com/2009/01/in-honor-of-sanctity-for-human-life-day.html who was a survivor of a botched abortion attempt, all she could focus on was the fact that Ms. Jessen seemed to "talk meanly" to the men as she was exhorting the members of the Australian Parliament to vote against supporting a measure similar to the Infants Born Alive Act in Australia because she sharply admonished them, "to be men and act honorably and do what is right for the unborn, the weakest members of society because she was tired of doing their job."

After that, I became even more resolute about the education of my children and making certain that they did not become casualties of the culture. I am teaching them about the current world view that is so pervasive in America right now. They will be equipped to logically dismantle arguments that their peers try to use to justify a God-forsaken worldview.

A wonderful place for information on the current worldview and how to communicate these truths to the culture around you and equip your children is http://www.worldviewweekend.com. Attend a "Code Blue Rally" in your area and in a 3-hour seminar get an overview of the most dangerous philosophies invading the schools and the culture. I believe the information will also be very helpful when sharing the Gospel and you encounter the typical "atheist" (a.k.a. agnostic) who believes in evolution. It is imperative that you constantly expand the tools in your tool bag you use when evangelizing so you may be equipped to encounter the culture wisely.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The Biggest Evangelistic Opportunity of the Spring

Kentucky Derby



If you've spent anytime at all in Kentucky, you know what happens the first Saturday in May: The Kentucky Derby. This will be a wonderful time to share the Gospel because so many people converge from all over the world to Louisville, Ky. Many trust in the money and their family name to get them into heaven.

Bill Adams of Sport Fan Outreach will be attending the Oaks and the Derby and has a schedule of events on his website. Click here to find the schedule of events. http://www.sfoi.org/?p=530 They will be here Thursday through Sunday. The Kentucky Oaks is on Friday and they have an outreach scheduled for that event and the Kentucky Derby is the next day, on Saturday. If you participate through the Sports Fan Outreach site they can arrange meals, and accomodations for you at Southern Seminary in Louisville. If you've ever heard anything about the Kentucky Derby, it's probably been about the Infield. The Infield is where every form of debauchery and the like takes place under the guise of "having a good time."

There are several people who have been to the Ambassador's Academy who are planning on attending. If you are in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Missouri, or Kentucky please consider joining us.

If you are in the area, come join us for a concentrated time of witnessing and evangelism at an even where literally 10's of thousands of people will be.

Here is the official Kentucky Derby website which will give you more information about the event. http://www.kentuckyderby.com/2009/

The Biggest Evangelistic Opportunity of the Summer

Ichthus Festival

If you want THE evangelistic opportunity of the summer, come to Ichthus Festival in Wilmore, Ky, June 10-13th 2009. Ichthus can't be explained, it has to be experienced. It used to be held every April until they moved it to June to try to avoid the rain. Of course, when it was moved to June it got deluged too. It is like a "Christian" Woodstock complete with mud-romps all under the guise of Christianity.

Every band in the Christian music world descends on this little town for this festival. This year will be the 40th anniversary of the festival. Approximately 20,000 people attend this event. That's right, 20,000! The size of the town doubles during that week-end.

While most of the people who attend are sincere, they are sincerely wrong. They have a form of godliness and they truly believe that they are behaving and responding as Christ would have them, but truth be told their hearts are far from God.

There are many anemic sermons given throughout the festival begging the youth to come to Jesus and give their hearts to him because there is a God-shaped hole that only he can fill. Hell is not mentioned and repentance isn't explained. Many who were asked to define repentance at Ichthus believe that repentance means saying you're sorry. This isn't a jaded observation on my part. Check out their "beliefs" page (below). There is no mention of repentance being necessary at all.

Beliefs
  • That the one God—eternal, holy, and all-powerful—exists in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • That Jesus Christ is the “only begotten” Son of God. That anyone who calls on the Father, in the name of Jesus, and believes that He is the Son of God, sent to bring salvation, will be saved.
  • That Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, resurrection, sending of the Holy Spirit, and final return provide everything necessary for human salvation, holy living, and an eternal life of ever-deepening worship, intimacy, and joy in God.
  • That the Bible—Old and New Testaments—is divinely inspired, without error in all that it affirms, and is the authoritative source of faith and practice imparted to every generation by the Holy Spirit.
If you are in the area or are interested in attending, a group of us are making plans now to attend. Please contact me via e-mail and I will include you in the communication and plan making. It will be here before you know it. Check out the video to get a feel for the wonderful evangelistic opportunity that awaits at this year's festival.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Suffering to Bless

Since last year, our family has been going through difficulty and trial. We have learned much through this trial so it has been valuable. I just watched this video of a sermon by Mark Driscoll and it really helped focus my perpective and also challenged me to maintain the right attitude and perspective while we are walking through our valley. I really took some instruction from him showing the correct way we should respond. I have a tendancy to withdraw and not want to "bother" anyone with my problems. But, by isolating yourself, you may be depriving another borhter or sister in Christ from ministering to you and giving Christlike support to you. I also especially liked his perspective on evangelism. Around the 40 minute mark he addresses point #4 which relates to evangelism. Take an hour or so and listen to this sermon and be encouraged by the message.