Archive for the ‘evangelism’ Category
Friday, April 10th, 2015
I believe a scripture that we really need to believe for every day and all the time is Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” If you have received Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior then you are good in Christ Jesus and you can claim that all your steps are ordered by the Lord. What a great promise that we will always be at the right place at the right time because our steps are ordered by the Lord. So when it comes to business opportunities, job opportunities, witnessing opportunities or any kind of good deals, we can always be at the right place at the right time to be a blessing or to get a blessing.
This is one reason why our Friday night street ministry goes so well. Every Friday night that we go out God leads us to the right street to talk to that person who is ripe and ready to hear the Gospel. If we will continue to listen to the Holy Spirit He will even show us the right words to say. A good example of this was this past Friday night. A Good Samaritan type woman had picked up a 17 year old girl off the streets of East St. Louis out of concern for the girls safety. She had been telling the girl that God would take care of her. Not long after that, the Good Samaritan lady pulled into the metro link parking lot where we had just gotten out of our van to witness. When we gave food and drink to the woman and the 17 year old girl she had picked up, the lady said to the young girl, “see I told you God would take care of you.” Needless to say, after I blessed the 17 year old girl with provision and witnessed to her about Jesus, she ended up praying with me to get saved.
If we will claim and believe Psalm 37:23, everyday of our lives can be fruitful and exciting like this.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
One of the most important things we can do as Christians is to spend a lot of time thinking about and meditating on how much God loves us. Knowing and believing the surpassing love that God has for us will help free us from stress, worry, and depression. The more revelation knowledge we have of God’s love for us, the more confidence we will have that God will never let us down and that He will always have our back. Because we know He loves we know we can trust Him to watch over His Word to perform it in our life if we will only believe.
Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Second Timothy 4:5 tells us to do the work of an evangelist which means every born again believer is to do the work of an evangelist. One of the jobs of an evangelist is to plant seed and that is simply preaching or sharing the Word of God with people. Any intelligent farmer knows that if he wants a wheat harvest he must plant wheat seed or if he wants a crop of corn he must plant corn seed. A smart farmer also knows that if you want a big crop you must plant a lot of seed and if you want a small crop you plant a little bit of seed. I know this sounds simple but yet how many ministers and Christians are praying and believing for a big harvest of souls to come into the Kingdom but yet they never plant any seed. If you want to see a big harvest of souls saved then go and witness to everyone around you. If you just want a little harvest of souls saved then go do just a little witnessing. The size of the crop always depends on the seed sower which is us.
Saturday, December 4th, 2010
Today I want to share a testimony from the Street Evangelism outreach of December 3rd that will illustrate the importance of relying upon the leading of the Holy Spirit as we are ministering to people. When we started the night out I had a neighborhood in mind that I was going to go to and when I was about to turn left onto a street to go that neighborhood the Holy Spirit gave me a check and then directed me to go straight instead. Continuing down that street we encountered a couple who (more…)
Friday, October 8th, 2010
I have just returned from my annual outreach to the Navajo Indians at the Northern Nation Navajo Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico. I have spent most of my adult life doing outreaches and mission trips. Sometimes I went as a participant under another ministry and sometimes I have led the trip or outreach. Missions trips are fun, being able to see new sights and experience a different culture, and they can be life changing not only for those who are the target of the ministry but also for the participants of the trip but we also need to realize that ministry is hard work. After all, Jesus said in His word, “Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:38. Notice the word laborers. I have been on different outreaches (more…)
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010
Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 I am heading off for the long journey from St. Louis to Shiprock, New Mexico to minister to the Navajo Indians at the 99th annual Shiprock Northern Navajo Nation Fair. There will be at least 120,000 Navajos at the parade on Saturday, October 2nd. I will be taking 6 other people with me; 5 students from the St. Louis Dream Center Ministry Academy and one man from the Genesis program. We will also be meeting a couple from Joel Osteen’s church in Lakewood, Texas down in Shiprock. We will be loaded with Gospel material to pass out. We will have around 15,000 Gospel tracts, 2000 Jesus stickers, over 1000 salvation bracelets, Navajo Bibles and other material to pass out. Pray that the material will get into the right hands and that it will bear much fruit and that we will have many divine appointments.
The scripture I feel like God has given me for this outreach is Joshua 1:3, “Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you…” I believe that we as the body of Christ need to start claiming this scripture for our neighborhoods, schools, cities, workplaces and wherever we go, claiming that people are going to be saved and that revival is going to take place wherever our foot shall tread. Joshua 1:3 was not written (more…)
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010
Some people may want to argue or disagree with me on this point but I believe a Christian who wins souls for Christ is going to encounter a lot more attacks from the kingdom of darkness than a Christian who just warms a pew every Sunday. This is one reason why soul winning is not for wimps. In case you haven’t noticed we are in a spiritual war. The devil wants to bring as many people to hell with him as possible and God wants everyone to go to heaven. 2 Peter 3:9b says that God is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” On the other hand the devil comes to kill, steal and destroy.
I can especially notice this warfare when it gets close to an outreach where a lot of people are going to get saved. (more…)
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010
A few weeks ago on a Friday night as were evangelizing on the streets of North St. Louis we stopped to minister to a group of people near the intersection of Clarence and Lee streets. Amongst this group of people were several boys around the age of 14. A few of them were more or less making fun of the whole situation of the ministry we were doing. They all prayed to receive Jesus but only couple of them looked serious about it. About one week after that a 14 year old boy was shot and killed near that same corner. I don’t know if the boy who was killed was one of the boys we ministered to but there is a chance that it was, and even if he wasn’t one of those boys it is a reminder of the fragility of life.
When we go out and evangelize, especially in high risk neighborhoods like the ones where we minister in North St. Louis on Friday nights, you have to realize that for some of the people you come in contact with this could be the last call and the last chance to get saved before going off into eternity. No matter where we live, no one is guaranteed tomorrow. So we need to take Jesus’ last command to go into all the world and preach the Gospel very seriously. I have noticed that God knows when people are going to die and He really works on getting the Gospel message to them before they die. Someday when you get to heaven you may have someone you witnessed to and prayed with to receive the Lord greet you and thank you for not staying home to watch the ballgame and instead went out to evangelize. We need to be instant in season and out of season and sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to preach the Gospel at all times.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
As some of you know I do a lot of street ministry and different outreaches to the lost every year. Recently I have been ministering in the inner city of St. Louis and at Fair St. Louis where thousands gather at the St. Louis Arch during the 4th of July for a concert, air show and fireworks. I also just evangelized the Four State Farm Show in Pittsburg, Kansas. One thing I have been struck with lately is why more people aren’t out evangelizing because there are so many people in this world who are without Jesus and therefore without peace and, to put it bluntly, headed to hell.
I believe the reason why many Christians don’t witness is because they don’t realize or believe the power there is in the Gospel. The Apostle Paul said, “I’m not ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God unto salvation.” When we open up our mouths and preach Jesus and the Word of God, the anointing of God will come down upon people and cause deliverance and salvation. If Christians believed this more they would be out witnessing. The Apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 3:5 that in the last days people would have a form of godliness but deny its power. When we as Christians don’t witness because we don’t believe it will do any good, then we are denying the power of the Gospel.
We need to confess every day Luke 4:18-19 over our lives, that the Spirit of the Lord is upon me because He has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. When we are full of God’s anointing and Holy Spirit we can’t fail. Blinders will come off the spiritual eyes of people and they will be saved, delivered and set free from any and every kind of bondage. So, like the Apostle Paul, get out there and quit being ashamed of the Gospel. Witness with confidence that there is great power in the Gospel to see the greatest harvest of souls this world has ever seen.
Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Ecclesiastes 11:4 in the Amplified translation says, “He who observes the wind [and waits for all conditions to be favorable] will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.”
This scripture became too real to me recently in Great Bend, Kansas while I was ministering at the 3-I Farm Show with the Fellowship of Christian Farmers. On the last day of the farm show the wind was incredibly strong. It was so strong that if felt like our tent would blow over. We needed to close the flaps on the tent and put the display table inside of the tent to keep the tent and materials from blowing away.
I have to admit that I did not feel like witnessing and a big part of it was because of the fierce blowing wind which was also cold making it a miserable day weather wise. But thank God I did not observe the wind or wait for all conditions to be favorable or else I wouldn’t have witnessed because the conditions were anything but favorable. In the midst of a strong windstorm I stepped out and started ministering to 3 people and all of them prayed with me to receive Jesus. From that point on throughout the day many more prayed to receive the Lord, including 2 guys from England, one guy from Australia and Future Farmers of America kids from Great Bend and Ellinwood.
As long as we wait for conditions to be perfect we will never see very many souls saved.