Battle Log

London Team

Friday, 14 November, 2008

Posted by Posted 22 November 2008, 5:07 PM by Rob Hughes. Permalink

<!-- /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:EN-GB; mso-fareast-language:EN-GB;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> Our team on Friday evening consisted of my brother James, Philip, Andrew, Carl, Wesley, James (a friend of Wesley) and Steve (Andrew’s friend). God has been very kind to us in that He is adding to our number and it really is a blessing to have new brothers in the Lord come and join us.

We were back in our regular spot along the railing. Many of the artists were plying their trade, as was our antagonist friend, who really, really, does not like us. My earnest hope is that the Lord would soften his heart so do please pray for him.

After standing up to preach it was a good while before a sizeable crowd took shape. However, when it did it was very good in that it stayed for a quite some time. There were a number of hecklers, in particular a young man named Jack. He had many questions and objections and they ranged from things like “Why does God allow suffering in the world?” to ridiculous claims like “It’s been proven that there is no God!” Death and suffering is a result of man’s fall. This world is cursed because of sin and that is how it is. I understand the pain a person goes through when they lose a loved one. Yet I can never lay the blame at God. He is not the author of sin, man is. As to the claim that it has been proven that there is no God, well, I for one would LOVE to see the evidence that supports this claim.

You may be wondering why there are no photos with this report. My bother did have his camera with him; however, he was too busy talking with people to take any pictures. That sure is a blessing! We were all too busy to do so and it really is wonderful to know that the Lord is using us in this way.

Looking back on the evening one thing for me was very clear. When the Word of God is preached, when His holy law is proclaimed, people are convicted of their sin and they are made to examine themselves. This was made so clear to me and I can’t stress the importance of preaching sin, righteousness and judgment in accordance with preaching the love and grace of our great God. Towards the end of his life John Newton said these words: “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things, that I am a great sinner, and that Christ is a great Saviour." We must labour to make this known to people so that they can fully appreciate and appropriate the grace and mercy of the Lord.

Soli Deo Gloria!

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