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Saturday, 28 September, 2013
Another rainy and windy day in Plymouth hampered Charles and I somewhat in our outreach today, with wind blowing the cross and intelligence test board over, signs flapping everywhere and we had to run for shelter at one point, but it was still an eventful couple of hours.
Charles was already witnessing to a young man when I arrived, and it turned out he had witnessed to him over a year ago. This man believed in reincarnation and the Hari Krishna movement (although he was in trouble as he didn't have a pony tail to be pulled up to heaven by, but a skin head!)
The rain came down pretty soon after that, just after a man stopped to look at the intelligence test. He went with us underneath some shelter to continue the conversation, and when I offered him a tract, he read the first line and then offered to give it back to me, after stating he was a humanist.
This led onto a very interesting conversation about morality and ethics, with "Dan" claiming he could be good without needing to acknowledge Gods existence, and trying to justify abortion by saying we had all come from animals anyway. I showed him he had no justification for knowing what the definition of "good" was unless God existed, and he stated he believed that absolutes existed, and yet could give no reason why. I tried the best I could to refute his claims and show him that his God given conscience and the creation around us was plenty of reason to know that God existed, especially as our conscience is objective, we still know rape is wrong, no matter what rules the government tries to change, and people in all countries and tribes and religions all know of the 10 commandments written in their hearts.
We sheltered under a shop roof outside the shopping mall for a few minutes, with several people walking past and stopping to ask for a bible, before the mall security guard moved us on as we were not allowed to give out tracts and bibles on their "private property". Just before we moved though, a young woman in her early twenties stopped to ask for a bible called sophie, and she said she had a church background as a child and that her boyfriend was a Muslim. I managed to lead her through the comic good person tract which was great, and she defiantly understood her sins in light of Gods holy standard! her sinfulness and the consequences of breaking. Gods laws after death, and the immense price that Jesus paid for sinners like her on the cross. She was quite tears eyed at the end of the conversation, and when taking a small white Gideon's New Testament and some tracts! she understood the day to get right with God was today as she had no reasons to know how long her life would last.
We managed to then move across to an abandoned hair salon and shelter again , with the bible stand and hand out some tracts to people. Charles preached with an ampa, and after receiving a complaint from a bakery about the noise, a Policeman came along a few minutes later and loitered, which was when Charles had finished preaching and so there was no reason to move us on or speak to us.
Our friendly local atheist called Christian King then walked past with his long black hair, black top, jeans and boots, and dismissed our conversations to a group of teenagers about. Gods existence, before coming back to me about the passage in Deuteronomy about a rapist marrying their victim, and how cruel God was on forcing the poor person to suffer even more under the hands of this evil. He berated me and would not listen to 2 things I had to say about it, from commentaries from Ray comfort and Gotquestions.org app about this verse (he asked me before so I found out the answers In case, like today, he used it again).
I got quite angry with him at he refused to listen to the responses, saying Ray Comfort was doing a dishonour to Christians by giving false information on the evolution vs God dvd, and so I had to walk away from him to calm down. He didn't really want the answers, but was just trying to use this excuse to justify his sin and unbelief.
In the end he walked off and we managed to speak with a couple more Christians who encouraged us, took a bible and some tracts to give to others, and also a few students at the school I work at walked past againa, and so I hope the tracts I have them would be read any lead to conversations in the week when I bumped into them.
Tuesday, 24 September, 2013
Maroochydore and Mooloolaba
It's been hectic for several weeks now with the arrests and legal challenges we have been facing. We have all been arrested twice, falsely imprisoned and had to make several difficult decisions regarding these things, however we as a team have decided to fight for our rights to political and religious freedom in Australia. I am going to avoid commenting on our current legal battle for the time being except to state that things are proceeding as expected and we are actively seeking to legally gain our civil liberties and freedoms on the Sunshine Coast. Please could I ask you to pray for our ministry and the government and it's representatives at this time.
This morning Ryan, Justin and I met early as we had been invited to attend a meeting with council. We met and prayed and then we travelled to Nambour to the meeting with the council. The meeting unfortunately was as we expected and was really a waste of time and an opportunity again for the council to tell us how wrong our interpretation of the law was. We left upbeat thanking God that he would use this meeting to further His purposes.
Due to bail restrictions we we unable to preach in Nambour today so we headed to Maroochydore and met with a friend named Michael. Michael is a local Christian businessman and a keen evangelist. Apart from most graciously providing lunch for us he also told us the best spots to preach and give out tracts in the area. So having enjoyed a meal and some fellowship we headed to the Plaza. We set ourselves up outside the Plaza and passed out many tracts and we all got involved in conversations. Ryan spent some time with three young lads, one of the lads said he was a Christian but his brother had talked him out of it of late. He seemed keen on finding out more and all four had a long conversation together. The young men all said they would think about things some more after Ryan explained the good news to them. As we were leaving and heading back to the car, I was giving out tracts and then I met with another young man who said he wanted to find out more as he was unsure about the Christian Faith. We talked about the ten commandments, sin and the coming Judgement followed of course by the good news. He was happy to take a free bible and an invitation to a Christianity Explored course invitation from my local church. Please pray that he will repent and put his trust in Jesus Christ and that he will read the bible and attend the course to find out more.
We then headed for the crowds at Mooloolaba beach. I started the preaching off reading from Romans 1, and talking about how although people know the truth of God they suppress that knowledge in favour of living selfish sinful lives denying all knowledge of God. I was near a large coffee shop and many people turned to listen to the message. I was approached by three "lighthearted" hecklers, who I had a fruitful conversation with. I pray the Lord left them with something more serious to consider than they had expected I ended the preaching with a call to faith and repentance, and also a thank you for listening to the captive coffee shop audience.
We moved along the sea front giving out tracts as we went and finally we found a suitable location for Ryan to preach. As Ryan preached several business owners appeared claiming we were breaking the law. One particularly said he was a Christian but didn't think that Christians should disrupt business. Ryan continued as Justin and I talked to the business owners and passed out many tracts.
Further along the seafront again Justin got up and preached. I could see several people actively listening to his message. Justin is much more softly spoken than Ryan or I, but he used his tone and knowledge of the scripture to full effect as people had to turn an ear to listen. I really enjoy listening to a gospel presentation from Justin and wish I could sometimes just sit and listen, but quickly Ryan and I both got into separate conversation with professing Christians. Of course anyone who professes to be a Christian is asked questions so we can be sure if they understand the gospel. The young man I got talking to was very excited to hear the preaching and his gospel knowledge was sound. He was on holiday from NSW and was enjoying some family time in Mooloolaba. We talked about preaching and evangelism and he considered it very important personally which was of course a pleasure to hear. I pray as he grows he keeps this conviction and learns to actively share his faith. I pointed him towards some good free resources to look at when he got home.
For me today has been an absolute privilege, I have enjoyed serving my Lord and saviour and working with Ryan and Justin who I love as brothers in Him. I thank and praise God for giving us all a day without hassle from the police or council as we preach and also for the many encouraging words and conversations we have had.
Saturday, 7 September, 2013
Watch the video battle log report from the night as we see some people let go of their atheism:
To God be the glory!
Friday, 6 September, 2013
One couple that we spoke to tonight were from the Revival Centres International and their beliefs were very contrary to Scripture. They thought that no one in the Old Testament was saved, they thought that baptism was a requirement for justification and that everyone must speak in tongues.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Saturday, 31 August, 2013
What an immense privilege we as Christians have to speak with people about something that is of eternal value.
Here's a 4 minute video report from the night:
To the praise of His name!
Wednesday, 4 September, 2013
The Operation 513 Team evangelized Basildon today and we were blessed with fabulous weather. The team consisted of Rob, Chuck and Myself and a young man named Sasha who lived nearby and had contacted me through the website. We set up and prayed. This was Rob's first time in Basildon and it was his first outreach since coming back from Canada, therefore it was his job to start !! Rob began to preach using his new amplifier which is very loud and clear; he was soon approached by a man who said "the ten commandments were great advice for life". However, as Rob unpacked the commandments the Holiness of the Law began to expose the mans sin to which he began to get angry and walk away.
As Rob continued more people gathered to listen and/or heckle. A young couple came up and began to ask "why we were forcing our beliefs on people" etc. Rob dealt with the arguments very succinctly and soon the girl confessed to being a pagan. The conversation was cut short by a lesbian yelling that we were "judgmental", to which Rob turned the accusation against her and asked her not to judge us either. Another lady asked about Bible translations and was thankful for the answers she received. A girl named Sarah who grew up in a Christian home also had a number of good questions and the Gospel was preached to her. Also a grandmother and her daughter and grandchildren came up and asked "the problem of evil question" relating it to specific events in their life. Rob responded with empathy and decorum to which the grandmother kind of appreciated his response but her daughter was not interested.
We eventually encountered a "christian" lady who said we were not preaching the Gospel but preaching condemnation. She was very frustrating and tried to stand infront of Rob and tell everyone that "God loves everybody and has wonderful plan for thier life". It made me question if she had ever read Ps 5:5, 11:5, Mal 1:3, Rom 9:13 etc or the large number of passages that explain about Gods hatred and anger towards human wickedness and sin. Anyways, Rob countered these foolish objections by reading John 3.16-20 which makes clear that God's love is for those who repent and those who do not repent are already condemed.
During the course of the afternoon many hecklers came and went but the content of the message had obviously offended the lesbian, because she called the police. Soon enough the police arrived and questioned the crowd of angry bystanders who were telling all sorts of lies about us. The police did not ask Rob to stop preaching but waited till he had finished before questioning him. Eventually the police arrested Rob for breaching Section 5 of the Public Order Act claiming that he had used language that "caused harassment, alarm or distress". Rob was taken to the Basildon Police Station and I called the Christian Legal Center for help. Later that evening the CLC lawyer arrived and had an interview with Rob and the Police and all trumped up charges were dropped with no further action to be taken !!
Rob was vindicated but felt vilified. It does remind me of when Jesus tells His disciples "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you" Matt 5:11-12. By Gods grace we live to preach another day, Praise be to God!! SDG.
Friday, 30 August, 2013
We encountered a few very open people to the gospel on our outreach to the Gold Coast.
Watch the following two minute video battle log report from the night:
Praise be to the Lord of all!
Tuesday, 3 September, 2013
Ryan, Justin and I met this morning and after traveling to Nambour we set straight to prayer.
During the week, since our last outreach, we all received $550 fines in the mail, for preaching with an amplifier. Over the last few weeks we have been meeting in Nambour under the peaceful assembly act. This act allows anyone to hold a public meeting on public land. The act also provides provision for the use an amplifier, so we know we are acting lawfully. We of course have all opted to attend magistrates court instead of paying the fine.
So we set to prayer and prayed particularly for the council officers. We prayed that the Lord would give them an understanding of the local laws, and also that He would open their ears and soften their hearts to the gospel of our Lord and Saviour.
Following our time of prayer we took it in turns to preach and gave out tracts. Many people stopped to listen to the preaching and also to engage us in conversations. We met many who openly rejected Christ, but a few people today embraced the gospel and gave professions of faith. It always is a great privilege to see someone convicted by the Holy Spirit, to be repentant and to put their trust in Christ.
Ryan had an interesting conversation with a man claiming to be a Jehovah's witness. Ryan soon released that this man was not completely following the watchtowers teachings and set about answering his questions and exposing his lack of understanding with the bible, you could see the man was thinking and not just rejecting the scripture. He said he would read the Bible and think more about it. Please pray that he will come to realise the error of the false teaching he has received and come to repentance and acceptance of Jesus Christ as his only saviour.
I particularly was uplifted today by the amount of Christians that stopped to thank us for sharing the gospel and to encourage us to continue. We are often criticized for sharing our faith openly in public, so it’s always edifying to hear support from our brothers and sisters in Christ. May I encourage Christians everywhere to just give a simple word of encouragement to anyone who stands up to share their faith, as it does uplift spirits and lead us to praise God and thank Him for the privilege of sharing His glorious gospel.
As we approached lunch, we were approached by our local “regular” representative of the council, Matthew Bell. He started by quoting the bible, Romans 13:1-7, which we thought was an interesting approach and very unusual for him. We did explain we were happy to submit to the authorities as we were in fact acting lawfully and in compliance with the laws, however we could not submit to officers who were acting unlawfully by continually stopping a lawful public assembly. He offered us some forms to apply for a public assembly and stated they had never received our application forms. We happily showed him our proof of postage and delivery notifications regarding the said paperwork. He had already been to see the local police Senior Sergeant who had kindly told us he had received our applications a couple weeks previously. It seems that the council had lost our application forms. Thankfully Matthew was able to obtain copies from the very helpful senior sergeant at Nambour Police station and we explained we were happy for him to use those as originals under the circumstances. Many thanks to the senior officer at Nambour police station.
It now appears that Matthew and the council are happy we are acting under the peaceful assembly act, however he stated that they are still unhappy with our use of amplification and also our handing out of Christian gospel tracts. So it seems they don’t understand the application of this law either which again is no surprise. So we will continue to preach and hand out tracts and God willing we will see what happens next.
I think its so important to thank God for our religious freedoms in Australia. I have been preaching the gospel on the Sunshine Coast for some time now with no objections from Police or council, however since we have been preaching in Nambour we have encountered weekly opposition particularly from the local council office. One thing we must bare in mind is that we are not trying to be obstructive or to waste anybody's time. It is still a legal right in Australia for us to meet in public and to practice our religious and political freedoms. I personally feel as Christians we must stand to protect these freedoms as we are called to do so.
We are all commanded to share the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and this is of utmost importance, but we must also protect our religious freedoms or we will lose them. May I please ask you to pray for the Sunshine Coast team particularly at this time, please pray that we receive the grace, strength and the wisdom we need to serve our Lord and to bring glory to Him.
Saturday, 31 August, 2013
We have been out in Plymouth city centre over the past few weeks, and had many eventful conversations, had run ins with security guards and the Police, handed out many tracts and Bibles, and were asked the same questions by atheists and unbelievers week in, week out.
I made a new cross/ sign to bring out, seeing the ones Tony Miano and others have out in the States, this is a great, bold and direct for people to see as they walk past and think about. Last week Alex and I prayed and handed out tracts, before a man and his son stopped to read the intelligence test. Upon talking to them, they said the were Christians, and he was actually a Priest and his son was called Eden who attended a local Anglican church. After talking to them for a bit, It appeared all was not right with their beliefs, as they did not believe in hell, his evangelism was giving people the Lord's prayer on cards and not talking about people needing to repent and get right with God, and the they both did not understand the true meaning of being born again. His son believed in liberal views too, and I left the conversation giving them some tracts and to read John chapter 3 again and see what Jesus had to say.
We also had a complaint made by someone to the Police, after a man walked past while I was preaching who had his shirt open showing a predominant Satan's star tattoo on his chest. As I preached, I stated that everyone needed to be saved, regardless of colour, wealth or status, even if we had a Satan's star tattoo on our chest. I then moved on in the preaching, I didn't point at the man, look at him directly, was just that one comment, but as he walked past he stuck his finger up at me and then later on a Policeman came along saying someone had complained about my preaching, that I had made someone feel 'threatened, distressed and harassed' under section 5. I conversed with the Policeman, who said I had the right to speak, but was not allowed to single people out individually. We chatted for a while, making my thoughts known to him about what happened, and continued preaching that day.
Today I went into town with Charles and the Ian the Pastor from our church (www.ivybridgeevangelicalbaptist.com), and again we prayed before handing out tracts etc. A few people stopped to do the intelligence test, Charles preached, and then I preached about our origins, showing a big secular book I bought about the history of man which starts, surprisingly from Adam and Eve and maps out the progression of Noah's Ark, the spread of mankind and right in the centre of our history, the birth, Life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, how Christians know our past and where we came from and where were going. However Atheists and evolutionists have no reason for existing, no purpose and no hope for the future.
A Sikh man came along and asked for Bible which was great and he took a tract and showed him the book of John to start reading. Chris the local 'friendly' atheist walked past again, and when I asked if he had seen the latest video by Ray Comfort 'Evolution vs God', his unsavoury views and swearing showed his distaste, again like so many saying that Ray should show people the edited footage which he claimed would prove evolution was true, though like so many he had no new proof of evolution being true apart from scientists had proved it.
Later on while preaching, a woman came along and started shouting out that God didn't exist, that as an atheist she wasn't trying to fore her views onto others, so why should I shove my views onto others, as well as saying that science had proved the big bang, that fossils showed how old the earth was and that I believed in Noah's Ark, when allegedly the millions of animals on Noah's ark could not have fitted and so it was unbelievable. She was a great heckler, and I told her she was an answer to prayer as she caused quite a large crowd of listeners, she said she didn't believe in God but yet she used his name as a curse word a number of times, and as I showed the crowd her views of the Ark and how many animals had to fit was wrong, she just kept shouting out that the Big bang showed God didn't exist, and yet when I asked her for her scientific proof, she had none.
It was a good 15 minutes good conversations after with people after her outbursts, including Cecelia coming to get bible and wanting to go to a church, a Roman catholic man listening and coming to talk to Ian our pastor, who believed good works would get him to heaven. It was a great sunny day with lots of tracts and Bibles going out, and Ian said he enjoyed the experience and would hope to come again to support.
Saturday, 24 August, 2013
Despite the responses that we get from people, God's word never returns void, and the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.
Watch the following 4 minute video Battle Log report from this Saturday night's outreach:
To God be the glory!
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