“For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God” - John Calvin
Today, I was detained from evangelism momentarily by the instruction of my master: Jesus Christ. His wisdom was to send christians two at a time to a city to preach his message. I see the wisdom of this:
1) Christian A, can turn the other cheek when assaulted for the gospel's sake, but Christian B can defend his body and life.
2) Christian B, stands as a witness to the character, integrity and message of Christian A.
3) Christian B, serves as an encouragment and correcter to Christian A, when neccesary.
I waited from 1PM till 3PM, for someone to arrive, and Glen Dibben pastor of Australian and Filipino Bible Baptist Church, drove all the way from Caboolture to assist me as a second man. At 3PM I was able to stand up and declare the word of God. Five minutes in, I was dialoging with a nice lady seated across from me. At the tenth minute, two police officers had entered the fray, and commanded me to walk to the police station.
I was told inside, that people had made complaints against my preaching, that I had offended them. I was stunned since I had been there only ten minutes. I was ordered to leave the Cavill Ave business district for twelve hours, and not return until the end of that period, on threat of arrest for violating a police directive if I did not comply. I was not show the complaint.
A statement will be released shortly, but I pray you will beseech God that things change in Queensland, so the gospel is not hindered. We will be taking this to the C.M.C.
What shall become of those, who attempt to get between God and his elect whom he is reaching through the proclamation of the gospel? What shall thier experience be in this life, what shall there end be at the judgement seat of God, post-death? Something to consider.
Queensland - Coat of Arms
DIET ET MON DROIT - God and my right
“Seeing that a Pilot steers the ship in which we sail, who will never allow us to perish even in the midst of shipwrecks, there is no reason why our minds should be overwhelmed with fear and overcome with weariness” - John Calvin
The ground upon which the city of Brisbane city rests, is another walking ground of men and women dead in thier trespasses and sins. Thier "Romans 3" misunderstanding of God, and love for sin, is proof that they hate thier maker. Oh how we ought to plead with God for thier salvation, if he be pleased to grant them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.
Andrew Walkington was the first preacher up for the night, and he did a good job expounding the gospel to a gathered crowd of individuals.
Myself (Josh Mitchell) and Andrew Hsu were the last two preachers, and we were discovered by quite a few drunken sorts who slandered us, and were hypocritical in their attacks upon the both of us. None the less we persevered and did our best to answer questions presented, and to preach the gospel in the light of the truth of Creation, and His revealed word.
The team were used greatly of God tonight, with many reports of successful witness encounters with all sorts of people from various cultures, backgrounds and so on. Praise God for the faithful members of Operation 513, to strive to preach the gospel in this dark city of Brisbane. May the lamp of the name of Christ one day be lifted high in this place, that the darkness of sin should flee for fear of He who is light: Jesus Christ.
To God be the glory, great things he hath done, and shall do for the glory of His great name, may we be quick to encourage each other, lest we be hardened through the decietfulness of sin.
This week was going to be a odd day because the rain was hanging around so the only thing I could do was go out to the pier and see what happens.
So getting there at 2pm and sitting there reading the Bible and praying no one had turned up by about 2:30 so I went out by my self and started to hand out tracts and chat to the few people out there today. As i was walking round i noticed that there was a really big storm cloud coming out my way so I stood and prayed that God would hold that cloud back until at lest 4pm when the preaching finish. Man how great is God that cloud never moved it was like the wind picked up and just held the storm there, till I was finished.
Then just as I was about to leave I noticed that there was a council worker coming, the thought crossed my mind that he was there to see what I had been handing out as there are cameras on the length of the pier. Just then he walked right passed me and over to the kids that are there every week "Jetty Jumping". Even though the signs are there. So he put a stop to them pretty quickly. Letting them off with a warning, next time its a fine of $150 on the spot. As he walked back passed me I asked him if they were going to be out here every week as are the kids. And if I could get his phone number to report anyone there in the future. I said that I would be out here every week preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and he thats fine make sure you preach to these kids about breaking the law, so thats a good thing that we have the council on our side, unlike the Gold Coast Team (http://www.xanga.com/hallelujah_joshm).
I finished chatting with him and as i was leaving to head home i was just praising God for the day, and the storm being held back.
Please join us out there each week, Just send me a email and ill tell you every thing you need to know.
Go Serve Your King
I arrived there and it was a lovely hot sun day out and I was going to be in trouble because i forgot my hat and just re-shaved my head the day before, but hey in everything God tell us to give thanks. So I did as i was sitting there reading my Bible it got to 2:30pm and no one else had come so i moved out on too the pier and started tracting and trying to engage people into a conversation, but this day as soon as i started to talk about Godly thing the people just moved on, just like light to a cockroach. So that was about it for the day.
If you want to join us there on Sundays meeting just to the left of the pier at 2-4pm feel free.
Go Serve your King.
Today was a very dead day as it was storming when i met up with Chris, as we were waiting for the rain to clear we herd a guy yelling from across the road, we turned to see 2 other guys standing right in front of the Coffee Club street preaching. So i said to Chris hide your tracks, we're going heckling. So we ran over through the rain and as we approached the guy turned to give me one of there tracts and then I noticed him. This was a guy that I had done some work for about 18months ago, so we chatted to them for a while to see where they were at and what there aim was for there street preaching.
By the time the rain slowed and the sun came out, it was just about time to head home, so Chris and did 1 lap of the pier as the Dolphin Watching boat arrived and then headed home.
Feel free to join us out there on Sundays 2pm till 4pm meeting just to the left.
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Go serve you King!
What a miracle! My car normally overheats very fast (30mins on a hot day), because of its many problems. Holes in the engine where oil is coming out, radiator leaking, and the list goes on. God kept my car at a normal operating temperature for my two hour drive from Morayfield to Gold Coast. I still can't believe it was anything, but the providence of God. Hallelujah! :)
Since it was raining a LOT, I turned in to Nerang Baptist Church and visited David Lazenby, and also had the pleasure of chatting with Tania Fuesel. Both these nice people used to serve frequently with me on the Gold Coast team, and are now much busier in their local church. It is sad to not see them reguarly, or to have thier service, but while evangelism goes in, a church has other roles that MUST be carried out. After a lovely get together, we parted company, and I drove to Surfers Paradise.
I had about 45 minutes to hand out tracts and chat to people, since I had no soldiers to team up with me for Open Air. I walked the area, handing out about twenty tracts, thankfully with next to no rejections :)
Then I met Dale. Dale is a skinny kiwi (islander/maori?), who is now a mormon of 12 months. We had a good chat, he didn't want to do the good test, but we discussed the gospel, and by God's grace was able to explain to him the true gospel of Jesus Christ, and give him some pointers to identify what the mormon church was. He took the CARM web address, and two tracts with my email. Lord willing I will get an email from him, if God converts him and pulls him out of that religion. Dale has a family and he has a born-again brother who must have been praying for him, like mad!
I got to hand out some more tracts, and then I had to head home.
Please pray for soldiers for the Surfers Paradise area, limited resources at the moment, but we press in anyway for our God is great, he has commanded we preach the gospel to every creature, and if God be for us, who can be against us! :)
God sure used His christians tonight in preaching the gospel. It was a good night with many conversations being had. A lot of people hearing the true gospel for the first time in thier life. God even brought two new people out to witness tonight, so that was pretty cool, both to meet them and observe them in action.
I chatted a ex-lutheran young man, who did not understand the gospel properly. After explaining the gospel clearly, that man began to say he was just having trouble believing. Having a little experience recently on this particular issue, I cut to quick and pointed out his loved his sin. He readily admitted that this was what he was having trouble with and the source of his unbelief. He didn't like God judging him. I pointed out how many sins he had committed over the last five years, and there was thousands and thousands. The young man said he would think about it tonight and read his bible.
Glory to God to be used by God, for the glory of God :)
Please pray for those that God used us to witness to tonight. S D G
Saturday, 12 January 2008
Another week and another battle to fight, as I approached the battlefield of Brisbane city I was rather excited about the outreach. Tonight would be my last night in Brisbane for a few weeks, since I am going to the United Kingdom for two weeks of outreach over there.
The mall seemed quiet as I made my way to King George Square, but looks have been known to be deceptive. We met as usual, prayed, and read the Bible as a team. Then once 9pm rolled around we were into the mall for the preaching.
Ryan was the first preacher up for the night, this also was his last night, since he will be in Thailand on mission for 5 weeks.
While he was preaching, I was on the Bible table. While I was waiting for people to approach two Korean students came up to me and asked if they could have a Bible in English so that they might learn to improve their language skill. I gladly gave them Bibles, and also gospel tracts. Hopefully, as they improve their language, God would grant them repentance.
At 10:15pm, it was my turn to preach. So I started off by declaring the majesty of God, and then I noticed a couple of people stop to listen. I did a call out and engaged them in open air discussion. It turned out that one of them was an atheist, and he wanted to talk about the existence of God. So engaged him in an apologetic over how we know that there is a God.
An atheist attracts an atheist. All of a sudden I had two atheists, but this second one claimed to have been a Christian before seeing the ‘light'. He wanted to debate over some alleged contradictions in the Bible. I enjoy this kind of debate, because often times many people in the public have these questions, and as ministers of the Word we need to be able to answer their questions.
We covered a lot of ground in regards to the existence of God, and then I got to use my favourite argument against atheism, and that is the argument from morality. For if there is no supreme being then, there cannot be any moral absolutes. The atheists I was dealing with argued that the law gave us morals, yet the law came from peoples morals. I pointed out that was circular reasoning.
By this stage another atheist had joined the mix, so it was me trying to dialogue with three atheist at once. I do have to say that they were all very polite, and they were men who had spent some time thinking about the subject. It is always refreshing to debate someone who knows why they hold to a certain position.
I presented arguments to them from teleology, cosmology, and morality, and slowly the arguments made ground. Finally after realising that since they didn't know everything, there could be evidence for God, they admitted that no longer would they hold to the atheistic world view. Two of them declared themselves agnostic, and took some literature, and the third declared that he now believed in God, and wanted to learn more about Christianity.
During this time two young men were ripping up Bibles and tracts, then throwing them at me as I preached. The ground around me was white like snow from all the destroyed Bibles. The police came and then in front of the people watching the officers made the two men pick up everything, they then issued them a move on order and allowed us to continue.
The night finished strong with many hearing the Gospel. Please be praying for all who heard the truth.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Adversity has a funny way of sharpening your mind for the task at hand. I just watched a TV show called War Lords. It commented on how after Pearl Harbour was attacked, that President Roosevelt became very clear in his determination to see his nation protected from the Nazi and Japanese war forces. Previously he appeared to be vague and not wanting to go to war, but in one day his resolve had changed.
Today was our first week anniversary, since getting arrested by some angry QLD policemen. I got up prepared to preach in first in case they came back, and God used it to get glory for Himself.
A reasonably large crowd came in, and by God's grace alone I was able to preach for a very long time, answering many questions. I can't remember everything that went down, but a great portion of the dialogue with the intrigued crowd was over evolution and its claim to be truth.
I made some mistakes, which my collegue Josh Williamson corrected me afterwards. For which I am very appreciative. The wounds of a friend are faithful, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
I had made the comment that Genesis only makes allowance for incest as the solution to "Where Cain got his wife".. but that if one believed the big bang and evolution of the species.. then beastiality was the actuallity for them. The problem was that the heckler asked me if we came from beastiality, to which I responded, yes. Of course I didn't even notice that I had mishead his question. The crowd seemed lightly humoured, but the truth seemed to have sunk down deep in thier eyes.
It was a good day, and we had Glen Dibben (pastor of Australia and Filipino Bible Baptist Church, MORAYFIELD) visiting and also David Lazenby from Nerang Baptist Church. We enjoyed thier company, and since the weather was bad, we headed for cover and fellowshipped the afternoon in.
Please pray that God will bring Surfers Paradise to life, and that it might become a place of holiness where his name is known.
To God by the glory,
Seriously though today, was super sun shiny, and it meant not too many people were stopping to listen to my pleasantly annoying voice.
Keith Rocheford joined my today, which was a real pleasure, he is a super nice guy and an interesting street preacher. He preached on evolution, that thing that makes believing scientists feel like they have monkey breath.
I got to chat to one of Keith's hecklers. He was a dark-skinned fellow called Mohamed, and yes, you guessed it he was an ex-muslim. He was living life "the sin way" and was mixing relativism into his islamic beliefs and took a few pot shots at Jesus Christ the Son of God along the way during our conversation. I found him a nice chap, a little difficult to pin down but he did go through the whole gospel, with a very full explanation, and even why the Koran is not the book of God. Mohomed gave me his word he would read the bible, so I pray the Lord converts his soul, if it pleases Him. Please pray for William his mate also.
Four young girls in bikini's stopped to listen in our crowd, and I we went through the ten commandments. They quietened down after a while, and accepted bibles and tracts afterwards, which was thrilling!
I had one lady who wanted to know why Christ died, which I was very pleased to answer.
We didn't have a lot of people stop today.. but a lot of open hearts. Which is quite a bit different to the last twelve months of Open Air preaching has seen. I noticed a lady with a smirk on her face as I preached on the big dud (the big bang) and why christians have a rational logical basis for thier belief in Jesus Christ (creation to judgement day, and beyond).. I began preaching on death, and how it would reach all of us one day. I preached on how death could hit us at any minute, in a variety of different ways, and how 350 ppl have died on QLD roads in the year of 2007. I preached that death was the one valid reason we have, for striving to find out the truth about where we came from, so we would be certain what we would meet after death. That lady lost her smirk.
It was a great day. My car was overheating something terribly, but I trust God shall provide my needs.
If you are a christian reading this blog, please pray for the coming few weeks: that God will send labourers and resources into the harvest, just like Jesus commanded us to pray. Your prayers ought not to be in vain.
For the glory of He who said: "I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death." For JESUS CHRIST,
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Oh and friends can I leave you with a thought: "Don't worry if evangelising will cost you something, worry if you are in rebellion to Christ's command, get right with Christ, your days are numbered by God. If you die in your sin, then all you have to look forward to is the fiery judgement of an angry God. John 3:38"