Thursday, June 26, 2008

St. Joseph Chapel

Spending three days in a hospital waiting to bring your newest child home you go a little stir crazy. So, I started walking around the hospital grounds to see what they had. I found a koi pond, a labyrinth, and finally a chapel. According to Wikipedia,

Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.”

The pamphlet put out by the labyrinth had some quotes from eastern mystics and even an excerpt from “Conversations with God” My suspicions of pluralism were confirmed when I visited the chapel and found not only a cross, but symbols of Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Buddhism. There was a locked box near the altar. They provided slips of paper on which you were encouraged to ask one question of God. I asked, “Am I good enough to go to heaven?” and then included on the paper.

Later on, a nun came to our room and informed us that she was there to offer any spiritual assistance we might need. I thanked her and commented on how I had visited the chapel. I asked her about why there were five different religions represented behind the altar. She told me that there are several paths, but they all go to the same place. Molly later told me she was astonished that a Catholic nun would so blatantly contradict her own faith. I smiled and commented to the nun that I thought that was a sweet sentiment, but wondered how she reconciled that up with what Jesus said. “Broad is the road that leads to destruction, but small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life.” She looked surprised and asked me if I was a pastor. I told her that I was just a lay person who likes to “get out of the boat” and look for fish. I explained that I, too, thought that all religions were variations on the same theme, but came to find out that Jesus stands in stark opposition to the religions of the world. I gave her a “Why Christianity” booklet from Living Waters telling her that this really helped me understand how they are different. She thanked me
and told me that it would be her reading and meditation material for the next day. Let’s pray for her.

So, Molly and I were flipping channels in the room and found a channel with the chapel on it. Looking at the water in the background moving, I figured that this was a live shot. I told Molly to not switch the channel and ran out of the room. When I made it to the altar, my phone rang. Molly was able to see me on the TV in the room. Then, she said, “Hey, I heard your phone ring... on the TV!” Um... I put two and two together, told Molly to turn up the volume and I hung up.

Stepping up to the altar, with nobody in the audience but the camera, I preached the Law and the gospel to the best of my ability. I prayed that God would have some of the rooms turned to that same channel and let it rip. I started out by mentioning that whether you were here on your deathbed, or just visiting someone who is, this will be the most important message you are going to hear. We are not promised tomorrow, so please consider my words.

Like many of you, I can’t look at the world the same way since I have been born again. I can’t look at a line of people waiting for a sports game without wanting to pull over and share the gospel. I can’t look at a person by them-self asking me directions without handing them a gospel tract. And, now I can’t look at a hospital chapel with closed circuit TV wired to every room in the place and not resist the urge to stand up and preach for twenty minutes the only message that will save those who hear it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Two Doors

A man dies and finds himself in purgatory. St. Peter offers him a way to avoid the thousand year wait to get into Heaven and offers him a deal. He leads the man to a special room with two doors. One door leads straight to Heaven, and the other will end the man up in hell for eternity. Inside the room are two guards. One guard is a ‘perfect liar’ and the other is a ‘perfect truth teller’. That is, the first will always tell a lie, and the other will always tell the truth. St. Peter tells the man that he has no way of knowing which door leads where, and no way of knowing which man tells the truth. He offers the man one question to either man. What is the one question that the man can ask to assure his salvation?

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008


There is so much going on right now. I am heavily involved in evangelism and evangelism training. If you finished reading most of my blog and are looking for more, please go check out my latest project. The Great Coffee Mission

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Thursday, March 06, 2008


Lately I have been listening to a podcast on world spirituality called Tapestry. You can find it for free on iTunes. Each week they have a different spiritual leader from around the world and talk about their brand of religion/faith/spirituality. One thing I find fascinating is that each of them is so tolerant of all different faiths... except that one that you and I have chosen. You know, us intolerant bigots who believe that Jesus is the only way, the Truth and the Life. The guy I am listening to right now, like many of them, is actually quoting the Bible to support his eastern mindset. Cherry picking verses, reading into the text, and anything else to take the focus off of his own personal sin, and the coming judgment from a Holy God. For now, I'll leave you with this. But, I can see myself actually writing a rebuttal each week to the "teaching" that is coming out of this show.

Friday, February 08, 2008

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot.
13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?"

"They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him." 14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.

15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?"
Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."

16 Jesus said to her, "Mary."
She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!" (which means Teacher).

17 Jesus said, "Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, 'I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.' "

18 Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: "I have seen the Lord!" And she told them that he had said these things to her.
I know I'm trying to go through John from the perspective of someone who is reading the Bible for the first time, but I'm also looking for inspiration into the text. John MacArthur suggests that the reason Mary didn't recognize Jesus is the same for all people; they are prevented from recognizing him until they are called. The moment Jesus calls, "Mary", she instantly knows him. This is reminiscent of Jesus' words in chapter 10, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me."

Thursday, February 07, 2008

QYST Day 17 - The Breastplate of Righteousness

"He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak." ISAIAH 59:17

The second item which we are commanded to put on as soldiers of the Lord, is the "breastplate of righteousness." Jesus Christ, the Lord of Righteousness, loves righteousness. He has a vehement fervor for justice. The soldier who has been taught and trained by the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will not only have righteousness, but will do righteousness. He should love what is right and hate what is wrong. The child of God longs for a new earth "wherein dwells righteousness." He "hungers and thirsts for righteousness." If we haven't that testimony, then we haven't seen an answer to the cry, "Create in me a clean heart O God, and renew a right spirit in me," or perhaps that has never been our plea...

The breastplate keeps the heart clean, for out of the heart come the issues of life. How could be approach the King with soiled garments? Righteousness breeds holy boldness! If we had an audience with an earthly king, we would groom every hair on our heads. We would go over our clothes with a fine-toothed comb, and go over our teeth with a fine-bristled brush. We would check the mirror with the eye of a prosecuting attorney, looking for the finest of flaws. We would shine our shoes until the mirrored our face. The king's position commands such respect. How much more then should be cleanse our hearts and minds daily through the water of the Word, so that we might have a bold confidence before the King of Righteousness.

This devotion was excerpted from How to Win Souls and Influence People, chapter 2, beginning on page 18.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Empty Tomb

1 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2 So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!"
3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. 9 (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)
Even if you were the first to the tomb, it would be difficult to believe that Jesus actually rose from the dead. This is exactly what the Bible says, though. If the whole message of Jesus was, "Do a good turn daily" then it would be a lot easier to pass that message on if you eliminated the difficult business of him rising from the dead. Why is this left in there? Because it is the central point of which the faith depends. Jesus actually died for our sins, and actually rose from the grave, defeating death for all time. 

Monday, February 04, 2008

A Wolf among the Sheep

I've been pretty bummed out all weekend. I got a message on Friday that one of my friends had been baptized into another church. And, by another church, I'm not talking about a different building, but another church. The Unification Church, to be specific. This is especially disheartening, as this was a friend who went out faithfully with us every Friday to evangelize on the street. For two years, this gentleman was out with us, carrying his Macarthur Bible in his arms. This isn't someone that doesn't know the gospel, who doesn't understand his position before a holy God, and doesn't realize that unless he repents and puts his complete faith in Christ, that he will one day stand before that God who will judge him. I don't really want to use this blog to gossip, but merely to express my sadness at losing a small battle in this spiritual war we are all in. 

I've been doing some reading on this church, and their beliefs. Some key things that stand out for me, are key things in ALL cults. They reduce Jesus to merely a man, and they elevate man to God, or at least the ability to attain attributes of God. Also, the god of the Unification Church seems to me a pretty weak god. He had a plan for the earth, but Adam and Eve messed it up for him. (Christianity teaches that nothing happens outside of God's will.) And then he came up with the idea of Jesus, but that plan fell through because John the Baptist didn't advertise enough for Jesus and he got crucified before he was able to accomplish his task of salvation. Finally, Jesus is back as a person, Sun Myung Moon, and is going to give it a try again. Maybe if he didn't spend so much time running the Washington Post, which he owns, he would be able to save mankind, but it certainly doesn't inspire much confidence. 

Bottom line here, it is not our persuasive abilities, nor our knowledge and ability to debate, that will draw people to Christ, but that is the job of the Holy Spirit. I pray, and hope you will join me in prayer, that God will remove the scales from my friend's eyes, and draw his heart back to the only name by which man will be saved, that of Jesus Christ. 

And, Lord, renew in me a passion for reaching out to the lost, wherever they are, as we really only have a finite number of days left that we will be able to evangelize. I thank you, Lord, for your patience with us, and ask to be continually used in your plan of salvation. - Amen