Friday, July 28, 2006

Luke 10:2

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Tonight, the workers were plentiful. Jeff left before this picture, Tony, Mahria, Neal, Matt, Casey, Chris, David, Evangelica, Dru and Joey. Tonight was great, as there were so many of us out that many of the kids who had more questions got to talk to a bunch of people and hear many different testimonies and have their earnet questions answered.

When I showed up, as usual, there were people already witnessing. Evangelica always seems to meet people who are ready to get right with God. She has a real heart for leading people to repentance and putting their trust in the Savior. Soon after this, we gathered and opened formally in prayer. I think this is so important. Everything we do should represent Christ. This is a big responsibility. If we went out with our own sense of pride, we would fall every time. We have to remember to rely on the support of the Holy Spirit as we open up with these kids in spiritual discussions.

Joey brought a big bag of tricks and passed out some tracts that I haven't seen in a while. I liked the nice silver Ten Commandment coins. They are much easier to read than the pressed pennies. David grabbed some pink and blue illusions and quickly gathered the attention of a family that came over to see what the fuss was all about. He put a new twist on it and turned a simple illusion into a nice little magical presentation. After the show, we made sure the parents had plenty of stuff to read.

We split up into pairs and headed out. I actually headed out on my own, and, once again, I was too afraid to start talking with anyone. I don't know why I get scared, but I still do every time. I walked back and found Matt and had someone to give me courage. We quickly found a few kids that went to a local Christian school. They were a little turned off that the teachers seemed to give them a "don't ask questions, you just have to have faith" sort of attitude. They were very nice, and had some genuine questions that we hopefully were able to answer. We left them with some of the coins. I actually saw them speak to a few other people throughout the night. Casey was able to share some of his testimony with them, and hopefully they could relate.

I paired up with Jeff and he picked four goth-looking kids who actually had a very good hold on the biblical concept of judgement. One kid said we would be judged by Jesus on the Day of Reckoning. Another said that there was no way to really know what would happen on that day. I cleared up that there is a way to know. The Bible makes it very clear what will happen. We will be judged by God's perfect standard, and inevitably found guilty. The only way we can avoid the very deserved punishment for our transgressions of the Law will be to repent today, and put our complete trust in the atoning death, and subsequent resurrection, of our only Savior, Jesus Christ.

For he says,
"In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

The missing element in every human 'solution' is
an accurate definition of the creature.

The way we define 'human' determines our view
of self, others, relationships, institutions, life, and
future. Important? Only the Creator who made us
in His own image is qualified to define us accurately.

Many problems in human experience are the result of
false and inaccurate definitions of humankind premised
in man-made religions and humanistic philosophies.

Human knowledge is a fraction of the whole universe.
The balance is a vast void of human ignorance. Human
reason cannot fully function in such a void; thus, the
intellect can rise no higher than the criteria by which it
perceives and measures values.

Humanism makes man his own standard of measure.
However, as with all measuring systems, a standard
must be greater than the value measured. Based on
preponderant ignorance and an egocentric carnal
nature, humanism demotes reason to the simpleton
task of excuse-making in behalf of the rule of appe-
tites, desires, feelings, emotions, and glands.

Because man, hobbled in an ego-centric predicament,
cannot invent criteria greater than himself, the humanist
lacks a predictive capability. Without instinct or trans-
cendent criteria, humanism cannot evaluate options with
foresight and vision for progression and survival. Lack-
ing foresight, man is blind to potential consequence and
is unwittingly committed to mediocrity, collectivism,
averages, and regression - and worse. Humanism is an
unworthy worship.

The void of human ignorance can easily be filled with
a functional faith while not-so-patiently awaiting the
foot-dragging growth of human knowledge and behav-
ior. Faith, initiated by the Creator and revealed and
validated in His Word, the Bible, brings a transcend-
ent standard to man the choice-maker. Other philo-
sophies and religions are man-made, humanism, and
thereby lack what only the Bible has:

1.Transcendent Criteria and
2.Fulfilled Prophetic Validation.

The vision of faith in God and His Word is survival
equipment for today and the future.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by
nature and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of
Criteria. Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive
characteristic is, and of Right ought to be, the natural
foundation of his environments, institutions, and re-
spectful relations to his fellow-man. Thus, he is orien-
ted to a Freedom whose roots are in the Order of the
universe. Selah