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We’ve been so busy traveling this year and working on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page that I have gotten very behind in my email newsletters. Now that it is summer time and the campuses are on break, I plan on catching up.
The University of Alaska, Anchorage
One of the blessings I had this year was being able to open-air preach on the University of Alaska in Anchorage. Besides the outreaches that we have done on this campus the past few years, this university never see’s campus preachers. Usually when a campus is not accustomed to campus preachers the students act very aggressively and hostile. This crowd, as a whole, does the opposite. Most of the students just gather around and listen, enjoying themselves and asking questions. They are always a very well behaved crowd, with a few exceptions.
Like I said, there are exceptions. As you can see in the pictures above, one student tried to steal my banner sign. He snuck up behind me and grabbed the pole. But after a game of tug-of-war, I managed to keep the banner. The Police soon moved in to “talk” to the student. Of course, they don’t want to arrest students because that would affect the school’s tuition. There is an obvious conflict of interest. But there is a double standard because if I showed up on campus and tried to steal somebodies property, they would surely arrest me.
The same student who tried to steal my banner the first day joined the crowd the second day and actually listened and engaged me in dialog for a couple hours. He was much more receptive and attentive to what we were actually saying the second day.
During the couple days we spend on campus, I “tagged team” preached with my friend David who lives in Anchorage. He ministers a lot on the streets but joins me on campus when I am around. What was nice is that he had a sign we could use. Since I fly to Alaska from Texas, I am not able to bring any banners with me. So it is nice to team up with brethren who have signage as that greatly helps in getting the attention of a campus.
Teaching Videos at a Connecticut Beach
When we were on tour across the United States, I was able to stop in at Connecticut with my family so that my mother could visit with her grandchildren. We enjoyed some time at the local beach and I was able to make some encouraging teaching videos using the scenic backgrounds.
Check them out here:
EEM Conference, Shipshewana Indiana
Once a year I speak at a small conference in Shipshewana Indiana. Shipshewana is Amish/Mennonite territory so we enjoy seeing the horse and carriages along with enjoying some great restaurants with Amish/Mennonite cooking! I was able to give two lectures to the conference.
My first lecture was on How the Holy Spirit produces Sanctification and Righteousness in the life of the believer. I explained how Sanctification is not a “Second Blessing” that comes after justification, but is a “First Blessing” in Salvation. Salvation is not merely deliverance from the penalty of sin but also from the practice of sin. True conversion is a total surrender of yourself to God, so salvation includes being “set apart” from sin and “dedicated” to the service of God. Sanctification begins at true conversion – at salvation.
I also taught on justification, showing from Koine Greek (Biblical Greek) that justification means to be made a righteous person, that justification is a change of moral character.
Many seem to teach justification as a license to sin. I’ve heard preachers say, “Justification is when God declares us to be righteous while we are still actually unrighteous.” This is not the justification by faith that Paul taught.
Paul taught that God imputes our faith as righteousness and that our faith purifies our hearts, sanctifies our lives, and works by love. Paul taught in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 that justification was a change of moral character.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 was my main text, where Paul said that the “unrighteous” (unjustified) shall not inherit the kingdom of God. He lists fornicators, drunkards, homosexuals, sodomites, etc. But then says in verse 11, “such were some of you” and then explains why a change of moral character has occurred – “but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified” he said. In other words, the reason the Corinthians were no longer unrighteous fornicators, unrighteous drunkards, unrighteous homosexuals, etc, is because they have been washed, sanctified, and justified. This shows that Paul’s doctrine of “justification by faith” most definitely included a change of moral character.
Glory to God!
Evangelism Exhortation at a Mennonite Church
I was very honored to be asked to speak to a Mennonite Church in Indiana. This was a first for me. The Mennonites are a conservative Christian community of modest woman and hard working men. They have an Anabaptist history going back to the Reformation, where they were persecuted by both the Catholic Church and the Reformers. They have strong families and are a strong community but, like many churches in America, they are weak in the area of evangelism.
I preached to the congregation, “We are the light of the world, so if the world is in darkness who’s fault is it?” I exhorted them to be active in sharing the gospel because it alone has the power to save our country and change our communities. My message was well received and the pastor told me that next year he would like to have more Mennonite Churches get together for an “Evangelism Conference.”
I regularly receive emails from people all over the world who tell me how our ministry has blessed their lives. Many tell me that they repented of their sins and trusted in Christ under our preaching. Others tell me that they have started evangelizing and street preaching as Christians after being inspired by our ministry.
Please pray for these people!
This is a comment left on my YouTube:
This was a Facebook message I received:
This was an email from an evangelism team in Switzerland!
Words cannot express how thankful I am for the example you are giving for doing the work of God in this generation. I have learned so much through your videos and books.
This weekend we are going to “our national porn convention”. For getting ready, I watched all your videos of the convention in Dallas. It helps so much!!!! Yesterday, we already had a great outreach, bringing the full Gospel to many perverts.
Thanks you, thank you, thank you!!
May the Lord continue to use you, to reach the lost and equipe the saints for the Lords work!!!
Lots of love in Christ,
Please pray for all these people our ministry is touching! Thanks!
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