Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Monday, October 23, 2006

imprisoned in Kenya for tract-passing

Wednesdays nights after the usual service our church runs a preachers' course. Since we were only starting for the year some men were giving their testimonies. While the last testimony of the night was being given, one of our men (hereafter referred to as "brother A"), who will soon be starting a Bible school at our church, received an ominous phone-call. He returned to the pew and waited. Once the speaker was done, brother A spoke up and requested our hearing ears. Two saved men (Brothers C and D), old friends of his, had just been imprisoned in Kenya, apparently that same day. The charge? Passing out gospel tracts to Muslims during a Muslim holy period (in a Christian school, as we were to find out). Brother A then said something that made the hearts of all of us there sink at the same time. "they might get the death penalty".

Don't you know our knees hit the ground and brother B got to praying.
The church has been praying for a few days, for delivrance, for encouragement to these 2 men of God and for their families. Yesterday we heard they might be let go with a warning, but as of yet they remain in prison, and one of them is an elderly man.

I write this here because you will never hear of 98% of such events because some country doesn't want to upset another. And for the believers out there to pray. Thank God for boldness and persecution for the sake of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God doesn't fear a challenge like other gods. We'll compare any book to the Bible anytime you want. We'll compare any god to the Lord God Jesus Christ anytime you want. No holds barred. Why do the gods of the other religions always fear the Lord Jesus Christ and go into a panic about him?

I'll tell you these 2 men's predicament put some fire into us this Sunday as we did our monthly street-preaching in the middle of Downtown.
See the post below.

Not Ashamed of the testimony of Jesus

Romans 1:16 - For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

It had been a while since I gave tracts on the train. Last Wednesday morning I sat on the train reading as usual when these two college students sat beside me chatting all the way. Suddenly that sweet old voice started whispering in my ear again. He may have whispered at other occasions too but today I heard him clearly. Now how do I break through the rut I had fallen into. We had not gone tract passing in a while and I had cold feet so to speak.

On the other hand the Lord had blessed me with my son's presence and with my daughter's support but I had been very busy worrying about real estate issues that I slacked down a bit. I struggled in the beginning but just before disembarking I managed to pull myself together and gave the girls the two tracts. Suddenly the ice was broken, and I was slowly going back to my old habit of passing out tracts on a one-on-one basis. Last Friday a group of us (eight in total) broke out singing praises to God at the top of our lungs in the midst of China town just before midnight. I honestly feel that it must have pleased the Lord.

For just this Saturday (as my daughter has posted on her blog) my son, daughter and I gathered up our energies and hit the metro. God blessed and there was an amazing outpour of the spirit. I described it as though we had neglected the fishes who were now starving for the Word. Schools of fishes swarmed the metro. We could not keep up with the people who came out of every nook and cranny. It was a dizzying exercise to pass all those tracts to everyone. What is more is that four souls prayed with us. There was a time when the four of us were witnessing one-on-one to four different people. The metro station had turned into a church counselling service. Had there been more workers, more souls would have prayed, I am sure. Luke 9:26 - For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.

To top it off, fourteen people from my church went street preaching in the heart of downtown Montreal yesterday. The men preached the WORD as loud as they could. Titus 2:8 - Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Some people called the cops on us who in turn gave us a warning but would not dare give us a ticket although one cop threatened to give each of the preaching men a fine $200.-. The cop had no answer when one of our men asked him to give tickets to those who were doping (the smell of it filled the air). Isn't it a shame that these people were not ashamed of the sinful environment (pictures etc) instead they were angry at godly men who were preaching the gospel of salvation unto a lost world. Romans 6:21 - What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.

As for me although I was afraid at some point that they would arrest the men, my son included, I had to remind myself and did find comfort in the following verse: Mark 8:38 - Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Can you say that with all your heart

Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness (?):
and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil (?),
which shall not break my head: ...(Psalm 141:5)

Think about the above verse and be honest with yourself.

Although the verse speaks about Jesus, I believe that if every Christian maintained that attitude with his fellow Christian, how happy we would all be.

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