One of the many spiritual problems in our US-of-A is that we have too many noble (at least in their own estimation) and that not many noble are called. I don't mean this in a Calvinistic sense. America thinks they are doing fine without the necessity of repentance toward God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. "The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God". Ps. 9:17. "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall". Pr. 16:18. Last week I was holding our big banner on the street in Walla Walla, WA. while David preached. A simple minded, not meant in any derogatory way, lady came walking directly up to me and said, "Do you think He is coming soon"? I told her that I most assuredly did. She replied, "I don't want to go to the Devil". It did not take too many scriptures to lead her to bow her head in true repentance toward God and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ. She now knows more than most nobles in Walla Walla. Hallelujah!!!!!!!
300 COME TO HEAR STREET PREACHER A publick minister's chance of a lifetime. A magnificent day at noon and not too hot in Pioneer Square in Portland, OR. I arrived at this park, which was built in such a fashion as to have an amphitheater affect and faced nearly 300 office type folk gathered on the tiers eating their lunch. I stood in the middle and played and sang "How Great Thou Art" at very high volume. Then I told them how much I appreciated them coming to hear the preaching on this beautiful day and that we would dispense with the offering and get right into the message. They were not amused and soon someone complained and we had police in attendance as well. We were shut down for a few moments which was greeted with applause and whistles. The police didn't have much, so we agreed on a small compromise in the volume which I countered by going up a bit closer. I got shed of a great deal of blood from my hands that day and they are without excuse. Prayerfully some of them will repent. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I am preaching in Walla Walla and this old man approaches preaching also with intermittent 'Praise the Lord mixed with "False Prophets". He slides right in beside me and we are going at it head to head. I finish and confront him by telling him that if he is for us, this is not helping, and if he is against us I will be glad to reasonably discuss this. He is a 7th day Adventist, most all of whom are very non-confrontational, and he is pronouncing us as false prophets to this Adventist community. All the tricks in my thirty year old bag to get rid of him come to naught, he is retired and has nothing better to do all day and is determined to win at this confrontation. I knew he was waiting till we left to announce his victory and sure enough as we finally went to the car he takes all the glory for having saved the Adventist community from the corruption of these "False Prophets". As I left I pointed into his face and said, "The Lord Rebuke Thee" but it didn't appear to have much affect. I know Paul had a similar experience in Acts 16:16-18 and he put up with it for many days before rebuking the unclean spirit. Is this dispensational? ANY SUGGESTTONS ???ON THE STREETS We separated from David Laverty for a few weeks and left him near Walla Walla to work in a church there and do street work. We traveled on to Grants Pass, OR. where we preached in the small tourist town of Jacksonville, OR. We mentioned the police encounter there in our last newsletter and this is still not resolved. We then moved up to liberal Eugene where we preached several times to many deaf ears and cursing mouths. Portland was added to our top ten best cities to preach in and we enjoyed three great preaching adventures there. Then back to Walla Walla, WA. for an extended meeting in a nearby church and many opportunities to minister in that fair town. This town is a citadel for the 7th Day Adventist church so we preach accordingly. PERSONAL NEWS
The whole SWAT team, is enjoying every blessing of the Lord. Mary is enjoying her salvation and is gaining knowledge in the Word of God. She wins often in Sunday night church Bible trivia games. She is awaiting baptism ... somewhere. David is enjoying all his birthdays run together and is getting many opportunities to serve both on the streets and in the churches. Robin is a very contented mother and homemaker and Mary's teacher and a sometimes instructor of publick ministry to the ladies. She is always ready to go when it comes to street meetings. I have never had it so good in all of my life. Praise the Lord.IN THE CHURCHES We had the great honor to minister in the following churches this past month. Bible Believer's Baptist, pastor Tom McCarter, Grants Pass, OR, Cornerstone Baptist, pastor Mike Bell, Springfield, OR., True Vine Baptist, pastor Rich Glen, Portland, OR. and Faithline Baptist., pastor Elvon Nelson, Milton Freewater, OR. We continue to have need of nothing but your prayer...