'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full"

Luke 14:23

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

June/July Update

Several weeks ago the entire family went into the city with me. The kids got to see me preach outside a church for the first time. Ki-Ki is still a bit young but a couple of times he got on the box and it looked like he was going to start proclaiming Christ. Hannah was extremely interested the whole time and gave me several texts to expound. Robin offered some much needed advice that I trust, if headed, will make me a better communicator of the good news.

In late June we preached at the Sonoma County Gay Pride Parade. I have a lot to say about that but I can't spend the time right now commenting and developing the points I want to make. Suffice it to say that if evangelical churches continue down the path of cowardice then our lampstands will be removed entirely (Rev. 2:5).  The institutionalization of sin must be boldly confronted with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Just to give you a glimpse of where we are at; this particular gay pride parade ends every year with a 'Interfaith Service.' Notice that 11 of the 16 faith representatives are professedly Christian. The implication is clear - those who dare to call homosexuality a sin are fast becoming fundamental fringes even within Christendom. Think hard about this brethren, for it is our children who will perish in Sodom's gates and on Gomorrah's alters if the silence continues.

The last several Sunday's I have preached 'alone.' Alone is in quotes because God is always so faithful to bring brethren along to encourage and exhort me. Two weeks ago this happened in an exceptional way. I noticed when I was preaching that a young mom was standing next to me the whole time. It appeared that she was nursing her baby under one of those giant bibs. Anyway, she said that she really appreciated what I was doing but exhorted me to not use 'theological laguage' that she felt was getting lost on my hearers. She also strongly encouraged me to speak more of my own personal testimony. I really took to heart what she said. After she left, her husband (who is a Vineyard pastor) came over and gave me some really anointed encouragement and prayed for me right there. I can't really explain it, but the whole exchange was an extremely powerful experience.

Finally, a young woman named Madeline approached me when I was preaching this last week, truly seeking salvation. Join me in praying for her. That's all for now. May the Lord continue to bless you as you 'Declare His glory among the Nations.'

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