31 August 2010

Academy Photo's

Mike open-air preaching

Stop Light Preaching (I really enjoyed this)

Ray Comfort open air

How does this guy sleep at night?

One to one street evangelism

Me and, ugh, what's his name?

Me and Jessica Kidwell (AKA Chipper Fisher)

Me and Tony Miano

Me and Mike the Beast

I had an amazing time at the Academy. I was able to step way, way out of my comfort zone and let God use me in a new way.

I developed an even greater concern and deeper compassion for the lost than I already had.

I really can't put into words the experience of the Academy, and, quite frankly, it's not fair to try to.

There are so many people that worked very hard to put on the Academy and humbled themselves to take care of us, mentor us, teach us, encourage us, push us, stretch us and be a godly influence to us, that there is no way to really thank them for all they did.

If you ever have an opportunity to go to one of the Ambassador's Academy training, you should go. The 2011 dates are now up on the website.

24 August 2010

Academy Bound!

Well, it's finally here!

All the waiting and anticipating over the last few months is about to come to an end as I get on a plane Wednesday morning to head out to the Ambassadors Academy.

I am excited as well as nervous.

My team leader will be a guy I have nick-named Mike "The Beast". I previously had the honor of meeting Mike in New Orleans during Mardi Gras earlier this year. Mike came up to me within a few minutes of me holding my "Are You Ready" cross as hundreds of people were going to and fro. I affectionately named him "The Beast" because of his inability to not be going anything less than wide open.

The man preached, witnessed and handed out tracts without ceasing. A true evangelism warrior!

This was Mike five minutes after I met him. He asked me if he could hold my cross. He not only held my cross; he jumped up on a wall and started preaching like nobodies business!

God, in His providence, made sure I met Mike long before the Academy. Why? Maybe it was so I wouldn't be so freaked out once I got out to the Academy and had met "The Beast" for the first time and wondered what the heck I had gotten myself into.

I got to spend a day and a half with Mike in New Orleans and am now very humbled to know that he will be leading me and seven others on my team while at the Academy.

Praise God for that New Orleans meeting with Mike and praise God for allowing me this opportunity to attend the Academy for His glory!

See ya in a week -

17 August 2010

Upcoming Car Show this Saturday!

Please make plans to join us this Saturday to hand out a few tracts and do some one-to-one witnessing at the monthly Car Show in Canton.

The Car Show is a great place to get your feet wet if you have never handed out a tract or have had a one-to-one eternal conversation with someone before. The mood at the Car Shows are generally a laid back kind of atmosphere while people are walking around looking and talking about cars.

Who knows, you may even run into a local celebrity and have the opportunity to put a gospel tract in their hand!

Here are the plans:

What time? 4:30-6:00pm
When? Saturday, August 21st
Where? Riverstone Shopping Plaza
Meet at? In front of Hibbits Sports

09 August 2010

Spurgeon Minute

It is by the grace of God that ungodly men are preserved from instant death. The sharp axe of justice would soon fell the barren tree if the interceding voice of Jesus did not cry, "Spare him yet a little." Many sinners, when converted to God, have gratefully acknowledged that it was of the Lord's mercy that they were not consumed.

John Bunyan had three memorable escapes before his conversion, and mentions them in his "Grace Abounding" as illustrious instances of long-suffering mercy. Occasionally such deliverances are made the means of affecting the heart with tender emotions of love to God, and grief for having offended him. Should it not be so? Ought we not to account that the longsuffering of God is salvation? (2 Peter 3:15.)

An officer during a battle was struck by a nearly spent ball near his waistcoat pocket, but he remained uninjured, for a piece of silver stopped the progress of the deadly missile. The coin was marked at the words DEI GRATIA (by the grace of God). This providential circumstance deeply impressed his mind, and led him to read a tract which a godly sister had given him when leaving home. God blessed the reading of the tract, and he became, through the rich grace of God, a believer in the Lord Jesus.

Reader, are you unsaved? Have you experienced any noteworthy deliverances? Then adore and admire the free grace of God, and pray that it may lead you to repentance! Are you enquiring for the way of life? Remember the words DEI GRATIA, and never forget that by grace we are saved. Grace always pre-supposes unworthiness in its object. The province of grace ceases where merit begins: what a cheering word is this to those of you who have no worth, no merit, no goodness whatever! Crimes are forgiven, and follies are cured by our Redeemer out of mere free favour. The word grace has the same meaning as our common term gratis: Wickliffe's prayer was, "Lord save me gratis" No works can purchase or procure salvation, but the heavenly Father giveth freely, and upbraideth not.

Grace comes to us through faith in Jesus. Whosoever believeth on Him is not condemned. O, sinner, may God give thee grace to look to Jesus and live. Look now, for to-day is the accepted time!

C.H. Spurgeon

05 August 2010

04 August 2010

"The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time"

Carl F. H. Henry