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Waiting at the Door
Posted Jun-01-2011 11:22am by Teresa

"Blessed is the man who listens to me (Wisdom), watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway." Proverbs 8:34

This verse strikes me as a contrast to Revelation 3:20: "Here I am!  I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with Me."

How much better to be waiting at God's door to hear from Him!  The promise of fellowship is still the same, but how much more often would we enjoy sweet words of wisdom from our Lord if we were intent on hearing from Him, rather than relying on His knock at the door to grab our attention.

Lord, I pray that you would give me "listening ears" and help me to be more attentive to Your voice.  Just like a mother who vigilantly tunes her ear to the voice of her young child, I want to hear You every time You call out to me.

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"Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night." — Psalm 91:5
Posted Apr-21-2011 7:07pm by Doug

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of the broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; He is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without His direction, for even hell itself is under His control. Darkness is not dark to Him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around His people—and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up His tender mercies, it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.

"Though the night be dark and dreary,
Darkness cannot hide from Thee;
Thou art He, who, never weary,
Watchest where Thy people be."

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Enjoy Your Married Life
Posted Mar-24-2011 7:46pm by Teresa

Ecclesiastes 9:7-9 ~ Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works.  Let your clothes be white all the time, and let not oil be lacking on your head.   Enjoy life with the woman whom you love all the days of your fleeting life which He has given to you under the sun; for this is your reward in life and in your toil in which you have labored under the sun.

Luke 12:16-21 ~ And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.   He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’"

Matthew 6:19-21
~ “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.   But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal;  for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

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The Christian life is lived on two planes; the eternal plane and the earthly plane.  On the eternal plane, we are living with eternity in mind, storing up treasures in heaven, and becoming more like Christ.  On the earthly plane, we are enjoying the mercies and blessings of each new day and each new season - blessing others and being blessed by others, loving our family and friends, enjoying life.

Living this life on two planes is sort of like walking a tightrope - we are in a constant struggle to maintain our equilibrium.  It can only be done successfully when we remember to take it step-by-step.  Psalm 37:23 tells us, "the steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way" and in Proverbs 16:9 it says, "The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."  It is good to set goals and make plans, but we must still seek the Lord for His wisdom and guidance, step-by-step, moment-by-moment.

This same principle holds true when transitioning from the single life into the married life.  Marriage adds a new dimension to this dual heaven/earth existence, and makes life a little more complicated.  A marriage is more than just a new living arrangement, it is a new entity.  Something changes in the relationship between a man and a woman when they enter into this covenant relationship with God.  Jesus explains this in Matthew 19:4-6:  “At the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”  Marriage is also a blessing from God.  As Solomon so wisely observed in Ecclesiastes 9:9, it is one of the rewards that God has provided for us in this toil-filled life, something that we are meant to enjoy.

As we endeavor to live out our lives step-by-step, maintaining our balance, it essential that we learn to live in the moment.  I confess that I have allowed a lot of life to slip past me because my heart and my head were somewhere else - either in the past, or in the future, or sometimes even in the life of someone else, a fantasy life.  But none of that compared to the full three-dimensional life that God wanted to bless me with at that moment.  Thankfully, one of the marvelous things about the Christian life is that, no matter how far we have wandered from the path, we can place ourselves right back on it with a single prayer of repentance and surrender.  God is faithful to cleanse us from our sins right at that moment and direct us toward the next step, and then the next, and there we are once again, walking with Him step-by-step.

Living "in the moment" means that we take the time to look around to see who we are with and what we have in front of us.  It also means allowing ourselves the time to grieve our losses as they occur, not stuffing the hurt down inside, and smoothing over the pain.  And it means affording ourselves the time to relish our blessings as they occur, not taking them for granted, or feeling guilty when we are blessed with what we do not deserve.  Our steps are determined by God, whether He leads us through sorrow or blessing, and each person's path is different.

In my opinion, Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 sums this all up beautifully:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

What does the worker gain from his toil?  I have seen the burden God has laid on men.  He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.  I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.  That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

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Wesley's Prayer
Posted Feb-11-2011 9:44am by Doug

An old prayer from one of my favorites, John Wesley. I have spent much
time meditating on this little verse and strive to let it's truths shape the way I live.
 

"I am no longer my own, but Yours.
Put me to what you will; rank me with whom You will.
Put me to doing; put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for You or laid aside for You.
Let me be full; let me be empty.
Let me have all things; let me have nothing...
I truly and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal."

John Wesley, 1780

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Look Up
Posted Feb-04-2011 12:16pm by Teresa

"My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare." Psalm 25:16

What can we do when we feel so oppressed by sorrow, so burdened by anxiety, so heavy of heart and weary of soul?  Too weak to stand, too sad to care - what can we do in such a position?

God is still merciful. He does not change with our moods and circumstances.  He knows our weakness; He knows that we are but dust.  It is we who are taken aback by our own "dusty" condition - astonished by our own inability to stand, to move, to feel.

It is at these times when the Holy Spirit asks us to perform one simple act of obedience, something that requires only the slightest bit of effort on our part. He asks us to "look up."

That is our choice, our first and only choice.  And if we choose to be obedient, if we determine to crack open our eyelids and roll our eyes heavenward, we can be helped.  For it is only then that we can see the outstretched hand of our loving Saviour and hear Him as He gently coaxes us toward the next step.

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Notes on Wisdom
Posted Jan-18-2011 9:58am by Teresa

A few months ago, I decided to do a word study on "Wisdom" throughout the Bible, using Strong's concordance as a guide.  Someone recently expressed a desire to see my study notes, so I thought it might be nice to type them up and post them online. Since I have already accumulated several months of notes, I have decided to type them up a few at a time, in chronological order.

Although I have prayerfully approached each passage asking God for insight and guidance, these are really just my own thoughts and observations.  I have no illusions of being a theologian and my understanding of Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek are limited to the translation help provided by Biblos.com.

9-8-2010
~ 1 Kings 10:4,5 "When the queen of Sheba perceived all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his servants, the attendance of his waiters and their attire, his cupbearers, and his stairway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her."

These verses indicate that Solomon's great wisdom was blatantly apparent in the way that he built his palace, seated his officials, dressed his servants, and brought sacrifices to God.  Even though the queen of Sheba was very wealthy, she was still overwhelmed by what she saw.  So it was more than just the splendor of wealth that impressed her; it was also the way that things were arranged and implemented, revealing Solomon's ingenuity and aesthetic talent.  These are both intrinsic elements of wisdom.

~ 1 Kings 10:8
"How happy your men must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom!"

It truly is a pleasure and a privilege to be under the leadership of someone who is wise!  And, although this is a rare experience for must of us in the natural world, we must remember that we are all ultimately under the leadership of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is our pleasure and privilege to serve Him, to continually stand before Him and hear His wisdom.

9-7-2010

~ 1 Kings 5:12 "The Lord gave Solomon wisdom, just as He had promised him.  There were peaceful relations between Hiram and Solomon, and the two of them made a treaty."

It was by wisdom that Solomon was able to establish and maintain a peaceful and mutually beneficial relationship with Hiram, King of Tyre.

~ 1 Kings 7:14 "...He was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass."

Huram, a craftsman from Tyre, was hired by Solomon to create items of bronze for the Lord's temple.  Wisdom can be "specialized" - someone can have exceptional wisdom in one specific area.

9-6-2010
~ 1 Kings 4:29 "God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore."

Many translations of this verse interpret "breadth of understanding" to be "largeness of heart."  Wesley's notes state, "Largeness of heart - Vastness of understanding, a most comprehensive knowledge of all things both Divine and human." The wisdom that God bestowed upon Solomon encapsulated great intelligence and capacity for knowledge.  He studied and was able to understand the natural world around him, including plants, birds, animals, insects, and fish.  He truly was a "super genius!"

~ 1 Kings 4:30, 31
"Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater that all the wisdom of Egypt.  He was wiser than any other man..."
~ 1 Kings 4:34 "Men of all nations came to listen to Solomon's wisdom, sent by all the kings of the world, who had heard of his wisdom."

These verses indicate to me that wisdom is apportioned by God, and that even people of ungodly nations such as Egypt, still received their wisdom from God, even though they did not serve HIm.  Solomon's wisdom also included the ability to teach.  He communicated his vast wisdom through 3,000 proverbs, and was famous throughout the world.

The example of Solomon is an encouragement to me because Solomon was already well into adulthood when God blessed him with this extraordinary wisdom.  We tend to think that we are limited to only the gifts and talents that we were born with, and that true success must be achieved early in life.  But these limits are meaningless to God.  He can endow us with new gifts, skills and talents at any time in our life.

9-3-2010

~ 1 Kings 3:28 "When all Israel heard the verdict the king had given, they held the king in awe, because they saw that he had wisdom from God to administer justice."

After Solomon's famous discernment of the true mother of the disputed child in 1 Kings 3:16-27, all Israel stood in awe of him.  The word that is translated here as "awe," conveys a feeling much greater than mere admiration or amazement, it connotes a fearful reverence.  The people recognized that Solomon possessed discernment that surpassed human capability.  This is not surprising, for the Lord had promised Solomon that He would give him such a wise and discerning heart that there will never have been anyone like him, nor will there ever be (1 Kings 3:12). 

9-2-2010
~ 1 Kings 2:6 "Deal with him according to your wisdom, but do not let his gray head go down to the grave in peace." (re: Joab)
~ 1 Kings 2:9 "But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him." (re: Shimei)

David wanted Solomon to tie up some "loose ends" regarding Joab and Shimei who, for complex reasons, had escaped justice during his reign.  David was able to rely upon Solomon's good judgment because he recognized that his son possessed godly wisdom, even though this was prior to the famous outpouring of wisdom that God would later bestow upon Solomon.

9-1-2010
~ 2 Samuel 20:22 "Then the woman went to all the people in her wisdom.  And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and threw it out to Joab."

This is another example of Joab being assisted by a "wise woman," but in this case it is the woman who takes the initiative to offer her assistance.  She sees that it would be in the best interest of her city to offer the fugitive Sheba to Joab, rather than be besieged by his troops.  On the face of things, this solution seems to be a "no-brainer," but sometimes people are hesitant to seek the most obvious solution to a problem due to personal bias or emotional involvement.  It was wisdom that enabled this woman to assess the situation objectively, and it was her reputation of wisdom that compelled the people of the city to listen to her advice, bringing about a solution that was agreeable to everyone except, of course, to Sheba!

8-31-2010

~ 2 Samuel 14:20 "My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God - he knows everything that happens in the land."

These are words spoken by a wise woman of Tekoa to King David, after he rightfully discerned that Joab had coached her to petition him regarding the banishment of David's son, Absalom.  This verse has no real significance to my study, other than to confirm the divine nature of wisdom, for she goes on to say of David, "He knows everything that happens in the land."  This, of course, was not true of David, but it is true of God.

In 2 Samuel 19:27, Mephibosheth says something similar to David, "My lord the king is like an angel of God, so do whatever pleases you."  Although David did not possess the great reputation for wisdom that Solomon had, it is apparent that he still had a reputation for being full of the wisdom of God.  Godly wisdom is something that is recognizable in others.

8-30-2010

~ Deuteronomy 4:6 "Observe them carefu

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Pain
Posted Dec-08-2010 9:00am by Teresa

"Therefore we do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes, not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Pain can be a thief that robs us of our present happiness.

Pain can be a deceiver that blinds us to our own possessions.

Pain can be a veil that shrouds our future expectations.

And,

Pain can be an arrow that pierces through our mundane preoccupations.

Pain can be a lens that brings our heart's desires into focus.

Pain can be a vehicle that carries us before the very throne of God, where we can break bread with One who is so very well acquainted with our pain.

How sweet is the bread of sorrow when shared with One who loves us like no other.  How strangely delightful is the taste of joy refined by suffering.

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My Fair Lady
Posted Apr-21-2010 7:49pm by Teresa

“He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.”  Psalm 107:9

This morning as I was reading Psalm 107, my mind wandered to the box of See’s candy that I had stowed away at work, while the lyrics of “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” floated through my head.

I started to think about someone, really anyone, who was cold and hungry and dirty and weary – what would it be like for this person to be brought inside before a warm fire, to be fed sweet chocolates, to be loved and taken care of?

We all love to hear stories about people who are destitute and later become loved and cared for.  Many popular movies have been centered around this very theme.  “Oliver,” “The Little Princess,” “Pretty Woman,” “My Fair Lady” – all of these stories have central characters who were brought out of desperate situations and transformed by the love and care of someone else.

It is no wonder that these stories are so popular; we have all longed for this.  We have all longed for someone to find us, to care for us, and to transform us into something beautiful.   But, do we realize that this is something that God also longs for?  That He longs to do this for us?

Just like in the parable of the prodigal son, God actively waits for us to come to Him.  He longs to embrace us, to clothe us, to celebrate with us, and to satisfy us with good things.

Lord, I thank you that you sought me out when I was in slavery to sin.  You purchased me with the price of your own blood.  You have cleansed me and clothed me.  You have filled me up with good things.  You love me.

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Waiting A Lifetime
Posted Mar-03-2010 10:50pm by Teresa

“The creation waits in eager expectation for the Sons of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19

As I was thinking about how long we have waited for Christ’s return, it dawned on me that we only wait a single lifetime.  After that, we go to be with the Lord, where I imagine the “waiting” is much, much different.

“All men are like grass…”  That is what we are and have always been.  Grass.  Even the lifetimes of the Patriarchs; Moses, Abraham, Noah, as lengthy as they seem to us, are still that of grass; flourishing and fading away with a breath.

But the earth waits, the seas wait, the moon and the stars wait.  And every bird and fish and animal that springs up and dies away, comes into its existence with an inner longing for the world to be set right once again, for the Sons of God to be revealed.

And so it is with us, though we may not realize the nature of our longing.  But once we are born again, when the spirit which was dead within us is made alive, when the Holy Spirit himself comes to indwell us, the ache of waiting becomes acute.

Lord, I ask that you help me, as I wait for your return, to use my time well, and to be effective for your kingdom until I go to be with you in heaven.

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Oh Sweetest Word
Posted Mar-02-2010 1:12pm by Doug

Oh sweetest word when sought and found
That separates the heart from mind
And in my deepest parts resound
A beggar’s golden coin I find

Oh happy glint of heaven’s voice
That lifts my weary head to rise
And take up once again my choice
To stand and see my foe’s demise

Our victory won we cannot lose
Our whimpering foe will have his day
And no more point to scars and bruise
The heels of those who cross this way

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Busking in Burbank - update July 2009
Posted Mar-02-2010 1:11pm by Doug

I have been busking in Burbank now for 72 weeks. It has been one of the great learning experiences of my life – a weekly adventurer that has opened my eyes to the world around me and re-defined who I am as a follower of Jesus Christ.

After finally listening to God and being obedient, I made a kind of half-hearted “deal” with Him. “If you’re really in this Lord and if you will go with me, I will give it a year”. I’m not sure where that came from but a year seamed right in proportion to what He was saying to me at the time. A year to learn, listen and do whatever He asked of me.

Gods grace and presence have filled us in that place and I have tasted the Joy of hearing his sweet voice and proclaiming His great love. Like the hymn says:

I have found the joy no tongue can tell
how its waves of glory roll
it is like a great o’er flowing well
springing up within my soul
it is joy unspeakable and full of glory
oh the half has never yet been told

One recent highlight happened several weeks ago when my wife Teresa joined us one night along with my son Scott and my buddy Jessie. (Like a dream come true for me!) The 4 of us played and sang with all our hearts and attracted some interest but although Teresa enjoyed the evening, she does not feel that this kind of thing is for her. I’m proud of her for at least trying it on and I’m OK with it really, especially since she has found a renewed place in prayer like I have never known. So for now it’s like this – I play on the beach in the sand and the waves while she swims out a bit and dives deep… Later, we lie on the sand in the warm sun together… It’s all good.

Strangely over the last several weeks folks have been unusually disinterested and distant. My year has past and I’m beginning to feel in my heart that my time of busking in Burbank is winding down. I hesitate to move… Perhaps I am wrong? I must admit to some disappointment at the idea. My daily prayer is for fresh vision and direction and the deepest longing of my heart is to know His heart and be used by Him. To hear his voice and do what he says.

Overwhelmingly loved,
Doug

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"You give them something to eat" Luke 9:12-17
Posted Mar-02-2010 1:09pm by Doug

You give them something to eat.

Luke 9: 12-17
When the day began to wear away, the twelve came and said to Him, “Send the multitude away, that they may go into the surrounding towns and country, and lodge and get provisions; for we are in a deserted place here.”
But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.”
And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” for there were about five thousand men…
Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.

So “when the day began to wear away” the disciples became aware of circumstances that apparently Jesus was not paying attention to. It was getting late. The people had nowhere to sleep and no food. They were in a deserted place, all good reasons to call it a day and pack it in. Doesn’t that make sense? Lets all move to a more comfortable, more practical place. A place where we can remain in control and have our basic needs met. After all isn’t that how we live out our days? Living for the moment deciding what is best, logical, practical, and comfortable?

But Jesus responds with a statement that must have shocked His disciples, “You give them something to eat” What in the world was he talking about? They didn’t have food to feed all of theses people. All they had in their hands and pockets was a tiny portion of what was needed for the task. How could He ask them to do something that was so impossible for them to accomplish?

When I read this story again today I thought about the people around me in my little world. Oh how they need to hear the Savior speak but the day has begun to wear away and there is no place for them to rest. They are in a deserted place, they are hungry and the dark night is approaching. And the words of Jesus, “You give them something to eat” are burning in my heart. A task as impossible for us today as it was for His disciples then.

Lord, what do we hold in our hands? Right here, right now? What have we kept safe in our pockets? Can it be that this is all you need to take, bless, break and give to feed the multitudes around us?

Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled…

Take them Lord! All my crumbs and crusts all that I have and am. Take, bless, break and give.

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"Busking" in Burbank - God, give me a sign?
Posted Mar-02-2010 1:08pm by Doug

 7PM Friday 11/21/2008

Last Friday night my son and I hit Burbank. I had been praying all week for a new way to engage people in conversation. So here’s our “pitch” (an old busking term) We set up three chairs. One for my son, one for me and my guitar and one between us with a sign. We start singing.

The small 8×5 sign says;

NO $ PLEASE

FREE

PRAYER

Let us PRAY for you

NO STRINGS NOTHING WEIRD

(We get a lot of people trying to give us $) When people ask about the sign, I tell them that if they will give me their first name and something I can pray for, I will then pray every day this week for them. If they want I will pray for them right there or I will write it down. I then ask them if they have a relationship with God and go from there.

Here’s our report…

1) A young man said he wanted us to pray for him and his family because they are continuing to struggle with the death of his younger brother a year ago. He claimed faith in “God” but had trouble articulating what he believed. Right away a guy steps right between us and tries to get my son Scott to contribute to some charity. When he finally moves we start up again and another guy stops to listen. Then this other guy interrupts and says he’s a Christian and then starts to talk really loud with the young man. I smiled at him, extended my hand and asked him his name. He started to back away and I told him that I would like to pray for him. He backed up some more and than said something I couldn’t understand and then a swear word and ran away. (Really weird…) anyway I tried to salvage the conversation and the young man asked if we would be here next week and than said he would be back. I told him that we would definitely pray for him and look for him next week.

Another song and then three young girls stop and ask about the sign. I explained. They told me their names. The first couldn’t think of anything. The second asked if I would pray that she lose weight. (I explained that I would not because God had already answered her prayer) The third asked me to pray that her boyfriend and her would stay together. I asked if he was a respectable young man and she said yes and added that he was a real gentleman, so I agreed.

I than asked if they had a relationship with God. They were unsure. So I asked if they felt that they were good people and again they weren’t sure so I offered to give them a test (the good test) About half way through one said “help me out her you’re making me nervous” I promised her that I had good news for her but continued. In the end, when I asked the final question the young girl in the middle looked me in the eye and quietly said “were going to hell…” and the others agreed. We just stood there for a moment. Than I shared about the cross and a loving, merciful God who came to die and take our punishment, about trusting Christ alone and what it meant to repent – they really got it. It was one of those rare moments when time kind of stands still and none of us seemed aware of anything around us, almost like the 4 of us were in a bubble. I encouraged them and told them I would be praying for them. As they walked away one said, ” Oh, I think we missed our movie” and another “said that’s ok”.

Another couple songs and than a rather nice looking clean cut woman in a suit stops and asks about the sign. She was a true believer who was here from Canada to teach a woman’s seminar and really needed the power of God to move through her. We were able to encourage her in the Lord and committed to pray for her and the meetings.

A young boy stopped and listened to a song and than asked about the sign. He wanted us to pray for a test he had taken that day. He had been studying hard and was hoping for a good grade. We wrote down his name and request and I told him I would pray for him and then his dad came and said they had to go.

A homeless guy named Leroy, who I have shared with several times before, wanted prayer for a trip he was making to Detroit to be re-united with his wife. We laid hands on him right there and prayed for that and also that he would truly come to know Christ as savior and find in Him the strength to overcome his addictions. He hugged and thanked us and went his way.

Like the old song says, “it is joy unspeakable and full of glory” and to think I could have spent the evening at home watching TV. God help us all

8:45 My son gets tired (long day at work) We pack up

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