Thursday, March 22, 2012

Last Wednesday I flew out to Dallas and drove into a small town to give a eulogy for a brother that has gone home on March 11th. Brother Darrell Bishop passed away and had commissioned me to speak on his behalf and I was honored. He went to a Baptist church in town and one of his friends is a minister and yet he wanted this street preacher from Los Angeles to speak and so it was done. Here is a snip of what I said standing next to Darrel’s casket:

“To the Bishop family, on behalf of Darrell’s friends we deeply grieve with you this day and we offer our deepest condolences. We all expected this date to come and when it happened, we are never prepared. After the death of a loved one, grieving comes in many forms and even years. After all the paper work is signed and faxes sent, arrangements made, personal items looked into, phone calls made and last minute adjustments. The realty of today may not sink in for some time. Then, the legitimacy of not hearing Darrell’s voice, getting a text from him, reading a post on facebook or seeing his hallmark smile and hearing him laugh will come to each of us in many forms. And with that said, we will keep his family in our prayers. The Bible describes the Holy Ghost as ‘The Comforter’ and there is no doubt that Darrell was comforted in spirit, though is body was in pain, his soul was calm. He was at peace with God and made his peace with God. As the book of Amos 5:12 reads
“Prepare to meet thy God”
….and on March 11th Darrell had made himself ready for that day and I hope we all will make ourselves ready for such a day. Darrel Bishop wore many caps in his life. He was a son, a brother, a father, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor, a boy friend of many and a Christian not ashamed of the Gospel. Darrell was a man of character, passion and his faith in God was rock solid. To say he loved his children Crystal and Matthew would be an understatement. As I believe we should submit his picture to Webster’s dictionary, to be placed under the definition of “father.” May his life give them integrity to be productive young people and may the memory of their father live with them for the rest of their lives. Darrell was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on October 27th, 1973. Mom no doubt raised him with charm, personality and faith, as the book of Proverbs reads;
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” Darrell was raised with his brother and one sister. Later moved and lived in Texas for over two decades and around midnight on March 11th at home surrounded by love ones, he gave up the ghost. And it is obvious that his family was his lifeline. Based on what some of his friends on facebook wrote, one can conclude, if you were Darrell’s friend, you had a lifelong ally. With only a high school education, he was well versed on current events and had a reasonable and well thought opinion on anything he spoke. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, but you would never have know that talking with him as he would make you the center of attention, not his infirmity. He would ask what was new in your life, as he would quarterback the conversation away from him. But there is one thing that Darrell did not keep personal and private and that was his faith in God. I spoke with Darrell about three weeks before he died and he seemed more interested in what I was doing out in Los Angeles rather than his dilemma. He always seemed positive, concerned about others and mostly kept his pains to himself. I spoke to Darrell again days before his death and being weak and tired; he still made time and talked with me on the phone. Darrell prayed that God would heal him and verily I must say, today he is fully healed. He has that new everlasting body that is promised and his faith is now a tangible reality. Truly God will say to him; “Welcome my good and faithful servant.”  

Darrell endured to the end, as his faith was not quenched and when he was at his weakest, that is when he was strong. The Bible says;
“Whereas you know not what shall be tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away”
That verse liken our life to a vapor or a puff of smoke. If God gives us 99 years or 39 years, that lifetime when compared to eternity, is but a mere vapor. Darrell ran and finished the race given to him. He fought the good fight and he tolerated much, as his life is an example in both in live and death. And if I may on behalf of Darrell, thank his family for staying with him, for loving him throughout the good, the bad and the ugly. A big thank you, for rearranging your lives to be by his side, be it in person or via cell phone. That meant very much to him, more than you will ever know. May you have faith in God, may you understand the resurrection of Jesus and may we all meet in the ultimate Family Reunion in heaven. Thank you for keeping your composure by his bedside. Romans chapter 14 reads:
“For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's”
Today Darrell has fully tasted of this scripture, as he lived and died with the Lord. We will miss you Darrell Bishop, as your life has a place in our hearts and minds and we thank you for being a part of each of our lives”

The photo above was taken when Darrell came to LA and we preached a couple events that day as we had issues with the event security and soon after LAPD was called in. Even while Brother Darrell was bedridden, he used his keyboard as he would still ‘contend for the faith’ via the internet. He was inspired by our preach videos and was not ashamed of the Gospel. He will be missed, please keep his children and family in your prayers. Darrell worked with street preachers nationwide as this was put together from a fellow street preacher Jeremy from New Mexico as we are thankful for his service and prayers. See you on the other side Darrell.

….any questions…..religion of peace, yeah right.

Last Sunday Brother Gary and I went out and preached the Los Angeles Marathon.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” Hebrews 12:1
Not every event is a Mardi Gras or a day on the campus as each venue has a different approach and message. At this event, it will be the banners that will do the witnessing as the runners passed by us by the thousands. Many were positive and even a few had Bible verses on their shirts, one runner stopped by me and while running in place quoted Bible verses to me. With Gary on one side of the street and myself on the other side, everyone no doubt saw the banners as they ran passed our location. Hope no one died on the course as in past years and I do pray that another will reap our harvest and God gives growth.

“Know you not that they who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? So run, that you may obtain” 1Corinthians 9:24

Brother Jed is in town and is staying with us while preaching campuses in Los Angeles.
A man who is 69 years old and has been preaching on universities nationwide Monday-Friday for 40 years in every weather and state. On TUESDAY we (Mark, Doug, Angela and myself) joined Jed at Long Beach State, as we had two banners flying and I only thought it was right to fly my anti-Muslim banner on this campus and wow, did the students get upset. The words on the banner is truth, it is their own history.

The talk of the campus was those hatful signs as several Muslims had to be restrained as the campus police looked on. Jed preached but the crowd roared “Get off our campus” and of course we tried to make the issue with sin paramount, other than Islam but that day the homosexual and Muslim united. Jed is an icon on these campuses as he has preached these students parents and even grandparents on universities. At one point Jed was telling a story and this lesbian jumped in and started shouting, well the crowd reacted and yelled back “we want to hear Jed, we want to hear his story.” She was not expecting that and soon left the area, as we had crowds all day by the hundreds.

The students had issues with Mark’s banner, because his banner pointed that Jesus is the only way and every knee will bow to that Name.

We made “no small stir” at Long Beach State as those same students that shouted for us to leave asked why are we leaving and if we were coming back on Wednesday….go figure? The Muslims however threatened me about coming back ‘to their campus’ with that sign.

Here is an article from the CSLB Newspaper on that day, click the link to read the story. Brother Jed returns to campus, targets Muslims

And here is news clip from the CSLB

WEDNESDAY we returned again a I took another banner as I did not want to get these Muslims angry and have them bomb CSLB in protest and murder these students, so I took a ‘Homo Sex Is Sin” banner that day and guess what? The reaction was the same, only this time the students did not like this banner and called it hatful. Many that tried to argue make it very clear that God does not hate and I and my sign were pure hate.

All day I was asked about what do I mean that homosexuals are a threat to national security, as my response was; “I am really not qualified to answer that question, however if you can find the mayor of Sodom or the mayor of Gomorrah, it is they that are much more qualified to answer that question, now go find and ask them.” Christians told me that my sigh was turning people off, but I responded that this campus had turned off more people than my sign will ever do. How many freshmen Christians come to this campus and graduate after 4-5 years as an atheist? Am I turn people off? The police were called and kept the students at bay as Mark had a drink tossed on him, a girl that told me I was not loving spit on me and a number of students were beginning to start getting physical. The campus police kept the students from getting close and had a presents there for our duration on campus. The conversations that day were priceless, as again as much as they hate us, they asked if we were coming back on Wednesday.

Here is a news article of our visit on Wednesday

After the campus preach we arrived at my house for dinner and fellowship, then ended the day wit our weekly Bible study with a full house, what a day. Brother Jed will be doing Fullerton State on Thursday and Friday as he was on that campus on Monday and after that he will start heading home as he has been on the road since December.

Wednesday, I did not go, I had to work as I will be in Washington DC on Friday for the ‘Reason Rally’ or better known as the atheist rally at the mall, billed as the largest atheist gathering ever. As the speakers will be Richard Dawkins Adam savage, Bill Maher and Nate Phelps from the Westbro Baptist group, yes Fred has a son who is an atheist. But Brother Jed went back to Fullerton on Thursday and Friday, then will return back home.