While most Churches host what is known as ‘Retreats’ I find that word repulsive. As we should not retreat but RUSH the enemy, CHARGE against sin and ATTACK the evil doer face to face. We should take up our swords as in God’s Word and ASSAULT the gates of hell, which can not prevail us. But instead what do our local Church do……have a retreat. Retreat from what, are they even in battle? Remember David was a warrior and sinned with Bathsheba only because he was not in the battle with his men that day, so don’t give satan a chance nor place, stay in the battle and STRIKE the adversary. With that said, here is another Preach clip by Bible Brian and IF this video does not move you and promote the kingdom of God, you need to get born again or check your pulse.
Last Sunday was the 84th Academy Awards in Hollywood as this is the ‘golden calf’ that many covet and an event where the eyes of the world are looking and once again we were there to exhort these people who many consider gods that they too will die and meet their Creator.
And the Jesus that we preached was not some limp wrested long haired guy with a smile that is weeping and telling everyone ‘I love you.’ No they understood the Full Gospel with the lifestyle to match when they passed us and the consequences of not believing such.
“He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”
How many sermons are given on Sunday about the evils of Hollywood, the wickedness of television and those perverted movies in the theater? I’ve heard many myself and they are moving as many Christians are convicted to toss out their TV. But these preachers lack one thing, why not that sermon to Hollywood and why not preach that sermon at an event like this?
“Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not” Matthew 23:2-3
This past Sunday was the day that anyone who is anyone in the film industry will be at one place at one time. And where are these great sermon givers? They are a no show as in previous years. Anyone can preach behind a pulpit to a congregation that screams “Amen” but why not take that message to the ears that need to hear that message and there you will not get the “Amen’s” from the crowd. Since 911 most big events that we preach at have changed their security, years before 911 we could stand across from the Red Carpet and preach to these fallen stars getting out of their limo but now that area is shut down to everyone. All limos are stopped and checked about two blocks before they enter into the Kodak Theater and all this is only because some crazy Muslim might bomb the venue for their god. So security has changed and we needed to regroup and preach it the best we can for what we have to work with. We have groups around the venue to cover every angle as I stood just out side where the limo line up as they are in a traffic jam and each limo can not miss our banners and can not hear our preaching.
HERE IS AN OLD PICTURE WHERE IN THE 1980’S WE STOOD IN FRONT OF THE RED CARPET TO PREACH THIS VENUE AS THE BANNERS WERE BIGGER, MADE OF CANVAS AND HAND PAINTED BACK IN THE DAY, NOT LIKE OUR VINYL BANNERS TODAY.
We had banners around the event and the location I was at, these fallen starts were fixing their hair, checking their make up and making sure all their plastic surgery is in place before the stepped out unto the Red Carpet. This year Billy Crystal MCed the event as some of the presenters were Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz, Emma Stone, to name of few. At this event, not only do you get a chance to preach to the celebrities, but you get the producers, directors, editors, writers and those that fund the movie project, and after the event is over the parties all over Los Angeles as these celebrities raise their gold calf and pound their chest as they are king of the Hollywood hill.
To be filed under very ‘ODD’
At the Academy Awards, I met Daniel the prophet walking around. Yes he introduced himself as ‘The’ Daniel the prophet in the Bible and wanted to use my PA system to warn everyone of the last days. I said, No he should been prepared. So he just walked away angry passing out his literature. I know, I know….only in California can you find The Prophet Daniel walking around the sidewalk…….why people just can’t be normal like me, is beyond me? Also when Mark and were setting up I started to preach as my voice was still raspy from a week of Mardi Gras and I have a cold to boot. Well, this long black limo pulled up with a guy sticking his head out yelling “Ruben……Ruben Israel….how you doing….we thought you would be here…..it is good to see you again…..I have your cell phone Ruben….we will talk…..and Joe is behind us in the other limo….so good to see you again….” After they passed, I asked Mark, who was that? I know a number of Joe’s but none that would be in the VIP line to the Red Carpet on Academy Sunday and I could not put a name to that face hanging out the window calling my name. You just never know what you will see or hear in Hollywood. We had every corner with banners and signs and LAPD gave us much liberty using amplified equipment, as these limos had no choice, they had to pass by us. The police tried to keep these long black cars moving, but there were pockets of backed up traffic and they must endure our preaching. So at the end of the day, we had Sunday service with the Hollywood elite as the God of the Bible was proclaimed in both word and sign.
YET ANOTHER YEAR AS WE TRY AND PREACH TO THE RICH IN HOLLYWOOD
We try to push and pull the affluent into the kingdom of God but they have trouble going though the eye of the needle with all their camels filled to the sky with worldly possessions. At times it seems almost impossible, however with God it is possible. As the rich, will trust in their riches. The rich will trust in their own judgment as he believes that he has done well without God. The rich assumes they can buy their way to anything as everything has a price. The rich love to glory on their good decisions and how everything they touch turns to gold and with Jesus, they lose that boastamony. To surrender their lives and trust in Jesus would be like driving an uninsured car to them and to give up their life would be like driving an old rusty car without hubcaps and they are not behind the wheel. Money is NOT evil, as we all need it to survive, however it is that “love of money” that is the root of that problem. One does not need to be a millionaire to be guilty of this sin as one can be just a hundredaire or a dollaraire and be just as covetous and desirous of those dead presidents. Every year at these events we try to squeeze these wealthy into the Book of Life but they have issues because the Gospel is FREE.
GOD IS LOOKING……are you responding ….
“Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?”
Think God is only looking for someone would went to seminary, or never missed Sunday school and has kept every receipt that they gave 10% of their money to the Church. Think God is only looking for someone who was once the captain of the debate team or a used car salesman, because they can talk. Think God is only looking for those who are ordained by the State or those who had hands laid on them and told them they were a ‘modern day Peter or Paul?’
Think again…..as God is for the underdog…….
Noah only saved his family
Abraham was old
Jacob was a cheater
Sarah had no patience
David had an affair
Daniel was put in a lions den
Gideon did not know the voice of God
Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers
Elijah was depressed
Hosea was told to marry a whore
Jonah disobeyed orders
Zaccheus was a short man
Martha was a worry wart
John the Baptist looked like a cave man and lost his head while in prison
Paul had baggage of stirring the pot and killing Christians
Peter could not keep his mouth shut
Stephen was told to washed tables
Timothy was told to do the work of an evangelist
John wrote Revelation exiled on an island with being boiled
....and yet God used them. God does not call the qualified, He is looking for anyone to serve Him.
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none”
“Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it"
Will you respond or should I say have you responded?