Sunday was the annual Long Beach Grand Prix on Ocean Blvd in downtown Long Beach.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain”
A few of us (Angela, Dale, Bill and myself) covered the main entrance with banners raised. We were not alone as another group with signs were scattered around the area passing out tracts. We preached the crowd going into the event and left after a few hours as it is not a good idea to drive after the event is over. Lets see, on the same road with these people after they have been drinking beer in the sun all day and watching cars drive in a circle with great speed for hours. Then these same people get behind the wheel of a car and drive? Not a good idea as someone could meet God that day. We were so close to the entrance that the cars racing during the pre-race could be heard and the preaching had to be done about every 30 seconds to be heard as we could not compete with the roaring of the cars, however Angela did give it a try. This is where signs are very effective as they will convey a message above a crowd and with noise or music blasting.
I must say that auto racing fans are not like football or basketball fans, as those people are really into their teams and look up to their players as gods. Whereas these racing fans, just like fast loud cars speeding by them and maybe hope they witness an accident with tires flying and a few cars in flames. Ever wondered that almost any big game or sport is on a Sunday, perhaps a plan of the devil to keep people away from Church? Well if so, God is always three steps ahead of that devil, as He used us to bring Church to them, at their place of worship. No offering and worship music needed as everyone that passed by us was led to the Lord.
Now what they do with that information is on them but 10 out of 10 people were directed to the Lord. Preaching to a congregation as this, one will not get many converts as these people have a $50.00 ticket in hand and someplace to be, unlike a park or talking to someone waiting for a bus. So we do pray the Lord will send other labors to reap our labor and harvest our work of seed and water planted.
“And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours”
Here is a video titled ‘One Voice’ from Pastor Larry of our West Virginia ‘Bible Believers’ and if you think you do not have time to witness for Jesus, Brother Larry owns a business and works long hours, Pastors a Church, does facebook, emails, youtube, maintains his house and still makes time to preach Jesus locally and travels. And your reason is what?
HOT OFF THE PRESS:
The ACLU is being used by our Bible Believers chapter in New Mexico to sue the city of Roswell for arresting these men for preaching in public over and over and over. KOB EYEWITNESS NEWS 4 http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2579823.shtml?cat=500
The link below gives you the full story on how these men have been falsely accused and falsely arrested on the ACLU website
“This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me”
I do not know about you but I for one do not get moved when I hear or sing most worship songs. As those words coming out of their lips just don’t match their lifestyle. Don’t get me wrong there are some inspired songs but the people singing those songs are in my opinion unworthy to sing. For example, how many Churches sing ‘Onward Christian soldier’ yet what do they know about marching into a war zone for Jesus or going behind the enemies line to combat them?
Consider the words of this glorious song:
“Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before. Christ, the royal Master, leads against the foe; forward into battle see his banners go!
(Refrain): Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to war, with the cross of Jesus going on before.
At the sign of triumph Satan's host doth flee; on then, Christian soldiers, on to victory! Hell's foundations quiver at the shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, loud your anthems raise.
Like a mighty army moves the church of God; brothers, we are treading where the saints have trod. We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.
Crowns and thrones may perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but the church of Jesus constant will remain. Gates of hell can never gainst that church prevail; we have Christ's own promise, and that cannot fail.
Onward then, ye people, join our happy throng, blend with ours your voices in the triumph song. Glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King, this through countless ages men and angels sing.
WHAT A SONG!
But is the modern Church worthy to sing such a hymn? Let me re-write that song the way it should be sung today, because most believers are at war with God’s written Word. They are marching off to sin and use that cross to justify their sin as per “it’s all under the blood brother.”
So the new updated version of onward, Christian soldiers sounds like this:
Onward, Lukewarm liars, running away from war, with the cross of Jesus that gives me liberty to sin as never before. Christ, the royal Master, is my foe; I run away from battle and never hold a banner!
Satan has great triumph in my life as I flee from the Lord; on then, Christian backslidders, on to not be an overcomer! Heaven’s foundations will never hear my shout of praise; brothers, lift your voices, but God has turned away.
Like a army in a POW camp; we have surrendered to the enemy without a fight. We are all divided, we lost our head, there is no hope and our doctrine is as cancer.
Crowns and thrones will perish, kingdoms rise and wane, but for all us lukewarmers we will not remain. Gates of hell rule us; we have Christ's own promise, that one day He will say, I NEVER knew you depart from me.
Retreat, Oh ye people, join our unholy throng, I hope you obey God and not be like us to have your triumph song. Which would be glory, laud, and honor unto Christ the King, this through countless ages men and angels sing.”
Are you that Christian soldier, marching as to war, or does God only see your backside and elbows?