Thursday, February 25, 2010

Enter to Win 2 tickets to the Psalm 119 Conference!

Enter to Win 2 TICKETS to the Psalm 119 Conference

This event will be May 14-15 in Fort Worth hosted at Sovereign Joy Community Church.

Value= $158.00
Eternal Value = Priceless!

Here's what to do to win:

There are 2 Ways to enter your name in the drawing...

1. For 2 entries, post this give away on your website, blog, or social networking site.

2. For 1 entry, simply enter your name below (in the comment section) and a way for me to contact you if you win.

Contest ends Sunday, March. 14 2010. I will randomly pick 1 name and the winner will be announced on Monday, March. 15 2010.

Give-a-way is open to EVERYONE.

And on Monday March 15th, I'll open up a new drawing to give away 2 more tickets!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thoughts on Martin Luther and His Attitude towards Jews

Recently, some of the readers of my blog have expressed concern over my offer of "Luther Gold" compiled by Ray Comfort. Specifically, some of my critics have felt it was inconsistent to advocate Christianity and also feature the writings of an alleged anti-semitism such as Martin Luther.

I want to be as clear as possible that I do not support anti-semitism in any capacity. In fact, I love the Jewish people very much.

Jesus Christ of Nazareth was himself a Jew and I worship that Jewish Carpenter from Galilee. But as Josh McDowell said, “Jesus is more than a carpenter” He is the Son of God and Lord over all and He calls all men to repent and call on His name.

Now regarding Martin Luther and his attitude towards the Jews, as I said previously I do not support anti-semitism and do not advocate or agree with what Martin Luther said about the Jews. So then, is this a contradiction? Is it an inconsistency? Not at all. I believe that Martin Luther was dead wrong about the Jews but dead right about other things.

He was a simple man and was the product of the doctrine that he believed in. In that, despite being sinful, God saved him through the grace of Jesus Christ – apart from any works or righteousness of his own.

Martin Luther courageously stood up against the corrupt medieval Roman Catholic Church and defended the biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone at the risk of his own life. Martin Luther rediscovered that men and women are justified by
grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, based on the authority of the Bible alone, for God’s Glory alone. And I agree with this view of salvation with all my heart.

Was Martin Luther perfect? No, not at all. In fact, he was wrong in many things. His view of infant baptism was not biblical (I believe believers in Christ alone should be baptized), as was his view of consubstantiation (view on communion)
. But I believe that he was a true believer in Jesus Christ despite his errors.

Martin Luther’s view on the Jews is indefensible. He did say many wrong things against the Jews but does this negate everything he every taught and stood for? No.

For example, let’s say that there is a brilliant mathematician who discovers a theorem in physics that revolutionizes the scientific world but he is a drunkard who neglects his wife. Does his sin of drunkenness and abusive behavior disprove his discovery? No, of course not. They are entirely separate. Similarly, while Martin Luther said many unfortunate things about the Jews, he was correct about the essential truths of the Christian faith.

I will not sweep Martin Luther’s despicable views of the Jews under the carpet. It is as it is. It was wrong and God will deal with Him on that. None of us are perfect. We all need Jesus Christ desperately. But thanks be to God for His indescribable grace that calls all of you atheists that are reading this to repent and believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I know that many of you will not agree with me on this. But I believe that it is possible for Christians (who love the Lord) to do bad things some times. I care deeply for you all. Feel free to post comments. Now you have a spot to do this.

Lastly, I want all those who may read this to know that there is hope in Jesus Christ. If you acknowledge your sins before God and are willing to repent and trust in Jesus Christ alone for your salvation, you shall be saved and receive the gift of eternal life. Please do this today, you have no guarantee that you'll see tomorrow.

"Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1

"Truly these times of ignorance God has overlooked but now commands all men everywhere to repent" Acts 17:30

"Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved"
Romans 10:13

"But these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name." John 20:31

Monday, February 15, 2010

It’s not what it looks like

When I first was hired at Living Waters, I carpooled with Jaylene - a friend and co-worker – each day to the ministry. We traveled a long distance -from Riverside, CA to Bellflower, CA - about a 42 mile drive. Sometimes it could take us up to 3 hrs just one way.

Back in 2005, Jaylene and I decided to stay a bit late at the ministry to avoid some of the rush hour traffic. As we drive home through a rather high-crime area, we took a few moments to slow down and hand some Million Dollar Bill tracts through the car window to some youths on the side of the road.

Seconds later and after we had pulled away, a police car pulled up behind us and flashed its headlights. I looked over at Jaylene and said, “That's strange...we weren't speeding or anything...I wonder what's wrong.”

We quickly pulled over and waited. All of a sudden we realized that we had approached the young people at night in a gang-infested area (which of course isn't the wisest things for two ladies to do).

“Jaylene, it probably looks like we're dealing drugs or something. For one, it's late at night.” I explained.

“And it doesn't exactly look good when money is passed out of a car in a drug-ridden area." I added.

“And to top that, these guys look like gangsters…” I told her.

“Oh no, you’re right!” Jaylene agreed, putting one hand over her mouth.

When the officer came to Jaylene’s window, I leaned over so that he could see me and said, “It might not be what you’re thinking it looks like, sir! In fact, you’re probably going to think we’re crazy.”

“Those guys need to hear about Jesus and we were giving them gospel tracts!” Jaylene explained to the officer.

Then Jaylene, handed him a Million Dollar Bill tract and showed him the Curved Illusion tracts, he smiled and said, “You’re showing the wrong person. I’m already saved.”

We were taken by surprise. He was a brother in Christ, and he didn’t stop us because of what we were doing, but because our license plate light wasn’t working. Upon leaving, we handed him a stack of tracts and encouraged him to witness.

Update on Baby Sue & Some Fun Pictures

A friend, Shannon D. from the U.K., did some fun graphic work
and sent me these pics. The first picture on our right is of
Baby's new toy. She tore the nose off the first day.

She's on T.V.

Thanks Shannon for sending these. They brightened my day.

Here's a recent picture of Baby on the sofa next to Emilio.
She is doing really well. It's been over 2 months now since we found
out that she has cancer and she is responding wonderfully to her meds.
She really looks like she's suffering, doesn't she. :-)

Shannon sent me the below this morning (thought I'd add them to the post)

Baby is officially everywhere: on T.V. on coins... :-)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Luther Gold Give Away Signed By Ray Comfort

Enter to win Luther Gold - compiled by Ray Comfort (152 pages, hardcover publisher Bridge Logos).

Ray's combined some of the cream of the crop quotes from Luther on Evangelism and other wonderful topics about the Christian faith.

Luther wrote, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.”

Here's what to do to win:

There are 2 Ways to enter your name in the drawing...

1. For 2 entries, post this give away on your website, blog, or social networking site.

2. For 1 entry, simply enter your name below (in the comment section) and a way for me to contact you if you win.

Contest ends Sunday, Feb. 21 2010. I will randomly pick 1 name and the winner will be announced on Monday, Feb. 22 2010.

Open to US and Canada residents only

"All the wisdom of the world is childish foolishness in comparison with the acknowledgment of Christ." Martin Luther's Table Talk

"A man that depends on the riches and honors of this world, forgetting God and the welfare of his soul, is like a little child that holds a fair apple in the hand, of agreeable exterior, promising goodness, but within `tis rotten and full of worms."
Martin Luther's Table Talk

Meet the Homemade Tract Handbag Winner ...

Congrats to Jennifer M. from Chandler, AZ!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010