Jesus in the Josey Family!

I was recently in North Carolina visiting a dear family and I was blessed to share in their church on evangelism.  It’s amazing because I thought my purpose in going to North Carolina was to encourage people to boldly share their faith, but the opposite happened: They encouraged me!

When I arrived at the airport, my friend’s mom picked me up and because we were waiting for her son to fly in from a ministry trip, we went right to Costco where there are lots of food samples!! (Her son assists apologist Alex McFarland in his ministry and was returning from a trip with him.)

While I was with his mom in Costco, I was so encouraged by her boldness in taking opportunities to share the Gospel with people.  Every cashier or worker we met, she pulled out a 180 Movie Gospel tract, handed it to them and then encouraged them to read the back and take the time to watch the 30 minute video online.  She did this to many people – At Taco Bell, same thing!

I found out later that they have an entire book case at home filled with Gospel tracts, Mark Cahill books and 180 DVD’s that they give out to the lost.  They load themselves up at home with resources and take them with them into their day.

 In fact, last Christmas they went all around their neighborhood and gave out hundreds of 180 Movies as Christmas presents for their neighbors.  For some reason they think that the gift of eternal life is a gift worth sharing!!

While I was there, my friend and his mom and I and another brother went out into the town where the Andy Griffith Show was based and shared the Gospel with tourists.  It had only been a week since Andy Grifith had died, so there many people in town visiting.  We had so many great conversations and a blessed time of fellowship as we worked our way through the downtown area.  Each of us had God-ordained conversations!  Along the way, we were blessed to meet a godly family who were visiting from Charlotte.  We were so encouraged to learn that they love the Lord and regularly share their faith with the lost!  Since meeting them, I have kept in touch with the husband and have been so encouraged by his passion for evangelism!

My flights to and from North Carolina were such a blessing as well as my time being with their church, but the highlight of the trip was being with this family and seeing how much they love Jesus and how much they love people. I learned so much from them!

Mom and dad and son – redeemed from Hell, in love with Jesus, and wanting to see the lost saved and God glorified.

What a beautiful sight!

I hope this family encourages you to share the precious treasure you have with the lost and not keep it to yourself. 

By the way, there is a video below from a witnessing encounter I had on the plane flight home.  

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Witnessing on the Plane Ride Home From North Carolina

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ku5LfLHFDTM

There was a large group of loud high school girls on my plane flight home. I began to witness to a few of them in front of me and next thing I knew, they were reading the Gospel tract out loud for everyone around them to hear! I was able to share with a couple of them on camera.

There was a large group of loud high school girls on my plane flight home. I began to witness to a few of them in front of me and next thing I knew, they were reading the Gospel tract out loud for everyone around them to hear! I was able to share with a couple of them on camera.

Obligated – Memories in Philly

Probably the greatest form of love that you can show to a lost person is simply to share the Gospel with them.  The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.  It is the only message by which a man can be freed from his sin and saved from God’s coming jugement. 

Paul was so gripped by this fact that he wrote to the Christians in Rome,

“I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are at Rome.  I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” (Romans 1:15-16)

Paul considered himself obligated to all people, whether Jew or Gentile, to bring the message of salvation to them.  It was as if there was no other option for Paul – I must warn the lost.  I must preach Christ crucified.  I must obey my Master.

Could you imagine the transformation there would be if many Christians had the heart of Paul in the land of America?  Evangelism would no longer be an optional part of our faith like it has become for many Christians today, sadly.

I was looking on google maps this week at the street that I used to live on a few summers ago in Philadelphia.  As I took a tour down the street seeing the different houses and intersections, so many great witnessing memories flooded my mind.

I remembered one hot summer day when I had stayed home from going downtown to witness.  That day I was so struck by the fact there were so many neighboorhood kids and broken families living all around me who were lost.  I longed to be able to reach out to them somehow.   I spent most of my days in Philly witnessing downtown ut every morning and night on my walk to and from the subway, I would be able to talk with neighboors on the street.  One night I even got in the middle of a drug sale as I witnessed to the supplier.  In the middle of our conversation, he said to me, “Hang on just a minute, Josh.  Don’t leave.”  He walked a few feet away, sold his drugs, came back and said, “Okay, now where were we?”  That was interesting!  Another night around midnight, I had just run out of money and was still looking for a job.  As I walked from the subway to the house praying for God’s provision, I came across some hispanic guys talking by their car.  I walked up to them and began to witness to them but they wanted nothing to do with me. Somehow though, by God’s grace, their attitude changed entirely and they began to ask me questions.  One of the men started translating what I was saying into Spanish for his friend who couldnt speak English.  And the friend who couldnt speak any English began asking me questions through the man who could.  It was unbelieveable.  I was with them for at least an hour.  At the end of our fascinating conversation, one of the men pulled out a poem he had written about God and read it to me.  He then asked me if I had a job.  I told him I didn’t but I was looking for one.  He asked if I needed any money and I told him not to worry, the Lord is my provider.  Next thing I knew, he pulled out $20 and shoved it in my hand and said to me, “Thank you so much for talking with us.”  The Lord provided!!

But this particular summer day, I decided to stay home and try to reach out to the lost who lived all around me.  So I made some Lemonade and some popcorn and filled a bowl with Cheetos (lol!) and went outside and placed all three of my delicious masterpieces on a table on the sidewalk with a sign that read, “Free Lemonade because God’s grace is free!” I grabbed my guitar and sat down on the sidewalk and started playing worship to the Lord as I waited for people to come up.  Eventually, many people came up and many great conversations happened.  It was such a great way to talk with neighboors.

Crazy and strange, perhaps; but it was at least something to reach out to the lost.  We must do something.

We are obligated to all people to testify about our Lord.  We are obligated to people who are in rags and to people who are in robes. 

Every man and every woman needs Jesus. 

Pray for boldness.  Pray for a supernatural desire to witness.  Pray for the grace to obey.  And by faith, step out to the lost around you and share the Gospel with them.

There is nothing more imporant than their eternal salvation.

The Lord is with you, friend!

 

Trampling Jesus

 People trample underfoot the Son of God as they suppress the Truth and hide in spiritual darkness.  When a man tramples over the Son of God, the Lord is offended – and we ought to be as well.

 “How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY.” And again, “THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”  Hebrews 10:29-30 

 Having compassion on the lost does not mean watering down the message in order to be non-confrontational about people’s rebellion against the Lord; it is to love the lost enough to humbly go to them and show them their sin against God, warn of His coming judgment and share how they may be saved by His grace and mercy through the perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

 If it weren’t for the grace of God in our lives, we would be in the same position as the lost – Blind, in slavery to the enemy, headed for eternal destruction.

 Our primary motivation in preaching the Gospel is that God might be glorified and adored in all the earth.  It’s all for His glory.

 Time is short.  Hell is real.  God is offended.  Let’s faithfully preach His message of reconciliation as the ambassadors that He has called us to be.  By His grace and for His glory!

 I did an interview last night with a brother on a podcast and shared how the Lord woke me up to the urgency of the Gospel and gave me a passion for sharing with the lost.  You may find it encouraging and helpful. 

 You can listen to it here –

 http://kneeltochrist.org/2012/02/22/ktc-2-belief-system-analysis-guidelines-and-josh-page-interview/

 

A Fuel For Evangelism: Gratitude

Today I had off of work so I decided to go downtown to pray and witness. I walked around the waterfront in the morning praying and giving out tracts.  As I walked along, I reflected on the grace of God in my life and was moved to tears.  God has been so good to me. I should be in Hell for eternity for all my wickedness and rebellion against the Lord.  Instead I’m blessed beyond belief because He was crushed.  I am so grateful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ! 

As I neared the end of a park, I noticed a hindu woman looking at a tourist display board on a street corner.  I had just spent the last hour praising God for His grace and provision in my life and now here is a woman who does not know the Lord and has no idea what it is like to walk around God’s creation in a right relationship with Him.  

I prayed for the Lord to help me to love her and to clearly communicate the Gospel with her.

After giving her a gospel tract, Uma and I started talking about spiritual things.  She told me that she believes in reincarnation and that she is a very good person.  Satan’s lies never change.  The two of us spent about 15 minutes talkling on the corner and it was so wonderful.  I went through the Ten Commandments to show Uma her sin and her desperate need for the only Savior Jesus Christ.  I then shared about the cross and repentance and faith.  I pleaded with her to turn from her sin and place her faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  It was a blessing.  When I walked away, I began to cry because I knew that she is headed straight for Hell.  

It is horrifying to think of people spending eternity in torment and agony without hope and without Christ.  It’s the reality for those who reject Christ, but it is so sad. Praise God for His grace for those who will repent and believe the Gospel!  He offers forgiveness and eternal life to everyone but so many refuse it.

In the afternoon I went to a college campus, The University of South Florida, and walked around the campus and witnessed to students. 

After talking with one student for a few minutes, I turned to walk away and another student nearby called out my name.  I went over to him and with a big smile he told me that he is a Christian and that he had been listening to our conversation and was so encouraged to share his faith! Praise the Lord! We talked for a few minutes about evangelism.  It was very refreshing and encouraging.

After walking away from him, I gave a tract to a couple sitting a few feet away. The boyfriend, John, told me that had been listened to my previous conversation and knew he was not a good person!  The girlfriend said to me, “Well I didnt hear it.  What were you telling him?”  Praise the Lord!  I shared with them for a few minutes on the grass and then walked with them to their class so we could continue our conversation.  They needed to hear the Truth.  Praise God for the opportunity!

Gratifude is great fuel for the fire of evangelism.  When you are grateful to God for rescuing you from the flames of Hell, you will have a great passion and burden to tell others how they can be saved. 

Do you want to have a fresh sense of gratitude?  Preach the Gospel to yourself!

Philemon 6

 

Labor Now, Rest Later

The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.  It is the most ridiculous message to people

Paul said in 2 Corinthians that God uses His children to spread the aroma of the knowledge of Him everywhere.  To the Lord, we are the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  To the perishing, we are the stench of death.  

The lost run away from Truth like the black plague.  They love the darkness and hate the light for fear their evil deeds will be exposed.  There will come a day when God will judge the world and there will be no place to run and hide.  While on earth, people can run to movie theatres and appease their guilty conscience by distracting themselves in a world of entertainment.  They can run to a bar and drown out their conviction of sin with a glass of beer.  They can immerse themselves in succesful work and feel as if they are achieving something. But at the end of the day when the movie is over and the beer is gone and the job is done, they are still completely guilty before a holy God and one day closer to His perfect justice.

Our greatest problem is that God is good – and we are not. 

God cannot sweep our sin under the rug and let us go free.  That is corruption.

How can a holy God pardon wicked men?  How can a just God clear the guilty?  The answer is found in the cross of Christ. 

God became a man, Jesus Christ, and lived a perfect life and is the only perfect sacrifice.  At the cross, Jesus bore the wieght of our sin upon Himself.  God the Father poured out His fierce wrath on His own Son and crushed Him. Jesus paid the price for our sin in His own life’s blood shed at Calvary.  He offers everyone forgiveness of sin and eternal life, but He commands all people to repent and believe the Good News.

Listen friends, we are getting closer to the end each day.  The closer we get to our final breath or the Lord’s return, the less time we have to warn the lost of God’s coming judgement. 

Who are you warning about God’s judgement on sin?  Who are you telling about the Good News?  What are you doing with your redeemed life?

Modern-day American Christianity is so comfortable and complacent and self-focused and non-confrontational.  It is ridiculous. 

Instead of following our culture, we must follow the Scriptures.

I have gotten a lot of messages from people around the world, at least four in the last 2 months, about their great discouragement at the fact that no one will join them in the Great Commission where they live.  Take heart!

If you’re the only person in your fellowship who wears themselves out warning the lost of coming judgement, then bless you brother or sister!  You are my hero!  Don’t let discouragement stop you.  Press on, friend.  Your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  He will honor your service and bless you.

We do everything we do for the glory of God.

I keep going back to this simple truth and it blesses me away every time I think about it:

I will rest for eternity.  But while I am on this earth, there is much to be done for the glory of God.  I will exhaust myself in humble service to my savior, Jesus. 

I labor now and rest in Glory.

2 Timothy is good fuel for the fire of evangelism.