This morning I prayed for direction if I should preach at Newport Beach or the city of Big Bear. I went to Big Bear city. To my surprise the 3-day ‘Big Bear Lake Antique Car Club’ was going on. By the grace of God I was able to distribute hundreds of tracts, I ‘cried out’ all over, preach some mini sermons, and engaged in ‘one on one’ conversations. This is an excerpt of today’s harvest.
“And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God” (1 Corinthians 2:1).
“No sort of defense is needed for preaching out-of-doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
“There was a time when the Church was very powerful. It was during that period when the early Christians rejoiced when they were deemed worthy to suffer for what they believed. In those days the Church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society. Whenever the early Christians entered a town the power structure got disturbed and immediately sought to convict them for being “disturbers of the peace” and “outside agitators.” But they went on with the conviction that they were a “colony of heaven” and had to obey God rather than man. They were small in number but big in commitment. They were too God-intoxicated to be “astronomically intimidated.” They brought an end to such ancient evils as infanticide and gladiatorial contest.” ~ Martin Luther King (from his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham City Jail”).
Disclaimer: In this weeks message I failed to give a clear presentation of the ‘whole council of the Word of God.’ However I believe that my message last week in Big Bear was a better presentation of the Gospel than the one below. For last weeks message, click here.