Saturday, May 03, 2014just me and the Lord...
With Pastor Tim away visiting family tonight, I went out all by my little lonesome to preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in the marketplace of my city. Well, I really wasn't alone... the Lord was with me:
"... lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." (Matthew 28:20b)
It was kind of chilly tonight, with the occasional light rain fall. I wondered if the weather was going make this a quiet night of evangelism, but the market was busy enough. I ministered the Gospel to a constant flow of people. I handed out a good number of the Gospel tracts and hundreds, if not thousands of souls read the Bible sign I was carrying around with me (John 3:16 on one side, 1 Timothy 1:15a on the other).
I didn't have much by way of one-on-one conversations, just a couple of quick ones with souls who were just curious about my activities. One young woman interrupted my preaching to ask me if I would give her a few Gospel tracts that she could share with her family. I was more than happy to oblige. I remember that conversation well because the young lady called me "sweetie". For the record, I've never heard anyone call Pastor Tim "sweetie"... I'm just sayin'... ;-)
A few Christian came by to encourage me throughout the night, and I was quite happy to see Brother Layton and the Open-Air Campaigners out preaching the Gospel a few blocks away from where Pastor Tim and I typically evangelize. It's always encouraging to see that the Lord still has a people in my city; a people zealous for good works, and who walk in obedience. I pray that the Lord of the harvest would bless Brother Layton and his crew, and would send forth more labourers!
There really wasn't much by way of hardship tonight. A little mockery, but that was about it. The one sad thing was that much of the mockery I got tonight didn't come from drunk, foolish, young people, but rather, older folks. Experience should, and typically works wisdom and people. It always makes me sad when I meet or see an older soul who is as foolish as immature and foolish youths. As the old expression goes: "there is no fool, like an old fool."
The Lord be magnified by my efforts tonight. To Him, and only to Him be all honour and glory.
Remember me in your prayers, dear saints... Lord-willing I will be ministering the Word on the Lord's Day (both morning and evening).
God bless you, dear readers.