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I am writing
this journal on Sunday, April 26th. I am a week behind in my journal, but hope
to get to it next weekend. My time at Jed Smock's home is done, and tomorrow I
will be preaching one last time at Mizzou, and then I am heading back east. Here
is my schedule for the upcoming week.
Tuesday - Indiana State University
Wednesday - Ohio State University
- Mansfield State University in Mansfield, PA
Friday - Mansfield State University
in Mansfield, PA
Saturday - Meeting at Kingdom Company to plan a summer county
wide event, to include a school of evangelism, taught by me, and open air practical
experience on the street of north central Pennsylvania.
pray for me for safe travel, and fruitful preaching sessions.
the 13th, was cold and windy, with intermittent rain. We did not go out. I stayed
home and did some computer work|
fair weather hecklers
the 14th, Jed and I went out even though the weather was cold, cold, cold. Jed
tried for 2 hours to gather a crowd. He brought to the campus preaching a new
tool - a crucifix on a walking staff. It added a dramatic flair to his preaching.
However after 2 hours, he wasn't connecting, and my fingers were tingling. I had
not packed winter gear on this trip. It was too cold, so we packed it in and went
weather finally broke for us
the 15th, dawned beautiful. Sunshiny and warm in the mid 60's Jed started out
preaching and built the crowd eventually to 60-70's. We held the crowd all day.
We alternated preaching 3 times.
My focus this day was talking about how
Jesus was considered a heretic, bringing in all kinds of "new" doctrines,
while in reality He was taking mankind back to how things were before the fall.
Jesus restored the way to God open from from the very beginning.
is simple really. Not anything new, but overpowered by a view put forth by God's
Adam before the fall listened to God. They walked together
in the cool of the evening and talked. If Adam had continued in that relationship,
he would have come to know good and evil, and everything would have been just
peachy. But Adam was given an alternate path to Godliness. Satan deceived Adam
into thinking that merely by acquiring the "Knowledge of Good and Evil",
that was sufficient to make one like God. Intellectual pursuit as the means of
perfecting man has been one of the foundational beliefs of mankind ever since.
Adam took the alternate path, sin entered in and man's heart was darkened. Ever
since Satan has been using the very same lie to turn people away from following
God as Adam was supposed to follow.
Along came the patriarchs of the Bible.
What was the same about all of them, without exception, is that they LISTENED
to God. Abraham believed God and it was imputed to him as righteousness. Not only
Abraham, but Isaac, and Jacob, and many many more down through history. They listened
to the writing of the Bible, there was no other way to know God, except to listen.
Those old time street preachers, the prophets, listened. Everybody who was of
note in the Bible heard and listened to God. In fact the very covenant that God
made with Israel incorporated listening as the foundation of all God's blessings
De 28:1 And it shall come to pass,
if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the
LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this
day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
God wanted was for Israel to listen to Him, just as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
and Moses did. But by the time that Jesus came along, many centuries before, the
nation of Israel was deceived by the same lie as Adam. Obtain knowledge and you
will be like God. Israel had been for centuries trying to find God by studying
what God had said to other men in other times. It was all second hand knowledge,
which is not the same as God telling you something directly.
So when Jesus
confronted the religious leaders of His day, He said this to them:
You search the scriptures, because you think that in
them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse
to come to me that you may have life.
was attempting to restore Israel to the path that God selected way back in Deuteronomy,
All Satan has to do to destroy the church is to deceive
her again into thinking that all we have to do is study what other men said about
God in another time and place. Paul said this:
Ro 8:14 For
as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
we are given the Holy Spirit so that we can fulfill what God has always wanted
- a people who will listen to Him and obey. The alternate path, the acquisition
of knowledge about God is not enough. We must listen and obey.
this picture, there are two coeds making a documentary. Apparently some friends
of theirs had never heard of such a thing, so they were making a documentary to
show them. They were out taping several days. Toward the end of the next week,
I did a long interview for them and was able to explain the hidden wisdom in what
God has ordained in street preaching.
challenged a Jewish Boy. I doubt he every heard the way to God explained that
way. I further challenged him with a verse out of Isaiah
Let me ask you
two simple questions. He agreed, I read for him this passage:
For thus hath the LORD spoken unto me, Like as the lion
and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of shepherds is called
forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abase himself for
the noise of them: so shall the LORD of hosts come down to fight for mount Zion,
and for the hill thereof. As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem;
defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it.
emphasized the parts about "coming down", "flying like birds",
and "passing over he will preserve it." Then I asked him if this was
a passage about the Messiah of Israel. He responded "Yes".
read him the very next verse:
Isa 31:6 Turn
ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.
I asked my second question. What other name than Jesus have the children of Israel
DEEPLY revolted. He was not able to respond. I think he realized there
is not other name in the entire history of Israel against which they have rebelled.
The only doctrine common to all sects of Judaism is the one that says you can
not be a Jew and believe in Jesus.
in the future, I will tell you where that particular doctrine comes from.
I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions - Pr
the 16th, the weather was perfect. We were able to gather a good crowd and hold
them till 5:00 PM. Jed turned the crowd over to me when the subject turned onto
the subject of science. The crowd was very unruly, and I had some difficulty in
keeping on track. I always love the subject of science. That is the one area where
I feel most qualified.
I always challenge the students to show me just one
piece of solid evidence that evolution has occurred. They, true to form, could
not. I went over a number of geological evidences that point directly to the flood:
(!) Parallel layering of the rock layers
(2) Bending of the rock layers
without crushing the layers
(3) Vast deposits of water rounded rocks and gravel
all over the globe
(4) Mountain ranges made up of only water rounded rocks,
boulders, and gravel
(5) The age of the Mississippi delta (6,000 years)
The age of the Niagara gorge (7,000 years)
was able to convince the fellow in
the green shirt on the right, of the
of ceasing from sin and
living a holy life.
as I said, they were very frivolous. I could not pursue it as well as I would
So I introduced to the students my newest invention. It is
called "The Fail-safe Darwin Test Taking Machine". Here is how it works.
They take the machine to each test. It consists of a cardboard box and a pencil.
All the student has to do to sail through
school with a perfect 4.0 average is to put each test in the box, along with the
pencil, close the box tight, then shake the box as hard as they can for the time
allotted for the test. Using the logic applied by evolutionists, they certainly
would have to get all perfect scores, No? Random chance, and undirected energy
results in all the massive design and complexity of the earth. Surely a simple
test would be no match for the magic of evolutionary principles.
if the test is an essay test, the motion would have to be not only violent shaking
but also spinning and throwing up in the air. Consequently, it might take a little
longer to take an essay test. Certainly, complexity and specificity are no match
for random motion and time.
They did not buy it. I wonder why. They are
willing to place their eternal fate on it. How much lesser importance is a silly
My second preach I tried to nail them down to the fact that there
is no shortage of evidence for creation. The overwhelming preponderance of evidence
from all branches of science point to creation. Their problem is not that there
is not enough evidence to convince them. It is that they can not stand to give
up their sin.
glory is in their shame
the 17th, was a perfect day to preach, I would have married Friday if possible.
Jed started up, while I parked the car. When I arrived at Speakers Circle, Jed
had a small crowd wandering in and sitting down on the steps.
When lo and
behold, we are not alone. A crowd of students, all wearing a T-shirt with "90%"
printed on the front, and this explanation on the back:
students experienced verbal harassment at school in the past year because of their
sexual orientation and gender expression."
We were unaware that Friday was
the big Day of Silence - a silent protest about all the persecution that cross
dressers, transsexuals, and those with gender identity problems experience.
encircled like this makes it
difficult to preach because the
bodies absorb so
much of the voice volume.
Jed bore with them as they encircled him, and raised up our standard against
them. The crucified Christ can set them free from their sins, but they do not
want to be set free. Instead they want to be validated in their perversions.
there is no understanding whatsoever in the university that not every cause that
paints itself as a "civil rights" cause should be supported. I want
to be around when the pedophiles demand to have the administrator's children,
as the sodomites demanded to have the angels sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorra.
they encircled Jed, I took my camera to get some shots for our journals. I went
up to the circle, between two students and raised my camera pointing toward Jed.
They lifted their arms in front of the camera and bumped the camera. I reached
up to deflect their arms from my camera. Immediately, the students began yelling
"ASSAULT, ASSAULT". I backed up and moved to the right. At the next
opening, the students had their arms raised, so I ducked under them to get inside
of the circle. They dropped their arms and bopped me on the top of my head as
I passed under.
Then the wicked witch of the west made her debut. "Don't touch my students,
she screeched at me."
"Then don't have them touch me", I
Said she, "I'm calling the police". What a paragon of
tolerance and acceptance.
the lesbian advisor called the university police. She was calling when I took
this picture. I went over to her and asked her her name, but she refused to give
it to me. She wanted to know why I wanted to know her name. I answered, "For
the lawsuit of course".
"What lawsuit?", she asked.
assault. Your students bopped me on the head when I tried to enter into the circle."
She still wouldn't give me her name but I said, "It doesn't matter, I'll
get it from the police report"
Before too long, an officer with a dog
arrived and talked to the lesbian advisor. After a couple of minutes he came over
to me for my version of the events. I guess the adviser had had a change of heart
because the officer said they did not want to make an issue about it. (I wonder
why). Nonetheless, he chewed me out.
"We had problems with you last
year" (My chair had been expropriated by a heckler who would not get off
of it. I pulled it out from under him. Later that heckler broke the chair). "Can't
you just stay away from them? Maybe they didn't want pictures taken of them."
explained to the officer that I was not taking pictures of them, but of Jed. And
they were actively trying to keep me from moving around the area. The phrase "unlawful
restraint" came to mind.
"Well", he said, just stay away
About that time I was thinking "Why is it every time
your students behave badly, I'm the one that gets warned?" I didn't say anything.
the end of the demonstration, a number of participants took off their T-shirts,
and became vocal. Jed was able to address a small group for about an hour and
While Jed was answering their questions, I got a chance to pray
for a man who had a severe speech impediment. He was not immediately healed, much
to my sorrow.
Please pray with me, friends and complete strangers, that
God would manifest His power and glory as He did at the beginning. We need more.
Our intellect, our reasoning, our understanding falls short of being able to penetrate
their veil of darkness. I know what will pierce that veil:
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them;
that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they
may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me,
and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
is by the glory that God is able to reveal to the world that He sent Jesus and
that He loves them as much as He loves Jesus.
for the glory to fall on the preachers. Let the harvest begin.
you next week,
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