And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and
forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and
chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we
do? And he answered,
Fear not: for they that be with us are more than
they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD,
I pray thee,
open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the
young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and
chariots of fire round about Elisha
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
|KISS Gets the Gospel
Now, you don't often come across Gene Simmons, (from the rock band KISS,) and Captain Jack Sparrow, (that Pirate of the Caribbean,) on the streets of Manchester. So, for this bit of encouragement, we thought we'd link to a short movie on GodTube that shows Steve Sanchez of E-vangie Tales, witnessing to a couple of well known characters.
|Here's the Video|
"No sort of defence 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 meeting-house. A defence is required for services within buildings than for worship outside of them."
"I set myself on fire, they come to watch me burn." John Wesley.
"God save us from living in comfort while sinners are sinking into Hell." Charles Spurgeon
George Whitefield stated: "I believe I never was more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields." ... "I now preach to ten times more people than I should, if had been confined to the Churches."
“It is a poor sermon that gives no offence; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.” George Whitefield
John Wesley said: "I am well assured that I did far more good to my Lincolnshire parishioners by preaching three days on my father's tomb than I did by preaching three years in his pulpit." ... "To this day field preaching is a cross to me, but I know my commission and see no other way of preaching the gospel to every creature".
"You have only one business on earth - to save souls." John Wesley
Attempt great things for God, expect great things from God. William Carey.
Preach on, till the whole world hears!
Never underestimate the influence of a Gospel Tract.
Sixteen years of dedication and 100,000 people reached, all through the commitment of one man to the great commission.
This is possibly one of the most uplifting things that you'll read today.
There has been
some debate about
this story, since the slightly romanticised version was released around
the internet as "I Got off at George Street." It appears that Dave
Smethurst had embroidered the details a little in his presentation.
This is a shame, because the same point is more than adequately made by
the simple account here.
The naysayer says it’s a waste of time to preach to people on street corners because no one is listening. The store owner says he’s bad for business. The timid Christian is embarrassed by what he says… Listen to what the Prince of Preachers, Charles Spurgeon (1834 – 1892), had to say about all this “foolishness.”
You that preach in the streets, go on preaching Him. I saw a man preaching the other day with no creature but one dog to listen to him, and I really thought that he might as well have gone home. But I met with a story yesterday, which I know to be true, and it showed me that I was making a mistake.
There was a woman who for years had been is such dreadful despair that she would not even hear the gospel.
She became very ill, and she said to one that called on her, “You sent a man to preach under my window 3 months ago, and I got a blessing.”
“No,” the friend said, “I never sent anyone to preach under your window.”
“Oh,” she said, “I think you did, for he came and preached, and my maid said that there was no one listening to him. I did not want to hear him; and as he made so much noise , my maid shut the window, and I lay down in bed; but the man shouted so that I was obliged to hear him; and I thank God he did, for I heard the gospel, and I found Christ. Did you not send him?”
“No,” said the good man, “I did not.”
“Well,” she said, “then God did. There was nobody in the street listening to him; but I heard the gospel, and I got out of my despair, and I found the Saviour, and I am prepared to die.”
Fire away, brethren! You do not know where your shot will strike, but “there’s a billet for every bullet.”