Christian Contenders

Posted by richieg on July 25, 2020
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Believer, your Bible is an immovable bedrock of truth, anchored in God Himself.  And though your senses may make you feel like its truth is rocking back and forth, it nevertheless remains solid and eternal.  Rest assured.  Despite what culture or popular Christian thought may propose, God’s truth does not change, progress, or emerge.  And though it’s not your job to correct the entire world regarding false teaching or to become the “doctrine police,” you are still called to stand for and proclaim what is true, and even when necessary to expose false teaching and heresy.  Always ask,  “What does the Bible say?” not “Does it make me feel good, happy, or accepted by others?”  Evaluate others’ truth claims, and trace your own beliefs back to Scripture.  This is your “true north,” your compass in a confusing culture, your immovable bedrock in an ever-raging storm.  –The Coming Apostasy, by Mark Hitchcock & Jeff Kinley

Unmerited Favor

Posted by richieg on May 17, 2017
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    Our God brought many across the path of the Cross on the beach again this day.  Many visitors were engaged in conversation and received the ministry gospel tracts and of those who crossed our path God came to meet Heaven (age 16) and her friend Mercedes (age 17).  These girls stopped at the Cross and inquired about the ministry.  After explaining the purpose of the ministry Heaven was asked about her name and she said it was spelled just like God’s heaven.  She was then asked if she stood before God and was asked why she should be admitted into heaven what would she say and she responded by saying: “I have always tried to be a good person, I try to be very good always.”  It was said to Heaven that what she said is not what the Bible teaches about eternal life.  Mercedes then moved closer and said: “I too believe that being a good person would get a person into heaven.”  The girls then wanted to know what the Bible teaches about entry into heaven.  Heaven and Mercedes listened closely as it was said to them that eternal life is a free gift of God and heaven cannot be earned by any good deeds a person does.

The gospel of God’s grace was presented to Heaven and Mercedes and after hearing they were asked if they understood and they both said that they did understand and that they wanted to pray to God and be sure of heaven.  Romans 10:9-10 was shared with the girls and then individually Heaven and Mercedes prayed out loud the salvation prayer which was printed on the gospel tract that they held in their hands.  Both girls were so thankful.  They were encouraged to pray to God when they arrived home and to ask God to help them to take the next step in their Christian faith.  They said that they would do this.  We reminded Heaven and Mercedes that our body of Christ would be praying for them.  When this Holy Spirit encounter came to a close we gave praise, honor, and glory to our God.

What Will It Profit A Man?

Posted by richieg on September 09, 2016
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                           Sandwich Ministry

     The way we spend our lives, through our time and
resources, reveals who we really are and what we value.

Our Only Hope!

Posted by richieg on August 29, 2016
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       The Cross

“Oh, let this man speak!”

Posted by richieg on August 22, 2016
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Angel and Anairis shared their belief in God and their lives as Catholics and then Angel said: “We are happy with the church but there are so many rules and we are not sure that we have to keep telling our sins to a priest.”  They were encouraged to read their Catholic Bible which will show that we are to pray to God alone, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).  The Holy Spirit then brought this conversation to man’s sin nature and the gospel, then Angel began to talk about the church but Anairis, as tears filled her eyes, said:  “Oh, Angel, let this man speak.”

The gospel of God’s grace was then shared with Angel and Anairis and after hearing the gospel they were asked: “Has  either of you ever acknowledged to God that you are sinners and your need of a Savior?”  Anairis  and Angel were encouraged to get right with God.  Anairis was clutching the gospel tract she had received and said to Angel: “Angel when we get back to our room, together, we are going to pray to God and receive Jesus.”  They were very thankful for this conversation and thanked God for what they heard this day.

If you have read this encounter and you are not sure about your destiny, you can get right with God right here and now by deciding to believe in Jesus and accept him as your Savior.

“O God, I am a sinner.  I’m sorry for my sin.  I want to turn from my sin.  I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son; I believe He died on the cross for my sin and that He was buried and You raised Him to life.  I have decided to accept Your Son Jesus as my Savior, trusting only in His shed blood as sufficient to save my soul and to take me to heaven.  Thank you Lord Jesus for saving my soul.  Amen.”

Witness to God’s calling & healing ….

Posted by richieg on July 26, 2016
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A serviceman arrives to make repairs on a believer’s garage door.  After completing the work the repairman (Ron)  is asked if he believes in God to which he replies:  “Yes, I believe in God.”  Ron agrees to listen to one more question and he is asked:  “Do you believe that you will go to heaven or hell when you die, and why?” Ron answers by saying: “I’m not sure but I think heaven because I have been trying to be a good person and have forgiveness in my heart and because recently I had an encounter with God.  I had this dream, not long ago, that really shook me up.  I dreamed that I died and I was standing at the gates of heaven, the dream was so real, I remember it perfectly.  As I was standing there a voice said I would not be allowed into heaven but that I would be sent back to earth.  I awoke and sweat poured from me and I knew what I had seen and heard were real.

I shared the dream with my wife the next day and then went to work and thought about the dream all day. When I arrived home my wife showed me a letter she had received that day.  It was from Social Security advising her that since her husband had died that she would have to forward the death certificate and have her Social Security status updated.  We were stunned by this letter as we pondered my dream.  It took us a few days to do the paperwork verifying that I was not dead.  And now, today, I am having this conversation about my assurance of heaven.”

At this point Ron was asked of it could be shared with him what the Bible says about eternal life, to which he agreed to listen.  The Ten Commandments were presented to Ron and he was asked if he believed that he was a sinner and had he broken God’s law.  Ron said he knew he was a sinner but has been trying his best to be a good person, especially since the dream.  It was explained to Ron that the Bible teaches that the purpose of God’s law is to bring knowledge of our own sin and to stop a person from proclaiming their own goodness.  Romans 3:20 and Galatians 3:24 were shared and that a new spiritual birth is essential for sinners to enter heaven, John 3:3 was then presented.  Ron then listened as the gospel of God’s grace was shared with him.  Ron was encouraged to get right with God.  Before leaving it was noticed that Ron was limping and was wearing an ace bandage on his right knee.  He was asked if a prayer of healing could be prayed for healing of his knee and he agreed.  He than said that he has been suffering with pain for some time and the next day he was going to the doctor to determine what has to be done.  A hand was placed on Ron’s knee and a prayer of healing was raised up to God in the name of Jesus.   Ron was thankful for the prayer and our encounter came to an end.

Several months later service was again needed on the garage door.  It was Ron who responded again.  After a quick determination of the cause of the problem Ron made adjustments for the door to work properly.  Before leaving it was said to Ron:  “I see that your not wearing an ace bandage on your knee and your walking fine.”  Ron responded:  “That’s right when I was here the last time I remember telling you I was going to the doctor the next day and at that visit the doctor took x-rays and said that my knee had begun to heal, he was very surprised.”  A friend of mine said  the rosary for me but I forgot about you praying over my knee until now.”   Ron was reminded that the prayer was a prayer to God for healing in the name of His Son  Jesus.

If you have placed your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation then it is most important for you to get to know Him. The real issue is knowing Jesus.  Jesus Christ is the One who said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  –  John 10:10

Homeowners insurance & the Holy Spirit….

Posted by richieg on July 13, 2016
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A believer gets an email from his son who recently purchased a home and the son asks his dad if he would look over his Homeowners Policy to see if it looks reasonable.    The dad looks over his sons policy quote and then pulls out his own Homeowners Policy to compare the rates and coverage.  The dad emails his son and assures him that his policy looks fine.  The dad also makes  note of the fact that his own homeowners policy is $700. more that his sons policy rate and with similar coverage.

The dad then calls his homeowners insurance company to inquire about his own homeowner policy annual rate. The representative answers: “Hello my name is Tiffany, how may I help you today?”  The dad gets to the point about specific charges in his homeowners policy and through this inquiry Tiffany makes an adjustment which saves the dad $93.00 in annual premiums.  But the dad goes a little deeper and has more questions and then Tiffany excuses herself for a moment to speak with her supervisor.  When she returns to the conversation she explains the coverage in more detail.  She then offers an option that will save the dad a total of $429.00 in annual costs, and with almost the identical original coverage.  Tiffany tells the dad that he has made a wise inquiry.  Tiffany says that she will wait on the telephone while she forwards, by email, a “change request form.”  She waits patiently and when all is completed the dad winds up with a reduction of $429.00 in his annual Homeowners Insurance Policy.

But then….While the dad is holding the telephone he is struck by the presence of the Holy Spirit.  Tiffany says: “Will that be all today sir….sir, may we be of any further assistance?”  Uh, well, yes Tiffany, you have been of great help today, thank you….Oh Tiffany.  “Yes, sir.”  May I ask you a question, its not about my insurance though. “Yes, sir, you may,”  Tiffany, do you believe in God?…”Yes, I do believe in God.”….Tiffany if you were to die today and stand before God and God were to ask you why you should be allowed into heaven, what would you say?  “Well, I would say that I have always tried to live a good life and I have always been kind to people and respected all people.”

Tiffany was then asked if she would like to hear what the Bible says about eternal life and and she said: “Yes, I want to hear.”  Before continuing it was asked of Tiffany if she had to get back to work and she said: “No, it is fine, I want to know what the Bible says about eternal life.”  It was said to Tiffany that the Bible teaches that a person cannot work their way to heaven by doing good works and that salvation is an act of God offered to all people through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross.  The gospel of God’s grace is an unearned blessing, a free gift, and we receive that free gift of eternal life by putting our trust in Jesus Christ, the one who shed His blood and died on the cross to pay the penalty we owed.  For the Bible says:  For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

After listening to the truth of what God’s Word teaches about eternal life, Tiffany said:   “I have never heard what you shared with me from the Bible, I want to thank you for what you have said, it makes complete sense to me, I understand completely now.”  A gospel tract was scanned and sent via email.  Tiffany said that she would wait for it to come through and then said: “Your email just came through, I have your gospel tract.

We talked about how  the Holy Spirit was ready to talk with Tiffany and that today was the day she received God’s call.  Tiffany’s voice broke and she said that she was so thankful.  She was encouraged to call on God in prayer and  to open her heart to Him, because God is wanting to hear from her what she believes about His Son Jesus Christ..  Our divine appointment came to a close and Tiffany was reminded that our body of Christ would be praying for her.

May all who read this account please remember Tiffany in your prayers.

America’s Only Hope

Posted by richieg on July 04, 2016
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                                                                        America’s Only Hope
                                 Since the coming forth of the anointed Savior.  From that day to this,
                                   there has been only one Light of the World, one Hope of mankind.

America’s Christian Heritage:  On July 4, 1776, there was signed in the city of Philadelphia one of America’s historic documents: the Declaration of Independence.  We often forget that, in declaring independence from an earthly power, our forefathers made a forthright declaration of dependence upon Almighty God.

       “The good in the United States would never have come into being without the blessing and power
      of Jesus Christ.  The irrefutable truth is that the soul of America is at its best and highest, Christian.”

Our People Look in the Wrong Direction for Their Deliverance:  May we Americans pray for a rebirth of the Spiritual values that made us a nation in the first place.  May we pray that God will raise up in our day a new generation of men, women, and young people who will walk with God.  Men and women who are committed to see His righteousness restored in the hearts, homes, and institutions of our land.
                               God provides the redemption, provision, and guidance his people need.

The Forgiveness of Sins…

Posted by richieg on July 02, 2016
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David received pardon without knowing the means God would use to pay his debt.  Not so with us.
Our gratitude should be even more full for we now know the length God went to in order to make
forgiveness available to us.

Mobile Home Park Outreach

Posted by richieg on June 25, 2016
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DSCN0562  At a time when our nation is declining in so many ways, and spiritual darkness seems to be growing, the light of Jesus Christ can shine when believers reach out to our neighbors and provide and serve them in a natural and simple way.  Out faith grows by helping others and we can be part of bringing about a great spiritual harvest.

We had a good turn out at the Mobile Home Park Outreach last evening as we slowly build friendship with the residents.  Hot Dogs, Chips, Cookies, Chilled Water & Gatorade were enjoyed by all and a table with children’s tee shirts and also some toys were available for our neighbors.

A new couple joined in the outreach and also a gentleman who we met at a Starbucks and invited to the outreach.  All speak Spanish!  Tell me God doesn’t know what He is doing!  Eight in all joined in serving our neighbors. We ask that all who read about what God is doing here will pray for this outreach and may the love of Christ penetrate the hearts of all whom we serve.