Friends,
My husband and I came across this one minute clip last Saturday and listened, appalled, as R.C. Sproul explained how God’s regenerative (saving) grace has not been offered to everyone: https://youtu.be/pA-MdYusaIM

Sproul is not teaching the Good News here, but rather perverting it. Gal. 1:8,9 has a dire warning of eternal condemnation for those who do this, and verses 6 and 7 reveal that anyone who believes the words of such teachers are deserting the Lord to walk in the confusion of a different gospel –one that does not save.

The issue really comes down to what all false doctrines tout: “God actually means something other than what His words appear to mean.” It is therefore an issue of the authority of the Word of God. Who is a person going to believe? –The straight-forward, commonsense reading of Scripture, or instead the philosophies that men impose upon it.

God’s Word has told us repeatedly that God, in wanting all people to be saved (2 Pe. 3:9), sent Jesus to pay for sin, all sin, thus pardoning everyone (Isa. 53:6 // John 1:29 & 3:14-18 // 2 Cor. 5:15 // 1 Tim. 2:3-7 // 1 John 2:2) and that the Light (Life / Jesus) has been given / offered / extended to every single human being. (John 1:4-9 & 12:32 // Titus 2:11) This Gift of Salvation is not forced upon any person, but each person, of his own choosing, must reach out and take the Gift, doing so by believing in Jesus’ name. (John 1:12 & 6:28,29,33,40 & 11:25,26 // 2 Cor. 5:18-21) After the person chooses to do this, God gives that person the right to become His child / to be born from above, and to be an heir of eternal life. (John 1:12,13 & 3:3-21,36 // Eph. 1:13)

Calvinists don’t accept that the word “world” in God’s Word means “world”. They change the word to mean “the world of those elected by God from eternity past to be saved”. They refuse to acknowledge that in doing this they are rejecting the authority of the Word of God so that they can press into the text their man-made theology. Moreover, they refuse to recognize that in claiming that God decreed, from eternity past, everyone’s fate –some to be saved and most to be damned (for His glory and because He wills this scenario)– they are actually negating the need for Jesus to die to pay for anyone’s sin. Truly, why would Jesus have had to die for the elect if the elect were already, from eternity past, and before they believed in Jesus, unchangeably decreed saved?

Certainly Calvinists, in holding to their doctrines of TULIP and claiming that God has already predetermined every thought, word, and action, including evil ones, should admit that their theology, if viewed logically, tosses out the need for evangelism, prayer, and preaching. In fact, why waste our time trying to do anything but meet our own indulgences, since God has supposedly already preordained everything, including who will be saved and who will be damned?

That false, absurd, and even cunning, philosophies of men and demons persist (Col. 2:4,8 // 1 Tim. 4:1) is why it is crucial that we read Scripture for ourselves, accept the clear statements that we read there, and progress in the knowledge of the Truth through the teaching of the Holy Spirit Himself. (John 14:26 & 15:15 & 16:12-15 // 1 Cor. 2:9-16 // 1 John 2:26,27)

~~~Let’s consider these verses, though there are many more, regarding the Truth that Jesus paid the ransom for all mankind:

In Mt. 28:19 Jesus says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…”

In Luke 2:10 we read that an angel of the Lord said to the shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

In John 1:29 John the Baptist says of Jesus, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

In John 6:33 Jesus says, “For the bread of God is He who comes down from Heaven and gives Life to the world.”

In John 12:32 Jesus says, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all people to Myself.”

In Rom. 5:18 we read, “Therefore, just as one trespass brought condemnation for all people, so also one act of righteousness brought justification of life for all people.”

In 2 Cor. 5:15 we read, “For all He died, that those living should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them, and was raised again”; and in verse 19, “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.”

In 1 Tim.2:3-6 we read, “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all men.”

In Heb. 2:9 we read, “…He suffered death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.”

In 2 Pe. 2:1-3 we see that Jesus “bought” (redeemed / ransomed) even heretics, who, in following their heresy, forfeit their own salvation and bring condemnation and destruction to themselves.

In 1 John 4:14 the apostle John says, “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”

It is clear that Scripture teaches that Jesus died for all mankind.

~~~Now here are some verses, though there are many more, that show that everyone has been offered eternal life by means of choosing faith in Jesus:

In John 3:15,16 Jesus says, “…the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.”

In John 5:24 Jesus says, “Whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

In John 6:40 Jesus again reveals God’s way of salvation by saying, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son [it’s a choice] and believes in Him shall have eternal life…”

In Acts 10:43 Peter says, “All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

In Rom. 1:16 Paul says, “…the Gospel… is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”

In Rom. 4:24 Paul says, “…God will credit righteousness –for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.”

In Rom. ch. 10 we see that the Gospel is for the whole world, and that anyone who believes it, trusts in Christ, confesses that Jesus is Lord, calls on His name, and submits to God’s righteousness, is justified and saved. Note: We pursue God’s righteousness by faith (9:30-10:4) and in the power of His Spirit (8:4), and this results in obedience, righteousness, holiness, and eternal life. (6:16-22)

In Rev. 22:17 we read, “Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.”

~~~God has commanded everyone to repent and believe the Good News, but giving this command would make God disingenuous if, while commanding this, He was actually withholding from many the ability to repent, believe, and be saved. Yet this is what Calvinism teaches. However, the Truth teaches that God’s offer of salvation, as well as His commands, are genuine and given to all without partiality. (Acts 10:34,35) Here are some verses showing this:

As Jesus preaches through Galilee (Mark 1:14), He gives this command: “Repent and believe the Good News!” (v. 15)

Jesus says in Luke 24:46,47 that the Scriptures teach that “The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.”

In Acts 17:30 Paul says, “In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent.”

In Acts 26:20 Paul says, “First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.”

1 John 3:23 says, “And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love…”

Are we really to believe that God sends these exhortations out, through His messengers and Word, to all towns and nations, while at the same time refusing to enable most of the people to actually heed the words? Are Calvinists really describing the character and decrees of the One True God who is perfect in His justice? (Dt. 32:3,4) Or are they describing a god who sounds more like a demon? In contemplating this, let’s remember that Calvinism teaches that God commands everyone to repent, and He holds everyone accountable and guilty who do not do so, but at the same time, God also, they say, deliberately withholds the ability to repent from those He wills to damn.

So, let’s get it straight what Calvinists are teaching about God. They say that God, being Sovereign, could save everyone, but that He chooses not to do so, and not for the sake of allowing everyone the freedom to choose Him or reject Him, but instead because He wills (desires) that many be damned, and this for the purpose of making the elect be more grateful and full of praise toward Him. In other words, God relies on damning many people in order to get the highest possible praise from the elect for His love, mercy, and justice. This is indeed what staunch Calvinists teach, so besides a perverted gospel, they also proclaim a perverted god.

Do such reasonings not deeply defame the True God’s character and make Him out to be sadistic? It sounds similar to what a disturbed boy might do who collects a bunch of crickets, and deciding to play a fantasy game of war, proceeds to torture with pins and rocks those on the side he wants to lose. Would not all of us view such a boy as demented? What if he decided to torment a duck or a puppy –just because he could? We would call such a boy deranged and we would definitely try to save the suffering creature from the evil boy.

But humans, who God made in His image, are much more valuable to Him than any creature would be to us. God is our Creator and our Father. Thus He would rather have His Son be killed to ransom those He created than to have anyone, usurped by the devil and caught in his evil kingdom, remain there. Yes, many remain there, but it is due to their own rebellious insistence to remain there, not because God refuses to save them. (John 3:17-21) Yes, God will eventually disown them, but only after trying to woo them and plead with them, the whole course of their lifetime, to believe His Message, to repent, and to choose Life instead of Death. (Isa. 65:1-3 // Ezek. 18:30-32 // Mt. 23:37 // 2 Tim. 2:12 // Heb. 9:27 // 2 Pe. 3:9)

Sproul and other Calvinists seem to often try to soften their awful doctrine of Limited Atonement by bringing up God’s “common grace” for all. Yes, truly, God “is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35), is merciful to them (v. 36), and commands us to be merciful to everyone also. (v. 27-36) But why even bring this up when speaking about eternal salvation? For Jesus warned, “What good is it for a person if he gains the whole world yet loses or forfeits his very self?” (Luke 9:25) If Jesus considered all earthly blessings to be worthless if one’s soul is lost forever, then why pretend God is good to the un-elect if, while giving them blessings on earth, He nonetheless withholds eternal salvation from them?

Let’s say that a husband and wife choose to have a lot of kids –let’s say, 15 of them. They meet the needs of all their children for about the first eight years of their lives, but then arbitrarily banish each of them, except two, to the basement for the rest of their lives, giving them the bare necessities so they don’t die. For the two they preserve for living normally, they present repeated reminders about their gracious parenting skills and about how grateful those two should be, as well as how benevolent they were to all the other 13 children for each of their first eight years. When finally found out and sent to court, these two parents excuse their behavior before the judge by saying, “Those children belong to us, for we conceived and birthed them, and we therefore have the right to do with them what we will.”

But are these parents correct? Of course not, and any moral court would find these sadistic parents worthy of prison. Similarly, how can Calvinists excuse their god who supposedly reasons that because he created all humans, he has the right to decree eternal favor or eternal torture to each, irrespective of anything the individuals have done.

No, when someone causes a life to be created, the “creator” is responsible for that life while it is still in a helpless condition. If someone breeds dogs, that person is responsible to make sure all those dogs are well cared for. If God creates humans who come into existence upon an earth that has been taken over by an evil ruler (the devil), then God, because He is Love (1 John 4:16), does and has done, that which is required for every one of the humans to be redeemed and saved.

Sproul says in the above clip that God is not obligated to give grace to anyone, but he is wrong. Love obligates anyone and everyone to seek the highest good for every living creature to the best of one’s ability, and because God has all ability (all power) and is Himself Love (1 John 4:16), then He does obligate Himself to offer and seek everyone’s eternal salvation. And He has done just that –contrary to what the Calvinists are teaching.

God is Love. And God is just. He loves everyone, He wants everyone’s highest good, and He has therefore paid everyone’s ransom. As 1 John 2:2 confirms, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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Friends,
Jesus has told us that “everyone who sins is a slave to sin.” (John 8:34) He also goes on to say in the same verse that “a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.” This should be crystal clear: To keep sinning keeps us from being sons of God and thus exempts us from eternal life. (See also Heb. 10:26-31.)

Rom. 8:14 says that “those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” In other words, if we are led by, and live according to, the control of the Holy Spirit, we belong to Christ Jesus. (v. 9) To live this way means we put to death daily anything that rears up in rebellion against Him. (v. 5-8, 13 // Luke 9:23-25 // Gal. 5:24,25) Everyone is either in rebellion against Christ, or in obedience to Christ –there is no middle ground. Lukewarmness, apathy, and/or partial obedience are the same as being rebellious. (1 Sam. 15:22,23 // Rev. 3:15,16)

The Gospel is a call to obedience –obedience to Christ and His Word. If anyone has (true) faith, then that person’s heart and life are in submission to righteousness. As Romans says, proclaiming “the Gospel” (1:2) is “to call people… to the obedience that comes from faith.” (v. 5) The “Gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ” (16:25) “made known… by the command of the eternal God” (v. 26) has been revealed “so that all nations might believe and obey Him.” (Same verse)

The Gospel is the Good News that everyone has been set free from sin (Rom. 6:18) because everyone’s sins have been paid for (1 John 2:2) –making everyone pardoned by God and ransomed from the Kingdom of Darkness (Col. 1:13,14 // 1 Tim. 2:4-6)– if they choose to accept this Gift of Grace for themselves through faith (John 3:14-16) and fully submit to Jesus as their new Master by imitating Him / by continuously following Him and His commands. (8:31-36 & 10:27,28 & 14:21 // 1 John 2:3-6 & 3:24)

The Gospel is a call to become slaves to obedience. (Rom. 6:16) This leads to righteousness with the result being eternal life. (v. 16,22) However, the person who keeps sinning reaps for himself (eternal) death (v. 23), for by obeying sin, one remains a slave to sin. (v. 16) Again, as Jesus has said, “Everyone who sins is a slave to sin” (John 8:34), and as Rom. 7:14 informs us, being “sold as a slave to sin” keeps the sinning one in the category of “unspiritual” and still in need of deliverance from the dark kingdom of eternal death. (v. 24) Indeed, “being a slave to sin… results in death!” (See Rom. 6:20,21) Yes, everyone who sins or causes sin forfeits the Kingdom of Light and instead reaps Hell. (Mt. 13:41-43)

It is definitely true that we need God’s grace in order to be in Salvation. But God’s grace reigns in righteousness (righteous conduct / obedience to Christ), not in sinful conduct. (Rom. 5:21 // 1 Pe. 1:13-17) Thus obedience to righteousness under the Holy Spirit’s control is what reaps for us eternal life. (Same verses // Rom. 8:1-14 // Heb. 12:14)

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
I continue to share God’s Word downtown at the train and bus stops every week and have many, many wonderful conversations with people who ask good questions, listen thoughtfully, and often ask for prayer that they can be delivered from sin, like addictions, and from anger, anxiety, etc. It is such a joy to have the Holy Spirit’s power and help to share with boldness and love, and to see Him give me the right verses and words for each person. It is truly exciting! The Lord honors our faith and our obedience!

My mom and I worked on Easter treat bags and handed them out the Thursday before Easter. Below are two photos of us with the treat bags and filled plastic eggs about to start walking with our loaded cart. Thank you so much for those who gave some money to us for the items inside the little bags and eggs. One friend donated 100 small metal crosses, and we put each on a string with some pretty beads. We also used the money for bookmarks with verses on them, including the Ten Commandments, and of course added candy and even small sticks of beef jerky. We also included the rest of the pocket calendars that a faithful friend donates to us every January. We also put in encouragement stickers and magnets, sometimes a very small toy, and some other miscellaneous things.

1. My dear, faithful mom (3/29/18)

2. Me (3/29/18)

I went again the next day –Good Friday– by myself and handed out my home-written tracts, as I do every week (–different messages every time). Here are a few of the texts I texted to prayer partners afterwards, with some names eliminated for privacy:

~~Report on 4/9/18: Witnessing today went well and thank you for praying! Please pray for D___ as his live-in girlfriend ditched him a week ago and then blocked him from being able to call her and he feels so sad, particularly because they had started out praying together and reading the Bible and going to church together. I gently reminded him that they had stepped out of God’s blessing by rebelling against His laws about purity. I encouraged and exhorted him at least half an hour and he listened very intently and I prayed twice with him. Please pray for a woman with a nine-month-old baby in a stroller and she listened soberly and asked me to pray for her and I did not get to pray with her because somebody was right then wanting to get a shirt. Her name is Lacey. I had brought my cart and about 25 men’s shirts that my mom’s friend Thara had given me to hand out, and I finally got to do that today. One man chose to take a Bible and several women took a shirt for someone they wanted to give it to. One woman took a bag of donuts I gave to her and her child. A man named James was real sweet and said his clothes got stolen and asked that I would pray that he gets a pair of pants. Please pray for a woman named Tina who has taken my tracts several times. She asked about my mom. Nina, a homeless woman asked for prayer that she get a better pair of shoes. I gave out two of my handmade bracelets also. Please pray for Johnny and Bobby who I’ve talked with before. Please pray for T___ who I had been praying for yesterday and I saw today. He and C___ were evangelists down there about six years ago and they got involved in false doctrine [Calvinism] and turned to sin and quit evangelizing. I got to talk with T___ today, though! Please pray that he and C___ come back to the Truth. I had evangelized C___ many times about 10 years ago before he became a Christian. Rachel

~~4/16/18: Prayer Partners, Thank you for your prayers. Downtown witnessing today was really good. Tons of good conversations. Please pick some of these to say a prayer for please: Bruce and Opal were two people together that I met and they asked for prayer and so I prayed for/with them. I said I would ask others to pray for them. Another was a woman, Rosa, who did not know English very well and she was crying hard on my shoulder as I hugged her. It was something about her sister and I couldn’t tell if it was that her sister had been killed in Mexico or deported there. But she was encouraged by what I told her about prayer. I also saw J____ who Brian and I had given the blankets to in December because he was in a tent in his ex-wife’s backyard. He said that a month later he got an apartment and a much better job and even a car, as well as a godly girlfriend and he is not drinking anymore. Please pray for him and his girlfriend. I also saw and talked with my friend Shot. Pray for him and Cindy who I’ve been friends with down there for about 15 years. I also talked with a nice looking 26-year-old who said he was an atheist but an hour later came back and talked with me for about half an hour and asked a lot of questions and listened really well. His name is Chris. Please pray for him to find the Truth. I often see Steven and he was feeling very discouraged, so please pray for him. Pray also for a guy name Steve who listened well and said that he is having trials with his family relationships. Also Howard, a homeless guy, who was so sweet. Also my friend Emmanuel. Also a woman named Elizabeth and another woman who was real excited to see what I was doing down there and her name is Emma. Another guy named Jerry that loves the Lord but is going through some big trials. There were many others, but I can’t remember them right now. Thank you so, so much! Rachel

~~Report about 4/19/18: I had a wonderful three hours downtown witnessing at the main Dart train stop and had a lot of very good conversations, exhorting and encouraging people, many who I had never met and some that I haven’t seen for a long time. It was really wild down there with a lot of people mad at each other and yelling. One of the security guards came over to me and said, “Go over there in front of the liquor store and preach to those people, because otherwise they’re about to get arrested.” So I did and most of them dispersed but two of them kept mocking me and asking dumb questions but one guy, nicknamed ____, listened somewhat well. I exhorted him, using 1 Cor. 15:33, to get away from corrupt company. Please pray for him. Later, at a different corner, a guy named Pedro was asking me questions and wants to follow the Lord he says, but says he can’t because he loves sin too much. At least he was honest. Another guy name Willy asked for prayer for his sister on chemo. Another guy named Tommy didn’t like my Hebrews 10:26 sign, but I encouraged him to read it in God’s Word, so he did on his phone, and then he soberly admitted that my sign was correct. None of these particular ones were homeless, but there were many others, and one was a homeless girl, one who had been yelling and swearing at a guy and kind of crying, and about an hour later she came and talked to me a little, but she was high on something and I tried to encourage her and she then said she had to call her dad. Pray she gets delivered. There were many, many other conversations… Thank you for all your prayers!!! Love, Rachel

Those are just a sample of things that I encounter while witnessing. Most of my mornings are spent in Bible study and my prayer ministry, and I also keep my nursing home ministry, blog ministry, and work part-time for pay. Thank you to anyone who would be led to donate at my “About” page.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Below are the two new signs I made on Thursday and used this last Friday down at the bus and train stops. It was such a beautiful-weather day that I prayed I’d have strength for the whole afternoon –from noon until 6:00– and I did. I happened to meet another woman evangelist when I first got down there and she and I went over to talk with two men who also often evangelize down there and we all had a wonderful 20 minutes or so of fellowship, laughter, and prayer. Then I went on to the restaurant area where those walking to or from lunch could see my signs and receive my tracts, though most in that area, as usual, refused me.

After lunch time I walked back to the poorer section and got into many excellent conversations. I encouraged many with Scripture verses, prayed with some, and even prayed with one man who prayed “the sinner’s prayer” and also asked Jesus to deliver him from alcohol. One young man, at another corner, talked with me for over half an hour, telling me he was greatly inspired to return to following Jesus and wanted to evangelize in power also.

The whole afternoon was excellent and mostly positive except for at one point when one particular young man kept telling me that Jesus came only for the Israelites, of which he was a citizen supposedly (of course). I said that the Gospel of Salvation is for the Gentiles also, but I listened patiently to him as he gave his verses (twisting Scripture). However, when I told him he was adhering to the Black Hebrew Roots groups, which are wrong, he started harassing me and following me from one corner to another. Then he started in about women aren’t supposed to preach and that my clothing was men’s clothing and he even yelled, “This woman is an abomination!” I said to him, “This is women’s clothing in this culture.”

“Not back then, it wasn’t,” he retorted.

“Back then men wore robes,” I said. “So you are not wearing men’s clothing, I guess.” But he just yelled some more as I crossed the street again to try to get rid of him.

I’ve heard that the Black Hebrew Roots groups are often down there on Saturdays, yelling with microphones and insulting people walking by, and saying exclusionist things. (My husband and I got harassed by them last year when we went witnessing down there on a Saturday near Easter time.) I do wonder why the law allows the expressions of their hate-filled doctrine. May the Lord put a stop to it.

I actually didn’t give the insulting young man much thought after he left until later in the evening when I was about to go to bed and I was reading the Word. The Lord showed me Rev. 5:9,10 and it struck me as a concise contradiction to the “Israelites Only” groups. It says about Jesus, the Lamb, “…You were slain, and with Your blood You purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”

There is a lot of theology in those two verses. But certainly some of what we learn here is that through His shed blood Jesus did not just purchase Israelites back for God, but Gentiles also. When John records in Rev. 7:9,10 concerning those wearing white robes and praising God, he says it “was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language.” (v. 9) Specifically these were “those who had come out of the great tribulation, who had washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (see v. 14), but truly, the Word of God teaches that every ethnic group has been offered salvation, this fact confirmed in numerous other passages, just a few being Isa. 56:3-8, Luke 2:10,29-32, John 3:16 & 4:39-42, and Acts 10:43-11:18, Rom. 1:5,13-16 & 2:5-11, as well as Acts 28:28 which states, “I want you to know that God’s salvation has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will listen!”; and Rom. 11:11 which also states, plainly, that “salvation has come to the Gentiles.”

The salvation that comes through Jesus Christ is for all people everywhere. For “Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all people” (1 Tim. 2:5,6) “is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2:2) Therefore, “Whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the Water of Life.” (Rev. 22:17)

I used several signs on Friday, but here, with supporting Scripture references, are my two new ones, reminding everyone that Salvation and Eternal Life means we are truly freed from the penalty and the power and captivity of Sin:

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May we all put the Truth into practice in our own lives as we work to spread the Good News across the earth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Most of us have heard the “plan of salvation” spelled out by the use of A, B, and C. I’ve added D, E, F, G, and H. Here is my version and addition:

A –Admit you are a sinner and under the curse of damnation.

B –Believe in Jesus Christ and what He did for us, and that He is both Savior and Lord over all.

C –Call out to Jesus to save you, repent of sin, and commit your entire life and being to Him.

D –Don’t look back at worldliness and sin but abandon them genuinely and completely.

E –Engage all your energy to serve, obey, and please Christ, the Captain.

F –Follow faithfully, forever, the Shepherd.

G –Glorify, praise, and petition the Lord throughout each day and in every circumstance.

H –Honor Christ in all you do, think, and say.

These A-H reminders will definitely give us a victorious walk with Jesus –full of righteousness, peace, and joy, an abundance of fruit, and a beautiful life in the presence of God eternally.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
Wednesday my mom and I went downtown and passed out the 200 or so Easter treat bags we’d made with decorated wood crosses, candy, trinkets, and tracts. We’d also filled plastic eggs, but since we hadn’t gotten those passed out that day, my husband offered to go down with me today. I was surprised as he’s only gone once or twice with me down there, and it was years ago. But I was happy he wanted to and after finding a basket in the garage to put the eggs in (plus in a bag because there were many), off we went.

The first guy we met and talked to was very happy to testify to what the Lord had been doing in his life lately –that he had been off drugs for five months and how the Lord was blessing him. Several others approached us, asking for an egg and smiling and thanking us. It had begun positive.

But then when we were going to cross the street one way, a group of black guys on microphones waved us to come over to them. I wasn’t sure if it was a good idea, but we took up their invitation. Right away I realized I wished we’d not gotten snagged by them as they were asking trick questions and going on about the origins of Easter. When I saw a 666 on the forehead of a picture of Jesus, I told them that was wrong. They kept saying something about Jesus not being a white man. I just really wanted to leave, but they kept saying to my husband, loudly for all to hear via their microphone, “So you’re going to let your woman tell you what to do?!” We were trying to tell them that it doesn’t matter what color skin Jesus has, but instead that we live out the Truth by loving God and others. They wouldn’t let us get a word in edgewise, of course, and when we did walk away, they turned up their microphones, yelling away at us. They were truly racist and sexist.

When we went through the station we met a lot of grateful, cheerful people and it was enjoyable talking with many about the Lord. But there was still another black group over there and they kept yelling things at us as well. My husband mentioned that it was really a wild place down there and I said it is not normally like that.

When we went around the station and then up a few blocks, and were talking to one man, two beautiful black girls came across the street and hung out near us until the man left. Then they talked to us and said that they had seen us and wanted to talk to us too and that they had become born again just yesterday through an evangelist woman down there. We were excited about that! And they were from the city and state where I’d gone to college and had just come here this week to be in some video.

After we got home and I had texted my prayer partners to thank them for praying and to relay things that had happened, several of them said some really encouraging things about not being disturbed when we get persecuted, for Jesus has said that we are blessed and will be rewarded. This is true and it helps to hear it after a somewhat troubling experience.

In spite of the negative parts, my husband said that he really enjoyed walking around passing out eggs with me and watching me witness. I enjoyed it too and was really touched that he had wanted to join me. Here are some photos he took of me down there today:

May the Lord bring many to Himself through each and every effort His servants make.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

Friends,
This last Thursday afternoon, I handed out, at the bus and train stops downtown, the rest of the stack of pocket calendars two different people had given my mom and me. (My mom is putting some in with the Valentine treat bags we’re working on.) So, with the calendars, my tracts, and my signs, mixed with the prayers of several of my praying partners, it turned out to be an extra wonderful time of witnessing.

During my third hour there I noticed a homeless-looking guy standing a ways from me, reading aloud some writing in the cement. After watching him for a few minutes and wondering if he was too nutty to approach, I remembered Christ considered everyone worth the try, so I moved closer to him and asked him if he wanted a calendar. He took one and then he did talk with me about the Lord (though I had a lot of trouble understanding his speech). At one point, I asked him if he had asked Jesus to forgive him of his sins and save him. He responded by hanging his head and saying, “I’ve told Him I’m very sorry for all the bad things I’ve done.” When I offered him a good-size New Testament, he grabbed it eagerly and immediately began reading it, and quite loudly. He read Matthew chapters 5-7, then First Peter, and then he began in Revelation. I kept “Amen-ing” his reading and sometimes when he’d pause, I’d say, “You have such a great reading and preaching voice!”

It truly was a big blessing to me as we stood together, and I relished the time with him, thinking, “This is really great. What a way to shine the Light on this corner as people see me with my signs and holding up my Bible, and see and hear this guy reading the Word of God loud and clear. One guy in a wheelchair seemed to appreciate it as he wheeled himself up to us, took out his pocket Bible, sat there listening, and then wanted me to show him all my signs and explain them. My reading friend just kept right on reading –nice and loud. I thought it was fantastic.

Earlier, on another corner, a guy I recognized from last year came up real joyful and happy and said that my prayer a year ago had really helped him and delivered him from the demons that had been harassing him. He told me that when he had walked to another bus stop that hour, a woman had said, “I see the anointing on you,” and he had told her, “Well, a lady just prayed for me!” I, of course, was very happy and encouraged to hear this testimony and to watch him bubbling with joy as we talked more about the Lord and the victory we have as we walk in His Spirit while applying the Word.

There were other precious affirmations besides these last Thursday. Another was a woman who I had seen a couple of months ago, and this time again she came up very glad to see me, to tell me what is going on in her life, and to talk about the Lord. Her faith and determination in the face of persecution was inspirational.

There was also a young man who, though he seemed to be slightly handicapped mentally and who was with those who appeared to be his parents, was also noticeably excited to tell me that he loves Jesus and lives his life by Gal. 2:20, which we then proceeded to quote together.

Of course not all of my conversations were this positive. Like one of the first guys I talked to –shaking his dreadlocks, he repeated over and over, emphatically, that he had lost his faith because he could no longer believe that God exists. This, he said, is what must be the case being that there is so much evil and suffering in the world. I tried to encourage him and exhort him and explain how DNA proves there is a Creator, and I also reminded him that this life is a testing ground where God looks for truly committed hearts. I spent considerable time with this 36 year old man and, though he did seem to keep wanting to listen and have me try to convince him, he also seemed bent on sticking to his complaints and doubts.

Well, there were a lot more encounters, but suffice it to say, it was another wonderful time evangelizing for the Lord and for the furtherance of His Kingdom. I pray the privilege never ends.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel