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Our Daughter’s First Ballet Recital

A post from Becky-

Thursday night was the first dress rehearsal for our daughter’s first real ballet recital. It was a situation where moms were not allowed backstage, the staff of the SA Parks and Recreation along with the dance teachers stayed with the kids. I told our daughter before we left that she would be backstage for a long time just waiting with the girls from her class, so she could pack a little backpack of things to do, maybe crayons and coloring books to share. Totally on her own, she chose a Bible out of our kids Bible basket and said she wanted to take a Bible with to tell stories about Jesus. Of course, I did not object!

After rehearsal when I picked her up, I immediately started talking to her and encouraging her regarding how well she danced for their number. She was excited and said thank you, but then she started telling me how she had been reading Bible stories to some of her friends. She told me she had asked them if they loved Jesus. She also told me she talked to them about heaven and going there and also about about hell and how it was called the lake of fire and how her brother thinks there must be fire ants there who bite a lot and how you had to trust Jesus to forgive your sins. She told me that while she was talking, it was just a few girls from her class, but then more girls from other classes started coming over too and sitting in the group and listening. Her eyes looked the most excited when she said, “Mommy, it felt like the whole world was listening!” This made me more proud than any turn or tutu ever could!

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman (or girl) who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

Here is the whole ballet number.

When grandmas go to jail for witnessing

WorldNetDaily has a very troubling article about “hate speech.” After reading it, I came up with a little syllogism that summarizes the article.

Hate Speech Logic
If hate is a crime
and God hates sin,
then God is a criminal.

How long will it be until Christianity is outlawed for preaching “hate?”

Witnessing to Witnesses- Not quite prepared

I went with my folks today to pick up my brother from the airport. He is visiting for CHRISTmas. Since we got to the airport early, I decided to drop by and see if the Jehovah’s Witnesses were there. They have a booth in terminal one where they usually station themselves. Sure enough, they where they.

My folks and I went into the Starbucks in the terminal and on the way, I took a Watchtower magazine from the two JW ladies. The title said something about living forever. If you know anything about my Dad, you will know that he is notoriously EARLY for everything. Since we had close to an hour, I decided to spend it with the JW’s. I went back to their booth and asked if they wouldn’t mind answering a question about the magazine I took from them earlier. The magazine talked about living forever so I inquired about where they expect to spend eternity. As most Witnesses will say, they expect to live forever on earth.

I brought up the thief who died next to Jesus and asked what Jesus promised him. They were familiar with the account and correctly said that Jesus promised to be with Him in paradise. I pointed out that since Jesus said He was going to be with the thief, then regardless of whether the thief spends eternity in heaven or on the earth, he would be with Jesus. Since this is completely foreign to Watchtower theology, the JW ladies gave me blank stares.

As most conversations with JW’s go, we talked about a number of different topics. We got to talking about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and they wanted to know why I believed that Jesus was raised in the same physical body in which He died. As the title mentions above, I was not quite prepared- I did not have my Bible with me. Interestingly enough, they did not have their Bibles either. I asked for a pen and paper and wrote down a couple of passages that prove that Jesus still has a physical body.

First Timothy 2:5- For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

Notice that this passage is speaking of Jesus as a man after His resurrection. He is not a “spirit creature” as the Watchtower teaches, He is a man.

Acts 17:31- Because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.

This is speaking of a future event in which all mankind will be judged by a man. The context of the passage reveals that this resurrected man is none other than Jesus Christ. Again, we will not be judged by a spirit creature, we will be judged by a man.

We talked about a few other topics as well, and I wrote down more passages for them, but it was about time for me to meet my brother. The ladies wanted my contact information so they could answer some of my questions. I gave them one of my non ministry e-mail addresses and they promised to get back with me.

I was happy to be able to have a chance to witness to these ladies, and I did learn something in the process. I need to put a Bible on my PDA. If I would have had my Bible with me, the points I made would have had much more of an impact. I’ve got a Treo 600 and lots of space on it. I need to load it up with some witnessing materials so that I will be better prepared in the future. Please join me in prayer for these two JW ladies. May God reach them, take them from darkness and bring them into His marvelous light.

Cool Tool for the Gospel

I recently came across a very cool tool to use in spreading the gospel. Look in our “Cool Tool” section on the right side bar and look for this.
Are you a good person?

I found one like it at on a forum and decided that I wanted to use it too. The graphic was created by Living Waters which is affiliated with Ray Comfort. If you click on this link, you will find all kinds of other cool tools to use in preaching the gospel. One of my favorites is the link at the bottom of the page which shows you how you can insert this graphic into a signature in your e-mail. I’ve included it into my ministry e-mail and encourage you to do the same as well. Right now my signature looks like this.

Keith Walker
Evidence Ministries
P.O. Box 690371
San Antonio, Texas 78269
( Office: 210-340-TRUE (8783)
Web Site: www.evidenceministries.org
Web Log: www.evidenceministries.blogspot.com

Are you a good person?

__________________________________________________________________

Only God can use a broken gun.

For those of you who know me well, you know that I have recently (the last 15 months or so) started to participate in the sport of pistol shooting. I own a Springfield XD 9 mm handgun and compete in pistol leagues at the Bullet Hole shooting range in San Antonio, TX. I am on a team of Christian shooters called The Deadeyes. Of the last six leagues, The Deadeyes have taken first place four times and second place twice. Hanging out at the Bullet Hole is a lot of fun. I learn a lot from other shooters and even have some witnessing opportunities, but I never would have guessed that being in a pistol league with a broken gun could give me a wonderful opportunity to explain God’s love. I know you’re confused so I’ll just get to telling the story.

A few weeks back I was getting ready to take my turn shooting the Course of Fire (CoF) in the pistol league. It was a nicely set up CoF called “Barrel Run” where the shooter has to navigate his way through an “alley” of barrels and shoot the targets as they become visible. Each shooter runs through the CoF twice. In my first run through the CoF I ran into a little trouble. I shot all the targets and got down to the last one when my gun went “click,” but there was no “BANG!” I thought that I may have had a bad round in the chamber so I racked the slide back (which ejects the bullet out of the chamber and inserts a news round) and squeezed the trigger again. This time I realized that there was no resistance to the trigger. Walt, our range officer, asked me if I was done shooting. He was confused because there I was standing there with a loaded gun and I had not shot my last target yet. He may have assumed that I ran out of bullets. I told Walt that something was wrong with my gun. He asked me to clear the weapon and then hand it to him. I took out my magazine, racked and locked the slide, which ejected the chambered round into the dirt, made sure the gun was unloaded and then handed the gun to Walt. Sure enough, the trigger bar was broken.

I was not a happy camper. This was the second time that this gun had failed me during a competition. I went through my records when I got home and realized that since buying the XD, I had a total of five problems with the gun. Two problems were corrected locally, but this would now be the third time since this February that I would have to send the gun back to the Springfield Armory to get fixed. After realizing this, I lost all confidence in my gun. I called Springfield and asked about their policy to replace defective guns. I was encouraged to send it back with a letter explaining why I thought the gun should be replaced and not just fixed and sent back. I wrote a four page letter explaining my situation and the problems that have been occurring with my XD. In the letter I explained why I thought replacing the gun was the right thing to do.

I waited until Springfield received the gun and then called the armory to see if they had made a decision. I was pleased to hear that after inspecting the gun, finding the broken trigger bar and reviewing the history of the gun, they had decided to replace my broken XD with a brand-spanking-new one! I could hardly wait to get the new XD.

Well, November, 17th was the big day. There was a knock on our door close to 9:30 am. I checked the peep hole and saw the Fed-Ex truck in front of our house. I surprised the driver as I whipped open the door and yelled, “Tell me that is from Springfield!” Sure enough, it was my new gun. The first thing I did, while opening the box, was to look at the serial number to make sure that it was a new gun and not just my old one sent back to me. Then I noticed that the box was bigger than I anticipated… could it be? When I opened the box, I expected to see just a gun. That was all I sent so that was all I thought I would get back. I was completely surprised to see that Springfield not only sent the new XD, but they also sent, a holster, magazine holder, speed loader, two 16 round magazines, a lock and brush for cleaning the barrel. They sent me THE WHOLE PACKAGE!

When I bought my XD last year, the box contained the gun, two 15 round magazines, a lock and barrel brush. About two months afterwards Springfield changed the package to the one described above. Wow, they went above and beyond what I had hoped for and sent me more than I ever dreamed they would. Needless to say, I am now a happy camper.

In my letter to Springfield, I told them that if they would do the right thing, I would respond in kind by letting people know that Springfield stands behind their product, and they also know the meaning of customer service because they take care of their own. I am now a Springfield fan for life!

Not only was I thankful to Springfield, but I was also grateful that God gave me favor in their eyes and granted me exceedingly, abundantly more than I asked, or even thought to ask for. Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” I got to thinking about this and realized that Springfield modeled what God does for us.

We are like the broken gun. There is nothing that we can do to fix our condition. We are beyond helping ourselves and must rely completely upon our Maker. If we place ourselves in the hands of our Maker and trust our condition into His care, He promises to make us into a new creature. Second Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

Aside from being made into a new creature, we also get all the extras God has to offer. After God makes us new, He gives us the power to live the Christian life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in John 14:16-17 that the Holy Spirit would be our helper and that He would be with us forever. The Springfield holster, magazine holder, speed-loader and 16 round magazines are nice, but compared to what God gives us, these are just trinkets. Here is a short list of the “extras” God gives to us once we trust Him.

1) I have become a child of God through adoption. (John 1:12, Romans 8:15)
2) I have been justified and have peace with God. (Romans 5:1)
3) I have direct access to God through the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 2:18)
4) I may approach God with freedom and confidence. (Ephesians 3:12)
5) I have been redeemed and forgiven of all of my sins. (Colossians 1:14)
6) I am forever free of condemnation. (Romans 8:1)
7) I cannot be separated from the love of God. (Romans 8:38-39)
8) I am complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:10)
9) I am a citizen of heaven. (Philippians 3:20)
10) The evil one cannot touch me. (1st John 5:18)

I mentioned earlier that I am a Springfield fan for life. They stand behind their product, will fix your gun at their cost if it is defective and are concerned about their customers. If flawed humans can go above and beyond what is expected because it is considered “the right thing to do,” then imagine what God has done and will do for us. He sent His beloved Son to take our punishment and die in our place. If we will give God our sin, He will give us the righteousness of Christ. We will then be adopted into God’s family and from that point on are totally and completely forgiven of any wrong doing. We will spend eternity together with Him.

It is just like trading a broken gun for the whole package. We have nothing to lose. We can get rid of something that isn’t working for us any way and can then enjoy the new gun and the complete package. I may have recently traded my broken XD in for a new one, but more than 18 years ago I traded my sin for the righteousness of Christ. If you have not already done so, I invite you to do the same thing. I have never regretted my decision and I know that you won’t either.