Menominee Falls Memorial Day Parade Outreach 2017

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

It was a beautiful day for handing out tracts and witnessing to people about the gospel. Both adults and children were willing to receive and we had some lively and friendly discussion about the important things in life and life eternal in Jesus Christ.

The folks attending the parade gladly received the Million Dollar Bill with the Million Dollar Question, or the Big Money 100 Dollar Bill folding out with the gospel printed on the back side and I love to give the “Everything Man has Learned about Women” tract to young couples. When you open it, the pages are blank with the gospel printed on the last page and back cover. It always gets a smile. But the gospel is given!

 

 

 

 

 

Please watch for the next posting as I hope to report on our outreaches down at the lake front this past summer (can you believe it that summer is already over!), the Milwaukee Air Show and some changes to our Milwaukee Seedsowers staff.

If you would like to become a part of the Milwaukee Seedsowers or are interested in joining us for an outreach, please contact Jim at 414.218.9849 or send him an email at brunner0402@sbcglobal.net. JB

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Titus 3:8 Maintain Good Works

The Following is being shared with the body as an encouragement and republished with the permission of Emeal EZ Zwayne of Living Waters:

Before Ray Comfort became my father-in-law, I knew him as a famous author, speaker, and Christian leader. I had great respect and admiration for him. However, it’s typical for us as people to build up famous individuals and put them on a pedestal. But after we get to know them, our respect for them usually diminishes because we realize that they fall far short of what we thought they actually were. Ray Comfort has been my father-in-law for 21 years now, and it’s been the exact opposite with him. I can honestly say that my respect for him has only grown leaps and bounds over the years. He’s the real deal, and the most consistent, genuine, and godly man I’ve ever known. He truly is so much more than I ever thought he was.

I just snuck this shot of him right now at the airport in Reno as he was sharing the gospel with a random stranger. This is a typical day (or hour) in the life of Ray Comfort. His unbridled love for God and people is both convicting and inspiring.

May the Lord help us all to follow his shining example!

 

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St Patricks Day 2017 Town of Erin

This past Friday, March 17, 2017, the Milwaukee Seed Sowers with the assistance of Pastor Dave Marriott and a group of his congregants from Lakewood Baptist handed out a special tract for St. Patrick Trivia at the Town of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, one of the largest in the country.

I’d like to especially thank Dave and Andrea for providing the logistics of the outreach and coordinating the event with Lakewood Baptist. They were dealing with the death of Dave’s mother, so the fact that they participated at all was much appreciated!

Per Pastor Dave: Although the weather was challenging, we had a great team for outreach at the St. Patrick’s parade in Erin. We handed out hot coffee, treats, and bookmark quizzes about Patrick, while trying to engage people in conversation about the gospel of Jesus!

The weather was certainly a challenge with overcast skies, a steady drizzle and temperatures in the mid-30s.

As the group went down the parade route many hearty souls were reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. There are definitely some interesting individuals who attend with various costumes and faces painted in celebration of a man whose beliefs are very contrary to their own.

We run into some of the same people every year. Some who claim to have received the bookmark the year before, so we ask them how they are doing with the important question of a response to the gospel. I think many of them still haven’t considered the question of their eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some people who know us from the past who tell us “they don’t need what we’re offering!” I attempt to gently remind them that someday they’ll depart from this life and they will need a covering for their sin that can only be offered through turning away from sin and trusting in Jesus Christ!

We had a conversation with a young woman who had studied the tract from the prior year and new that her sins were covered by Christ but who didn’t seem to understand her need to be born again and to turn from her sin. As I led her through the commandments, she acknowledged them as sin but not specifically what the sin was. In the end she did admit that she was a liar, a thief and a blasphemer, so I asked her to judge for herself. I asked if she was to face God on judgement day. Before she could offer an answer, she was whisked away by her party, who asked her if she “had heard enough of this religious garbage”. What a shame to not hear the whole of the gospel message. What else stuck out about this conversation was how intently one of her friends was listening and the look on their face as the conversation progressed. May the Lord be glorified and the Holy Spirit have His way!

During our time walking down Hwy K, talking with people, we also get some strange offers of alcohol, food and kisses. Our hope is that they’ll sober up, hear and receive the gospel, which we know is the only thing that God offers to break the barrier of sin.

Another member of our group said: I had a great conversation with person on the street who knew a family member who is an acquaintance and they eventually asked me how a person from a Catholic family (which includes some priests) ended up being Baptist? So I shared my testimony. Please pray that I could use the recollection of this conversation with the family today in being able to have them hear the gospel!

What a joy it is to share the gospel and show the love of God’s people!

As we receive more testimonies, I’ll update this blog.

Disclaimer: No evangelists or participants were harmed during this outreach event. Milwaukee Seed Sowers.

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St. Patrick’s Day Outreach – Downtown Milwaukee

I want to share a few thoughts and pictures with you regarding our outreach at the parade this past March 12th. The parade downtown most always crowded with thousands of people waiting for the parade to come by so there plenty of folks to give tracts to and start a really meaningful conversation with regarding the reality of who St. Patrick really was versus the misinformation that is out there.

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The Saint Patrick Quiz
1) Was Saint Patrick Irish?
2) Was Saint Patrick Catholic?
3) Was March 17th his birthday?
4) Was Patrick kidnapped?
5) Why do the Irish honor him?
6) What would Patrick do if he were
here right now?

ANSWERS
1) No. He was born in Roman Britain (now part of Scotland) in 385 AD.
2) No. He was never canonized or named a saint by any pope.
3) No. He died on March 17, 461 AD
4) Yes. At age 16, by a band of pirates, sold to a chieftain in Ireland, where he tended flocks for 6 years. It was during that time in captivity that he came to a saving
knowledge of Christ Jesus. He escaped back to Scotland, but he received a clear and personal call from the Lord to return to Ireland.
5) Ireland at that time was a land of Druids and pagans. Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many to Christianity. Over the course of 60
years, he and his disciples preached & converted 120,000 people & built 365 churches across the country. He is the true Apostle of Ireland.
6) If Patrick were here right now, he would continue with his work as he did in Ireland. That would lead to a serious question: Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Would God allow you in to Heaven?
References: The Confession of Patrick, http://www.Irelandnow.com, Book of Armagh, The History of the Christian Church, vol 4, ch 2 “The Conversion of Ireland” Encyclopedia Britanica

One among many, Nancy and Ade had a conversation with a young man who was raised in a Catholic church and had attended Catholic grade and high school. He was standing on his Catholic faith. He was proud of his Catholic rearing but had rejected it. He was listening to what was being shared but said thank you but no thank you!

He was very much trying to justify his actions even though he knew lying and stealing were wrong. He took a step back when confronted with the question: “Do you know why you are justifying yourself? It’s because you like living in your sin and don’t want to step into the light!” To which he developed a big smirk on his face.

As we speak to people please keep in mind that world does love living in it’s darkness. It’s more comfortable for them so please step out your comfort zone and reach out to them: John 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.

Next week I hope to share with you the pictures and thoughts from the outreach at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Town of Erin. Till then happy fishing.

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Does God Really Care?

I recently had a very good friend who is an avowed atheist ask me, “is there anything that would cause you to loose your faith in God?” That is a very good question. The short answer is no. I have been through many trials and tribulations in my life as many Christians have. No matter what, God is and always will be faithful. As I left our conversation I asked my friend a question that I wanted him to consider: “what do you do with the witnesses? Both today and all through history?”

I would like to share this short story with you: Excerpted from the Series “Deliver Us From Evil” With Ravi Zacharias of Ravi Zacharias Family Ministries http://www.gospelcom.net/rzim

“Can I now share with you one of the most magnificent stories I can bring to you at this time. The year was 1971 and I was still in Vietnam. I was still in my mid-twenties, an undergraduate student doing theology, ministering to the American soldiers there and the Vietnamese and so on. I was still so young and training for ministry. A friend of mine traveling with at me that time – well, he became a friend because he was my interpreter – a seventeen year old lad by the name of Hian. Hian and I became VERY close. We became almost like brothers. And I remember when I said goodbye to him in ’71, I didn’t know if I’d ever set eyes on him again. We embraced and I got onto the plane and left.

Seventeen years later, I got a telephone call from him. All he had to say on the phone was, ‘Brother Ravi’. I paused and I said, ‘Hian?’ I couldn’t believe it. It was the way he always pronounced my name with the stonal language background, and I would say, ‘that’s him’. And we talked. My eyes got moist as we relived the memories of 1971. I said, ‘Hian, what are you doing here?’ He said, ‘have you got a few minutes?’, I said, ‘yes’. He said, ‘I want to tell you my story’.

Hian said, ‘Shortly after Vietnam fell, I was taken away by the Vietcong and by the North Vietnamese and I was put in prison. They did everything in their power to knock out of me my commitment to God, my ideas of political tyranny. They worked away and worked away and worked away at me. Finally one day I thought to myself: Maybe I have been lied to. Maybe Marxism is the answer to our utopia. Maybe democracies have told us all that is wrong and ill. And maybe God really doesn’t exist and Christ doesn’t care for me, as I’m here in this prison now suffering’. And all this was going through his mind and he made this commitment, ‘tomorrow, when I wake up, for the first time in years, I’m going to block God out of my mind. No God, No prayer, No reflection on my Christian commitment’. And he said that’s what he would do.

Next day he was assigned to cleaning the latrines in the prison. He said it was a horrible chore. He said, ‘As I was cleaning these dirty parts and just walking through the floors there with all of the stench in that prison latrine, all of a sudden as I was emptying a can with used toilet paper, I thought I saw one piece of paper with some English on it. I looked around to make sure nobody was watching – I hadn’t read English now in many, many months – (I think he said about a year and a half. They’d only given him his books on Marxism in either Vietnamese or French and so on. They were trying to even knock English out of his mind to remove a world view through language). He said, ‘I saw this and I thought it was English, but I didn’t want anybody to see me, so I quickly just washed it off without even looking at it and put it in my hip pocket. That night when my roommates were sound asleep, under their mosquito net, I removed this damp piece of paper, took a flashlight, and I shone it on that piece of paper. He said, ‘Brother Ravi’, and he choked, he said, ‘this is what I saw.

On the top right hand quarter it said, Romans Chapter 8. And I began to read these words: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. What then shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also along with him, graciously give us all things? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble, or hardship, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or the sword? No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all Creation will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.’

Can you imagine that? As he was sitting under his mosquito net, alone, in a prison, in Vietnam? The one day that he’d said he would not think about God, not think about his commitment to Christ, and the one piece of paper he finds is Romans Chapter 8? That God has a purpose, even through the darkest moments of our lives. He said, ‘I cried. I cried like a young lad. I said, ‘God, you cared for me so much, you would not allow me to go for 24 hours without reminding me that you were right there beside me and You would carry me through’.

You know what Hian did? He went back to the commander the next day and said, ‘Do you mind if I clean the latrines again today?’ He had an idea in his mind. He was cleaning the latrines everyday. Somebody – it was one of the commanders – who had been given a bible years before, and he was tearing out pages from the bible, using it as toilet paper, because that was what he wanted to express his resistance towards and hatred towards God with. Hian would go in there, wash it, and put it in his pocket and he was collecting chapters from the book of Romans and other parts of the scriptures. God was speaking to him under his mosquito net at night.

He finally managed to get out of prison, they let him out. And then he planned an escape with about 52-53 others. Just a short while before he was to leave, four Vietcong came to him and said, ‘We hear that you’re trying to escape, is that true?’ Hian said, ‘No, that is not true’. And Hian lied. So, the men went away. Hian fell on his face and said, ‘Here I go again God, trying to run my own life, believing I can manage it the best way, when you’ve already taught me so much’. He said, ‘Forgive me’. And then he prayed a prayer he hoped God would never take him up on. He said, ‘If you send them back to me before I leave, I’ll tell them the truth’.

Hours before he was to leave the four of them came back, took him by the collar, rammed him against the wall and said, ‘Hian, we heard you are trying to escape. Is that the truth?’ Hian said, ‘Yes, with about 52 or 53 others. Are you going to put me back in prison now?’ They said, ‘No, we want to go with you’. He said, ‘Ravi, you’d never believe what happened when those four joined us. We were caught up in the high seas in a wild storm and if it weren’t for the skippering ability of those four men, we would never have made it. We would have drowned. But we made it safely to Thailand. Today, Hian is in the United States having done his degree now at Berkeley. And a very dear and a very special family friend. He looked my children into their eyes and said, ‘What I have learned over the years, is the tenderness and the presence of God, even at the darkest times of life, don’t ever lose sight of that’.

What a precious story of the word of God in all of its splendor. But its particular concern even for the individual confronted by evil. But I want to now say one thing. And if you don’t hear this you’ll miss, I think, the nerve of our answer. You see, ultimately, our problem is not moral. Our problem is spiritual. Jesus Christ did not come into this world to make bad people good. He came into this world to make dead people live; Those who are dead to God, to make them alive to God. When we pray, ‘Deliver us from evil’, let us make sure we are not praying to be delivered to good, we are actually praying to be delivered to God. We are not trying to be more moral; we can be a very moral people, and just as lost spiritually. The answer is not in badness, or goodness. The answer is in spiritual life that knows God, and from Him flows that goodness that becomes as a light shining in a very dark place. Come now, let us reason together to be delivered from evil unto God. If you don’t know him this may be the time for you to get your soul right with Him. And, if you do know Him, take that God, and that strength and that Word with you and let Him use you to do His work in the souls of those that you meet up with. May God richly bless you!

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A Memory of Vic Eliason

I never watched a Christian TV station before I trusted in Christ. (Who has time when there is so much other important stuff to watch on TV.) One day in 2003 I was at a house where they were watching WVCY-TV. The presenter was doing something I had never seen before. He was using science to show that the Bible is accurate, all the way back to Genesis. I thought “There are actually people that believe the entire Bible is LITERALLY true?!”. I had to see more of this.

By the providence of God I had recently received a Tivo, and I started recording everything on WVCY about science and evolution. It was by watching these programs that I realized the God of the Bible truly existed, He created the world, and therefore He has the right to judge the world. This caused me to realize that I had never truly understood the gospel.

While watching WVCY that year I also saw a scene I recognized from an internet video clip making fun of those crazy Christians that believed in creation. It was Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron talking about how the banana is an “atheist nightmare”. The atheists were using the clip to show how Christians were lacking of intelligence, but when you view the entire clip in context, it was actually mocking evolution by arguing like an evolutionist. Instead of having a valid argument, the evolutionists had revealed their own ignorance by cutting the clip out of context and claiming that it is what Christians believe. This brief clip was my introduction to The Way of the Master style of evangelism which is the easiest (and most biblical) way to share the gospel.

Relate to the person by starting in the natural.

Create an opportunity to swing to the spiritual.

Convict the hard hearted of their sin by using the law.

Reveal the gospel to those who are humble in heart.

WVCY-TV came on the air in 1983 thanks to the ministry of Vic Eliason. This weekend Vic was called to the Lord. I personally want to thank all those involved in the operation of the VCY network over the years. We cannot measure the impact it has had in this world, but I know for a fact that it has changed my life.

Thank you Vic, and we will see you later.

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