Reflecting on 2 Weeks of Street Preaching

international1400I am so thankful to the Lord for the opportunities I have had these past 2 weeks to preach His Word at the Newton Bus Exchange. The third week has just began and as I reflect on the past 2 weeks, my heart is filled with such great joy. What a privilege the Lord has given me to preach His Word daily! Truly humbled by such a great blessing bestowed upon me not only to be numbered among His children saved by grace through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – but to also be one of His servants. There is no greater joy than to be in Christ and to be an instrument in His hands.

One of the joys from the past two weeks is that I am beginning to form relationships with some of the people who usually travel by bus. There are many people who have to take the bus daily to go work, school, etc. I see many of these people everyday and they see me. We may not always talk, but we notice each other. However, I have had the special privilege of being able to talk with some and relationships are naturally being formed with these people.

Last Friday, I enjoyed talking to a couple of international students (from Iraq and Cameroon) who are studying here. Being new to Canada, they somehow feel lost. Both of them mentioned how frustrating and difficult it has been trying to find a good/faithful church. They want to study the Bible deeper but do not know where to go to find help. My wife and I have for many years talked about starting an outreach to international students here – and it seems that the Lord is leading us closer and closer to the day when we will actually get to do this. It seems that he has brought us to this part of Surrey for such a ministry as this among other things. So, Lord willing, we will be launching a new Bible Study in October specially targeting students (local and international). Please remember to pray with us regarding this new ministry venture. Specifically, please pray that the Lord will prepare our hearts and get us ready to serve these students and minister to their physically as well as spiritual needs. Many of these students lack godly company, they lack provisions (i.e. finances), food, and most importantly, they lack spiritual guidance. While we may not be able to meet all their needs, we do look forward to the opportunity to meet some of them as the Lord leads and provides.

Praise is Like Perfume, Don’t Swallow It.

Alistair Begg tells a story of how as a young boy, his father took him to a candy store. While in the store everyone was commenting on what a good boy Alistair was to his great delight.

An older gentleman in the store noticing how Alistair was basking in the praises that were being showered upon him commented, “Young man, praise is like perfume. It’s good as long as it remains on the outside. But dangerous if you swallow it.”

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I Went Street Preaching This Morning!

This morning, I had the rare privilege of street preaching at the Newton Bus Exchange in Surrey. As I left my house at around 7:00 am, I was whispering prayers to the Lord. I am new to street or open air preaching. I don’t recall having ever done it in my life. I have done lots of street evangelism (sharing the gospel with people on the street one-on-one). But street preaching has always been a foreign territory to me – rather intimidating. So you can imagine the kinds of prayers I was praying this morning. I got to the Newton Bus Exchange – scanned the place as I made my way to a nearby parking lot. Sitting in my parked car, prayers for courage, strength and boldness were naturally flowing out of my heart to the LORD – as I listened to the hymn, “Abide with me.”
Megaphone2_1.jpg52358dd7-f493-46f8-9121-917597864edcOriginalI got out of the car and slowly walked to the bus stands. There were a number of people there waiting for buses – some going to work, some coming from work – some going to school, etc. I froze. Didn’t know how to begin. I stood there for a while – Bible in hand. Prayed, flipped through the pages of my Bible – read the passage that I was to preach on (Matthew 11:28-30) to myself over and over.

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A Soft Pillow for Anxious Heads

Question 8 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC) reads: “How does God execute His decrees?” Answer: “God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence.” A little bit later in Question 11, the WSC asks: “What are God’s works of providence?” Answer: “God’s works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures and all their actions.”

depression-1024x683What a relief, joy and comfort to know that the LORD is governs me and all my actions. Both fall perfectly well under His most holy and wise governance.

E. Paxton Hood (an English Puritan) once stated, “Providence is a soft pillow for anxious heads.” Oh, how true!.

As you go through this day, may you be encouraged by the fact that you and all of your life to the minutest details, are being governed by the sovereign LORD and Ruler of the whole world. We do not always know or understand, God’s providence(s) in the moment. Like the Hebrew language, God’s providences must be read backwards as far as we as His creatures are concerned.

So, take heart dear friend, brother or sister in Christ especially if you are going through hard providences in your life right now. As William Cowper wrote long ago:

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

Have a blessed day!

Leadership is Male

Leadership-is-Male_David-PawsonI know that this is a very controversial subject especially in our day. In the church as well as outside the church, we are seeing the weakening if not the demise of male leadership. Since the women liberation movement, many men have given up their territory and conceded defeat as the culture has pressed in on them to take the back seat in the name of gender equality. The results have been less than impressive: the disappearance of strong male headed households; the disappearance of faithful churches led by males; the lowering of societal moral standards – and more.

Many respectable and godly women agree. Read what Elizabeth Elliot writes in a foreword to a book on this subject:

The issue of so-called equality of men and women touches the very foundation of Christian faith, for it goes deep into the nature of God and the great mystery of which the much-maligned apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians. For years I have watched with increasing dismay the destruction the feminist movement has wrought in the world, in the church, in Christian homes and marriages, and in personalities. I have studied the tortuous arguments of those who would persuade us that Galatians 3: 28 cancels everything the author says elsewhere in his epistles about the vital distinctions between men and women. I have listened to the endless discussions of Paul’s rabbinical prejudice and cultural insularity. I have delved into treatises on the meaning of the Greek word hypotasso, (‘ to arrange under’, ‘to be under obedience’, ‘to put under’, ‘to subdue unto’, ‘to subject to’, ‘to be in subjection to’, ‘to submit self unto’), and I have on a few occasions been asked (as a ‘traditionalist’, whatever that means) to debate those who would rewrite history, literature, psychology and the Bible itself to make them palatable to the woman of the late twentieth century. I have done practically everything but jump up and down and scream about it.  Continue reading