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A Lesbian Returns to the Lord

Of all the times I’ve gone out evangelizing, I’ve met very few people who admitted they were homosexual.With more of them nowadays “coming out of the closet”, I’ve considered witnessing at gay pride events but haven’t done so yet.One reason is I rather spend time talking with people who are receptive to the gospel.I’ve had homosexuals contact me through the Internet that wouldn’t receive the truth of God’s word.They simply wanted to defend their chosen lifestyles.
Still we should always be ready to minister to whomever the Lord puts across our path.Last weekend I joined a Hispanic church in reaching out to the homeless at a park in Tampa, Florida.While other people from this church gave away food and toiletries, I handed out tracts plus the gospel of John to those who didn’t have a Bible.During this outreach I had a lengthy discussion with a backslidden lesbian.“Latoya” (not her real name) had gotten saved when she was twelve years old.Five years later Latoya’s then-boyfriend forced …

In Pursuit of Peace

During the holiday season I’m often reminded of what the angels declared when the Son of God was born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago.Luke 2:14 says, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”The New Living Translation of this verse reads, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” Jesus came to reconcile all sinners to the Father but that doesn’t happen to everyone by default.One must choose to be in right standing with God.
Still there are individuals who persist in finding peace apart from Jesus Christ.Some dabble in cults or other belief systems because they want to continue living in sin.Hebrews 12:14 says, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”Other unbelievers try to categorize Christianity with other religions claiming they have been the cause of every war on this planet.
Most everyone wants peace in their house and for their country.They should be…

Toking the Ghost Revisited

Back in February 2007, a fellow missionary I was traveling with started talking about “smoking the weed from heaven.”He would pretend to have a joint of marijuana between his fingers and have “smoke breaks with Jesus.”He also encouraged other believers to take “hits.”I was a bit uncomfortable with this idea but didn't contest it.
Then in October of that year, I heard John Crowder preach on “toking the Ghost” at a church in my hometown of Fargo, North Dakota.I was inspired to make a video with John to share with my missionary friend.During the filming, I experienced so much laughter I decided to make the video public figuring other people might enjoy it also.
Two weeks later at a church in Minnesota, I heard Benjamin Dunn share testimonies of people getting healed from “toking the Ghost.”This was just before he and John Crowder started ministering together.I believed this was God confirming His word in the mouth of two or three witnesses.
Many people were blessed by my “Tokin' the…

Making God Famous

On this day thirty-three years ago, musician John Lennon was shot to death outside his apartment in New York City.Years before as a member of the Beatles, John made the infamous remark, “We are more popular than Jesus.”
To some people, the Beatles are still more popular with them because they don’t know the real Jesus. That’s why God needs His people to go into the world and share the uncompromised gospel with others.Unbelievers need to hear about a Jesus that will heal their broken hearts, cure their diseases, and of course, forgive all their sins.
Earlier this year I found out there was a period of time when John Lennon had a genuine interest in Jesus.According to Steve Turner’s book The Gospel According to the Beatles, John became a regular viewer of that era’s most influential TV preachers.In 1972 he sent a letter to Oral Roberts that the evangelist later shared publicly.Here are some of the comments Lennon wrote…
“The point is this, I want happiness.I don't want to keep on with …

Answering Blasphemers

Throughout my lifetime (and especially when I was a kid), I've heard numerous wisecracks involving my last name. People have called me “Post Office”, “Post Toasties”, “Post Raisin Bran”, and “Post Nasal Drip.” A few years ago while ending a phone conversation with my mother, I told her I would keep her “posted.” She sarcastically replied, “Don’t take our name in vain.” 

On a more serious note, punishment awaits sinners who break the third commandment. Both Exodus 20:7 and Deuteronomy 5:11 says, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” Even though I frequently used profanity before becoming a Christian, I still had a fear of God to where I avoided blaspheming. 

People wouldn't think of using their mother’s name as a swear word. I've yet to hear anyone holler “Buddha” or the name of some other religious figure if they hit their thumb with a hammer, stubbed their toe or got upset about…

Giving Thanks

Every fourth Thursday of November, millions of Americans gather together with family and friends to feast on turkey and maybe watch football games on TV. Since 1863, Thanksgiving has been a federal holiday in America.Canadians have a similar holiday on the second Monday of October.
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines thanksgiving as “the expression of gratitude, especially to God.”But many folks don’t honor the Lord at all on a holiday also referred to as “turkey day.”J. Jackson of the Christian parody band ApologetiX wrote in one of their newsletters, “Thanksgiving without God is like Christmas without Christ.”2 Timothy 3:2 
tells us that in the last days men will be “unthankful.”
One thing many people aren’t thankful for is how God made them. A few years ago I found out Chastity Bono (the daughter of Cher and the late Sonny Bono) underwent a sex change and now calls “himself” Chaz Bono.While Chaz claims to be a happier person, it grieves me how this precious little girl I used …

Receiving the Gift of Salvation

Numerous denominations have formed due to conflicting doctrines but one thing that unites all believers is our knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.Still there are disagreements regarding how one is saved.Two days ago outside a McDonald’s, I witnessed to three young people smoking.One of the women wasn’t sure of her eternal destiny but later admitted to be backslidden.She was raised in a church that teaches one must “repent, be baptized and speak in tongues” in order to be saved.Strangely enough, this woman defended that doctrine after praying along with her two friends to get born again.Nevertheless, Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
A few days before that, I exchanged emails with a man who thinks just believing Jesus is the Savior is sufficient for salvation.This belief is solely based on 1 Corinthians 15…
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, 2 by which …

Bad Evangelism

Back in 2000 while visiting Calvary Campground for the first time, I discussed evangelism methods with another man staying there.He compared my survey technique to Ray Comfort, an evangelist who later became known for co-hosting “The Way of the Master” television series with Kirk Cameron.At the time I didn’t know who Ray was.I had simply adopted a witnessing approach that quickly helps me determine someone’s spiritual beliefs.
Some Christians don’t like The Way of the Master evangelism method because they see that as too condemning.In almost every video I’ve seen of Ray or Kirk ministering to others, people are asked if they ever lied, stolen, taken God’s name in vain, and lusted after someone.One Scripture often quoted to support this type of witnessing is Galatians 3:24: “Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.”
One minister in Florida didn’t want me handing out cards from his church because he thought my style of evangelism was too …

Hiding Behind Masks

Many people like to wear masks on Halloween.Often these same folks continue wearing masks as they go through life.They put their “happy face” on claiming everything is going great while deep inside they are full of despair, disappointment, and depression.If that is you, there is hope.God loves you and has an awesome plan for your life.
Some people avoid Christianity because of church-going people wearing religious masks.You might have said to yourself, “I don’t want to hang around a bunch of hypocrites.”It’s unfortunate not every professing Christian is a doer of God’s word.Still when you stand before the Lord Jesus Christ, He won’t examine other people’s lives…only your own.
Many people hide behind a mask of good works even though Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”Think of all the times you have lied, stolen, and disobeyed your parents.Those acts are offensive to God just as murder, rape, and other sexual sins like adultery and fornication.

Reach Out and Touch Faith

This past Wednesday I had a dream in which I wandered into a room next door to a place I was staying at.The English band Depeche Mode was rehearsing (and possibly recording) in there.I didn’t interrupt them but got excited enough to walk back to my room and thought about posting on my Facebook page: “Depeche Mode is playing in the room next to me.”Then I woke up.
Named after a French fashion magazine, Depeche Mode is considered the most successful electronic band in music history.I first heard this four-man (now three-man) group on MTV during the early 1980s when synthesizer-based bands didn’t receive much radio airplay.Hearing them and other technopop artists inspired me to create my own electronic music.
Some of Depeche Mode’s songs like “Blasphemous Rumours” may come across as sacrilegious.I prefer to look at them as a group searching for the truth.Many of their other songs imply spiritual themes.For example, their 1993 album “Songs of Faith and Devotion” includes tracks such as “…

The Whole Truth

In a recent interview on HuffPost Live, host Josh Zepps read the following passage from Joel Osteen’s latest book “Break Out”: “It doesn't matter who likes you or doesn't like you, all that matters is that God likes you. He accepts you. He approves of you.” Zepps then asked Joel if that’s true for homosexuals. Joel replied,  “Absolutely…I believe every person is made in the image of God…and you got to accept them as they are on their journey. I’m not here preaching hate, pushing people down or telling everybody what they’re doing wrong.”
2 Timothy 4:2 says, “Preach the word!Be ready in season and out of season.Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.”Every minister may specialize in a particular topic such as finances, healing or end time prophecy.Still we are responsible for preaching the whole truth of God’s word and bringing correction when the situation arises.
This past Tuesday night while street evangelizing with a friend, we got into a lengthy discu…

Honoring Mac Hammond

All believers should honor their “fathers in the faith”, ministers God used to help them grow spiritually.One who started impacting my life just before I committed my life to the Lord is Mac Hammond, pastor of Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.Today happens to be his 70th birthday.
Originally from the Deep South, James McBryde “Mac” Hammond served in the Air Force during which he flew 198 combat missions.After his discharge, he ran a successful airfreight business.A business acquisition brought Mac and his wife Lynne to the Minneapolis area where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center in 1980.
I first heard Pastor Mac in February 1991.My then-girlfriend had started attending Living Word and invited me to go with her one Sunday morning.Mac was in the midst of a teaching series about end time prophecy in response to the Gulf War that began a month earlier.He also encouraged first-time visitors to come back a couple more times “to take a more accurate m…

Music That God Likes

Have you ever wondered what music in heaven will sound like?People who go to mainline traditional churches might assume they will listen to organ music or angelic choirs for eons.Others might believe they will hear Black & Southern Gospel like they do now in their congregations.On the other hand, individuals who received glimpses of eternity testified of hearing sounds unlike anything on earth.
There’s an old saying, “Music soothes the savage beast.”This is some truth to that.Songs played by God’s people can dramatically change the atmosphere we are in.1 Samuel 16:23 mentions “…that David would take a harp and play it with his hand.Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him.”
On the other hand, music played for ungodly purposes can have a negative effect.During the late 1980s and early 1990s I listened to a lot of New Age music.The genre’s dreamy mixture of natural and electronic sounds is intended to bring serenity to the listener…

A True Apostle

Normally I’m not quick to un-friend fellow believers on Facebook.I recognize all of us are at different levels of spiritual maturity.Still one disturbing trend I’ve noticed is professing Christians posting profanity online.Earlier this year I issued a statement on my wall rebuking those who repeatedly engage in such activity.In response, a (now former) friend wrote, “I train my kids to say s*** like a true apostle.”I was shocked to read this.My mother would have washed my mouth out with soap if I used a word like that around her!
Webster’s 1828 dictionary defines apostle as “a person deputed to execute some important business; but appropriately, a disciple of Christ.”The Greek word for apostle is apostolos, which means “one who is sent”; “messenger”, “envoy”, and “ambassador.”Apostolos was derived from a sailing term meaning to send a particular ship or group of ships, a marine expedition or the leader of such.
In Revelation 2:2, Jesus commended the church of Ephesus because “…you have …

Into My Heart

As a kid attending Sunday school at a Lutheran church in North Dakota, I learned songs that still come to my remembrance today.One of them had these lyrics…
Into my heart/Into my heart Come into my heart, Lord Jesus Come in today/Come in to stay Come into my heart, Lord Jesus
Sorry to say, that song didn’t mean anything to me then.None of my Sunday school teachers or my Lutheran pastor ever taught that I must be born again.It wasn’t until years later when I fully realized why I should have Jesus in my heart.
Some ministers oppose use of the phrase “ask Jesus into your heart” claiming it’s unscriptural.One nationally known pastor went so far to label the phrase “superstitious”, “dangerous”, and “damning.”I beg to differ.Jesus Himself said in John 7:38, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”(Other translations use the terms “belly” and “innermost being” instead of “heart.”)
Even the Old Testament talked about a time when ma…