This Time – All or Nothing

Temptation can grip you with a chokehold, leaving you breathless and completely helpless. It presents to you a choice, but distorts your vision so that you cannot see clearly what is the right decision. It makes you think that there is no way out, that yielding would feel so good, and that what you do really wouldn’t matter that much.  These are the lies that Satan throws in your face, to fool you and catch you off guard.

There is a real battle going on in the heavenly places, all day long and all night long. Satan and his demons roam the globe like hungry lions, their only intention to find and mutilate the children of men. Jesus has already defeated the forces of darkness and sits victorious on the throne, but Satan is still hunting for as many victims to take to hell with him as he can. But no matter what he can try to do to us, NOTHING can ever separate us from the love that Jesus has for us. God’s love and protection is available to anyone who will reach out and ask for His help.

Knowing this can help us remember that victory is just around the corner, and also just behind that looming, translucent giant of a temptation. And as we fight this giant with the Sword of the Spirit, he is completely defenseless and turns into the victim.

To everyone reading this, don’t wait to pick up your Sword! Take up your shield and fight bravely as a good soldier! Here are your weapons:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- 1 Corinthians 10:13

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
- James 1:12

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come BOLDLY unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:15

…the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day judgement to be punished:
2 Peter 2:9

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth him out of them ALL.
Psalm 34:17

 

A Thousand Years in Thy Sight | NYC Day 2

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
- Psalm 90:4

Get ready for lots of pictures!

On Sunday morning, we headed to the Bowery Mission to minister there. We sang, and Dad preached, then we had some interesting adventures. I still think about Trevor and Sonny and that Asian lady. Full of stories, they are.

Then we headed to the subway again for the Brooklyn Bridge! God blessed us with amazing weather that evening, and we all drank in the famous sights and intoxicating city Sunday Afternoon Lyfe. At the park, we were rewarded with so many fascinating conversations. I would do that evening over and over a million times if I could.

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Everlasting to Everlasting | NYC Day 1

“even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

Psalm 90:2

Would you like to hear about the adventure in New York City I had with my youth group? Well good, because the photo are finally edited, the stories thoroughly processed, and Time has given a good perspective. So I’m ready to share, if you’re ready to listen.

Our trip lasted from Saturday to Wednesday. Saturday’s first minutes found us at the church carport, sleepy-eyed and shivering (from excitement and the cold). Because of some complications, the trip took four hours longer than we had planned. But we got to see Times Square! On a crawling Saturday afternoon! (To be honest, I kind of felt that WCC was kind of creepily following me to New York.) But when we finally got to our destination, we were welcomed and fed by our host, Daniel Pollard.

He gave us food, told us a brief overview of what he does and what to expect, and then led us out into the street to the subway. The whole group of 30 spilled out into the sidewalk, following a man from Trinidad who walked really fast. Many, many people stopped what they were doing and watched us for a long time. We met the subway for the first time, all wide eyes, and clinging to the rails. It whisked us away, across bridges, over rooftops, and past so many fascinating stories that my mind was spinning. Finally, our guide stood up, briefly motioned with his hand, and said, “Let’s go!” That subway car was emptied hurriedly.

We lined up in a corner of an intersection where streams of people were constantly flowing by. Thus was our introduction to the underground subway singing experience.

If you’ve ever sung in a public subway, I hope you know of the joy of freely expressing love and praise for your Saviour, as well as your concern for the lost people you see. It can be so fascinating when those hallways fill up with floods of folks, and watching them is equal entertainment for us. Some people would stop for a second, removing an earbud and taking a photo. Several folk stayed till the end of a song, their eyes blinking quickly or their smiles broadening, reflecting our emotion. Still, so many more never even paused, rushing right on through to their next train. There was so much witnessing you can do while singing — nodding, smiling, making eye contact, or inviting strangers to sing the last verse with you.

We had brought tracts with us, and we all got an opportunity to meet people or pass along the Good News. Oh, I could be here all day telling you about the names and stories of the friendly strangers I met. There were the two girls and the guy on their way to India for a few months’ trek (lovely looking folk, with kind eyes and nervous voices); and Bryan, who wanted only to discuss what we believed in a non-confrontational way, not proving each other wrong with scientific facts (which was relieving for me, for I shamefully own my ignorance about truth-proving facts). He seemed very caught off guard after he agreed to allow me to pray for him, and I bowed my head and closed my eyes — someone said later he stared at me for a bit, until his head dropped too. There were lots of other people too, people whose faces, expressions, and lives were so dear to the Saviour, and so close to my hand.

After that encounter, my head was spinning. Bryan’s talk had lasted for a good 15 minutes, the hallways were noisy, and I finally had grown weary of all the unfamiliarity of the day. But it was still time for supper, so we rode the subway back to the church, and drove the 27 miles to our motel on Long Island. Along the way, we stopped at a Five Guys for supper, filling up the whole dining area and again interrupting normal evenings for some more people. Then we all disappeared into motel rooms, and thus ended our first day in New York City.

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