April 04, 2007

March Outreaches

Greetings in the name of the Lord,
We have had a wonderful month serving our Lord Jesus Christ by the strength of the Holy Spirit. As the weather is getting warmer, there is a lot more opportunities for outreach. We definitely praise God for the warmer weather. The other day at the Daffodil festival while our brother Kerrigian was preaching, he preached a little on Titus 2:11-15 which describes in the fullest meaning of what it is to be a Christian. If these Bible verses do not describe you, something is wrong between you and God. Examine yourself, confess and forsake your sin, and may Christ Jesus be Lord of your life. Christ cannot be Savior apart from being Lord. The common misconception of American Christianity is that Jesus can be your Savior and the Lord part can come later. Ask yourself, "Am I conforming to the characteristics of Jesus Christ?". "Do my thoughts, words, and deeds honor Christ?" Are you going to be perfect in this body of flesh? Nope. But your direction and desires in life will be changed so that you will strive to be like Christ, not like the world. Titus 2:11-15 "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works. Declare these things; exhort and rebuke with all authority. Let no one disregard you."
March 2nd we were able to go to downtown Greenville. It was a really slow night. Usually the crowd starts to come out around 10:30pm, but this night there were just not many people walking around. We were under the impression that it was Spring Break for ECU. The weird thing was that there were cops everywhere (more than normal). Around midnight a crowd began to gather in an alley way. We had never noticed that there was a club in the alley way before, with as many times as we've been there. So some of the guys were able to preach to the people in line. The cops were standing there as well and didn't say anything to us, and the crowd was fairly quiet. Later that evening (or early morning), we found out that someone had been murdered in that alley way the weekend before, which explained the ample amount of cops.
The following Friday, March 9th, we went to downtown Greenville again. It was also a slow night. We had found out that Spring Break was actually this week, so many of the students probably went on vacation.
March 15th, we set up our intelligent test banners at Herman Park. Tony was able to strike up a conversation with T, Tameka, and Cathy. "I didn't expect T and Tamika to walk away, they seemed the most sincere. Cathy seemed the most resistant to talk with me. She was the last person to walk over to where I was speaking and what do you know she was the last person to leave. I was able to reason with her about judgment day, her sin, and her need for righteousness which only comes through Jesus Christ. She has been trying to hide from the Lord. But the Lord keeps finding her out. Cathy told me the other day that someone had talked to her about the Lord and that she needed to come back to Him. Cathy is a fence straddler. She wants the things of this world and heaven too. But my Bible says in James 4:4 "You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy God." I think this is one of Harlan's favorite verses. It is a great verse! I opened up the scriptures and showed Cathy some things out of Colossians and 1 Peter teaching her to turn from the world if she has indeed been born again letting Christ satisfy her needs instead of the world. Please pray for Cathy, T, and Tameka.
March 16th, I (Shayna) was shopping in Target and a guy walked up the isle and said "Hi Shayna". It was Hunter (we had attended elementary school together). So we did a quick update on our lives and then I handed him a gospel tract. He said "Yeah, my wife is really into this; church and stuff." I said "Oh really, well how about you?" He explained that he goes to church faithfully and how he and his wife will read the Bible together most nights. But after examining himself in light of God's moral law, he realized that he is not setting the best example of a Christian life. 150 years from now, we will probably all be dead and in eternity; one of two places: Heaven or Hell. It will not matter what kind of car we drove or how big our house is. The only thing that will matter than is what we did for God. That is all that will last.
March 17th we were blessed to join about 28 other seedsowers in Raleigh for the St. Patrick's Day Parade. We had an awesome time! We started the morning off with prayer then we split up in teams and spread out throughout the parade route. After the parade, we went to the festival at Moore's Square. The gospel went out thousands of times, whether thru a gospel tract, verbally, or open air. All glory to God. We set the intelligence test banners and our dummy (Dudley Dolittle) up which opened the door to many great conversations. To view more pictures click here.
March 23rd we joined the Fayetteville team for Fourth Friday. There were a lot more people out compared to last month. Some of the group set up a table that had tracts on it and were able to spring into the gospel that way. Some set up Dudley Dolittle and open air preached. Some did video interviews, and others just walked around the town, passing out gospel tracts and striking up conversations with people. What a privilege it is to share God's amazing gospel with others.
March 31st we went to the Daffodil festival in Fremont and met up with Harlan, Blair, and Kerrigan. Hundreds of gospel tracts were passed out. Kerrigan and Tony were also able to open air preach to some of the people as they walked by. We had favor with the cops, as they walked by several times and said nothing to us about the open air preaching. We praise God for that!
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Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ. Colossians 4:2-3
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email us so that we can keep it in prayer.
Grace to you,
Tony & Shayna Denham

February 10, 2007

Feeding the Flesh

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Feeding the Flesh 
By: Josh Harris

This past Sunday, in considering what holiness requires, we looked at Romans 13:14:
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
The text describes the radical, decisive action of casting off sin, but it also tells us that there’s a daily ongoing aspect to ridding our life of sin. And that is to cut off those things that strengthen our sinful desires or flesh. Look at verse 14. It takes us to a deeper, heart-level struggle for holiness. It says, "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ," and here’s the phrase I want us to hone in on: "and make no provision for the flesh to gratify its desires."

In my message, I wanted us to consider what "the flesh" is, and how it functions in our lives. As I was thinking about this, I started doodling on my notes--something that helps me think more clearly. (I tend to do it in meetings, which sometimes irritates my friends.) Anyway, these doodles gave me the idea of sharing a bunch of the cartoons I drew to try and explain the flesh and how it functions in our lives. So, here goes:

1. This is you. Or us--a human made in God’s image. Ladies, sorry you have to identify with a little guy...and I’m not sure why he doesn’t have a shirt.




2. This is the flesh. He’s kind of a Jabba the Hut meets WWF wrestler. The Flesh represents the sinful, corrupted desires of our heart. It’s not a reference to our bodies--our bodies are created by God and are good. The flesh represents our sinful cravings to live for ourselves and disobey God’s laws and commands.




3. Before Jesus saves us, this is how all of us relate to the flesh. The Bible says that we are slaves to our sinful desires. Our flesh is boss. If you’re not a Christian, I’m not trying to offend you. I know this isn’t a flattering picture of your current condition but it’s true of all of us apart from God saving us.




4. This is what happens when we trust in Jesus. Because Jesus died on the cross and conquered sin and rose again, we are freed from the power of sin. It’s no longer our boss. See how the chain is broken? And we get clothes, which is really great.




5. But our flesh doesn’t disappear. It still hangs around to entice us. After we’re Christians, we’re no longer slaves to sin, but the flesh can still tempt us. We can choose to give into temptation and indulge the flesh. This is what theologians call "indwelling sin." Jesus broke the power of sin, but we still live with the presence and influence of sinful desires.




6. That’s why the Bible is full of encouragement to fight our fleshly desires.
We can’t live at peace with it. We have to attack it and deny it. (In hindsight, I guess the "sword of the Spirit" would have been a bit more biblical. Oh well.)




7. The problem is that too often Christians make friends with their flesh. In fact they feed their flesh. We give into our sinful desires. We pamper our flesh. We provide it three rounded meals a day with snacks and dessert. We might think that since we’ve been freed by the cross it’s okay to indulge the flesh. But there’s a real problem. When we feed the flesh...




8. ...it grows! And before you know it, the flesh is bigger and stronger than you and starts to push you around. That’s why Paul is telling us in Romans 13 that we need to...




9. ...starve our flesh!
That’s what we want our flesh to look like. We want the flesh gaunt and feeble.


When Paul says "make no provision for the flesh" he’s saying don’t feed your sinful desires. Don’t do things—don’t think things, don’t watch things, don’t meditate on things--that strengthen your sinful inclinations.

Let’s think for a minute about our media diet. I think one of the biggest ways that Christians today feed their flesh is through what we watch on TV, in movies, and online.

We each need to ask the question "Are the things I’m watching feeding my flesh?"

And if the answer is "yes," it doesn’t matter what the movie is rated. It doesn’t matter if everyone you know watches it. You need to act on what God shows you. Don’t feed your flesh. Don’t make provision for your sin. Turn away from it.

• Maybe for you the sensual scenes, or even plots, in certain movies or TV shows increase the strength of lust in your heart. Turn it off.

• Maybe violent movies and shows feed anger and a desire in your soul to use violence to get your way. Turn it off.

• Maybe the advertisements and the values you expose yourself to are feeding your cravings for material things or wrong ideas about your body. Stop watching.

• Maybe the things you watch feed your unbelief and fear. One mother I spoke to recently requested prayer because her dreams were filled with demonic images. She was afraid to sleep. When asked her about her television viewing habits, she told me that she often watched TV shows about real-life crime that were very violent. As we talked, she began to see the connection between what she watched and the bad results in her heart.
Friends, what we view in media becomes our meditation. It either feeds our desire for godliness or it feeds our flesh. Which one are you feeding?

If you added up the time you spend reading God’s word, praying, listening to sermons or reading Christian books, how would it stack up against time spent watching TV and movies? If you give more of your time to worldly entertainment and pursuits, is there any reason to be surprised that sinful desires are so strong in your life? No. If we're feeding the flesh, it’s no mystery that we’re not growing in holiness.

January 29, 2007

Las Vegas

Hello everyone!
Well our trip to Las Vegas was absolutely amazing. It was definitely a sin-filled city. The sensuality was present almost every where you looked, literally. It was sickening. You couldn’t even look down on the sidewalk, as there were pornographic cards tossed all over (Satan’s tracts is what they were). Sin abounded. But we learned that our hometown is no better – they have the same wicked hearts and are involved in the same sins. The only difference is our hometown covers it up more; they aren’t as open with their evil deeds. Our battle in Las Vegas was identical to the battle we face everywhere else: “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.” But Satan’s attempts to stop the spreading of God’s great news did not prevail! “We are strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength; the full armor of God was put on so that we could stand against the tactics of the Devil.”
Wednesday evening we had a formal banquet. It was fun to see everyone dressed up in something other than their witnessing attire. It was a great time of fellowship. About 125 seedsowers were divided up into ten God-orchestrated teams. We were blessed to be part of team S.E.V.E.N. (saints evangelizing very evil nation). It consisted of Brett, Joe, Nathan, Mary, Monte, Frank, Javier, Nadia, and Jason. God used each of them in a mighty way.
Thursday morning we went to the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Our team set up in a very quiet area that few students traveled. We prayed that God would send the people that He wanted us to witness to, and that is exactly what He did.
At the university I (Shayna) noticed a student listening to Tony open air. As he started to walk away I offered him a gospel tract and he wouldn’t take it. Then I asked him what he thought about the open air. “Well, personally I think it is silly and ridiculous. I think this causes much more harm than anything else. It just turns people away from church. There are other ways to go about it.” He said that he was a Christian. “So do you share you faith on a regular basis?” “Yes.” “So what do you typically tell somebody when you witness to them? How do you go about it?” “Well I was a missionary.” “What do you mean by that?” “I went door knocking.” “So what would you typically tell somebody about the gospel?” “Well I didn’t push anything on anybody. I just told them about God’s love and then it’s up to the person to decide.” I sternly warned him about watering down the gospel and the desperate need to talk about sin, righteousness, and judgment. That’s what makes God’s grace so amazing. I explained that open air preaching is one of many ways to share the gospel and if he is soundly saved he should be glad that the Truth is going forth. “You shouldn’t think that the gospel is silly and ridiculous.” I told him that open airs will usually lead to several one-to-one conversations and how I’ve personally seen people broken on the streets over their sins before God. His countenance changed and the conviction was so present on his face. It was almost unbelievable – the look in his eyes. He looked at his watch and said “I have to get to class.” He took a couple gospel tracts from me and began to walk away. I asked him his name. “My name is Tyler. And I’m a Mormon if that makes any difference.” My heart just gasped. As he walked away I managed to tell him “Make sure you have the right Jesus. Examine the falsehoods of the Mormon Church.”
That evening our team walked Las Vegas Boulevard. This is when we first discovered the challenge: a lot of people just walked right on by, not even acknowledging that we were there. They wouldn't take a gospel tract, they wouldn't stop to talk with you, and they definitely didn't hang around for an open air. But no matter what the response is while evangelizing, it is always a "win, win, win" situation. Because who are you doing it for? We are doing it for the glory of God!! For the audience of One! (We encourage you to take a listen to the audios on Mark Cahill's website. Powerful stuff!)
Friday we spent the whole day set up in front of the Bellagio Hotel. In front of the hotel, dancing water choreographed to popular music and show-tunes soared 240 feet above an eight-acre, forty million dollar lake. Our team had a few poster's set up, one was titled "Science and the Bible", and another had the Ten Commandments listed. It was interesting to watch the people stop to read it, but rarely did they want to have a conversation with you. Brett had also brought a briefcase full of fake money and we used that to get people's attention. There were many divine appointments set up by God.
One group spent the afternoon with the homeless on Skid Row. People lined the sidewalks with their blankets, shopping carts, tents, etc. The seed sowers sat down beside them and got to know these folks and some of their struggles. They finished the afternoon by serving dinner at a local rescue mission and were able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with many. Seeing and hearing about all these people that have nothing, makes you realize how selfish you are and how much you take for granted.
Saturday morning about 30 seed sowers went to Las Vegas' renown killing place - the abortion clinic. Many of them lined the sidewalk and fervently prayed in the sight of many. There were testimonies of couples driving up the street, seeing all the Christians praying they began to weep, did a u-turn and left without ever stopping. Other couples that actually pulled into the parking lot were ministered to personally. Praise the Lord!
Saturday was also City Invasion. Thursday evening, the GNN staff held a one-night training seminar, equipping local people from various churches and ministries to share the gospel Biblically. Saturday, about 100 of those trainees joined us on the streets. The teams were strategically set up on the strip. It was great!
That evening, our team went to Fremont Street, which is the older part of town. This is where a lot of the locals hang out - the people here were more apt to take tracts from you, talk to you, and gather around for open airs. It was awesome! The street is covered with a huge canopy called "Viva Vision" which is pretty much a huge TV screen that extends the length of more than five football fields.
Saturday night at Fremont St. as the music videos from the canopy were just ending an older lady named JoAnne maybe in her late 60's was dancing fanatically with lipstick a little smeared on her face. I (Tony) asked her "Hey, you haven't been drinking to much have you?" She said "Oh, no..I don't drink." I told her good because the book 1 Corinthians in chapter 6 warns people that drink to much. I asked JoAnne if she thought she was a good person. She responded with a "Yeah, I'm a good person." I asked her if she had kept the Ten Commandments to which she said she tries. So as I begin to take her through some of the commandments she began to cry and say "I know I shouldn't be out here. I know shouldn't be doing the things that I'm doing. I need to go back to church..." It was awesome to see the Holy Spirit doing His work. JoAnne was broken over her sin, she knew she would be guilty if she were to stand before our Great God and Savior that night. JoAnne realized she deserved to go to hell. I told her about the amazing thing that God has done for us, that Jesus Christ has paid our fine for breaking God's Law the Ten Commandments. All the lies, all the blasphemy, all the lusting, all the stealing, all the disobeying, all the crude thoughts and talking. The punishment we so deserve for transgressing God's Law Jesus took upon Himself on the cross, He died was buried and rose from the dead proving the payment for our sins was sufficient. I told JoAnne that she needed to repent (turn from what she knows is wrong) and put her trust in the only person that could save her, Jesus Christ. He is righteous, we are not. We need righteousness, which Christ gives to our account through faith in Him, so that we can stand before him and not be punished for our sin. JoAnne understood. She was very thankful. God has graciously opened her eyes. Glory be to our King! 
Sunday morning we had the closing ceremony and testimony time. Three of our brothers were also baptized in the freezing pool outside the hotel. Departing a boot camp is always filled with mixed emotions. There is a since of depression watching everyone head their separate ways because the fellowship is just indescribable. We would take everyone home with us if we could. There is also a since of joy, knowing that each of them are going back to their hometowns continuing to share God's amazing grace with others; that lives are being transformed worldwide because of their faithfulness. All glory to God!
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Please pray that God would use the seeds that have been planted in a mighty way for His glory and that people would be turned from darkness to light. And please pray that God would continue to raise up laborers.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email us so that we can keep it in prayer.
We thank God for you!
These fish won't fry,
Tony & Shayna Denham

November 20, 2006

Veterans Day & Raleigh LEBC

Greetings Everyone,
The Veterans Day Parade: Last Saturday, a group of us attended the Goldsboro Veterans Day Parade. We passed out hundreds of tracts and had some good 1-to-1 conversations. What a blessing it is to live in the United States of America. We thank God for all veterans of the US Armed Forces and for the sacrifices they made and are making for our country.
Raleigh LEBC: This past weekend we had the honor to attend the first ever Raleigh Local Evangelism Boot Camp. It has been in the works for several months now and we are so glad that the day finally came. Boot Camp is always a wonderful experience full of glory-to-God stories. God never ceases to amaze us! The fellowship is so sweet … which makes it super hard to leave and go back home.  But we know that God has placed each of us exactly where we need to be - for such a time as this.
Thursday evening we got together for dinner and an introduction meeting. Teams were picked and we had a time of prayer.
Friday we ate breakfast, spent some time in prayer, and headed to the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Some of the guys open-air preached in “the pit” while others handed out gospel tracts and spoke with people individually about their eternal destination. From there we went to dinner and then to Franklin Street, which is the bar district near UNC. When we got back to the hotel a small group of us went to the local Waffle House to fellowship. While there Kerrigan had an interesting encounter with Vinson the Atheist. The Gospel message fell on many ears that day. Some mocked, some were humbled, and some were encouraged. 
 
Saturday we ate breakfast, spent some time in prayer, and headed to the Raleigh Christmas Parade. There were thousands and thousands of people lined up on the streets. So we headed in different directions and passed out thousands of gospel tracts. Most people gladly received them. We then attended the Winterfest at Moore Square Park. Here we were able to do some open-air preaching and spiritual conversations were taking place all over the park. All glory to God! After dinner we went to the Tree of Lights celebration at the Streets at Southpointe. We spread out and almost immediately the security tried to stop us. Each one had a different story; some said that we were not allowed to pass out anything, while others said we could pass out anything except for the Million Dollar Bill gospel tracts. We stayed for about 2 hours and then headed back to the hotel. After a time of testimony in the Lobby, a group of us went across the street to Circuit City. There were 19 people camping out to get the new Nintendo Wii Game Console.  Paul started it out with giving away some money for answering trivia questions and then John shared the gospel message with them. Surprisingly, everyone was very receptive and applauded when he finished. We were able to give each of them several different gospel tracts (seeing that they were staying there all night, they had plenty of time to read). Afterwards we walked thru the McDonald’s drive thru window – much fun!
Sunday was the bitter-sweet time of graduation, testimonies, worship, prayer, and saying goodbyes. It is amazing how over a 4 day period you can become so attached to these fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. That’s the Spirit for you! We thank God for each seedsower that attended this outreach, all the leaders, and all the behind-the-scenes people that helped put this all together. Praise Jesus!
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November 01, 2006

The Halloween Invasion

 
Greetings Everyone,
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Sorry, no pics. The ftp server wasn't working so we couldn't upload any.
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The Halloween Invasion: This past Tuesday night we were able to join some fellow seedsowers (Harlan, Kerrigan, and John) to invade the Downtown Greenville Halloween Party. The streets were blocked off and everyone was searched before they entered the gates. We thank God for all of those in Law enforcement because they were everywhere! Attending this event, gave us a small glimpse of how greatly distressed Lot was when he lived in Sodom. "...for as that *righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard" (2 Peter 2:8). *Righteous through Christ alone. We definately saw and heard Sodom and Gomorrah that night. Please pray for those college students.
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Tony dressed up as George Whitefield and preached like it was the Great Awakening in the 1700's. Kerrigan dressed up as Satan and showed the people that Satan is not their friend, but actually their enemy. He is only out to decieve them. At first, the crowds were cheering us on because they thought we were just mocking Christians. But their coutenance quickly changed when sin was mentioned. We began to carry them through the Law of God - the Ten Commandments; showing them that they are condemed despite of all the "good" that they try to do. Just as if someone here on this earth committed a murder 5 years ago, and were brought to justice last week, the judge couldn't let them go on the basis of the "good works" that they've done since the crime. We've all broken God's Law. We all deserve Hell. But God can set you free; the fine has been paid by Christ Jesus. Repent (turn from your sins) and put your faith in Jesus Christ. You must completely surrender your life to Him.
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Many tracts were passed out and God set up some great one-to-one's. John 16:8 says "the Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness, and judgment." A few individuals were very humbled by the Spirit and we pray that they will now act upon the Truth that they've heard.

October 17, 2006

HP & The Air Show

Greetings Everyone,
Psalm 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God…
Saturday we headed over to Herman Park to see if we could pass out a few gospel tracts and get into a conversation. Sure enough God crossed our paths with someone. I saw a guy walking from the gazebo so I approached him with the million dollar bill and said "Did you get one of these?" He laughed and asked me what it's about. I said "it's got the million dollar question on the back, will you go to heaven when you die?" He told me that he was a christian so I started to probe a little bit. I asked him if he went out of his way to share his faith with strangers. He replied with an..."ahhh no." After finding out his name, I said "Brandon, what would you think of a fireman that pulled up to a burning building and the fireman heard and saw people in the building on fire, and instead of getting out of the truck he rolls the windows up and turns on the radio?" Brandon told Shayna and me that he had heard this analogy before and that he should be sharing his faith. We ended up talking about true and false conversions, the modern gospel, and the motive someone should be given to come to Christ. Brandon told us that he likes to watch "The Way of The Master" tv show and that he gets convicted every time he sees the show. It was a great conversation, praise God. Brandon told us some things that were heavy on his heart like his family that is heavily into witchcraft, and that he's trying to finish up his degree, and trying to find out God's will for his life. Please keep Brandon in your prayers.
Sunday after we got out of church, we headed to the Wings over Wayne Airshow. We had a great time sowing seeds with Paul, John, Sam, Carl, Scott, John & Jenny, Eric & Joni, Brian & Shannon, Harlan & Blair, and some of the youth from NW Community Church. With very loud planes flying above our heads it was a slight challenge to carry on a conversation with someone. But thousands of tracts were distributed. Praise the Lord!
Story by Shayna: Joni and I had handed a group of 3 guys and 1 girl some giant money. When they found out it was a gospel tract, they seemed to be annoyed, but they held on to them. We turned around and started to give out some other gospel tracts. That group of 4 was still standing behind us. I was having a little debate in my head of whether or not I should try and talk with them – they were already pretty sour about the gospel tract. I began to feel fear and doubt. Then Joni says “I think we should talk to those guys behind us. I’m praying…” Well, I took that as a sign from God – so we turned around and asked them if they had a Christian background. Only one guy replied “Lutheran” and the rest of them walked away. So we talked with Jamie. He said he believes there is a God, but he didn’t believe in a Heaven and a Hell. After you die “you just go into the ground.” He listened to us as we walked him thru some of God's Law, and he admitted that he would end up in Hell. We explained how amazing God's grace truly is in light of the Law and encouraged him to pick up his Bible. He took some more information and thanked us as he walked away. Jamie put up the front of a tough guy, but I could tell that the Holy Spirit was stirring in his heart. "You hung around for a reason".
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Please pray that God would use the seeds that have been planted in a mighty way for His glory and that people would be turned from darkness to light. And please pray that God would continue to raise up laborers. Also pray for the outreaches.
If you have a prayer request, please feel free to email us so that we can keep it in prayer.
Delighting in the Lord,
Tony & Shayna Denham

October 10, 2006

County Fair & Seafood Festival

Greetings Everyone,
Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes..." When you are laughed at and cursed at and blashpemed and mocked for the gospel, rejoice because Jesus is being glorified on your part. Be faithful.
Thursday night a group of us went to the Wayne County Fair to pass out tracts and talk with people. Seedsowers also included Brittany, Brian, Harlan, and Blair.
Story by Shayna: I was able to speak with a friend from high school. He had questioned about his salvation about a year ago thru e-mail, which made it a little challenging. Since that point, I truly have a deep concern for his soul and was so glad that God gave me the opportunity to speak with him (and his girlfriend) in person.  I feel that he was very receptive to the Truth and that things were “clicking” inside that brain of his. He came to the realization that he cannot be habitually living in sin and at the same time claim to be a Christian. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24).
I was also able to speak with a 10th grader that I’ve known for many years about his salvation. He admitted that he is struggling with an addiction of some sort and wishes that he had never started. I gave him a lot to think about and he was so grateful. He actually lives walking distance from our house and I encouraged him to stay in contact with us and that if he ever needed anyone to talk with, he is more than welcome to speak with Tony & I. Please lift him up in prayer!
Friday after we got off work, we headed to Morehead City for the Seafood Festival. We had a wonderful reunion with “our” local leader, David Bird. He is a very dear friend. John and Melody were also able to come sow seeds. Bird had a booth set up on a not-so-busy side street because the festival folks would not allow him to get a booth dealing with the gospel. We walked around the festival some and were able to hand out lots of tracts and have some good conversations.
Saturday we got to the festival about 10am. Seedsowers included: Bird, John, Jenny, William, Melody, Talon, Joy, Sherry, and Roger. We stayed at the booth for most of the morning, but around 2pm we set up on a corner where some of the guys open air preached.
While Tony and John open air preached, a couple was listening intently – Edward and Betty. Afterwards, Bird approached them to talk further. They were both under strong conviction and said nothing would prevent them from getting right with God. So they joined hands with Bird and he told them to pray to God and when they were done praying to squeeze his hand. First goes Edward – with tear filled eyes he talked to God (Bird had to peek a few times because there were times of silence) – Edward was whispering “Thank you Jesus. Thank you Jesus.” Then you hear Betty gasp for air as she begins to weep. With tears streaming down her face – she cries out to God. What a beautiful sight when one is broken over their sin and realizes just how amazing God’s grace is! Praise the Lord!!
Talon did his first open air ever. He picked 3 individuals amongst the crowd to take the good person test. At the end, one of the individuals, Duane, hung around and spoke with Bird and Talon. Duane broke down and surrendered his life to Christ right there on the street. He had lived a pretty rough life and had joined the masons thinking that his good works would cover his bad works. Bird told him the following analogy: imagine a pile of dog poop; pretend that it represents your life and all your sin. Now you slowly begin to place flower stems all over the pile until it is completely covered. That represents your ‘good’ works. Now you take that flower-covered pile of dog poop and raise it up to God and say “Smell this!” It still stinks, right? With tears in his eyes, Duane said “That’s my life.” But glory to God, Duane’s eyes were opened to the truth and he realized that no amount of good works can pay the fine that he owes for breaking God’s Law – it is only through the blood of Jesus; only through His righteousness, that one can be saved. 
It was a wonderful weekend! We had no problems with the authorities and very little rain.  Praise be to God!! You can view more pictures here.
Please pray for this situation.
This morning a number of GNN staff members will be appearing in
court in hopes of being granted permission to witness on Texas State Fair
property.  Please pray that we are given favor and allowed to exercise
free speech inside the fair grounds.