In John 1:23 John the baptist said “I am a voice shouting in the wilderness, “Clear the way for the Lord’s coming!” Holy Bible, NLT.
I read this a few mornings ago and the question came to me, “am I doing as John the Baptist did?” Am I letting people know about Jesus? What He did for me, for all of us? Am I letting people know through words and actions that Jesus is still alive, still at work, and still coming back?
I’m not sure I can say an absolute yes to the questions. But it’s also important to understand that apart from Christ, I can do nothing. So we are to be telling the good news of Christ, ‘and’ He will empower us to do so. We just have to be willing servants, with the courage and faith that is ours through his spirit.
So I’ve already admitted that I’m falling short in this command. So how about you? Are you shouting it out in words, deeds, and actions? I think we all do well in some areas and fall short in others. In what ways do you show Christ to those around you? We can all learn from each other.
The longer I’m at Church on the Street the more I see the true meaning of spiritual warfare. There is a true war going on for the hearts, souls and lives of those the are living on the street. Think of them as the walking wounded. Living in this condition exposes these men and women to every scheme of the enemy on a daily basis. In order for any one of them to make it off of the street there are battles that must be won.
Many of them fight with addictions of various sorts. Some fight mental battles, regrets from the past, feelings of hopelessness and unworthiness. Some have believed the lie that there is just no hope for them. Most have had their eyes blinded to Jesus.
There are days when we feel like we are losing the battle. The walking wounded greatly outnumber the workers and resources. But we keep fighting because this is what Jesus has called us to do. As in any war situation, some are on the front lines and some are in support roles. Each are vital and necessary for victory. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget about the war with so many distractions around on a daily basis. If you’re reading this, my prayer is that God will give you eyes to see where you are needed and a heart and courage to go, whether it be on the front lines or in support.
You may have seen some of our posts on other sites, but we need men’s jeans pretty badly right now. A homeless person does not typically have access to a washer and dryer. Therefore, many times they have no choice but to throw a clothing item away at a certain point. This is why, if you follow us online anywhere, you will see us asking quite often for men’s jeans.
So here is how you can help: Men’s pants at goodwill cost about $5 or so. Postage should be around $4. So for less than $10 you can help us with a pair of men’s pants. Of course, this is an ongoing need, so if some of you could commit to a pair per month or some other time period that would be awesome!
They can be mailed to:
Church on the Street
PO Box 54717
Atlanta, ga 30308
Another great day at Church on the Street. It’s actually so peaceful around here today that there’s not much to write. If you search for us on Youtube you’ll find our latest report from the street that was published today.
It’s hard to keep up with all of the things that could be reported in blog. The lunch changes have been phenomenal! I guess I should have had more faith, but I never dreamed that the meal times here could be so peaceful.
We had a couple of new guests in today that want to get involved with the ministry. We have invited them first to just keep coming back as guest for a short time, and then we can see where they truly fit in the community. We want people to be our guest first and then come and serve and be part of the community. Be part of God‘s bigger plan.
A new weekly report video has gone onto youtube today and the Facebook Fanpage. Hopefully you can help us by viewing, liking and sharing the video. Have a great week and please keep us in the prayers. Ask God how he may want to you join us in His mission.
p.s. the picture in this post is from a carwash we did in the summer.