Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scripture Alone Day 7

For the past week I have stepped out in faith, allowing scripture alone to be my voice. The Lord has graciously allowed me to memorize the first 9 chapters of John. For the past 7 days I have gone to the same street corner every evening with my 'Are You Ready' cross preaching through scripture alone from memory. Beginning and ending with passages that give a good summary of the gospel, proclaiming one chapter of John each day between these passages. My plan, Lord willing is to do this 10 days in a row, concluding with Romans 3 on day 10; expositorally preaching the gospel from Romans 3 to people who have been saturated by God's word for the previous 9 days. I have been proclaiming the Word of God each day in 3 parts:

Part 1: Proclaiming these passages of scripture together as a whole. Romans 1:16-17, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-47, Acts 17:30-31, Mark 1:15.
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, " But the righteous man shall live by faith. "Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,"But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, " All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "And He said to them, " Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned. "and He said to them, " Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. "Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel."

Part 2: One full chapter out of John on this occasion chapter 7.

Part 3: Repeating part 1.

This is an audio of yesterday evening.

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Being Critical of the Church

I often hear many saying critical things about the church in regards to open-air preaching and abortion mill ministry. Looking back throughout this dispensation I do not see any period of time in which every believer in the church went out and preached the gospel publically. Nor do I see in the dark periods of history were everyone within the church came out in public protest of wrongs being done in the world. Throughout the history of the church the Lord has used a few individuals to accomplish His plan. When was the Lord most glorified in the battles that Israel fought? When the odds were against them and the enemy surrounded them. The Lord has blessed me, giving the ability to memorize scripture and has given me a thirst to do so, as well as a desire to publically proclaim His word; I also go to abortion mills and plead with moms and dads to have mercy on their child in the womb. None of this makes me a more holy follower of Christ than any other believer, when we fault other believers for not having the same convictions that we may have this does nothing but show our own sinful pride. You outwardly say that you’re saying these things because it is what the word of God says to do, but in reality it is pride in one’s own self that causes this. By being critical of the church for not doing the things that you are doing, you are saying, “Hey look at me, look at how great I am” without using those words.

Some of you may not understand this but there is no set of rules that we must follow to be a believer. “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes” ~Romans 10:4, some may scoff at this but if you are in Christ you are not under the Laws of Moses in anyway, nor under some criteria of Christianity decided upon by men. And don’t misunderstand what I am saying; we are not without law either, but we who have repented and believed are under a much greater law, the Law of Christ. “To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.” (1 Corinthians 9:20-21) Jesus said to His disciples; “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)

What is the one true mark of a believer? The true mark of a believer is that he bears fruit. Memorizing scripture, going to abortion mills, preaching the gospel publically, these are not fruits of the spirit; these things maybe made manifest because of the fruit bearing in a believers life, but they are not themselves fruit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:22-24) “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13) "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. This I command you, that you love one another.” (John 15:12-17) Ask yourself this question; Is my criticalness of the church a result of the fruit of the Spirit, namely love, or is it in reality a deed of the flesh, namely; “enmities, strife, jealousy, outburst of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying” (Galatians 5:20)? There are many in the church that have been through much and are going through much, keep this in mind; “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Love Your Littlest Neighbor

I received this letter from a dear sister in Christ today. I included it as a blog post because I know that it will bless and encourage you as much as it did me. “Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom." ~(Matthew 16:24-27)

Phyllis Buckman wrote:
My dear brothers and sisters, especially Mike Peek, Seth Capps, and others who have ministered at the Shreveport abortion mill, Hope Medical Group for Women. I have a tale to tell.

Today was a trial for me. I had really hoped to join others at the abortuary this morning for my second go at standing at the gates of hell pleading for babies’ lives. Having learned that you, Mike Peek, were not going to be able to make it due to your father's accident and that Seth would not be able to be there either, nor anyone else, I had somewhat decided that it would not be feasible for me to drive there, for I did not have the confidence I felt I needed to reach out on my own. I wrestled with this a bit last night, but finally put it to rest as I went to sleep to the sound of thunder. In my prayers, I told God I would do whatever he wanted me to do, but that he would have to let me know what that was. Then I went to sleep. I awoke around six to the sound of rain and a bit more thunder and took that as a sign that I should just stay home. So I went back to sleep. At seven I could sleep no more and got up to begin my day. As I drank my coffee and read my Bible, checked my email and facebook, I could feel the nagging of a little voice in my head saying ... you really need to go on and drive to Shreveport. I tried to ignore it, but couldn't. So ... around ten I headed over telling myself that if there were others there (even if it were just the Catholics) I would get out and try to do what I could; if not, I would just go on to the health food store I've found near the mill as I needed a few things from there anyway. I prayed all the way there for God to please use me in some way today, no matter how or where.

Well, I got to the mill at about 10:45. As I drove past the front I could see several women sitting on benches they have near the entrance door now, but no one on the sidewalks ... not even the Catholics. I knew that I was probably too late to reach most of those mothers who were going in to kill their babies today, so I battled with myself and drove around the block thinking I should have kicked myself into gear earlier. I drove to the street around the back of the clinic, but by then had talked myself into not stopping, turned right at the next corner and then made the block so that I could get back to Kings Hwy and turn left at the light there between the mill and the college and make my way on to the store. I was disappointed in myself. I prayed again that God find some way to use me despite myself.

As I stopped at the light I could almost not believe my eyes. Across Kings Hwy., to my left, headed up the sidewalk toward the mill was a group of people carrying signs with scripture about sin and forgiveness. One young man was carrying a large cross. My heart jumped! The light turned green, and though I was in the left turn lane, I looked in my rearview mirror and determined that I could go ahead straight across instead of turning. I did so, went down to the next street, turned right, parked and jumped out of the car and started walking quickly back to the Hwy. As I got there and looked, there was that group of people gathered in a loose circle on the sidewalk across from the mill and beginning to pray. I walked on up and listened as one of the men lead the group in prayer for the babies that were being murdered and the women who were taking their babies there to be killed.

When the prayer was over, I introduced myself to them and they were so kind and welcoming. They were not there to minister directly to the women, however. The man who had prayed is Heath Hickman who told me they do this often, walking the streets witnessing to whomever they can and stopping at points to pray. I told them that I had come to try to minister to the women entering the mill, but, since I had never done so by myself, I lacked the courage to get out of the car until I saw them walking the street. Heath wrote my first name on a yellow sticky note and nailed (yes, with a real nail) to the cross where there were many such notes. Then he gathered his group together around me and prayed a wonderful, uplifting and supportive prayer. We bid each other farewell and I then went and stood at the entrance to the mill, alone, but no longer afraid.

I had with me several "Tiny Hands" booklets, some "innocent blood" tracts and some "3 Things God Cannot Do" tracts. I decided that even though the Tiny Hands booklets are actually intended to encourage expectant mothers and the mothers I would be encountering (given the chance) would probably have already killed their babies. However, I considered this and thought that this might be just what they would need to see to bring them to repentance for what they have done. I tucked in each Tiny Hands booklet one each of the other tracts. The "innocent blood" tract is very good at reasoning why life begins at conception, and the other tract lays out the truth that 1) God cannot lie, 2) God cannot change and 3) God cannot allow sinners into heaven. I prayed that if I had the chance to hand this to anyone that they would realize their sin and turn to God for forgiveness.

I stood at the left of the entrance — which now is one-way, entering traffic only. One car turned in with a young couple. The man rolled down the window as I asked if I could gift him with this brochure. He took it, smiled and wished me a good day. I realized that they were probably coming to pick up someone and hoped they would share it with that person. A young girl came walking up behind me who had obviously been to the fast food place down the street. She stopped when I spoke to her, telling me that she was not happy about the friend whom she had accompanied there this morning, but that she could not leave because the mother of the friend had driven them. She took the booklet and tracts and promised she would show them to the friend. I prayed for her and her friend.

There is now an escort seated at the entrance and I tried several times to get him to come over and speak to me for a moment. He completely ignored me the first couple of times I spoke to him. Then finally he approached, but only to tell me that he did not want to speak to me and asked me to respect that. I told him I would, but that I would pray for him also.

I stood there for about an hour, calling out to a few women who came out, offering them the gift of the brochure. All of them ignored me except one woman who held her hand up in the "stop" position and very curtly told me to shut up. No one else driving in even opened their windows and anyone who got out of their cars was quickly approached by the "escort" who, it was plain to see, was telling them to ignore me.

I knew I only had a short while left that I could stay (tasks back home required I leave the mill before 1 p.m., so I walked on around to the back driveway where I was able to offer the package to those leaving. Though several cars left in the next hour, none took the gift.

But there were two bright notes. At the back driveway I saw one woman getting out of her car and walking toward the front of the building. I was too late to reach her, but she came out not long after holding some sort of paper in her hand. I called to her telling her I had something I would like to give her and she walked over and took it and thanked me, but didn't stop to talk. Then, just as I was getting ready to leave, a young man came walking out. I called to him and he came over. He was there with his friend "Katy." I asked if Katy was aborting her child there today and he said no, that she didn't know what she was going to do, that she would have to come back if she decided she wanted to kill the baby. We spoke about the reality that it IS a baby and that abortion is murder and he agreed. The baby is not his. I really had to leave by this time, but he was thankful for the booklet and tracts that I gave him and assured me that he would show them to Katy.

I ask brothers and sisters, that you keep Katy in your prayers.

I also thank you all for being so brave and so willing to give of your time and energies to this holy, holy ministry.. Thank you for being great role models for me. Thank you, even, for NOT being there this morning as this served as a real trial for me to see if I could follow through on my beliefs or if I would cower away. I thank God, for placing Heath Hickman with Fridaymorningmen.org on my path and stopping me from fleeing the task I needed to perform.

I love you all.

P.S. Sorry for the long-winded tale, but I just had to share. :)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Condemned to Hell for Sin or Lack of Faith?

I have often looked at the modern American Christian who worships Christ on Sunday but lives in carnal sin without fear as a conundrum. The word of God is clear in saying that you must be born again (John 3:3, Mark 16:16), and if the Son sets you free from your bondage to sin you are free indeed (John 8:26 NASB). "Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God" (1 Peter 2:16 NASB). So what kind of theology has invaded the church to cause men to believe that they are saved and at the same time living in willful sin without fear? I had a conversation the other day that revealed this unbiblical, unholy, and wicked theology.

I'm an RN in a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, the other day I was talking with one of the staff members who is also a believer about my recent trip to the Texas state Capitol to preach the gospel. One of the nurses on the unit hearing our conversation said, "Did you hear about that preacher getting arrested in England?" I answered, "Yes I did, he is a friend and brother in Christ." He then said, "He was preaching that you go to hell for homosexuality. I disagree with that, there is only one sin that sends you to hell. Not believing in Jesus." This caused me to then preach the gospel openly in the middle of the ICU before I even realized what I was doing.

So what about this, are we condemned to hell for sin or lack of faith?

“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (John 3:18 NKJV)

This man took this verse as saying that if you believe in Jesus you are saved; but if you do not believe in Jesus you are condemned, not because of sin, but for not believing in Jesus. With this belief he had thus reasoned that the only sin that can send someone to hell is not believing in Jesus. In other words no one will be in hell for lying, stealing, committing adultery, or murder; they will be in hell for not believing in Jesus. In this thought he had reduced the entire law down to a single law; believe in Jesus. This kind of reasoning is the result of modern day easy believism. Which results in doing whatever feels good, follow your heart; sleep with your neighbors wife, live with your girl friend, and if she gets pregnant take her to an abortion mill to kill your baby but believe in Jesus and all is well.

This is not what the verse says at all. It says, "he who believes Him is not condemned; but he who does not believed is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." The one who believes in Jesus believes because he is not condemned, he has been granted repentance by the Father (see Acts 11:18). The one who does not believe does not believe because he is already condemned, he has not been granted repentance by the Father. Do not forget when looking at these single verses like this, the context from which they come. Jesus spent the first 15 verses of John chapter 3 saying that you most be born again. The answer to this question is not found in some verse in another book in the bible, the answer is found in the prior verse. "For God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved" (John 3:17 NKJV). If this man's theology were to be correct, this statement by Christ would be a lie, and God cannot lie. If this man's theology were correct, and the only sin that could condemn a man is not believing in Jesus, then God sending Him into the world is for condemnation. The first coming of Christ was not for condemnation but for salvation, salvation from what? The wrath of God against our sin. While His first coming was for salvation, His second coming is for judgment. Repent and believe in the gospel while you still have time.

Christian, if God has granted you repentance that means He has forgiven all your sins; but never forget He is righteous, in order for Him to have forgiven you, He had to first pour out has wrath for your sins on another, namely His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. 

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Saturday, July 13, 2013

The Sign of Jonah to the people of Texas

On July 10, 2013 me and a few brothers drove down to Austin Texas to preach the gospel at the Texas State Capitol. Much of what had been going on around the Capitol had bothered me. It all revolved around politicking, one group calls themselves pro-choice though that name is deceptive, because that choice results in the brutal death of another human being. The other group calls themselves pro-life but the bill that was before the Texas legislator was not then and now that it is law, it is not pro-life. The bill allows for the brutal death of children in the womb at 20 weeks of life or less as long as it is done inside of a surgery center. Now I ask you, what is pro-life about that? You know the answer, it is not pro-life, it is in fact pro-death. While the bill that was before the Texas legislature was supported by peoples that call themselves pro-life, the bill itself is not pro-life. So why all the fuss and fighting about this bill in the legislature, among the people, and the media. The pro-choice group's agenda is abortion on demand without restraint from God or man regardless of the age or developmental level of the child in the womb. This bill puts limits on that unabated destruction of a child in the womb; while some call this a victory for pro-life I do believe they are kidding themselves. This bill is no more pro-life than the Nazis choosing to kill some Jews while allowing others to live.

So why did we go to Austin? We went to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ in a place where lies are being told. To preach the gospel to a people dead in their trespasses and sins. Psalm 96:3 says, "Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples". This world belongs to Christ; "The earth is the Lord's, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it." (Psalm 24:1) Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God; God has furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead. After His resurrection Jesus said to His disciples; "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:18-19) and the way He told them to do this is through the preaching of the gospel. "And He said to them, “ Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned." (Mark 16:15-16). It is not through political means that we declare the glory of God and make disciples, it is through the preaching of the gospel. Do you want to change a nation? Then go preach the gospel to the glory of God. "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come" (2 Corinthians 5:17). New creatures act differently, they think differently, and they speak differently.

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Valour, Purity, and Justice

The colors of the flag are; red, white, and blue.   What do these colors stand for?

Red: Stands for valour. But the truth is America is a country devoid of valour or bravery. It is a land of selfishness stained by the blood of the innocent, 56 million innocent babies murdered since 1973 for the god of self. 

White: Stands for purity and innocence. But the truth is America is a country devoid of innocence and purity. It is a land filled with gross sexual immorality; adultery, divorce, fornication, lust, pornography, and homosexuality. 

Blue: Stands for vigilance, perseverance, & justice. But the truth is America is a country without vigilance and has allowed itself to be overrun with lawlessness. It is a land where good is called evil and evil called good. 

I will not be celebrating American independence today; America is no different today than the country it fought in 1776, they are one and the same, both led by the corrupt system of this world. Instead I will spend this 4th of July spreading the Word of a different country not made with hands; a land of valour, purity, and justice. That is the Kingdom of God and the King of kings and Lord of lords, Jesus Christ. 

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Monday, July 1, 2013

Putting Man on a Pedestal

This is a picture of Eric Hovind, a brother in Christ standing atop a monument to Atheism at the Bradford County Courthouse in Starke Florida. This monument to Atheism was erected by the American Atheist and was dedicated on Saturday June 29th. During the unveiling ceremony Eric Hovind hopped atop the stone monument and began to publicly herald the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many of my brothers and sisters in Christ would then share this picture on their Facebook accounts, applauding Eric for preaching the gospel, and glorying in the Lord for the Spirit that gave him such courage to do so. I noticed something on the comment feeds however; there were those who claimed to be Christian, and yet revile at the fact that Eric climbed atop the monument and heralded the gospel before all those in attendance. The themes of those comments were this; “you show disrespect for the atheist by doing this, “Jesus wouldn’t do this, “actions are louder than words.” One woman said; “I don’t know what he is saying but it can’t be the gospel”.

When I began to preach the gospel publicly the one thing I was most taken back by was professing Christians reviling at the gospel being preached. I was unprepared for this, and it came unexpectedly. When I began to preach the gospel publicly there were many things that caused me fear, but I didn’t fear being attacked by Christians, and yet I have found that often times that is who reviles most at the gospel being preached. It seems that no matter where a believer goes and declares the glory of The Lord, some religious person who claims the name of Christ says what you are doing is wrong. Yet Christ told us to preach the gospel to all creation. That means preach Christ anywhere and everywhere and at all times, to the glory of God the Father!

The great commission is communicated to us by Jesus after His resurrection, and comprises all four of the gospels in order to be complete. Without putting these together the mission is incomplete, but once put together, we have our marching orders. He is sending out His disciples, to make disciples, by preaching the gospel, to the glory of God the Father. The apostle Paul said in his letter to the Romans; “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2)

The One who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth says to all those who now have peace with God. “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you (John 20:21), to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:29), by preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15), that the Christ died for the sins of men, and was raised on the third day, and that there is forgiveness of sins for all who repent and believe (Luke 24;46-47), that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16).

He is sending us out to make disciples and His methodology for doing so is through the preaching of the gospel to all creation. The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.” (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 10:26) In another letter to the Corinthian church the apostle Paul called believers Ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

"An ambassador is not a man who voices his own thoughts or his own opinions or views, or his own desires. The very essence of the position of the ambassador is that he is a man who has been sent to speak for somebody else. He is the speaker for his Government or his President or his King or Emperor, or whatever form of government his country may have. He is not a man who speculates and gives his own views and ideas. He is the bearer of a message, he is commissioned to do this, he is sent to do this; and that is what he must do.” (Martin Lloyd Jones, pg 61, 'Preaching and Preachers')

I would have been reluctant to say this in the past, but I’m going to say it now. If you revile at the gospel being preached, no matter the person, and no matter the setting; there is very good reason to be concerned that you may not be a Christian at all, you have believed a different gospel. Do not be deceived...no revilers...will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10) The gospel that I have found that most who claim the name of Christ yet revile at the gospel of Jesus Christ being preached is a humanistic gospel that puts man on a pedestal.

Mike Peek a slave of Jesus Christ

Nursing and the Law of Christ

The Lord’s teaching recorded in John 13-21 is amazing. It is what the apostle Paul calls "the Law of Christ." (Cf. 1 Cor. 9:2...