Sunday, February 03, 2008

Young Man Saved!

Dear friends,

Much has been happening since my last update, of which I am eager to share with you. God has been graciously providing His strength to accomplish His will in Utah; apart from Christ we can do nothing, but "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

Last weekend, Alan, Brad, Jade, and I drove down to Park City to join several brothers from Salt Lake City in sharing the gospel at the famous Sundance Film Festival. God granted to us a beautiful warm sunny day (unlike the usual cold and cloudy days we've been having) to spread His Word to the many that were there. We preached open air and handed out hundreds of tracts, engaging in plenty of conversations with the film-going people.

Brother Leonard from Salt Lake City preaching the gospel.

Brad speaks to four young kids about the reality of God. One of them was seriously considering what was being said.

For those of you who are scared about sharing the gospel, there were two boys about 14 years old who joined us in handing out tracts and talking to people. There's no excuse! As Oswald J. Smith would often say, "No one has the right to hear the gospel twice while there are people who haven't even heard it once!"

Brad and I also recorded our first television program for the local cable station in Cache Valley. We discussed how living as a Christian is simply the overflow of the life of Christ that is within you. The woman who was running the camera spoke with us more about it afterwards and we were able to talk with her about sin, repentance and Christ. We will be seeing this lady once a week as we record so please pray for her, that the words we speak would lay hold upon her heart so that she might be saved. This week on our program we will be discussion what it is to be risen with Christ, and how salvation is the precursor for doing good works. Please continue to pray for the program as well. Lord willing, I will make all the shows available online as I receive them.

Today (Sunday), after church, I went with two brothers to a youth detention center and had the great privilege of speaking to about fifteen youth about sin, hell and the cross. The gospel of God is that all have sinned and are by nature children of wrath, but God loves each of us DESPITE us, not because of us. The definitive expression of God's love for sinners is the cross, where Jesus suffered and died in our place to pay for sin and reconcile us to the Father. One young man named Max, in tears, prayed with brother Tom for the free gift of salvation. Another young man, Michael, asked for prayer to see Christ. Many others were convicted for their sin and awakened towards hell. Please pray that all of them would receive forgiveness and a new heart in the coming days ahead. Jesus Christ saves! "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Corinthians 1:21)

All your prayers are coveted during this very exciting time. Just recently, the main 'prophet' of the Mormon church, Gordon Hinckley, died at 96, and the entire Mormon community is very emotional right now. Pray that God will open doors for the Truth to be proclaimed in this desperately needy State.

Grace and peace toward all the saints, and glory and honor to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who does all these things.

Your brother and servant in His Kingdom,


Anonymous said...

Praise and Glory to God. One thing that comes to mind, To your knees brother to your knees, we battle not in our power, but with a power from above. So to your knees, to your knees, That one might know, apart from Christ we can do nothing. It is to his Glory, for he is the life giver. He the ones who does the supernatural work in a mans heart. We plant, we water, but he makes it grow. So praise and Glory to God. The one who save poor and helpless sinner, just like me.
God keep and help you. Don't lose the great joy of the Lord, Rejoice. Let it be seen that are the most joyfull people for we have been SAVED.
I praise God for this brother, For he said I will leave all 99 for that one, and what a great party will be held when they come home.
Thanks for sharing
in Christ

Unknown said...

Hey bro, I want to share this with you...make it your prayer.

“On the List”

In a world of cheap preaching,
The pulpit engrossed in sin.
The masses quickly perishing;
They have not been born again.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

The cry is the same from place to place
“God exists to bless me today,”
This utilitarian worship fronts our face
Only revival will change this way.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

Repentance and surrender from the pulpit have gone
Silenced is the Law of God
“Repeat after me” the preacher says before long
Revive us from these steps we trod.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

Our services traditional, emotional but still dead
The Living Christ nowhere to be found
Why have we severed from our Sacred Head?
Our religious members by sin still bound.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

The church is the devil's laughing stock today
Blind from the power she needs
Proclaiming cheap grace as the eternal way
The tare still contains no seed.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

The world drives past our buildings mocking
Seeing through dead sermon and song
The situation that is most shocking
We do not see the glory has gone.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

In times of past when Your people were in sin
Rebelling from Your Word and Face
You have always been faithful to raise up men
Desiring for revival to shake the place.
Lord, I want to be on Hell's most wanted list.

Now Holy Spirit, please baptize this heart of mine
Pour down Your fire in my midst
Possess all my heart, empower and refine
I want to be on Hell's most wanted list."

- Luke
1 Cor. 1:21

Micah and Katie said...

Hey Eli!

We miss you lots! God Bless, we will keep you in prayer on this new endevor! Micah and Katie and Eben

Jon said...

I hope you enjoyed both Park City and Salt Lake--they are among Utah's few redeeming qualities.

Anonymous said...

How can some of us in Logan get on an email list or something to know about these events that you'll be doing ahead of time. I'd much rather pray for you before, than after =)
(and when the weather warms, help out around the Logan area)

Eli said...

Hi Ladydove,

I don't have something like that yet but that is a good idea. Often I post things ahead of time on the site here. You can also enter your email address on the left side of the page to receive site updates every month.

Lots of things to pray for coming up! Soon the work on campus will get rolling again, so please pray for the souls of the students and for us to preach the Word faithfully and effectively.


Anonymous said...

Praying and rejoicing Brother! Only because of Christ! Rejoice not that demons are subject to you, but rejoice that your name is written in heaven...for there is your treasure!

In Him,

Caleb Bouma

Anonymous said...

Amen, Eli, this sounds like a time that God will use for the gospel amongst the Mormons. We'll agree with you in prayer for hearts to be drawn to the truth and eyes and ears will be opened. Tim & Margie