SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Empty Sidewalk, Full Lot, FULL PEWS.

While thinking about what another sidewalk counselor said about the empty sidewalk, I came across this:

“Teach me to to suffer, Lord, rather than let me sin to escape suffering.” ~ Rolley Haggard

Spoke volumes. Way too many Christians want to escape suffering, to hide from it. Christ suffered, but a lot of Christians have no intention of suffering for the cause of Christ.

Indeed, there is a remnant within the remnant:

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

This Christian life is not ours because we are not our own [Rom 14:7-9, 1Cor 6:19] – we were created for a purpose that was chosen for us before we were ever within our mother’s womb [Jer 1:5].

My dear Christian, you have NO excuse. NONE.

While at my ordination, I mentioned that our ministry is a Prolife Missionary Ministry. I got the ‘huh’ look and said that I witness on the sidewalk of abortion facilities and speak for the unborn at the statehouse, town square and churches. Instead of someone saying “What can I do” or “How can I help” or “Can you tell my church about this”, I received the pre-recorded “Thank you for what you do”. Dismal, just dismal. All of these Pastors and their wives practically ignored me because this ministry isn’t in a climate controlled church, thus has no value: “Teach me to to suffer, Lord, rather than let me sin to escape suffering.”

“…Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge –  by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.” 1Timothy 6:20-21

My dear Pastor, YOU are not your own, mimicking patterned services with little to do with outreach ministries is NOT what church is. Further, if you think church is a building, then you don’t know your Bible OR Jesus.

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” Col 1:18

Empty sidewalk, FULL pews, FULL lot. Every car in the lot of the abortion facility represents a life lost THAT DAY.

Nearly every car in this lot represents a life lost to abortion....that day.
Nearly every car in this lot represents a life lost to abortion….that day.

‘Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.’ [Matthew 19:13-15]

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4 Replies to “SIDEWALK CHRONICLES: Empty Sidewalk, Full Lot, FULL PEWS.”

  1. A Pastor’s wife, speaking to the women in the room, said that with the knowledge of the true messages of the Cross that we would have BOLDNESS. But their ‘boldness’ stays within the walls of their ‘church’, not in the true church that is on the sidewalk, the street, the alley. ~ KeepLifeLegal

  2. I completely support what you are doing, however, each if us is called into different ministries. My husband and I pastor a church in the Old North Dayton area and 75%+ of the church attendance is youth 18 years and down. Some of these youth have been abandoned by their parents in the way they neglect to take care of them. We work with these children every service and throughout the week. We teach them the Word of God, we show them love that they don’t get at home, we feed them, plan trips for them, treat head lice, transport them, and the list goes on. All this takes dedicated people, time and money. We have a great team of youth leaders in our church that are dedicated to all ages of youth and the majority of our adults support the youth in some way. I believe I am walking in the calling that God has called me to and that is to minister to the children that are living. It’s not enough to save the children from murder but we also MUST save them from hell. We each have ministries to do to further God’s kingdom. I will continue to pray for you and your calling to save the unborn and I ask for your prayers as we minister to the children, some of them who may have been saved by your dedication to your ministry. God bless each of you in your calling.

  3. I know and support and pray for what you all do! It’s those churches that sit and don’t do a thing about anyone or any outreach thinking that since they have the true message of grace that they don’t have to anything or it’ll make it a ‘law’. That’s NOT what Jesus taught, lived, and died for. A person asked a certain Pastor: “If you see a man literally starving in the street and you have a [certain] Bible in one hand and a sandwich in the other, which would you give him?” This Pastor said the Bible rather than attending to this man’s immediate need WITH the Gospel. Truly, you all do this with the kids but you would be surprised how many DO NOT. They may think they have the ‘message’ but what they actually have is a bunch of noise. We love you all, you do more than most mega churches do.

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