Isn’t it clear that “practicing the presence” is for those who are not indwelt with the presence of Christ through the Holy Spirit? There is no need to “practice” a “presence” when the perfect God of the universe dwells within you in all of His perfection. For full post go to the LTW blog here.
Ministering the Gospel and feeding the bagels to the poor with Lighting The Way Worldwide was a great blessing to the youth group and me. God showed us a lot. I realized how comfortable we are in Los Angeles suburbia. God took us out of our comfort zone and called us to love people and deny our selfish desires for comfort and be satisfied in sharing God’s gospel of grace with those who need it. God made our youth group praise Him more for their salvation after seeing the blindness of those who are perishing. God planted many seeds of desire to witness in our youth and to stop valuing the things in life that are so temporal. Since we exist to know Jesus Christ and make Him known, we praise God for growing us in understanding and living that out through Lighting The Way Worldwide. God is using this ministry, and I pray that God will exalt His name through all who hear the faithful proclamation of the truth. My youth group wants to serve with them again, and so do I!PJ TibayanYouth Pastor, Christian Fellowship Bible ChurchWalnut, CA
Amanda and I went with three women from Sonrise Church (Amy Hall, Awilda, and Michelle Spieler) to hand out bagels to the homeless and pass out tracts on the Venice Boardwalk...I had prayed the day before...over Venice Beach... The people seemed much more receptive than last time. Amanda remarked that more people seemed open to receive the tracts and fliers, and that’s when I remembered that I had prayed specifically for God to bind the powers of darkness, so they could not interfere with what we were doing. Most of the people selling their wares and trinkets down there are selling occult things, giving psychic readings and fortune-telling, etc...The devil has a hold on that territory, but we were able to go in and spread the "glorious light of the gospel of Jesus Christ" today...We gave out fliers and tracts (even in other languages) to people there between 8:00 and 9:30 this morning. We spoke to the homeless, who took most of the bagels, the joggers and walkers, the ones just having coffee and reading the paper, and the vendors setting up their shops or tables. We are rejoicing in the Lord’s goodness in allowing us to spread the Word and plant the seed of the gospel, and we pray that it has fallen on good ground, and that He will produce His harvest through it.Dorothea HooperLove Lifted Me RecoveryVenice, CA