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Lost Boy showings in Southern California

July 11th, 2008 Posted in Harvest Crusades, lost boy, Lost Boy Blog, questions

Once again, the Lord did “above and beyond what we could ask and think” with the Lost Boy film and a message at Calvary Chapel South Bay last night. More than 100 people came forward.

All told, since we have shown the Lost Boy film (at Harvest and in Kendall and Fort Lauderdale, Montana, Calvary Chapel Golden Springs, and Calvary Chapel South Bay), we have easily seen 1,000 or more people make commitments to Jesus Christ.

I never knew this story would be an evangelistic tool of this kind. I am as surprised as anyone!

We have a couple of mega-Lost Boy events coming up in the next few weeks at two Southern California Churches. I will let you know more about those in the days ahead.

Now, for a few thoughts about the Church.

The Church: Many Critics, No Rivals

Theodore Roosevelt said, “It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out where the strong stumbled or how the doer could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is in the arena, his face marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and falls short again and again: There is no effort without error.”

It is easy to stand on the sidelines and be critical of the church. It is easy to say, “They are not doing this right,” or “They are not doing that right.” But it is another thing when you are in the game, playing. It is another thing when you in the arena, fighting.

It’s even easy in the Church to take shots at one another. You might be criticizing another Christian or another church for their attempts to reach our culture with the life-changing message of the gospel.

My question to you is, “What are you doing besides tearing others down?”

J. Vernon McGee used to say, “The only exercise some Christians get is jumping to conclusions and running others down.” How true that is.

A woman once came to the great evangelist D.L. Moody, who did evangelistic crusades similar to Billy Graham’s outreaches and what we do today through our Harvest Crusades.

She said to him, “Mr. Moody, I don’t like the way you do evangelism!”

Moody’s response to her was, “Well ma’am, let me ask you, how do you do it?”

She replied, “I don’t!”

Moody responded, “Well, I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it!”

Well said.

Don’t be so quick to attack others, but rather ask yourself the question,what are you doing to reach others with the message of Jesus Christ?

4 Responses to “Lost Boy showings in Southern California”

  1. Maryann says:

    All I have to say is, “Thank You, Jesus, for the souls that came forth that night,” and “Lord, please keep working on people’s hearts.” I go to Calvary Chapel Coolidge, and came from Horizon Christian Fellowship.

    Praise God.

  2. Mary says:

    I’m reading Lost Boy, Greg. It is making me laugh at times and cry at other times. It is well written, interesting, and inspirational! Thank You.

  3. Anne says:

    Good writing on critics. I can be critical too but I often (or try to) catch myself and ask myself what am I doing. Unfortunately some critics don’t ask themselves what they are doing besides criticizing.

  4. Josh says:

    What you wrote is true. Thank you for that correction.

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