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Unusual Search for Jesus

 Ron Zywotko

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I published this testimony by Ron Zywotko back in 2009. Yesterday I learned that Ron is in a hospital facility in Murfreesboro, TN, where he is being treated for a serious leg condition. He has semi-retired from his circuit riding evangelism. The last time he was in my home he told me that would be his last visit. He had planned to work on until he returned to his apartment in Murfreesboro. He is a unique man who was dedicated and devoted to personal evangelism. I have visited with him. He gets people interested in becoming a Christian. I publish his testimony again because I wanted you to read this unusual salvation story and I wanted to ask you to pray for his healing. He is one of God’s choice servants.

A story of personal evangelism told to this editor by Ron Zywotko.

I was in Seattle preparing for my next meeting when I received a call from the pastor. He confirmed my engagement and told me of a man who was leaving soon for his second tour of duty in Iraq. He said the man had surrendered his life to serve God as an evangelist. Now, when have you heard of anyone doing that. I have, as I am sure you have, known of men to surrender to be a missionary, or a pastor, but almost never (in my case never) to be an evangelist. Praise the Lord!

The pastor asked if I would take this young man out with me to do personal evangelism in the public places of Seattle. He wanted him to gather some first hand experience from a man who has been doing this kind of work for the last 27 years. I assured him I would be happy to do this and we arranged a time to meet.

As is my custom, I arrived at the church early—about two hours early. It was unseasonably hot for Seattle and I remained outside in my car and prayed. I normally don’t spend a solid hour in prayer—especially in my car on a day like that one was, but I felt keenly I must have God’s power. I wanted this young man to have a blessed experience. So I prayed and I prayed some more.

When the time arrived for us to meet we were together and exchanged greetings. The pastor left and off we went to see about winning some poor lost souls to Christ.

When I tell you that we had a rough time of it, I am not joking. One person after the other rejected my approach. No one, it seemed, had the slightest interest in hearing anything about Jesus. We went into several public stores, a coffee shop, a market, a restaurant. The fish were not biting–they were snapping! Get out of here! Leave us alone! Nothing doing!

After a good long while, even I was discouraged. Remember, this is my line of work. Outside evangelism is my ministry. I am supposed to be gifted at this work. I am supposed to demonstrate that I have God’s power for this work. Nothing! People shouted—yes, shouted, profanities. I was ordered out of places. Angry people made hand gestures at us representing their attitude toward us and the Lord.

I was greatly disappointed, because I had hoped to show this young man how to engage people in public places and prayerfully win them to Christ. That didn’t happen. I felt badly for me, and I felt awful for him. I don’t think I have ever had an afternoon with so many painful rejections as that one.

I paused for a moment and walked over to a pole where I leaned my body against it and started praying. I remember telling the Lord my concerns and even fussed at Him a little. I wondered out loud to Him what good did that hour of prayer do? I felt like a complete failure.

I opened my eyes and the first thing I noticed was a young woman coming toward me from across a parking lot. She walked almost straight to me. I moved out to speak with her and asked her if she could possibly help me. I have used this approach a number of time to start a conversation. I asked, “Lady, I am not from here. I am from Tennessee. I wonder if you could give us some directions?” She was an Asian lady and she very kindly responded, “I will help you if I can. Where do you wish to go.?” I asked, “Could you give me directions to Heaven? I want to know how to get to Heaven.”

I thought the young lady would cry. She had a most pained expression form on her face, her countenance fell and she was obviously saddened at that question. She was not offended in the slightest.

She replied, “Mister, you have asked the wrong person. You see I am from India. My parents are steeped in their own religion over there, I left India to come to America where I hoped I would find this salvation that I know so little about. I visited one church and one religious group after another, but to no avail. I have been here for seven years and no one, it seems, knows the answer. I am very, very sorry that I can’t help you. I, too, want to know how to get to Heaven.”

I smiled and then told her that I could assist her. I explained that I was out here on the streets looking for people who wanted to know about Jesus. I asked, “Would you permit me to tell you how you can become a Christian?”

“Oh, yes. Please tell me.” And I did and right there on the sidewalk in Seattle I shared the Gospel with this Asian lady and she bowed her head asking Jesus to come into her heart and save her soul. I am happy to report Jesus, indeed, saved her on the spot. She was so happy. I asked if she had any word for us. This is what she said.

“I arrived in America some seven years ago. I have been searching for Jesus. I didn’t know how to search for Him. I didn’t know the right questions. I visited many of your churches and religious meetings and talked with numbers of people. It seems no one really knew the answer, at least no one that I was able to speak earnestly with. Then, today, just a few minutes ago, I was over at that Pizza place—she turned an pointed to it. I had ordered my pizza and the waiter said we are rushed it will take about 30 minutes. You can take seat, or you can walk around the mall while your order is being prepared. I took a seat at a table and was there about a minute when I had the strangest impression to get up and walk over here. I was compelled to come to where you were stranding. I didn’t know why. So that is what I was doing when you spoke to me.”

“Now I know why, but over at the Pizza place I didn’t know. God was ordering me to come to you and get my prayers answered.” She didn’t know it, but God was answering my prayers, too.

She gave us her name, her address, her phone number and her email address. She was so happy to be a Christian. We, too, were happy. The young man rejoiced with me and asked, “Does this kind of thing happen often with you.” I laughed and said, “Sure, all the time.” Then I told him the truth. This is the first time in 27 years it has been this way.

He left for his tour of duty armed with a remarkable answer to prayer and a testimony I am sure he will repeat many times in his ministry. I know I will. Winning souls is a work we are commanded to do, but we must never forget the salvation part is entirely God’s work. He does His work in mysterious ways and he uses all kinds of people to do it. Here was a case where He brought the workers and the sinner together under unusual circumstances. To God be the glory!

Editor’s Note: I have known Ron Zywotko since 1972.  We worked together in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  He has been a frequent guest in my home.  He is an unusual human being.  To say he is unorthodox would be a gross understatement.  He may very well be America’s last circuit riding preacher.  He goes from church to church to church each week.  Usually preaches in 150 congregations each year and will have from 50 to 200 people saved in his personal visitations.  I  don’t know of another soul that has the discipline or drive to do this kind of work week after week.   He rarely stays in a motel taking rest in church prophet chambers or private homes.  Most of his worldly goods are stored in his car.  I am glad to report this story here with complete confidence it is true.

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Believe in God–He Will Lift You Up

By Ron English

Fear thou not 3I wish you a joyful day filled with God’s love, mercy, and joy. What a great Text Poster we feature for today. I hope it brings great comfort and cheer to your heart. Look what God promises you:

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

1. There is no reason to fear because “I am with thee.”
2. Christians be not dismayed. (Dictionary: Dismay: sudden or complete loss of courage; utter disheartenment.) In other words, don’t abandon your God given courage–don’t let worldly trials and temptations dishearten you to the point of utter discouragement
3. Why? Because God says, “I am thy God.”
4. He says, “I will strengthen you.”
5. He says, ” I will help you.”
6. He adds emphasis and says, “I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.”

At some point in the past, you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior. You believed in Him. You trusted in Him. Perhaps you thought then that you were now living in a state of perfection and victory and there would be nothing but good things coming your way. But you have found it otherwise. You may have experienced trials and troubles, unlike anything you had known before. That is why God put the words into Isaiah’s mouth and moved his pen to write this encouragement, ” Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee;” Latch onto these comforting words and believe them. Say them over in your spirit until they dwell there with confidence and fill your heart with His peace. “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” II Timothy 3:12. “Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.” Job 5:7 We are not yet in Heaven. We will face troubles and conflicts. These things are common to man and especially so are they with Christians. God has promised to “Help you.” Haven’t you found that to be true? Has there been a single day when you have felt God has abandoned you? He upholds you every day with His right hand–His right hand of His righteousness.” No matter the darkness of your days, no matter the severity of your pain, no matter the temptations that the devil shoots at you, you have God on your side. A friend of mine wrote me the other day and said, “I have read the last chapter of the Bible and know everything turns out fine for the child of God.” And he is very right with that statement. You now have the Spirit of Christ living in you. He gives you fresh mercies each day. He has left you a Bible filled with His promises and filled with paths leading you in His righteousness. You are not facing all of this on your own. “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?: Romans 8:31

If you are facing fears today–shake them off. Confess them to God and expect His strength to support you. If you are in severe pain know that God can help you deal with it. Lean on Him. If you are discouraged confess that to God and ask Him to uphold you as He has promised. He will. If you have a loved one near death make sure they know the Lord and then let God take the next watch and rest in His peace. Christians don’t die they move to their heavenly Home. Trust God about this. Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.” John 14:1. There is good reason for some to fear–those who are lost and are afraid to die in that condition.  You need not go on in this fear and troubled heart.  Turn at once to Jesus Christ and call upon His blessed Name.  He will save you completely–for now and for eternity.  He will reserve a Place for you in Heaven and there you will dwell in His House forever.  Pray a prayer like this one and believe it in your heart.  Lord Jesus Christ I know that I am a lost sinner and deserve hell.  Please save me now.  I call upon your Name and accept your clear promise for salvation.  Thank you Lord for saving my soul and help me Lord to live for you. Amen.  If you prayed that prayer please write to me and I will send you additional Scriptures to help you get started right in your new found faith.  If there is a Bible believing church near you go and visit their pastor and tell him about your decision to be saved and your desire to live for the Lord.  You can reach me via email by writing to Ron English–Email: ron.o.english@gmail.com I will be delighted to hear from you and will certainly pray for you and your family.

Ron English, Editor

Ron English, Editor

Have a wonderful day and expect good things from God.  He never fails.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

God is With You in Your Hurting

Editor’s Note: Are you hurting? Has death robbed you of a loved one? Has cancer caused you to retreat to your bed? Are you in a state of depression? Then this word from Charles Spurgeon is for you.

Charles H Spurgeon 3Psalm 23:4
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me.

Behold, how independent of outward circumstances the Holy Ghost can make the Christian! What a bright light may shine within us when it is all dark without! How firm, how happy, how calm, how peaceful we may be, when the world shakes to and fro, and the pillars of the earth are removed! Even death itself, with all its terrible influences, has no power to suspend the music of a Christian’s heart, but rather makes that music become more sweet, more clear, more heavenly, till the last kind act which death can do is to let the earthly strain melt into the heavenly chorus, the temporal joy into the eternal bliss! Let us have confidence, then, in the blessed Spirit’s power to comfort us. Dear reader, are you looking forward to poverty? Fear not; the divine Spirit can give you, in your want, a greater plenty than the rich have in their abundance. You know not what joys may be stored up for you in the cottage around which grace will plant the roses of content. Are you conscious of a growing failure of your bodily powers? Do you expect to suffer long nights of languishing and days of pain? O be not sad! That bed may become a throne to you. You little know how every pang that shoots through your body may be a refining fire to consume your dross-a beam of glory to light up the secret parts of your soul. Are the eyes growing dim? Jesus will be your light. Do the ears fail you? Jesus’ name will be your soul’s best music, and His person your dear delight. Socrates used to say, “Philosophers can be happy without music;” and Christians can be happier than philosophers when all outward causes of rejoicing are withdrawn. In Thee, my God, my heart shall triumph, come what may of ills without! By thy power, O blessed Spirit, my heart shall be exceeding glad, though all things should fail me here below.  –Charles H. Spurgeon

The Battle for Your Mind

Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven

Adrian Rogers / Now in Heaven

Dr. Adrian Rogers can be seen on this video as he preaches a timely message, “The Battle for your mind.” It is a powerful message well thought out, peppered with Scriptures from God’s Word and illustrated from the fertile mind of Dr. Rogers.  While all of Adrian Rogers sermons are good, this one is great and powered by the Holy Spirit.  THE BATTLE FOR YOUR MIND 

http://www.lightsource.com/ministry/love-worth-finding/   

Editor’s Note: If you have a challenge opening the above link then go to Dr. Rogers’ website, www.lwf.org and look for this sermon there.  It is simple to find.

 

Adam’s Sin

wages of sin 4A Devotion by Ron English

Our Text Poster addresses one of the oldest challenges man faces on this earth. Jesus spoke to Adam about his sin before he committed it. Adam was a smart man for he named all of the animals God brought before him. But I am not sure he had a viable concept of what he was getting himself into when he followed his wife in her sin. I know why he did it, but not sure he had a feel for how far-reaching his sin would take the human race and the ultimate cost of that sin. Sin marred the garden, troubled Adam from that day forward and has troubled his kin until this day. Does anyone doubt that sin pays wages? Not cash wages but troubled wages. Every human that has been born into this world has been tagged with Adam’s sin. I hear it said every now and then that we are made in the image of God. I don’t believe that. We are made in the image of Adam. We are his kin. Adam was made in the image of God. I heard Adrian Rogers say yesterday (in a recording) the same thing. He asked his congregation to look around– do you think this crowd looks like God? God created the heavens and the earth. He hung the stars and the sun and the moon. He created a beautiful earth and he created Adam and took a rib from his side and made him a beautiful helpmeet. Adam and Eve spoiled the picture perfect setting of heaven on earth. Every war, every crime, every illness, every trouble man faces all can be traced back to that Garden scene of the tragedy of Adam’s sin. I saw 60 Minutes yesterday and the story segment of the Sudan and those poor, poor people who have no idea where their next meal will come. The USA is sending relief nearly every day, but it is so little for so many. I saw that large cargo jet come in at 195 miles an hour high in the sky and dump tons of food that splattered on the ground. More by parachutes. Those poor people scrambling for that precious food. Their plight can be traced back to Adam in the Garden. I don’t think Adam could see that in his wake. But it is there. Our Text Poster says there is a wage connected to what he did. “The wages of sin is death…” I saw a poster yesterday where an atheist asked a Christian why his God didn’t show himself so all could see Him. The Christian said, “He did. And they crucified Him.” Don’t you think if God with His Omniscience and Omnipotence could have come up with a better plan to redeem sinful man He would have done so? There was no human ever to be born that qualified to pay the redemption price. So God had to arrange to send a baby–His only begotten Son to do the job. The first Adam lost everything and the Second Adam redeemed him. “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.” That great truth was fleshed out when Jesus declared to His disciples just before He was crucified for our sins–”I am the way, the truth, and the life…” And then Jesus confirmed in that verse what I have plainly stated in this devotion. There was not another way. He was it! “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. Jesus is the only Way to Heaven. He is the only Person the Father will consider in the salvation and redemption plan. The world of religion and the secular wickedness of man looks for another way. But they look in vain. Jesus is the Way. He is the Truth. He is the Life. If you reject Him you will one day face God in your sins.There will be no discussion of the matter, no reasoning of your situation, no excuses will satisfy His holiness. Some might think today that God is unreasonable in His narrow plan. Yes, He is. Wide is the gate that opens to the wrong road and destruction. Many are on that road today. Strait is the gate and narrow the way that leads to eternal life. Few will ever find it. That is why Jesus commissioned His disciples to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. Have you heard that Gospel and believed it? “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

We Shall All Meet God One Day

Dr. Joe Henry Hankins said, “We shall all meet God one day. If you die in your sins you will have to meet God in your sins.” What an awful meeting day that will be. “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:31 “You may meet God without a moments notice. If you are not saved nothing else matters.”

Joe Henry Hankins

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