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Rett Copple really knows how to stir up some fun at the Richmond Ice Rink.  About halfway through this video you’ll notice that the police officer wants in on the fun too.  Happy Friday everyone!



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Well, this whole “event” has really taken on a life of its own.  I wanted to take a brief minute to clear some things up. 

I do not have any animosity towards anyone at the mall.  The wiccan, the security guard, the head of security all need prayer.  Do I feel that the wiccan singled us out because she doesn’t like our message?  Yes.  Does that mean I wish her ill or want revenge on her? Nope.  Did the security guard act unprofessionally by lying to us and to his supervisor?  Indeed.  Do I have anger or hatred towards him?  No way.  Did the head of security get completely out of line by asking me if I was stupid several times when I was talking with him over the phone yesterday?  He did.  Do I think he would bend the rules for us because we were spreading God’s word?  Not a chance.

Let me be clear, Ron and I broke the rules of the mall, which is private property.  We were punished for those actions.  Whether we think, you think, or anyone else thinks a 1 year banning from all mall property (except Panera) is harsh doesn’t matter.  We accept our consequences like the adults we are.

Finally, I’ve had a couple of people ask what we were talking to people about.  Plain and simple, we were explaining the Law and the gospel to folks.  We were explaining that without Christ, when you die, you will end up in hell. 

Let me use this opportunity to spell out in detail the message that Ron and I always stick to when discussing the gospel with folks.

What do you think a person needs to do to get to heaven?  Do you basically have to be a good person and hope that God overlooks any wrongdoing you’ve done here on Earth?  Hope that the good outweighs the bad?

Well, consider this, have you ever lied? Have you ever stolen? Have you ever taken God’s name in vain? Have you ever murdered in your heart by hating another person or by being angry without cause? Then, according to God’s perfect and holy standard, you are a lying, thieving, blasphemous, murderer at heart. The Bible says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31)—the God who created you and before whom you will one day stand.

If God finds you guilty of breaking His Law, then He must punish you. And the punishment for sinning against God is eternity in hell (Revelation 21:8). But there is good news! God has provided a way for you to be rescued from His wrath to come.

Two thousand years ago, God the Father sent His Son Jesus Christ (fully God and fully man) to this earth (John 1:14). He lived the perfect life that you cannot live. He was nailed to a cross, shed His blood, and died taking upon Himself the wrath of God sinners deserve (Mark 15:22-26). Three days later, He rose from the dead defeating sin and death. As a result of Jesus Christ’s perfect life, shed blood, death, burial, and resurrection, God grants forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who believe (John 3:16). But in order for this to happen, Jesus said you must be “born again” (John 3:3). Being born again is a supernatural work that only God can do when He gives you a new heart and dwells in you in the person of the Holy Spirit. This change results in a hunger for righteousness that will cause you to repent, turn from your sins, and put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior.

We are but specks on a planet that is a mere speck, in a vast Universe that God holds in the palm of His hand. Your life is but a vapor. You have no idea what tomorrow will bring. Will you even awake in the morning? Repent and believe the gospel of Jesus Christ while you still have time. Read the Bible every day and obey what it says.

Consider our motives.  We never ask people to join a church, give money, or make any decisions.  We give them the truth and let them consider it until they are ready to repent and trust in Christ alone for salvation.  In the past 3 years of actively sharing my faith, I can tell you that only 1-2 people have acted aggressively towards me when I’ve shared the above message. 

I hope this clears up any misconceptions or questions anyone might have.  I also pray that Christ is exalted through this and through anything that I’ve done and will continue to do.

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I’m not sure really how to tell this story.  I guess I should just start from the beginning, huh?

Last night, my fellow RVA Seed Sower, Ron Fletcher, and I went to Southpark Mall to discuss the gospel with folks and hand out gospel tracts.  We did both.  After being there for about 20 minutes a security officer stopped us and told us that we needed to stop soliciting the mall’s customers by handing out our tracts.  We agreed that we would stop.  Ron and I thought that would be the end. 

The officer then went on to say that we caused “several” people to complain.  That’s where the story gets interesting.  Ron and I both know that was a lie.  How?  Well for several reasons.  One, the officer is a larger man than I am, so we would’ve noticed him following us (unfortunately, we’ve gotten good at noticing who’s following us at the mall).  Two, everyone we spoke with was very cordial and left the mall property shortly after we spoke with them.  Three, and most importantly, we saw who the officer was talking with before he came over to us.  Why is that important?  The lady he was speaking with has said to us before that she doesn’t believe in Christianity as she is a Wiccan and doesn’t like us telling others about Christ.  Since we knew the officer was lying about the number of “complaints” he received, we called him on it and asked who complained.  He didn’t like that, as most people wouldn’t, but how can you try to enforce a rule on private property while using deception as a means to enforce that rule? 

Fast forward, the officer got upset and called his supervisor.  The supervisor said over the phone that he’d like us to leave the mall, which we agreed to do.  Then it gets even more interesting.  The officer lied AGAIN and told his supervisor that we refused to leave and that he was calling police.  We said that was fine and that we would wait for the police to arrive since we hadn’t broken any laws at all.

A police officer showed up and agreed that we had broken no laws but we had to follow whatever the mall said as the mall is private property.  The security officer then said that we were banned from the premises for a year.  Fine.  No sweat.  Thank you very little…moving on.  The security officer then said we had to give him our information, including our SS#’s, which we declined.  The police officer agreed that we had to do no such thing, and we left.

So why do I recount this story?  Several reasons.  People are truly hostile to the gospel.  All of this started because a Wiccan doesn’t think we should be talking to others about Christ.  She needs prayer badly.  I also tell this story because I was remined again at how quickly mankind will resort to dishonesty or deception if they feel their authority is being diminished, even when they think they are doing the right thing.  Please understand, Ron and I agreed to stop handing out tracts.  It only turned ugly when the security officer lied.  He had no reason to lie except to make a case that he had already made.  Finally, I do count it a blessing to have suffered persecution, HOWEVER SMALL, in the action of spreading the gospel of Christ.

Thoughts anyone?

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Tony Miano from The Lawman Chronicles, issued Operation Good Friday last week.  Essentially, the challenge called all Christians within the sound of Tony’s internet voice to read aloud in public all of Matthew 26-28 on Good Friday.

When I read the challenge intially I was filled with bluster and immediately accepted the challenge.  This shouldn’t be hard, right?  I told everyone I could because I knew if I didn’t, I’d probably chicken out.  I’m fairly active in 1-on-1 evangelism, but I’ve never open aired before, so this would really be stepping out of my comfort zone.

Good Friday comes.  I remind everyone that I’d be in Old Towne Petersburg.  I get home from work, and Belinda and I head over.  At this point, I hadn’t heard from anyone that they would be able to make it for support.  I was beginning to think that I would be able to chicken out without anyone knowing.  WRONG!

God is so faithful.  A great group of folks showed up as my rent-a-crowd.  The reading of the word of God out loud was AWESOME!  This challenge blessed me so much.

I read the passage of scripture out loud while standing on a bench in Old Towne Petersburg during Friday at the Arts.  From what everyone said, people were interested in what I was reading.  Several people looked on in curiosity.  No one heckled.  Can’t ask for much more than that!

I’m interested to see if open reading or preaching is a road God wants me to go down…hmmm…Only time will tell.

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