Mom Diagnosed with Cancer
The beginning of last month, my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She later went to MD Anderson in Houston, TX on the 16th, and they told her that she was misdiagnosed. My buddy Mike Collins wrote that perhaps she was healed. After talking to my folks about a prophecy they received, I now hold that she was in fact healed.
My dad was in his weekly Bible study fellowship early morning earlier last month. One of the guys who is in that study called my dad from Nigeria. The guy, Rusty, met a native pastor over there who asked him if he had a close friend who was recently diagnosed with cancer and whose family has led many people to Christ. Rusty told him that was correct. The pastor told him that she would receive news that she was healed by the 24th of last month.
Dad immediately ran back home and found Mom dejected. As soon as he told her, her face lit up and asked, "Could this be?" Mom soon found out the corrected diagnosis. Yes, God still does miracles!
Tara speaks to mission teamTraining
Tara and I were privileged to share with Upland, CA Christian Academy high school mission team at Southeast Christian Church in Murray, UT. Our good friend and board member Brett Kunkle was leading the trip. Tara shared her story of coming out of Mormonism and I shared on how to test the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. The team was quite large: about 50 to 60 students and leaders.
We had a small group over for dinner and to hear Tom Krause share his story. You can see the pictures here and the video here.
Touring Temple Square
Rob sharingOur good friends Chris and Lydia Barlow (ministry partners from Ft. Collins, CO) came to visit us for several days. We got to take them to Temple Square, since Chris has never been. It has been ages since I was on Temple Square. I kept a low profile and fortunately did not get kicked off.
While there, I noticed a painting I’ve never noticed before in the North Visitor’s Center. It was a picture of Jesus on the cross with the two thieves on each side of Him. This was quite surprising, since LDS generally downplay any representation of the cross and usually say along with their last president that they like to focus on the living Christ rather than a dead one. I have also heard them say for as long as I can remember, “If your brother died by being shot from a gun, would you memorialize him by wearing one around your neck?”
Not sure if this painting is new or not, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it signals a new outreach of kissing up to the Christian religion they are parasitic of. In fact, I’ve been told from different
With Barlowssources that the new temple being built in Rome has the image of a cross on its front doors!
Questioning Mormonism and Christianity?
With help from Chris and Lydia, we set up a 6 email course (1 per week) on MormonInfo.org. These emails will help individuals transitioning out of Mormonism and into Christianity. I have structured it by referencing homework (including LDS sources) to read each week on the following various topics: Are feelings trustworthy?, Is Joseph Smith trustworthy?, Is the Book of Mormon trustworthy?, Is the Bible trustworthy?, Who is God, Jesus, and what is the gospel?, and Where do I go from here? When completed, those who sign up will be automatically unsubscribed. If you’re interested in signing up, simply go to MormonInfo.org and wait for the drop-down or hit the link near the top of the page.
Muslim Site Back Up
We accidentally let MuslimInfo.org go and it is now for some clothing chain. A friend of mine, Raul Hogland, wrote me to encourage me to get something back up, since Islam continues to be more of a pressing issue to Western civilization. So I am happy to announce we have relaunched the site as MuhammadLied.Info. I also have another buddy who is more skilled on Islam than I am and he will be adding to the site, so please check back on occasion.
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Be strong and courageous (Joshua 1:6)!
President, Courageous Christians United
"I just can't help but laugh at all the mental gymnastics some of these people go though for "The true church". Keep doing what you're doing, this site is great. I hope you don't let the zealots get to you."
[In reference to our last Meetup:] Delicious meal, extremely hospitable and terrific testimony!
Your name and email were given to me by a Bill McKeever. I am attempting to locate a support group for those people who have left Mormonism. It is a difficult journey. I live in Lehi but would be willing to travel to West Jordan for meetings. Please contact me if you know of any locations or appropriate groups.
[I replied:] We meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at 5 PM. Please come this Saturday! Please hit "Follow This Site" on the bottom right of http://www.meettheexmormons.org/ and then RSVP.
We have 2 missions teams scheduled to come to Manti this summer…one for each week of the pageant. With the primary street being sold, (and the food court being gone), we’re wondering if we need to figure out some alternate evangelism ideas. I thought I’d check with you, and some others and kinda get a feel for what others are planning on doing. Business as usual, or one of the Tri Grace outreach events, or something else entirely? Any thoughts/input would be appreciated!
[I replied:] It's all up in the air. However, there will always be evangelism during the event in public places: street and park. And there will always be evangelism in restaurants. Sure, it probably won't be as fun for the evangelists, but evangelism shouldn't have that as a priority. People still have to walk to the pageant on public streets. It will be interesting seeing how this will change things, but I still plan on evangelizing and advertising my site.
Dialogue on one of our YouTube videos:
Am not a big fan of Mormons, but this guy's [Rob Sivulka] a loser
[I replied:] Well if you watched the video, I won and got where I wanted.
[He replied:] And what? Who gives a &^%* what they do? I'm not pro Mormon, but don't you have better, more productive things to do?
[I replied:] Followers of Jesus love the lost and Mormons are lost. And why always do the most productive? And don't you have more productive things to be doing than attempting to micro-manage how I spend my time?