Football Evangelism News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

HE must increase, i must decreaseThis praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).

2017 PADSA Easter Soccer Tournament

We give thanks to GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for allowing us to be of service to HIM at the Easter Soccer Tournament at the Northdale Stadium as in 2016.

This year we attended on Saturday 15th and Monday 17th April 2017 where many Gospel tracts were handed out and Christ Jesus the Saviour of the world was proclaimed.

PIC000 PIC001 PIC002 PIC003 PIC004 PIC005 We met and spoke to current Pirates’ coaches and past MDFA Pirates players such as Stevie Ruiters and even a referee stopped by to chat. Also recognised by some spectators from yesteryear who also received Gospel literature.

Whilst we did have no problems with the distribution of Christian literature and speaking to players and spectators, an official organiser (?) did try to move us from our position claiming we were obstructing the thoroughfare between the main field and the top outer fields, when clearly crowd support was down on past years and there was not much foot traffic passing that way at that time! He indicated towards a place that was muddy and unclean. We however did move the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and Gospel tract holders in the opposite direction up against a pillar which had more visibility for the time we were there! Praise be to GOD alone!

2016/17 PSL Season 

Cape Town CityThe PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Cape Town City that was to take place on Friday evening the 28th April 2017 at the Harry Gwala Stadium was rescheduled to take place on the following Monday afternoon the 1st May 2017 at 15:00 at the same venue.

Early on with our neighbours at the Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City match Gary invited some of our neighbours to the football match and handed out Gospel literature after the game. It was really encouraging when the youngsters eagerly jumped in and asked if they could hand out some tracts coming back for more tracts each time until the tracts were finished and klaar!

We were unable to attend the Maritzburg United home fixtures on Wednesday 10th May 2017 against Platinum Stars and the last fixture of the season on Saturday 27th May 2017 against Bloemfontein Celtic. However, GOD willing, we do look forward to being out in the LORD’s harvest field at the PSL 2017/18 football matches for HIS glory proclaiming the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On Saturday 6th May, 2017, Pirates FC played in the MDFA 5-a-side tournament at the Collegians Club in Pietermaritzburg. The Under 10s again finished Runners-Up to Soccer Kids Academy in the Final that went to extra-time losing 0-1 after having beaten the same side 1-0 in the round-robin League stage.

Pirates 'White' Under 10 Final Runners-UpPirates ‘White’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- L-R : Thando Hlophe, Cee-Jay Mulder, Curt Rogers, Kaydon Adonis, Malachi Momplé, Azande Zondi and ‘Kofi’ Atta.

Record: League – Soccer Kids 1-0, Westside Lads 2-2, Savages Blues 6-0, Savages Ballies 1-0, Savages Rangers 3-0, Pirates Black 5-0, Savages United 9-0. [Pos.1 P.7 W.6 D.1 L.0 GF.27 GA.2 Pts.19 GD.+25] Semi-Final – Westside Lads 2-0. Final – Soccer Kids Academy (0)0-(0)1 a.e.t.

Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside Lads Curt Rogers vs. Westside LadsMalachi Momplé vs. Westside Lads Cee-Jay Mulder and Kaydon Adonis vs. Westside LadsCee-Jay Mulder turns a Westside Lads' defender Kaydon Adonis and Cee-Jay Mulder vs. Westside LadsKaydon Adonis and Curt Rogers attacking vs. Westside Lads Malachi Momplé and Curt Rogers dribbling vs. Westside Lads'Kofi' Atta makes the tackle vs. Westside Lads 'Kofi' Atta supports Cee-Jay Mulder taking on the Savages Blue defenceCurt Rogers controlling midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé vs. Savages BlueCurt Rogers determination, 'Kofi' Atta and Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blue Great save by Azande Zondi vs. Savages BlueThando Hlophe attacking vs. Savages Blue 'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers dropping back vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta and Curt Rogers defending in midfield vs. Savages Blue Malachi Momplé and 'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue'Kofi' Atta vs. Savages Blue Thando Hlophe vs. Savages Blu'Kofi' Atta, Thando Hlophe and Curt Rogers on the charge vs. Savages Blue Goal vs. Savages BluePirates taking on the Savages' defence Pirates shot goes wide vs. Savages BluePirates lining up to receive their medals watched by Soccer kids Academy Coach Miles Rogers presents Malachi Momplé with his medal, watched by 'Kofi' Atta in lineSoccer Kids Academy going forward to receive their winners' medals applauded by the Pirates players Back Row: Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach). Front Row: Thando Hlophe, 'Kofi' Atta, Azande Zondi, Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder. Laying: Curt Rogers. We give thanks to GOD for the skills, talent and abilities all the boys showed during the course of the day and their fair play. We also pray GOD opens doors for the Gospel of HIS blessed Son our Lord Jesus Christ to be proclaimed during the junior football season going forward.           

Soli Deo Gloria  _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 1-0 against Cape Town City, drew 0-0 with Platinum Stars and drew 1-1 with Bloemfontein Celtic.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Some Straight Talking

This is a new Gospel tract . . .

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Some

Straight

Talking

 

No Sugar-Coating;

No Beating about the Bush;

Just the Plain, Gospel Truth . . .

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

Who is Jesus Christ?

   You may have no idea. You may not care. You may think you know something about Him, or you may think you know all about Him. You may even claim to be one of His disciples. Or you may not.

   That He was a true man who lived on earth some 2000 years ago is a well-attested fact of history. No single individual who has ever lived has had such an effect, such an impact, on the world. For 2000 years, He has dominated the history of the human race. Many have loved Him more than life itself. Many have hated Him and those who follow Him. Who was He? Who is He? And why does He matter? Should He matter to you?

   Jesus once asked His disciples this question: “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

   There were many opinions about Him, and His disciples told Him what men were saying. But then He said to them, “But whom say ye that I am?”

   One of His disciples, Simon Peter, answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus exclaimed, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” This is found in the Bible, in Matthew 16:13-17.

   “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” Reader, you may have heard the opinions of many men about Jesus. Some say one thing, some say another. But hear Jesus speaking: “But whom say ye that I am?” Whom do you say that He is? Men’s opinions count for nothing; all that matters is the truth. The answer to the question Jesus asked is the most important answer that you will ever give to any question in your life. Do you answer that you don’t know? Or that you don’t care? Perhaps you answer that He was just a man? Perhaps a great man, perhaps even a prophet, but no more than that? Jesus certainly claimed to be much more than that! He claimed to be the Christ, the Son of the living God. And He also claimed to be the only way, truth, and life; and that no man comes to God the Father, but by Him (John 14:6). And the Bible, which tells us about Him, says of Him: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, where we must be saved” (Acts 4:12) – saved from our sins.

   The true Gospel has nothing to do with meetings using crowd-pulling gimmicks, providing “thrills” or “entertainment,” nor has it anything to do with wild promises about bodily “healing” and other “miracles,” nor is it about pomp and ritual, nor is it a political message, nor a social one, nor is it driven by “pop psychology”. What you are about to read is the simple, plain, Gospel truth. No sugar-coating to make it more palatable, no beating about the bush. Just the plain, Gospel truth about Jesus Christ, the only Lord and Saviour.

   Perhaps you are burdened by a sense of your sin, and are longing to be at peace with God? Then read on! The Bible says, “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country” (Proverbs 25:25). The Gospel means the glad tidings, or good news; and truly, the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is good news from a “far country,” from heaven itself, “good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10), the greatest news ever heard on earth: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”! (1 Timothy 1:15). And “He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him”! (Hebrews 7:25).

   The fact is, all men and women are sinners, and sin is a terrible thing: it is the transgression of the perfect and holy law of God, and it has separated all mankind from God. Those who die in their sins suffer the torments of eternal fire. Jesus said, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13,14). The Lord Jesus Christ Himself is that strait gate, and narrow way, that leads to life! “I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said; “no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). If you, then, are asking, “What must I do to be saved from my sins?” here is the answer: “Repent”! (Acts 2:38); and, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). Forsake your sin, repent of it, turn from it, and believe, with all your heart, in Jesus Christ! To believe in Him is more, much more, than merely an intellectual head-knowledge about Him; it is to cast yourself upon Him, by faith, for salvation. He is the Son of the living God, holy, harmless, undefiled, sinless, the only Lord and Saviour.

   He died on a cross, He was crucified, not for His own sins – for He had none of His own – but for the sins of His chosen people, those given to Him by His heavenly Father to save, paying the penalty for sin in their place, shedding His blood to redeem them. And after dying in their place, the wrath of God being poured out upon Him, having satisfied the justice of God and having put away the sins of those He died for by the sacrifice of Himself, He rose from the dead, victorious over death, sin, and Satan; and He gives eternal life to as many as the Father has given Him. Eternal life cannot be earned, and it cannot be bought; it is the gift of God through Jesus Christ the Lord. He alone is the One who can save the soul and set the spiritual captive free! Forsake your sin, turn to the Lord by faith, and be saved!

SHAUN WILLCOCK

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GAME OVER

This is a new Gospel tract . . .

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~ A Real Tragedy ~

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: http://www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

  You find yourself daily trusting in planes, trains and automobiles, mechanical equipment and human decisions. Just getting to this place you possibly placed your trust and life in the hands of persons you had never met before and man made things.

  Statistics reveal that as many as 150 000 people die daily in any 24 hour period around the world. You might be wondering why this information is being made available to you. The reason is that daily we are a breath away from dying and the reality is that we will some day meet this inevitable event. When you die, will you be ready to pass on into eternity? Think for a moment of the following football tragedies that took place ‘somewhat unexpectantly’:

The Busby Babes  * 1958 – The Munich Disaster – On 6 February the Manchester United team were on their way back from a European Cup-tie in Belgrade. They had stopped in Munich and were taking off again in bitterly cold, bleak conditions when the plane suddenly dipped and crashed even before it was clear of the airport. Eight players, eight journalists and seven others, including United officials and air crew, lost their lives. Sir Matt Busby, manager of the great team, once said, “My life had been spared, though it still hung on only by a thread. I wanted to die.” That is how close ‘The Busby Babes’ had become and just how tragic the crash in Munich was.

Juventus supporters  * 1985 – The Heysel Stadium disaster occurred on 29 May when escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Juventus of Italy and Liverpool of England. 39 Juventus supporters lost their lives on that fateful evening.

Hillsborough disaster   * April 15, 1989 at the Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield England, 96 Liverpool fans were crushed to death when fans arriving after kick-off, at an FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest, packed into an already overcrowded standing terracing area crushing the unsuspecting supporters in the front row up against metal fencing resulting in many deaths from suffocation.

Zambian National Team memorial  * 1993 – The Zambian National Team – The disaster occurred in the late evening of 27 April when a Zambian Air Force de Havilland Canada DHC-5D Buffalo (Reg.: AF-319) ditched into the Atlantic Ocean about 500 metres offshore from Libreville, Gabon. The flight was carrying most of the Zambian National Football team to a FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Senegal in Dakar. All 30 passengers and crew, including 18 players, as well as the national team coach and support staff, died in the accident.

Ellis Park Stadium tragedy  * April 11, 2001 at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, a stampede at an ‘Orlando Derby’ soccer match between arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates led to the death of 43 supporters.

  You might be wondering at this point what the foregoing incidents have to do with “You”. If you were to place yourself at the scene of one of the tragedies minutes before mayhem erupted around you and the chances were 1-in-1 that you would be a victim of early death would you want to be warned in advance of the events that would unfold – to warn you of your soul passing through death prematurely into eternity. The reality is that those souls who lost their lives under such tragic circumstances never knew their time had arrived, but they died on time, not neither a second earlier nor a second too late.

  You could find yourself sitting in a stadium enjoying worldly entertainment and trusting the seat you are in not knowing that death awaits you just minutes away.

  Have you ever considered what happens to you when you die? And what do you think the dead players, officials, fans and media persons were thinking of leading up to their deaths? Had they considered their eternal destination? Do you think they considered where their spirit would spend eternity? And, how about you? Have you thought about heaven and hell and whether these places do exist? Or do you think when you die it is just “Game Over”.

  We are warned in GOD’s Word, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27), in love we come to you with this urgent message. As you have to appear before the Judge of the Universe do you think you are ‘good enough’ to enter GOD’s heaven?

  You have a conscience so please listen to the inner voice that tells you what is right action and what is wrong action. If you answered “Yes” – or something similar to being ‘good’ – it would not be out of the ordinary to see if that is in fact true. The way “YOU” can evaluate your ‘goodness’ is by using GOD’s Moral Law (The Ten Commandments), His perfect and righteous standards. Do you think you have kept them? Let’s see how you will fare . . .

  Have you ever told a lie in violation of the 9th Commandment? As a supporter or athlete have you ever tried to deceive the referee/umpire or an opponent by trying to gain an unfair advantage – that is lying? Or have you broken the 8th Commandment by stealing anything? The value or size of the object is irrelevant. Be honest and listen to your conscience. Remember piracy is also theft. Have you ever committed adultery in violation of the 7th Commandment? You don’t have to be married to break this law. Jesus said, 27Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27,28. Have you looked with lust/sexual desire be it heterosexual or homosexual? This is also an offence to women who look with lust at men. A woman who dresses seductively in immodesty to seduce men’s eyes and cause them to lust after her is called an adulteress (Proverbs 6:24-29). Or have you had sex outside of marriage (fornication)? Or have you ever used GOD’s Holy name or His Son Jesus’ name in vain – as a swear word? This is blasphemy and GOD’s Word says He will hold all who violate this 3rd Commandment to be guilty. Possibly you have hated someone by calling them names – you will be judged as a murderer for you have committed murder in your heart in violation of the 6th Commandment.

  If you have answered “yes” to any of the above questions GOD sees you as a liar, a thief, an adulterer-at-heart and/or fornicator, a blasphemer and a murderer. These are only five of the Ten Commandments that you have answered to, and there are still five more cannons of GOD’s Law pointed at you. Have you always placed GOD as number one in your life or do you bow the knee or worship idols and false gods? Or maybe your soccer worship is your idol. This is idolatry and the Bible says idolaters will be cast into the lake of fire. The Word of GOD says that if you break one commandment at any point, you have broken the whole Law (at every level). Therefore you have broken all the commandments and GOD’s wrath is against you. When GOD judges you by His Moral Standards on the Day of Judgment you will be found to be guilty and you will be sentenced to hell – His prison. Does this concern you? It should concern you, because we are concerned for you too. The Bible says: “9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9,10.

  And in Revelation 21:8 the Holy Scriptures read: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

  Scripture says GOD has “no pleasure in the death of the wicked” (Ezekiel 33:11) and He calls for them to turn and live. So, do you know what GOD did for you about 2000 years ago? Do not deceive yourself – you are not good. You are a sinner who is deserving of hell. But GOD is Good and in His mercy and grace towards you and all humanity GOD became a Man to die in your place. It is like this – you broke GOD’s Law and He paid your fine in His Son’s precious life’s blood. Jesus Christ the sent Messiah was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin named Mary and who came to dwell upon the earth as Immanuel (GOD with us). In obedience to His Father, the Lord Jesus lay down His life for all sinners and was sacrificed in your and humanity’s place upon the cross at Calvary. He was crucified, bruised and crushed for our lawlessness. Jesus the sent Saviour of the world took the full extent of GOD’s wrath upon Himself to die in your place. He died and was laid in a tomb and on the third day He was raised to life by the power of the Holy Spirit defeating sin, Satan and death. There were on many occasions witnesses that testify that He was raised from the dead, and Jesus ascended into heaven where He now sits at the right hand of GOD the Father interceding on our behalf from where He will one day return to “judge the world in Righteousness.” – Acts 17:31

  The Bible says that the only way to enter into heaven is to be born-again of the Spirit and be baptised in water. You need to humble yourself as a sinner before GOD and ask Him to forgive your lawless sins, repent of (turn away and forsake) your sin and put your trust and faith only in the Lord Jesus as your Saviour and Redeemer. Then you will move from death to life and you will be reconciled to GOD as His child and He will grant you His gift of eternal life. GOD will not forsake you as it is impossible for Him to lie. Then read your Bible daily and believe and live out what it tells you.

  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16

  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

  So, why wait for another minute, hour, day, week or month to pass by? Get right with God today – (. . . behold, now is the day of salvation) – II Corinthians 6:2. Remember all the memories, the accolades, medals and trophies, degrees and the like that you have accumulated through-out your life are worthless and cannot save you, “36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36,37). You need a living Saviour to save your soul.clip_image012

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Evangelism and Football News

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Baroka This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). The PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Baroka F.C. that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium on the evening of Friday 14th April 2017 had its kick-off time brought forward from 20:00 to 17:00 as the fixture was on the ‘Good Friday’ holiday. Besides not knowing of the change in kick-off time Jono and Gary cancelled the outreach due to the heavy thundershowers the entire afternoon.

As usual, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 28th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

       Maritzburg United                         Cape Town City   

Maritzburg United vs. Cape Town City

PMB Pirates Football Club News

On another note, Gary is an assistant coach at PMB Pirates FC in the amateur Under 10/11 age group. As part of his evangelism ministry he has prayed for GOD to open a door for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to go through and be made known to players, parents, coaches and club staff. We endeavour to train the children holistically with the objective of having healthy minds, bodies and souls, and by keeping them off the streets in their communities, keeping the children active in football as they apply their GOD-given talents and skills. May our LORD use His servants on match days to reach many who are of other faiths and religions, where many of our football opponents are Roman Catholics, Muslims and Hindus.

On Saturday 8th April, 2017, Pirates FC hosted a 5-a-side tournament in Woodlands in celebration of their 120th anniversary (1897-2017). A full day of football was ended off with a prize-giving and some Gospel tract distribution.

Curt and Malachi on the ball Kaydon and Thando Curt, Thando and Malachi046 047 048 Bryce Moon of Maritzburg United in the yellow played his junior football at Pirates F.C.  My grandson Cee-Jay receiving his medal  with Curt to the right 

Pirates F.C. Under 10 Runners-Up 5-a-side team Pirates ‘Black’ Under 10 Final Runners-Up:- Back L-R : Gary Crous (Asst. Coach), Miles Rogers (Head Coach); Centre L-R : Thando Hlope, Kaydon Adonis, Curt Rogers; Front L-R : Malachi Momplé, Cee-Jay Mulder.

Whilst every competing child in the tournament is a “Winner” there are some who do obtain podium positions, which were as follows:

U6 1st Pirates Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U7 1st Savages FC – 2nd Pirates FC

U9 1st Pirates White – 2nd Savages FC

U10 1st Soccer Kids – 2nd Pirates Black

U11 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates Black

U13 1st MSAE Beta – 2nd Savages Red

U15 1st StaxC Blue – 2nd Pirates FC

U17 1st StaxC Red – 2nd Pirates FC

Soli Deo Gloria _________________________________

Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 3-1 against Baroka F.C.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017

Evangelism at the United vs Ajax Match 2016/17

15  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
~ Mark 16:15,16

Ajax Cape Town This praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On the evening of Saturday 1st April 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Ajax Cape Town that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

This was our first time to preach in the vicinity of the North Gate to the stadium as opposed to the South Gate, which was our previously advertised ‘fishing’ area. We immediately, after committing the outreach to our Lord GOD in prayer, engaged a car-guard in conversation. He is a Shembe Nazareth believer who follows after their prophet Isaiah Shembe. We made it clear from the beginning that this man – later to learn that his second name is Immanuel – was in violation of the Ten Commandments to which they staunchly hold to. Firstly, he was smoking at the time and if I am not mistaken there appeared to be the smell of alcohol on his breath – two vices Shembe Nazarenes are forbidden to partake in. Secondly, we brought to his attention that as they hold to the Sabbath day (Saturday) whilst he was working they are not to work. The conversation revolved around him trusting in a prophet – a false prophet – who is seen as the ‘messiah’ of the black African man whilst they see the Lord Jesus Christ only as the Messiah of the white man. Straight up their religion is based along racial lines. Shembe believers are deceived of the devil following after a man-centred-religion that has so many factions due to their continuous court case battles as to who owns the ‘church’. Then they are divided not recognising the other factions as ‘true Shembe churches.’ He told us he needed to leave after we told him that if he does not have the Lord Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour Who can bring him out of darkness into the light, he is therefore not a child of GOD, but a child of the devil. That statement appeared to rock his world as he walked down the road away from the stadium. We did pray for him as he went down the road.

Later, we also had some conversations with drunk Roman Catholic men – one young African man even had an Afrikaans name Andries. Much literature was handed to them for closer examination especially when Andries tried to make our Lord Jesus Christ into a ‘holy bartender’ when He made water into wine at the wedding in Cana (see John 2:1-11). Wicked men who lust for drunkenness will always try twisting Scripture to fit with their own world view. The wine they were drinking was not the fermented poison of today, for our Lord Jesus would have contravened His own Word where we read,

15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! ~ Habakkuk 2:15

1  Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. ~ Proverb 20:1 

9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 
10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 
11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. ~ I Corinthians 6:9-11 (my emphasis) 

Our third encounter with spectators took place when Gary started to preach to a group of persons doing some ‘exercise’ on some public equipment outside the stadium leading up to the North Gate. Whilst a man and a woman left the area and the man was making some comments against the preaching, three men listened for a while then came over and stood in front of the ‘Are You Ready’ cross and said that they want to hear more. These three males – the one who we addressed most was Ally from Tanzania – and they were Muslims. They listened intently and interacted as we went through the Law of GOD given to the prophet Moses. We dealt with the differences between the ‘prophet’ Mohammed and our Lord Jesus Christ also addressing their religion of so-called peace and the true Prince of Peace Jesus. However, as the conversation was progressing, one of the three started pulling another away indicating that they must go, just before we were about to share why they have to be born again through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ally and the other two had taken Scripture tracts and Ally intimated that he would contact us. Well we trust if he does, so-be-it. If not, he heard sufficiently and has material to contemplate.

The time leading up to kick-off we handed out much literature to groups of fans as they made their way to the stadium’s entrance. Kindly pray with us that those lost in their sin who received GOD’s Word will cry out to GOD for mercy and grace and be saved.

In closing, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Friday evening the 14th April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:00

        Maritzburg United                   Baroka

Maritzburg United vs. Baroka FCSoli Deo Gloria

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Footnotes:

* For the record Maritzburg United won 2-1 against Ajax Cape Town.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017 *** NEW TRACT ***

Evangelism at the United vs Chiefs Match 2016/17

9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

Kaizer Chiefs This belated praise report is solely for GOD’s glory alone and that no attention be directed our-way! “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). On the evening of Saturday 11th February 2017, Jono and Gary attended at the PSL football match between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs, the Amakhozi, that took place at the Harry Gwala Stadium.

Prior to the evening preaching which was limited to Gospel tract distribution as a severe thunderstorm was brewing, we had been in Church Street in the Pietermaritzburg CBD during the afternoon putting the sound system through its paces with the preaching of the Gospel of GOD. Much literature was also given out then. Later in the evening, as fore-stated whilst the thunderstorm brewed and lightening was all about and the wind picked up, it appeared many spectators had not made preparation and had come unprepared for the heavy downpour that would follow. The simple message that was given out with the literature is that eternity is approaching each and every person and yet no preparation is given “to meet thy God” as we are reminded in Scripture,

11  I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
12  Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. ~ Amos 4:11-13 

Free State StarsThen on the Sunday afternoon of 26th February 2017 when Maritzburg United entertained Free State Stars at home we did not go out to evangelise at the match.

However, we do request that you kindly keep us in prayer for our next PSL football outreach, Lord willing, at the Harry Gwala Stadium’s North Gate, being on Saturday evening the 1st April, 2017 from about 18:00 – 20:15

    Maritzburg United                         Ajax Cape Town

Maritzburg United vs. Ajax Cape TownSoli Deo Gloria 01

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Footnotes:

* For the records Maritzburg United lost 1-2 against Kaizer Chiefs and won 2-1 against Free State Stars.

> Maritzburg United 2016/17 Home Fixtures @ Harry Gwala – posted August 24, 2016

> My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking! Tract – posted March 26, 2017 *** NEW TRACT ***

‘My Friends Are Dying And, Though They Be Alive, They Are Dead Men Walking!’ Tract

My Friends Are Dying

And, Though They Be

Alive, They Are

Dead Men Walking!

~ A Message of Hope ~

~ With Compliments ~

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Gary Stephen Crous

Cell: +27 (0) 72 221 1233

E-mail: luke9.23evangelism@gmail.com

Website: www.luke923evangelism.wordpress.com

“My friends are dying and, though they be alive, they are dead men walking!”

Pirates FC 1986 Natal League Cup winners Pirates F.C. ~ Natal League Cup Winners 1986

Dear friend,

This is a clarion call trumpeted to all who have an ear to hear. This cry out is pertinent at this most urgent time we live in. The heading at the top reads, “My friends are dying and, though they be alive, they are dead men walking!” From the day we are born into this world, we are born to die. Some die at a young age, others die at an older more mature age, but death is most assuredly guaranteed – death is but a breath away. Do you know when you will die? Do you know you have an appointment with death? And the day that you die will be the most important day of your existence. In GOD’s Holy Word, The Bible, we read of the warning, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews 9:27).

Friend, we all have an appointment we have to keep. There is no way that the appointment scheduled by GOD will ever be cancelled. Whether you believe it or not, you have a date with eternity and based on how you lived in this life will ultimately determine where you are headed. You are not guaranteed the next minute, you are not guaranteed the next hour, day, week, month or year. You are but a breath away from meeting your Creator. In this life there is death all around, and your life in your soul could be demanded or taken from you in the blink of an eye. Then what? Where are you headed come Judgment Day? There are only two ways in life as Jesus Christ said, “13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:13,14). Are you going to be counted amongst the “few”? Or are you on the super highway, the way which is broad that leads to hell and destruction? Your lifestyle determines the way you are on! So are you headed for hell? Then you need to make a U-Turn and fast. But do carry on reading this warning. And if you are a Christian, you too continue on reading so you can examine yourself, for we are exhorted, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Friend, I am sure you can relate to this. You know of either a family member or a friend or a celebrity or a sportsman who has died recently and passed on into eternity. Some have hopefully died with a living hope, whilst others have sadly and tragically died with no hope at all and are damned for all eternity. It is for this very reason I come to you my friend, in love, with this most urgent message concerning: “My friends are dying and, though they be alive, they are dead men walking!”

Bill Shankly

Bill Shankly, a Liverpool manager on Merseyside from 1959–1974 is quoted as saying: “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.” Well, the socialist William “Bill” Shankly came to realise on Tuesday 29th September 1981 at the age of 68 when he passed into eternity that football is not “much, much more important” than life and death, when he died of a heart attack. The front page headline of the Liverpool Echo newspaper simply read: SHANKLY IS DEAD. It recorded the official Broadgreen Hospital statement: “Mr Shankly suffered a cardiac arrest at 00.30 am and was certified dead at 01.20. Shanks had been battling for life since he suffered a heart attack early on Saturday shanksfuneralspt81 morning. He had been making good progress until his condition deteriorated yesterday morning and he was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit. His wife Nessie was by his side when he died.”

Dear friend, how will your epithet read one day when you pass from this life into eternity? Will you be remembered as having lived with a hope through being born-again? Or, will you be remembered as having wasted your life, been a spiritually dead man walking who is damned for all eternity? GOD’s Word tells us in advance that Jesus said, “3Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. … 5Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:3,5-7)

So how does one be born again? At the outset, you are not ‘good enough’ in your own stead to receive GOD’s pardon come Judgment Day, if you are walking after the flesh and not the Spirit of GOD! Here, take a quick test using GOD’s perfect and righteous Law, The Ten Commandments (see Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21) to see your plight when you have to give an account before the great white throne judgment seat of Christ – How many lies have you told in your life time? If you have told but just one lie you are a liar. Have you stolen anything – irrespective of the size or value of the object, including piracy of music CDs and film DVDs? If you have, that would render you as a thief. Have you looked at a person with lust of the heart – either in acts of heterosexual and/or homosexual lust? Jesus calls that adultery of the heart (see Matthew 5:27-30)! Or maybe idolatry is your violation of GOD’s Law. Idolatry is not only in a religion of idol worship, but idolatry can be a love of money, material possessions, sex, drugs, music, etc or maybe it is football players and teams which are your idols. For many years Liverpool Football Club, its players and the game of football in general was a deep-rooted idol in my life until I came to repentance and GOD delivered me from this idolatry. GOD sees all, “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverb 15:3). “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” (James 4:4).

GOD being good, perfect, righteous and holy therefore has a good, perfect, righteous and holy standard! Judging by GOD’s standard, any person breaking HIS commands would leave that person guilty of breaking GOD’s Law and therefore GOD must punish their sin! Scripture reads, “12And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-15)

Dear friend, if you have violated GOD’s commandments that would leave you guilty before the Judge of the Universe. We all must appear before GOD, as we read, “13Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14)

You have heard that old cliché: “You do the crime, you do the time.” Well, GOD will punish all sin wherever it is found, and so, if you are found to have transgressed GOD’s Law and is found to be a lying thief, an adulterer at heart, and an idolater (just to mention a few violations of GOD’s Law) then you are guilty as a criminal who should do the time! And GOD’s place of punishment is hell as a holding cell until Judgment Day which results in an eternal sentencing into the lake of fire as mentioned in Revelation 20:12-15 here-above.

Whilst “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11b), GOD is also merciful and gracious. GOD is love (1 John 4:8,16) and HE shows HIS love by making a way for wretched sinners to be saved from HIS wrath, and reconciled back to HIMSELF, “16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” (John 3:16-21)

As can be seen that the salvation of GOD is obtained through HIS Son Jesus Christ and not through the thousands upon thousands of man-made religious practices, customs and traditions. Man worships his plethora of idolatrous gods through his man-made cultic religions such as Roman Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, the ZCC, the TACC, Shembe Nazarenes, Seventh-Day Adventism, Jehovah Witnesses, Mormonism, the 38,000+ “ecumenical Protestantism denominations” (the Papacy’s harlot daughters) that have little unity in their doctrines and teachings, and atheism which is a religion of worshipping and serving the creation and not the Creator, as we read, “20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.” (Romans 1:20-25)

Yeshua haMessiach, the Lord Jesus Christ, said He is the ONLY WAY to GOD the Father when, Jesus said, “6I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” (John 14:6,7). The prophecies of old that were prophesied by the prophets in the Old Testament concerning the Saviour came to pass as YEHOVAH (YHVH), the One and Only True and Living GOD, ordained it to be. GOD confirmed through the prophet Isaiah, “For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us” (Isaiah 33:22). In the Historical account when Mary was pregnant with the baby Jesus, she said, “46My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:46,47). Jesus confirmed, “56Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:56-58). Jesus Christ being the manifest GOD in flesh is the Saviour of the world.

All the memories, the accolades, medals and trophies, degrees and the like that you have accumulated through-out your life are worthless and cannot save you, “36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36,37). You need a living Saviour to save your soul. For Christ suffered in our place taking the wrath of GOD upon Himself, as we read, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:” (1 Peter 3:18). Today, while it is still today, find peace with GOD through repentance and faith by calling upon Jesus Christ, for this is your only hope. If you reject the Lord Jesus Christ, you reject GOD at your own peril! “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38)

Whilst the “You’ll Never Walk Alone” song [see Footnote], made famous by Gerry and the Pacemakers, is synonymous with Liverpool Football Club fans, the song is an anthem of hope, but for every Christian true Hope is found in the lyrics of Psalm 23: A Psalm of David,

1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. (Psalm 23:1-6)

Soli Deo Gloria

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Footnote:

When you walk through a storm

Hold your head up high

And don’t be afraid of the dark

At the end of a storm

There’s a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind

Walk on through the rain

Though your dreams be tossed and blown

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on

With hope in your heart

And you’ll never walk alone

You’ll never walk alone

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