I spent the morning with the cross, in Santa Monica. I began my time in the area of the pier--the second-most popular tourist attraction in Southern California. It is also an area where a large number of homeless people are located. The beach communities of Southern California are popular among the homeless for their year-round temperate climates.
I crossed Ocean Boulevard, which runs north/south along the shoreline. I walked through the park that led to the pier. Within moments, I was asked by a young man sitting on a bench, "Ready for what?" This is the most common question I receive when I carry my cross--a question, which has resulted in many conversations over the last several years.
The young man's name was Ken. He has been living on the streets for the last two years. It was a great conversation during which I was able to share the law and the gospel with Ken.
Aug 22, 2012 | With the cross at the Santa Monica Pier. http://k.to/18h1 by TonyCrosswalk on Keek.com
After spending some time in prayer and Bible reading, and carrying the cross on the pier, I made my way back up to Third Street Promenade.
As I walked along the Promenade, I walked passed a women sitting on a bench. Like Ken, she asked, "Ready for what?" Her name was Tracy. She professed to be a Christian. Here's our conversation:
After my conversation with Tracy, I continued north on the Promenade until I reached a farmers' market. I picked a spot just south of the farmers' market where I would open-air preach.
I preached with Romans 6 as my text. During the open air, I was engaged by two religious people--Jeff (an evolutionist) and Cavita (a Hindu). Jeff was proud and arrogant. Cavita was very personable and kind. Both, when confronted by the law of God, literally fled. Here's my open-air, which includes my conversations with Jeff and Cavita.
It was a great morning in Santa Monica.