The most noticeable and observable absolute we know of is change.  In life, change is inevitable.  So it also seems to be in ministry.  As of late The Empty Tomb Ministry has been on hiatus.  All function had stopped in word and in deed.  The reason for this was in a ministry associate decided to leave out of obedience to what God has shown him.  I do look forward to what God has in store for him and I know that in Christ we remain brothers.  As a result of his departure, the time after resulted in a period of introspection.  

As a result of the introspection, it has been impressed upon me to continue in the original mandate of systematizing Edmonton to share the Gospel.  As of now I am in the beginning stages of planning a Gospel day conference.  This will be done in a neighbourhood here in Edmonton, most likely in a community hall.  The plan at this stage is to have three presentations of the Gospel at three different times during the day.  Depending on the response perhaps this could be something duplicated.  I am unsure if it will be a conclusion to a DVD blitz on a neighbourhood or just advertise in a different way.  

Due to circumstances in the last few months, the ministry has lacked its passion from me.  I will not get into details here of what these circumstances are but the period of reflection and introspection were well needed.  2 Corinthians 13:5 states: Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you   unless indeed you fail the test.  This is something that everyone should do but of course those in preaching should all the more!  

I am now at the point where I must do the work of the evangelist, I have been re-energized in my resolve to the sharing of the Gospel.  There are two books that have poignantly shown the necessary work in preaching the Gospel.  One of the books is Paul Washer's "The Gospel's Power & Message." I highly recommend this book for preachers and evangelicals alike.  Brother Paul descriptively shares the importance of sharing the truth in the Gospel and the problem with modern preaching.  This is the first book in Paul Washer's "Recovering the Gospel" series.

The other book that I am currently reading is by Iain Murray on "The Life of Martyn Lloyd-Jones." This man of God understood the importance preaching the Gospel and I believe it is needed today in the same way.  There can never be too many evangelists, as long as their doctrine is correct and preach the wrath of God leading to repentance.  

"We must preach the truth and be examples of the truth we preach.  We must count all things as loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord, and count them but rubbish so that we may gain Christ and be found in Him." ~Paul Washer (The Gospel's Power & Message)

"It is preaching alone that can convey the Truth to people, and bring them to the realization of their need, and to the only satisfaction for their need."  ~Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Preachers and Preaching)

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'BUT THE RIGHTEOUS MAN SHALL LIVE BY FAITH.' " ~Romans 1:16-17

Thanks for reading and for the prayers.  

In Christ,
Jason MacDonald