Family Fun Day
As we slowly move into August, a new evangelistic project is well underway. You may have heard the buzz or have been asked to help (which we hope you will). This year we have added Family Fun Day to our repertoire of evangelistic programs. We are going all out as never before to invite over 2,000 families to visit our FFD on August 27th. There will be food, games for the kids, and entertainment for the whole family. Also, we will be praying with, and interacting with many of these families in hopes they are seeking Jesus for their family. We have a lot to offer these families, therefore we are praying this effort touches many families. We ask that you also join us in prayer and inquire what you can do to make this a resounding success. We are always seeking new ways of reaching others. If you have an idea which we haven’t considered, just let Lamar know - perhaps it could be just what we are looking for!
Is Someone Else There? (borrowed)
I read an article in World Magazine about a Chinese church whose pastor is in prison. His wife and son are not allowed to see him, only call. The police also monitor the calls, and if anyone mentions the name of God, the connection is immediately cut. You know what his congregation is doing right now? Training small group leaders and church planters!
When one of their small groups tried to meet in an apartment building, the police broke in and detained three of the leaders. That same group reconvened later that same day at a tea house to take the Lord’s Supper!
While our persecuted Chinese brothers see their church buildings demolished by their government, and while their pastors are in prison and their phones are being tracked, the church there is growing!
Before we complain that church is boring, before we get upset that worship starts too early and Sunday is our only day to sleep in, before we decide to skip church and stay home for some “family time,” we should first listen to the Christians in Muslim and Communist countries tell us why they risk so much to keep tenaciously meeting somehow, somewhere. I think they have something to teach us about why Sundays matter and what we are missing.
Come, Lord Jesus
As our society continues to spiral out of control, there is one entity that is suffering greatly - the church. Why, you ask? The answer is simple. We are instructed by the word of God to save the lost. As we seek to do this, we are attacked, God is attacked, Jesus is attacked, and as one person (whom I will allow to remain nameless) put it, “Christianity is the downfall of our society. Everything wrong in our world is because of Christians.”
Let’s begin with the obvious, that statement is wholly false. In fact, what good there is in our society is hopefully practiced by those who have sacrificed their life to Christ. I say “hopefully” because everyone who declares themselves to a Christian is not one according to the word of God. As the world grows more and more bizarre, we as Christians are finding it increasingly difficult to know exactly what is expected of us. Where do we stand?
This is a common problem and a popular conversation within the Christian community such as, “How am I to react to my 10yr-old bringing her transgendered or gay friend home to do their homework? Should I allow my child to befriend someone who goes against everything our child has been taught? What if their influence rubs off on my child? These are real issues. And there is one real answer. Love them as God does. We struggle mainly because of our personal likes and dislikes, more than how God tells us to handle things. However, we must always remember, the wisdom of God is superior to ours, therefore we need to listen and obey him. So, the next time you are confronted by a form of evil, just love as Jesus did to those of his day