In July we had a good time leaving the Arizona heat behind and going to our bi-annual gathering in Ft. Collins, Colorado. We had seven days of great speakers both from within Cru and from without. You can go to cru15.cru.org/archive to watch almost all of the speakers’ presentations.
While we were there we went white-water rafting. That was a blast.
Sheila was the Director again this year and I helped out with the tech. We had 400 kids attending this year – seven of which made decisions for Christ and many others wanted to talk more with someone about their relationship with God.
“If we don’t think about God, pray to God, listen for God’s voice, and consciously serve God, by definition we live an ungodly life. We usually think of “ungodly” as being against God, but ungodly can also be a life that simply ignores God or – out of busyness, indifference, religiosity, or apathy – simply doesn’t tap into God. In this sense, it is possible to give an ungodly sermon that may be theologically accurate. It is possible to lead ungodly family devotions that nevertheless focus on spiritual truth. Christianity doesn’t address only the ends; it has a lively interest in the means. That’s why every healthy, growing believer should experience God every day – his presence, his power, his wisdom.” [Holy Available by Gary Thomas]
January 31 was a very early morning for Sheila and I, since we needed to be 45 minutes away from home at the JW Marriott in Phoenix at 5am. We were there to help set up for the NFL sanctioned breakfast which is hosted by Athletes In Action, one of Cru’s ministries. We thought it would be a novel experience to be around sports figures we didn’t recognize or know about, at an event about which sports fans would envy us. Another motivating factor was the opportunity to help with an event that has the potential to help change people’s lives for eternity – and to get free breakfast. We helped distribute programs and follow-up materials to the tables and then manned the doors to take tickets and keep out would-be crashers.
You have probably already heard that Peyton Manning was awarded the Bart Starr Award at the breakfast this year. The other speakers included Tony Dungy, Bart Starr, Jr., Drew Brees, Benjamin Watson, Steve Largent, Brent Jones, and Troy Vincent. Benjamin Watson of the New Orleans Saints has a gift for speaking/preaching, and he gave an excellent gospel message. In fact, 39 people indicated decisions that morning, 76 wanted more information about a personal relationship with God, and 56 indicated interest in being in a small group Bible study.
Here are a few of the comments afterwards:
“What an outstanding job you and the whole team did with this program. It was my first experience with the Super Bowl Breakfast, and I was blown away! I thought the gospel presentation by Benjamin Watson was one of the best I had ever heard – is he a pastor? If not, he should be – and I’m not easily impressed. I’ve been a believer in Jesus for 40 years and heard thousands of gospel presentations – his testimony was truly inspirational.”
“I accepted Jesus when I was in High School but have needed something to pull me back to Him. I now fully understand why I was randomly offered this opportunity to come today.”
Evidence for our fascination with the supernatural can be found in the media which a large part of the population seems to be drawn to. I read through the TV Guide listings for the 7:00 to 10:00 time slots last week and found 12 shows which deal with paranormal powers or involve spirits or otherworldly entities. An examination of the movies released this year revealed 13 which would be classified likewise.
Here are the findings:
Movies released in 2014
The Unexplained Files
My Haunted House
The Haunted Hathaways
The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Life After Beth
Into the Woods – not yet released
Deliver Us From Evil
It is this interest in these themes which we are hoping to tap into with the Supernatural Project Documentary movie we are working on.
A pallet of foam balls used in the large Three Ball Gospel Illustrations. Time to drill holes through them all and organize them into groups of 3 different colors so they are ready to ship out with stands, crosses and bars.
Forty-four sets of foam balls for the small version of the Three Ball Gospel Illustration.
That’s true. Our ministry here with Andre Kole is, and always has been, about changed lives – lives changed as a result of understanding God’s love and forgiveness. Numbers can not express the importance and depth of that understanding, nor the ripple effect of the life of someone who embraces this truth.
But, while numbers can’t necessarily communicate the quality of one’s relationship with God, they can express Continue reading →