Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Write it out yourself!

Deuteronomy 17:18 NCV

Here God commands the Israelite kings to write out a copy of His teachings for themselves.  I wonder how many of the kings actually did it.  It would have been much easier to have someone else do it... or just not do it at all.

This is yet another practical way that God gives us to help keep our hearts close to Him: take a verse or passage of Scripture that means something to you and write it down.  Then keep it with you and look at it throughout the day.

Or you could do what my wife did... she just wrote it out and taped it to her mirror.  One time she even wrote "NO COMPROMISE" on her bathroom mirror in lipstick.

Whatever it takes, we have to get these principles down into our hearts so we can serve God and live the life He has planned for us.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Still amazed!

Easter Weekend at Watermark

I am still trying to wrap my head around the fact that we saw 43 people make a commitment to give their lives to Christ on Easter weekend.  AMAZING!!!  It's even more amazing when you think about the fact that this is more "salvations" than most European churches experience in their entire existence.  That brings the grand total of new believers since we started our church six months ago to 54!!!

The Saturday before Easter we had an Easter Egg Hunt (normal in America, but not in Germany) with 3500 eggs!  Before the kids got started we had a little program for the kids, complete with "The Story of Hearts" by our friend Geni Brooks.  It is incredibly effective at presenting the Gospel message to kids.  At the end of the program 35 kids and 5 adults raised their hands and prayed with me to commit their hearts to Christ!

Our Easter service was a home run!  One young lady gave her heart to Christ.  Then we had an Easter Fair with 20 booths, prizes and an evangelistic clown (who shared the Gospel story as she made balloons).  She prayed with two more boys... what an awesome weekend!

None of this would have been possible if it hadn't been for our amazing team and our generous partners!  We appreciate all of you more than you know!  Now more than ever we see how fruitful a missional church for the unchurched can be.  Of course all of this takes finances... if you would like to be a part of helping reach Freiburg, Germany - a city of a quarter million people with less than 1% Born Again believers - you can click on this link to go to our secure PayPal donation page: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NFCSJ9JSG58E4