Dear Lord Jesus,
We know that your love and mercy encampeth about those who love you and fear you. As we have watched the news we have seen and heard a multitude call upon your name and trust their lives and property to your sovereignty. We pray Lord Jesus for them and their city and lift up the will of God for this place. Thank you God for the love that you have for your people and thank you that your will for us is to give us hope and a future. We lift up the poor of this city and Lord help us to all be poor in spirit but rich in mercy and abounding in love for one another, just as you Jesus showed us. Help us to prefer one another and be gentle in spirit, loving the truth more than even our own lives. Help us to lay ourselves down, dying to our own flesh so that we may live by your spirit. Dear Lord, help us to be your gift to others who desperately need you. In this same spirit we lift up all the poor and oppressed of the world. Help us Lord to find ways to reach out to them, comfort and help them and to visit them in their distress. We ask Lord Jesus to make us into vessels that honor you not just with lips but with our lives of love. Amen.
Enter in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it. Because narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. ~ Matthew 7:13-14
Monday, August 22, 2005
What a great week in Iowa! We arrived there the 5th of August and starting on Sunday with Romans 9 - 11 we all kept up the pace until the following Sunday. The VBS was amazing - held at the fairgrounds in Bedford it was really "First Century" to the max. The people all worked very hard and each person helped to make it a huge success for all involved. Even the weather cooperated and it didn't rain until it was all over on Friday night. Well, it wasn't quite over - we held Sunday services at the VBS site. There were many salvations throughout the week and even many adults giving their lives to Jesus or recommitting themselves because of the renewal brought on by walking in the first century settings. It really all comes down to the simplicty which the Gospel of Christ offers. The VBS is invaluable for showing us all how much Jesus really loves us and how important it is to become His disciple. We have lots of pictures online for you to view - Just click this link to go to the photo site - you can also order pictures from there if you like.
PLUS - One Day Kingdom Acting Workshop!
On Saturday, August 13th Dennis held a one day Kingdom Acting Workshop for 17 people. It was a great time of really learning the Scriptures from the inside out. The workship was only four hours so if you are thinking of this venue for your church and time is a consideration then thisone day workshop will work out great for you! Everybody learned a lot and it is a real shot in the arm for those already immersed in ministry as well as for those who are wanting to go further. The workship isn't just for actors - it is for all those who want to act according to how God is leading them and is really valuable as a tool for renewal and spiritual breakthrough no matter what your ministry gifts and callings are. To learn more, click on the link at left for Kingdom Acting school.
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Dennis gets back today from 4 days on Cape Cod with First Light Church of Chatham and other churches on the cape. Services were held at different churches for 3 nights and days and then a street ministry team was formed for Sunday afternoon in Provincetown. Dennis says it was a great time and God's Spirit was really moving. The group used different sections of Scripture from Matthew 6 as the venue for this ministry to Provinctown's gay community. The tracts handed out included the way to salvation as well as the entire chapter of Matthew 6. Please pray for this witness, that the courage and committment of those involoved will have eternal consequenses for the citzens of Provincetown, MA. If you would like to learn more about DCM street ministry please contact us.
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