This past Tuesday, February 23rd we had our first youth group kick off. Four youth showed up, praise God! We had fun, played some games, ate some popcorn, and got to know each other. For our bible teaching we played a DVD video clip from the movie "Bruce Almighty" and related the scene where Bruce (Jim Carrey) goes to heaven and prays to God (Morgan Freeman). We included some scriptures with this and asked the kids some questions. In fact, they gave some good answers. Please note, these are youth that have never heard the stories of Jesus. They never went to church regularly like some of us who have. I (Paul) believe that only one of them still lives with both of their parents, and who knows where else they would be if we didn't open the doors on Tuesday evening for them? Only God knows where their future will wind up; and more importantly only God knows their eternal destiny.
With great intentions and a big heart, we believe that we could help a few, disciple a few, and lead a few more people closer to Jesus - so the few could one day reach more.
Jesus taught one of His first disciples Peter..."Don't be afraid; from now on you will catch men."
Please continue to pray for Heini, I, Josiah, and Gloria and your overseas church family from Bridgeton Life Church.
Thank you always for your support.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Bridgeton Life Church
Ps.122:1 - "I rejoiced with those who said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord."
In October 2009, I (Paul) had preached a series about having a love for the church. I believe that if there is one things God's people need today it's getting a fresh passion, fresh vision, and fresh joy for the local church. When God's people discover how the local church should function, our communities will be transformed! People will find a warm welcome at the door, and feel they are accepted, and part of something amazing for the present and the eternal. Church needs to be fun, and a life-changing experience!
Our call to Bridgeton Life Church in Glasgow, Scotland, is very similar to that heard by the Apostle Paul in Acts 16 - where in a vision he saw a man from Macedonia in Northern Greece pleading with him, "Come over here and help us!" As our mission continues to preach the gospel overseas we ask that you remember us in prayer and financial support for the Lord's work. We are praying more than ever before, "Lord, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
On the side note, our daughter Gloria is four years old today...
Time seems to fly, it seems like yesterday when she was born!