Howdy NewSpring Church, FIVE things I would LOVE to share with you today...
#1 - This Sunday was special...seeing (and hearing about) hundreds of people standing to their feet at the end of every message at every campus and saying, "I have sinned, make me into who You want me to be" WAS SO AWESOME!!! I am so thankful that our church is a place where the rebellious can come home...and when they do we respond with compassion and celebration rather than condemnation! (The message recap in 10 tweets is right here if you want to check it out.)
#2 - I'm celebrating like crazy what the Lord is doing in our church right now...this past Sunday we had over 20,000 people (in December) attend a NewSpring service somewhere in the state of SC (and an additional 4,333 people joined us online from literally all over the world.) AND...every single number has a name...and every name has a story...and every story matters to God!!!
#3 - This coming Sunday (December 16) we will talk about the third thing that has to happen for a person/church to be FULLY ALIVE...and it is quite honestly THE message in the series that I am personally the most excited about!!! Cannot WAIT!!!
#4 - Here is the website with our Christmas service times (listed by campus!) One of the things I LOVE about our church is that we have ALWAYS taken the challenge to do whatever it takes to get people to a Christmas service...and I know that this year will be NO exception!! When you get a chance check out Mark 2:1-12, these guys didn't invite their friend...they BROUGHT him, and Jesus totally honored their effort!! With that in mind...go ahead and begin (or continue) praying about WHO Jesus wants you to bring, and when you feel Him place a name on your heart GO FOR IT, knowing that HE has gone before you!!
#5 - A huge thank you to everyone who has been praying for Lucretia (my wife.) At this point she is still really sick, this case of vertigo has hit her hard. Honestly, I've never seen her this sick since we've known each other. I talked about it in this post last week...but December always seems to be the time the enemy comes the hardest after me and my family. However, I know that we are fighting from & not fighting for victory! I know that greater is He who is in us than He who is in the world (I John 4:4.) I know that no weapon formed against us will prosper (Isaiah 54:17!) And I know that Jesus is with us, will never leave us and will bring us through this!! I am so thankful for my church family and the unbelievable amount of prayers and encouragement we have received during this time!
That's it for today...I LOVE MY CHURCH, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!