Terry Hurt’s mom, Fran, is 80 years old and is quite amazing. Recently she posted on Facebook that she loves the new song “God Is on the Move,” an upbeat new Christian contemporary song by 7eventh Time Down. It is a song that I find myself referring to as I ruminate on GHBC, our radiant church here in Austin, Texas. On Tuesday night I attended the Life Bridge ESL Celebration with about 150 people from all over the world—from Iran to Brazil. What an amazing night. When you walked into the Great Hall you could just sense the power and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Nancy Gibbs and her small army of volunteers are doing an amazing job. Life Bridge needs more volunteers to help teach English as a second language (ESL) and build relationships with people from all over the globe. If interested, please call the church office or contact Nancy. As I am writing this on Thursday morning, I am looking forward to this evening’s celebration dinner of Radiant Friends, our ministry to those struggling with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. James and Barbara Cross and their co-laborers are really amazing in the way they demonstrate such love and compassion as they work in this ministry.
Sunday will be a big day for our church. First, I get the honor of baptizing five people. There is room for more if you are ready and willing to follow King Jesus in believer’s baptism. Our orchestra will begin our service with an orchestral piece that I know will bless and motivate you to enter into the Lord’s presence with thanksgiving in your heart. Our Radiant Kids choir will sing and I will preach on Joseph’s encounter with Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39:7-12. Joseph gives us a great example to follow when we are faced with sensual temptation, and that is to run, flee, get out of there! At 6:00pm our Radiant Kids Choirs will lead out in worship by presenting the musical The Ultimate Question.
This week I had my new Trek race bike fitted geometrically, and I learned a lot about the science and precision of bike-fitting. I got to share with the gentleman who completed the fitting. He was a very bright man with an earned master’s degree and, yes, very open to spiritual matters. I shared the Lord with him by pointing to the cross on the gospel tract I gave him. Later that day back in my office at the church, I wrote a gospel presentation centered around the cross. I am looking forward to sharing this with those attending my Making Disciples class in the month of June. You will be the first class that I have ever shared this with. (It is called “The 5 Crosses” and I am actually still working on it.) We will learn how to share Jesus using this approach and then how to disciple those who say “yes” to Jesus and “no” to the devil.
We are making progress and getting closer to the construction of our new coffee shop. It is going to look amazing and will serve as a great place for us to fellowship with each other and to get to know those people God brings our way. We will pay cash for this project as it is one of the first things we will do with the monies given to our Building Vision campaign. The first phase of this campaign will include the coffee shop, library relocation, new flooring, new audio and visual systems for the worship center, and remodeling the entry to Building C. The total cost for Phase One of Building Vision is around $1.2 million. We have raised around $870,000 to date, so we are on our way. Please continue to give your tithes for our church budget and your offerings for our Building Vision and Missions Ministry. We are also making progress on the ground lease/sale of the corner lot property. Please continue to pray for this prodigious endeavor to make our church a radiant and debt-free congregation!
Thank you for supporting and blessing our church. I know we are quite the ecclesiastical anomaly in the 21st century in Austin, Texas. We teach the Bible, reach out to all nations and generations, and are fiercely pursuing Jesus to do our part in obeying the Great Commission to make disciples of the nations. I am so proud of you and love you, church family.
Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.