God is blessing our church family and sending many on mission to share Jesus. I am so proud of the way our church is loving the lost whether they live on the other side of the world or across the street. Jesus tells His church that we are to be His witnesses all over the globe. Acts 1:8 states: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Tomorrow I will return home from Peru where I, along with many pastors from across the country, have been serving the Lord with the excellent ministry Compassion International. It was a blessing and eye-opening experience to see how this ministry is changing peoples’ lives both now and for eternity.
I am hearing great reports from our South Asia mission team. Terry Hurt is leading this team from Great Hills and God is blessing them and using them powerfully.
Many will be engaging in the art of neighboring on Saturday, Halloween night. I appreciate how so many of our Great Hills people will use this as an opportunity to love their neighbors, serve them, and share Jesus with them. Instead of having one large Fall Fest on our church campus, we will have dozens of smaller fall fests scattered throughout Austin!
On Sunday we will observe the Lord’s Supper and I will share a brief message from 1 Corinthians 11:23-28. Please read this text, pray, and prepare your heart to meet God as we enjoy this very special time of worship.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday. Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1.
It has been a blessing to represent our church in South America. I am very blessed to serve a church that has such a heart for missions and evangelism. Thank you for your prayers for our church and for me. I very much appreciate you!
You will not want to miss Sunday at GHBC. Dr. Gary Frazier will preach a message entitled “The Isis Crisis and You.” He has preached this sermon in other places like Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. It is very eye-opening and powerful. Gary is a good friend of mine whose company, Discovery Tours, leads trips to the Holy Land. Our Israel trip is scheduled for June 27–July 6, 2016. Immediately after the morning worship service, Gary will speak in the Great Hall to all who are interested in going with us to the Holy Land. I have gone one time before with Discovery and they do a phenomenal job. It really is a trip of a lifetime. I know of people from different parts of the country who will be going with us, and I hope we have a large group from our church that will go!
I met for three hours with a great group of pastors and businessmen from Austin on Wednesday. What a blessing it was to hear the exciting things God is doing in our city withLove Where You Live—The Art of Neighboring and also in the area of race relations. God is truly blessing and working mightily in our city. I am honored to be a part of this and to lead what I believe is the best church in the city. (Of course, I am a bit biased.)
Please pray for me as I join about 20 other pastors from across the country and travel to Peru on Saturday with Compassion International. I am looking forward to witnessing firsthand how Compassion operates and also to fellowshipping with some great pastor friends of mine.
We are continuing in the process of working with a company that is very interested in the ground lease of our corner lot and the possibility of purchasing it in 2020. I spoke with a local pastor who told me that his church did the same thing and it was a blessing to their church. The small piece of property they sold to a business was worth more money than they paid for all the acreage for the church. There is a very good possibility that something similar could happen to our church. God is good and He opens up opportunities for His people.
This Sunday is our Change-Your-World emphasis. The monies collected go directly to our GHBC benevolence ministry. Please bring your loose change and bills and put them in the orange receptacles at the entrances to our worship center.
Have a blessed weekend.