7.2 Million people have watched this video…and you should too

Dads our impact is more than we think. Don’t believe me? Check out this link (http://fathers.com/wp39/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fatherlessInfographic.pdf).  Yesterday I preached to dads, especially on how to bless your kids. The influence you have cannot be overstated. And yesterday afternoon, Kenny and Emily Elkins shared this video. It is a gripping reminder that kids whose dads are behind bars long for their father’s blessing. 7.2 million people have watched it. When you watch it, you’ll know why they did.

So if you missed yesterday’s sermon, here it is. Download it this week and take time to listen. And put it into practice. (http://graceforall.org/grace-sermons/). It is never too late to begin to bless your kids.


What On Earth Am I Here For?

Today’s sermon answered one specific question:  what is the purpose of the church?  This forces an equally important question:  what is your purpose as a member of the church?  It is dangerous to hear the Word without doing it.  That’s the point of this blog:  to move you from a hearer only to a doer of what you’ve heard this morning.  For sake of simplicity, I want to provide 3 simple next steps:

  1. Identify your daily mission field.  Parents, your mission field is your children.  Bosses, your mission field is your employees.  Doctors–patients.  Teachers–students.  Recently, Josh Hayes, our Children’s Pastor shared this blog with me (http://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2013/december/do-your-kids-know-gospel.html).  Too often as parents we focus on the all-important “conversion” of our children and neglect the all important disciple making of our children.
  2. Set a reachable, measurable goal.  For example, if you have 20 employees, determine to share Christ with one or two a month.  Figure out what works best in your situation.  Set aside a certain amount of time for your children each day to share the Gospel with them.  Be reasonable as you set your goals.
  3. Be willing to go beyond your comfort zone.  In 2014, we have the following mission opportunities planned.  You can find out more information on these by emailing Stan Smothers at smothers@columbiaforestproducts.com.
  • Ecuador, June 7-14 Orphanage, Construction and Medical
  • Ecuador, Fall 2014, Orphanage, Construction and Medical
  • Peru, Fall 2014, Working with the International Mission Board of the SBC
  • Senegal, Africa, Fall 2014/Spring 2015, Medical
  • North American Mission Trips, various times with at least 4 weeks advance notice.

Trust God for the results.  Peter preached, and in one day 3000 came to Christ.  Later in his life, Peter’s preaching would result in his own arrest and crucifixion.  We are not responsible for the outcome–we are responsible for our obedience.

I’m excited to see how God is going to use you in 2014.