We do life together…
LOVE EACH OTHER
LOVE THE WORLD
We always tend to make things complicated.
Story about Luke Wallace.
It all begins with one.
The population of Ouachita Parish in 2012: 155,363.
Of that total, it is estimated that any given Sunday between 18,000 and 25,000 people are in church.
That leaves perhaps 125,000 to 30,000 people who are with lost or unchurched.
How do we change that? One person at a time.
The incredible significance of ONE.
A little bit goes a long way:
3 multiplied by itself 5 times is 729
4 multiplied by itself 5 times is 4,096
God is real. There is such a place as heaven and hell. The Gospel works. People need the Lord.
You need to be aware of two things: WHAT YOU HAVE and WHAT THE WORLD DOESN’T HAVE.
Illustration #1: Jocelyn Rojas
This is five-year old Jocelyn Rojas.
On July 11, a little over two weeks ago, she was playing in her front yard of her home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when a she vanished – couldn’t be found. This is the ultimate fear of any parent of a young child. As it turns out, she had been lured into a car by a man offering her ice cream. When she couldn’t immediately be found, her parents called the police. For the next two hours, police and neighbors scoured the neighborhood. That’s when a 15 year old named Temar Boggs got on his bicycle and along with a friend took off in a wider circle looking for Jocelyn. He spotted her in a car about a half-mile from her house. Then for 15 intense minutes, he chased the car through the twists and turns of the streets of Lancaster. The driver realized that he was being followed and finally stopped at the bottom of a hill, the door came open and he released little Jocelyn. She ran to her rescuer saying she wanted her mommy.
Illustration #2: Joseph Hodges
Chris Hodges tells of the time he and his family were on vacation and walking down the streets of a resort town in Colorado. They were going in and out of shops and stopped in the Starbucks. Chris’s youngest son is Joseph and he has a form of autism in which he does not communicate easily. Somehow, Joseph wandered off. He evidently walked out of the Starbucks and took a wrong turn. Suddenly, where’s Joseph. The Hodges have four other children, and so, counting Chris and his wife, immediately six people fan out in a frantic search to find Joseph. Nothing else matters. Chris tells how he approached a police officer asking, “Have you seen a boy …” and he described Joseph. The police officer sarcastically asked, “Well, have you looked where you last saw him.” It was obvious the officer didn’t want to be bothered by the problem. That added anger to the desperation Chris felt. The finally found Joseph, but until they did, nothing else mattered. God Himself echoes this in Isaiah 43:6
Prayer and Fasting for the next 21 days.