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July 21, 2008

Jubilee Family Church Soul Winners

I think what I'm most excited about as it relates to the outreach are the people in Jubilee Family Church who have been activated into soul winning. I've decided that every day I'm going to ask at least one person the big question. I'd like to issue a challenge to all our new soul winners to ask the big question to at least one person a day. I believe this will start an avalanche of souls coming into the kingdom of God. Let me know if you are going to take the challenge. One question a day. Seven questions a week. Have you asked anyone today?

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Invasion Batesville

Here's a recap of the week. We had Jack Priest, Phil Miller, and John Knight come down to help spark us in the area of soul winning. They arrived on Wednesday and stayed in the parsonage. They were very humble and helpful, not asking for anything. They ran to the hardware store and did some minor repairs at the parsonage also. That was really nice. Wednesday night, after a little intro by me the three men shared what they believed about winning souls from their years of experience. Phil told me one night at the fair that he believes he's prayed with about 3000 people himself this year alone to receive Christ! The things they shared Wednesday night were very simple theologically but take a lot of courage to execute. I really caught a heart for Jack as he wept sharing how he wants to see the Lord's face smiling at him and hearing the words well done good and faithful servant. Well we had already been doing some soul winning at the fair on Tuesday so I was eager to get back to the fair again on Wednesday evening. We left church and headed over there for more evangelism. Over the course of the fair outreach it seemed like about 80 to 85% of the people we talked to said they were saved, went to church etc. I was very happy to find that so many people in our region are connected with a church. The numbers were higher than I've ever seen before. I also noticed that of the 80 - 85% only about 3% would mention Jesus Christ in their answer. It began to bother me a little bit that people would use the terms God, He, Him etc. So I had some fun with asking people if they were talking about Mohammad saving them or Buddha saving them. They looked at me, some astonished, and said, "No Jesus Christ saved me." I'd reply with something like, "Well you didn't say so I was just wondering." I had a lot of fun with this! But there was a purpose to me pressing this with people.
Mark 8:38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels."
You know Jesus is a name we should be proud to say and there's something in the world that doesn't want us to say his name. Don't let the world keep you from saying the name that is above every name!

John 14:6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

Sorry Oprah, you differ from Jesus, Apostle Luke and the Holy Spirit on this subject.

On Thursday around 2:30 PM the youth from the Rock of Cape showed up and we got unpacked and started a training session with them. The training went well and the youth, when asked what they expected to receive from this trip, the resounding answer was more boldness. I'd have to say that each youth that came in this week won more souls to the Lord than they had cumulatively won to the Lord in their lives. Friday morning we went out door to door and collected non perishable food items for Help and Hope, a local food and clothing distribution ministry located here in Batesville. After collecting a can or two we'd offer to pray with the people about anything. Many people opened, not only their pantries but also their hearts sharing different things going on in their lives. I went out with John Paul, Bethany and Austin. We had a lot of fun because Bethany was getting the most cans. We were teasing one another about how awesome Bethany was at it. It was a lot of fun! On Friday we collected about 200 lbs of food and prayed with several about needs and also to receive the Lord. My 8 year old daughter prayed with a lady to receive the Lord on Friday! We went out to the Fair on Friday and had a great time. It was hot but we all pressed through and began to share our faith. Again several prayed by asking Jesus into their hearts and testifying about it to a friend. We had a very effective time of outreach but the true measure of what happened won't be fully known until we step into eternity. However we've already seen some immediate fruit from our efforts. I believe the results will keep pouring in over time. God gave us a unique strategy and I'm excited about doing something like this again in the future. I pray that you were blessed if someone from our teams spoke with you!
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