“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
February 25, 2018
“I Sing Praises To Your Name”
“Lead Me To The Rock”
“I Want To Be Where You Are”
Prayers of Intercession
SERMON – Pastor David Perry
“Traveling with Jesus, before Palm Sunday”
“Just a Closer Walk With Thee”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.
THANK YOU, BILLY GRAHAM
by Thom Rainer
Like many of you, I am deeply saddened to hear news of the death of Billy Graham today. He was a friend, a colleague, and mentor to me, and I will miss him dearly.
When reports of his declining health made headlines recently, I reflected on a trip I took with Nellie Jo to visit with Mr. Graham at his home in Montreat, North Carolina in the fall of 2009. Though it was not my first time to meet with the famed evangelist, this visit seemed especially poignant at the time. Perhaps the poignancy of the moment related to the visit in his home. I had never been to the mountaintop cabin that he and his family called home for so many years.
It was my first visit with Mr. Graham since his beloved Ruth had passed away two years prior. Her photos and keepsakes were visible throughout the home. This visit was certainly different for that reason. Still again, my time with Billy Graham was poignant because he was in his twilight years. He knew it. So did I. Sadly, this would be my last visit with him.
LESSONS I LEARNED ON MY VISIT
I also knew that when I meet with people like Mr. Graham, there is always an opportunity to learn from them. So in the visit I had with Mr. Graham, I wanted once again to glean from his life, his wisdom, and his experience. My quest was not disappointing. To the contrary, I came away realizing that I had been on the mountaintop in more ways than one.
Here are five simple but profound lessons I learned from that visit with Billy Graham.
- A life pleasing to the Lord is a life of integrity.The name of Billy Graham inevitably reminds us integrity. His was a life that did not compromise morally. It was a life that was above reproach financially. And his was a life of incredible honesty. Leadership at any level cannot begin to function well unless the leader has integrity.
- Our first ministry is to our family.The home of Billy Graham was a home of love. It was the place where Billy and Ruth Graham raised children and welcomed grandchildren. At one point in my visit with Mr. Graham, he pointed to a portrait of his late wife Ruth. With tears in his eyes he said, “I can’t wait to see her in heaven.” Today, he has that joy. Thank you, sir, for reminding me again of the priority of family.
- Listen to critics, but don’t dwell on them.In my position, I am subject to criticisms more often than I like. Indeed I am pretty thin-skinned, so it is an area in which I constantly struggle. So I asked Mr. Graham how, in a lifetime of international ministry and scrutiny, he dealt with the constant stream of criticisms. He smiled at me and simply said, “I ignored most of them.” While he never implied that he was blameless, he knew that dwelling on criticisms would distract and harm his ministry. So he simply moved on.
- Humility is one of the greatest virtues of leaders.He counseled presidents and kings. He preached to millions. Volumes have been written about his life and ministry. Some have seen him to be the world’s most influential person of the second half of the twentieth century. Yet in each of the times I was with him, I witnessed one of the most humble men I’ve ever known. Billy Graham never thought too highly of himself. What an incredible example he was.
- All that really matters is Jesus. Graham preached about Him for most of his life. The message of the gospel was the heart of his ministry. He understood the brevity of life. And he knew, when it is all said and done, our relationship with Jesus Christ is all that really matters.
These lessons are but a sampling of what he has undoubtedly contributed to the millions and millions of lives he has impacted through his ministry.
IT WAS ALL ABOUT JESUS
And as I reflect on his life and ministry, I know I will never come close to becoming the man he was. Still, I can learn. And you can learn too.
We can learn to love our family and others with a greater love. We can learn to have a greater humility, understanding that we are nothing without Christ. We can learn that the simple things in life are those that really matter. And we can learn that this life is not about us.
It’s all about Jesus.
That was the life of Billy Graham. It was all about Jesus. That is the type of life I desire to have.
Thank you, Mr. Graham.
Thank you for your time. Thank you for your ministry. Thank you for your integrity. Thank you for your humility.
Thank you for your life.
An Unlikely Evangelist
from Voice Of Martyrs website
As “Kyung-ja” drifted in and out of consciousness, her head bloodied by repeated blows from a club, she heard her North Korean guard shouting words she had never heard before: “Bible,” “God,” “Jesus.”
Kyung-ja understood why the female guard demanded information about her illegal trip across the border into China … and about her daughter’s defection. But she’d never heard of Christianity, and she couldn’t understand why the guard kept asking about it and then beating her when she didn’t couldn’t provide answers.
Two months later, Kyung-ja was transferred to a labor camp. When she got there, she asked a fellow prisoner, “What is God? What is a Bible?” The prisoner told her there was a God, but that they couldn’t discuss it because it was too dangerous.
Months later, while talking on the phone with her daughter in South Korea, Kyung-ja finally got answers to her questions. Soon afterward, she placed her faith in Christ, and today she lives and serves Him in South Korea.
If we do not allow the love of Jesus to transform the pain of our past, we will most assuredly transmit that pain on to others. Often the people we love the most are the ones we hurt the most. Been there and done that. Hurt people hurt people.
~ Anthony Mullins ~
†† Pastor’s Corner ††
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
By now we all have heard of, and mourn the death of Billy Graham, at the age of 99. Jesus’ ministry through him touched millions of lives. I remember well, back in 1999, when 15-20 members of New Life Christian Fellowship (GCI) in Indianapolis, participated in the Billy Graham crusade. It was a marvelous opportunity to be part of our greater Christian family as counsellors, ushers, etc. I’ll never forget seeing the many who responded to Mr. Graham’s call to believe on Jesus and give your life to Him. It was a privilege to help counsel some of those who accepted Jesus.
Mr. Graham once said, “When we reach the end of our earthly journey, we will have just begun.” What a powerful statement and truth to consider four months before Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Jesus, fully God and fully man, reached the end of his “earthly” journey by willingly giving His life for all mankind so that when we end our “earthly” journey, our real life will begin – IN HIM for ALL ETERNITY!! How great and awesome was that supreme act of Love from our Triune God.
During the month of March, we will, as a Church, travel with Jesus during his last six months before He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We will read scripture and note just what was on His heart during that time. We will see Him re-iterate WHO He was and WHY He came. I hope you will make it a point to be here at each worship service – as we don’t want to just “crash-land” into Holy Week. May the Lord prepare our hearts to worship Jesus for all He has done for us – giving us His life and love for all eternity. Only God!!
Ted Johnston recently wrote: “Jesus, in his glorified humanity, is our High Priest, who is sharing with us his humanity, in which is found all the fullness into which, by the Spirit, we are growing. All we need is found in him. There is no need to look elsewhere.”
Amen Ted…Thanks for that! What a glorious time we are entering into – to celebrate and come face-to-face with the extravagant Love of our Savior for us.~ Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World
Local Prayer Requests
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.
Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.
AnIta – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing
Donna Dunbar Upcoming surgery March 1 & 8, to remove kidney stones
Kathy Ennis – Her foot is better, prayers for complete healing
Doug Whitlock – Doctor does not believe he has cancer. He is anemic. Prayers for better health.
Connie Whitlock – She saw her cancer doctor last week and PRAISE – all was great and she doesn’t have to go back for 6 months.
Peggy Perry She will begin radiation sometime early March
Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) He desperately needs to find a new home for he, his wife and 15 foster children…and a new church meeting location.
Rod Matthews (GCI Mission Developer for South Pacific & SE Asia/India/Nepal) He is considered cancer free after prostate cancer surgery last fall. Praise the Lord.
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love