“I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you to open their eyes so that they turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17-18
Dear fellow sojourners,
Who do you know who needs to be rescued by the Lord Jesus, like Paul was, and receive the forgiveness of their sins? What are their names? The Lord has sent us (all of us) to help open their eyes to the beautiful new life in Christ! Bringing people to faith in Christ, starts with sincerely caring for others. Let’s ask the Lord to give us His compassion for those in darkness as we used to be. Remember where you came from!
Atlanta House Church
Our church has been reading Ephesians together. Paul reminded them, “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.” (2:1-3) Remembering our past life helps us be humble, thankful, and empathize with unbelievers. Our church is remembering so that we care for others!
Regional Leadership Meeting I went to Columbia, SC a few weeks ago to join my fellow church leaders. We shared what God is doing in our churches, families, and personal challenges. Then we prayed for one another’s specific needs. We also discussed “The Disciple Making Process” we use in our respective churches. Pictured here with me is our long-time friend and fellow pastor, Robbie McAlister from South Carolina.
1. Atlanta Church Pray for Ace, our lifeguard, to come to know Christ. He is reading Secure In An Insecure World and is coming over for dinner this Friday. Pray for our church members to remember our past so that Christ’s compassion will motivate us to build relationships & rescue unbelievers here in Atlanta.
2. Regional Need Pray for God’s wisdom and grace for Danelle and I to help a church in our region that is having some problems. We have been asked to come alongside to meet the needs.
3. Alice Nelson Pray for my mother’s eye to heal. She has lost sight in one eye and is receiving injections to promote the healing.
Thank you for being our partners in the rescue,
Steve & Danelle