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Sharing the Gospel in a fun and creative way

God + You + Opportunity = ??

I’ve been thinking a lot about what our communities would look like if we could share the love God has given us. I don’t

Life Cards by Memory Cross

mean on Sunday but everyday. Jesus says look around you the fields are ripe. People are hurting and need friends and hope and a purpose in life. Something that will give their life meaning.

Since developing the Life Cards my eyes have been opened to all the ways we can show people that God loves them: helping neighbors, visiting the sick, helping the homeless . . . The list goes on. There is also thanking your server at the restaurant, the check out person at your grocery store, the teller at your local bank.

What if you could provide an encouraging word or an uplifting thought or share the Gospel? What if you could invite them to your church? If millions of people did this every week?

God + You + Opportunity = ??

August 7, 2010 Posted by | Reaching the next generation, Reaching your community | Leave a comment

Stress

Lord my life is overrun with stress.

When I read about David crying out to you because he felt overwhelmed with life I can relate. Why does life have to be so difficult? I wonder how many of my problems are self inflicted? I’ve tried to follow you or at least I think so.

Have I really put your kingdom above mine? Have I put your heart before mine? I want to love you with all of my heart. I want to be so close to you that I feel your presence every moment. I want to be used by you and I want to be a pencil in your hand. Yet I sin against you way to much.

A life where I rejoice always and don’t worry about anything is far removed from the reality of my daily life. Is there hope? Will I ever be willing to give you everything I have and forget the past and strive ahead in the direction I believe you are calling me to go?

Lord help me not to do anything that would not honor you in my finances, in how I love people, and in loving you above my own life. Amen Lord. Let it be so.

October 22, 2009 Posted by | personal | | Leave a comment

Who’s kingdom are you building?

I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. Paul had a number of people who were faithful ministers working along side him, yet he made this comment about Timothy.

That made me think about my life. Is that what people would say about me or do I put my interests above others? I’m afraid I know the answer and it’s not the one I had hoped for.

Jeremy Camp says “I want to be real. I want to lay it all down before the King. My desire is to be used by you. My desire is to do your will. To be used by you.”

I’ve seen what my life looks like when I put myself above God and I don’t like it. I pray that I may no longer put my desires above His. May I see through Jesus’s eyes.

October 13, 2009 Posted by | Reaching your community | | Leave a comment

What does God care about?

In the Purpose Driven Life Rick Warren poses the question: What does God care about most? He goes on to answer it by saying that God cares about you and I the most. That is the reason he sent his son. His desire is that we will develop an intimate relationship with Him and he has gone to extreme measures to reach out to us.

Rick Warren also says that as we learn to love God we’ll become less interested in ourselves and more interested in God.

When you start to experience God’s working in your life you’ll become excited about the things of God. You’ll start to see things you never saw before. You’ll see God working in people’s lives and you’ll see ways that God will start using you.

It’s an exciting trip and it starts the day you say to God I want to follow you. Jesus said; You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe a for harvest.

Memory Cross creates fun tools that can be used to share God’s love with others. For more information go to www.memorycross.com

October 2, 2009 Posted by | Reaching your community | , , | Leave a comment

Trunk or Treat – Churches find new way to connect with their community

There is a growing trend among churches in the United States and it is finding plenty of children willing to participate.

Halloween continues to grow in popularity, spurred on mostly by manufacturers of Halloween costumes, decorations and candy companies.  Many Christians struggle with the issue of Halloween.  According to most accounts, the fall seasonal celebration we now call Halloween originated from Celtic and pagan beliefs.

It was believed that as the harvest season ended and winter approached, the spirits of the dead were most active, intent on mischief and mayhem toward the living. Bonfires and costumes were supposed to frighten away spirits, while treats were set out, and sometimes sacrifices offered to appease them.

St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland and the church eventually instituted All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, and later All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, in an attempt to Christianize the season. As Christianity grew in influence, the ancient pagan practices waned.

Many Christians still struggle over Halloween.  Some think that we should not celebrate it at all while a growing number are turning Halloween into a Christian event with Trunk or Treats and Hallelujah festivals.  These are bringing a large number of children and parents to the events.  At the Trunk or Treat or Hallelujah festivals kids receive candy, play games, eat and receive information about the church or the Gospel.

Jesus commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and Trunk or Treat parties have become one way to do that.

One fun way to share the Gospel has been with Memory Cross’s “What could be better than free candy card”.   The message on the card reads “Free Candy!  That’s what Halloween is all about!  Just dress up in a costume, say, “Trick or Treat!” and get Free Candy!  What could be better than that?  God’s Love!  That’s the sweetest Gift of all!

When you put this card into the hands of kids they will be fascinated with it and read it over and over says Pastor Lambert.  The card is so unique that even people who do not believe agree that this card is a great way to get the message out.

If people want to know more they have put a link to a site called NeedHim.org.  This site gives them much more information about Christ and contains some videos designed for children.  The cards can also be ordered with a spot for a church to put in their information.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | Halloween Memory Cross Cards | Leave a comment