Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Let's Party!

Let’s Party!

We have been praying for this party for some time now. Preparations have been made and people have been trained on how to throw a great party where the angels will rejoice in heaven. In Luke 15:7, Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

I remember in college when Vickie and I travelled and sang. There was a song many people requested over and over. The title was, “That’s When the Angels Rejoice.” It says that there is only one thing that will make the angels jump and shout – a sinner repenting of their sins. What an awesome picture.

What party am I talking about? I’m so glad you asked. It is on Thursday, November 7. We are celebrating Billy Graham’s birthday. He is the greatest evangelist of our time. Millions have come to know Jesus Christ through a Billy Graham Crusade. Billy is turning 95 years old. He has longed for the strength and opportunity to speak God’s message once more to America. With modern technology, he is able to enter into the homes of millions of Americans through the television. Whether you show it on a DVD or watch a scheduled program, many will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel from a trusted, household name.

Thousands have been praying for this week. They have prayed for lost loved ones and friends by name. It is time to pull the wool off of many people’s eyes caused by the father of lies and enemy of our soul. God promises in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “’In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”

So what are you waiting for? Get on the phone and invite your neighbors and friends to come over and celebrate a birthday. Whether you watch it on TV in your home, on a laptop in a coffee shop, over dessert and watching it on DVD, celebrate and give someone an opportunity to confess Jesus Christ as Lord. There is a lady in St. Louis telling her neighbors that she is throwing a party for Billy Graham’s 95th birthday on November 7. There will be cake and party favors. She tells them that they will watch Billy Graham’s new message for America being broadcast that night. She intends to give everyone a copy of his book, “Peace with God,” wrapped in birthday paper with a bow. She says, “A successful witness is sharing Christ in the power of the Spirit and leaving the results to God.” Maybe you can take her idea and run with it.

Last night, I helped with our Upward float in the Halloween Parade in downtown Findlay. By the looks of things, all you have to do is offer candy and people will come in droves. It is crazy how many people come to that parade. Just think, this party can make an eternal impact on the lives of your friends and loved ones. It’s worth the effort.

This Sunday, we will be wrapping up our series, “Not a Fan.” Come and anticipate a move of God in a powerful way. Let’s pray that the party will begin early and go all week long. Do it Lord…

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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