Monday, July 22, 2013

it's all about Jesus (back2school)

We are less than 2 weeks away from the back2school 2013 outreach, and this is sure to be the great event we have had the honor of sharing.  This past weekend we have completed registration for almost 2,000 students and gathered the school supplies needed to share with each one.  I am excited, and the days ahead are going to be busy and full.

Our family continues to do daily devotions, and some of these have hit home more than others.  Today’s was just that.  The plan is from and was actually written by the people at Hillsong in Australia in connection with an annual event they have.  This is good stuff.  Here is some of today’s reading plan:

We’ve all experienced seasons in life when we have felt that our life - perhaps due to relationships, work or finances - has become overly complicated. Thank God that we can call on the name of Jesus at these times!  Unchanging and always present, Jesus’ name can simplify life as we lift Him up as the focus of our praise.

Likewise, sharing our faith does not need to become complicated.  The Holy Spirit convicts (John 16:17) and we are released to simply declare Jesus’ name by sharing our story and show others that there is a Savior who deeply loves them and has a plan and purpose for their lives.

Make a list of any challenges that you are currently facing.  Beside each of them, write the name of Jesus.  Begin to praise God, focusing on Jesus and declaring the power of His name over your situation.

Jesus is the reason we do what we do.  The back2school outreach does help with school supplies and shoes to prepare students for a successful school year, but that is not the reason for putting on this event.  The supplies and clothes could be shared in other ways, but the reason for the event is Jesus.  Jesus changed my life, and I believe that He will and wants to change others. 

There are students who think they are worthless or they can’t succeed in school or even in life.  Maybe, just maybe the time that they spend with us on August 3rd will give them the boost to see the hope God has for them and the potential they have in their lives.  We chose to speak into the lives of these students and their into the lives of their families. 

Remember what Matthew Barnett said, “whoever shows up most in someone’s life wins the battle of influence,” and I desire to influence people for Jesus.  Our passion is to share Jesus’ hope with as many people as possible.  This event and the resources we share opens the possibility for God to work in more people’s lives.

I pray that God will use back2school and will use my life and yours to influence people for Him.  Jesus is the reason.  It’s all about Jesus.  He’s changed me.  He will change others!

Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

Pray for back2school outreach as we still have room for students to register.  Pass the word and have them call 276-647-8231, and registration will end Tuesday evening.

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