I’ve intended to write more this summer. I planned to write after each week of camp. giving a report of the things God is doing, but I’ve had the hardest time. It’s not that there was nothing to write about, but quite the opposite. Each week I come home with my heart brimming to the point that I find myself unable to settle down and begin. Too much to say of what God is doing in and around us this summer. I never know where to start, so I usually just give up trying to lasso this whirlwind of thoughts and emotions into sentences. Suffice it to say, God has been touching lives powerfully at Bethel Camp and at Emmanuel Fellowship Church. But last night God showed up in a rather unique way at a local theater.
About a month ago I was invited to participate in a youth rally at Fugate’s Cinema in Hazard, Ky. The rally was held last night and God showed up in a big way.
They had games, food and music and Drama from 8-10 p.m. Then before showing the movie, “God’s not Dead” I was to speak. It was a great time of fun and worship, followed by a great movie. Before the movie we played a crazy game in which I ended up wearing leopard print pants and over sized overalls and a bright orange sweatshirt. So much for ministerial dignity. It was hilarious. Then a local church drama team performed a powerful drama showing how Jesus can break every chain. Next, one of the leaders shared how God had healed him of a blood disorder in a miraculous way. Afterward, I preached a sermon, called, “The best evidence available”, based on Luke 7:18-23. In this passage John the Baptist asks Jesus, from prison. “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” This is the same question we’re all asking; Is Jesus really alive today or should we look for someone or something else to find hope? Jesus gives John the best evidence for who He is: 1. The power of His name and 2. The power of the gospel. Before and after the movie we gave altar calls. To make a long story short, About 130 people heard the gospel and over 25 were saved. Then after the service, we spent over an hour praying for healing for everyone who came forward, as the Lord confirmed his word with powerful ministry. It was a powerful time in which God showed that he is definitely not dead. It confirms my conviction, that you can argue and debate all you want, but the best evidence for Jesus is Jesus himself. It also showed what can happen when God’s people come together across denominational lines ( I don’t even know what various denominations were present.) and offer what they have for the gospel. I appreciate Wilhelmina Fugate, the owner, for her vision to use the theater to reach people with the gospel. Thank God for the churches that offered their talents and gifts. Thank God for movie makers who have a vision that goes beyond entertainment, and who seek to make His story known. But most of all, thank God for His son, Jesus, who shows up in power and love whenever we step out in faith. You want to know if God is dead or alive? I’ll give you the answer Jesus gave John,
“The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them, and blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
His power and his gospel are all the evidence we need. The best evidence available for the living God is an encounter with Jesus that changes your life forever.