When I think about what God has done this year, I am overcome with emotion. My God is faithful. He never stops displaying the wonders of His love and the power of His grace. I’m awed again and again as I see new demonstrations of power and love because our Heavenly Father chooses to not count our sins against us (2 Corinthians 5:19), but to overcome every obstacle to bring His children into the Kingdom of His love.
I can say without question that this has been the greatest year of my life. I’ve seen more miracles in the last year than I can count. I’ve seen many people commit their lives to Jesus and heard professions of faith from many different religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. I’ve seen Bible studies started around the city with many more to come. I've seen the beginnings of disciples making disciples, and my hope is to see a movement of men and women on fire for God and spreading the Kingdom like wildfire.
God has given me new opportunities this year to preach and teach, to train and disciple, to see miraculous healings and to hear the voice of God. I have become more dependent on Him than ever. I hunger to see more of His glory on the earth. I long to proclaim God’s goodness and power to those who need it most. Many days I am overcome by the need of those around me and the challenges they face. Many of these men and women struggle with poverty and addiction. They have histories of abuse and molestation and they face lifelong bondages that only Jesus can break. Many others face lifelong deception in false religion, difficulty with the language, and the daily struggle to find work and provide for themselves and their families. I know that God’s love never fails and covers a multitude of sins.
I look forward in hope to a new year of miracles and salvation: the goodness of God in the land of the living. I want to see leaders empowered to take their own neighborhoods and communities. The lost, abused, and neglected of last year must rise up to be the evangelists, leaders, and disciplemakers of next year.
I am so grateful that God has reconciled me to Himself and made me a minister of reconciliation. There is no greater message than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a powerful Gospel. It is a Gospel that opens blind eyes and deaf ears. It sets addicts free. It brings new life. I know that the best is yet to come!
Read the rest of the December 2013 Newsletter.