Last weekend was phenomenal. I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all of those who came from all over California to be a part of this weekend event. I was truly blessed to see each and every one of you. And as for all of you who were not able to make it but who wrote in that you would be praying, thank you, too!
I chose to share, in an abbreviated form, some of the topics that you would find in our The Jesus Dialogue series. The church in Willits is very passionate about reaching out to its community with the Love of Jesus. And so we began Friday night with a hard look at what “Christians” are known for in our communities, how those who are not Christians view us, how we view ourselves, and how we can become more like Jesus to our neighbors. It proved to be a powerful evening filled with many new insights and paradigm shifts for those present. I, too, was tremendously blessed to be a part of it.
The next morning, we took a look a the single greatest question that many in our communities are asking right now, namely: if God is out there and we claim that He is good, why are so many on this planet living lives racked with such pain? We are very passionate about this topic at RHM, as we feel that misconceptions about this topic alone not only abound both within and outside of the church, but have done untold damage to our understanding of what God is really like.
After lunch, we spent two more sessions looking at the differences between being a follower of the Bible and being a follower of Jesus (John 5.39,40). If you have not heard this presentation before, I want to encourage you to check out the presentation “The Dangers of the Bible” in The Jesus Dialogue series. It has become an invaluable tool that assists so many with reaching out to their agnostic or atheist friends who have been burned by the Christian religion.
We concluded then with a look at the Cross and discussed how, according to every mention of Jesus in the four Gospels concerning the cross, it becomes increasingly clear that Jesus regarded the purpose of our death as not only a means of effecting a change in us, and certainly not to appease some angry God, reconciling Him to us, but rather as an act of radical, other-centered, self-sacrifice to deliver us from our Accuser who had taken us captive (Luke 11.22; 1 John 3.8; Hebrews 2.14; Colossians 2.14,15; Revelation 12.10). In a world in which the very existence of God is questioned, adding the existence of an Enemy impacts our understanding of the Cross in revolutionary ways that I am convinced many of us have yet to realize. It was a powerful encounter.
We then opened the gathering up to what became a lively question and answer session. Again, to all those who were there, thank you. I was truly blessed to spend time with you. And for all of you who were praying, testimony after testimony was shared with me afterward of the significant impact that this weekend had on so many who were there. Thank you for your prayers and your support. Jesus said, “freely you have received, freely give.” We take that sentiment very seriously here at RHM. We do not charge any seminar fees for what we do in churches during these events. Therefore, we are directly dependent on your support to do what we do. As I continue to see the lives that have been changed for time and eternity by coming into contact with the Father, as revealed by Jesus, and His love through the ministry of Renewed Heart Ministries, I am overwhelmed and humbled. And I thank you, all of you out there, supporting this ministry through prayer. We are making a difference. We, together, are part of the solution. As a result of your partnership with us, the Kingdom of God’s radical, other-centered, self-sacrificial love is expanding.
Thank you sincerely.
I love you all,