august prayer update
Recently I met a sixteen year old boy who self-identified as a “Satanist.” He clarified that he did not “worship” Satan or give his allegiance to Satan. In fact, he said, he worships HIMSELF! But he admired Satan’s challenge of God. This boy felt that if there was a God, He was doing a poor job of running things and that he (the boy) could do better.
Earlier this boy said that he did not consider himself to be a good person. When I asked if he saw a contradiction in his views, (that he was not a good person yet he worshiped himself and thought he could do better than God,) he saw no contradiction.
I explained my view to him: that the troubling things he sees in this world are a result of the Fall of Man and not the result of an inadequate God. I also explained that he and I both need forgiven for the wrong we have done and new hearts to overcome the selfish and rebellious tendencies we were born with as a result of the Fall. Praise be to God who meets both of those needs through Jesus Christ!
Heart of Revival (STEP)
Speaking: I praise God for a full speaking schedule in August. Please pray and spread the word that I am available to speak in churches when the need arises. (Please note: I am not looking for interim positions at this time).
Teen Challenge/Mentoring: I am in the middle of teaching Bible Basics during Wednesday chapel. Please pray that the students would hunger for pure spiritual milk and grow up by it.
Evangelism: People can feel awkward about being approached by a stranger to talk about spiritual things. Please pray for open hearts in the people we engage and that we would be able to quickly establish rapport.
Pastors/Churches: Organizers of the Strawberry Festival were astounded that we had approximately 1,100 people representing at least fourteen churches come out to worship on Sunday morning, June 2. Please pray that our unity would be a positive force for the gospel in Lebanon.
August Speaking Schedule
Aug. 4 New Hope Church, Lebanon, “Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus” (Isaiah 53) - 10:30 am
Aug. 7 Teen Challenge, “How to Have Devotions” - 7:45 pm
Aug. 11 Florence Evangelical Church, “All About Unforgiveness” - 11 am
Aug. 14 Teen Challenge, “How to Understand the Bible” - 7:45 pm
Aug. 18 Hillside Fellowship, Sweet Home, “Unforgiveness: Its Impact on the Body of Christ” - 10:30 am
Aug. 21 Teen Challenge, “Time Management God’s Way” - 7:45 pm
Aug. 25 Valley Hope Church, Lebanon - 10 am
Aug. 28 Teen Challenge, “Gospel ABCs” - 7:45 pm
Aug. 30 Eugene Mission, “Christ Is Enough!” - 7 pm
Check the speaking page for speaking schedule beyond this month.
general ways to pray
Pastor Ed covets your prayers. You can use the acronym OAR to pray for his speaking ministry.
O—Open doors of ministry
Pray also for wisdom as he counsels Adult and Teen Challenge students, open doors and open hearts for sharing the gospel on the street and fruitful ministry as he connects with pastors and ministry leaders and leads Transform Lebanon.