december prayer update

Sharing the Good News with people involves sharing bad news too! Recently when I was doing gospel surveys at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, I asked a young lady if she thought she would go to heaven when she died. “I hope so,” she said. When I asked her why she thought she would get in, she answered by giving herself a score on the quality of life she has lived- “Eight” on a scale of one-to-ten. “What score do you think is required?” I asked.  “I need to do better!,” she replied.  That is when I told her the bad news: She would need a ten. And further, she and I are already disqualified by not living up to God’s standards.  But then I shared the GOOD NEWS:  God has qualified us by sending his Son to die for our sins. That young woman prayed to receive the free gift of salvation!  

Heart of Revival (STEP) 

Sharing the Good News with people involves sharing bad news too! Recently when I was doing gospel surveys at Linn Benton Community College in Albany, I asked a young lady if she thought she would go to heaven when she died. “I hope so,” she said. When I asked her why she thought she would get in, she answered by giving herself a score on the quality of life she has lived- “Eight” on a scale of one-to-ten. “What score do you think is required?” I asked.  “I need to do better!,” she replied.  That is when I told her the bad news: She would need a ten. And further, she and I are already disqualified by not living up to God’s standards.  But then I shared the GOOD NEWS:  God has qualified us by sending his Son to die for our sins. That young woman prayed to receive the free gift of salvation!  

Speaking: Please pray for my speaking ministry in a manner similar to what Paul requested in Colossians 4:3-4: And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ…Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.”  

Teen Challenge/Mentoring:  Please pray for students completing the program as they prepare to live outside of Teen Challenge. Pray that they would be well-connected to a church, have support and accountability, and find work. Managing independence can be a challenge after the controlled and structured environment they have experienced for a year. 

Evangelism:  This month has been one of the most fruitful seasons I’ve ever experienced at LBCC. I am so thankful for this. The vast majority of students we have talked with have been interested and open to the gospel. 

Pastors/Churches:  As coordinator of Transform Lebanon (a network of Lebanon area pastors and ministry leaders) I and my fellow servant leaders will be sharing our story at the Pacific Northwest City Advance in Eugene December 3. Please pray that our story would be helpful to Christians from other city movements and that our local relationships with pastors and leaders in our community would continue to grow. 

December Speaking Schedule

Dec. 2 The Rez Church, Sweet Home, “The Gospel on Your Hand” (Rom. 6:23) - 2 pm 

·       Dec. 9 Logsden Neighborhood Church, “Our Treasure: First Love” (Matt. 13:44-46) - 10:30 am 

·       Dec. 12 Teen Challenge, “The Prodigal Son, Part 1” - 7:30 pm 

·       Dec. 14 Eugene Mission, “The Alternative to Anxiety” (Phil. 4:6-13) - 7 pm 

·       Dec. 19 Teen Challenge, “The Prodigal Son, Part 2” - 7:30 pm 

·       Dec. 26 Teen Challenge, “God’s Purpose in Trials” - 7:30 pm 

·       Dec. 30 Mennonite Village, “The Tongue’s Great Potential” (Eph. 4:29) - 9:30am and 2:30 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

A—Anointing

R—Responsive audiences

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.