Well this has been an extraordinary week of ministry for our church. Last Thursday night we had the Men’s Wild Game Dinner. We had nearly 400 men present, and almost half of them were guests. And when the Gospel was shared we had 16 men indicate that they had prayed to receive Christ. This morning at 5:30am our church led out in the Cowtown Marathon pre-race worship service and we had hundreds show up for that. Now ladies, it’s your turn to INVITE. The Ladies Brunch with Mary Jo Sharp is next Saturday. Come and enjoy the fellowship and bring a friend. Today is the last day to get tickets in the Welcome Center.
As a pastor I know that many of you come to church each week beaten up by the world you live in the other six days a week, and you need encouragement and comfort. And my spiritual gifts make me want to give that encouragement and comfort. However, I’m aware that the greatest peril you may be in today is not that you work for a cranky boss, or that you live with an insensitive spouse, or that you can’t pay your bills. Instead, the greater peril is that you or I might have come to a place in our lives where we have grown calloused towards God … living with huge pockets of disobedience in our lives … pretending to be one thing, but we’re really not what others think we are. And the greatest need when we get into that condition is not to be comforted, but to be confronted. Jesus is gracious and merciful to get all up in our spiritual business as He did one day with some people in Jerusalem. Turn to Luke 13. Jesus often used something called “parables” or life stories to illustrate the message of truth He was communicating. We’re looking at some of the life stories of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel. Read Luke 13:1-9.