The Lord gave me the wonderful opportunity of speaking at Faith and Family night where it was estimated about 2,000 people were in attendance. I shared the wonderful good news of the Gospel and invited people to accept it. To God be the glory!
A little different track than I normally post. This past weekend our good friend Dena stayed at our house while visiting her son Parker, a student at Cedarville University. Dena and her two children have had to trudge through some deep waters as they lost their husband / father, Patrick McGoldrick a short while ago, nearly two years now. It was so good catching up with Dena and trying to understand the depths of her loss but not being able to nearly understand the hurt she has suffered and continues to suffer. Then my former college room-mate Matt Frey and his wife Jolynn visited with us Sunday afternoon and Mandi and I had a wonderful time catching up with our dear college friends.
Ours is the kind friendship that after graduating from college, we all went our separate ways into youth ministry where life doesn’t offer a spare minute. God has taken us down very separate roads but ours is a life of ministry nonetheless. Life happens and we did not stay in touch with each other often other than a very occasional visit or running into each other at conferences on an annual basis for a short while.
How is it then that they are still some of our best friends? How is it that after so much time passes we can pick right back up from where we left off and the depth of conversation is quick, relevant and understood on a soul level? I don’t have the answers, maybe you do, but I love the results. Friends… kind of a special word that brings comfort.
Faith and Family night is something I covet your prayers about. If you are interested in coming to the game and then the after game festivities, it will be well worth your while. More than anything I covet your prayers for this event as I share the gospel that it will be clear and the Spirit of God will be working even now for those He desires to hear…
Not only has God been so gracious in opening huge doors in the Central State football program and Wilberforce men’s basketball program and the Ohio Statehouse but what is going on with the Columbus Blue Jackets and HMI (Hockey Ministries International) is just staggering. So we have been given access to the team and can watch them in practice and interact with them on a regular basis. Our largest hurdle of meeting with the team was getting to the team by having to go through security, etc… So last week Coach Callan and I had a meeting with the VP of Ticketing at the arena. What we found was a brother in Christ and someone who has a vested interest in making the Kingdom of Christ known and desires to be a light in a dark culture. They have Faith and Family night coming up November 15th and he mentioned the speaker they thought they had lined up just had to cancel. He looks at me and says, “Well you’re the chaplain for the team aren’t you?” Coach Callan was quick to say, “He’d love to do it!” So I have the opportunity to share the gospel with thousand that evening and I would covet your prayers. Please , I would ask that the Spirit be at work as I try to be as faithful with the gospel as I know how.
I have been asked to coordinate a major outreach event in Columbus January 24th as the NHL is bringing the All Star Game to town and we have a number of former All Stars and current All Stars who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ and who desire to share their story with the world. Take a look!
My wife sent me this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwX_EpNR4CA weeks ago but I just got around to viewing it. Judah Smith puts Barabbas in a way I have never viewed him before and that is…. ME.