Can you believe it is the last week of October already? I feel like summer just started and now Christmas is only 8 weeks away! I tell you this for a couple of reasons:
First, THIS WEEK is a week of big opportunity!
- 757 Strong – Our 757 Strong emphasis is happening NOW. This is a week where the Liberty family focuses on loving and serving our community. If you haven’t already, I invite you to serve with us! We’ve posted a list of needs at libertylive.church/757strong, or you can simply meet a need that you notice around you. Little things go a long way! You can sign up as an individual or a group and find a tangible way to show God’s love to our community.
- North Africa Mission Trip – This Friday we have a team leaving to serve in North Africa. They will be giving school supplies to kids who need them in order to attend school. The goal is to share the gospel. Remember, our mission is to change lives, communities, and the world for Jesus Christ!
- Candy-Palooza – This Sunday, Liberty Kids is hosting Candy-Palooza! Kids can come in their costume (nothing scary, please) for a time of games, prizes, and lots of candy. If you know any kids, invite them! They will love it and most importantly, they will have a chance to hear the gospel. Why not take a secular holiday and use it for the glory of God?!
- Halloween – This Sunday is also Halloween. There is no other time during the year that all your neighbors come to you. Don’t forget to grab a stack of Liberty invite cards and some GOOD candy to hand out. Again, let’s use the opportunity for the glory of God! Tammy and I love sitting in the driveway handing out candy at Halloween. Every kid that comes by gets a Liberty invite card and we have a great time!
Please be praying for each of these opportunities. Pray that God would show you how you can share the gospel this week. Pray that people would be open and receptive. And pray that lives would be forever changed.
Another reason I remind you that Christmas is so close, is because we have two great gift options that will be available soon. Every year I participate in a devotional project with 51 other pastors and church leaders. We each write a week of devotions and they are combined in a nice leather-bound book. These devotionals are great gifts! They are only $20 and they are gifts that keep on giving all year.
The second option is a new book called Goodbye Fear. If you remember at the beginning of the year, I preached a sermon series on fear. God used that series as such an encouragement to me! From that series, I wrote a book that comes out next month. It is only $4.99 and will also be a great gift! All of us face fear at some point or another, but God has told us over and over that we do not have to fear because He is with us.
Both books will be available soon online and at each of our campuses. We’ve been hearing on the news that Christmas gifts will be hard to come by, so I wanted to let you know early that these are coming.
I hope you have a great week! I can’t wait to hear stories of all God does!
It is a joy to be your Pastor!