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Creatively Communicating Christ

Doug and Joyce are champion proclaimers. Their internal drive is to share God’s love in multiple forms, especially through Jesus honoring written word. Their Russian River Outreach is inspiring and eternal in it’s impact.

Following is today’s report from Doug and Joyce. Enjoy and give glory to God! ( I have edited out the names of those privately mentioned to me.)

Thank you for praying for this Russian River Outreach. It took a while for this outreach to come to pass but the timing today was God’s plan. Your prayers were timely and they did reach the throne room in Heaven on our behalf.

We (Joyce and I) handed out 93 Step Up To Life Bookmarks with a Russian River Fly taped on each one. Again this year the fishermen enjoyed picking out their colored fly of choice. When they are doing this we are silently praying for them as well.

The third person that asked me for a bookmark was one of the ferry boat workers. His name is ——-. He is from Mississippi. He came up to Alaska to get work. He told me in our conversation that he went to three different Bible schools. But he didn’t know the Lord. I went through the steps on the bookmark and he saw his need to repent and believe on the Lord to be saved. After he prayed he told me that he felt a peace that he never felt before and a heavy weight was lifted off of him. One of the first things he did was to go over where Joyce was praying and he told her what he just did. He wanted an extra bookmark to give out to someone today. He was rejoicing, the angels were rejoicing and we are rejoicing. :-)

The next person that I talked with was a fisherman from Anchorage. His name is ——–. He came fishing with is wife and his father. ——— to us looked like a hard one to share the bookmark with. But God had a plan for him. After going through the goodness test, he saw his need to repent and believe. One of his comments was that he knew he couldn’t commit his life to the Lord until he repented. I explained the importance of repentance and what he needed to repent of. Joyce said you could see the Holy Spirit working. He was ready to make his commitment. But he wanted his wife ———- to pray with him. He told us that she was after him and the family to make this kind of commitment. So there you have it. The angels rejoice over one sinner who repents and believes.

Many fishermen today were very interested in the bookmark. Joyce watched a man read his for a long time.

A Summer of Living Local

Max Wiltshire’s question still intrigues me. “Do you fly from Jerusalem, over Judea and over Samaria, to get to minister to the utter most parts of the world?”

Any way you slice it, we need to be more engaged with the work of the Lord in our Jerusalem. All four are important. One is not more important than the other. But it all starts in Jerusalem. It all starts in the place you call home.

This summer our priority is to live local. Be as engaged as possible in your neighborhood. Buy your gas at your neighborhood station. Don’t drive across town for something that is available just down the street. Host block parties. Practice acts of kindness to those closest to your home. Live local.

Holy Week Schedule

Plan now to attend the following, with a friend.

  • Good Friday Service from Noon to 1 PM in MCA LIVE
  • Son Rise Service from 7:30 to 8:00 AM at the Russian Jack Chalet
  • Breaking the Fast at 8:15 in MCA Central Campus Gym
  • All services as regularly scheduled.

Palm Sunday 2012

Holy Week launches in our Palm Sunday services.  We are requesting everyone in our worship family to whole heartedly participate in the ministries designed for this week.

  • Palm Sunday Services in all venues.
  • Good Friday Holy Communion Service from Noon until 1 PM
  • Fasting and Prayer from noon on Friday until breaking the fast on Resurrection Day
  • Son Rise service at Russian Jack Chalet on Resurrection Sunday at 7:30 AM
  • Breaking the fast breakfast on Resurrection Day at 8:00 AM
  • Resurrection Day services in all venues

Plan to attend all of the special Holy Week services.  I think you will be deeply moved and devotionally developed.

In our Palm Sunday services, I am speaking, the Lord willing, on the subject, “Christianity is more than a relationship because Jesus is more than a man:  He is King!”

Mother’s Day isn’t a Delight for Everyone

One of the highlights of the year, for many people, is Mother’s Day. In our home we look forward to a special day of honor for our mothers. Since my childhood I have enjoyed honoring my mother and now I have the joy of honoring my wife and the mother of our children. She is a total blessing!

Unfortunately my fun, loving, and uplifting Mother’s Day experience is not always the case. For some people Mother’s Day stirs different emotions. For them Mother’s Day is a day of disappointment, pain, or even regret. To give further thought on how to be sensitive on Mother’s Day, you may want to read this short article written by Laura Petherbridge of

Click here to read her insightful article, “When Mother’s Day Hurts.”