Personal year end note:
A couple of weeks ago we caught a vision for how we could finish the year really well: it would be a night of giving – of hosting a wonderful evening of love and joy to whomever the Lord would bring.
And in this particular New Year’s evening we would be able to entertain – yes – but far more we would be able to bless people with a beautiful message of love, grace and mercy even laced with some humor amidst some serious stuff as well.
We discovered that we could purchase a license to show the movie that we have raved about over the last few months – “Fireproof.”
[It isn’t available for purchase until January 27.]
So this is the night! We have received a lot of calls. We have heard that a number of people have taken our promotional fliers and passed them out. We believe we are going to have a good turnout tonight!
For those of you who have seen this, you know that our audience is in for a real spiritual challenge and treat.
You’ll be busy today and tonight, but would you please pray for the people attending tonight? Christ does minister in this movie. Needy hearts are touched, encouraged and exhorted in this movie. Please remember us in prayer.
In closing, just two remaining things to close out the year. I want to thank our supporters for standing with us in this tough year. You haven’t bailed out on us but stood with us faithfully and generously. Thanks, too, for those new donors who gave financial gifts and propelled us over the top in reaching our challenging match challenge! Thank you each one so very, very much.
And thirdly, and lastly, this word about our logo: see:
www.americandecency.org for review:
I share this because it is so relevant to our present and our future as Christians and as a Christian ministry.
www.americandecency.org to remind you of the meaning of our logo:
ADA Logo –
1.The symbol of the cross, of course, represents the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ that sets us free from the bondages of sin and leads to our victory over the grave. The power of the cross, the Gospel. The Gospel gives us the power of God to live with hope and boldness for Him.
2.The multiple lines criss-crossing horizontally and vertically represent the highways and byways of life – the increasing busyness of our culture. Our ministry finds itself having a significant message of hope, truth, reconciliation and restoration to a world caught up in helter skelter living that is prone to substituting a lie for the truth.
3. The fish, the icthus. During early Christianity, Christians were often put to death for practicing their faith, so they worshiped in secret places. A fish painted on the outside door of a house let other Christians know that they would be safe and welcome inside.
4. The fish points upward to the right not to the left. This world is not our home. We are strangers in a foreign land. Increasingly, we recognize we are swimming upwards against the tide – not conformed to this world.
5. The fish, representing believers in Christ, is on the cross. We are called to join in the sufferings and afflictions of our Lord Jesus Christ. As we see in our beloved America the increasing diminishment of faith, how can we not see that true believers will increasingly experience scorn, mocking, belittlement, persecution? The positioning of the fish on the cross speaks to that which more and more we will face.
6. The lines of white shining through the dark lines symbolizes our light shining in a darkened world. Let your light shine. We must not hide it!
May God bless and keep you in His great care and service tonight and into the year that lies ahead!
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