Hey Highlands Family,
I’ve got great news to share!! Last week at our church God captured the hearts of 10 people and they gave thier lives to Christ!! We also had people make their faith in Christ public and get baptized the way Jesus was baptized. It was truly an amazing weekend!! Seeing people’s lives changed for all eternity never gets old! I see God placing “Just Ones’” on your heart and you taking small risks to invite and spark conversations to those you love. Let me just tell you that God is honoring your small steps of faith in unbelievable ways. Lost people are coming to Christ, Christ followers are being re-charged, our attendance is at an all time high, and the Holy Spirit is sweeping a fresh wind of power through Highlands Fellowship!! Only God!!
I want to encourage you to come this weekend expecting God to do His work again!! It is God that changes lives and sets people free. He, by His grace, allows us to have a part in seeing our friends and family come to Christ. The Bible says, “We have not, because we ask not.” Do you know why lost people found Christ last weekend at one of our services? Because you brought them. It is the church’s job to create an environment that allows God’s Spirit to do His work. All of us know the difference between church as usual and church when GOD IS IN THE HOUSE!! My prayer every weekend is for God’s overwhelmning presence to be at Highlands; that when people drive on the parking lots they begin to sense His presence. Every weekend, when I have the awesome privilege of teaching God’s Word, I’m on my knees, desperate for God to use His Word to bring people closer to Him. Will you continue to invite and bring your friends every weekend; EXPECTING GOD to do a great work in their hearts.
One of the easiest invites to unchurched people is to a service at Christmas. This is the reason Highlands unapologetically offers events like our CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR at VIKING HALL. We want to give you the best opportunities we can to invite your unchurched friends to an event that will be a positive influence in their lives, and will move them closer to Christ. We are asking God for 1000 salvations during the CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR!! In order for that to happen you have to get them there to here the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL! You will give lots of gifts this Christmas, but the greatest gift you can give to another human being is an introduction to the God who loves them!! This will happen at VIKING HALL. So, if you have not ordered your tickets, you can go to our website and get your free tickets. It is www.highlandsfellowship.com. Please remember that you must have a ticket to get in the door, and every ticket represents a seat. So, an unused ticket is an empty seat. 1000′s of tickets have already been ordered and this event is shaping up to be the Christmas Event of the Season!!
Many of you have asked about our special Christmas offering for this year. If God has blessed you above and beyond and you would like to give to this offering we have earmaked 3 initiatives. Please label this offering “JUST ONE.”
1. JUST ONE~GLOBAL. In May 2014, Highlands will be hosting a Global Conference (G3), where we will be bringing high capacity pastor/leaders from several countries around the world to do our part of fulfilling the Great Commission. We are going after the last 124 countries so we can have a Highalnds trained pastor in every country in the world.
2. JUST ONE~CAMPER. You can sponsor a child to this summer’s WINSHAPE or AMPLIFY camps. These sponsorships allow children to attend camp that otherwise could not. Partial scholarships are great as well.
3. JUST ONE~LOCAL SERVICE PROJECT. Locally, Our church is partnering with 100′s of other churches around the country to do A GREAT DAY OF SERVICE on Sat. April 12th, 2014, where we will go into all of our communities and tackle some major needs to lend a hand up.
Again, I am humbled to see the Hand of God on our Church. His Favor is with us. I love you all, and ask you to keep me in your prayers as I seek to follow Him. AT HIGHLANDS, WE ARE ALL ABOUT CREATING A CHURCH WHERE IMPERFECT PEOPLE LOVE TO ATTEND!! No doubt, that’s why I feel at home in this place!
Asking and Believing,