Grace, peace, mercy, and love from God: Father, Son, Holy Spirit!
One week ago we were leaving Palm Beach Atlantic University after a tremendous National Gathering, aka NLS AM 2013. There were seven wonderful worship services…thank you Lord for your Spirit with us – alive and in everything we did. There was a tremendous keynote offered by The Reverend Doctor Al Sager…He challenged us to Come 2 Go! Come and see…then…Go and tell! There were three Forums that were like weekend talks followed by discussion in small groups where stories were related and thoughts abounded. There was the Best Practices Forum where sharing continued and thinking continued regarding living into our life’s journey as a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Once again I was reminded that Via de Cristo is a tremendous ministry, designed by God to facilitate the first three words of the Great Commission: “Go make disciples!” If you were able to attend, I encourage you to review of your notes and re-read the daily newsletter, Conexiones, (there is a link on our home page: viadecristo.org) for nuggets to share with your Secretariat. If you were not able to attend, I encourage your reading of the Conexiones to find nuggets to share with your Secretariat. Yes, there were business meetings but the value of gathering is not in what was done. Rather, it was in sharing and encouraging one another to persevere in our walk with Christ.
There is that word again: Persevere! That word resonated in my head throughout our time together. Persevere, a verb, an action word, to: “Continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no indication of success.” Thank you Ms. Patterson, my fifth grade teacher, for teaching me about verbs! Thank you Lord for the reminder that we continue to persevere knowing your life, death, and resurrection has already won the race.
May God continue to bless our ministry together-
In Christ –
Eric is our current Webmaster and works on the NLS Communications Team. Raised in Judaism, he found Christ and the New Testament at age 16 in a Southern Baptist Church. He searched many denominations for the real church, only to find the Holy Spirit is present in all of them. He's worked for One for Israel, a group of native Israeli believers who are sharing the gospel in the holy land in Hebrew and is part of the only Hebrew speaking seminary in Israel.