JesusLiberator!

6 04 2010

Easter 2010 

What a powerful weekend we had at Mountain Springs!  Almost 6000 people came out for our 6 services and over 125 people got baptized!  All the glory goes to Jesus!

Jesus came to the earth as a liberator!  This is the message of Easter.  Jesus came as a kingdom warrior engaging Satan and his demonic hordes in an eternal conflict.  He came as an outlaw to the religious establishment in order to break the old legal manmade systems that hindered people from experiencing freedom, forgiveness, and grace.  The scriptures say that “the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ”(John 1:17).

JesusLiberator came to change our lives.  Jesus announced his mission on the earth this way:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

      Because He has anointed Me

      To preach the gospel to the poor;

      He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,

      To proclaim liberty to the captives

      And recovery of sight to the blind,

      To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

       To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” [1]

When John the Baptist sent some of his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the “Chosen One,” the Messiah, Jesus responded,

“Go and tell John the things you have seen and heard: that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.  [2]

Jesus came to the earth to give His life as a ransom-replacing our sin with His righteousness.  Jesus came to set us free from the bondages, chains, and addictions of sin.  As a result, Jesus is the ultimate liberator; Jesus is the ultimate freedom fighter.  What a joy to know Him and be chosen to experience His grace in our lives.

Recently it has been my great privilege to receive letters, emails, and to personally talk to so many people at Mountain Springs who are experiencing the newfound freedom and power of JesusLiberator in their lives:

  • One young woman, Susan, upon learning of her husband’s infidelity and multiple affairs, despaired of even life itself.  In the midst of her crumbling life, she began attending Mountain Springs through an invitation of a friend. At a recent service, she gave her life to Christ.  Since that time, her son and daughter have started coming and just a few weeks ago, her daughter came to the front, weeping, committing her life to Jesus.

 

  • Recently a woman shared with me her story of trying to commit suicide in high school due to despair and loss of all hope, she sent me this email last week:

After high school, I became pregnant and the man I was with wanted me to have an abortion. I never could make up my mind to do it, so I never did it. I married my daughter’s dad so she could have her dad. I soon found out that that was the worst thing I could do. I never loved him and he was an alcoholic. We were married for only 2 years and I did cheat on him to find love somewhere else. During this time I continued to find men and sleep with them just to feel loved. I would go out at night to party and I wouldn’t come home ‘til 4 am. My dad took care of my daughter while I was out. One afternoon, I was sleeping from a night of partying, I heard a voice saying,” You need to go to church.” I looked around my room and I didn’t see anyone. I immediately felt a hunger to go to church and get as much as I could of God. I accepted God as my lord and savior. I stopped drinking and partying and I have been free from pornography. I am currently remarried to a man I met in church and we have been married for going on 6 years now and still going strong. To this day I have found love in Jesus and I don’t have this emptiness that I once was. It is a miracle!

  • I received an email recently from Trish:

December 2008 found us suddenly giving a home to my brother’s 3 kids, ages 11, 5 and 3.  Prior to coming to live with us, they had never been to church, never prayed, never even heard the Lord’s name except in vain.  I had been praying for my brother for years.  He’d been baptized at age 10, but hadn’t walked with the Lord since.  I wasn’t sure he was really saved.  When the kids came, Mimi and Steve made sure they had a place in AWANA for us so we both could continue to serve.  Church, Sunday School, AWANA–it was all new to them, but they all seemed to really enjoy it.  I started praying for the salvation of the 11 year old.  He threw himself into his AWANA book.  He’d work on the sections at home with me every week.  One of his sections asked him if he’d ever asked Christ into his heart.  He answered yes, but then I started talking to him and explaining what that meant and he realized that he hadn’t.  He asked me right then if I would pray with him.  We saw a change in his life after that.  When the kids returned to my brother, he decided that he wanted to continue what I had begun in the lives of his kids and started taking them to church himself.  Two months later, he called me to ask about the sermon his pastor had preached that morning.  During the course of that conversation, I asked him if he knew he was saved and he said no.  He prayed to accept Christ on the phone with me that day.  Two lives were changed in the space of 6 months. 

This is why we celebrate Easter!  Jesus died on Friday, becoming a captive to sin, in order to come back to life on Sunday as a liberator from sin!  Jesus has risen!  Jesus has risen in our lives!  JesusLiberator has come to change lives.  That is the message of Easter.


[1] The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 4:18–19L). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] The New King James Version. 1982 (Lk 7:22–23L). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.


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21 04 2010
AYoder

It is very difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel some times. Those stories showed just how difficult it can be. It’s amazing (or maybe frustrating is a better word) that even when we constantly and eventually find our way out of the hard times, we can still have very little hope or confidence that things will get better; we know that times will get better, but we act as if they won’t. Maybe because we don’t want times to get better later, we want times to get better ‘now’, a maddening realization is that if times always got better when we wanted them to, we would never grow, we would never change, we would never need more than ourselves. It’s in times like this that we need a foundation in Christ, and others around us to show Christ-like love and encouragement. The truth is however that when people are in this state, when they are sucked into deep depression, they don’t always know how to speak up, how to reach out. They want people to notice (even though they may not say so). I have a great deal of respect for people who really LOOK at people, people who see and know when to reach out, people who look at the strengths of others and encourage them. I’m done rambling.

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