Much has been happening since my last update, of which I am eager to share with you. God has been graciously providing His strength to accomplish His will in Utah; apart from Christ we can do nothing, but "I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
Last weekend, Alan, Brad, Jade, and I drove down to Park City to join several brothers from Salt Lake City in sharing the gospel at the famous Sundance Film Festival. God granted to us a beautiful warm sunny day (unlike the usual cold and cloudy days we've been having) to spread His Word to the many that were there. We preached open air and handed out hundreds of tracts, engaging in plenty of conversations with the film-going people.
For those of you who are scared about sharing the gospel, there were two boys about 14 years old who joined us in handing out tracts and talking to people. There's no excuse! As Oswald J. Smith would often say, "No one has the right to hear the gospel twice while there are people who haven't even heard it once!"
Brad and I also recorded our first television program for the local cable station in Cache Valley. We discussed how living as a Christian is simply the overflow of the life of Christ that is within you. The woman who was running the camera spoke with us more about it afterwards and we were able to talk with her about sin, repentance and Christ. We will be seeing this lady once a week as we record so please pray for her, that the words we speak would lay hold upon her heart so that she might be saved. This week on our program we will be discussion what it is to be risen with Christ, and how salvation is the precursor for doing good works. Please continue to pray for the program as well. Lord willing, I will make all the shows available online as I receive them.
Today (Sunday), after church, I went with two brothers to a youth detention center and had the great privilege of speaking to about fifteen youth about sin, hell and the cross. The gospel of God is that all have sinned and are by nature children of wrath, but God loves each of us DESPITE us, not because of us. The definitive expression of God's love for sinners is the cross, where Jesus suffered and died in our place to pay for sin and reconcile us to the Father. One young man named Max, in tears, prayed with brother Tom for the free gift of salvation. Another young man, Michael, asked for prayer to see Christ. Many others were convicted for their sin and awakened towards hell. Please pray that all of them would receive forgiveness and a new heart in the coming days ahead. Jesus Christ saves! "For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (1 Corinthians 1:21)
All your prayers are coveted during this very exciting time. Just recently, the main 'prophet' of the Mormon church, Gordon Hinckley, died at 96, and the entire Mormon community is very emotional right now. Pray that God will open doors for the Truth to be proclaimed in this desperately needy State.
Grace and peace toward all the saints, and glory and honor to God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit who does all these things.
Your brother and servant in His Kingdom,