This weekend, Pastor Jon Courson will be speaking at fresh life church. He is a seriously rad guy and I am stoked that he is going to come and teach at our church. He started a Bible study in southern Oregon with a group of twenty people in 1977. The Lord moved in amazing ways and it grew into the 8,000+ Applegate Christian Fellowship that he now co-pastors with his son, Ben. Their campus is beautiful and in the summer they meet in an outdoor amphitheater.
I have been listening to Jon teach the Bible since I was in kindergarten. No joke. His radio program, Searchlight, was on during the half hour before I had to be at elementary school in Colorado and my dad would always have it on in the car. Continue reading…
This weekend, I told the crowd at Rock the River to smile so I could get a shot of them for my twitter from the stage. The picture turned out pretty cool. It’s a sea of faces. Even pinching and zooming around it on my phone’s screen I can’t even begin to process all the different people. Beyond the first thousand, they become too blurry to make out in any detail.
As I was looking at it this morning a verse came to my mind, Matthew 10:29-31 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
Looking at this picture through the grid of Jesus’ statement is mindblowing. To think, Jesus doesn’t see a crowd, He sees the individuals.
This weekend I flew to St. Louis, Missouri for Rock the River, a crusade put on by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The program director told me that they were expecting 30,000 but over 65,000 people showed up! I emceed the 7 hour event and had a lot of fun, but by the end I was pretty wiped–the only thing more worn out than my voice was my feet. The bands were great but the reason for the event was the gospel. Three different times through out the day Franklin Graham pointed people to the cross and invited the audience to give their lives to Christ.
I shot some video of the event on my phone between (and once during) segments where I spoke throughout the day and then edited them down on a plane ride today: