Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Story - Week 24 - No Ordinary Man

Even though the Woman's Soccer team lost a heart-breaker to Japan in last week's World Cup final, soccer enthusiasts see the success of the team as a boom for soccer. No doubt more than a few young girls around the country were inspired by the team's performance and will either rededicate themselves to soccer or give soccer a try for the first time. And that gives soccer coaches and players chills thinking that more and more people will come to love the sport that has captured their hearts. For some it's not about winning or losing, it's about getting the word out about a great sport.

That's how it is when you love something - you want more and more people to catch the fever!

This week in The Story we have the retelling of one of Jesus' most well-known parables, The Sower and the Seed. Jesus says the Kingdom of Heaven expands as people spread the seed in as many places as possible. Those whose hearts have been captured by Jesus naturally want others to catch the fever.

It's been exciting here at Park Avenue to see that happening. Justin Banks traveling to Japan to help that ravaged country discover the hope of Jesus Christ. Seeds being sown. Our Youth Mission trip to Philadelphia serving people and teaching them about the freedom we have in Christ. Seeds being sown. Oliver and Beverly Bush in Kenya following up on World Bible School contacts and seeing how the harvest has been bountiful in that nation. Seeds being sown.

We just want more and more people to know what we have come to know. So whether you're in Japan, Philadelphia, Kenya, or your own neighborhood, spread the word. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose, but the most important thing is that word is getting out and that more and more people hear the great news - - that Jesus is no ordinary man. He is the Savior!

That's how it is when you love something - you want more and more people to catch the fever!

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