Grand Rapids’ Ah-Nab-Awen Park was overflowing with thousands of Christians and seekers in search of fun and spiritual life this past weekend. Some 450 churches and Christian organizations worked together to provide a weekend festival of family-friendly activities and entertainment, carnival-style booths with food (for sale) and lots of (free) information, worship music, and great messages by Luis and Andrew Palau. Alan and I came in time to see some incredibly daring stunt riders doing flips and flights on their motorbikes. Over the course of the weekend, there were about a dozen famous Christian singers and bands sharing music and great stories of faith from their lives.
The high point for me was hearing the message by Andrew Palau, the son of evangelist Luis Palau. Andrew said that until he was 27, he ran away from God and tried to deny His existence, although the net effect was to become a frustrated, unhappy alcoholic. I’m not sure the circumstances of his conversion, but he shared that later he and his entire family were in a plane crash where an American Airlines jet broke into 3 pieces on a beach in Jamaica. Everyone survived, but from that day on, he realized the uncertainty of life, the certainty of death, and the importance of sharing the fact that God offers eternal life to everyone who will put their trust in Jesus. At the end, there was an invitation for people to join in a prayer of repentance and confession, and a sea of lights twinkled on when the opportunity was given to express a need for God’s help. It was a beautiful weekend, and an unforgettable evening, and I’d like to ask for Christians to continue praying for everyone who came to Christ that night.If you didn’t happen to be in Grand Rapids last weekend or make it to CITYFEST but are interested in hearing the message on “How to Get to Heaven” or would like reading materials to help you grow in your faith, you can access these resources here:
Also, I was also happy to hear that a movie is coming out next month (October) about the life of Luis Palau, who—as a little boy in Argentina—came to faith and has spent a lifetime sharing his joy in the Lord around the world. If you’re interested in learning more, here’s the link to the movie:
“And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” Acts 16:30-31
Would you like to become a Christian? If so, just ask! Pray something like this:
Thank you for loving me so much that you sent Christ to die for my sins, and the sins of everyone in the world. Thank you for the promise that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their savior from sin will not perish but will have everlasting life. I know that I have sinned and broken your laws many, many times. I believe that Jesus died in my place, to pay for my sins, and that you will forgive me based on what Jesus has done for me. I give my life to Jesus, asking him to become not only my savior but my lord. I gratefully accept the gift of eternal life through faith in Christ. Thank you! Thank you for loving me and forgiving me. Thank you also for the precious gift of your Holy Spirit to guide me into all righteousness and goodness. Thank you for the Bible to teach me your truths. Help me to pray, to read your Word, the Bible, and to find other believers so that we can encourage each other in our faith. I love you! Amen.