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Christian Concourse
Newsletter of the Month

March 2014

 

Dear Friends,

We greet you in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and our soon-coming King! What a sobering reality we carry in our hearts, knowing that He is the only way to a personal, saving relationship with God; He is the only real truth of God; and He is the only source of the life of God - as He said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6 NKJV). This is GOOD NEWS because this is real, living truth!

Also, how very sobering to realize that those of us who believe in the person and the work of Jesus Christ have the responsibility to share His message with others. We must remember His words: "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels" (Luke 9:26 NKJV). The foundation of our responsibility rests in our own, personal, dynamic, on-going, conversational, loving relationship with Him. As the apostle John put it, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit: "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth" (1John 3:18 NKJV). Here rests the number one evangelistic tool in the world: the loving (unselfish, kind and patient) way you communicate and share your life with others. How do we actually do this? Christ said, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). How do we bear fruit? - with Jesus . . . Him personally empowering and leading and living in us! His love will grow, His Word will flow, and hearts all around us will be blessed!

Another component in spreading God's message is through our participation and support of His Body in a local assembly of believers. "Social Media" on the internet notwithstanding, the gathering together of God's children is important to Him, especially in these last days: "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25 KJV).

One more way of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is through outreach ministries that God has placed in the Body to touch special people with special needs: young girls in crisis pregnancies, the homeless, the prisons, the military, long-term care residents, street ministry, home missions, over-seas missions, etc. The list is really quite long. As your Lord leads, you can participate in the survival and the furtherance of these missions with your prayers, your volunteer time and your finances.

With this in mind, Christian Concourse is privileged and honored to announce that we have another tool for outreach in the long-term care arena. By the grace of God, and by the faithful support of God's people, we have completed the "vocals" version of the accompaniment CD for Favorite Hymns of Grace. We spoke of the hymn booklet with an instrumental CD last month, and this month we add the vocal CD. The songs on the CD are listed below. We are excited at the prospect of sharing this Christ-centered, Gospel-message resource with elderly shut-ins and the infirm all over the world!

 

Jesus Saves

O How I Love Jesus

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

I Need Thee Every Hour

Blessed Assurance

Amazing Grace

My Faith Looks Up to Thee

Sweet Hour of Prayer

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Just a Closer Walk with Thee

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

Only Trust Him

Rock of Ages

Trust and Obey

When We All Get to Heaven

Revive Us Again

At Calvary

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Higher Ground

Standing on the Promises

At the Cross

The Old Rugged Cross

Were You There?

How Firm a Foundation

It Is Well with My Soul

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

 

If you or someone you know could use this or any of our free resources, please let us know. Thank you.

 

Love in Christ,

Jerry and Dar

Jerry and Dar Johnson

 

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