Our Lord Jesus is contending for Spokane right now, and for Mead, Cheney, Deer Park, Post Falls, Valleyford, and every other town/community in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Do you believe that? I sure do, because I see it every day. I see battles being won on behalf of pastors and churches. I see them engaging in outreach beyond the walls of the church and out in the neighborhood. Revival is happening in so many ways and lives are being changed. Spokane is finding Jesus through so many wonderful ministries!
I also see pastors and churches striving against the headwinds of culture. For example, I was recently told by one ministry leader that “two times a month is the new four times a month for church-goers”. In other words, the new normal is attending two Sundays out of four.
Often as I am praying through my prayer journal and I see all that God is doing and has called me to do, in my small and easily- distracted mind, I can get a bit stressed. So I’m frequently giving my stress back to God and asking him to help me to deal with my issues and worries.
A phrase came to my mind during my prayer time this morning, it was the promise in the Bible that “the battle is the Lord’s”.
And that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give you into our hand.
~ 1 Samuel 17:47
It was so refreshing to remember that this isn’t my war. This is God’s battle, His plan, it’s for His purposes, and He owns the outcome already. Praise the Lord! He has our Spokane community in mind and He is working according to his plans which cannot be thwarted.
So with that, let me offer you a little bowl of GSAE fruit:
Fatherlessness and a Prayer-Walk
(Born out of the ‘City Advance’ event in January)
While “Fatherlessness” isn’t a good name for an initiative, the issue is really more of a burden than it is a program or a cause. The plague of fatherlessness in our community rose to the top at Spokane City Advance in January, and we’re definitley seeing the Holy Spirit move in tangible ways against it!
A Prayer-walk initiative, called One Cry, has been birthed out of this concern. We’re calling on believers from all over our area to come together on March 19th and prayer-walk around every elementary schoool in Spokane Public Schools.
Each person will join a “race team” and each team will receive a “race packet” on the school they will encircle with prayer. Join us on March 19th, and remember, the battle is the Lord’s!
Saturday, March 19, 2016, 9am-12pm
Registration begins at 8:30am
Union Gospel Mission
1224 E. Trent Ave, Spokane, WA
Churches Loving Schools
We have the 2nd Annual PIE event coming up on March 31st from 8-9am at First Presbyterian Church.
We’re calling on all churches and leaders that are working in or with a local school to come share what you’re doing with schools and to celebrate what God is doing in our community by eating some morning PIE!!
(Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pie-people-invested-in-education-tickets-22072397134 )
Thursday, March 31, 8-9am, doors open at 7:30
First Presbyterian Church, 318 S. Cedar St, Spokane
We just received a wonderfullyencouraging testimony from a local pastor:
Things at [our partner elementary school] have been going well. We’re enjoying the weekly contact as we deliver meals, but we have had some great opportunities beyond the meal delivery as well. The staff there has been very open to our ministry and several staff members including the Principle have even visited our worship services in the last few months. So it’s exciting to see the partnership developing and we’re eager to see where things go in the coming months.
Several months ago I met with a group of Pastors from churches throughout the area that are also participating in Bite2Go, and it was wonderful to share ideas and talk about what various churches are doing to further this opportunity. So we’re really enjoying things and excited about the opportunity that God has provided to reach folks in our own neighborhood.
(This came out of the PNW City Advance event in Portland in December)
We have had such a great response from pastors and leaders that want to hear from Kevin Palau that we have opened up another event (the lunch event is full.) This event will be a Q&A with Kevin on what they have seen God doing in Portland, OR.
Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Empire Health Foundation – 1020 W. Riverside Ave, Spokane
(Bring quarters for parking or a credit card for the meter)
Coffee will be served.
Again, we have limited space, so you need to register to attend!
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spokane-leadership-qa-with-kevin-palau-tickets-21536495237
Easter is coming!
(OK, this one wasn’t our doing, but you need to know about it.)
A group of pastors will be holding a prayer service at Life Center Church to pray for all upcoming Easter services in our area. All are welcome to come and pray – particularly pastors – for the pastors and for the upcoming Easter services – that the Gospel would go forth and that many would come to Christ.
Saturday March 12, 6pm
1202 W. Government Way, Spokane
NEW! GSAE Sunrise Service
GSAE has been asked to conduct this year’s Easter morning sunrise service at Greenwood Memorial Terrace! We are humbled and blessed by the opportunity to share Christ in such an incredible setting.
Please join us as we celebrate together His glorious resurrection and His redemptive Gospel.
Sunday, March 27, 6:30-7:30am
Greenwood Memorial Terrace
211 W. Government Way, Spokane
The talented and gracious Chris Merkling will be leading us in worship!
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