I'm Amazed By His Grace
|Dove Man before Christ ... usually at the center of things!|
He is a born leader and has been the Sargent at arms, bouncer, enforcer, and all round top bad guy for the tough bad boyz of the Island. Many shake their heads and express their disbelief, but Dove Man was the first to yield his life to Christ. Just over a month ago, we were in a men's fellowship at Jeff's house with about 20 men. Oliver Black, an African American from Mississippi, was sharing what it means to be a real man. At the conclusion of our morning together I came out of the bathroom to find this tall, raspy voiced rapper telling all the men that he wanted to give his life to Christ. No one gave an invitation. No one inquired. Dove Man is simply one of those guys who takes initiative. Since that day he has proven he is the real deal. He was with me at a prison last Sunday afternoon. After I preached to the residents, he stepped forward seamlessly and told the men that this was not a joke. Someone giving their life to Christ is a serious business. It is not a religious act or ritual. It is coming to the end of yourself to follow Christ with all that you are and all that you have ... even your future. How about it? Would you like to surrender your life to Jesus? Twenty of the men stood and gave their life to Christ.
|Philip before Christ|
|Moses, Philip, me, Dove Man, & Hussein|
On one of my early visits to the Island to love these men
Last Sunday one of the Island Boyz named Hussein, publicly confessed Christ and immediately wanted to change his name. Pam gave him the name of David and he has been happy with it the last seven days. David was also one of those boyz who was in prison with Philip.
Yesterday Pam drove by the Island with Peter, Connie, and Robyn and found Dove Man preaching to many of his friends who have known him now before and after Christ. Today more of those men came with Philip to the church service and two of them, Dennis and Moses, confessed Christ as Lord!
This means that we have seen six men give their lives to Christ since we started visiting them on the triangular piece of grass bordered by pavement. They are begging me to come and have church with all the Island Boyz on a Sunday. I hope to do that.
|Kato, Dove Man, Pam, David, Dennis, Moses, Henry, Philip|
June 24, 2012
And Jesus said to all, "If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)
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August 18, 2012
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