At the Cross

Genesis 35:2 And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods that areamong you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.
3 “Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God, who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone.”
4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods which were in their hands, and the earrings whichwere in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree which was by Shechem.

Today I taught from Acts 9 on the conversion of Paul. We spoke of the life changing Gospel and Jesus’ desire to minister to us despite our failures, hurts and wounds.

After class we all headed up the mountain to a cross high on a hill overlooking the city of Antigua.

We went up there for a specific purpose. To lay our lives down at the foot if the cross. Each of the interns (students) was asked to write down on a slip of paper anything that is standing in the way if their relationship with The Lord. Any hurts, failures, bitterness, unforgiveness or any idol that they have put above The Lord. It was a powerful time of healing as the tears flowed, repentance both public and private was expressed.

While we were there the interns all sat at the foot of the cross. I shared with them from Genesis 35 about when Jacob returned to Bethel. He returned an abject failure after his daughter was taken advantage of and his sons consequently became mass murderers. He was afraid that they would be attacked and destroyed by all who heard of this. As he left Shechem he told his family to gather all their idols and he buried them under a terebinth tree. He wanted all in leanness and all obstacles out of their way. Today we laid all our burdens and idols at the foot of the tree of Calvary.

As I spoke to the team I noticed two young people sitting directly behind them selling crafts. After I finished talking to the interns I went to talk to them. The young man said he did not understand English, however the girl did. I asked her if she heard what I said and she said “yes, I heard every word. I felt as if you were talking just to me.” Her name was Deanna and as we talked she said that she knew about Jesus but could not be close to him because she had done so many bad things in her life. I told her of the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ. I asked her if she wanted to pray and ask Jesus into her heart and she said yes. We prayed right there at the foot of the cross. As the interns came up one by one to out their burdens in a bag, Deanna came up to Carol with something she had written on a piece of paper. She asked Carol if she could out it in the bag also. Praise The Lord! Please pray for Deanna to find a good church and to grow in her walk with The Lord. We invited her to church on Sunday so pray that she makes it.

Thank you all for your prayers so far. Don’t stop!

Gary and Carol

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