This Sunday I am bringing a message that may well turn into a series of messages throughout the month of April.  God has been impressing upon my heart that His people do not have a clear awareness of His presence in the world.  Jesus has become for most just another person from human history to be discussed on the basis of the written record.  The message of the Resurrection is to the contrary.  Jesus is on the loose in our world today.  Those who know it see His work on every hand.  In a world where so much information is at our fingertips.  It is easy to trace his transforming activity around the globe.  Breathtaking changes are at work in the world.  Many choose to focus on the bad news and totally overlook the good news.  The good news is that the church is growing at an unprecedented pace worldwide.  The reason for this growth is the living presence of Jesus Christ in the world.  The phenomenon of dead and dying churches is a peculiarity of the United States and Western Europe.  Interestingly, the fastest growing churches in these place are made up of people from the third world who are immigrants to those places.  There is a fundamental problem in the Western mindset.  I believe that problem has much to do with the blindness of a people who simply cannot see the activity of God around them.  “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”  That means right now; in this world.

Dan Wooldridge

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