Back in 1972 my wife JoJo and I bought a little 2 bedroom mobile home and it wasn’t long until two men from a nearby Bible church stopped at our home and invited us to attend their services. It took two years but we eventually did decide to visit as the Lord put it in our hearts to begin to provide our two young sons Eric and Daniel, with some religious training. Those events were links in the providential chain which eventually brought us to faith in Jesus Christ. Our third son Jason who now pastors Life Church in Lancaster PA (see http://www.lifechurchlancaster.org) used our story to encourage his congregation to reach out, ahead of their recent Easter service, with invitations of their own.
Easter 1974 Changed Everything
It was Easter Sunday 1974 when a young couple in their early 20’s cautiously stepped into that church for the very first time.
Even though they never attended church they decided to visit on Easter as a result of an invitation from a friend. Coming from divorced families impacted by alcoholism and abuse they brought with them their two young boys and a suitcase full of pain, personal struggles and family baggage
For them it was a massive step out of their comfort zone to show up that Easter Sunday. When the service concluded they grabbed their boys, bolted for the door and left the church thinking they would never return again.
But Jesus had different plans.
About a year later through a series of relationships they found faith in Jesus! Having become new creations through the power of Jesus they started attending that same church again. They began using their gifts and became actively involved in serving and reaching the local community.
A few years later they had a third son.
I was that boy.
Born into a changed family because someone invited my parents to church on Easter Sunday 1974.
A visit on Easter Sunday.
The message of Jesus.
And a families story is changed for eternity.
Easter 2016 is almost here. So I invite and exhort you to take a step of faith in the coming weeks and extend some invitations to people Jesus has placed in your life and on your heart.
Invite your neighbor.
Invite a coworker.
Invite a friend.
Invite a family member.
We can not fully imagine the chain-reaction of events your good-hearted invitation may put into motion.
You never know what God will do when you step into His house! He may start a chain reaction which will have eternal results! Marriages will be saved, lives will be saved and transformed for God’s glory and for their own benefit! Succeeding generations will be blessed with the Gospel and for all eternity.
From Psalm 122: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.
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