Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Next weekend (March 4-7) is the Arnold Schwarzenegger Classic bodybuilding show in Columbus, OH, and we (Stronghold Ministries) will be sending 3 team members to minister at the show: Andy and Deby Steiner and Fred Krause. I will not be attending the event due to a circumstance that will require all of my focus, attention, and love: the birth of our baby boy on or around March 4th! The Arnold is the largest bodybuilding and fitness show in the world, as nearly 300,000-400,000 people will attend the events and expo over that weekend. Please pray for Andy, Deby, and Fred to be led by the Lord and to show the love of Jesus to all they come across. Pray for open doors to share the good news about Jesus with athletes and officials. Also pray for favor with whomever they speak. Holly and I anxiously await their stories of what God does in Columbus...
Posted by Pastor Mike at 3:17 PM
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
The arrival of our little baby boy is getting close! Anytime in the next 2-3 weeks, he should be here...Of course, Holly is a little bit uncomfortable at this point in the pregnancy to say the least. We are both so excited that the time will be soon and we will have our first child to bring up in this world! Please pray for a healthy baby and good delivery.
Yesterday was such an encouraging day from a ministry standpoint. I went with one of the ministry leaders that I know from the city to a homeless ministry up in Ventura county. The amazing thing about this ministry is the way that the churches in the city have come together. 18 different churches have pulled together in the name of Jesus to build a transitional housing facility to help poor and needy individuals get back on their feet and also develop a close personal relationship with Jesus. I have never seen anything like this, where churches have pulled together - not just for an event - but on a day-to-day basis. And the community has noticed! City officials are calling them asking how they can be of assistance! Truly, these believers are living out their faith in a very powerful way. I believe that LA churches are called to be in that kind of unity here. Please pray that God gives me and all who have this heart the strength and wisdom to make this vision a reality. We know it will only happen by the grace and power of our mighty God!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 8:41 AM
Friday, February 5, 2010
Members of our Bible Study have a heart for reaching out to our community and making a difference for Jesus Christ. They really desire to put their faith into action in a tangible way. So last Saturday, those who could make it embarked on picking up trash in a local park and underneath an freeway overpass. Policeman driving by were looking at us and various people stopped to thank us. It was amazing how something so small was noticed in such a big way. I know it encouraged all of us to be more active in serving those around us and doing it through the power of Jesus Christ who lives in us. And on top of all this, there's 9 less bags of trash laying around our streets!
Posted by Pastor Mike at 2:07 PM