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Will You Pray for the People of Spokane?

Hello Friends,

   We’re now just 10 days away from the Franklin Graham “Decision America” Northwest Tour event here in our hometown. As I mentioned before, it’s been 16 years since the son of beloved evangelist Billy Graham brought the message of hope, peace and forgiveness through a relationship with Jesus to our region. This is a wonderful opportunity to invite anyone who needs to hear the Gospel to a unique event that will do exactly that — no hard sell, no gimmicks, no one-time only offers of a good deal; just the unvarnished Truth that God loves us, desires to have an eternal relationship with us, and has made the way to Himself open by the blood of Jesus Christ. He didn’t come to make bad (or even “good”) people better, He came to give sinners an entirely new life! Regardless of whether you can attend the event at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center or not, please join me in prayer for our community. There are lots of hurting, broken people in our city carrying burdens they were never meant to carry alone. Let’s help set them free with forgiveness and healing by praying that they would come to know Jesus on August 9th. The program starts at 7:30PM with music from Jeremy Camp.

The following was sent out by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:

WHAT WILL GOD DO THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS FOR SPOKANE?

The majority of people in Spokane County say they don’t identify with any faith whatsoever. That number is growing in this city, across the state, and all over the region. Thousands of other people in Spokane practice religions like Buddhism, Hinduism, and Wicca.

All of these individuals need to hear the truth—that God loves them and sent His Son to die for them. Before the Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour begins next month, will you pray for unsaved people in Spokane “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe” (2 Corinthians 4:4, NKJV)? Here are some of the specific ways you can pray for the fifth stop on the tour.

Pray for Spokane

• More than a third of people in Spokane either hold unorthodox beliefs about God or reject Him altogether. Please pray that these individuals would hear the truth of the Gospel and respond by surrendering their lives to the Lord.

• Over half of Spokane’s population believe that good works will get them into heaven. Ask God to reach these people with the peace, freedom, and hope that only a relationship with Jesus Christ offers.

• Pray that Bible-believing churches in Spokane would be emboldened and that God will bring revival to this city, this region, and across the U.S.

Thank you for lifting up Spokane in prayer. To find more information on the Decision America Pacific Northwest Tour, visit DecisionAmerica.com.

In His mighty grace,
~Matt
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Group Ride at Riverside! Tuesday, July 24 @ 5:45PM

Hello friends,

Praise God for the glorious summer He’s given us so far… and for what is yet to come. Seasonal beauty is everywhere you look! It was a bit warmer this past week, but still wonderful with absolutely gorgeous evenings right now. Three of us had a great outing at High Drive the previous Tuesday and we’re ready to get our tires dirty again! So come join us, and invite a friends — and please note, this will be the last scheduled group ride until after Labor Day. 

Here’s what you need to know:

Date: Tuesday, July 24

Time: Meet-up at 5:45, roll out at 6PM

Place: Riverside State Park, 7-Mile area

Meet: Wilber Road Trailhead, just up the road from the horse corral.  (Note: Discovery Pass required for parking)

Map: https://www.google.com/maps/place/8100+Riverside+Park,+Nine+Mile+Falls,+WA+99026/@47.7323472,-117.5142285,19z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x549e1a5a94199603:0xb8f9a29691147504!8m2!3d47.7323463!4d-117.5136813

Terrain: “Rider’s Choice” determined by the participants; length and terrain will be tailored to the group’s ability and preferences. Count on 90 minutes max, and as much suitable singletrack as I can string together!

Bring: Helmet (required), water, sunscreen, and recommend some bug spray too (just in case)

Invite your friends and join us! It’s going to be a beautiful summer’s evening by the river.

Questions? Call or text me 509-844-5411

See you there!

-Matt


Come share the Good News with Spokane!

Hello friends,

What’s the most exciting thing you’ve ever done? Mountain biking in Moab? Backcountry skiing, freefall parachuting, rock climbing perhaps? Do you remember the thrill you felt in the midst of that experience?

Now what if I told you that you can experience a thrill beyond earthly measure, that requires no extended travel, no special gear, no protective clothing or helmets, and no special prior experience or training? (there is actually a little training involved, but even that is a thrill in itself!)

Although I’ve been a follower of Jesus for only about 17 years now, I can tell you the most thrilling thing you can ever experience is to share the Gospel of Salvation through Christ with others, and see their lives changed forever as a result. Because we as believers have all experienced that personally… we all once stood on the “other” side of this fence, lost and seeking, burdened and weary, losing hope and meaning and purpose… until God broke through the darkness in our hearts with the penetrating, healing, loving, redemptive light of His Son and set us free. He called to us, lifted us up, saved us, and purchased us with His blood.  He loves us with an everlasting love that will says He will never leave or forsake us. He reached into our hard hearts with the truth about His devotion and all-forgiving sacrificial love, and died on the Cross to save us from our sin. Moreover, He rose again to raise us also to everlasting life and union with Himself in heaven.

That’s the Good News that we get to live out today! And very soon, we here — in our simple fellowship, and in all of Spokane — will have the chance to partner with others in bringing the good news to our region.

Here’s the scoop! From August 1st through 13th, Franklin Graham — son of the greatest evangelist of our time, the late Rev. Billy Graham — will be holding a series of one-day prayer and evangelism events across Washington and Oregon in the 2018 “Decision America” tour. Franklin will present the Gospel of Jesus Christ at each event, calling the lost to repentance and faith—and praying together with believers for their families, churches, communities, and those far from God. Each stop on the 7-city tour will also feature live music from Jeremy Camp.

Friends, we need Jesus. Our city needs Jesus. How much? Consider:

 – More than a third of people in Spokane either hold unorthodox beliefs about God or reject Him altogether. Please pray that these individuals would hear the truth of the Gospel and respond by surrendering their lives to the Lord.

– Over half of Spokane’s population believe that good works will get them into heaven. Ask God to reach these people with the peace, freedom, and hope that only a relationship with Jesus Christ offers.

– Pray that Bible-believing churches in Spokane would be emboldened and that God will bring revival to this city, this region, and across the U.S.

So mark your calendars — Spokane’s event is set for Thursday, August 9th, at 7:30PM, at the Spokane County Fairgrounds in Spokane Valley (next to Avista Stadium). YOU can join in right now and be a part of the team making this happen. Here’s the website with all you need to know:  https://pnw.billygraham.org/  and the link to the different ways you can get involved: https://pnw.billygraham.org/get-involved/ .

Even though it’s just a few weeks away, there’s still time! Fill out the online form, sign up for the training, and come be amazed at God’s hand in action. You will be blessed. It’s been nearly 16 years to the day (in August 2002) that Franklin Graham came to Joe Albi Stadium with a three-day Festival that saw huge crowds attend and many lives changed. As a brand-new Christian, it was a gigantic blessing to join my friends in taking the Christian Life and Witness classes and taking part as a prayer volunteer. So please come join in, this is much more exciting than any BOMB ride could ever be! Don’t miss this chance to put your faith into action. I’d love to see you there!

Call, text or email me if you have any questions! And don’t forget, you’ve been “commissioned” to this work:

 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28: 19-20)

Blessings!

-Matt