James exhorted the church to be “…doers of the word and not hearers only…” (James 1:22) This has led to centuries of arguments whether man is saved by grace or by works. The teachings James and Paul both indicate that we are saved by grace, the free gift of grace for salvation through the death of Jesus Christ.
Grace does not mean that we do nothing with the free gift. Grace means that since we have been given this free gift, we tell others about the gift and we do all we can to be His hands and feet through His inspiration and empowerment.
“If we can get just one kid to go to church or one family to get back to church, the whole event would be worth it,” said Festival Coordinator Mike Aultman.
The theme for the third annual Fellowship Fest of LaPorte County is “Prepaid in Full.” The free festival will be held in the LaPorte County Fairgrounds in the Swine Building from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on June 15, and from 7 a.m., to 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 16.
There will be 25 Christian bands performing at the Fest, free food and games and activities for kids.
There will be as silent auction in which people attending the event can participate. Proceeds from the auction will go to charities and Christian Action organizations like: Champions for Today, Destiny Rescue, LaPorte County right to Life, and First Step of LaPorte. These groups will also be attending and holding information tables to educate the public about their functions and purposes.
Canned goods will be collected and donated to two local food pantries. There will also be a prayer tent for those who have prayer needs. Participating churches are Crossroads Christian Church (LaPorte), Lamb’s Chapel (Rolling Prairie) and Road to Life Church (Chesterton).
The All in for Him Committee is also discussing and planning how to sustain support for these charities and Christian organizations the year around and not just at the Fellowship Fest.
Max Lucado wrote the following:
“All people will know that you are my followers if you love each other.” (John 13:35) Stop and think about this verse for a minute. Could it be that unity is the key to reaching the world for Christ?
If unity is the key to evangelism, shouldn’t it have precedence in our prayers? Should we, as Paul said, “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace? (Ephesians 4:3) If unity matters to God, then shouldn’t it matter to us? If unity is a priority in heaven, then shouldn’t it be a priority on earth?
Nowhere, by the way, are we told to build unity. We are simply to keep unity. From God’s perspective there is but “one flock and one shepherd.” (John 10:16) Unity does not need to be crated; it simply needs to be protected.
How do we do that? . . . Does that mean we compromise our convictions? No. Does that mean we abandon the truths we cherish? NO. But it does mean we look long and hard at the attitudes we carry. Max Lucdo “In The Grip of Grace” May 23.
About the Author:
Jerry is a retired school teacher and a member of All in for Him of LaPorte. He published Woodcutter’s Revival this past year. He also published Revived: Story of Publishing A Christian Novel, available on Amazon.
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